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Today: Next Mountain To Climb

18 Mar

Don’t get excited, I’m not actually climbing a MOUNTAIN, just I see my next goal as one.

In January I set myself 4 goals as my new years resolution:

  1. Run the Paris Half Marathon (Jan – March)
  2. Run a sub 35min 5 km (Apr – Jun)
  3. Lose 10lbs (Jul – Sept)
  4. Run a sub 33min 5 km (Oct – Dec)

I decided to split it into little goals instead of the usual “I’m going to be healthy” blah blah you usually do, as I was fed up of giving up.

Goal 1 has been achieved and recorded in Today: I Did That, a truly emotional experience and I’m still thriving from the buzz from it!

Goal two is well underway and it isn’t even April yet, I knew I would PB at the next parkrun after the half marathon as I would still have all my strength and motivation from the 5 days before. And I did, Running Mumma coached me to a PB 5km of 36 mins exactly (even after getting up early for the grand prix). Meaning for my next goal, I have to shave a minute off that!

If you haven’t been to Milton Keynes parkrun before, you’re in for an experience. There is an infamous section known as the zig-zags, which is about 2- 3mins of uphill zig-zagging steep hill at about 2km. It hurts! But I know that’s where I’m going to make my best time gain, I slow right down when I get to the top, I think I could shave about 20 seconds off that hill!

In addition to this goal, I’m also trying to consciously make healthier lifestyle choices. I’m going good with my lunches and I have three bits of fruit on postits with times on when I should be eating them. Slow going, I’m trying not to go hungry, whilst also maintaining some kind of control.

Gym going has also picked up! Two club runs, 2 strength sessions and two alternative cardio’s a week (then parkrun on a Saturday), means I’m a busy bee, but I’m also feeling better for it, a lot calmer and just better rounded. It’s amazing what a bit of endorphin’s can do for you!

I haven’t felt this motivated in a very long time, and I really hope it stays with me.

Today: What a Day

10 Jan

So today, not only have I gone to work and got quite a bit done, I have phonecalls with potential photographers!

We currently have two, but will have to look on price. We have a quote from our flowers provider which is alot less than what we were expecting!

I also got a quote on a potential wedding car as well. Though I need to call them up tomorrow about that….

My running plan to go 222 miles in a year is underway, week one of the plan and I am 2.5 miles up. It’s also week 2 of my diet, and i’m 2lbs down on week one weigh in 🙂

So, the end result of the past couple of days is a positive one, and to brighten my day up more, the days are counting down till the first F1 test!

Today: The return of ‘the graph’

6 Aug

As I said yesterday, today was weigh in day. I weigh a glorious over achieving 11st 11lbs. I over achieve when it comes to retaining weight you see.

I have decided to put up the weights of F1 drivers and compare myself to them, I’ve only put a couple up at the moment, but each one is a separate goal. I don’t think I will get down to 127lbs, that of Kamui Kobayashi! But a shot at Heikki Kovalinen (141) is a better option.

As you can see I match that of the manly chiseled jaw of Mark Webber, who shares his weight with Vitaly Petrov. (Paul Di Resta takes the heaviest weight of 172lbs!), my next goal is Nico Hulkenberg, at 163lbs, it’s only a 2lb drop from my current weight, but I’m sure it will still be a challenge!

Here is the graph:

 

 

Running went well today, 2 mins run, 2 mins walk, produced a Nike+ graph that looks like this:

 

 

Very smooth don’t you think? I was the pace setter for this, which was good! Charlie got a good ‘view’ and I could just run without feeling like I had to catch up. The last interval seems quicker just because I was taking smaller steps quicker, and Nike+ works by measuring the impacts of your feet.

Still pretty consistent. According to runkeeper Charlie and I ran the second 2min the quickest at 9min/miles. I think I will take pace information from Runkeeper, but average pace from Nike, or something like that!

Anyway, today has been good, and going for the 30min 5k is getting slowly closer!

Today: The Fantastic 4

3 Aug

August 3rd 2012

Calories consumed 1410

Sit ups completed 200

Other toning exercises 200

Blogging on harriparf completed

That is 4 stars earned today on my star chart! My own personal record whilst other world records are being broken at the London 2012 Olympic games.

It was a burst of Energy that inspired me today, I felt I just had to achieve it and so I did!

Tomorrow will be a bit more of a challenge, I’m currently on my best streak for saving calories (2 days…) So I’m hoping tomorrow I will continue my trend!

I’m doing something a bit different to what I previously did, I’m not minusing the calories I use up from exercise, So I’m literally only looking at what I consume. I’m trying to burn between 200 and 500 calories a day from walking and running, I use my ipod as a pedometer and do about 4500 steps a day without running, which is pretty poor! 

I would say I’m aiming for 10000 a day, but I’m not sure how I could manage that. But it could be something I aim to do whilst I’m on holiday!

Monday is the next weigh in day, so I will find out how this week has gone after work, I have been well behaved all week so I’m really hoping for a loss!! 

I’m also trying to do the whole ‘ask yourself if you are really hungry or not’ thing, however I like food to much. But I did resist the second packet of quavers that fell out the macing today, and resisted more fruit just because it was there and healthy. Upward battle, but I’m beginning to push back!

I was back on my tablets today, after having 2 days off. I spent the first half of the day feeling high as a kite, and not really with it, or myself, but I am feeling more normal now. 2 days off again from tomorrow So expect a sad post over the weekend. But an honest one at least! 

Today: Maintaining Positivity

31 Jul

I’ve hit another plateau of sorts, had a weigh in on Monday to find I had gained 4lbs. Which is hard to comprehend when I have been good with diet and the running this past week, So I’m on a bit of a downer from that, but as I’m not measuring my progress on weight really this time, It’s just a little set back.

Charlie and I have managed our runs, week 1 has been completed, and according to our training on http://www.therunningbug.co.uk, tomorrow, (Wednesday) is run 1 min walk 1min, repeat 10 times, last week was the same last wednesday except you only repeated it 8 times! That was a killer.

i’m happy we are sticking to it, however I am starting to feel it in my calf muscles. Charlie is 6ft 4ins so his legs are about 8meters long and I can match the impact pace of his feet, just not the stride length. That will be my next challenge to work on when I can manage the 5k.

Week 6 will be the point where I will be hitting running the mile without stopping (10 mins continuous run), it will be interesting to see where I am when it comes to then! My quickest mile I ever ran was 8mins 49 secs, which was a one-off!

Here is the training Charlie and I are completing (courtesy of therunningbug.co.uk) :

Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
Week 1 Run 1 min, walk 2 mins – repeat 5 times Walk 5 mins Run 1 min, walk 1 min – repeat 8 times Rest day Rest Day Run 2 mins, walk 1 min
– repeat 5 times
Rest day
Week 2 Run 2 mins, walk 3 mins – repeat 4 times Rest Day Run 1 min, walk 1 min – repeat 10 times Rest Day Rest Day Run 3 mins, walk 4 mins
– repeat 3 times
Rest Day
Week 3 Run 2 mins, walk 2 mins – repeat 5 times Walk 5 mins Run 3 mins, walk 3 mins – repeat 3 times Rest Day Rest Day Run 3 mins, walk 2 mins
– repeat 3 times
Rest Day
Week 4 Run 4 mins, walk 3 mins – repeat 3 times Walk 5 mins Run 1 min, walk 1 min – repeat 12 times Rest Day Rest Day Run 5 mins, walk 3 mins
– repeat 3 times
Rest Day
Week 5 Run 7 mins, walk 3 mins – repeat 3 times Walk 5 mins Run 3 mins, walk 2 mins – repeat 3 times Rest Day Rest Day Run 8 mins, walk 3 mins
– repeat 3 times
Rest Day
Week 6 Run 8 mins, walk 2 mins – repeat 3 times Walk 5 mins Run 10 mins, walk 4 mins – repeat 2 times Rest Day Rest Day Run 1 min, walk 1 min
– repeat 12 times
Rest Day
Week 7 Run 12 mins, walk 3 mins – repeat 2 times Walk 5 mins Run 3 mins, walk 1 min – repeat 8 times Rest Day Rest Day Run 15 mins, walk 5 mins
– repeat 2 times
Rest Day
Week 8 Run 15 mins, walk 5 mins – repeat 2  times Walk 5 mins Run 2milesand record your time. Rest Day Rest Day Run 1 min, walk 1 min
– repeat 12 times
Rest Day
Week 9 Run 7 mins, walk 2 mins – repeat 4  times Walk 5 mins Run 3 mins, walk 1 min – repeat 8 times Rest Day Rest Day Run 16 mins, walk 3 min
– repeat 2 times
Rest Day
Week 10 Run 15 mins, walk 2 mins – repeat 2  times Walk 5 mins Run 10 mins, walk 2 mins – repeat 3 times Rest Day Rest Day Run 16 mins, walk 2 mins
– repeat 2 times
Rest Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s all moving forward!

We are going to have to find somewhere else to run soon as the park we go round is getting a bit small! Thinking about Pittville Park in Cheltenham, but that is a little bit of a walk from us.

It’s been a good week for wedding planning as well! We’ve decided on a layout and possible background for our invitations. It’s progress at least 🙂

The flat is going well, I have taken up baking, Which is good because I can minimize/neglect any oil and all the rubbish that the shops add in! I’m pretty good at making muffins to.

It’s also now the F1 break. I’m going to be at a loss for 4 weeks! Except for my holiday, where I will be lazy 🙂

Keep going everyone, I’ve managed it, ups and downs I just have to keep looking forward, it’s small changes that makes the biggest difference! (I’ve stopped having crisps, butter in my sandwiches, and sugar in my tea!) and fruit as snacks, very filling!!!

Does anyone have any tips to what they have read? Please comment!

 

Today: It’s a scorcher

24 Jul

So since the shift in the Gulf stream North it has suddenly become like a hot sweaty bundle of pure joy here in Cheltenham. Which is fantastic for the mood and the tan, but not so good on the body image.

Why?

Well when things get hot they expand? I am sure that this is what has happened to my body. Everything is in proportion EXCEPT my stomach. it just seems to have expanded to the size of a balloon and it really doesn’t seem like it’s going down, I lose weight (3lbs so far) but it doesn’t go from there. I really don’t know how to cut it down.

I’m a firm believer in “targeted toning” but “non-targeted weight loss” ie, you can build muscle in specific places, but you cannot lose weight specifically.

Charlie and I are back on week one of the running challenge (check #sofato5k on twitter for progress) and we’ve done 2 days so far. I guess I have to just “wait and see” some results. Worst advice EVER. I hate just waiting around, I’m really to impatient, I guess that’s why I’m so up for having something to do everyday. I want to come home and do my DVD‘s, or try going for a run,  or blog more. I think of all these things when I’m at work, I just guess that when I get home I just need to stop.

And however much Charlie comes running with me, sometimes I need him to go in the other room. He will go, after I’ve pushed him away and then I feel bad for telling him to effectively “sod-off”. I need to see progress quickly or I lose motivation. A bad thing I know, but as i’ve said before, I’m impatient.

My star chart is still going OK. It’s just my motivation to carry on, and that’s bringing me down. Again.

So it’s a fat day. A fat week, an epic bloated and fatty day. yuck.

Today: The Start of Something

25 Jun

Today is a Monday, it is the evening, we have radio one on, Charlie is playing F1 2011 and I’m sat in my PJ’s with Orange squash and a whiteboard on the floor with a laptop on, well, my lap.

Today I am writing this because on the Friday which has just passed, Charlie and I got the keys to our very first flat. It’s top floor, 2 bedrooms – one being a box room, 2 bathrooms – one being a shower room and a large living/kitchen space.

This is THE start of a new beginning. I have a new notebook, a new park to run round and a new energy. I like it.

My aims I have for the coming weeks are not to different from what I have had previously, but I have Charlie with me to keep me on track, something I’m quite (I lie, exceedingly) chuffed about.

The aims for the next few weeks are as follows:

  1. Consume no more than 1800 calories a day
  2. Run 5km in less than 35 mins
  3. lose 10lbs
  4. Continue to not have sugar in my tea/coffee
  5. Touch my toes

Point 1 is going well, today I had less than 1500 and I’m quite stuffed!

Point 2 is erm getting there… I can do about 2.5km at the moment on the treadmill without stopping, but only running outside will help me understand just what my fitness is all about, and where it is at!

Point 3. My current weight is: 168lbs So I want to be 158lbs. Then will move on to smaller numbers to get down to my desired weight of 130lbs!

Point 4 I started last week, when I worked out I could save 200 calories a day if I just cut the sugar out my tea and coffee, I can instantly tell if someone puts sugar in it now!

Point 5 is to increase my flexibility, in the hope that it improves my recovery from any injuries I get from running.

I have new running socks and new running clothes, and I do feel better than when I started at Christmas,  however a loss of half a stone isn’t really fantastic! Not the result I am hoping for anyway

As soon as I lose these 10lbs I will allow myself to have a takeaway curry. That is my treat! It will probably take more than a month to do, but I’m determined to get there!!

I’m tempted to start my graphs up again, and When my running gets better, start up the sponsored diet again, except enter myself for a 5km or 10km race… But those adventures are still a little way off!

Wish me luck, heaven knows I need the motivation

Today: Just one of those days

5 Jun

Have you ever just woken up and just not been able to cheer up?

Today I had everything I have wanted for the past 3 months. Charlie to wake up to, bottle of water by my bed, bacon sarnie and a cuppa for brekkie and I had nothing planned for the day. This to most people [replace charlie with appropriate partner, this one is MINE!] is perfect.

And it was. blissful, gorgeous and just relaxing. I just couldn’t bring a smile to my face.

I think it has to do with a few reasons, all of which exasperate my panic disorder. which is shit.

  • We can’t do anything today. It’s a bank holiday so us doing house viewings or bank stuff has just been thrown out of the window [I now have a stupid furrow on my forehead and am progressively getting angrier]
  • There is stuff that needs to be done before the house viewings and we can’t. (see above)
  • We can’t look at furniture because we don’t know how big our flat is going to be because we can’t view any flats because we can’t sort a joint account out because it’s a bank holiday.
  • We can’t sort bills out
  • We can’t move out
  • We live in a little room to escape songs of praise
  • We can’t do wedding stuff because we haven’t sorted our house out yet
  • Today is a fat day
  • The BBC are ruining the jubilee (seriously… EVERY CHANNEL?)
  • I just want to feel like I’m doing something
  • I can’t possibly comprehend eating cous cous and salad for an entire week again because I will go mad.
  • My tummy hurts.
  • I think I have an intolerance to something because it’s only after bread and pasta that my tummy hurts.
  • I really REALLY want a McDonalds. Large meal, chicken McNuggets, large fries, and a diet coke.
  • Every little thing is annoying me

Weight loss is stagnant at 11st  7lbs. And it is not shifting. Soon I will just be having meal replacement milkshakes for every meal. So I’m also sad about that. But the mirror teases me, it makes me think I’m thin, then if I’m out I will catch the size of my tum/bum/thunder thighs and then feel like having a burger.

Charlie has said he will help me plan tonight, I will hold him to it. I will also secretly start a count as to how many cups of tea I get given, since we are now together in the same place I wonder if there will be more than the one I have to beg for on saturday mornings…

Point of this post was that I am genuinely just a miserable tit today. However blogging has helped. I think I will do this more often. Gym post tomorrow probably, got many plans for blogs, just none have appeared, it’s also the Canadian GP this weekend. Wonder how many pointless student protests there will be at this event.

This week has to be better. It’s only 3 days long. THREE DAYS. I can survive that right? I’ll also talk about my meal plan for the week tomorrow, and tell you all about how wonderful I feel about MORE SALAD. Lunches are fun…. nooooot.

Today: Running for Glory

14 May

So today I managed a 2 mile run.

 

 

Proud? I certainly am. And it was after a stressful day at work, so i’m doubly thrilled!

Today was the first day of my planned eating. I have had everything I write down except for peas (I made too much cabbage) and my apple, but I may have my apple in a minute as I can feel my tummy rumbling! I’m pretty happy with how it went, especially since I only had those icky milkshake meal things for brekkie this morning!! I thought I would be gagging for food.

I may have to have some cheese and biscuits after the apple, even though it’s not in my meal plan till Thursday, purely because Nan has bought Stilton!!!! OM NOM NOM NOM…

I weighed myself this morning as well… currently I am 11stone 10lbs. and a Size 14. Trying to get down to a size 10 (Think Scarlett Johansson) before next year should be fine. But I would much prefer it to happen before then!! Time will tell I suppose…

Tomorrow is a 3 mile run, So will see how that evil one goes. will hopefully still be well up for it! Suffering a bit at the moment, but that’s cuz I then did 3 miles on the bike, then 1mile on the CT. a full 3-2-1 training day (500 cal cardio burn)!! Maybe I should come up with a new regime… hhmmmmm..

Tomorrow’s lunch is pasta, tinned tomato sauce and some cheese, with the dinner being a chicken salad. Just going to get the chicken outta the freezer I thinks! I really am quite excited for this week, 4 runs then the weekend with my baaby 🙂 Bring it on people.

And as my new idol on twitter (@SpikesandHeels) says – be pretty on rest days.

(or just during the day at work)

 

Today: Out the Window.

13 May

No… not something literally out of the window. My food plan from a previous post did. It would have gone so well, but halfway through the week I got epically bored. And didn’t eat well AT ALL.

I also ended up going to Cardiff this weekend, which resulted in more bad eating 😦 Long story as to why I went to cardiff, the short version is me not being very good at Long distant relationships.

I’ve come up with a new approach to my diet. I’ve meal planned. every day. All except breakfast, which I will see how my milkshake goes on Monday before I decide what else to have for the rest of the week. 1800 calorie aim for each day, where one day a week I’m allowed to eat whatever I want. This is apparently good because when I come off the diet, I’ll be able to maintain the weight, otehrwise my body will hate the shock of more calories and I will get my tum back!

Since all my weight is between the bottom of my boobs and my knees, it looks like I have alot of cardio work to do!

It’s a nice running week this week, M/T/W/Th runs, then Fri off. I can’t run at the weekend because I just get freaked out running outside at the moment. I’m so conscious about road running! It’s ok when I go home to visit my parents because I run round a field. But in Cardiff it’s up and down a main road. With loose paving slabs… as my rolled ankle from the weekend will testify.

I haven’t discovered anywhere in Cheltenham yet, I could go exploring, but since my gym is on my route home, I just go there straight from work! Means I can do weights as well, I think when I get to running for 5 miles I will need to run outside. But that;s still quite a way off, as I get hit with cramp from about 1.5 miles in. I’m excited to make it to 2 miles non stop.

I’m also going to start up the sponsored diet thing again. I’ll start a new graph and I will keep you all updated. I’m determined to not only lose the final 15lbs, but raise the remaining £85 to get to my £100 target.

This is the start of the “I will be a size 10 bride” project. But that will be on my tumblr site more than here… (take a look! http://www.harriparf.tumblr.com)

Right. Off to bed. got a hefty Monday ahead of me! got a morning weigh in for the start of the new sponsored stretch!