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#SignOfLove – Sochi 2014 – #LoveAlwaysWins

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This, and a post still hidden away in my drafts file, have been the hardest I’ve had to write. This one, a little like the other, has rapidly descended into a ranting, rage filled post very quickly, and while I’m not above a bit of ranting on my blog, this post quickly ends in an incoherent jumble.

I’ve thrown this together, because I’m running out of time , the #SignofLove campaign is reaching the end, and I’m just going to write the post & go back and delete some of the swears, and hope what’s left makes sense.

While I’m doing that, here’s a podcast of an interview I did Heather & Fiona from Lush Preston on the #SignofLove Campaign to get you started.

 

 

 

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So what’s gotten me all riled up about it? Honestly, I think the video below spells it out better than me.

(I have tried to write it. Too many swears)

Aside from the obvious statement that Putin & his “Gay Propaganda” Laws are a crock of shit. And that sport shouldn’t be used as a platform for politics, I have a few other things to add.

The Olympics shouldn’t have been held in Sochi, the IOC should have moved the Winter Games, or at least made a vitriolic condemnation of the Russian Laws.

Instead we have the Italian IOC member Mario Pescante mouthing off at America for sending openly gay athletes as the US delegates.

“It’s absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have [been established]. The games should not be an occasion and a stage to promote rights that sports support daily.”

Erm excuse me? How can these rights be supported at Sochi? When you’re not allowed to say openly you’re gay?

And Russia has used deliberately vague terms in it’s legislation, which has meant that Russians who agree with the absurd laws feel like they can take the law into their own hands, subjecting violence & crime upon LGBTQ communities.

I’m also appalled that (as far as I’ve found) there’s been no statement from any of the major Olympic Sponsors. What a pile of shite they are.

I’m going to stop ranting. Share my #SignofLove photo and ask that you do the same. Upload it with to Instagram. If you fancy, make it a #Section6Salute too, and remind the IOC their own charter should not be thrown away for money.

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Section 6 of the Olympic Charter states,

Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”

If you want to hear my ranting reasons and rage, give me a tweet @runforthequiet, and I’ll have to tame it down to under 140 characters. (Or drop a comment below) Please note if you troll, I will slay.

If you want to know more about the #SignofLove campaign visit

https://www.lush.co.uk/sign-of-love

I also suggest heading over to Instagram and checking out all the photos tagged #SignOfLove.

#Juneathon Day 22: Curry

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I ran this evening in the rain. My legs tired and bored off all the running, and the rest of me unimpressed by the rain dripping off the branches & down the back of my neck.

It was horrible, and not the 1st time this month I’ve wondered where the bloody hell summer is!

I arrived home a few moments before a take away delivery arrived. I felt less miserable once I sat down to eat.

 

#Juneathon Day 9: I plot world / Preston domination

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Today’s run was 30 min & I covered 3.34km, I didn’t feel as tired as yesterday. I even remember smiling during part of it.

I went to the LadyFest Preston Meet up, and I think I might be setting up a festival, and I’d like to set up a running club as part of the LadyFest too.

It’s 18 weeks until the LadyFest starts, so there’s time to complete a Couch to 5k & have the “graduation” on the Festival weekend.

Anyone have any advice on how to set up a running club?

I can do amazing things… Honest.

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I’ve been having trouble believing that I am actually
capable of getting fit & loosing weight. I haven’t helped
myself, I have been loosing & gaining & loosing
again the same 4lbs this month, and instead of trying to record a
food diary or looking at actually doing some excersise I have just
chommped into some cake and sulked (quite) abit, and lamented that
I am actually incapable of getting below 13stone, and then ate come
biscuits. So I am sat writing this blog post, ready to stroke my
own ego & get back on the wagon, wearing my Liverpool
Marathon medal.

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 Because I never ever thought I’d run
a whole marathon. Not even when I was doing it. Running / walking
around Sefton park took my will to live & I almost gave up.
But I  did actually complete it
& I have the Tshirt & the bling to prove it.
So I think I might just carry around my medal for the next few
days.  Just to remind myself how I can actually achieve
amazing things and I don’t always give up when I want to. (I’m
actually trying to think of a way to turn the ribbon into some sort
of bracelet or the medal into something I can put on a key chain as
I don’t think I can carry it off as fashion bling) So there I am,
proof I can do something that takes a long time & effort, I
can completed the task in hand even when I think I don’t want to
any more. And with this self declared awesomeness I have booked
myself onto a gym class & took my current body measurements
to compare to in a month. Anyone have
further suggestions for how to have a remind yourself of
how amazing you are? I’m English, so this doesn’t tend to come
naturally to me.

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.

 

Weigh in Thursday?

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Honestly I did weigh in yesterday morning, it’s just taken me 30 hours to actually get 5 min peace & within arms reach of my laptop.

So after a weekend of no tracking food & a little bit of cheating, I’m town another 0.5kg to 2.2kg lost, not quite the 2.5 I was aiming for, but I’m happy & I’m certainly not going to beat myself up about it.

I think I’m going to try setting a “mini Goal” & reward, I’ve never bothered with it before, but I see lots of people saying how motivation it is, and how it helps them keep on track. It does make sense, a smaller journey is easier to do, and it’s actually how I break down my long runs. Get to 10k & I’ll let myself have a sweet, get to 15k and I can have 2 sweets, ect.

When I’ve lost another 2.7 kg and gone from being in the 80’s to the 70’s I will reward myself with some new & cool  glasses.

I know, that sounds so dull, what can I say, I live life on the edge in my house. But it’s the only small thing I can think of that isn’t too expensive & isn’t rewarding myself with food.

 

#WeighInWed, with some #Juneathon too

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[EDIT: this is a very long post, in the interests of your #Juneathon reading time the TLDR version is like this;Ate too much while the Queen had a party, joined Slimkicker, did some excersises at home, went for a short run ’cause its #Juneathon]

Was it just me or did the 4 days of the Jubilee mean an extra few pounds (LBS & £££)  of bad food choices every day? God Bless the Queen & all that jazz, but please can we celebrate the 65th by having salad & fruit? (Fruit in Pimms may count & celery & tomato juice in Bloody Marys could coun twice) That way I won’t think that

Tough Mudder logo

Tough Mudder logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the Jubilee is a justified reason to buy a bag of haribo every day, eat a giant bag of Revels in one night, and consume vast amounts of BBQ’d meat and croissants for breakfast.

So is it any wonder that I had to unfreeze my BeeMinder Graph this morning?! and I’m just writing off all of May, and counting the 23 weeks till Tough Mudder and checking the calendar for any other Event Excuses to stop me getting in shape & getting less fat.

I’ve also found a app/site that fuels my need for points/gold stars/level ups that’s also a diet/nutrition tracker. (Good grief there’s an awe full lot of slashes in that sentence!) It’s called Slimkicker, and I think it’s still in Beta stages, there’s no where for me to find out how many people are using the site, but I think it’s around a thousand or so. It’s a little clunky on the app, and adding food is not as quick & easy as on other apps (like with MFP for example) but it does have two mechanics that make me think it should be a little more motivating.

Firstly, it’s like Fitocracy but for food!

Everything you log into your tracker gets you points, good things, like servings of fruit or healthy fats, get more points than others, I don’t think there’s a food that won’t give you any points. The points all add up & eventually you level up, and if the glow you get when you move from level one up to level two isn’t enough, you can also set rewards. When I reach Level Five I will reward myself with a trip to the Urban Decay counter, but I’m still only level Three, so I have a few weeks to go.

Secondly, there are challenges.

Yes, yes, this also sounds like Fitocracy too, but there are slight differences. You have to join the challenges, Slimkicker isn’t going to automatically give you the points if you log things, so there’s no accidently scoring points for something you aim to do, and the challenges aren’t all about food. They’re split into 4 categories;

  • willpower – e.g “No Snacks After 3pm”
  • fitness –  e.g “20 Push Ups a Day”
  • emotional – e.g  “Daily Gratitude Prayer”
  • nutrition – e.g “A Salad A Day”

These are just one of the challenges in each area, and if you can’t find one that grabs you, there’s the option to create your own. I’m currently in 5 challenges;

  1. Loose 10lbs in 30 days
  2. 10 Push Ups a Day (for 7 days)
  3. 10 Wall Squats a Day (for 7 days)
  4. 10 Normal Squats a Day (for 7 days)
  5. 10 Lunges a Day (for 7 days) – this is one I created, if I’m squatting I might as well do some lunges too.

So you check in everyday, and get a little bonus boost to your points, keeping you focused on the tasks in hand & keeping you accountable, but if you fail or fall off the wagon, then there’s also a restart option, requiring you to stay honest with yourself. I restarted the “No snacking after 7pm” challenge several times, this weekend, and now I’ve given up on that, as it currently seems impossible.

The downside of it all is the current size & it’s American base, I find myself having to create a lot of foods, compared with the more established trackers out there, it’s a little tedious to do. The app isn’t as nice as the website, but it seems that the developers are listening & they seem to pay attention to the post put on the forums, so suggestions go a long way.

Anyway… #Juneathon!

Aside from the parkrun I did at the weekend I haven’t honestly done much excersise or running for Juneathon, but today I will commit & start doing something everyday & writing shorter blogs about it too! What did I do today;

  1. Planks (20sec, 25 sec
  2. Wall Push Ups ( 2 sets of 10 reps)
  3. Body Weight Squats (2 sets of 10 reps)
  4. Body Weight Lunges (2 sets of 5 reps)
  5. Wall Squats (2 sets of 5, holding for 5 secs each)
  6. Leg Lifts (2 sets of 10)
  7. Running 7.18km (58 min)

#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.

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 😉

#WeighInWednesday – Let’s Get Back to It

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Right, I have actually eaten nothing good for the past 3 weeks, and have by virtue of running a marathon, not really put on any extra weight.

So Hooray for exercise.

That said, I have not actually ran, or done ant type of excercise since the marathon
I have joined a gym, a cheap local council one, with my husband.Now the combined cost of the joint membership gym is less than the expensive  chain I was previously a member of, but the reason I started running, was mostly because I couldn’t be bothered to go the gym when it was cold & rainy, so I’m a little nervous about whether I’ll go often enough.  I’m also finding it slightly amusing that I want to join the gym so that I can up my core fitness and be a better, faster runner!

So its almost a year since I started loosing weight, and I’ve lost 31.5lbs, or 2 st 3.5lbs! I’m shocked, when I see the numbers, I’m not sure how I had all that extra weight on me, as I’m still not skinny! But not to do myself down,  I’ve lost 14.3kg, in 12 months and I’m feeling confident that the other 30 (or so) pounds I want to loose will be gone in the next 12 months!