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
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Well I have completed my first week of training ......
*****What have I achieved?*****
I have run - 13.78 miles
I have swum - 112 lengths (including today)
I have cycled - 11.39 miles (including today) and done a 30 minute session in the gym
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?*****
Run my first 10k next Sunday
Work on the kick by alternating lengths with the stronger kick on my shorter workouts
Add about 1 mile to my cycle route, and continue to push as hard as I can to cycle as fast as I can.
I will continue to monitor the amount of strength I am doing, and consider reducing it if the time commitment becomes too much
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.
Nuff said - movin' on
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 ), 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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