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Mixed Feelings.

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I’ve returned to Weight Watchers.

I’m feeling very conflicted about it. Not conflicted that making an effort to be healthier, or that I’m actually paying attention to what I’m putting into my gob again.

More mixed feelings because of my past experiences with Weight Watchers. I’ve done this multiple times, and most often I’ve left after the leader of the class does one of two things;

1) leaves. And some weird stranger comes takes over the meeting and I really struggle to get motivated, or trust them.

2) becomes so sales pushy, that I start resenting that I pay for the class and the raffle, and then Weight Watchers brand products that I just don’t want to go. I felt like I should just arrive and hand over my wallet, and credit card PIN.

OR

The meeting has 3 or 4 women who just whine that a) they can’t have mash potato with half a stick of butter & a block of cheese in, &/or a block of cheese, and b) absolutely just can’t possibly have any time to move a little more, not even when the leader makes standard suggestions like “get off the bus a stop early, park at the far end of the car park, and always take the stairs instead of the escalators & lifts.”

That’s a lot of moaning, why am I paying to do this?

Because there’s something about committing to standing on a scale and showing someone your weight. There’s also what I’ve come to call “the Gold Star” effect. There’s clearly still a school child inside me, I just love the possibility of getting some sort of gold star or pat on the  back, and the opposite side of that, getting a frown and a “oh dear” mortifies me.

I’ve decided that I’m going to follow Will Run For Cakes‘ lead

Ans if I get a gold star for loosing weight, I don’t have to stay and do the “detention” hopefully that will at least stop me getting depressed and jaded with the class.

Any other suggestions to make my next attempt at Weight Watchers less traumatic?

Weigh In & Geek Out

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Ok, it’s the summer holidays, and I’ve practically been binge eating since I completed the 30 Day Shred, so it wasn’t really a surprise that I’ve gained weight this week & am back down to 1.5kg lost.

I’m not too down, I’m still taking measurements every week too, and all the sit ups at Boxfit must be paying off because I’ve lost another inch off my waist. *insert happy joy dance here!*

Taking Measurements

I was using just a generic sheet of squared paper, but then I thought I could do better & it’s a new month, so I made my own. It’s my “Zero to Superhero tracker”! I made myself sign a pledge too, you know, so everyone who walks past the thing posted on my cupboard knows my impending accident with radioactive spiders / gamma rays / alien alteration / ect.

If you click on the image you’ll be able to see it better, it’s supposed to be printed out A5, you’re welcome to print it &  join me in my journey too, I really do recommend colouring in your own version of the super woman. I think I’ll be awesome in red & black. ( But please don’t steal it & say it’s your own, or charge anyone for it.)

This was supposed to be completed & posted yesterday, but I just never got around to completing it in time, but I did weigh in yesterday.

I’m also really excited as I’ve wrote my 1st ever training plan all by myself (with a little help from the internet) I’m going to post it tomorrow, it’s for the Preston Guild Marathon, and there’s still time for people to join me!

I’ll apologise now if I spam too much about it. I’ve very proud of myself.

 

I’m so tired…

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…So I’m going to eat all the bread in the house.

I’m laying the blame for my rabid carb consumption at the feet of my SSRI. One of the side effects is insomnia, which, for someone with a love affair with her duvet, is a killer. I’m walking about looking like a extra from a 2.8 Hours Later event. (I so dearly, dearly want to go on one of these, I’m thinking possibly Birmingham with a friend who lives near there, but it may have to wait till next year.)

Give me a gold star!

Because, despite the total exhaustion and moaning about how little sleep I’ve gotten, I’m still on track with daily 30 Day Shred, and  have finally started level 3! (It’s a killer, I almost died) And I went to the Box Fit class on Monday evening, so I want a gold star for effort!

But today’s Weigh In?

A week or so ago I reset the start weight on My Fitness Pal. I feel quite good about it, I think I was getting stuck in the fact that my weight loss has been quite slow and very variable, it’s all my own cake eating fault, but it was making me feel like I’ve made no progress.

So filled with the excitement everyone has at the start of their weight loss program I’ve been really excited about stepping on the scales.

Drumm roll please… So since I reset my start weight on 10th July, I’ve lost 1.7kg! (about 3.75lbs) Oh and I’ve also gone back to measuring my weight loss in KG, it just seems easier that way.

Onwards & downwards!

So this week I’m just going to try & get to 2.5kg, and make a concerted effort to eat good carbs, not white bread toast for every meal.

Argh! Why is it taking so long?!

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Weight loss is a Marathon, not a sprint!

I think I might hit the next person who says that to me, either in person or over the internet.

 

I know, I honestly know, that trying to change the habits of a lifetime, will take time.

I understand that I didn’t just wake up one day overweight & it’s not going to happen in reverse like that either.

I realise that I’m moaning about something & that moaning is not going to make the pounds dissapear quicker.

But I’ve been at a little of a weight loss plateau for the past few weeks & moaning just makes me feel better ok?!

Change something…

So in the spirit of the old Honda add, you can sing along if you like…

Hate something, Change Something, Make Something Better!

I’m going to give 3 gym classes ago this week.

I’ve only got certain days when I can go to the gym, and so my hands are a little tied with the classes I can pick, but instead of just going to the gym & doing the regular set of  weights & cardio machines

I’m going to go to;

Box Fit

Use fitness to find your survival instincts in this controlled & safe boxing for fitness class

Body Attack

A Cardio interval training programme that combines high intensity aerobics, strength & stabilisation exersises

Zumba

Zumba combines Latin & international music with dance in an effort to make exercise fun & social. Interval training & resistance training combined to tone & sculpt your body whilst burning fat.

Wish me luck!

I’ll admit I’ve given Zumba a go before & didn’t really enjoy it, but I did pick a manic Saturday afternoon class and went with a friend (who happened to be male and have less co ordination than me) and we felt like we were just dropped into the deep end. But all these classes have a beginners intro scheduled 15 min before the start & so I hope this will help ease the confusion.

I’ll report back next Monday on how I got on.

#WeighInWed – Battle of Scales

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Last week I was feeling awesome. I was half way to my goal & feeling invincible, and 100% focused on getting to my goal before Tough Mudder in November.

This week, I’m a little behind schedule, but  honestly this wasn’t because I’ve just sat about eating cakes.

In order to keep me focused on Beeminder I bought some of my own bathroom scales. I’ve been using the ones at the local gym and didn’t want to use that as an excuses for not updating the graph. (You did see that I’m a little bit of a geek & obsessed by this graph didn’t you?)

I spent much more than I ever thought I’d spend on bathroom scales, especially at one point in my life I distinctly remember swearing that I’d never buy a set of bathroom scales. Dashed home and obviously stepped on asap.

I was 9lbs heavier than at the gym that morning. To say I was devastated is the obvious understatement. I know scales are all different, slightly, and that your weight fluctuates throughout the day, and that’s why you’re supposed to use the same scales & check at the same time of day. But 9lbs in a few hours?

This prompted a trip to the local Boots, whee they have a digital scales thing that also does the whole BMI & body fat thing too. This was 8lbs heavier than the gym, suggesting that I’d lost a pound through swearing & having a tantrum.

So I calmed down & zipped up the (wo)man suit, and realized that the gym scaled had probably been lying to me, a fact confirmed by an inside source.

In reality it means I have to loose an extra 0.2 lbs on top of the 1.4lbs per week to get to goal before Tough Mudder, which isn’t that much, it will just mean I have to be well behaved & not eat 3 Krispy Kreme like I did yesterday.

A Little Distracted – a late #WeighInWed post

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Being a little bit of a geek has it’s downfalls, mostly the terrible tendency to get distracted.

See, I’ve been logging my weigh ins in Many Many places, and the data goes all the way back to 2010, to my 1st dreaded step on the scales at Weight Watchers. I have MyFitnessPall, iLoseWeight & a spreadsheet that all have the info in, plus a little pen & paper thermometer that I colour in as I go along!

So is it any wonder that this week I have been slightly distracted by 2 more ways to track my weight with.

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Beeminder, it’s obviously quite cool, and allows you to update your data via email, or for the peeps in the USA it’s also possible to send it via SMS, but I’m in the UK, so I haven’t tried that.

But that’s not the cool / motivational bit. The best bit is that it will give you a yellow brick road to follow along & if you should manage to stray too far from the path then there’s a forfeit, it’s not a giant forfeit, more of an annoyance & you don’t get your graph back until you cough up . It’s best if you go over there & have a good poke around.

It’s also ran by some guys who are really active with their site & go out their way to be helpful, I uploaded my data & they helped tweak it so that it was a more motivational Yellow Road. I didn’t have to ask this, they just got involved.

Plus with the added hindrance to not owning a  scale, I’m going to have to go to the Gym frequently enough to stay on the right side of the path!

Exhibit B

Well I can’t actually get this one to show up, but I’ve been using Google Docs to set up some forms, mainly to track some bad habits and moods, by setting up some custom forms & using them through my phone.

They aren’t very long forms, at most 5 questions, and I’ve tried to make them with as little need for writing as possible, I’m more likely to use them if i just need to click 4 options than write an essay.

I’ll admit, it’s quite enlightening looking at things like this in a data kind of way. Everything has a time stamp & I’ve made sure that the questions include who’s with me & where am I, so it’s quite easy to sit back & look out for relations ships, and patterns.

The hardest part will be trying to come up with a fix, for the things that are bad. My first task is to stop stealing bits of the kids tea / leaftovers. I’ve got myself some sugar free gum, the idea being that if i chew gum whilst making tea, I won’t be able to eat the “extra bits!”

Now what?

Well, I’ve been plugging through some at home workouts or getting to the gym everyday this week.

My daughter even got the yoga mat out yesterday so that we could both do some push ups together, although her form was terrible, and I still can’t do more than one push up without collapsing!

What about my weight?

Well, after I stood on the scales I’m officially halfway down towards my goal! Goodness knows it’s taken me long enough! Hopefully I can ditch the next 35lbs before Tough Mudder!

(P.S Good Luck to my friend Robin, who running Tough Mudder tomorrow! He needs it, he’s had an injured ankle for the past few weeks & he’s supposed to be running The Manchester 10k with me on 20th May!)

Grumpy, Hungry & Not Fun.

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Those are three oretty good ways to describe me today. Others would be “a bit rubbish” or “miserable git” & “Lazy cow.”

Yes, I know we all have our off days, I can’t be an amazing geeky mum every day, and I never expected staying at home to be all Martha Steward type fun, but today was just a day where I wanted a chic little table in the middle of Vienna to sip espresso and eat Sacher Torte. Alas no dice there. (but it was my birthday on Monday if anyone fancies whisking me off as a belated present)

Enough babbling what about running?

Running, with the exception of today, has been going great!

On Sunday I actually ran with a running club, and wasn’t the slowest or the fastest, in fact I was pretty middle of the pack and enjoyed it so much I’m going back this Sunday!

Monday’s 5k was only 5 minutes off my PB, a record from approx 2 years ago, when I was fitter & faster than I am now (and also 6 weeks pregnant!)

While I was out I tried a few of the things the Club leader was talking about, mostly about tying to run on the balls of your feet & not heel strike, and to get a more natural running motion, I was quite hard for me to do and require more thinking than I usually like whilst running, I seriously had to concentrate on my footwork, and lean much further forwards than I am used to. Having moaned about it, the splits where I know I was mostly following his advice were actually the fastest overall, and who knows I could have actually beaten my PB if I’d managed to keep it going. I realise the whole description of the way I was running sounds a little vague, but bear with the grumpy woman and when I’ve found a better mood, I’ll google and add in a better & more useful description.

Tuesday was just full of AWESOME! I don’t know if I set a record, or if it was the slowest run I ever did, but I just really enjoyed all 8k, it wasn’t all ran, I had a run walk thing going on, but it was fun & if I had left the house earlier than 8:30pm I would have stayed out longer & seen how long I could keep it going. Seriously it was like a dream run & what I expect when you read training plans that say “comfortable pace” but darkness & cold, and the need to eat I’d have gone all Gump and just kept on going.

Today, no running, I was supposed to do 8 lots of 400m, but rain and sulking stopped me. Which is a stupid reason, because 1) skin is waterproof & so is a jacket I own and 2) the reason I was sulking is because of diet fail & going out and doing some cardio would have burnt of quite a few of the fail. *sigh* (and probably cheered me up too)

Right that’s it, I’m off for a shower, I’ll try & post in a better mood next time 😉