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So, I finally did it. Today I went jogging for the first time in over 3 years… hurrah for me. The Couch to 5K app had been loitering around on my phone for at least a couple of weeks taunting me, making me feel guilty and mocking my inactivity. So finally, fully over my cold, I cautiously set my alarm for 6am and hit the sack for an early night. Surprisingly I woke up feeling not as tired as I thought I would and with a quick brush of the teeth off I set.
I am using a free app called C25K to help me along the way. Not having jogged for over 3 years means I am completely out of shape and I knew if I had just tried to run a whole 30 minutes it would have been way too much for me. The app eases you in to being active and builds you up slowly from your seat of the couch to hopefully being able to jog 5K comfortably. The work out today was 5 minutes of brisk walking to warm up followed by intervals of jogging for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds.
So what’s the verdict? It wasn’t too bad at all. Was a fab shade of pink at the end of it?…certainly! but the work out was totally manageable. Go me!
Our bodies are amazing things. When you sit back and really think about all the amazing stuff it does while you go about your business it can really bow your mind. Why then do we insist on taking it for granted?
Think of the day you get a new shiny phone. You are careful with it, you buy it a cover, put a plastic film on the front to scratch protect it, you have a little pocket for it in your bag, or carefully place it in your pocket. You know at all times where it is and reach for it without even thinking. Time passes and you stop being so precious with it. You know in a few months time it will be time to upgrade … and then the day comes .. out comes a shiny new phone and your last phone … is destined for that drawer in the kitchen where things go to die.
Sometimes I think we treat our bodies a similar way. We think we can do whatever we want with it because eventually we can get upgraded, but the truth is we can’t. We get one body, we get one life.
Where has this come from? Well… Today the Doctor told me my cholesterol was slightly high.. fun! (not!). Our bodies are amazing but they are also fragile. You get out what you put in and if you are putting in all the wrong things (like I am) then there are bound to be consequences and today those consequences have hit me square between the eyes.
Stoke, heart attack and heart disease are all risks of high cholesterol. These are not words that I am going to let define my life.
The good thing is it is relatively easy to lower your cholesterol with the main recommendation being a healthy diet and exercise .. all the things I am conscious of and working on already. Hopefully this will give me the kick up the backside I need to stick to it.
So the other night I was so good… I downloaded a couch to 5k app, dusted off my body magic clothes, set the alarm to get up early and then… when I woke up in the night to pee I remembered I was going to the theatre that night so wouldn’t be home till super late and then had an early start for work the next day so I opted for a little extra sleep… I am so bad.
I’ve not given up though… I am going to look at the week ahead and schedule in some jogs to get me started.
So we are well through the 6 month mark of my weight loss journey this year and my word, it has been a roller coaster.
I started off strong and then relapsed and so has continued the pattern. In amongst being ill for weeks at a time and holidaying in California (and Disneyland, eek!) I am at a total loss of 8.5lbs this year. Not a huge or momentous grand total at all, however I am determined not to give up.
Recently a woman on the train tried to offer me her seat because she thought I was pregnant! How mortifying. I was wearing a flowy dress so I guess she can be forgiven a little but it did knock me.
One of my long time friend recently took up jogging for the first time in her life and I think watching her grow in it has inspired me to get back out there. A few years ago I started jogging for the first time in my life and I was so proud of myself when I completed a 5K, the following year I went on to complete (albeit, I found it really hard) a 10k. Finishing that race put me off jogging and I took a long break … and 3 years later I am still on that break. Perhaps time to revisit it. The feeling of having to start all over again is a little overwhelming as any fitness I had built up has surely disappeared, but I suppose needs must.
We are fast approaching the end of the year and with that comes an indulgent time of sweets, cakes, and all the Christmas trimmings. Of course along with this also comes the resolve that 2016 will be different, I’ll be healthier, more active and finally achieve that goal that I set myself every single one of the past 10 years… right? Well here is hoping so.
Personally I have had a terrible journey that last couple of months (hence the hiatus from the blogosphere, surely it can’t just be me who gets to November and thinks to themselves, is there really any point ins starting to be good now, just enjoy your self and come January give yourself a proper talking to.
I am glad to say that although I have put all the weight I lost back on (although I am too scared to weigh myself to actually confirm this, so who knows what the scales are saying) I haven’t shied away from the party season and have adopted a ‘take me as I am’ approach. We all have something to bring to the table besides what we weigh if we don’t let that one thing define us. Don’t ever be afraid to be YOU, even if you feel you aren’t quite the best you yet, you still have so much to offer.
So here is a shout out to all you out there who are biding the time between now and the new year. Allow yourself time off if that is where you are at and I WILL see you on the other side, what ever it brings.
To all those who are going strong, stay strong and I look forward to your encouragement next year.
Whatever you are up to this Christmas season, I hope you are blessed.
Well hello there cyber world.
It has been a long and busy summer on my side of the planet. Two holidays back home and a little wobble in between has taken its toll on my journey… but as always it is time to pick myself up and get right back on the horse. #nevergiveup right? Well truth be told this all happened last week but I haven’t posted as I wanted to ease myself back into the game as oppose to doing what I normally do aka jump right in all guns blazing and fall off the wagon by lunchtime lol (I’m not normal)
So how did this week go? It went pretty OK actually. Salads galore, cloud bread, veggie chilli battled against cooked breakfasts, a Trinidadian extravaganza and new housemates’ baking habits. Lots of good decisions were made and even a tasty piece of home-made Pavlova was consumed … all this to result in a weight loss of 2.5lbs Yey.. it was all worth it.
At group tonight I signed up for a brand new 12 week countdown which will take me exactly up to the next time I visit home for a big Christmas party. Perfect! At a steady 2lbs a week I could be looking at dazzling friends with over a stone and a half loss.
So the countdown is truly on for the Christmas season and I am optimistic for what the next few weeks hold. Hopefully the hardest thing will be what to wear for the big event.
Perhaps you are reading this and wishing you could be a stone lighter in time for Christmas and the truth is… you well could be. Every new day is a chance to make good decisions, all you need to do is make them one at a time.
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I’ve heard a lot about Cloud Bread over the last little while so thought I would give it a go. It has also inspired me to start a new section for recipe’s on here.
So what is cloud bread? It’s a no flour, low carb bread replacement. It is thin, light and fluffy and can be used for sandwiches, burgers or even as a breakfast ‘muffin’.
Click here for full recipe and instructions to making the perfect Cloud Bread in 7 easy steps