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I've done it! 5KM

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Sunday morning, 4th July 2010.

I walked 5km in Cancer Research UK's Race for Life. I was there with 10,000 other women and my 7 year old son walked with me.

By the 1km mark my son got bored with my speed and asked if he could run ahead. I did jog with him for about 10 yards, but my knees said Enough! at 9 yards. He walked a faster pace a good 50 yards ahead of me but I wasn't worried because the course was clearly marked out with pink ribbons.

By the 3km mark I felt like my legs were going to fall off. But I kept on pushing.

At 450km I was glad the end was in sight. My son finished at around 58 minutes. I finished at 61 minutes.

I wasn't going for a speed record though, my goal this year was just to finish. And I did!

Afterwards, we both got medals which we wore proudly the rest of the day. My son took his to school to show to his classmates and teacher. I've got mine hanging up in my bedroom where I can see it. He's already asking when we can do another 5km walk, but next time he wants to be allowed to run.

It's not too late for people to donate and sponsor me on this walk. Just click on the donation page link.

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PEACEBUG 7/6/2010 6:30AM

    Well done!!!!!! Keep that medal right where you can see it!

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WISLNDR 7/6/2010 5:25AM

    Great job, congratulations!

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NIGHTPOET00 7/6/2010 3:48AM

    What an awesome accomplishment -- congrats!!

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Monday, May 31, 2010

I came down with a chest infection last week that really knocked me down. I started feeling unwell on Monday. Tuesday I felt worse. No way I could feel worse than I did that day.

Or so I thought.

Come Wednesday morning I was feeling even worse and took myself down to see the GP. I had a bad viral chest infection, the latest going round. But in many of his patients, it was developing into a secondary bacterial pneumonia and I was heading that direction. I was sent home with a prescription for an antibiotic and instructions to get lots of rest, drink lots of fluids, and take paracetamol for the fever.

That's pretty much where I've been ever since. Hubby made me get up for dinner and made me eat. When I'm unwell I lose my appetite completely. But even he could see that after sitting up in a chair for an hour I was ready to return to bed.

Yesterday, I ventured down for 2 hours. Today, I've been up for 3 so far.

I'm feeling better, mostly. Just need a few more days with rest and gentle movement to fully recover.

On the down side, after being this ill there is no way I can put my body through taking part in a 5km walk. Not this soon. I'm going to have to delay taking part in Cancer UK's Race for Life which I had scheduled for next Saturday. I'll be contacting the people at Race for Life tomorrow to reschedule.

I'm still walking. Just not this week.


Motivation will only take you so far

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I was asked to write a short paragraph about why I am participating in Cancer Research UK Race for Life to raise money for breast cancer research.

At the beginning of this year, I made yet another commitment to myself to get fit, become healthy, and maybe even lose a bit of weight. I took a look at what my motivations were, and what has stopped me in the past.

What I have discovered is that for me, having the motivation to do all these things will only take me so far. It is not enough for me to want to do this for myself, I needed a reason that was BIGGER.

So, I signed up for the Race for Life.

Breast Cancer Research is an area that I do take an interest in. I don't know of any single person who has not been affected in some way by it. Whether it be personal, a friend, a family member, a co-worker. This is why I chose to take part in the Race for Life.

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MARYJOANNA 5/19/2010 5:29AM

  Good for you! Best wishes!

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Friday morning I had a review of my progress and fitness routine at Lady Zone with one of the personal trainers.

There is so much focus on numbers when trying to lose weight. Especially numbers on the scale. I told myself that this time though my focus would not be on losing weight but on becoming healthier.

I think that is what my numbers are showing since I first started going to Lady Zone in February.

Weight: Up 4 pounds
Body fat: down 2%
Waist: down 1/2 inch
Hips: down 0.4 inch
Thigh: down 0.8 inch
Upper arm: no change

Energy level remains high
Stress level remains low

Blood pressure in February was 131/87; blood pressure Friday was 125/87 - after a 1 mile brisk walk from home to the gym

So, looking at the numbers - I am quite pleased. I am obviously getting fitter. No, the numbers on the scale haven't dropped, but my body fat % is decreasing.

I think that is something to celebrate!

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BKWERM 5/16/2010 5:11PM

    Sounds good to me! Congrats on your progress!

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SATYAGRAHA 5/16/2010 8:32AM

    That's great! Good for you for looking at other factors beside the number on the scale. emoticon

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It's a Plan C kind of day for dinner

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Plan A: I took a pack of mince and a pack of sausage meat out of the freezer to make mini meatloaf rounds for dinner tonight. 5PM rolled around, and the mince wasn't thawed yet. The plan was to make me a small meatloaf using just the beef mince, and to make them with mince and sausage for the rest of the family. (The sausage meat has rusk in it)

Plan B: I run down to Tescos and pick something up for dinner. It's Sunday. Everything closes by 4PM.

Plan C: I've ordered pizzas for everybody else. Since I can't have pizza (gluten again), I've ordered a side salad and some potato skins for me. I'll have that with a banana.

We'll do the meatloaf tomorrow.

I've got my pint glass beside me, it's half emptied. Had a large mug of tea this morning - that holds not quite 2 cups.

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NAN_LT 4/18/2010 1:16PM

    Pizza place is out of side salads. They're substituting cole slaw. Thinking I might cook up some gluten free pasta to go with my dinner.

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