Sunday, December 07, 2014
Yes, it has been a long while since I blogged. I have gained in that time so am pretty much back at the start plus some more, but that is behind me now.
I am feeling positive. I have made moves to improve my life - joined Weight Watchers online (WW), and just joined a gym.
I have decided to focus more on the fitness angle for now given the season. I shall try my best to fit in with the points allowed on WW but I really want to have some fun too and that is my choice. I am lucky enough to only have the one pre-Christmas event which is today and I think that will be a two courser - to be honest looking at the menu only one dish stands out, a rather fatty pork dish. May go off the main menu and just have a pain course. See I'm obsessing already - that is what happens.
I think that is common - as soon as I start to try stick to an eating plan I obsess over every mouthful. I am good at tracking when I can identify the food, etc. I count every diet coke, glass of water etc, and I do that mentally too. I can never give myself a break, and when I do end up giving myself a break because let's face it, we are all human, I then end up cracking and giving up on the plan entirely. But what I have learned lately is that I don't go to many party type functions so why not have the odd splurge. I eat out every week with mother and that has to be monitored but parties, I may go about 5 times a year, alas most of those are around November, December and January due to the way birthdays fall, but hey, we are talking one meal here not an entire week of overindulgence. Yes I am learning to be realistic. To accept that I will be tempted and accept that I can choose to be tempted if I really wish to without ruining the entire plan - it's just one meal, one event. There are plenty of days in the year, I can be a little naughty on a few of them.
Anyway enough of my philosophizing. Fitness wise I am focusing on treadmill work doing rolling hills. For 1. This will help strengthen my bad back 2. It will help my rather bad ankle without being OTT 3. I want to make that hill in Oporto, although saying that I don't think any treadmill has that high an incline.
So for now I am on level 1 of rolling hills going at 4.5 mph at full speed - love to power walk. I made 17 minutes entirely last night with 2 minute warm up and 2 minute cool down. I am pushing a combo of slight inclines with speed for now just to get into the feel of it.
At some point I will add in a stepper but for now treadmill will do - I am probably the shortest gym visitor ever lol. But hey I have a plan and I am not going to be rushing it. No injuries allowed.
Will update again next Sunday. Have fun peeps