Back to Nature

June 8, 2008 at 1:23 am 1 comment

Went for a walk in the country today with hubby. It’s been on the schedule every Saturday for the last month, but the best we have managed so far was 30 minutes in the local park. Well today we dug out our local walks book, picked one not too far away and set out. It was 4 miles (6.4 km) and was graded as easy.

I would just like to say in my defence, up front, that I have been quite ill this week. Jittery, dizzy spells, feeling very out of sorts. Most likely due to withdrawal symptoms from coming off the antidepressants. But I have to say, almost from the outset, I just didn’t want to be there. It took us an hour and a half, not including a stop about half way at a garden centre where we had some lunch, and for the vast majority of that, I was giving myself silent pep talks about getting through it. I think these walks are supposed to be fun, and I just hated every minute of it. I felt sick, dizzy, my legs felt like lead, even slight gradients had me huffing and puffing, and I had to try mighty hard to take any pleasure in the wild bunny rabbits, squirrels, and fields full of golden flowers we passed on the way. How sad.

Despite me no doubt ruining it for hubby too, he is keen for us to keep trying in the hope that it will get easier. I have to say, I’m not sorry that the next two weekends are out because I will be doing my pilates reformer course.

We’re now 4 weeks into the BlubberBeGone Mr & Mrs Challenge, but I certainly don’t feel any healthier. On the plus side, my workout times and distances suggest I am making fitness gains, but it’s a good job I make a note of that stuff, otherwise I wouldn’t believe it. Although, looking at it now, they have been down a bit this week compared with week 3. So for example, Self Challenge month 1 cardio workout 1 involves a 5 minute warm up, 15 minutes at RPE 6–7, then a 5 minute cool down. In week 1, I covered 1.7 km in the time. In week 3, my best, I covered 2.029 km, and this week managed 1.908. Cardio workout 2 involved three 2-minute hard intervals plus 4-minute recovery, with a warm up and cool down, also 25 minutes total. In week 1, I covered 1.580 km, in week 2, 1.832 km; week 3 was 1.931, and this week was 1.923 km. Workout 3 is hill intervals as well as speed intervals and I’ve mixed them up a bit so I can’t compare. But overall, I’d say around a 20% improvement in performance over the month.

My goal achievement has been a bit patchy this week. I only managed one of my pilates workouts out of four, missed two days cardio, didn’t get a minimum of 5 fruit and veg every day, and only stayed within my WW points allowance twice. Mostly that was due to eating out – first at a friend’s house, at a Chinese restaurant for my boss’s 50th birthday, and at an Asian noodle house last night. The other days, I only have myself to blame. I also only managed to get to bed by 11.30 once. So not brilliant. But I did do all my 2008 Self Challenge workouts, which is my minimum requirement.

My goal for next week is simply to do better. Not to go over my WW points more than once, to get my 5 servings minimum F&V every day, to do at least 2 pilates workouts, and to get to bed by 11.30 at least twice.

Month 1 results and next week’s workouts up tomorrow. ‘night all.

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Entry filed under: exercise, fat loss, heath and fitness, nutrition, Self Challenge, weight loss, Weight Watchers.

Nutrition Tip of the Week no. 19 BlubberBeGone Mr & Mrs Challenge Month 1 Results

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  • 1. Cynthia  |  June 12, 2008 at 3:19 am

    You did better on the exercise than I did.

    On the nature thing… you know what they say about exercise, do something you enjoy! I’d say try this a little longer because it may indeed get easier… and well, things that aren’t easy tend to burn more calories, but if you don’t enjoy it, then I wouldn’t force yourself to do it for the long haul.

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  • Body fat lost: 0.9%
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  • 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).
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  • 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.
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  • Xmas 2008 = 223.6 lbs (15 stone 13.6), 48.2% BF, lean body mass 116.0 lbs (8 stone 4)
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