Monday, May 28, 2007

Last Week of May

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY

I got confirmation yesterday that indeed I am loosing inches off my body. There's this pin striped trouser suit I've had for sometime which I love so much but havent worn the jacket for about 18 months (although I've still been rocking the bottom) cos my arms wouldnt go through the Jacket anymore and when they did, strained against the fabric obviously. Well, yesterday, I had a baby christening to attend and I decided to try it on and the arms were perfectly OK and there was even so much allowance beneath the jacket that I was able to wear a shirt also. (This is a jacket that I couldnt even wear with a sleeveless top previously cos my arms were too FAT!!) LOL!!

So when I woke up this morning, I decided to go back to my place of humble beginings (the park near my house) to see how much improvement there was in my running. I had been running a different route since I started running with my running partner. I ran all the way to the park and around its boundaries up till the target I had set for myself and was happy with my progress. I then walked back to the park and decided to see how far I could go running within it before I stopped for breath. I went round the park 4 times and ran for 33 minutes non stop! I was so happy! Remembering how I used to look enviously at other runners in the park who had loads of stamina and I was struggling to run for 3 minutes non-stop then, this was such welcome progress. (Check out my times beneath. ) Then I ran all the way back home elated.

  • Run to the Park - 1.93KM - 16 minutes
  • Run Within the Park - 4.08KM - 33 minutes
  • Run back home - 2.06KM - 19 minutes

I'll rest on Tuesday and go running again on Wednesday. 150 Situps.

  • Breakfast - Avocado
  • Lunch - Barbeque Chicken Pieces
  • Snack - Cucumber Pieces
  • Dinner - Soup
  • 2.5 Litres of Water

TUESDAY

  • Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs and BBQ Chicken Piece
  • Snack - An Avocado
  • Lunch - Soup
  • Snack - Cucumber
  • 2 Litres of Water

WEDNESDAY

  • Breakfast - Hot Dogs
  • Snack - Avocado
  • Lunch - Beef
  • Snack - Avocado + Chicken Pieces
  • Dinner - Soup
  • 3 Litres of Water

Was able to do 100 situps today. Didnt exercise - too much work to do. Will wait until friday then run with my partner.

THURSDAY

  • Breakfast - Hot Dogs
  • Snack - Avocado
  • Lunch -
  • 2 Litres of Water

Between last night and today, I have had a couple of bars of chocolate. Naughty I know but I told myself I deserved it - my treat and it can only delay ketosis for some days while I'm still keeping to my energetic regime so it cant be all bad. Just had to confess so I wont seem hypocritical writing that I'm eating all the good stuff only when I'm cheating on the side. Weigh in is tomorrow. I wont feel bad if I still havent lost any KG at all cos I know there is a difference and I've lost inches instead.

Evening Run:

  • 1st lap - 2.45KM - 20 minutes
  • 2nd lap - 1.34 KM - 15 minutes
  • 3rd lap - 1.23KM - 10 minutes

The first lap was OK. I had set my mind on trying to run at least 2km each lap before stopping. (I had mapped out a 6km route) About 1KM into the run, the police had blocked the road and werent allowing anyone pass by where they were set up - I think they were there to make an arrest. They asked me to cross over and I jogged on the spot in front of them to show off a little before the road was clear and I crossed. One of them even said "Dont stop love, you'll get cramps if you do". In my heart I laughed out loud - if only they knew that I stop at will when my body can take the pain no more. LOL!!

My second lap was a bit sporadic. I could barely keep up after the first 10 minutes and got very tired. Stopped a little bit after that and walked instead. My last lap - I just had to summon up courage and run all the way back home. I'm running tomorrow morning with my partner - didnt go with her this evening.

FRIDAY - JUDGMENT DAY

Went running this morning. All I can say is we were sweating buckets! It felt good though when we finished - as usual. Thank God the sun wasnt up yet. Would hate to run when its terribly hot. Our times:

  • 1st lap - 1.87km - 13 minutes
  • 2nd Lap - 1.90km - 19 minutes
  • 3rd Lap - 1.05km - 9 minutes

The start was laborious as usual. Then after we had walked for about 7 minutes and rested, we took off on the second lap which was way, way better. We then walked for about 9 minutes after the second lap and then started off on the third lap. The third lap was a breeze too. Our entire route was 6.03km and we completed it in 57 minutes. Lets see how it will go tomorrow.

About the weigh in, I think I may have lost only approx. 1KG or to make myself feel good - 2.2lbs. LOL!! I jumped on my friends scale yesterday. (stopped by her place during my evening run) The scale said 86.4KG. I didnt want to go to the GP cos most likely I'll get the same measurement since the GP's scale gave me the same measurement as hers last month. The last time I was at the GP's, the nurse saw the look of dissapointment on my face and asked me if I was on a diet and advised me to give my body sometime to allow the weight drop off before coming back to weigh myself. So I am consoled by the fact that I am loosing inches (My pin-striped jacket can attest to that) and that the weight will drop off eventually. Tentatively, my next weigh in is July 2.

SATURDAY

Induction starts again today. I'll try to be more sincere to myself and not cheat this month. Didnt go running with my RP(running partner) cos our bodies are still aching from our friday run. We've decided to have a day of rest each time we run so we'll be running from now on, on Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays. Every other day na jara. lol!

I read on the net that there is some sort of free training that takes place at Nike Town on Mondays by 6pm for female runners of all abilities training for races. There are some warm up exercises first and then everyone goes on a 3 mile or 5 mile run around the city and back to Nike Town. I intend to go and see what goes on there pretty soon.

  • Meals - I had scrambled eggs for breakfast and roast chicken mostly for the rest of the entire day. I'm drinking 3 litres of water easily now and still feeling thirsty. Have to caution myself not to drink too much.

SUNDAY

I got a bit of a cramp or pain in my right calf (not sure which one it was) just after we started our run and so my running was hindered a little bit today. My RP did very well today. She completed the entire route in two laps and left me behind and I had to try and keep up with her. Our times or rather my time was:

  • 1st lap - 2.06KM - 16 minutes
  • 2nd Lap - 2.46 KM - 25 minutes
  • 3rd Lap - 0.74KM - 4 minutes

At this stage, I was getting pretty tired and my calf was hurting but my RP was still rearing to go so I asked her to leave me behind and she ran the remaining 1.51km all the way home non stop!! Me, I rested and walked down our route for about 7 minutes and then completed the remaining distance of about 0.74KM in 4 minutes. RP's time today was better as she finished in less than 57 minutes but I just barely made it to the finishing line in 59 minutes. We run again on Tuesday.

  • Meals - I'm trying to stick to scrambled eggs and roast chicken right now. When I tire, I'll switch to something else or face my meals which are still in the freezer waiting for me.

Monday, May 21, 2007

4th Week of May

MONDAY
  • Breakfast - Omlette
  • Snack - Tomatoes
  • Supper - Roast and Scrambled Eggs
  • 3 Litres of Water

No exercise today. May rest until Wednesday before I go running again.

TUESDAY

  • Breakfast - Fried Eggs as usual (Must look for some other breakfast option)
  • Lunch - Roast Pork Ribs
  • Dinner - Beef
  • 3 Litres of Water

WEDNESDAY

  • Breakfast - Omelette
  • Lunch - Chicken Pieces
  • Dinner - Roast Chicken
  • 3 Litres of Water

Will exercise tomorrow. 100 Situps.

THURSDAY

  • Breakfast - Omelette
  • Lunch - Bar of Chocolate - Oh dear!
  • Dinner - Maple Popcorn - 2 packs for good measure. If you're going to be naughty, be very, very naughty indeed. lol!
  • 2 Litres of Water

FRIDAY

Went for our usual weekend run earlier on in the morning. These were our times:

  • 1st Lap - 1.26 KM - 10 minutes
  • 2nd Lap - 1.41 KM - 10 minutes
  • 3rd Lap - 1.46 KM - 10 minutes
  • 4th Lap - 0.57 KM - 5 minutes

It was good but I must confess my legs could barely lift themselves up after the first two laps. I'm working on endurance and stamina right now - speedwork can be done later on.

  • Breakfast - Scrambled eggs
  • Lunch - Fish
  • Dinner - Roast Chicken
  • 2.5 Litres of Water

SATURDAY

  • First Lap 1.87KM - 16 minutes
  • Second Lap 2.36KM - 20 minutes
  • Third Lap 1.23 KM - 10 minutes

It wasnt bad at all today. I'm sure very soon (next weekend or two hopefully) we'll be able to run the entire 5.23KM without stopping. It will be so lovely that day!!

  • Breakfast - Fried Eggs
  • Snack - Avocado
  • Lunch - Fish
  • Snack - An Avocado
  • Dinner - Chicken and Gizzard
  • 3 Litres of Water

SUNDAY

  • Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs
  • Snack - An Avocado
  • Lunch - Turkey Pieces
  • Dinner - Fish
  • 2 Litres of Water

Monday, May 14, 2007

3rd Week of May

MONDAY
  • Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs
  • Snack - Cumberland Sausage and Chicken Piece
  • Brunch - Soup
  • Lunch - Soup
  • Snack - An Avocado
  • Dinner - Roasted Chicken
  • 3 Litres of Water

Induction started all over again today. I felt so hungry the entire morning despite the fact that I had breakfast quite unlike me. Eating a sausage and chicken piece an hour later didnt seem to do much good and I hurriedly had my brunch but yet still felt ravenous. Even after I had my brunch and lunch, the nagging hunger was still there. Its never been this bad - I have eaten less some days and not felt that hungry so often. Maybe its the withdrawl symptoms rearing their head once again? I've made up my mind to have frequent meals - no more skipping breakfast, having my meals on time and shelve fasting for the rest of the month. I'll try to always have some fried or roasted fish, chicken around me that I can snack on anytime. No Exercise today. Maybe it was my day of rest. Lets see how tomorrow will go.

TUESDAY

  • Breakfast - An Omelette
  • Lunch - Salad
  • Snack - An Avocado
  • Dinner - Soup
  • 3 Litres of Water

100 Sit Ups.

WEDNESDAY

  • Breakfast - Boiled Egg
  • Snack - An Avocado
  • Brunch - Roast Chicken Pieces
  • Lunch - Soup
  • Snack - An Avodcado
  • Dinner - Soup
  • 3 Litres of Water

100 Situps. Off for my evening run/walk now. Evening run was swell. Ran my first 1 km nonstop in 6 minutes. Had 3 more laps of 4 minute runs. The problem was my right calf hurt so much each time I stopped and started powerwalking. Maybe thats cos I didnt run with my weights today and my legs felt unusually light? Lets see how the rest of the week goes running without weights.

THURSDAY

  • Breakfast - Omelette
  • Lunch - Soup
  • Snack - Avocado
  • Dinner - Soup
  • 3 Litres of Water

100 Situps. Resting today. Will jog tomorrow morning. Need to stock up on edibles. My larder needs replenishing.

FRIDAY

  • Breakfast - Avocado Slices
  • Lunch - Soup
  • Dinner - Fish
  • 3 Litres of Water

100 Situps. Went for an early morning run and it was good. We ran 3 laps of running 1 km distances in 6 minutes each time and then set a longer distance to run which we ran in 10 minutes. We are making good progress. Looking forward to the day we'll run our first 2 km distance non stop as we are both running 1 km comfortably now.

SATURDAY

We went for our run and it was good. My endurance and stamina seems to be improving and apart from the start or first 1 km which is usually laborious for me, the rest of the run seems to be fairly ok. We're approaching running 1.5km steadily now.

  • Breakfast - Fish
  • Lunch - Fish
  • Dinner - Fish

Running out of my meals stocked in the freezer. Got to make some this weekend.

I wonder if I should mention the pack of Strawberry Cheescakes and the pack of Strawberry Cream Tarts I got from Tesco just before its closing time for 10p each? NO?!?!?! OK. I wont mention that I ate them all then as well as the cinanmon whirl or the maple pecan plait or the creme coronet I ate while browsing through the shop. P.S: I paid for the ones I ate while in the shop oh! lol! Got some Sennakot Extra Strength Senna to help me when I cheat. Hope the cheating dosent get to be an uncontrollable habit.

SUNDAY

Just came back from our run. The start was laborious and I dont know why its usually so for me. After the first start/lap, the rest of the run always seems to be a little bit of a breeze. Here are the times we ran:

  • Our First Lap 1.3 km - 10 minutes
  • Second Lap 1 km - 7 minutes
  • Third Lap 1.91 km - 18 minutes
  • Fourth Lap 1.22 km - 10 minutes

150 Situps. That July 21st date seems to be fast becoming a reality. We're still at the very, very slow jog pace/stage, mind you. (Smile)

  • Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs
  • Lunch - Fish and more eggs
  • Dinner - Roast Chicken
  • 3 Litres of Water

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

2nd Week of May

MONDAY
  • Breakfast - Fried Egg
  • Lunch - Fish
  • Snack - Chicken Pieces
  • Dinner - Cowleg
  • 3.5 Litres of Water

I tried out the run 3 minutes, walk 10 minutes routine today. I think I did that about 5 times and also ran some spurts of 1 minute runs in between. I kept on wondering why I couldnt last 3 minutes during the one minute run and then discovered that my steps were too long and fast and thats why my stamina didnt last the duration of the intended three minutes. It was so much easier when my running partner was beside me on Saturday and Sunday or was my inability to keep running to up to three minutes consistently due to the fact that she wasnt there to pace me?!?!?! I'll keep on trying the 3 minute run, 10 minute walk technique for the rest of the week and hopefully, the runs will get better and easier as the week progresses.

Did 100 situps today too. Right now, I can still feel my tummy muscles protesting.

TUESDAY

  • Breakfast - Nil
  • Lunch - Nil
  • Dinner - Lemon Chicken, Spare Ribs, Brocolli in Garlic Sauce, Aubergines, Baked Pork, Beef Flank in curry sauce, Chicken in curry sauce - to answer your question - Yes, I went to a Chinese Buffet. LOL!!
  • 1.5 litres of Water

I wore my weights for about 7 hours gallivanting round the city so that amounts to some form of exercise innit?!?!?!?! LOL!! Did 100 situps also.

WEDNESDAY

  • Breakfast - Nil
  • Brunch - Fried Egg
  • Lunch - Fish
  • Dinner - to be decided
  • 2.5 Litres of Water so far

100 situps. Running today was improved. Consisted of this:- Run 5 minutes, Walk 8 -10 minutes - 5 times. I was surprised myself. Maybe it was the Energy drink I drank before I started the runs but whatever it is, I hope I improve daily. That 5km in July must come into fruition.

THURSDAY

  • Brunch - Omelette
  • Lunch - Chicken soup
  • Dinner - Beef
  • 3 Litres of Water

100 Situps. Despite the fact that I drank a can of my energy drink before setting out this evening, my body just refused to budge and couldnt run more than 1 - 2 minutes each time no matter how hard I tried. Wonder if it had anything to do with the fact that I didnt pop any painkillers before going to bed last night? Thanks to Run London, I now know my normal route is 5.23km so I decided to power walk instead and covered the route in 50 minutes then decided to add an extra 2.5 km power walking to make up for the fact that I didnt do much running today. The 2.5 km was completed in another 20 minutes. Maybe tomorrow will be better?

FRIDAY

  • Brunch - Chicken Pieces and 2 sausages
  • Dinner - Fish
  • Snack - Strawberries
  • 2 Litres of Water

100 Situps. Resting today in preparation for my morning run with my running partner tomorrow. My entire body aches badly!

SATURDAY

I went jogging with my running partner this morning as usual. We ran our first 1km non stop today in 14 minutes. After that, I could only manage running only 2-3 minutes at a stretch. Looking back now, I think in the beginning of the run, we could have overstretched ourselves running 14 minutes instead of just 3 - 5 minutes like I normally do. Power walked for the rest of the day, (our route is a 5.23km route) and added an extra 2.23km for good measure. We're going again tomorrrow morning and I was hurting so much she recommending resting that I may be overstretching my body. I think I'll powerwalk for the rest of next week - 10km for added measure each day. No more running for me.

  • Breakfast - ?!?!??!?!
  • Lunch - ?!?!?!?
  • Dinner - ?!??!?!

I intend to pig out this entire weekend. I AM TIRED!! I've had popcorn (maple flavour) so far and intend to get cereal with honey after. I weighed myself yesterday and feel so down. I now weigh 87kg but decided not to adjust my ticker. Its disheartening. I kept to my routine during the week - peppersoup, cheese, holding my longerthroat for the good things of life on those supermarket shelves etc so how and what could have made me add the extra 2KG in just one week? All that exercise and hurting during the week for nothing! My body hurts so much right now. So I'm throwing caution to the wind today and tomorrow. Induction starts again on Monday. LOL!! My target for the end of the May is to loose that stubborn 7kg.

SUNDAY

We (running partner & I) power walked on our normal route and made it to the finish point in 50 minutes.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

1st May Week

MONDAY

  • Brunch - Cheese Slice
  • Lunch - Fish
  • Dinner - Soup
  • Snack - 2 Cheese Slices
  • 3 Litres of Water

I discovered that the entire carb count of the 14 slices in a pack of cheddar cheese amounts to only 0.4g of carbs compared to the previous brand of cheese I was eating in which a slice had 1.4g of carbs so I have switched over to cheddar cheese. I am determined to take drastic measures and make this work.

TUESDAY

  • Snack - Cheese Slices
  • Lunch - Soup
  • Dinner - Chicken
  • 3 Litres of Water

Made my Fish and Beef meals today. I'm fully kitted out for the week and determined to minimize to the fullest my carb intake this week. Lets see how it goes.

WEDNESDAY

  • Brunch - Boiled Egg
  • Lunch - Beef
  • Snack - Cheese Slices
  • Dinner - 3 Large Tomatoes
  • 2.5 Litres of Water

Went power walking this evening round the park for an hour. Its all good.

THURSDAY

  • Brunch - Boiled Egg
  • Dinner - Fish
  • Snack - Cucumber Slices + cheese slices (As usual - LOL!!)
  • 2.5 Litres of Water

Power Walking for one hour again!!!

FRIDAY

  • Brunch - Boiled Egg and a Tomato
  • Lunch - Chicken
  • Dinner - Fish
  • Snacks - Cheese and Cucumber Slices
  • 3 Litres of Water

I weighed myself today. I still weigh 85KG so my ticker will not move just yet. Got to work harder this May. My target is losing 5kg more by the end of May.

SATURDAY

  • Breakfast - I Omelette
  • Lunch - Plantain & Beans
  • Snack - Cheese and Cucumber slices
  • Dinner - Soup
  • 2 Litres of water

Went jogging with my running partner this morning for about 30 minutes. We're power walking tomorrow.

SUNDAY

  • Breakfast - 1 Fried Egg
  • Lunch - Chicken
  • Snack - Fried Chicken Pieces
  • Dinner - Beef
  • 2.5 Litres of Water

Today's exercise was good. We jogged and power walked intermittently and I'm glad to say that the jogging was less stressful and I was able to keep jogging for up to 4-5minutes at a time with my ankle weights. My body seems to be getting used to the ankle weights now. I wear them everywhere I go during the day - the entire weekend too. Being too overzealous?!?!?

 
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