These shoes were made for running

Today’s daily food intake…

Busy, very busy night tonight, so just a quick post. Trying to get a quilt that I’m making all finished and bound, so that I can get another two – strike that – three quilts finished, one of which is for a quilt swap and needs to be posted by early March and I haven’t even started it yet. No pressure though…

Noteworthy news from today though. My cat Maximus Catticus loves me sooooo much that he bought me a super lovely belated birthday gift today. Introducing Leroy (the left shoe) and Rodney (the right shoe)….

Leroy and Rodney

And okay, maybe Max didn’t go out and get them himself, maybe I might have helped him with it, but I’m sure he wanted to get me my new Asics Kayano 18 sneakers. I have never in my life spent so much money on a pair of sneakers before so damn they better be worth it. I shall let you know when I test them out tomorrow morning. Here’s to no falling over ever again in these wonderful shoes.

Oh my aching legs

Yesterday’s daily food intake…
Today’s daily food intake…
Well I did it everyone. I got up at 6.21 (I had a one minute lie in I admit) this morning and got my walking gear on, got the GPS on my phone turned on, iPod plugged in, had a quick slug of water, fed Maximus Catticus (our cat Max – he rocks! for proof see the pic below!) and I was out the door with my pre-planned route.

Maximus Catticus - all dressed up as a reindeer at Christmas time

And you know what? I enjoyed every single second of it. I even at one point had a wee, tiny bit of a jog. Not a shuffle, not a big jog, but a nice, even, small jog! It didn’t last long, but it was there. I felt like I was on top of the world this morning and no one could pull me down. I’m still up there actually. It was a really nice feeling to know that I’ve already done my exercise for the day, so I don’t have to race home after work to fit it in before having to cook dinner for tonight and tomorrow night, but if I choose to do more exercise then that is perfectly fine and acceptable too. It’s a choice now, and I like having choices. By the way, my choice was to not do anymore exercise, I ended up cooking both the dinners.

So back to my walk/mini-jog this morning. I didn’t do the full hour that I was going to, I did 45 minutes. The route that I had planned would take me longer than an hour to do and unfortunately I didn’t really factor that in last night when I planned it out. I had to be home so that I could get ready for work. So when I got to the point where I cross back past my home, I went a little bit further, over the bridge to the leisure centre as I had planned, but instead of continuing around that and taking the streets surrounding it back home, I doubled back and headed home (I cannot afford to be late to work…) but I’m still pretty happy with my route and what I accomplished.

So a few things I learned today:

  • Firstly, when I leave in the morning I need to make sure I lock Max in the laundry, because otherwise he just meows for the next hour and wakes Mick up, which makes for a grumpy Mick in the morning, which doesn’t make for a happy Tina.
  • I won’t be running back along the road once I’ve gotten to Billy Lights Point. There are no actual pathways so at times I found myself walking on the actual road and I discovered that people actually zoom up that road at quite some speed. And there are trucks. I’m not a truck fan.
  • I need a better phone with a GPS system that actually kicks in when you turn it on, and not 1km into my walk – rather annoying.
  • I need to not stop and take photos all the time, that does interfere with my walking. I admit, but it was a gorgeous morning and I’m sure you all appreciate the photos don’t you?
  • Most importantly

    Doing Zumba and really putting a shitload of effort into the squats, then going up and down the few stairs you have in the house the next day, followed by a power walk the next morning leaves you feeling so very, very bloody tender. When you then have to walk up two flights of stairs to get to your office, back down those stairs to get to the toilets and are drinking minimum of 2 litres of water a day, you do those stairs on a regular basis. By the end of the day, it’s so hard to walk… Oh my bloody legs!/li>

All up I’m counting today as success, and I’m going to repeat it on Wednesday and then again on Friday. Tomorrow is swimming day, and I love swimming (maybe one day, when I finally learn, I might love running too, but for now I only love swimming…).

On a final note, I have to say that I was really super chuffed at the amount of people who came by my site yesterday after Michelle Bridges mentioned me and my little blog in one of her posts. The messages people left were really lovely and supportive and were just so great to read, so I would just like to say thank you to those of you that commented. You helped to really make my day this morning when I read them all.

Run Fat B!tch Run

If you read my blog (and according to the stats, some of you do, which I have to say is very lovely to see…) you may recall that I got quite excited last Thursday because some books I had ordered had arrived. Well I didn’t get a chance to read anything on Thursday night, but Friday night after the dishes were done (well, put in the dishwasher…) I went to bed while Mick stayed up watching something on TV and started reading Run Fat B!tch Run, by Ruth Field.

Oh. My. God. Brilliance, pure brilliance. I finished it this morning and I have to say that I’m really inspired (perhaps not to the point where I’ve gotten out there and actually put my shoes on and hit the ground, but more on that in a minute). If you’re interested in running, learning to run, wanting to get fit, or just want a read that’s actually quite funny then I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s written in such a straight forward way, doesn’t pull any punches and has quite a few “aha” moments and lots of full on belly laughter moments (for me anyway). A few things that in particular caught my interest:

The Grit Doctor says
Either do this thing or don’t, but don’t disempower yourself by making up excuses all the time. It is boring and makes you weak. Choose ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and cut out the rubbish in-between.

How much sense does that make, and how well does it ring with people who are doing the 12WBT? Excuses people, it’s for the weak!

The Grit Doctor says
Dieting is a dirty word. It is never about slavishly following a diet. It is about changing habits, shifting attitudes and taking responsibility for your body.

Again, this just rings so true and is exactly what the 12WBT program is all about. Not dieting, but changing how we think of food and learning how to eat healthy again.

And a couple of things I just laughed out loud reading when talking about dieting delusions:

5. I don’t like water
I’m not asking you to like water. I am telling you to drink it. There is a distinction between the two. I don’t think to myself, ‘Ooh yum, I’d love nothing more right now than another glass of tap water!’

6. I have a really slow metabolism
Bullshit. You are overweight because you eat too much of the wrong food.

I could go on with the quotes, my book is full of little pink post-it notes hanging off the sides, there is just so much of the book that rang true with me. I’ve tried doing the C25K program, a couple of times now, because I really want to learn to run. I don’t know why, because when I have done my little shuffle (I refuse to call it a run, it’s only a shuffle) I have hated it, but I suppose I want to be like one of those women I see constantly here in town, running around and just looking healthy. That’s what I want to be. I want to be happy and healthy and to be able to burn lots of calories – and cheaply. So that’s why I tried the C25K program. But you know what, I’ve never, ever gotten past the first week of it. I’m not saying that the program doesn’t work for some people, but for me, it’s not a winner.

So I’ve deleted the app from my phone and am going to be putting my energy into learning to run the Fat Bitch way. The only thing I’m going to be doing differently is that this book recommends you start running first and worry about diet when you have the running down pat. Well I’m already working on my diet, and considering I’m paying (a fair bit of) good money for 12WBT I’m not quite ready to just ignore that part and concentrate on running. I do believe that I’m well established enough in my healthy eating habits now that I can start to incorporate the learning to run part into my life as well.

So my alarm is set for 6.20am tomorrow morning – giving myself 10 minutes to get myself toileted and dressed and out the door, so that I can be back in by 7.30am and get ready for work. I’ve given Mick instructions not to let me go back to sleep but to pinch me until I get out of bed. No excuses anymore people! I’ve mapped out my route and because I’m only going to be walking it tomorrow I don’t know that I’ll get the whole thing done in an hour (I’m a slow walker, what can I say), but I may even give it a go with the whole track tomorrow when I get home from work and see just how long it takes me to walk it.

The weird thing is, I’m actually quite excited about this. I think I may have actually stumbled onto a program (if you can call it that) that is going to work for me. But don’t worry I’ll keep you updated on my progress!

And if you haven’t yet, check out the links, buy the book and read it (at the very least, visit her website). Awesome!

12WBT day forty five – Weights to go go

Had to push myself to go to the gym this afternoon. I was driving home, with everything packed in my bag, all ready for me to just rock up to the gym and change and I kept thinking of different reasons why I shouldn’t go. I had this to do, I had that to do, I could be doing this instead. But in the end, I think the car must have been on automatic pilot because I ended up at the gym just like I should have. And to top it off:

I RAN!!!!! Yes it’s true. I jumped on the treadmill and started doing intervals, and I did 15 mins of running intervals. Big thing for me that was, because the last time I tried to do jogging I ended up having a panic attack because I felt like I couldn’t breathe. But this time I just sucked it up and did it, and what’s even better (for me at least) is: I TOOK MY HANDS OFF THE TREADMILL. Yes I know I’m shouting I’m shouting, but that’s how excited I feel. I had such a big big fear of taking my hands off the treadmill in case I tripped and fell, thereby breaking my wrist again. Silly, irrational fear I know, but it’s a very big fear for me. But tonight, I did it. So I’m pretty chuffed with myself tonight. Not only did I go to the gym after I was so totally not going to, but I ran. Yep I ROCK. 🙂

So, daily stats for today:

FoodCalories in
BOats with 2t brown sugar, ½ cup milk & medium apple 307
S3 dim sims308
LChicken salad200
DNats lasagna300

ExerciseCalories out

1hr cardio/weights: 45% fat, Avg HR 133 (72%), Max HR 170 (91%)600
Calories surplus/defecit-1276