Weigh In Wednesday

Good morning! (Afternoon…)

Last Week: 230 Pounds

This Week: 229 Pounds

Goal For Next Week: 227 Pounds

I’m surprised I managed to lose anything this week, I’ve been extremely sedantary since Monday due to straining my neck (Read about it HERE), and not eating particularly well at the weekend. I wasn’t as bad as I have been on other weekends, I seem to be getting better at controlling myself.

Food: 

As I said above, I wasn’t great over the weekend-but not as bad as I would usually be. Yay for progress…Monday up until today I’ve been particularly good with food, though under-eatinga little. But as I’m house bound at the moment I don’t think that’s too much of a bad thing.

Exercise:

Well…not much has happened on that front since my run on Sunday, but recovering from my neck injury is bound to take some time. It will be nice to go back to being a bit more active. I definitely miss it now that I can’t do it!

 

Running

I’ve been trying to get back into running again recently. This week I only went for 1 run – on Monday – and a very short run today (Sunday). Todays run was literally 1 kilometer, as it was late and I was exhausted. To be fair, I had done over 14,000 steps today as well after going on a walk along the riverside. The run didnt go particularly well, I’m feeling very disheartened and grumpy about running at the moment. I managed approx. 3 mins of continuous running, and I probably could have pushed myself to go around the block again for a 2k run – but I didnt because I had no motivation to.

Run breakdown:

3 mins running

full stop as HRM stopped working – had to re-jig.

2 mins running

5 mins walk

 

Not terrible I suppose but I feel like I should have done more. Ah well.

I’m going to start to run more regurlarly, there may be an event or challenge featuring running in the future, but that depends on whether I can get back into it. A big part of me really wants to.

Weigh in Wednesday

Morning! Another week has flown by. After a weekend full of cheesecake, birthday cake and treats it’s unsurprising that I’ve put on! But not much.

Last week: 229 pounds
This week: 230 pounds
Goal for next week: 227 pounds

Still aiming for under the 224 mark, and I need 220 to complete the BFF Challenge. At this point it’s unlikely to happen, but you never know. It could. Maybe.

Food: Had lots of treats over the weekend, though I didn’t think I was as bad as other weekends but there we go. This week so far I’ve been good with sticking to my calorie limit, but I need to keep this up for the next week and a half – including over the weekends!

Exercise: started the week out well with a run and my 30 day challenges, want to keep it up for the rest of the week!

Sleep: haven’t been sleeping enough, which has an affect on everything food and exercise related. Boo hiss. When I’m tired all I crave is sugar!

Self-fulfilling Prophecy

I’ve been spending the weekend with Pippydip (BFF) and we decided to get some exercise in after a weekend of eating birthday food. If you’re familiar with her blog you’ll know that she is very fit and is currently training for a half marathon. After an exciting impromptu riding lesson in which I managed to throw myself off Ernest the pony, We decided to go for a runwalk. Regardless of being at different running abilities – Pip has 4 years of running experience on my meagre year and a bit.

I haven’t run for a while and I didn’t think I would be able to do much. I said as much to Pip, though it sounded more like ‘I can’t run’. Actually it was exactly that. Pip kicked my butt and made me say I can run. And do you know what, I can. We ran for 6 minutes before going back to walking. I haven’t run for that length of time for a long while, probably since my first 5k in June. Didn’t realise how long it had been until I thought about it…oops. Pip made me think about how much I self-depreciate what I can do and, by extension, talk myself into not being able to push myself as far as I can go. I appreciate now how a self fulfilling prophecy works, I say I can’t, then I try and can’t do it. So thank you Pip, for pointing this out. I’m not saying I’m going to be Polly positive about it, but I can try to remind myself that actually I can do stuff.

Run info:
6 min walk warm up
6 mins (!!) Running
Walk interval
3 mins running
Walk cool down
This is an estimate, the only firm time is the 6 mins of running.

Yay me.

Now, I know you are probably wondering about the story behind the riding incident I mentioned earlier. I went with Pippin to the yard to see Ernest, while we were in the stable brushing Biff down, Pip hands me her riding helmet and tells me to try it on. So I do, it doesn’t fit so I take it off, not thinking much of it. Until Pip hands me Maxx’s helmet, which again I put on. It fits better than the first one, and by this point I have my suspicions, but am holding my breath while not wanting to be too presumptuous. I was being overcautious, of course it was exactly what it looked like. I have never ridden before, so for me this was quite exciting.

We headed over to the exit, Pip grabs a mounting block and instructs me in how to mount. Would now be a good time to mention that I am not great with jumping on or off things? I pluck up my courage and clamber up. Ungracefully, but I’m on.

It felt very strange, to be on top of an animal that moves around, breathes, has muscles that move and sways when he walks. I was quite tense to begin with, but once we were out on the road for a bit I started to relax and felt more comfortable. It helped that Pip was talking me through it all. We were going for a bit and I was really enjoying myself, the veiw from a pony (I say pony, he is 14 and a half hands so is horse sized, just a bit smaller and of the pony persuasion) seemed really different compared to my normal height.

After we had been walking for 25 mins, we pulled onto a grassy bank so I could dismount. No mounting block this time… I said to Pip that I was worried about jumping off. She said ‘what’s the worst that will happen? you’ll just fall on your butt.’

I unhooked my feet from the stirrups, and mentally prepared myself to swing my leg over and jump to the ground. I hold onto the front of the saddle, put lots of effort into swinging my leg over the back – I didnt want to kick him by accident or get stuck – got my leg over, and the momentum kept me going, and going, and then I was on the floor. Laying half underneath Ernest.

Looking back, I think what must have happened is when swinging my leg over, I did it with too much oomph. This then carried me all the way over but I didn’t reach the ground to stop the leg swing, which kept my momentum going-swinging my legs under Ernest until my right buttock and hip hit the floor. Needless to say I was quite winded. Scrabbling out from under Ernest was a bit difficult, but I knew I needed to do that sharpish, then I could continue with feeling sorry for myself! I was really worried I would fall down, and then I did. At least it happened and it won’t be so bad next time! (Next time???)

I do wish someone had recorded it. Then again, if they had I would have to relive it over and over… I’m quite certain that I’m never going to live this down as it is…

EDIT: On Monday I also went for a run and managed to do 7 minutes without stopping, and a further 1 m after a walk break. The total distance was 2.5k in 24 mins.

Weigh in After-Wednesday

I weighed myself again this morning, to gauge where I’m heading for next week.

Weigh in: 229 pounds
Woo so that’s 2 pounds down from two days ago, which means I was still uber bloated on Tuesday.

Goal for next weds: 227 pounds
Ideally I actually need to lose 3 pounds to be on track for the BFF challenge, if I can get that then awesome, if not, as long as I’m under 16 stone (224) I think I’ll be happy. Maybe. I won’t be whilst doing the tricep dips!!

Weigh in Almost-Wednesday

Morning one and all. I’m away from my scales tomorrow so decided to weigh in a day early.

Last week: 234 (extreme bloating)
This week: 230 pounds
Next week goal: 228 pounds

I’m glad I’ve dropped down from last week. Still have a long way to go if I don’t want to do the forfeit on my BFF Challenge however…

Really trying to control my food intake at the moment, that is most definitely my biggest pitfall. I’ve been struggling to stay within my calorie limit, so I need to try to eat filling foods that are low in calories & sugar. Hopefully that will help.

On the exercise front, I’ve been doing my 30 day challenge every day. I need to throw in some cardio and I think I will see an improvement.

Hope everyone has a good day…

30 Day Challenge: Day 10 Update

30 day challenge As you may know, I am currently partaking in two challenges. This one is the 30 day challenge, which I started on the 1st August.

It is now day 10, and definitely time for an update.

Progress so far:

Squats

I’m not having too much trouble with these at the moment. I have pretty good strength in my legs, and I’ve done a 30 day squat challenge before. I’m quite certain that later in the challenge I will begin to find this more difficult.

Push Ups

I suck at push ups. Initially  I was doing the full push up, but I kep feeling pain in my lower stomach when doing this, and I wasn’t able to get all the way down and back up again. I have since switched to doing push ups from my knees, which has improved my form and eradicated the pain I was feeling. starting to really struggle with these, 15 was almost too much!

Plank

Oh god the plank.  Another which I am really not very good at. Back in my school days we did Aerobics classes for PE, and we were doing planks every time. I thought I wouldn’t struggle with this as much as I have been; clearly the little strength I developed back then has long departed. These have been difficult. I haven’t been able to hold it for the full amount of time on all of them, so have had to split it up, and do the full time overall. Having said that I’m awful at these, I am definitely seeing improvement – I could barely do 20 seconds to start, and today I managed the full minite in one go. Yay!

Crunches

I’m pretty good with these. I used to do quite a lot through school and college so I tend not to struggle with these very much. Now I’m heading towards a higher amount of reps I am feeling the burn more and more however. This will only get harder from here on out!

Overall, I feel that I’m doing pretty good with this. I haven’t missed a day, and am keeping up with it. Woooooo

Lets hope I keep it up for the remaining 20 days…