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Sticking to it

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Iím still going strong, getting through each day without too much trouble. Itís TTOM though, which has been making my feel tired, nauseous and sore. I took time out yesterday afternoon and had a 2 hour nap, which helped revive me. I felt a lot brighter when my alarm went off at 5.30am this morning!

Iím nine days into the 100+ crunches a day, and have done 900 crunches, as promised. Once I get the hang of it with regular crunches Iíll start to mix it up a bit with different techniques.
Weigh in day tomorrow, Iím hoping for at least 1.2kg loss (2.6lb) which is quite a lot, but Iíd like to stick to my 1kg loss per week goal (only lost 0.8 last week). I would LOVE to get a new set of scales, mine are old now and seem a little unreliable. Sometimes Iíll weigh myself three times in a row and get three different results! Iíve love to measure body fat too. But cash flow being what it is right now I canít justify it.

Iíve been wondering about my calorie intake and if Iím getting enough. My diary is set at 1200 cal intake (on CalorieKing.com.au), and apparently thatís the minimum that I should be having. I thought it didnít matter if I went under sometimes, in fact, I thought it would be good! Apparently not though, it could slow my weight loss by stalling my metabolism. Especially if Iím burning lots of calories with exercise also. According to my calorieking reports Iíve been under my required calories (including exercise calories) every day since 2 January. Iíll keep an eye on my weight loss as see how itís affected.

I guess the main this is not to get too consumed by the technical side of things, and as long as my shape is changing and Iím getting smaller, and Iím eating healthier and exercising more, Iím doing good!

  
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FLOWER94 1/13/2007 10:59AM

    yeah, 1200 is my minimum too...my boyfriend is lucky because his minimum is like 1800 or something....so it's hard when we eat out together...haha... because i always seem to have the same appetite as him....

naps are so refreshing! i seriously would not be able to get up at 5:30am in the morning anymore...i've been too lazy... i get up at about 6:45am every morning and barely have enough time for everything... haha

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Feeling great

Saturday, January 06, 2007

I'm really proud of myself, I got through last nights family do without overdoing my calories. I kept the snacks to a minimum, but still allowed myself a couple of bites of treats (mmm I love cheese!). I had a small serving of the steak and salad, and small serving of my mum's trifle (she'd be most offended if I didn't LOL). I thought I would have gone over calories, but when I got home and added it all up I was fine! Bonus!
This morning I was even more motivated and went out for a half hour walk, doing the Prevention Interval podcast again, which I am really enjoying. I was nearly put off doing it, I do it on an oval opposite my house, and there was a guy jogging there. I don't like other people around when I'm jiggling my wobbly bits around the oval! But I thought "stuff it!" and did it anyway. More people arrived, walking their dogs, and it was actually quite nice to be out doing healthy things with like minded people around.
I also did 225 crunches before my walk, I owed myself 25 from Friday and 100 from Saturday in the 100 crunches a day challenge. It made my tummy feel really taut while walking, which was good.
Well, off to yet another challenge.... another family do! This one is with bf's family, who are small eaters, so it should be fine. It's only afternoon tea, not a main meal.
I hope everyone else out there is feeling as good as I do right now :)
p.s. Hello to bf who discovered by blog yesterday! And is probably going to keep tabs on me ;P

  


Feeling good now

Friday, January 05, 2007

I'm feeling good right now but yesterday was a bad day. I did good with my calories and exercise, but I was SO tired. I'm not sure why, I think maybe I've been over doing it.
I wasn't going to exercise today, to give myself a rest, but thought a 30min walk would do me good. I tried out the Prevention Walking pod cast, 16min Beginner and 16min Advanced programs. They're great! The beginner was a little slow, I thought, "this is easy!". The Advanced is more the right pace for me. It was good doing the beginner first then the advanced, it was a good warm up. I think if I launched straight into the advanced I wouldn't have been able to cope as well. These podcasts are a great tool to add to my work out routine.
I have a challenge to get through today, a family BBQ. It means lots of food to negotiate. And I'm feeling fat. I've gained 6kg over the past 10 months or so. My sister just recently lost 10kg. She's always been bigger than me, and it's weird this time I'll be the frumpy one. It's great for her though, she's getting fit for her wedding and looks fantastic. She deserves to look good.
I better go and get organised.

  
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FLOWER94 1/6/2007 2:17PM

    walking as always so relaxing...especially with music! you can just go into your own little world...

it's good to give yourself a break every once in awhile...hope everything else is going awesome!

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Going strong

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Day four of the new year and I'm feeling quite positive and motivated. I think that focussing on my food and exercise is making me more aware of my current body shape, which I had been ignoring recently! But I still feel positive because I know that I'm doing something about it. I'm on my way to a healthier me.
I joined the 100 crunches a day team yesterday, and have completed my first 200 in two days. It was a little tough, but I'll get there. I remember the days when I used to see a personal trainer and I'd get through 100 in no time with little sweat.
I've been getting up at 5.30am, I'm a morning person, it's not too hard. As long as I get up as soon as the alarm goes off, and don't give myself a chance to talk myself out of it!
My exercise routine is a little out of whack with the public holiday this week. I did my weights on Tues and Thurs instead of M W F. Next week will be MWF 20 mins weights and 20 mins cardio. Tu and Th will be 20+mins cardio. And of course my 100+ crunches a day :)
I'm going to check out some low cal recipes this week, and make a shopping and meal plan for the next couple of weeks. I find this always helps to keep me on track.

  


Happy New Year!

Monday, January 01, 2007

I don't know how many times I 've "started" this journey, or yet another journal. Too many times to count. I could promise myself that I'll do this every day forever. But that's not achieveable. So instead, I'll promise myself to make good choices. Every meal is a choice to be healthy, or destructive. Every opportunity to exercise I make a choice to move, or not to move. Every time I look in the mirror I can make a choice about how to think about the reflection staring back at me.
I have been making some good choices, and some unhealthy choices in the four days or so since I have been trying to change my lifestyle. I have exercised everyday, and exercised well (ie. actually working up a sweat). My body feels pleasantly sore from long hilly walks.
I have reduced my portions sizes. I have stopped eating when I'm full.
I chose to indulge over new years. I chose to eat the party foods and enjoy a few drinks. I chose to have a big breakfast in the morning after. Then I chose to go for a fast paced walk in the afternoon, and set my alarm half an hour early for the next day to fit in more exercise.
I feel good, even though I have gained weight in the last couple of days from the new years indulgences. I know that, overall, I will make positive changes to my health, my body and my mind. I don't need to do this quickly. It's not a race. I don't have to expect that I'll look like a supermodel when I reach my goals. I do expect that I'll look healthy, my skin will glow, my muscles will be toned, my eyes will sparkle, and my face will be smiling. I do expect that I will get to a place where I won't panic if I'm invited to a friends house for a swim. I do expect that I won't get teary when trying to find something in my wardrobe that fits me properly.
The main motivator for my current "start" is a wedding in three months time. I'm going to be the head bridesmaid, and I want to look and FEEL good. But I want this journey to continue beyond the short term, and into a healthy future.
So here we go.....

  


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