Day 12 – Halfway There

I’m halfway through my 21 days!!! ¬†I am loving this challenge ūüôā

It’s been a cool day today. ¬†Went out for breakfast and had a very healthy eggs benedict with ham, then came home and just chilled out. ¬†Went for an evening walk for an hour and covered 6.44 km. ¬†I love¬†being outdoors and look forward to getting my daily dose of fresh air. ¬†I don’t really feel like going back to the gym at all, but I think I should as I’ll be able to push myself harder on the cross trainer. ¬†(I have to keep my exercise low impact due to an old skiing injury to my knee, so I cannot run for long periods on the hard pavements). ¬†Tomorrow I’m going to walk in one of the city centre parks – I think I’ll reward myself with a coffee or a glass of wine.

Diet-wise I’m doing well; though I haven’t logged my calories in a couple of days as the app I’m using seems to struggle when the mobile phone signal is low. ¬†It’s been more than a bit frustrating. All in all, I’m doing a good job. ¬†Just got to get on with these assignments, from blogging 201.

Day 11 – My Mind is Changing, Too

My body is beginning to change but today it’s what is happening in my mind which is more interesting to me. ¬†I’m aching all over and don’t really feel like to walk for an hour is the first thing I want to do, but my mind somehow tells me otherwise. ¬†I get home from work cook and rest on the sofa for a few hours before pulling on my leggings and walking for 1 hour, covering 7.3km. ¬†It was pretty cold and while I could feel the cold, I wasn’t concerned that it would stop me. ¬†My walk is circular and I found that comforting somehow, because each step I took was actually bringing me closer to home.

While walking I’m finding that my mindset is changing; I don’t think about the same things that I used to when I first began. E.g. I’m not wondering whether I can do this; I know I can. ¬†I’m not as focussed as I was on actual weight loss; I’m thinking about the changes in my physiology as a result of exercise. ¬†I know my heart, and skeleton are getting stronger and my body more efficient. ¬†I’m teaching myself the value of sticking to a plan even when I’m unsure of the outcome. ¬†This is becoming way more to me than simply changing my diet and lifestyle just to look better in a dress.

I haven’t yet entered my daily food intake into fatsecret so I’m not sure if I’ve gone over my 30g daily fat allowance. ¬†I’m pretty confident I’ve stayed within my calories and of course I’ve done my exercise so that’s all good.

It’s Good Friday tomorrow so I will be resting and meditating until midday then I’ll be doing some more work to improve my blog and have a think about my food plan for the next week. ¬†Tomorrow I’ll be half way through my 21 days. ¬†It’s gone really quickly. ¬†Perhaps I’ll also mix it up by going back to the gym for a blast on the cross trainer.

Day 10 – Fully Caught Up

Determination pays off.  I walked a total of 1.5 hours today!  Doing well staying well within 30g fat daily but need to increase my fibre.

I completed 55 mins in the morning before work and then 35 mins this evening. ¬†I’ve been really busy and found it really difficult to fit the extra time for workouts in, but thank God I was strong enough to do it.

I’m seeing and feeling the difference in my body and shooting for success – a healthier, slimmer body in 21 days.

NB this blog is a bit of a work in progress. ¬†I simply HAD to do this 21 day challenge and have literally thrown it up there. ¬†I will be updating the existing posts and working on the style of the future posts so everything should begin to make much more sense. ¬†Thanks for your patience ūüôā

 

Day 9 – Back on Track

After not feeling well yesterday and most of today the temptation was to go hard and try to compensate for not being able to do my one hour exercise.  I decided to take a calm approach and as always listen to my body.  So I came in from work pulled on my joggers and trainers and decided to go for a one hour walk to start off.

The weather was gorgeous and I took a few pictures making a big loop walking at a good pace for an hour.  I felt amazing!

Came back and had a low fat snack – walkers baked crisps – got on with a few chores and then decided I wanted to try and catch back half an hour of yesterday’s ‘lost hour’ I chose my half hour route and set off this time not taking pictures. ¬†I walked hard and got the route completed 5 minutes faster. ¬†Again I felt really great.

Cooked some dinner – fish and veggies and I’m done for the day. ¬†I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s walk. ¬†With respect to my progress, I’m already sensing that I’m beginning to lose weight, I can see my abs starting to re-appear – yay! ¬† My dinner was healthy, colourful, low fat and nutritious.

Day 9 Dinner Edited

I’m rearing to go at it again tomorrow.

 

 

Day 8 – Out of Action

Did my best today. It’s been a long day and I’ve had headaches and cramps all day.

I feel well enough to walk out by half nine but it’s late and dark and there’s no one to go with. I’ll have to double up tomorrow and complete this post. Still sticking to this but it’s more important to listen to my body and be safe.

I should have got the exercise done early in the morning before the cramps set in. Lesson learned. Onward and upwards.

Day 7 – Results

Last night I intended to go on a midnight walk in the city centre, however when I mentioned I was about to leave I was advised not to. ¬†It’s Saturday night and although I don’t find my city particularly unsafe, I was reminded that there would be hoards of drunk people. ¬† Putting safety first, I agreed it was probably a bad idea.

Instead I woke early this morning and went for a 25 minute walk. ¬†I went to Church for a couple of hours ate and then decided to go for a stroll around one of the larger local parks to complete the remaining 1 hour and 35 mins. ¬†(Two days combined as I’d decided not to walk at night yesterday). ¬†It was a lovely walk and I took lots of pictures along the way – see walking pics – I made two collages of the images from the am and pm walks. I’m finally back home. ¬†Prior to my walk I had parked up my only to leave the lights on and ended up with a flat battery. ¬†Oops, not clever. ¬†I just hope it’s fine tomorrow.

Here are my results Day 1 Weight 8st 9.8lbs Day 7 Weight 8st 9.8lbs No net weight gain, but this is actually way better than the 2-4lbs I was expecting – see Day 6 post for why. ¬†I’m really encouraged that I didn’t gain weight due to monthly water retention. ¬†Only God knows why this happens to many of us females – I’m sure there’s a good reason. I also took some measurements which are actually very encouraging:

Day 1 Waist: 30 ins Day 7 Waist: 28 ins – 2 inch loss.

Day 1 Hips: 38 + 1/4 ins Day 7 Hips 37.5 ins – 3/4 inch loss.

Day 1 Thighs 20 + 1/4 ins Day 7 Thighs – 21 + 6/8 ins 1 + 5/8 ins gain.

1 Bust 32 ins Day 7 Bust 33 + 1/2 ins 1 + 1/2 inch gain.

As you can see from the results, the weight loss/ gain pattern is consistent with my body being pre-menstrual during my first week. ¬†The waist has reduced very well – 2 ins, while the thighs and bust have increased, which is quite normal for me during that week. ¬†The greatest surprise is that my hips didn’t increase also – they usually do at this time. ¬†Perhaps it’s the toning effect of the walking and the cross trainer?

I’m off to bed now. ¬†Early start tomorrow and I want to make sure I’ve got time enough to deal with any problems just in case the car doesn’t start again. ¬†Very pleased with my progress!

Day 6 – Fighting Feelings

Took a nice 20 (2.57km)¬†min walk after work yesterday and felt great. ¬†Total mins of exercise: 70. ¬†So that’s 10 mins more than my daily goal.

I am not sure I will actually lose any weight this week – I can see that I look a little better in my work clothes, however I picked the ‘worst’ week to start my 21 day course. ¬†If you’re a woman or you are close with a woman and you’re reading this, you’ll¬†you know the week¬†I’m talking about! I tend to gain anything between 2 and 4 1/2lbs during that week, regardless of my diet or exercise. ¬†I remember one occasion 3 years ago when I weighed myself before and after my evening workout. 1hour after the workout I’d gained 3/4lb… I went to bed and by the morning I had gained¬†4lbs. ¬†I was horrified and gutted, however I realised it was simply water retention. ¬†I’ve observed this happens most months to varying degrees, but things return to normal not long after.

So yeah – I pretty much know I’ll have gained at least 2 or as much as 4 1/2 lbs heavier even though I’ve worked so hard this week. ¬†To be honest, I’d not be giving it much thought if I wasn’t writing this blog because I know my body well in that respect but it’s tempting to feel a bit stupid because I’m putting it all out there on the internet. ¬†I know this is just silly talk – but we all want to look successful especially when broadcasting ourselves to the entire world. ¬†Even if this is just the internet, this is still me behind this monitor. ¬†I’d blatantly rather see success in all senses tomorrow when I post my first week’s results.¬†¬†

I need to:

  1. Get today’s exercise done and
  2. Turn my mental frown upside down

So today I’ve decided to do a 1 hour¬†midnight walk and take a few pics as I’m walking just to take my mind of the fact I’m not gong to do so well in the weight loss aspect of my mission¬†and simply enjoy the fact I’m alive, I’m healthy and I’m doing my best to have a better life. ¬†Hopefully I’ll have some lovely pictures to post to this blog when I return.


 

I believe there’s definitely more to life than numbers on the dial of a scale; I just don’t feel it right now.


 

Where could you be?