Thursday, 29 September 2011

Day 64 and 65 - Short 3km 20min run

Day 64 - Went for a run with the boy but got a horrible stitch right underneath my rib about 20minutes in and had to stop. Wore my new running bare shorts, so light and airy and comfy!
Had a piece of birthday cake for dessert....

Day 65 - no exercise, had a job interview and it went really well I think! :-)

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Day 63 - Long run and pizza

Did my 45-50minute run route. It wasn't the best feeling run as I didn't feel very energized and I was noticing how my legs felt but I kept going. And glad I did because we had pizza for dinner to celebrate my brothers birthday. And maaaaaan it was yum! Oh and cake. But I only had a baby slice.

Plan for day 64 - Strength training and long run

Monday, 26 September 2011

Day 62 No exercise, job interview

Didn't get the job. Was for a surf shop and I think they may as well have just asked for a photo for the online application because the people who moved through to the next round all looked like the typical people that work there.

I woke up at 1:30pm and had to leave for the job at 5pm so my whole day was revolving around the clock, showering, working out what to wear and when I got back I was annoyed and didn't exercise.

I'm going to make up for it tomorrow though. A run in the morning because it is meant to be nice and cool around 21 C and depending on how long I run for I may do strength training in the arvo.

Day 59, 60 and 61- new running gear!

Day 59 was boiling hot! I went for a morning run and really struggled as I'm not used to running in the heat. I lasted for my 20min 3km loop then went home. ALCOHOL that night.

Day 57 was cold and rainy! I considered going for a run and for some reason I just didn't want to run in the rain. So I did interval training on the exercise bike for 20 minutes doing 8 second sprint, 12 second recovery.
Then I proceeded to go to a house party where I had white bread roll and lots of desserts- mars bar slice, chocolate spider and a lemon cupcake. oh and ALCOHOL!

WOMENS LIGHTS SHORTDay 58 was cold and rainy again. I had sushi for lunch (not sure about the calories of sushi), a bowl of cereal for afternoon tea and cereal for dinner. (Really craving cereal that day). I went for my long run - 5.3km about 45minutes wearing my new running gear - my peformax tights and I also bought some runnign bare running shorts which are heaps light and airy and small seams so hopefully they wont rub on me

Friday, 23 September 2011

Day 58 - Stress eating midnight binge

I've been stress eating. My entire body and mind is tight with stress. And I feel overly depressed. I have so much stuff to do for uni and no time to do it. I just want to stick my head in the sand. And eat away all my worries. Which I tried to do at midnight tonight when I was going to bed on the phone to my boyfriend and I had left some of those caramel rice thins in my room. I had 1...then 2...then 3...then I went hunting in the kitchen, had a tiny nibble of chicken snitzel and added some chocolate powder to a tiny glass of light milk.

Now I'm full as I had water after that too. It was by no means the sort of binge eat I would have done 2 months ago. 2 months ago I would have been pouring unhealthy cereal, getting the ice cream out, tucking in to a packet of chips etc. So in retrospect I can at least look at tonight as some sort of progress marker.

So my midnight 'binge' consisted of - 3 x caramel rice thins 35 cal each = 105cal
Chocolate milk - probably 150ish cal 

Did strength training tonight. No run.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Day 56 and 57 - 144.5lbs! and 8 Weeks

Weigh in - 65.5kg or 144.5lbs!!!!

Thats like 3 kg or 7 pounds less than last weigh in!!!!

Did no exercise day 56.

Day 57 - Long long run 45-50 minutes 5.5km or so and felt great like I could run forever!

Had a milkshake and banana bread today. Had an ultra healthy tea and long run to make up for it. I had good reason to have that food though! (involving stuck on the highway on way to uni for 3 hours)

Monday, 19 September 2011

Day 55 - Strength

Side leg lifts 3 x 20. Squat lifts with 5kg weights 3x 12. Tricep kickbacks 3 x 15. Crunches 3 x 20. Chest flies 3 x 20.

That was my strength routine for today. The squat lifts are a killer. By the time I get to the 3 set I only just make it through the last rep. How do your routines compare? Are yours longer with more exercises? Because I was thinking that mine may not be enough, i go through it pretty quickly...

Weigh in tomorrow! Argh!
(TMI warning) Haven't done my business today...strangely...

I found rice-thins today in caramel flavour! Caramel! With only 10 more calories per thin. They are yum!

Also bought some weight-watchers desserts (chocolate flavoured dessert) and some strawberry jelly....yummo!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Day 53 and 54 - Addiction is taking hold

I haven't done strength training in a while. I am well overdue for it. But I can't stop running. At the end of every day I want to run. I know that if that happens then I should run and do strength but I usually eat tea after my runs and then get too full.
My own fault.

Day 53 - Did a 25min run with my boyfriend. First time I have ever run with him and was so happy I could keep up and last the distance. Had apple pie and icecream for dessert....

Day 54 - Sat on my arse all day doing assignments and got out for a 30min run. Was realllly meant to do strength but I needed to run! Had takeaway chinese for tea.

I haven't had the strictest end to the week, and my weigh in is on Tuesday Day 56. I need to step it up and not get too relaxed now that I'm doing longer runs with my calorie intake. But I have definately felt hungrier.

Has anyone else increased their food intake as their running times and distances increase?

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Day 52 - Ran 45 min

Or thereabouts.

Did. not. want. to.

But I just kept going telling myself that I was allowed to walk whenever but to just go a little further to push myself. And I did my 5.3ish km!
And felt wonderful afterwards!! :-)

Am well overdue for strength training now though. I just love running too much!

Friday, 16 September 2011

Day 51 - Run short

Only my loop route but a few weeks ago I couldn't even do that so its better than nothing. Just sooo tired

Oh and I shared hot chips and a milkshake with my boyfriend today

Day 50 - Week 7 yesterday run

Bad run but kept going and glad I got out there

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Day 49 - Day off


So buggered.

No exercise.


Monday, 12 September 2011

Day 48 - Running in my sleep

Argh. I haven't been getting enough sleep. Not good for weight loss. So much stress on my mind of late I keep tossing and turning for ages. So I'm in bed early tonight and hopefully get proper rest.

Ran for ages today. My 5.3km route, plus a little extra. NO BREAKS! Felt bloody amazing!!

Does anyone else who road runs (or footpath/sidewalk whatever u call it) do interval training?
I'm not sure how that will go not on an oval or on a treadmill. I want to give it a try since it's meant to be great for fitness and fat burning...

Day 47 - Bushwalk

Went to the Blue Mountains west of Sydney for a bushwalk called Porters Pass.
The track made its way from the mountain top down to the valley and around the cliffs, past waterfalls and back up to the top again. It was a killer on the legs. Soo many steps. Great workout though. I had tea in the town before I left - a small pizza. De-licious! So fresh! Prawn and bacon with garlic. Yum.

When I got home that night I reaaaally wanted sticky date pudding and ice cream for dessert. I even took it out of the freezer. BUT I put it straight back and had some yoghurt with muesli. And that satisfied me.

I'll upload a pic from my walk soon.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Day 46 - Exhausted.

So exhausted. Physically and mentally.

Did a hard strength training session. No run.

Ate well.

Day 45 - Longest run ever!

5.3km or 3.3 miles!

Wasn't the best feeling run ever but eventually I broke through the wall and everything just steadied out.

On my last major long winding hill I made it 3/4 up then stopped for about 45seconds-1min. More for a mental break than anything. My breathing was heavy but I knew it would steady out once I got to the top but I took the break then kept running.

Went out for dinner and had a Caesar salad with no chicken. The first salad I have ever ordered as a takeaway or restaurant meal and not given as a side.

I don't know if they are the healthiest for you but I didn't eat too bad during the day and it is still much better than a hamburger or chicken snitzel and chips.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Ultramarathon runners caught in fire

Some ultra-marathoners doing a run in the Kimberly in Aus got caught in a bushfire and some severely burnt. Such a scary story because it all happened so quickly and they had nowhere to go. And these are runners too but they couldn't outrun the fire.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Day 44 - Scheduling exercise

I'm writing this at the beginning of Day 44 as a plan of the exercise and food I am going to eat today, to keep myself in line. But in particular, to make myself do the exercise.

I have written today's meals in my Food Diary

and my exercise plan is - Strength training (I don't set a time limit for this I just do 3 sets of 12-20 reps of various exercises)
& A LOOOOONG run! A 5k run. In fact I think the route I'm aiming for is actually almost 6km.

I'll update this at the end of the day with how I went.


I did the strength training successfully. But my run was terrible!!!!
I was exhausted. Probably from sitting on my arse all day, whereas usually I'm walking round uni and my muscles and lungs have stretched and warmed over the day, whereas sitting on the lounge watching TV for several hours doesn't have that same effect.
So the devil was sitting on my shoulder throughout the whole run letting me know how hard I was finding the run and telling me to just stop.. But the quiet (very quiet) other voice said just keep going to that next street, just to that next turn. And I made it through my whole longer route so about 25/30minutes. Didn't end up doing the 5km but I was still happy.  Man I was buggered when I stopped for a cool down. But I'm so proud that I kept going. I really didn't want to fall back to my early days of having walking breaks, I want to stay past that stage now.

Day 43 - No run

No run on Day 43. No exercise at all. There is no good excuse for it but I'll try out a couple - was tossing up between strength training and running for a while, then I started helping out with dinner, then I had dinner, then I didn't want to run with a heavy meal in me, then a good TV show came on...oops!

I'm desperately craving a run though now. I'm an addict!!
And it is meant to rain over the next couple of days so I'll have to make it a long one.

Do you guys run in the rain?

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Day 42 - Photos. Can you say disappointment? & Week 6

Took some update photos. No change. I was flicking back and forth between the before and afters and I couldn't see any difference except there was a bit more muscle in my biceps. That's all.
In the photos without the flash where I looked more tanned I looked skinnier but only because my skin looked darker.

I really thought I would see something. So so disappointed. Sigh.

Went for a short run tonight. That's all....

Monday, 5 September 2011

Day 41 - First 5/10k race?

The Sydney Running Festival is coming up and there a 2 races which I am tossing up between entering in with my dad - A 4km Family Run or a 9km Bridge Run, which goes over the harbour bridge and by the Opera House (they are closing the areas/roads off for the few hours of races).
I feel like the 4km one is too short BUT I don't think I will be ready for the 9km one as the festival is in a couple of weeks. I guess I can run/walk it though...and it goes over the Sydney Harbour Bridge which appeals to me more too,  I think the 4k just goes by it.

Anywho, I went for a run with my dad tonight. He runs frequently so he set quite a fast pace which I didn't think I would be able to maintain for the whole half hour, but I did! I kept up and it was really good at making me push myself.
I also did some strength training a couple of hours before the run so my limbs were a bit jellyish.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Day 40 - Hangover and running

Nasty hangover on top of my having my rags today. Did NOT want to exercise or do anything.

But, after an afternoon hangover nap, I put on my running clothes telling myself I can just walk but I have to get out there first.
And I ran for a nice 25minutes, sprinting past the people eating fathers day meals at the local pub.
Felt much better after that!

Day 39 - early weight in, alcohol and junk food

Alcohol and junk food at a party. Hangover today so its punishment for slacking.

Had no time to exercise as the party was last minute.

Snuck in an early weigh-in an 67kg!

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Day 38 - Looser clothing

Had my first real experience with looser clothing today! A pair of previously rather tight boy-leg underwear, which were tight around my thighs and hips were noticeably better fitting. In fact they may have become a bit too loose! (Or it could be my wild overexcited imagination there).

Did some strength training today, no running. And once again I am constantly stroking my biceps in public HAHA!

Friday, 2 September 2011

Day 37 - McDonalds. Read if you dare.

So, today, I ah...might have ventured up to McDonalds with my boyfriend.
And I ah...may...or may not!..have purchased a $1 Cheeseburger.

I did purchase and subsequently consume a $1 Cheeseburger.
And you know what? I didn't feel too bad about it. I don't feel bad about it.
It was bloody cheap! Well...for Australia at least, the land of tiny portion sizes and rip of prices for them. But hey that's probably what has stopped me becoming obese by now so I should be happy we get served less than Americans.
Mcdonalds has a $1 Cheeseburger promotion on at the moment, max of 4 per transaction, I managed to restrict myself to just one.

Anyway I kicked a soccer ball around with the boy and went for a stroll with him too, started an essay due in 1 day and had a nice afternoon nap today. Was sooo tired, did not want to exercise, especially after my lovely nap. But I did it! And ran and ran and ran and felt GREAT! Total run was about 30minutes of non-stop running.

Now after my run I thought hey I would love some dessert tonight but I waited till dinner settled in my stomach and thankfully no longer felt like it. Oh wait, I just remembered I did have some yoghurt actually. But the original plan was a banana and ice-cream, much worse!

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Day 36 - Can't believe how fit I am

I really can't!

Going for a run last night I felt myself going faster and so much easier. I was trying to run slower to not potentially burn out but I just felt like I could push the pace a bit and I did. I found myself reaching the tops of once heart-pounding-lung-aching hills and not even noticing I had come up them.
I extended my route even further and tacked on a bit of my shorter route.
The next step is to combine the long and short routes and have run 5k!

Had lasagne and vegetables for dinner. The serving size for the lasagne was quite big so I added extra veges and cut down my portion.