I need to fine tune my weekly goals, so onto plan C.
Eating at the low end of my calorie range by eating smaller portions is working well, but I need to improve measuring or weighing. Also, I have found I can reduce or halve bread, rice, and pasta servings to achieve the lower end of calorie range without having to think about smaller portions of the main dish. For example, I would rather have more kangaroo fillet, than the recommended serving size of polenta.
Exercising is proving to be problematic. I need to up the frequency, duration and or intensity and I don't seem to be able to settle down into a routine. This is mainly due to a few unexpected events, but I don't feel that I am planning well enough to manage when these things happen. So I mostly miss out on my morning exercise
Also, the Tai Chi didn't work out. The class is 2 1/2 hours long once per week. I just don't feel that I can commit that much time all in one session for the term of my natural life. In addition, the pace of the class was too slow for me. The class is made up of a core group of 'mature' men and women and it is conducted at the local senior citizens' club, so the new class has attracted a larger proportion of people from the club. I got impatient with the number of rest breaks, and didn't need the number of repetitions to learn a new move. It was ideal location wise, as it was a 15 minute walk from home.
On the plus side I am riding my bike more. I got accepted into an extracurricular programme at uni, so I am going more often, so I rode my bike five days out of five last week, and this week I'll get four rides in over four days.
I also learnt something about myself on a ride home last week. My partner left a message on my voice mail at work to say that he was ringing from a neighbour's house, that he had just put a chicken in the oven to roast, and the door had slammed shut when he stepped outside to put the skin and fat in the bokashi bin. I was in the middle of something at work, but having sorted that, decided to jump on my bike and ride home knowing that I was a maximum of 30 minutes away thinking that the butterflied chicken will be well done by the time I get home and the house will not have burnt down.
My ride was only 20 minutes! And this was into a head wind - the easterly that had blown the door shut on my partner. And I wasn't really puffed either. So I can go faster when I want to
On the equipment front, I haven't found my skipping rope yet, but there are still some places to look. If I can't find it I'll get a new one as I want to visit the shop to get a resistance band anyway. I also managed to get some new shoes to walk and run in, prior to starting the Walk2Run programme in May. They were only $19, and were comfy straight away. Perhaps not ideal, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money in case I was not going to keep up the running. They have turned out fine for walking and jumping (practising skipping without a rope), so I don't mind if they are not suitable for running at this stage.
Onto plan C this week:
1. Reduce portions at main meals to eat at lower end of calorie range.
2. Continue to ride my bike more often, skip, and try a new SP video each week.
3. Minimise calorie dense drinks by not eating or drinking while at computer.