Sunday, July 18, 2010
Not Bad! Not bad at all, if I do say so myself. I am still exploring where my challenges are and how to meet them, but some where I thought I hadn't done so well have actually surprised me. Of course there have also been patches where I thought I had done better than I actually did, but you can't have everything, and what I do have I am pretty pleased with.
I have exceeded my water minimum comfortably:
10, 8, 8, 10, 8, 10, 9 = 63/56
For someone who three weeks ago would barely drink two or three glasses a day this is my best victory.
This morning, and I am still in shock over this myself, I got up, grabbed a 16 oz bottle of water, went out for my walk, came back and did my bootcamp, grabbed a yogurt and finished the water while filling in my fitness log, then grabbed a slice of toast and bovril and a glass of fruit juice. I sat down to eat that and suddenly realised I haven't had a cup of tea yet today! I've been up for nearly two hours, by which time I would normally be into my second mugful! (Must text my eldest and tell her this. She'll never believe me! LOL)
I normally manage to get my five fruit and veg every day, with only the very occasional miss but I had one particularly impressive day with that:
6, 5, 5, 10, 7, 6, 7 = 46/35
The ten f&v day included a vegetarian dinner of spinach and mushroom lasagne, with 4 veg portions on the side. nom nom nommy!
The Nutrition basics were OK. I give myself 6 out of 10. Definitely room for improvement:
The number of days I was within the target range were:
Calories - 4/7
Carbs - 5/7
Fat - 4/7
Protein - 3/7
A few of those misses were only a few points out, and I only had one really bad day when I went way over target on my fat and calories. Getting the minimum protein is my big problem, and I'm not sure how to fix it. Too much protein in a meal and my stomach feels like a lead balloon and I even feel a bit sick for a good two or three hours. I need to really explore this issue and see what can be done to improve it. I suspect it is the type of protein that is the problem.
Mark Fenton's 52 Week Walking Plan (warm up week one)
Each day there was a ten minute walk scheduled (SMWTF) I did the warm ups on p.7 and the scheduled walk from the table on p.3. I do them first thing in the morning, which is something else I never envisaged myself doing - leaping out of bed and exercising before starting the day! This morning I found myself so awake and full of energy when I got back that I went straight to the computer to do my Bootcamp instead of getting breakfast first. It felt so good to do this that I hope I'll be able to keep it up.
And talking of Bootcamps:
I started the 28 Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge this week. Day 1 was on Wed. So far I have done every scheduled workout, even though there have been some difficulties with certain moves. I plan to work on slightly adjusting those days which I really have problems with so that I can keep doing the challenge.
I set two different goals as far as walking and step counting goes.
3000 steps per day, which is just under a mile and a half, as my minimum daily distance.
14 miles per week, which averages out to about 4400 steps per day.
On the surface these don't gel, but as I have some days where my pain level is such that I can't handle a lot of exercise, the 3000 steps is a good level to aim for spread through the day. This target is currently increased by 100 steps each time I successfully meet it for a complete week. I managed that by the skin of my teeth this week, so my target for next week is 3100 steps per day.
The 14 miles per week was met and exceeded this week.
As we walk to the supermarkets and back, and also in and out of town, it is a fairly easy target to reach most weeks. I am keeping it at this level for now, with a possible review as my 52 Week Walking Plan develops.
Finally my weight has dropped to 187.25 this week, from 191.25. Don't get excited though! The reason it has dropped by 4 lbs is just that I changed the time of day I weigh myself. I now do it first thing after my morning ablutions (being polite here). Before, I was weighing myself after breakfast. In real terms I don't know for certain if I have lost weight this week, but I checked the difference between my morning and evening weights a couple of times and I think I can safely say that I dropped at least 1 lb this week!
So, all in all not bad!