TurboTraining

July 31, 2007 at 6:51 pm Leave a comment

Another day where I spent more time asleep than I did awake. Only 4 feeds – baked apple super shake from Gourmet Nutrition for breakfast. I am sooo sick of eggs! Pecan-crusted salmon with steamed spinach from Precision Nutrition ‘5-minute meals’ for lunch. Sleep. Woke up craving carbs and had cereal with sliced banana. Cheat meal 1 for the week, and it’s only Monday!

Didn’t get my workout in till after midnight! Made up the interval training that I missed yesterday, for 20 minutes. Continued with steady state cardio to take it upto an hour. Last feed Chocolate Peanut Butter bar. Yum. Although best not to dwell too much on what they look like! Hubby made these for me while I was on the treadmill. I don’t think I could do this without his support. At least, it would be much more difficult.

TurboTrainingDidn’t get on my bike today, but as promised, here is my new turbo trainer. And here is my guilty secret: I can’t write a bike! I never learned as a child since we lived on a busy main road and mum and dad were worried we’d get flattened.

I’ve since come to discover that learning to ride a bike is something that is best done when one is light as a feather and completely fearless. He bought me this bike over a year ago, with a view to teaching me to ride so that we could go cycling together. A few humourous, but eye-watering attempts later, still haven’t got much further than going round in circles in the driveway. Not always intentionally, I might add.

It is just sooo painful. That’s something people don’t talk about. I guess they learn young and get used to it. We’ve experimented with different saddles – the very very nice people in the Manchester store of the Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative (stores around the country, plus online, check them out) spent a good hour putting different saddles on a bike for me to try, for what would likely have been no more than a £20 sale (around 30 bucks). None were much better than the ‘ladies’ saddle I already have on my bike, so ended up buying a gel saddle cover and decided on a different plan of action.

I decided that trying to learn to ride, balance, not fall off, steer, getting hot and bothered, and dealing with excruciating pain all at the same time was just too difficult, and experience indeed shows that this method tended not to produce much progress, since I couldn’t stand to be on the bike for more than about 2 minutes at a time and then couldn’t walk again for a week. So hubby told me about turbo trainers, not to be confused with Turbulence Training (a fast, effective, kick-butt workout whatever your starting point or goals). For the uninitiated, a turbo trainer is a stand for your bike that, in effect, turns it into a stationary bike. It has a little rotating belt for the rear wheel where you can increase the resistance too. But they are really expensive. After a few botched attempts to buy one for £50 or less on ebay, hubby secretly ordered me one online for, he assured me, less than £100.

“How much less?”, I asked reasonably.

“Oh, I couldn’t possibly say”, replied he. No doubt £99.99. He really is wonderful. So yesterday we set it up in the living room and I spent 20 minutes puffing and panting as he cheered me on. Something of a breakthrough really. And not too sore today.

So once I get used to it, then and only then will I try again outside. I don’t really see 100 km bike rides in my immediate future, but it’s a start. And it’s one more cardio avenue open to me.

Anyway, nearly 2.30am. ‘night all.

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Blubberbegone Stats

  • Start: 16 stone, 45.7% body fat
  • Goal: 10 stone, 20% body fat
  • Today: 14 stone 13.6 lbs, 44.8% BF
  • Pounds lost: 14.4
  • Body fat lost: 0.9%
  • Exercise this week (Sat–Fri):
  • Total: 2 hr 5 mins
  • Jog/Walk: 20 mins
  • Walking: 20 mins
  • Burlesque: 1 hr
  • Pilates: 25 mins
  • African dance: mins
  • Tae Kwon Do: mins
  • Badminton: mins
  • Tai Chi: mins
  • Yoga: hr
  • Exercise last week: 4 hrs 40 mins
  • Joke of the Day

    I'm not fat - I'm a woman and a half.

    Motivation

    My Weight Loss Goals

  • 1. Crack 15 stone (210 lbs) for the fourth and final (I hope) time.
  • 2. Lose 10% of my body fat (14 stone 4).
  • 3. Fit into a size 18 (US 16).
  • 4. Get my body fat below 40%
  • 5. Lose another 10% of my body fat (12 stone 12/180 lbs).
  • 6. Get my BMI under 30 (12 stone 9/177 lbs) - no longer obese, just overweight now.
  • 7. Weigh less than my husband.
  • 8. Fit into a size 16 (US 14).
  • 9. Lose my third 10% (11 stone 8/162 lbs).
  • 10. Fit into a size 14 (US 12).
  • 11. Get my BMI under 25 (10 stone 8/148 lbs).
  • 12. Lose my fourth 10% (10 stone 6/ 146 lbs).
  • 13. Fit into a size 12 (US 10).
  • 14. Reach my goal weight (10 stone) and decide if I need to lose any more based on my muscularity and shape.
  • 15. Turn heads in a bikini!
  • My Fitness Goals for 2011

  • 1. Increase my cruising walking speed from around 5.0kph to 6.4kph.
  • 2. Increase continuous jogging time to 30 mins.
  • 3. Run a 5K for charity.
  • 4. Work on my crawl stroke and build up to 30 mins continuous swimming.
  • 5. Build up to 1 hour continuous and comfortable cycling.
  • 6. Squat 50kg.
  • 7. Do an unassisted chin up.
  • 8. Take a martial arts or self-defence class for at least 3 months.
  • 9. Beat my husband at badminton.
  • 10. Learn a new dance style.
  • My Blubber Reduction Journey

  • My highest measured weight ever:
  • Jan 1 2006 = 238 lbs (17 stone)
  • BBG blog starting weight:
  • Sep 16 2007 = 215.5 lbs (15 stone 5.5), 47.0% BF Lean body mass 114.2 lbs (8 stone 2.2)
  • Highest weight posted since then:
  • Xmas 2008 = 223.6 lbs (15 stone 13.6), 48.2% BF, lean body mass 116.0 lbs (8 stone 4)
  • Lowest weight posted since then:
  • Nov 16 2009 = 193.2 lbs (13 stone 11.2), 43.7% BF, lean body mass 108.8 lbs (7 stone 10.8)
  • Lowest body fat posted since then:
  • Sep 7 2009 = 194.2 lbs (13 stone 12.2), 42.6% BF, lean body mass 111.5 lbs (7 stone 13.5)
  • My blubber reduction journey 2011:
  • Xmas 2010 = 221.6 lbs, 46.7% BF, 118.1 lbs LBM
  • 5 Jan = 221.0 lbs, 47.1% BF
  • 12 Jan = 219.6 lbs, 45.8% BF
  • 19 Jan = 220.4 lbs, 45.8% BF (TTOM)
  • 26 Jan = 218.8 lbs, 45.2% BF
  • 2 Feb = 218.8 lbs, 44.7% BF
  • 9 Feb = 219.4 lbs, 44.9% BF
  • 16 Feb = 215.8 lbs, 44.6% BF
  • 23 Feb = 213.2 lbs, 45.2% BF
  • 2 Mar = 211.6 lbs, 45.9% BF
  • 9 Mar = 209.8 lbs, 45.1% BF
  • 16 Mar = 208.8 lbs, 45.3% BF
  • 23 Mar = 208.0 lbs, 45.1% BF
  • 13 Apr = 208.4 lbs, 44.4% BF
  • 20 Apr = 207.6 lbs, 43.3% BF
  • 27 Apr = 205.0 lbs, 45.8% BF
  • 4 May = 209.2 lbs, 45.2% BF (TTOM)
  • No. weeks: 18
  • Average weekly weight loss: 0.31%
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