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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.

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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 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 5 – My Way

Got up (eventually) and found my way to the gym.  I was still thinking about how much I enjoyed my walks yesterday and how much more I accomplished by adapting to the way my body felt, while not skipping my commitment when I feel below par.  Hopped on the cross trainer and worked out for a total of 40 mins instead of the usual 1 hour.  I did this for 3 reasons:

  1. My legs were still tired from the walking; it’s actually that much harder than the cross trainer because you change direction, the muscles get more of a workout because pavements aren’t flat, a road may be hilly
  2. I enjoyed the walk so much that I want to do it again and maybe take some pictures, so I was happy to reserve the remaining 20 mins of daily exercise quota for a good walk
  3. I like the idea that I’m now listening to my body rather than sticking rigidly to a schedule. ¬†It’s staying interesting and it’s working.

I’m still logging all of my food and looking forward to weighing and taking my measurements on Sunday. ¬†Good things are a-foot!

Day 4 – Defeating Obstacles

Today was not an easy day, but I learned a lot and actually accomplished more by simply finding ways to get on with my exercise when I was not that well. ¬†I intended¬†to wake early and go to the gym for an hour. ¬†I woke up and something just didn’t feel right, I was queasy, so I lay in bed for another half hour before I decided to take a pain killer for the growing pain in my stomach.

An hour later and I had missed my usual gym slot, but was feeling decidedly better.  I was determined to do something so I decided to walk as fast as I could for half an hour and so the same in the evening to make up the 1 hour exercise.  I downloaded a new app to help me track my walk pulled on my jogging bottoms and a fleece and got on with it.  App: Map My Walk.

It was cold out there but I felt great that even though I felt a bit sick I’d still exercised. ¬†I went to work as normal, intending to do another half hour when I got home at 5. ¬†On the way home, there was a serious accident on the motorway so I didn’t get home until nearly 8pm. ¬†I was starving, late but again, I just got on with it after I fed myself. ¬†The result is that I was faster in the evening than I was in the morning and so got more done in total.

Unless I’m literally bed bound and really sick, there’s always something I can do to fit my exercise in:

Day 4 Screen Capture 2

 

I covered 7.44 km simply walking around the city versus the usual 6.4km on the cross trainer.

I saw the city and breathed fresh (ish) air

I enjoyed myself immensely!

I’m off to fill in my food diary ūüôā

Day 2

Still here…

The intention today was to switch the workout from the evening to the morning, however didn’t get to bed until midnight and couldn’t sleep because my body – in particular my feet were too cold. ¬†I’ve put this down to cooling myself too quickly following my workout. ¬†So I worked out in the evening. ¬†and am trying to get to bed early enough so my body can recover from this evening’s workout, in time to do a morning session before work.

So today I completed cardio for 1 hour.  Did well, not quite as strong as yesterday (only 204 calories burned) but the point is that I kept on and on for 1 hour.  I also got an additional 20 mins at least from walking between two venues today and walking round an exhibition.

Here’s a pic of me in my suit today – this is my “big” suit. ¬†I’m pretty confident that if I keep going, it’ll be hanging off me come 21 days.

Camera 360

I covered another 6.3km today during the hour on the cross trainer. Feeling really good, just have to be careful to replace electrolytes during and after my workout.