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The Trials and Tribulations of Losing Weight

Willpower and weightloss

So it has been about a month since I started on this fitness kick and things were going really well. I had some ups and downs over the course of the month and things were going quite well – I had lost about 3.5 kg. Then…sometime last Thursday it all went to pot.  I can’t really pinpoint what was the trigger but  I do remember that it started with being tired. Extraordinarily tired. Perhaps I overdid it last week – or something along those lines. I have found that I find it difficult to fit in all the different bits of exercise that I want to do. I want to do strength training so as not to lose muscle mass through cardio. I want to do Cardio because thats what I enjoy. I need to play Hockey on a Sunday afternoon. I want to ride my bike on the weekends. Problem is – it’s all too much – and perhaps I was pushing a little too hard.

The food thing is also proving challenging to me – as it seems that I have developed an intolerance to wheat and dairy (at least Milk based things apart from Yoghurt – I seem to be able to tolerate Yoghurt). Now I have fallen into complete denial – I will not be denied these foods that are so good – binge eating – for the past 5 days.

I don’t even want to look at the scale. I had been weighing myself daily – but I am not going to do that anymore as I tend to obsess over the number – I feel as though it is a trigger for me. I have bought some Tanita body fat % scales because in reality I don’t care what the weight in kilos or pounds is – I care about seeing the BF% number go down.

The thing is – I have been seeing improvements in other areas – such as strength and endurance – going ahead in leaps and bounds. I have managed to get my Parkrun PB for 5km down to 29min 15sec – that means in six weeks I have knocked about 4 and a half minutes off my PB – an awesome improvement given that the only actual running that I have been doing is Parkrun – the rest of the Cardio I have been doing is on the bike or HIIT at the Gym. The other thing I noticed is how much easier it was to run that PB this past Saturday – when I was fully loaded with Carbohydrates and had relatively fresh legs from not training the previous two days.

Now I have a dilemma because I want to run – I want to commit myself to running a half marathon later in the year – but I also want to strength train – but for the specific purpose of building strength for running – I also still have about 10kg to lose – and running makes you hungry….Very hungry.

So I think the bottom line is that I was trying to do too much – especially when I add work into the mix – and if I want to make gains in speed and train for a half marathon then the extensive strength training has to go to the side and the running specific training has to take precedence.

I would also like to post here about my training more often – particularly about learning to manage these apparent food difficulties and balancing it all with two very demanding small children and my work. All I can do is try.



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2014 – All About ME!


So I have spent the past 5 years giving every part of myself over to others – to children and family, to work and employers – I have decided that 2014 is going to be all about me – at least for the first 6 months.

I am going to get myself back to a point of fitness and health – two things that I have been severely neglecting for the past few years – the past two in particular. IT is time to change that so that I am back to where I was fitness and health wise by the time 2015 rolls around.

First cab off the rank is losing the excess weight I am carrying right now. 10 kilos to be exact. It doesn’t sound like much right? But go and find something that weighs ten kilos, pick it up and carry it around for a while and you’ll find that it gets pretty heavy after a while. This is something that I have been working on finding the right head space for for some time – most of last year actually. Then I read something somewhere on the internet that said something along the lines of…it’s going to be difficult and challenging at times…get over it now. As soon as I came to terms with this my head space changed and I got going.

So rather than waiting until new years day  and being all cliched – I decided to start on boxing day. So I am now 1 week in.

What have I been eating this week?

After much research (and a year of experimenting) I have decided to set my calorie intake a little higher than the golden number of 1200 calories – Why? The simple answer is because I know that 1200 leaves me cranky, tired and extraordinarily binge prone. When I binge I get negative self talk, when I get negative self talk I give up – ‘it’s all too hard’…’I can’t be this hungry for the next 12 weeks’…’how on earth am I going to get through the next 12 weeks being this hungry’ and so it goes on….bottom line is the extra weight loss that I *might* get from the lower calories is not worth feeling like crap. The more complex answer that goes into the science of the higher calorie choice? That’s for another post!

How have I been active this week?

Given that I have had the week off work due to the Christmas break, I have been  trying very hard to set up some good routines and planning so that being more active can fit into my life on a normal week where there is work and school drop offs to consider. The first thing I did was change to a gym that was more convenient to me – it has a creche and it is close to my work – I can go to the gym in my lunch break if I need to. The second thing I did was exercise everyday between boxing day and new years day – even though for some of those days I could barely walk due to muscle soreness. Here is a summary of the week:

Thurs 26 – 1 hour walk

Fri 27 – Gym (Shoulders, Chest, Tri, Abs) + 30 minutes cardio on treadmill (10 HIIT)

Sat 28 – Parkrun (5km – pb 31.55) + leisurely bike ride

Sun 29 – Gym (Legs, Abs) + cardio

Mon 30 – Road Bike 26km (1 hr 34 min)

Tue 31 – Gym (Back, Biceps, Chest) + 30 min cardio

Wed Jan 1 – easy 3km walk

At the start of the week I weighed 76.2, this morning I weighed 74.7 – so a drop of 1.5kg this week.

I don’t expect that there will be a drop like this every week – I am hoping for more in the vicinity of 0.5 – 0.7 kg per week. At that rate it should take me another 14 – 16 weeks. So you know that there should be at least another 14 – 16 posts here in this space over that time!