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!