5000 Hits

January 2, 2008 at 11:53 pm 4 comments

Sometime today I got the 5000th hit on my blog. I’m a little awed to tell you the truth. Just a little blog of me dribbling on about my sad failed attempts to lose weight, and 5000 of you, with too much time on your hands, have visited and read. Just kidding about the time. I really appreciate all the support you’ve given me, both in comments and emails, and just by visiting. When I stuff it up, I feel like I’m letting all of you down too, not just myself. Doesn’t seem to be making much difference though. Perhaps a few more comments…hint, hint, so I could put some virtual ‘faces’ to my readership.

Today was a case in point. First day back at work and it was s****y. My office mates are off for the rest of the week, as are my clients, but I couldn’t take it easy and relax because we are on the clock and I have to account for every 15 minutes of my day. Talk about dragging. Plus, the day was just generally horrible. Cold and wet and miserable. And stories of atrocities on the morning news that made me cry in my car for humanity. Overall, a rough day, and I felt really angry at the world. So I hit back. With chocolate cake and peking aromatic crispy duck. Take that, world!

I counted points till lunchtime then gave it up as a bad job. I did just do a very high-intensity 20-minute interval training workout that involved a bit of jogging, which was cool. Throwing bad knees and five stone excess weight to the wind. I got this one from an old issue of Shape magazine. For those of you who want to try something different. I did mine on the treadmill, but you could do it on any piece of cardio equipment. Theoretically, you could also do it without equipment, but it would be a bit harder to monitor the intervals.

Activity Time (mins) Speed (mph) Incline RPE (1–10)
Warm Up 0:00–4:00 3.5 1.0 3
Interval 1 4:00–5:00 7.5–6.0* 1.0 8
Recovery 5:00–6:00 3.5 1.0 3–4
Interval 2 6:00–7:00 8.0–6.5* 1.0 9
Recovery 7:00–8:00 3.5 1.0 3–4
Interval 3 8:00–9:00 8.5–7.0* 1.0 9–10
Recovery 9:00–10:00 3.5 1.0 3–4
Intervals 4–6 (repeat mins 8–10 x3) 10:00–16:00 3.5–8.5 1.0 3–10
Cool Down 16:00–20:00 3.5 1.0 3

* Reduce the speed by 0.5 mph every 15 seconds.

This was how the workout appeared, but obviously you can change it for your own needs following the RPE (rate of perceived exertion guidelines). Instead of miles per hour, I used the same numbers with kilometers per hour. But I like the idea of starting faster and easing off in 15 second intervals, rather than working up to the hardest speed. If you’re not familiar with the RPE scale for gauging the intensity of workouts, you can check it out here.

Anyway, that’s about all for tonight. I will try and be a better BBG tomorrow. ‘night all, and thanks for popping by.

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Entry filed under: Body image, exercise, fat loss, heath and fitness, inspiration, interval training, motivation, weight loss, Weight Watchers.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lady Shanny  |  January 3, 2008 at 2:46 am

    I’m excited for you! I remember the day that I hit 5000 and I wanted to buy myself a present! You should buy yourself a present!

    Good job on the interval training.

    Reply
  • 2. walkdreamwrite  |  January 3, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Hi. Just found your blog and wanted to cheer you on. I don’t have the same exact difficulties with food. My interest in diet and fitness started with dealing with mood problems, so I’m looking at this stuff as caring about myself for a change. Sounds so simple, but …
    I think the most important step has already been made: you have resolved to decide that your future will be healthy and fit and that all of this hard work matters because YOU matter.
    So- hope this cheers you on and wishing you much success!
    Carol
    walkdreamwrite.wordpress.com

    Reply
  • 3. MK  |  January 3, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Alright, I’ll comment.
    I come over here to check on you at least once a week. I am pulling for you. I am happy when you move toward your goals, I am disappointed when you take a step backwards, and I’m afraid for you when you don’t post.
    Keep going; I know you can do it. Just don’t make yourself crazy because life is about more than cookies and the damn scale. It’s about the thrill of 5,000 blog hits and the JOY of exercise and the way the sunlight lights up the imperfections in the icicles on the eaves and dogs and….well, you get the point.
    You keep writing and I’ll keep coming back.
    MK

    Reply
  • 4. blubberbegone  |  January 3, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Wow, thanks guys. I’ve been good today. Just for you. OK, for me too.

    Reply

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  • 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
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    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)
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  • Sep 7 2009 = 194.2 lbs (13 stone 12.2), 42.6% BF, lean body mass 111.5 lbs (7 stone 13.5)
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  • 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)
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  • Average weekly weight loss: 0.31%
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