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Day 334

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I need to up my fresh and raw vegetable and fruit intake. These are some of the ways I am doing this.

Full fruit smoothies - am now keeping my blender out on the bench top. NO EXCUSES LAZY GIRL.
Chopped apple on my muesli every morning
Celery sticks, carrot and cucumber sticks in the fridge ready for a quick snack
Cantaloupe diced and ready to eat for dessert
When making Crusoe's school lunch, take 10 more minutes to prepare a fresh salad and separate dressing, for my own lunch.
Put an apple or banana in my swim bag for a post workout snack.
Make a small easy salad to have as an entree or side with dinner.

(pic from fitasf*

If you want some make-ahead salad ideas like the salad-in-a-jar, below, go to

Make these into HABITS. Make them into NORMAL. Make them into a part of who I am.

Today I decided to commit to go for a swim. I posted in a forum that I would, and what time I would go. I put my alarm on, so if I was emersed in some thing else I would be reminded.

I went.

I did 40 laps in 40 mins, mixed strokes. That's a kilometre. I am very, very happy(except for the water I STILL have in my ear)

I signed myself up for swimming lessons. I can swim, but this way I get an hour's 'workout' with a 'coach' each week, honing my skills and being pushed more. What's more, it only costs $15 a week, and includes use of the pool anytime plus sauna, spa AND any aqua aerobic classes I might wish to go to. Fifteen dollars is nothing compared to what I used to spend on excess food every week. I think I have got a bargain. The swimming coach knows me already, and knows where I am wanting to head. She's worked hard to lose weight herself (successfully) and is very supportive. She's even invited me to train with her and her swimming buddies on another day! I am most impressed and am excited to have another workout to add to my routine.

So here we stand right now:

Mondays - Couch to 10k program (30min and building)
Tuesdays - Swimming lesson
Wednesdays - (the BIG cardio day) Couch to 10k program AND swim training with Amanda (but not the added swim for another month - I need a little more fitness first)
Thursdays - swim 1 km
Fridays - Couch to 10k program
Saturdays - swim 1km
Sundays - easy walk/hike (rest day)

When I get my 1km swim down to 30 minutes I shall up it to 1.5km - 60 laps.

5 days a week - 10 mins strength training.
Everyday Walk to school with Crusoe riding bike (at some stage will incorporate the Couch to 10k program into this - once Crusoe rides better and I have more fitness)

Looks like I FINALLY have a structured exercise routine, that meets my needs and my goals!
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    You, my dear are a powerhouse! I think you've got this down! 40 friggin' laps in 40 minutes?! Seriously?! I'm surprised you haven't dropped a size yet! That is some vigorous swimming! Btw, dearest what is the couch to 10k program?

    And by all means take up your swim coach's offer, what a blessing!

    Thanks so much for the links, always looking for fresh ideas. emoticon

    1977 days ago
    The drinks and salads in the jars look so yummy, almost too pretty to eat! You're doing such a great job!
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    1977 days ago
    So glad you are keeping with your swim plan! Keep doing it!

    I'm on my way to check out the salad website. Thanks for including the links!
    1979 days ago
  • LISAMG1220
    Those are some wonderful ideas and the salads look yummy! I love how you planned out the week, I may just steal that idea! :) Great job sister....keep it up!!
    1979 days ago
    I love those salads Jenny. You aare teaching me lots of good habits.
    I don't think I could do 40 laps so you are amazing. Keep it up.
    I should think about the pool now that it's getting warmer - 34 tomorrow.
    Have a great day and you have a great plan. emoticon emoticon
    1979 days ago
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