Saturday, December 20, 2014
This is great timing really, I've been taking longer walks and increasing my running time, and with fly season - I mean summer - upon us, and the extreme heat some days, runner friends had warned me you have to go really early or really late to avoid the heat. Now I can avoid both flies and heat. Not only that, we've had so much rain lately I've had to do a few more video workouts instead of running, so no matter what the weather I can now go for as long a walk/run as I like. Having said that - I've never run on a treadmill before, and I don't know how different it's going to feel from running outside. But I'm excited to try it out. How many of you have a preference, either for or against, using a treadmill vs running outside? Besides lack of flies and cooler temperatures, I can think of another benefit - a smooth surface. The road with the inclines that I've been running lately has some really bad broken sidewalks, dips and other trip hazards that I do worry about, so I think a smooth and constant surface that still has inclines should be nice.
With Christmas just around the corner and plans with family and friends, I likely won't be posting much over the next week or so, but I'll be back. If you are still following along and interested in my journey, know that I appreciate your comments, but I am getting two to three times as much spam as real comments these days, so I may be putting a captcha on as previously discussed. In any case, I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and I'll be back soon to talk about trying out the new treadmill. Hope Santa is very good to you all! :)
Sunday, December 14, 2014
I'm loving my new walking route, it takes about an hour all up, and there is a steady 23 minutes minimum of incline on this walk, depending how far I go. Most of it isn't too steep, but it is constant. If I take the full route it's an hour and a half, but usually I have a turnaround point that makes it a one hour route. The turnaround point is just a short ways past this amazing, massive tree that I simply must show you. Here's a panoramic shot my husband took today - this baby is massive and has clearly been there for a century or so. It's gorgeous! Click to view it full size.
Anyway, that 23 minute incline portion I was doing walk/run intervals on the way back down. Well Friday I decided to just go as long as I could, and ran the entire length back. It took 12 minutes, and I felt great afterwards. It's been months since I was running for 30 minutes three times a week, and I'm not sure that I want to return to that entirely, but I do like how it feels to run for more than a few minutes. So I think I'm going to keep doing this for the coming week and then maybe try going further before running back to increase it to maybe 20 minutes of running. We'll see.
Having hit my next milestone before Christmas feels wonderful, so now I've just got to be really careful during the next couple of weeks so I can stay here. The only indulgences I plan to have on Christmas day would be some nuts and maybe an Atkins caramel nut chew bar. A little indulgence on Christmas isn't a problem - but indulging for weeks before and after Christmas I can't do.
I'm still finding it difficult to get in two strength training AND two Callanetics during the week in addition to all the cardio, and I really enjoy both of those workouts so I don't want to give either one up. I may try doing both of them on the same day - they are both muscle workouts, just of very different types. I could do one right after the other, or just do the strength training after work and save the Callanetics for later in the evening. I've always said I find it relaxing and almost meditative, though a great workout, so that might work. I'll check in and let you know how I go.
Anyway, off to enjoy what's left of the weekend while I can. You can find my meals for last week below (click to enlarge). Hope you're having a lovely weekend.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
One week ago I was back up to 83.8 kg (184.75 lb) from my low weight two weeks prior, which was 80.8 kg (178.13 lb). But this morning I can say I've dropped the extra weight and just a bit more. So I have a new low weight of 80.6 kg (177.69 lb). That's a drop of 3.2 kg (7.05 lb) from last week and leaves me 3.69 pounds from being merely overweight (BMI 29.9) rather than obese. Currently my BMI is 30.5.
So I'm going to do the same thing next week, and keep tracking. I also did plenty of walk/jog intervals and intended to get in 2 strength training and 2 Callanetics as well, but I ended up taking a rest day Friday planning to catch up Saturday evening after the Christmas and birthday parties we had to attend. But there have been some recent changes at work that have me relocated to a new area away from the people I've worked with for years, and there were a couple of things I wanted to discuss with the boss. I had to leave the party early to attend a family birthday party, but afterwards I was stewing about it so I just grabbed an Atkins shake for dinner and headed back to the party. I'm glad I did, I enjoyed talking to everyone and may have even created some new opportunities for myself, which is always a good thing.
So I didn't get in those extra workouts, and this morning I really wanted to do walk/jog intervals so that's what I did. I went for a long walk today, just over an hour and a half, and I took a new route with some nice scenic views and less traffic. This road is a long one and mostly an incline - not too steep, but pretty constant, so it was a good workout. On the way back I did my walk/jog intervals. This road has very long blocks, and I was aiming to run for 2-4 blocks, then walk for 1-2, then repeat. I would say the intervals lasted about 20 minutes or so, and I really enjoyed it. Next week I'll be sure to get at least 2 each of the strength training and Callanetics. The one Callanetics I did this week was so enjoyable! Can you believe me saying that about exercise? Well I really enjoy that workout. I've written down the exercises and do them on my own rather than follow the video because they waste a lot of time explaining things and once you know the moves it's easy to do on your own. Plus I got to listen to a nice 70's light rock station on Pandora as I did it. It's a deep muscle workout that gets amazing results, but done slowly so it's actually relaxing and sort of meditative. I love it!
Here's some of the scenery from today's walk/run intervals, followed by my menus for the week. The pictures don't really do it justice, it was lovely.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
From the information centre, a 1.6-km elevated boardwalk winds towards the escarpment and across Minnamurra Rivulet, taking you right into the 400-hectare rainforest. The first 500m of this walk provides for assisted wheelchair access.
If you feel like a more substantial hike, take the two-hour return Falls Walk. While a little more challenging, the walk offers the reward of spectacular views over the rainforest canopy and the gorge carved by Minnamurra Rivulet. The walk concludes with a viewing platform and a rest area at the base of the Upper Falls.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Just a quick update today, it's been a busy week but I was delighted to be on the downward swing again which brought me to a new low this morning of 81.5 kg (179.68 lb) for a total loss of 48.8 kg (107.59 lb). Did you see that? I'm 179.68 pounds! I'm in the 170s, albeit just barely. Once I get below 174 I'll no longer be obese, so I'm very excited to say the least.
This Friday I'm off work, and for the next two weeks as well. We'll be at a lovely hotel for a couple of nights during that time, but as I've got my eye firmly on the prize right now, you can bet I'll be extra careful about eating to plan despite being away. The rest of the time I've got no plans. But not having to go to work will mean I can devote extra time to walks and workouts, and I'm truly hoping to push firmly into the 170s with enough of a buffer zone that I don't have to see the 180s ever again. Wish me luck!