Thursday, July 03, 2014
I figured this would be a good place to keep a note of my progress, feelings, achievements and downfalls! So here goes....
I guess a bit of background on someone is always good! So hi! My names Soraya, I'm 37 and woke up one morning recently, looked in the mirror and thought 'hell.....I've piled on some pounds'....I guess its easy to do, I'm in a comfortable relationship with my boyfriend, have a boring desk job, don't reeeeealllllllly like exercise and love food! Kinda the perfect combination for weight gain! On top of this I managed to give myself not 1, but 2 injuries over the last six months which meant that even though I didn't really enjoy the gym, I couldn't do anything even if I'd wanted to! Queue, a lot of sitting on the sofa, reading trashy magazines, watching awful day time TV and comfort eating my way through my healing. Then, as if that wasn't enough, I have recently been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), which adds a whole loads of things to the mix! If you're not getting proper sleep, everything else is so much harder, including loosing weight.
I don't know about you, but although I donít like working out in the gym, (I always find those places intimidating and uncomfortable), I'm not a lazy person. I have two kids, two dogs, work full time, have a house to run, love gardening (not that my garden would agree with that statement right now!) and do a lot of voluntary conservation work on the Island, from clearing and building ponds to hacking down hemlock plants in a valley, so yeah I'm not just some lump that lies front of the TV eating donuts! So for me, when 7 months after my injuries and OSA diagnosis, realising my clothes are too tight and that probably, if it wasnít for my distinctive red hair, some people probably wouldn't recognise me, I figured I needed to do something about it! So here we are, week one of the rest of my life. Don't get me wrong, I'm not huge, but I'm not comfortable with how I am either and for health reasons and the fact that I'm closer to 40 than 30, I just want to look and feel fit and healthy, I'm not doing this for anyone but me!
So here's my where I'm atÖ.Week one, starting 30 June 2014, I'm at 155lbs (not sure of all my measurements but they were taken on Monday so maybe I'll stick them up here as a comparison), I have signed up to our local Curves (much nicer setting than the usual gym) and have been going straight from work every day and completing the 30 minute circuit. This is good as well in that I'm walking there so that in itself is an extra 30 minutes exercise right there! Boom!! I've read here and there that you can loose 500 calories a session at Curves, but realistically I think its probably closer to 150/200. Either way, loosing any calories is a good thing so for the time being, I'm happy with that! I appreciate I also need to make changes to my diet, so thatís happening, with my consuming a tangerine instead of reaching for a biccie with my morning cuppa, which has now been exchanged for hot water and a slice of lemon. I guess its about making little, healthy changes and not trying to do it all at once. Thatís not going to work for me, or most people, if you feel you are being deprived or punished then thatís no fun is it? I'm viewing this first week as a bit of a warm up and getting used to exercising regularly and trying to make healthy changes to my diet.
So watch this space and we'll see where it goes!