Thursday, September 06, 2012
I have just realised that without actually noticing, I have reached seven weeks - that's 49 days! - without "picking" at food between meals. Since the beginning of my holidays, when I was with other people for four weeks, I have not eaten mindlessly all day as I usually do. And what is even more amazing is that I've been home for three weeks and have kept up the good habit.
So that's a streak, right? And I can keep it up, right?
The best news is that not only did I not put on weight during the holidays, I have also lost the 3 kilos that had "crept" up on me, due to mindless eating between meals, in the months before the holidays.
My weight loss journey is at last underway!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Hello spark friends,
Yesterday was a tiring day. I had loads of work, plus one or two important things to do which took a good chunk out of my day. Also I had a rehearsal in the evening at Versailles, so had to leave home at 5.30pm. I finished my work with some time to spare, and was exhausted. Felt like crawling into bed. But you were all there in my head, and I was not about to break my training programme in the first week. Day 6 was a 40-minute run. The sun was shining but it wasn't too hot. I thought, if I run 40 minutes I can easily get back in time to shower and leave on time. Now, a few weeks/months ago, I would have crawled into bed. But with your inspiration and my new-found motivation, I put on my running gear and went out. had a lovely run along the river, met other runners (including a man who must have been in his seventies) and felt wonderful at the end. I did 45 mins as I had to get home quickly (I obviously went slightly too far, but it was so nice!).
Anyway, all this is to say a big thank you to all of you out there. I felt wonderful and full of energy for an exhausting rehearsal. Concert on Saturday! Should be less exhausting though.
Friday, June 08, 2012
So here I go. Day 1 of 14-week training program. I was supposed to do 5 mins easy walk, 15 mins easy run then 5 mins easy walk. Much less than what I've been doing. So we start off uphill through the very muddy woods (we being my best friend-partner and self) walking fast, which took us nearly 12 minutes. Then I ran for 15.5 mins, then we walked back down the road to the village. But as my friend and motivator Striver57 pointed out recently, it's a bit pointless walking when you can run. So I ran another 15 mins, up and downhill as poor partner can't run due to very bad back. Probably did another 15 mins in all, plus some more walking.
Feels great. I did some ST this morning too.
Tomorrow I have a 20-minute run with 5 mins brisk walk either side.
So I'll have to keep you all posted, which makes me accountable, which means I'll do this. Suddenly I feel really enthusiastic about it all.
Can I rely on you all to keep me going on the days I don't feel quite so motivated?
Friday, January 06, 2012
My work revolves around them: 5000 words for next Tuesday. That's ok, I'll start tomorrow. But in fact, my whole life is governed by deadlines. Lose 5kg by next April? That's fine, I'll just have another chocolate. Send Christmas cards by December 5th? No problem, I'll start next Tuesday (after the 5000 words!). Except that suddenly the deadline is upon me and I haven't even started. (Well, the words usually get translated!) Suddenly it's April and I haven't lost any weight, or it's December 5th (or later) and my cards are not even bought, let alone written and posted. And so it goes on...
Perhaps I ought to get it into my procrastinator's head that really, whatever I have to do, I should start NOW. As in "No, you will not have that second chocolate, because you don't need it and you do need to lose 5kg." Or "How about buying the cards (or whatever) early and writing a couple a day?" So how can I change my attitude to a "Do it now" one instead of a "Wait until the very last minute - or even later" one? Any suggestions welcome, but not on a postcard please, as you might not get around to doing it either!!
Ahem, except that I actually did say to myself a few minutes ago, as I was about to do something else, "No, sit down and write this now instead of just imagining you will in a few minutes/days/weeks." TADA!!!
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