VAPIDWENCH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VAPIDWENCH VAPIDWENCH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Armageddon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666316 You try thinking of a punny arm title. <BR> <BR> Woe is me. The first walking related injury is incurred. Blisters? A pulled muscle, perhaps? No. I've one word for you, and that word is .... Chafing. Yeah. If your delicate sensibilities aren't up to chafing talk - look away now, but I promise you, it's not what you think. <BR> <BR> 'Fat arms' were invented back in the mid noughties, and that's the plain truth. It only took a single picture of Madonna's spectacular biceps, and suddenly, who... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:22:24 EST Another Saturday, Another 9 Mile Walk... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664615 Thames Path Challenge: Training Walk 2. <BR> &#8203; <BR> Rather than ramble on about the sunshine, and the .... pfff, I don't know, *walking*, and the trees, bla bla bla, I figured I should tell you a little about my Grandmother: the woman who inspired me to sign up for a challenge that may well kill me. After all, there's five months of training to go, plenty of time for tales of muddy footpaths... <BR> <BR> "She Ain't Like Other Grandmothers, She's Maaaaaad" <BR> <BR> Once upon a time, ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 21:20:08 EST The Perils of Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659316 Thames Path Challenge Training Walk, Week One: 8.43 miles, 157 minutes. <BR> <BR> Today was the first of the 'Training Walks', an accidental 8.43 miles (should have been a flat six), but I found myself taken with the idea of ranging about off-road trails, and thus lured deeper and deeper into the waiting maw of the local sand dunes. <BR> <BR> When you're out on long walks in all that healthy fresh air and sunshine (excuse me, I just need to finish coughing up a lung here), trying to navigat... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:34:10 EST Slight Return - Grand Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652998 It's been a while Spark folk. A long while. A while between being super-fit and on kilter, and hitting the cakes hard. We've all got stories about how we fall off the wagon; one minute you feel super-motivated, the next... you're trapped in the middle of a runaway snowball, hurtling down hill, your little legs sticking out, wiggling away. <BR> <BR> So, yeah. I could tell you stories of stressing, of illness, of the crazy world inside my poor up and down brain, but, I don't think it's import... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:25:44 EST Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348557 Due to ... mayhem and hotel issues, and running incredibly behind schedule, I only have a few very limited photos from Saturday. None of which are terribly spectacular. I ended up throwing piles of green glitter on rather than a nice even layer of body paint complete with spectacular make-up. Hey-ho. Who wants to look fabulous when you can look like a frog crossed with Gollum anyway. <BR> <BR> Despite the hotel system crashing; reallocating our rooms (causing no end of problems), we all had... Tue, 7 May 2013 11:45:25 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344984 Hey guys, I'm off out later - and it's one of the big nights that I've been working towards. The Wizard of Oz Bachelorette night, and me Wicked Witching it up in a slinky backless dress.... <BR> <BR> There'll be pictures tomorrow, but the slinky backless dress, the dress that I've been fretting over and working so hard towards. It doesn't fit. Let that sink in a minute. <BR> <BR> It. Doesn't. Fit. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... It's too big! <BR> <BR> Honestly, I'... Sat, 4 May 2013 03:02:22 EST What does May bring? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342371 If April brings the showers, where are my May flowers? <BR> <BR> Honestly, this is going to be a tough month; it's all weddings and hen parties and socialising; there isn't a weekend where I'm not out with people in potentially calorific situations. And do you know what, that's okay. I've worked so hard to get to this month and get to a size 10 and .... <BR> <BR> Well the bad news is that I'm not a 10. Not yet, but it's not for want of trying (despite the odd slip up), and if I can't enjo... Wed, 1 May 2013 19:20:05 EST Sweet Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341060 <BR> Holy moly I'm tired. Not the kind of tired where you fall into a dead sleep; the kind that keeps your mind awake, even though your body's long given up the ghost. With that in mind maybe it's time to talk about dreams... not ones where you're suddenly naked and/or late to an exam! Aspirations. <BR> <BR> I have two fitness related dreams. Number one: be trim enough to wear a bikini (despite all the stretch marks). Number two: to be able to execute hand-clap push ups. <BR> <BR> Yup, ha... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:39:04 EST "Getting It" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337001 Kettlebells, spinning,' Body Attack!', Hiking, Boxing ... Phew what an backside busting week it's been. Is it too little too late? Y'know for that slinky dress next weekend? ... We'll see. There's seven days to go, and while that's not going to affect massive changes, another pound or two is feasible. <BR> <BR> One thing is certain I'll think twice before giving into my binging habit because this has been seriously hardcore, and you can double underline that. I've sweated absolute buckets - ... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 04:26:40 EST Weighing It All Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333694 So there I was, having an awesome time of it, when ... bang! Hormones, cramps, bloating and yes it's that dreaded 'Time of the Month'. Don't mind me while I just pass out and eat chocolate. <BR> <BR> Or not. Well, maybe a bit of chocolate. When 'things' are going to a timetable it's easier to ignore the cravings and hunger. Sadly that's not always the case... my tubes and innards have a mind of their own and I don't always know when I'm being racked by wretched hormone-based cravings! <BR> ... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 05:11:31 EST Shut Up Scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330255 It's one of those weeks; despite eating well, drinking plenty of water and exercising like a mad thing, the scale is showing a 3lb gain. For once I'm not inclined to believe it. I've done absolutely everything right, including sensible eating during a party. Over the last week I've been really pleased with my fitness and commitment, and while it would be nice if the scale could reflect that ... it's not inclined to oblige. Of course the ol' morale is boosted by the fact that clothes aren't te... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 02:56:31 EST A Few Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324554 We run marathons to cross finish lines, to accomplish goals, and to prove to ourselves and others that there is nothing that cannot be achieved without hard work and dedication. Some people run for others, some run only for themselves. All ages, all abilities, they run to cross the finish line. <BR> <BR> Yesterday night (UK time), NBC Sports reported that runners kept on running, step by step right past the ruined end. They ran on to hospitals, to give blood. Some people want to cause hurt... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:22:01 EST What a Ding Dong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323144 Oh real life, why must you get in my highly motivated way?! You're like leaves on a train line... yes, I said leaves; if you're British you'll know how many rail delays they cause. Seriously. Leaves. <BR> <BR> Everything seems to be happening this week: I'm hosting a decoration making party for my friend's Oz themed hen (batchelorette) night, there's also a a theatre trip with one pal and another is moving so we need to go out for goodbye drinks. All that sounds pretty fun right? It's the ki... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:54:25 EST Running - What Am I thinking?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322417 <BR> 5:20 am. T-10 minutes to run, here I am peering out into the dark, wondering if it's cold. At least it's not raining, yet. I decide to add a few layers. Better to be safe than sorry. Why am I doing this? It's going to rain... <BR> <BR> 5:30 am. Blast off. Music kicks in, Zombies, Run story starts, I'm feeling good. Why did I ever stop doing this?! Skies remain clear. <BR> <BR> 5:38 am. Just passed the first mile. Hell, yeah! <BR> <BR> 5.39 am. Oh god, how much further?! What was tha... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 02:36:12 EST Hardcore April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318833 Ow! Oh boy, there's not a single inch of me that isn't aching. Between the blisters on my hands (kettlebells), the blisters of my feet (running), the sore thighs, sore arms.... I've DOMS therefore I am. <BR> <BR> I never thought I'd be so happy. <BR> <BR> I've a month and a bit to get into top bridesmaid shape and I am rearing to go, except there's one tiny problem: since New Year my weight loss has slowed dramatically. First there was a plateau, then stressing about the plateau then thin... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:03:13 EST Tales from Kettlebell Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317729 Great kettlebell session last night: I worked my backside off (I've got the hand blisters to prove it too), and I had quite a few positive comments from the other guys about my fitness level, so that was nice. Best of all though, the new people. Fresh meat! <BR> <BR> Yup. Two new guys started last night; both extremely fit and, dare I say it, they both had a little bit of a swagger as they sized up their choice of 12kg weights. You could hear a collective intake of breath at such a bold mov... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 22:22:01 EST Stomach Full of Greens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301181 If you showed me a table full of delicious desserts and told me I was free to pick one, I'd smile and politely tell you thanks, but no thanks. My inner ravenous Wench (who does to cakes what Godzilla did to Toyko), she'd be salivating and raging, but the pressure of being judged would stop me. And chosing. Oh, how to chose from all those lovely imaginary desserts... <BR> <BR> And I know, I know: people should have better things to do than make petty judgements (though you might think twice a... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:39:48 EST Touch, Pause, Engage. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298692 Sometimes you have to take a deep breath, pause and gather yourself. In a rugby game, just before a scrum, the ref will tell the pack to "touch, pause and engage". <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2110914177.jpg"> <BR> Then the two opposing teams smash into each other and fight for the advantage. Okay, that's the positive bit, let's get back to the "pause". <BR> <BR> Last week wasn't a complete standstill: I continued to exercise, including rocking a 10kg kett... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 21:06:49 EST Kettlebloggin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289279 Before I get started first of all let me say thanks to everyone who's taken the time to read and/or comment. I really appreciate having a space here to rattle on, but above all thank you for all the support, because I'm fairly sure I'd be in a bit of a mess otherwise. <BR> <BR> Okay. Kettleblogging... here's a sort of 'live' blog of Friday's kettlebells session. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2100330113.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 4:55 Leave house - kettlebell class is... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 22:40:45 EST Tales from the Manic bit of Manic Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286658 When the bards sing of me, well.. there'll be no shortage of salacious gossip, but one of the absolute facts is that I am an insanely anally retentive gift wrapper. Insane. I'll line up pattern edges on gift wrap, I love shopping for ribbons and tissue, and I will drive myself mad when something is a frustratingly weird shape. Where am I going with this... okay, let's go back to that last point: I will drive myself mad. <BR> <BR> I spent part of today going a little bit haywire because some... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:39:23 EST Ticking Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285692 It may come as some surprise that I'm sometimes lost for words. No moans, no rants, no celebrations or queries. Even my injured knee is improving, in a steady sort of fashion. <BR> <BR> I'm ticking along; working hard at the physical stuff and enjoying it. While trying to maintain balance with the eating. Aside from the odd mad moment, healthy eating is by and large a pleasure rather than a chore. Do I need to crack the mad moments, yes, because ultimately they hold me back, but I'm trying d... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:58:16 EST I Want To Break Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281721 Attempts to find food balance still continue. Yesterday wasn't so much a slip up as a decision to make a lot of bad choices, enjoy them for what they are and live with the consequences. A couple of weeks ago I'd have been manic in the aftermath of a binge. I know that for a fact, because a couple of weeks ago I was pretty much doing the same thing. <BR> <BR> Once again it's all just a little case of history repeating, except for the post-eating frustrations and recrimination Today all I've... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 21:35:44 EST Knees Up Mother Brown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279283 Tip-bloody-top, I've only managed to damage my bloody knee. Not too badly I hope: I most likely overdid it a bit during 'Body Attack' last night. Body Attack. Grrr. Attack the fat, not my poor useless knee! <BR> <BR> I can still get about, albeit at a reduced rate: I'm confined to comfortable shoes (no massive difference there) and no strenuous, knee stressing exercises - meaning no kettlebells this evening. The swings would have been fine, but I've taken a cue from my knee to give myself a... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 19:01:28 EST Making Room for the Spectacular http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277754 I could tell you about my aches and pains (ooh, me knees), about the amount of sweat the poured off me in Body Step and Body Attack (buckets), or about the ups and downs of the past few days of exercise classes - kettlebells for instance was completely disrupted by two women who talked and moaned and held everyone up. Not beginners either - they've gone for a while, but one was in a bad mood and it quickly infected everyone.... Er, but I won't. It's a bit dull really. <BR> <BR> In fact I'd r... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 17:41:13 EST &#8203;Conversation with my Stubborn Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274317 Me: "Hey SJs, any chance that you'll fit today?" <BR> SJs: "Did I fit in December?" <BR> Me: "No", <BR> SJs: "Did I fit in January?" <BR> &#8203;Me: "No", <BR> &#8203;SJ: "Tell me, did I fit in February? Did I?"&#8203;&#8203; <BR> Me: "No... in fact I still couldn't pull you up past my thi..." <BR> SJs: "THEN IT'S HARDLY LIKELY THAT I'LL FIT TODAY IS IT?!" <BR> Me: "No need to be rude". <BR> <BR> This is what life has come to&#8203;; being &#8203;sneered at by &#8203;bargain &#8203;denim fro... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 12:28:24 EST The Road to Hell ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273006 "I was thinking of doing the Race for Life...", said my Mum as soon she walked through the door. No time for pleasantries, and yet she didn't seem that enthusiastic. <BR> " Well done", I replied, as one is wont to do. <BR> "... but", she paused, "only if you will", which got my attention. As did the next four words, "so I entered you". <BR> <BR> That, ladies and gentlemen, is how I find myself signed up to my first race in two years. 5K 'Race for Life', on behalf of Cancer Research. I'm not... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 16:10:51 EST I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271586 I have a question. Why is it that I'm willing to make big trade-offs late at night? I'm positively obsequious in my desire to make the kind of huge concessions that only hamper progress come the dawn. Why instead aren't I looking forward to a new day and further development? <BR> <BR> I've written previously about how I enjoy late night snacks; I keep irregular hours so I'm comfortable with having a bowl of cereal when there's just owls for company. For the most part a bowl of cereal is all ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 19:16:57 EST Great Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266395 Sometimes it's hard to marry up people's expectations with your own. Hell, my own ambitions barely seem to meet up with reality, but that's a different blog post: let's get back to this one. <BR> <BR> It's only been four months of this fitness and health malarkey; my healthy habits are still a bit of a shock to some and they can cause some ... issues. Next week is my friend S's birthday: she wants me to go out with a small group of her friends for cake and cocktails. <BR> <BR> Dum, dum, ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:25:17 EST Ad Hoc Update Week 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264722 Since February is almost over let's recap this month's trials and adventures: <BR> <BR> 1) Feeling demotivated: I spent the first part of the month without any get up and go - though I ploughed regardless both with eating and exercise. Points for determination. <BR> <BR> 2) I pledged to give up the scales for a bit... not so successful on that one. I'm utterly, utterly conscious of hitting a plateau (seconded by no change in the fit of clothes). Mind you, it's a plateau that hasn't exactly ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 13:02:50 EST On The 'Extraordinary Science of Junk Food' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262390 "It’s called vanishing caloric density,” Witherly said. “If something melts down quickly, your brain thinks that there’s no calories in it . . . you can just keep eating it forever.” <BR> <BR> The sentences above are taken from the NY Times article 'The Extraordinary Science of Junk Food', posted by fellow sparker SWIMMAN. It's a thorough investigation into the techniques used by food manufacturers to keep people happy and addicted to junk. "you can just keep eating it forever", wasn't the o... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 17:57:42 EST Bats In The Attic Part II: Pogo-ing in Quicksand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259538 What a difference a day makes. <BR> <BR> First of all thanks to everyone who commented yesterday: I was a little hesitant concerning writing about floundering and self sabotage. I've posted before about 'bad days', and I'll be the first to admit that I'm not perfect, but admitting that I'm at a stage where there's something else going on was incredibly hard. It felt like admitting to failing: for every step forward there's one back. I've got goals to focus on - short, middling and long, but... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 05:10:10 EST Bats in the Attic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258304 I've gotten down to this current weight before, usually without the stomach fat, but.... hey-ho, the joys of getting older. Sorry, where was I, oh yes - gotten down to this weight before: three times. I've rarely gone under and never for very long. <BR> <BR> I want that to change. I want to be healthier, I want to be confident, and although on balance I feel pretty good about myself at the moment, it has more to do with how proud I am of myself for working hard than how pleased I am with my... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 05:36:21 EST Living and Learning, Again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257496 Some days are diamonds, some days are stones, and some days are just bloody chewing gum stuck to the sole of your bloody shoe, and no matter how hard you try you just can't scrap the damn thing off! <BR> <BR> Three guesses as to who's been having chewing gum days? The poor decisions of one evening have spilled over into the rest of the week; meaning that on Monday night I got into a fight with a tub of frozen yoghurt (amongst other things), and lost. Yeah. <BR> <BR> I'd spent the weekend ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:34:20 EST One of Those Annoying 'Gosh, Darn, I'm So Positive' Posts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253216 Let's step off the scale for a moment, metaphorically speaking. I've got to say I've had a great week. Instead of being stuck inside working and fretting, there's been a wide variety of mischief to manage - long, long walks, new books, plotting and scheming for a hen night, making plans, being sociable... Wowsers, I'll be glad of pay day! However, I'm also really enthused about how much fun life has become. <BR> <BR> Two things have made that possible: internally there's been lots of hard ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 02:09:45 EST Distractions, Distractions, Dis... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250785 ... oh god, someone give me some chocolate! <BR> <BR> I'm not joking. Cast me in Oliver Twist, "food, glorious food!", what wouldn't I give for? There are some days when the healthy meals and low fat 'fake plastic cheese' slices don't cut it. I've had breakfast; it's a long way until snack time and yet I am starving. Starving! Wasting away! <BR> <BR> ... Or perhaps not. <BR> <BR> Let's go through the motions. First up, drink a glass of water. Glug/check. Second make sure it's been at leas... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:07:26 EST Conversations with Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247052 I've been looking over some old blog posts of mine. Here's something that made me smile: <BR> <BR> " [F]ingers crossed I can look back at this post and keep some perspective because believe you (future) me, the fat girl typing right now is going to be very proud and utterly, utterly jealous of the skinny jeans you'll be wearing on Saturday nights. <BR> <BR> If I got fit once, I can do it again, and maybe, just maybe, I can learn from the burn-out mistakes. There's no time for recrimination... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:14:52 EST The Countdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245657 26 <BR> 24 <BR> 22 <BR> ... And so on, right down to zero. This is a countdown of the pounds I can safely hope to lose before my friend's wedding. It all seems so simple on the page; numbers melting away with no dint of the passage of time or the effort required. Somewhere in the gaps between black and white lurk swinging kettlebells and hours of boxing. There's also the knowledge that I won't be finished at zero, but the last fourteen pounds will have a different timescale... <BR> <BR> "S... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 21:45:10 EST Day 1 of the 30 Day Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245258 I've had more 'Day ones' than there are actual days in the 30DS. Maybe even almost as many as I've had hot dinners... or ... on second thoughts perhaps not. Many times have I started, many times have I been defeated/bored/lazy. Not every time though; back in 2011 I actually completed the 30 Day Shred a few times over, then moved onto Ripped in 30, and then I gave up. <BR> <BR> You all know about it, I'm sure. The bonuses; it only takes 20 minutes and it really does get you fit, the negative... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:31:18 EST Being Rational http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242274 At the start of this month I decided that I wouldn't weigh in, and I wouldn't try comparison clothing on. It's, er, easier said than done, and it's only eight days in! <BR> <BR> It's been very tempting to check the scales; I get the impression that there's been some sort of tangible difference that I'd really like to know about, but are positive feelings about my progress and commitment worth jeopardising for a bad scale result? No. Scales are fickle creatures after all. <BR> <BR> I have h... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 00:18:35 EST A Story About Trousers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241878 About ten years ago I owned a pair of trousers, hang on. Bad start, I've owned trousers since then - things would have been very cold otherwise! Let's start again.... <BR> <BR> About ten years ago I owned a very specific pair of trousers. Brown and utterly unremarkable in many ways. Size 16 said the label, and who was I to argue; I bought them, begrudgingly, without trying them on. <BR> <BR> They didn't fit. <BR> <BR> Now, this was a period of rapid ... swelling. Think a balloon, but wit... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 17:02:09 EST A Bit of Zip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239162 Life. It's all swings and roundabouts, eh? A broken sound system in last night's zumba left me shuffling about like tracksuit clad reanimated corpse; the odd limb twitching in discordant spasms, puncturing the imagined rhythms. Just what I needed. The class should have been an hour, but given the stoppages and the lack of intensity, it felt more like a poor twenty minutes. I came home feeling short of a workout! <BR> <BR> But, if there's one thing you can depend on it's a tough time in kett... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 19:00:38 EST Friday Evening, 5:15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237184 Almost every Friday at 5:15 (GMT), you'll find me at the local Leisure Centre - the Rec'. Staring at a clock, ignoring the weight at my feet, while I struggle to convince myself that in seventy five minutes' time I'll be feeling really good about choosing to go to kettlebells. <BR> <BR> I'll allow myself the thinking time because it's too late. I've paid. I'm here. Before that it's strictly auto-pilot; trainers on, headphones in, one foot in front of the other: go. <BR> <BR> Friday classes ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 13:05:24 EST Mini February Goals and Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232185 Carrots and Sticks, Carrots and Sticks! <BR> <BR> Sticks: <BR> Push-ups every day. One for every day in February. Thank the stars that there's only 28! <BR> <BR> And that's it. One goal. I'll still be logging and tracking, and boxing and kettlebelling, and all the rest, all while I try to find my commitment and enthusiasm (I could eat the world right now). Push-ups and I haven't exactly been friends so trying to get a bit better at them is a big thing, but doing one a day for every day wor... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:43:41 EST Holy Raging Bulls Batman! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230773 Boxercise. It has lots of advantages in the stress busting and bicep building department, but there are issues too. First is constant struggle not to say "check out my guns", especially when one still has bingo wings, though seriously, check 'em out, there's muscle there! Ha! Muscle! Second: smelly gloves. Top tip to anyone thinking of taking up boxercise, invest in little bottles of hand sanitiser. Third: the aching afterwards. <BR> <BR> I ache when I spin because those saddles are ambitio... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:24:30 EST Happy Accidents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230483 To paraphrase Withnail & I, today I went on a walk by "mistake". No, I didn't I find myself half way down the road in my pyjamas or anything like that; there was a process of putting the trainers on, clicking the lead on the dog's collar, etc. etc., but it was supposed to be a short walk, just something to keep the Moon Jogger miles ticking over. <BR> <BR> Moon Joggers, for those not in the know is a project to collectively walk to the moon: teams or individuals pledge to walk 1000 miles in... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:05:01 EST A Better Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229127 When you're feeling all of a jitter, demoralised, fed up and faithless there's nothing quite like swinging a chunk of metal around to right all wrongs. Least not for me, though I need to work harder if I'm going to make "chunk of metal" into a pithy maxim. <BR> <BR> Good old kettlebells. <BR> <BR> I'm still not quite in the right head-space, by which I mean the "yey, this is fun, I'm achieving things!" zone. But I'm slogging along anyway. I'm logging, I'm exercising and I'm busting my back... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:45:11 EST Ad Hoc Update: Month Four... Arghhh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227708 First off, let's talk about logging. I am compulsive about logging, except when I choose not to be. I swear by it as a tool, except when I don't want to know (can you spot a pattern?). I feel fuller after meals that have been properly logged, except maybe later I'll check to see how many calories I can splurge on a snack. In all my time on Spark, all four months of it, I have only failed to log three days; three binge filled post New Year days. <BR> <BR> That was until last week... <BR> <B... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:09:07 EST Renovation leads to Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226969 Due to having the entire kitchen turned upside down to make room for a gigantic fridge-freezer, cooking has become a bit studenty. And by that I mean then enormous 'use it all up' student meals at the end of term - not exactly conducive to portion control and good meal planning. <BR> <BR> The super-duper new freezer will be fitting into the old pantry (it will, it will. I trust my measurements!). However, the pantry is currently the home of hundreds of bags of different flours (current favo... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:18:05 EST Cha-Cha-Cha Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209335 I lost 5lb last week. 5lb! Yikes! I'm at the point where I need to go buy new jogging bottoms too, though I'm still not in the black lycra brigade. While I'm happy about the jogging bottoms, 5lb is ... a bit too much. <BR> <BR> You might be looking at me askance thinking "who is this mad woman, why is she querying a 5lb loss - does she want to jinx it?!". Can't say I blame you. I'm pleased to be (just) under 12 stone ahead of schedule; I'm also a bit bemused, and I'm wary of burning muscle... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 00:48:58 EST Plan of Attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205644 Sometimes it feels like the holidays never end; Christmas, New Year and come Thursday it'll be my birthday. Not that I'm suggesting the day of my birth is a internationally recognised holiday, but you know what I mean. It is however a day traditionally given over to Wassailing, Jan 17th was 'Old Twelvy Night' before the introduction of the Georgian Calendar - and in some parts of Somerset people still celebrate by singing to their apple trees, drinking their health while feeding them toast an... 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