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PAWSE for Tenacious Jungle Tigers (24 September 2014)

Monday, September 29, 2014

I'm finding it difficult to get into the habit of publically journaling again. But here I go.

emoticon Plan/Prepare

In my first WI I lost 2.4 pounds. Huge amount for me, but more that I was being mindful about nutrition and exercise. I cannot be complacent, I think this first week is because, simply that, the first week.

I have planned and shopped for a weekly menu. Apart from Tuesday evening, we will be eating at home.

Tuesday night we are going to our favourite Japanese restaurant for my birthday.

We are catching the bus into the city so neither of us needs to be the designated driver. A certain favourite bottle of champagne will be shared!


emoticon Act

I continue to accurately track nutrition and fitness minutes using the SparkPeople trackers. Every morsel, every minute.

emoticon Write and reflect

Still working out and planning my week to incorporate working almost full time. New schedules and commitments to regular exercise is paramount.

emoticon Set a goal

My goal is to lose 1lb this week.

emoticon Execute movement the Wild way!

I am riding my bicycle EVERYWHERE. I do have choices, but some would say reduced at the moment. My car has been broken for six months. Because it has been sitting around for this time, more needs to be done. I/we forgot that you need to look after the battery. But apart from not visiting family quite so often, that is, they have had to visit us, we are getting along fine.

  
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PAWSE for Tenacious Jungle Tigers (17 September 2014)

Monday, September 22, 2014

emoticon The third round of BLC has started, and this is my first PAWSE for BLC26 Tenacious Jungle Tigers. emoticon

emoticon Plan/Prepare

We have three nights ahead where we will need to prepare one dinner before going out, and two for when we get back at a time later than we usually have a meal. These are going to be out of the freezer or partly prepared. For example, curry laksa paste out of the freezer, dukkah already prepared in the fridge for the steak another night, and the Carrot, Parsnip, and Sausage Bake out of the freezer for another night.

Since the end of March we have been riding our bikes to do our weekly shopping. Some weeks this may be one trip, sometimes three. I have two panniers now and a box on top of my rear rack. My husband also has a backpack. This is serving us well, but it is not very elegant. For a birthday present to myself, I am hoping to order two 'pink' Ortlieb panniers to match my bike.

We also have milk delivered on Tuesdays, and fruit and or vegetables delivered on Thursday afternoons. I'm still getting used to this, as I need to plan meals around what is in season. This week I'm not going to get the spring vegetable box, as I have two weeks of pumpkin and cabbage to do something with, and don't want yet another pumpkin and cabbage. The pumpkin will probably be made into soup, but I'm still looking for what to do with excess cabbage.

Exercise for the moment is travelling to and fro on my bike, a circuit/strength session at the uni health and exercise clinic, and the Tenacious Jungle Tigers weekday challenges.

emoticon Act

I continue to track nutrition and fitness minutes using the SparkPeople trackers. However, this BLC round my calorie range is a little lower, so I need to be more mindful when I make up my weekly menu plan.

emoticon Write and reflect

This is my third week of new additional work, and it is taking some getting used to. I used to work 3 days/week, now I'm working two jobs to total 4 1/2 days/week. I had already applied for study leave, prior to getting the additional casual hours - funny how things work out.

So my time is not so flexible, so I will need to plan when I can get online to participate in my BLC team and the challenges.

emoticon Set a goal

My goal is to lose 10lb (~5kg) over the BLC26. It is achievable, but I really will have to give it my 100%.

emoticon Execute movement the Wild way!

Dad has given me a heap of seedlings to plant, so I will be out in the garden more, tending to the various flowers, fruit, herbs and vegetables. Not planned or intentional exercise, but activity to get me more on my feet!

  
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HAWTGRANNY2014 9/24/2014 11:03AM

    Hey, you can do this. Just take it one step at a time. Good planning is a trial and error process because sometimes life gets in the way. Good luck and the tigers are behind you on this journey. You are not alone.

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PAWSE for Tenacious Jungle Tigers (9 July 2014)

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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Up 0.5lb, alcohol units 9, water 7, calorie range days 1, fitness 4, participation 3, not eating next to computer 6, gratitude 1 (having a warm fire and warm bed when it is cold outside).

emoticon Plan/Prepare

Anticipating our delivery from Aussie Farmers Direct tomorrow, I have already done a weekly menu plan. We have decided to get two boxes this time, i.e. separate vegetable box and separate fruit box rather than a 'couples' fruit and vegetable box. I think other couples must eat less fruit and vege and or they allow for more eating out. This week there are many winter or soup vegetables in the vegetable box, so I am going to make three different soups this week.

emoticon Act

I will continue to use the SparkPeople nutrition and fitness trackers.

emoticon Write and Reflect

Up 0.5lb (0.2kg) this week. My stars show that there was only one day that I earned the maximum number of stars, and one day that I was within my calorie range. Also, I tracked my lowest ever fitness minutes this week at 285 minutes.

I think I'm still in a mental fug from the previous couple of weeks. I recognise that I should just shake myself off, and get on with it. But I'm struggling to focus on my me and my goals.

On the good news front, while getting my eye checked by the doctor I asked about my anti-cholesterol tablets as I had just got my last script. I saw a different dr, because the dr I usually see you have to make an appointment about two weeks ahead. Anyway, it turns out that this dr is a specialist in heart disease and strokes, and showed me some slides from a presentation that he gave. He said that women with my cholesterol values don't get strokes or heart disease. So we agreed that I would not take the tablets for three months, get tested again and see what they are like. Both doctors think that it is my increased exercise that has got my values in such a good range, because I don't think we are eating any differently, only that I am careful to eat appropriate portions most of the time. Anyway, it will be good to have $36.90/month to spend on something else for a while.

emoticon Set a goal

My goal this week is to eat within my calorie range.

emoticon Execute movement the Wild way!

The GCC has a mini challenge this weekend. On Saturday or Sunday you have to beat your personal best. I'm going to give it a whorl.

  
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belated PAWSE for Tenacious Jungle Tigers (2 July 2014)

Sunday, July 06, 2014



This is a belated PAWSE. I am writing it on the weekend, instead of the previous Wednesday, so I feel my thoughts about the previous week (Wed 25 Jun - Tue 1 July) are a little less certain even though I have had more time for reflection.

Down 1.6lb (don't get excited, I'm still not back to the lowest I have been on the BLC25 so far), alcohol units 12, water 7, calorie range days 2, fitness 6, participation 6, not eating next to computer 2, gratitude 3 (husband that is able and willing to promptly fix my broken bike, having a warm fire to be next to when it is cold, having a job that provides personal leave).

emoticon Plan/Prepare

While working at home on Friday, a representative for Aussie Farmers Direct called. It was just the right time, as we were looking for other places to shop (having had to return vegetables that were rotten and meat that was past its use by date), and I was considering shopping online so that we could buy from local producers. So I signed up, for our first delivery to arrive the following Thursday.

On Saturday, the shopping trip on my bicycle was to be the last to what had become our regular supermarket.

I bent my rear rim on my bicycle coming back from doing the shopping (Sat 28 June). I was feeling nervous about a car that was edging to get past me, and I was not looking at the kerb that was immediately in front of me. I managed to stand on the peddles and lift the front of the bike, but the weight of the shopping meant that the back wheel hit the kerb. I managed to keep the bike upright, but the shopping bounced out (but stayed intact apart from the bag it was in), my basket bent and broke beyond repair, and the rear steel rim was creased. We cobbled the basket together (kept lifting the bent frame up), and limped home.

Three days later after lots of effort on my husband's part I had a new secondhand rear rim and we fitted the panniers that I bought a few months ago. So we were all set for the next weekend's shopping. However, as we had ordered a box of fruit and vegetables to be delivered on the Thursday, we expect that we will be buying less on the weekend that needed to go on our bicycles. But we are planning on going to a different supermarket, that is a co-operative in our State, rather than one of the two major supermarkets.

emoticon Act

I am continuing to use the SparkPeople nutrition and fitness trackers. But as my stars www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
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and trackers have shown, it is all very well tracking, but I need to act on what I interpret from these observations.

emoticon Write and Reflect

Down 1.6lb (0.7kg) this week. My stars show that there was only one day that I earned the maximum number of stars, and two days that I was within my calorie range.

With only three weeks to go in the BLC25, I'll have to work hard to get below the lowest weight achieved in this round so far.

My bike is my main method of transport, and I think being without it affected me more than I thought. But then on Monday night, walking back from the postbox, I was hit in the eye by something thrown directly at me from a car. I was waiting on the footpath to cross the road, a car pulled up, someone shouted something to get my attention - so I was looking right at them when they threw. I didn't see them, as it was twilight, so they (four of them) were silhouettes in the car. I didn't manage to get the number plate, or if I did I forgot, as I was left holding my face in my hands. Nobody stopped or came to assist me, and I walked home with my hand over my eye. I have been checked by the doctor and my eye is ok, just doing what eyes do when they are traumatised. I have had two days off work, but went in for one day and took codeine to alleviate the pain. I still have a sore head, so haven't been exercising vigorously, but tried to keep moving by walking.

emoticon Set a goal

My goal this week is to eat within my calorie range.

emoticon Execute movement the Wild way!

As per the previous week - stand, walk, and ride my bike as much as possible.

  
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tolerable, desired, or ideal (PAWSE for Tenacious Jungle Tigers (25 June 2014))

Thursday, June 26, 2014



Up 2.0lb (largest increase to date), alcohol units 9, water 7, calorie range days 6, fitness 6, participation 3, not eating next to computer 3, gratitude 3 (the amazing urban landscape next to the river that I ride along to get to work, partner that steps in when he sees that I am struggling, being able to share the preparation and eating of healthy nutritious food).

emoticon Plan/Prepare

I feel like the weather girl at the moment :) I seem to be always talking about whether it will be sunshine or rain for our weekly shopping trip. But it is important, as my bike is not really set up for getting the shopping home AND dry. Anyway, it is going to be sunny both Friday and Saturday, so we can take our pick.

Aiming to increase my fitness minutes this week by adding the Tenacious Jungle Tiger's exercise activities rather than including them in my schedule.

It has been too cold for me to get out running in the morning or evening. I know this sounds like the dog ate my homework type of excuse, but I have never run in this temperature (2-6degC ~ 36-43degF) being that I only started running October last year, i.e. Spring. So I will peddle my bike a bit further this weekend, or catch the bus into town to see about getting some clothes that runners wear when it is cold.

emoticon Act

I am continuing to use the SparkPeople nutrition and fitness trackers. In addition, I am still sticking stars into my diary www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=56
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which is a reward in of itself. But I really must push on if I want those bigger rewards.

emoticon Write and Reflect

Up 2.0lb (0.9kg) this week. This is the largest increase to date, and almost wipes the slow and steady losses that I have been making over the first half of the BLC25.

My stars show that there was only two days that I earned the maximum number of stars. Exercise, water, and calorie range are ok. It is my lack of participation and eating next to the computer that are the issue.

In addition, I know that while I have been exercising six days out of seven, it is not the intensity and or number of minutes that I was previously achieving. But thinking about this, my energy levels have been way down this week (and previous weeks), either due to lack of sleep or recognising that my mind is back on the mouse wheel.

I'm also wondering whether I have become complacent about reaching my goals. I set two goals; a desired weight and an ideal or dream weight. My desired weight is the top end of the range for my age, height, etc. However, I reached my desired weight near the start of the BLC25, and so far (even with the increase this week), I am 2.7lbs (~1.2kg) below this, and was heading towards my 'ideal' weight. Currently, I am within 8.4lbs (3.8kg) of my ideal weight. It is not realistic to expect that I am going to be able to do this within the next four weeks of BLC25.

Although I have gained this last week, by measurements show that in the last month:

emoticonwaist - same
emoticonhips - same
emoticonchest - increase 2.5cm (being female, I'm sure if this is better, but my back looks a lot more toned)
emoticonthighs - decrease 2.5cm (I measured both just to check, thank goodness they decreased by the same amount!)
emoticoncalf - decrease 1.25cm (left), decrease 1.5cm (right) (I suspect this is because I have not been running as much the last four weeks)

This indicates that my shape is changing, and I welcome the decrease in my thighs, almost a whole inch (2.5cm)! I have been doing a lot more strength training, so perhaps the weight is in the toning up? However, I was recently assessed at work, and while I got a clean bill of health including super duper marks for the risk factors for cholesterol, diabetes, etc. I was on the upper limit of percentage fat. Which I was told not to worry about as it is just above the healthy range. I'm not worrying about it, but it is one figure out of all of them that is not within the normal healthy range. So I want to work on that!

Interestingly, when first thinking about three goal weights; tolerable, desired, and ideal (or dream) weight I was thinking conservatively. But now that I am between my ideal and desired goal weights, I can see other measurements need to come into play. I still have a 'grabbable gut' as per the LiveLighther promotion livelighter.com.au/the-facts/
about-toxic-fat
. Although, by their risk calculator livelighter.com.au/tools-and-
resources/calculate-your-risk
I am healthy. But I'm thinking that I may need to get more into the healthy weight range and or percentage fat range to lose this - being that it is mostly fat!

emoticon Set a goal

My goal is to lose the 2.0lb that I put on this week by tracking and earning my five stars. If it doesn't budge, have a rethink about my goals.

emoticon Execute movement the Wild way!

Stand, walk, and ride my bike as much as possible.

  
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