Hello and Welcome!

I am, and always have been, a notoriously bad blogger. But I'm back to give it another try, one more time.

I seem to have rediscovered my "pep" in recent times, and I'm ready to try some new things, and get back into the things that matter to me... at this stage, this chiefly involves getting fit and losing weight (again!)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Blogging at work again

This week at work has been a stinker. Everything going wrong and nothing going right. Sigh. This job has weeks like that, and we just look forward to better times next week. That being said, if I don't get organised and get the crappy stuff finished and off my desk today, I'll still be facing it next week, and that's not tempting. Better keep the blog short today then!

While I'm on to negativity... guess how much exercise I've done this week? None. Nada. Zero. The call of the warm comfy bed has alas been too great every morning this week. BUT! I bit the bullet and rejoined a gym last night, so all this is about to change. It's a much less fancy gym than my last one, but then it's not full of posers and beautiful people either, and it's also less than half the price. I have paid $375 upfront for my 12 month membership, so it's time to get some good use out of it.

The thing I like about this gym is that it has some later group fitness classes, which I will be able to get to, even with my stupidly long working hours. There are classes at 7.10pm 3 days a week, and one at 7.30pm on Thursdays. They also have "Xpress" classes (30 minute circuit classes, a bit like Curves and Contours I gather) at 6.15am 2 days a week. I think I'd like to try that, and couple it with 20 minutes or so of my own cardio. There are separate cardio and pin loaded weights areas where you can do your own thing as well - I plan to use these in conjunction with the classes, but at the moment I think I need the motivation of a class to get me back into the swing of things.

I'd really like to get back into running and cycling properly as well. I have done a few runs in the last couple of weeks, and my shins are complaining a bit (I have had stress fractures from shin splints in the my very distant gymnastics past, so I know not to push through that too much). My theory is that if I combine some running with some other gym work, my fitness and muscle tone will build up again, and my weight will drop, and this will make things much easier on my shins anyway. I can then increase the running side of things at a point down the track.

My plans are all pretty flimsy at the moment, but I'm tossing around some running goals in my head - maybe a 10km fun run in December, but not so sure about that one. I'd like to do the 12km city to bay again in September 2011, and somewhere down the track I'd like to be in a position to do a half marathon. All pie in the sky with my current physical conditioning, but you have to have dreams right? I am also giving some thought to preparing a more general "101 in 1001" list (101 goals to complete in 1001 days), as I have seen on Kylie's and some other blogs this year. My running and fitness goals could form part of that.

On a final note - dietary. Yay for me! I've been awesome with my eating this week, including a dinner out at a buffet (always a troublesome thing for me, given portion control and binge eating are my main vices in life). I possibly ate too much volume at the buffet, but made all fantastic choices - loads of steamed and stir fried vegetables, plus some roast meat and vegetables, and the smallest of small (like a tablespoonful!) of noodles. No sweets!

I am approaching the eating side of things so differently this time around, and I'm sure I'm much healthier for it. The last couple of days I've barely made it to 1200 calories, and not because of a conscious effort to stay under that limit, I actually think it's too low. I just haven't been hungry for more, which is something I could NEVER have said last time I was "on the wagon" - I was entirely fixated on food every hour I was awake in those days.

I honestly think the biggest difference has been giving up artificial sweeteners and processed crap "diet food". Don't get me wrong, I still use light options of some things (low fat milk and yoghurt etc), but for the most part, I'm using unprocessed, fresh food in appropriate portion sizes. I don't own a microwave, so the temptation for pre prepared, processed-to-within-an-inch-of-their-life weight watchers/lean cuisine type meals is gone. All that Diet Coke in all it's chemical laden glory is gone. A much healthier way of life.

I still think that to some degree, I will suffer from disordered eating for the rest of my life. I'm too much of an "all in or all out" person to ever think I'm going to be any different. But I am actively working on strategies to manage it better, and who knows, maybe some day I'll be cured :o)

OK, time for some work... boo!


  1. I am totally biased here, but pick a 10km fun run, and just enter. The motivation will be awesome for you. That, and you can just walk parts of it.
    I am totally not a runner, but I did one a few weeks ago. Hell, I was slow. Even worse, I came second last... but you know what? I did it. I didn't run the whole way, but I ran and lot of it, and it was good.

    I have entered over 11 races over the 6 months of warmer weather, and if I can do it, you can too!!!

    Thanks for your comment today too. Always good to see new people following my blog. I used to be the person who would wonder who on earth would want to read about me...

    If you head down the bottom of my blog, I've got a little intro, might get you up to speed ;)

    I am figuring you found a few of us through CK?

  2. Thanks Jess :)
    I think you're probably right with the fun run. Maybe I'll have a look at the course and see how hilly it is before I commit though lol.

    I've just done a little "background reading" on your blog. You've got a really inspirational story (and I love that you post nice and frequently, unlike some lazy layabouts. Ahem.)

    Yes I am a fellow CKer. I used to be a fanatic, got to goal weight, went off the rails and left, and now have the whole journey to complete again. Sigh.

  3. Lol thanks Megan, I am nothing if not a girl who likes her routine :)

    I used to post every single day, but lately have been falling off the bandwagon on weekends... Oh well ;) not many people read the blogs over the weekend anyway, I know a lot more of the "regular" readers don't anyway!!

    Don't worry about the hills. What's the worst that can happen? You know better than that, just find one and enter, lol :P

    Trust me, if I think I am a triathlete, you can definitely be a runner.
    Got this little saying...

    "There are a thousand reasons not to go. You know them all.
    There is only one reason to go, and you know that to.
    It's called your life.
    Don't waste your life counting to 1000 every day.
    Just Do It"

    Very commercial, but also very appropriate. I am one of those geeks that has the little luck trinkets and things, and one of mine is a steel bangle with the Nike swoosh on it. Reminds me of this saying, every day. Every time I say that dreaded word "can't". Every time I wonder why...

    Too philosophical for me on a Friday though hey. Imma goin' out tonight, and I'm leaving work in an hour. Lol.