I’m halfway through my 21 days!!! I am loving this challenge 🙂
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.
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.
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 🙂
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!
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:
- 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
- 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
- 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!
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:
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 🙂
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.
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.