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Shipwrecked Challenge - BLC26 Week 4

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sorry if this blog seems a little disjointed our challenge this week involves posting about a number of things:

Chest 1:
1) A health meal & share the recipe:
Dhal, dal, lentil curry.

120g of lentils (depending on the type you choose it will slightly change the texture of the curry, but all are good)
1 medium onion
1 tsp sunflower oil
1-2 chilli peppers (optional)
1 1/2tsp tumeric (essential)
1/4-1/2tsp chilli powder (to taste)
1tsp garam masala
1/2tsp cumin seeds
1/2tsp ground coriander
1 stock cube or stock pot - I use chicken, but vegetable would be more authentic.

Heat the oil
Dice the onion and soften.
Add the spices and chilli peppers, heat
Rinse the lentils
Add to pan with Stock cube / pot and water to cover the lentils.
Stir and simmer until lentils are soft, add extra water if required (like cooking a risotto).
Tastes awesome reheated and freezes well.
Tumeric is essential, other than that you can play with your spices - I sometimes add fennel seeds, or black mustard seeds, or fresh coriander just before serving.

2) Who would I like to invite to dinner from Azure or Camo?
A hard choice, but I think I would choose Dr Zanna, she is such a fascinating lady, and I would like to find out a bit more about her fascinating hobby, and her area of study

Chest 2
1) Post a pic of your dream home

Yes I know it is a campervan, but there is part of me which would love to hit the open road, and travel where the wind takes me.

Then when I grow old and tired of travelling I would head for:

Chest 3
1) Post a new hairstyle, fashion or make-up you would like to wear:

2) Post a picture of a camouflage outfit you’d love to wear.

3)Post a picture of your perfect island outfit.

Chest 5
Post a picture of the tool or item you’d miss most if you were shipwrecked. Examples: microwave, blender, heart rate monitor, etc.

My polar loop which is new, but I love it.

Nuff said - movin' on

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JAXMOMMY 10/18/2014 11:50AM

    Yum! Thanks for that recipe! I'm going to go find the ingredients right of way and make it tomorrow! Nice to know it heats well and freezes well because I'm pretty sure Hubby would not like it! Sounds like a fun challenge!

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SWEETNEEY 10/18/2014 11:39AM

    My first fitness tracker was a Polar. I used it for my HRM when I exercised. It did not track steps (RS300x). I used the polar brand for many years. I then tried FB and I used that for tracking steps - to be honest I never quite understood the HRM because just by warming up I would be in like Zone 3. Anyway, did by the polar loop because I had the chest strap etc.. (I used to have the foot pod but lost it). I just found the bacelet tooo heavy and unsightly. I recently bought the VivoSmart (Garmin). I'm just getting acquainted with it. But it's not as bulky and much lighter than the polar loop.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/13/2014 7:35PM

    Fun stuff! Looks like you enjoyed the challenge. I especially love you where you'd like to live photos. Mine would have been the same cabin, but before that it would have been a cruise ship.

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MYTHMYTH 10/13/2014 6:59PM

    LOVE those boots! Wish I could wear something like that!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/13/2014 1:11PM

    thanks for the recipe share sound totally have me curious.what fasinating hobby does dr zenna have dream houses would be similar to you excaot the wood cabin with the great windows would have to be facing a sea so i could go swimming in it,lol.great outfits.keep on keeping on you are doing great. emoticon emoticon

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ZELLAZM 10/13/2014 4:33AM

    Fun stuff! I guess these are treasure chests?

I've been watching "Tiny House Nation" on the internet and dreaming myself. And the Polar loop may be just the thing to replace my HRM when it finally gives up the ghost. Thanks for the ideas!

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CARELLIGIRL 10/12/2014 9:41PM

    I am definitely going to make that Dhal. I love vegetarian curries. My daughter would completely agree with you that the caravan is a dream house. She's currently obsessed with "houses you can travel in."

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    You have awesome fashion choices! Especially the hat and the boots. The camper you like tiny teardrop trailers? I like mini houses. Good lord, I completely forgot about my FitBit when I did this. That would be a tool to keep. And you can't go wrong with curry.

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    I love all of this!!! Especially your caravan :)

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SUSANELAINE1956 10/12/2014 8:12PM

    You are always so interesting. emoticon I'm curious what a polar loop is.

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BLC26 Expectations

Monday, September 22, 2014

Part of this week’s challenge was to write our expectations for BLC26. Well I expect nothing of it that doesn't come from my expectations of myself.

As this round is the Marathon round you are getting my 26 milestones (expectations) for the next 11 ½ weeks.

So in no particular order I expect to……..

1) Share my 26 expectations (milestones) emoticon
2) Drink at least 12 cups of water every day
3) Participate to the best of my ability
4) Eat more freggies (get from 30 to 36+ per week by the end)
5) Run a mile in under 9 minutes
6) Cycle 10 miles in 40 minutes
7) Swim 1.5km in 40minutes
8) Run a 10k emoticon
9) Complete the fitness test in full week 1 emoticon , week 6 and week 12
10) Walk at least 10,000 steps every day
11) Whittle my waist – get it under 28”
12) Have a perfect on plan week for eating (1 in 12 is not too much to ask for)
13) Have a perfect on plan week for training (1 in 12 is not too much to ask for)
14) Attend Pilates class (at least once)
15) Strength train 6 days per week
16) Reach my goal weight of 133lb
17) Get more sleep – 7.5hours of sleep at least 4 nights per week
18) Plank for 2 minutes
19) Complete an Aquathlon (or two)
20) Reduce my Body Fat ratio – currently 27.7% on the website I used to calculate it.
21) Fit into my new goal jeans
22) Reduce the amount of Sugar I eat
23) Go Sober for October (a UK drink awareness programme)
24) Be kind to myself
25) Moisturise more often
26) Have Fun

Nuff said – movin’ on

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CATIATM 9/29/2014 6:51AM

    These are really solid steps to build healthy habits. Good for you! emoticon

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ZELLAZM 9/23/2014 4:31AM

    Amazing! emoticon All of it!

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ZANNACHAN 9/23/2014 2:11AM

    I love your goals! I love that your final goal is to have fun--so important!

You are right of course that we shouldn't expect anything from this round that we don't do ourselves. I did write that I expect my team to be helpful and supportive which seems reasonable since that's been my experiences in the past. But I think it's important to remember that we get out of this what we put into it.

Good luck! I know you can rock this round.

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/22/2014 4:13PM

    Impressive, as always! I always enjoy your blogs as they give me ideas and motivation. You are such an amazing person and teammate. emoticon

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COOLMAMA11 9/22/2014 2:22PM

    wow girl, this will keep you busy, I like the one to moisturize, something I have to start doing..

~Elaine emoticon

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MYTHMYTH 9/22/2014 9:22AM

    Wow! Looks like you[ve got everything covered!

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One week down and 39 to go... plus measurement time

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Well I have completed my first week of training ......

*****What have I achieved?*****

emoticon I have run - 13.78 miles

emoticon I have swum - 112 lengths (including today)

emoticon I have cycled - 11.39 miles (including today) and done a 30 minute session in the gym

emoticon I have undertaken 477 minutes of strength training (including today)

*****What have I learnt?*****
I have learnt that I need to look at my swimming technique, there should be more 'kick' in my front crawl which will speed me up markedly - but I currently don't have the stamina to do more than 1 length at a time at this improved rate.

While cycling is my weakest discipline I know it is working me out the hardest - I literally come home with drips of sweat falling off me.

*****What do I have planned for next week?*****
emoticon Run my first 10k next Sunday

emoticon Work on the kick by alternating lengths with the stronger kick on my shorter workouts

emoticon Add about 1 mile to my cycle route, and continue to push as hard as I can to cycle as fast as I can.

emoticon I will continue to monitor the amount of strength I am doing, and consider reducing it if the time commitment becomes too much

emoticon Make it to Pilates


And onto my measurements.

At the start of BLC25 we undertook a fitness test comprising of the time to do a mile, your pulse after 3 minute of step, the number of crunches in a minute, and the number of pushups in a minute.

I have repeated the same test week 6 of BLC25, week 12 of BLC25, week 4 of the break and this weekend week 8 of the break. I intend to continue repeating this every 4 weeks, so the results?

Not a steady improvement everytime, but a distinct improvement from the start in most areas

Actual measurements? Well I didn't do them week 1 or week 6 - but the rest .......

Well I am definitely getting smaller, and I think more defined.

And finally at the start of BLC25 I weighed 143lb, on the 20th July, 12 weeks later I weighed 137.6lb, and today 8weeks after that I weigh 133.8lb.

So that was 5.6lb in the first 12 weeks, and 3.8lb in the past 8 - only 0.8lb to my goal and I have 4weeks until my self-imposed time limit - just in time for the next update to the numbers. emoticon

Nuff said - movin' on

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ZANNACHAN 9/18/2014 12:00AM

    emoticon You are doing an awesome job--the running/swimming/biking, the weight loss, everything. You are doing an incredible job!

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KATIE5668 9/17/2014 11:38PM

    I must say you are an inspiration to many of us!! You are rocking it..
I admire the way you have gone after your goals and commend you on what you have achieved. I believe you can do whatever you set your mind to..


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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/15/2014 4:44PM

    WOOHOO! You are rockin' it! Love the update. Hope you are having even more fun than it sounds like!

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/15/2014 12:01AM

    Amazing, as always! emoticon

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EMSSBEARS 9/14/2014 11:55PM

    You are doing such an awesome job I only wish I could do half of what you are doing keep up the great work I can hardly wait to see where you will be this time in 39 weeks.


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BIGPAWSUP 9/14/2014 7:01PM

    You are amazing!! Rock on girl!

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COOLMAMA11 9/14/2014 5:34PM are really doing great...wish I could get the dedication to exercise that you have!

Good luck with your race, I am sure you will excel!

~Elaine emoticon emoticon

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but………..

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yes I believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what I am going to say next is not in line with commonly held wisdom.

It is not about what you should or should not have for your breakfast.

It is about what breakfast is.

Breakfast is the first meal of the day, but that does not mean it has to be first thing in the morning.
I have spent years making my body do something it rebels against i.e. eating first thing.
That has then given me other issues – a ravenous hunger all day being the most common.

I have now come to the conclusion the important thing is not when you break your fast – that should be in tune with your body clock – but how you break it.

Stop eating on the run because you need to eat something first thing

Take some time

If you don’t have time before you leave the house, create a packed breakfast

Get in touch with your body and listen to it

We are all different, so what works for me might not work for you, but please …….

Choose a nutritious breakfast whether you have it at 6am or 6pm
Remember protein at breakfast time is a good thing
Enjoy what you eat, by taking the time to savour and appreciate it

And as the Doctor says:

Nuff said – movin’ on

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ZELLAZM 9/14/2014 1:19PM

    Good advice. This is why I sometimes pack my breakfast and eat when I get to work. If I have to rush out of the house to catch the train, it's not conducive to good digestions. Once I get to the city, I generally have a little buffer before I have to teach and I can relax in the teacher's room with a big cup of tea... and breakfast.

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BIGPAWSUP 9/13/2014 3:54PM

    Woo Hoo - awesome!! (and ya gotta love the Doctor!)

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ZANNACHAN 9/11/2014 8:34PM

    I really struggle with food first thing in the morning--so this speaks to me. My first meal of the day tends to be after I've been up for awhile and very, very small--usually something small and heavier on the protein, like cheese or yogurt, though i think I'm going to try adding a hard boiled egg to the mix. Then a couple of hours later I eat my first "real" meal of the day, which is lunch.

Sadly, if i eat when I'm hungry, that means I eat very lightly at breakfast (typically ~150 calories) , moderately at lunch (300-500 calories), a decent sized snack (150-300 calories) around 4, and a large, dinner (600-800 calories). Everything I've read says that this isn't the ideal pattern, but that's my hunger pattern. I've read that's pretty common with people who are under a lot of stress, so I'm hoping that if things calm down (knock on wood) that my daily diet will balance out better.

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KATIE5668 9/10/2014 11:13PM

    yep..if we break down the word..Break food for at least 8 to 10 hours...our bodies need something! What that something is varies from one to the hit that on spot for sure!!
Great reminder!!!

keep moving..let no moss grow under your feet!!


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WILDVIOLETS 9/10/2014 10:37PM

    You should always listen to the Doctor! I emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/10/2014 7:47PM

    Great blog. I have to eat within an hour of waking for a couple of reasons, but mostly because I'm hungry! emoticon

It makes sense to do what is right for you.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/10/2014 12:13PM

    If it works for you that's good enough. I can't get through more than about 2 hours after getting up without eating something. I don't necessarily eat first thing in the morning, but it is usually within 2 hours.

'Nuff said. Have fun!

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COOLMAMA11 9/10/2014 8:54AM

    Great photos..I eat a healthy breakfast everyday, I am hungry in the morning so need it, now DH goes on coffee and a bran muffin, like you said it's different for everyone!

Elaine emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JENSHAINES 9/10/2014 7:57AM

    They actually just came out with a study that somewhat discounts this, but I am a believer in needing fuel for the day. Also, breakfast is my favorite meal! emoticon Loved the photos here!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/10/2014 7:53AM

    nuff said emoticon

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40 weeks to become an Athlete.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

I actually started my training earlier this week, but as the event I intend on competing (I use the word to mean finish in a non-embarrassing time) is in exact 40-weeks I decided to start sharing my journey now.

I haven’t quite finished losing weight, but with 1lb to go as of this morning and just over 5 weeks until my self-imposed deadline, I really can’t get too excited about that.

the first thing I thought of when I realized I had 40 weeks to go was – that’s how long it takes to grow a baby, so with growing as a theme - I want to grow myself into an Athlete.
Here I am at Day 1 of 280:

I took my measurements, but I as share those regularly anyway and next week is official measurement day, so I won’t bore you with them now.

I am going to share my first 4-week plan, this is an experiment, as I am slightly concerned that I might be pushing myself too hard.

The swim-cycle-run relates to distances, the upper-core-lower relates to the pre-saved strength workout I have developed. (Green is completed workouts with actual distances where appropriate)

My weakest discipline at the moment is cycling; I have been running on and off for 3 years, and consistently for the past 4-months; while I hadn’t been swimming in over a year until 3 weeks ago I can now swim 800m in under 30-minutes (as of this am); cycling wise I am struggling – the bike I am using isn’t great, but will have to do until early next year – I am struggling to understand gears – it takes me 30-minutes to cycle less than 4-miles round my neighborhood – on the plus side I can now do the whole loop without having to get off the bike and push it up the hills.

I have identified a couple of milestones I would like to achieve on my journey
21st September 2014 – Walsall 10k Run
15th March 2015 – Longleat Half Marathon
Sometime in March / April I would like to find a Sprint Tri to complete
14th June 2015 – Windsor 25th Anniversary Triathlon

Lastly I would like to ask something of you my friends – please keep me accountable, please help keep me on track, ask me how it is going (but be prepared to be bored emoticon ), if you know about tri’s and have some advice please share it – I might ignore it but as much info as possible will be appreciated.

Well I think that gives you an idea of where I am at now, so Nuff said – movin’ on

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ZELLAZM 9/14/2014 1:20PM

    How is it going? emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 9/10/2014 6:24AM

    First of all, do some homework on nutrition while training for Triathlons. Its imperative that you fuel clean and also for energy. Hydrate! During a Tri, the rule about 8 oz every 20 minutes becomes more important. You have to replenish your body with vitamins and electrolytes properly. Google "hitting the wall," and check this article out...

Don't be concerned about weight fluctuation 'cause it's going to happen!

And just like in running, a race is just a test of your training. Find a good overall Tri Plan. I would think you are aiming at a Sprint so focus on the distances properly.

My training partner, an experienced Triathlete, told ne to focus on three things for my first Tri!

That has been my mantra since day one! Stay strong, focused, and have fun!

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JENSHAINES 9/8/2014 9:25PM

    Wow, Marg - LOOK at you! And what terrific goals! How many gears does your bike have? Having the gear thing down will make a huge difference. Commuting is *not* the same as tri-racing. You just ROCK! And yes, I'm planning on being very bored. (NOT!) but am planning on tracking your progress!

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PLB0217 9/8/2014 12:57PM

    I LOVE IT!! I like how you have everything planned out...You can do this!!!

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    You're really inspiring me! Great work. You look fantastic.

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/8/2014 6:38AM

    Great blog, as usual. I always love how detailed and motivated you are. Good luck with this, and I can't wait to read more about it. emoticon

PS - You look fantastic!

Comment edited on: 9/8/2014 6:39:07 AM

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ROSEDOLL 9/7/2014 10:42PM

    I wish you all the best on your journey. emoticon It will be so interesting to follow you as you go along.

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CARELLIGIRL 9/7/2014 9:27PM

    Those are awesome and inspiring goals! I look forward to hearing how you progress on this amazing journey. emoticon

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COOLMAMA11 9/7/2014 7:25PM

    OMG I'm exhausted just reading this..way to go girl, You have accomplished so much, keep on keeping on.

Elaine emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/7/2014 7:09PM

    Sounds really awesome! I've always envied those who tri. (Yes, pun intended.) It sounds like you have a good plan in place. Don't stress too much. Perhaps you could find either a biking or tri club to help with getting more comfortable on the bike.

No matter what.. Have FUN!

PS: I'm never bored living vicariously through my friends. emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 9/7/2014 6:05PM

    Sounds pretty awesome! I know nothing about tri's personally though I've known some people who have trained and competed in them. I hope you have a fantastic time on this journey!

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