Saturday, December 27, 2014
Three weeks ago I started having weekly one to ones at the gym as it is included in my membership, and I was looking for something to push me that little bit further.
The first week I couldn't tell you exactly what I did - I know that there were kettle bells involved because I launched one across the gym - and a strange torture device for using barbells to squat . I hurt from the Saturday to the Tuesday.
The next week (20th Dec) there were only 2 activities involved - a one arm lift from the floor and then up into a shoulder press alternating 5 on each side I did 75, then rowed 750m as fast as possible, then 50 of the lifts followed by 500m row, and finally 25 lifts and 250m row. She started me off with a 15kg weight which nearly resulted in my falling side - amusing after the fact - we then worked up from 5kg to 7.5kg before settling on 10kg . During my stretch afterwards she said I was really competitive and had I thought about Crossfit.
Last week I did look into Crossfit - and as it costs £75 per month for unlimited access to the 'box' I have decided for the time being I will stick to my £28.50 per month membership, as swimming is a key component of a triathlon and 'boxes' don't have pools.
Anyway moving swiftly on....... today she said we were doing a fitness test 6 rounds of 24 deep squats, 24 push-ups , 24 lunges and 400m run - the aim to do it all as fast as you can.....
Round 1 - 6'06"
Round 2 - 6'25"
Round 3 - 7'09"
Round 4 - 7'45"
Round 5 - 8'04"
Round 6 - 8'22"
Total time - 43' 53" 80
I nearly had a Biggest Loser moment in that I nearly threw-up on the treadmill during round 4 & 5, I slowed it down a little for round 6
I got home and googled the workout - and found that it is a crossfit WOD (Workout of the Day) called Lorendo, after a fallen America serviceman www.crossfit.com/mt-archive2/008701.
Many of the crossfit WODs have names, and I have a feeling that I might be introduced to some of them over the following weeks, which is cool, and at some point I am sure I will revisit Lorendo, and hopefully do it a bit faster
Nuff said - movin' on
Monday, December 22, 2014
1) Don’t wait to start – as a rule of thumb there really is no time like the present, life will rarely be better or worse than it is right now, life is life. Putting off starting your reinvigorated health lifestyle until 1st Jan – why waste 10 days of a healthy you? But Christmas, and New Year – well they are only 2 of the 10 days, and even they can be gently healthier with drinking water to counteract overindulgence in alcohol, and a walk before or after lunch with your family on Christmas Day - a wonderful and precious thing – and if the weather is too bad – how about more active games – twister, or hide and seek, or even charades can get you and your loved ones up and moving.
Personally I am running 5k with my daughter on Christmas Day, and another on New Year’s Day – why? – because I want to celebrate the fact I can. I will probably eat a little too much, but I have decided to forgo alcohol, I don’t need the empty calories, I don’t need to test my lack of willpower when drunk, and to be honest I can’t see how it adds to my enjoyment of the season.
2) Have a goal – or a few goals, but not too many. What do you really want to achieve in the next year, 6-months, quarter, month, week or even day? I am sure I read somewhere that a goal is just a dream you have written down. So formalise what you want, and if the list is longer than 5 items long choose your top 5 goals and work on them – because last time I looked none of us are superman, or superwoman – we can’t do it all
Maintain my weight – 1 year (and onwards)
Complete a triathlon – 6 months
Complete a half marathon – 3 months
Get my debts under control – 1 year (plus)
3) Make a plan – The plan doesn’t have to be complex or even very detailed for example your goal might be to drink 8 glasses of water per day, your plan to achieve this might be to match every other drink with a glass of water, or to drink a certain amount before each meal, or buy a bottle (mine is 1l or 4 glasses) and aim to empty it X times (twice in my case).
I have a very complicated training plan because I intend to complete a triathlon and a half marathon, I also have a very simple plan for maintaining my weight – monitor what I eat, exercise, and weigh-in regularly so I can tweak food and exercise as necessary.
4) Be flexible – life happens, you are going along and doing fantastically then something happens – hopefully good, a birth in a different state or country resulting in travel, or a new job, or even the love of your life appearing to make you complete; but just as likely bad, harm to a loved one, a health scare or injury, money worries, a death in the family.
Breathe and cope with whatever it is, then take stock, don’t beat yourself up, an inspirational Sparkfriend - LADYOLIVER - uses the tag line ‘Delayed not Defeated’, just remember if you are healthy to start with your resilience and ability to cope are greater, and you will recover faster from whatever it is.
Personally most of what life throws at me are first world problems and / or self-inflicted. I am incredibly lucky in so many ways, so I am trying more and more to live my life as a celebration.
5) Be kind to yourself – you skipped a training session, you ate a cookie, or even and entire box of cookies – move on, can you learn from it, was there a trigger, or did you just have a dose of the MEHs – it happened and can’t be changed, the only thing that matters is what you actually do now and in this moment – will you choose to eat another (insert poor food choice here) or will you choose a glass of water, or an apple, or to put on your trainers and go for a walk ……… you get the idea
Me – I haven’t smoked since 2008 – because I decided in that moment not to have a cigarette now, and I made the same decision many times, I don’t really think about it at all now, but it reminds me how powerful a small choice can be in a moment
6) Make time to celebrate – celebrate every day in small ways, dance and smile, it makes you feel good and it makes other people feel good, and it spurs you on to greater things.
7) Make yourself accountable – telling someone that you are going to do something (or not do something) makes it more likely, but know your own personality as well, don’t put so much press on yourself that you buckle.
Personally I have told you all I am running 5k on Christmas Day to act as an extra little spur to get me out of bed. There are other things I won’t share until I am done with them because I would paralyse myself with stress.
8) Choose – life is a series of choices, and if you don’t make them someone will, and I refuse to be at the mercy of other people’s decisions, and by choosing I am taking responsibility for what I do, I will not bemoan fate or bad luck (well I do, but I try keep it to a minimum). By choosing in 2014 I have become happier and more empowered than I have ever been, and ready to face 2015 and whatever life throws my way.
Nuff said – movin’ on
Monday, November 17, 2014
This weekend we were challenged to blog about 2 things firstly:
What is going Right and what is wrong at this point in your journey?
* Well what is going not so right is probably easier – my MOJO is missing presumed gone and the last week or two have been a trial. I am pretty sure that this is because I am stressed about my exams in a weeks’ time, but as it gets closer I have less and less desire to interact with anyone, my exercise and diet are suffering.
* So what’s going right – well I have reached my maintenance weight and I am bouncing about it. I know that my slump is temporary, it’s not like this is the first time I have felt like this and it’s not like it will be the last either. And I have been exercising, and I am slowly upping the amount again. The last thing that is going right is I can and I am cutting myself a break – in time this too will pass.
Okay the other thing to blog about for the week end challenge was:
Take this Quiz: https://memorado.com/pti_test and write a blog or post as to whether it seems to fit you and why:
Well I got INFP - THE IDEALIST
Introverted - Intuition - Feeling – Perceiving
* So what does that mean and do I see myself in it?
‘INFPs' main interest is to make the world a better a place for anyone. Their primary goal is to find the meaning of life. They are highly intuitive about people and let their intuition guide them to find the truth and meaning about many things.
INFPs dislike conflicts and will do anything to listen and put people at ease. They are genuinely interested in understanding people and this sincerity makes them valued friends and confidantes.
INFPs are flexible and low-key as long as their value system is not violated. They can fight very passionately to defend their causes. They might not be detail-oriented individuals but they can cover every possible detail if working for their causes demands it. INFPs are rarely given enough credit because of their high standards. They can often act as "control-freaks" that can never be happy with themselves.
INFPs are more sensitive to feelings and human behavior than logic and "hard facts". They are usually talented writers even if they are not the best at expressing themselves verbally. They are good in situations where they work towards the public good and in which they don't need to use hard logic.’
* Well I do want to make the world a better place, but I already know the meaning of life – either it is 42 or it is ‘have fun while doing no harm’. I am intuitive, but I can be cold hard logically rational as well. I do hate conflict and most things aren’t worth the battle so I am flexible over most things. I am sooooooo not a detail orientated person. I write – am I talented? in my head sure
All in all I would say that is pretty close fit.
There was one more thing Azure asked us to blog about this week - it was do one thing OUT of your healthy journey comfort zone this week and write a blog about that experience
For me I took part in a BodyAttack class. I had no idea what to expect from the class as the title was all I had to go on.
As expected it was a high intensity class. There were no weights and the instructor was on antibiotics so admitted that she wasn’t going to push it as hard as usually – a big relief for the 3 of us who were there, as we were all new. The instructor showed different levels for the various moves, and I was pleased that I kept up, although my twingy knee will put up with squats and jump squats, I don’t do jump lunges, I lunge very carefully.
It was definitely a good work out, I did learn one very, very important thing – don’t do heavy workouts in grey leggings - - by half way through I looked like I had wet myself.
Still I am planning on going again next week – I have a nice pair of black joggers which will fit the bill
Nuff said – movin’ on
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Sorry if this blog seems a little disjointed our challenge this week involves posting about a number of things:
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
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:
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.
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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