Monday, June 25, 2007

4th Week of June

MONDAY
  • Brunch - Chicken
  • Dinner - Chicken
  • Snack - Chicken
  • 2 Litres of Water

Been eating loads of chicken today. Must remind self to make some meals soon. Went running this evening. Had pysched (sp) myself that I would try and go at a very slow pace and not mind the pace of others. There was just a few of us running today due to the wet weather. It started well and than after the first 10 minutes, this pain set in and one of the trainers said it might be .... oops forgotten the name she mentioned but something to do with ankle or shin injury and that hindered my run a bit and made me walk a lot. I made it back to the finish line in 50 minutes I think. I was just thinking to myself - I cant afford to be injured 6 days before my first race but now I'm back home, the pain seems to have vanished.

Just finished my homework out - 90 minutes. I noticed my tummy was protuding seriously today through my running outfit. (Ok - I confess - I took delivery of some proper running clothes today and my tummy which I didnt think was that bad was so visible in them) While I was running, sometimes I cant help but look at the shop wiondows and I could see this fatty bumbum with a big tummy running past the windows. LOL!! Haba - I need to step up on the sit ups. LOL!!

I've done my situps, crunches, tricep dips, bicep curls, as well as some walking lunges and squats - I know I said I wouldnt do any more lunges but couldnt resist (smile) managed to do just 10 each as well as seated arm curls, reverse curls, glute raises and all the other usual stuff.

TUESDAY

  • Breakfast - Omlette
  • Lunch - Salad
  • Dinner - Chicken
  • Snack - 2 Avocados
  • 2 Litres of Water

Had a brief home workout this morning. Was on kitchen duties all afternoon so not running this evening. Will go out tomorrow morning to make up for today. Just some home workout left which will be done later on and my day will be complete.

WEDNESDAY

  • Breakfast - Omlette
  • Snack - Avocado
  • Lunch - Salad
  • Dinner - Chicken
  • 2 Litres of Water

Went power walking with my weights today - 10km since I couldnt go running earlier on in the day. The walk was about 2hrs, 40 minutes with a stop over at my friends house at the 6km mark. Off to do the home workouts now.

THURSDAY

  • Happy Birthday BUKI!!!

Our run this morning was good. Though we made it back to the finishing line in 63 minutes. We probably rested too much on the 5k route. Thats what I want to believe anyway. LOL! We ran bouts of mostly 5 - 8 minutes each time. We'll see how tomorrow go. No pains at all from the walk yesterday thanks to the painkillers I took. Lets see if I can manage any home workout before my day begins!!

I did my home workouts this morning yeah!! Normally, I try to divide them into two sections - 30 minutes for the crunches and situps and all those exercises that dont involve dumbells and then 30 minutes for the dumbell exercises. I discovered an illustration of 'beginners push ups' in 'Smart girls do dumbells' and I have been doing my push ups with my knees touching the ground. Today, I was pleasantly surprised when I finished doing the first set and discovered I had done the push ups without my knees touching the ground and did a second set just to be sure I wasnt dreaming. I'm sure I didnt go as low as the professionals do, but hey, its a start.

  • Brunch - Avocado
  • Lunch - Salad
  • Dinner - Bacon Joints & Vegetables
  • 2 Litres of Water

FRIDAY

I intend to go running for the last time this evening and see how my fitness level is in preparation for sunday. We didnt go this morning as planned cos it was wet outside - an excuse for the fact that we were both very sleepy. (smile) Did my homeworkout - 30 minutes crunches and sit ups and others and 30 minutes for the dumbell exercises.

  • Brunch - Avocado
  • Lunch - Salad
  • Dinner - Vegetables
  • 3 Litres of Water

Went running in the park this evening. I am done with any more homeworkouts or running until Sunday. I'm hoping that there'll be loads of other runners so I can pace myself properly. I think I run better when there are people ahead and behind me.

SATURDAY

Did a mini home work out today. The easy exercises. Crunches and bicep curls and situps nothing stressful. Want to be fully refreshed for tommorrow. So excited and apprehensive at the same time. LOL!!

  • Brunch - Scrambled Eggs
  • Lunch - Salad
  • Dinner - Soup
  • 2 Litres of Water

SUNDAY

  • Breakfast - Omelette
  • Lunch - Salad
  • Snack - Crunchy bar from the race goody bag
  • Dinner - Plantain

Thanks everyone for being there for me. It wouldnt have been possible without your support and encouragement. I had a fun and swell time at the race today. Check out my post on the race HERE.

Monday, June 18, 2007

3rd Week of June

MONDAY No exercise today. Was terribly busy so I couldnt go. I'm not sure I may make it tomorrow either. My race pack for my July 1st race arrived today. The days are drawing nigh just as I'm getting incredibly busy. YEAH!!!! LOL!!!
  • Lunch, Dinnner - the usual. Sennakot will always help when I go wrong. I'm trying to caution myself not to make it too much of a habit.

TUESDAY

  • Breakfast - Omelette
  • Lunch - Soup
  • Dinner - Brocolli
  • Snack - Cheese Slices
  • 3 Litres of Water

Did my home workout today while watching Big Brother. Tried to alternate btw the lunges and crunches - 30 minutes and the dumbell exercises - 30 minutes. Those walking lunges and wide leg squats just take all the energy out of you. We went out after my exercises to buy some stuff from the supermarket (me and hubby are midnight owls) and I could feel the pain in my thighs as we went down the staircase. It was almost as if my legs and thighs were collapsing under me from the strain of the home work out.

WEDNESDAY

Home workout made up of the following:-

30 reverse curls, 20 walking lunges, 20 basic crunches, 20 tricep dips, 20 wide leg squats, 20 lateral raises, 20 single arm curls, 20 hammer curls, 20 glute raises, 50 bicep curls as well as alternating bicep curls, single arm shoulder press, 20 single arm lateral raise, and 20 lateral raises. Those lateral raises are painful! Those walking lunges also. Once you start, you can feel the strain on your muscles. Notsure if 'strain' the right word but thats what came to my mind)

It is a struggle remembering what exercises to do next - they are so diverse but I'm loving it. I'm thinking which is the best time for the home workout - first thing in the mmorning to kickstart my metabolism or last thing at night. The morning is dicey - if I do the homework out first, then there may not be enough time to go running and then start preparing to get to work on time. Confused.com!!

  • Breakfast - Plain Omelette
  • Snack - Avocado
  • Lunch - Chicken Pieces
  • Snack - Avocado
  • Dinner - Gizzard
  • 2.5 Litres of Water

I am in serious pain. Just took some painkillers. My thighs hurts, my butt hurts, everywhere HURTS! No more home work outs for me until tomorrow evening. LOL!!

THURSDAY

  • Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs
  • Lunch - Salad
  • Dinner - Gizzard and some beans
  • 2 Litres of Water

Didnt have the energy to do my home workouts. Even though I've taken double doses of painkillers. I still ache. Lets see how tomorrow goes.

FRIDAY

  • Breakfast - Beans
  • Lunch - Beans
  • Dinner -
  • 2 Litres of Water

I'm planning on going power walking this evening. Been neglecting my running but I have been in pain and quite busy too. Nothing like watching killer celebrity bodies on "Most Wanted Sexiest Bodies" on TMF to push you into starting your own workout. LOL!! The celebrities all talked about low carb, high protein diets and weight training whipping them into shape and they made lunges look so easy!

Did my weight training for 50 minutes:

30 single arm lateral raises on each arm and 20 lateral raises, 50 wide leg squats, 20 tricep dips, 50 glute raises on each leg, 50 bicep curls, 50 single arm shoulder press on each arm and 50 single arm bent over row on each arm, 50 upright rows, 50 seated bicep curls on each arm. Havent had the liver to do any lunges just yet.

CRUNCHES - 30 minutes: 50 reverse curls, 10 oblique knee pulls, 50 situps, 20 basic crunches, 20 oblique crunches. No running today. Tomorrow definetely - pain or no pain.

SATURDAY

RP and I went running today. It was good and after about 30 minutes, could have gone on all day long. LOL!! Indeed! We finished our 6km route in 60 minutes. Our times were:

  • 1.61 km - 14 minutes
  • 0.73 km - 6 minutes
  • 1.72 km - 17 minutes
  • 1.05 km - 9 minutes

Back home, did a little 30 minute work out :- 50 tricep dips, 50 single arm should press on each arm, 50 single arm bent over row on each arm, 50 hammer curls, 10 lateral raises and 20 single arm raises on each arm. Lets see how tomorrow goes. Will do the rest later on in the evening.

SUNDAY We didnt go running today. RP was in pain and I was still feeling sleepy. LOL!! Did my homeworkouts for about 40 minutes. Loads of seated bicep curls, tricep dips, crunches and sit ups. Even push ups for beginners too. Food - Dont even go there. Got some stuff in the freezer its just the reluctance to get up and make edible and acceptable things. My ketostix is still fine and pink.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

2nd Week of June

Monday

Ketostix has moved up one colour code. Guess I deserve it cos of what I did.

  • Breakfast - Hotdogs
  • Lunch - Meatballs
  • Dinner - Soup
  • Snack - Boiled Egg
  • 4 Litres of Water

Went running today. Started the run at 18.35 and tried to maintain my normal pace when I'm running alone but its hard when others around you are going at faster paces. Pretty soon, I was last again and with a mixture of walking and running, was soon on the return leg back to the starting point. The return leg was much easier - maybe the thought that the race was almost over helped?!?! LOL!! Finished the race at 19.17.

  • 1st Lap - 3 miles - 42 minutes.

TUESDAY

Doing my situps and squats and bicep curls this morning. Didnt get to do them yesterday. Was a pretty busy day for me.

  • Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs
  • Snack - Avocado
  • Lunch - Chicken Pieces and Chicken Satay
  • Dinner - Fish
  • 3 Litres of Water

Didnt go running today cos my entire body hurt so much after work, I knew it wouldnt just work so I went home instead. I've been running since friday and I think I'm going to take a well deserved break from running until Thursday or Friday.

WEDNESDAY

  • Breakfast - Chicken
  • Lunch - Chicken
  • Dinner - Chicken Soup
  • 2 Litres of Water

Did my bicep curls today - not much else. Purposely did them as slowly as possible. Was terribly tired.

THURSDAY

My ketostix is back to normal now. Phew!!

  • Breakfast - An Avocado
  • Lunch - Soup
  • Dinner - Soup
  • Snack - Uncountable Cheese Slices
  • 3 Litres of water

I was watching big brother Nikki and Gerry doing thier situps today. My 'dumbell' books will be landing this weekend hopefully. I confess I havent done any exercise at all today. I'm hurting all over from the exertion of Mon - Wed. Spoke to RP today and we're meeting up 5.30am tomorrow to run.

FRIDAY

Today was mixed. Spurts of walking and running and we talked about how we have to walk on doing something about our pace as we ran, that it was disgraceful. (smile) We tried out runnig fartlecks too but gave up after the first round and ran steady instead.

  • Breakfast - Avocado
  • Lunch - U wouldnt want to know
  • Dinner - U wouldnt want to know either. LOL!!
  • 6pm and I havent drank any water all day yet apart from the diet kick I drank in the morning. Disgraceful! LOL!!

My ketostix is back to an unsightly colour first thing this morning. I just tasted 2 only grains of hubby's rice last night to see if it was soft while coooking it (I swear I didnt take more than that - next time, I will spit it out after tasting to seeif it is soft) or was it the teeny weeny half of fried dodo I popped into my mouth instead of the bin, leftover from his dinner last night? Aaaaaarrrrggggh!!

SATURDAY

Thanks to Sennakot the miracle worker, my ketostix is back to normal overnight. RP and I went for our run earlier on today and ran spurts of 10 minutes in between walking on our 5km route and made it back in 50 minutes.

  • Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs
  • Snack - Avocado
  • Lunch - Soup
  • Snack - Slimfast Shake
  • Dinner - Soup
  • 2 Litres of Water

Will do my situps and bicep curls later on today.

SUNDAY

Nil Exercise. Was a bit careful with my food also. Weighed myself today at boots. Contrary to all the hard work I feel I have put in, my weight is now 88kg in contrast to the 85kg it was a couple of days ago. It just makes me want to give up but I wont. I'll try and keep trudging on. My 20kg original target was set for June ending but now with so much yoyoing between 85-88kg, I just have to extend it for another 3 months if I'm to see any reasonable results.

Monday, June 04, 2007

1st Week of June

MONDAY

  • My meals have been basically the same as usual - Scrambled Eggs, soup and soup so far and 2 litres of water which will be increased to 3 before the end of the day.

Exercised a bit with my dumbells today. Lifting them up in each hand 200 times. (Whats it called?) I am so bush. lol!! Will do my situps once I finish typing this. Running tomorrow morning so will come around and give an update.

TUESDAY

  • Breakfast - 2 Avocado's
  • Snack - Chicken Pieces
  • Lunch - Soup
  • 3 litres of Water

100 situps and approximately 30 bicep curls, maybe more. It is so difficult to count 3-5 and still keep count of the number of bicep curls you've done so far at the same time. Will give an update of how my running this evening went when I'm back.

Evening Run

I am proud to say I made up the rear of the 3 mile (approx 5km) group. LOL!! There were 3 groups - 3 miles, 4.5 miles and 7 miles groups. It was a good run. There were about 60-80 runners maybe more. Stretching was done by watching others stretch. I thought the staff would gather all of us together so we could stretch for 15 minutes before leaving like they said in their website but they didnt. So I just watched others stretching and tried to do the same stretches as them.

I tried to find someone who was a beginner like me so we could run at a very slow pace together but no such luck. Almost everyone had some sort of running experience or the other. We left Nike Town at about 18.37pm, walked down Regents Street a little bit and then the run proper began. I tried to keep in front of a group of 3 girls so I wouldnt be the last but pretty soon, everyone left me behind. I remember looking at my stopwatch and I had run for about 10 minutes and then couldnt cope anymore and walked a bit. Then the Nike Staff encouraged me that she was once a beginner and that I shouldnt despair.

We got to Regents Park and ran around the inner circle of Regents park and then headed back to Niketown. I was encouraged a little bit when some of the 7 mile runners caught up with me (they had started their run earlier than us) and overtook me but at least I could see people ahead of me and not despair cos I knew some of them were still behind me too. Pretty soon, we were back at Niketown and I looked at my watch - 19.15pm. I had made the entire route in 38 minutes despite the fact that I had walked some of the way. This was my very best run, I tell you guys cos all the times I was on my own, I have always walked more and made it back to the finish line in just under 57-59 minutes. Looking forward to running with them next week.

WEDNESDAY

  • Breakfast - 2 Avocados
  • Lunch - Chicken Kebab
  • Dinner - Bacon Joint
  • 3 Litres of Water

I did my exercises this morning when I woke up. The bicep curls and squats and sit ups. Didnt run today. Resting. Must run tomorrow morning.

THURSDAY

Nowadays, I try to do my stretches first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I popped into the GP's today to drop my oga's prescriptions and I am happy to announce I am back to the 85KG mark. Phew!! A 2 month set back with my weight going up and down like a yoyo but its all good.

  • Breakfast - Scrambled Egg
  • Lunch - Chicken Pieces
  • Dinner - Bacon & Cheese Wraps
  • 3 litres of water

I went for an event this evening where there was a lot of 'small chops' aka finger foods which I was able to avoid. Thank God there was green, yellow and red pepper, sliced into strips also - I had those and the bacon and cheese wraps or rather cheese wrapped in bacon and also strawberries and cherries. I'll see what my ketostix says tomorrow. I'm not so sure aboout the cherries but I just couldnt resist. I absolutely love them!

FRIDAY

I'm still on track. My ketostix read a pale pink color code. Today's weather was just perfect for running. Very, very cold so you dont feel so hot. Did my bicep curls and squats and situps before leaving for the run as well as a few stretches. I tried to run in laps of at least 1km each.

  • 1st lap - 1.06km - 6 minutes
  • 2nd lap - 1.01km - 7 minutes
  • 3rd lap - 1.00km - 8 minutes
  • 4th lap - 1.05km - 7 minutes
  • 5th lap - 1.28km - 9 minutes

There were times when I got so tired I now ran terribly slowly but then cos my slowness was almost bringing me to a stop, I'd put a little bit of spring into my steps and would run faster than ever. Are these the fartleks you were talking about, buki? Running slowly and then a little bit faster? Anyway, I discovered that when I started those bursts of fast runs, all thoughts of ever stopping were banished and somehow the energy came from somewhere. Where I do not know. LOL!! Anyway, it was a 6.07km route and I ran about 5.3km and walked the remaining 0.90km and made it back home in 57 minutes. Tomorrow is another day.

  • Lunch - Meatballs - Now I have been on induction and Atkins since like forever so I'm hoping to get away with this. Read its made from corn starch and a little bit of wheat after I had wolfed down the entire lot. Was too hungry to stop. LOL!! May have to search the net for receipes for meatballs and make some myself.
  • Dinner - Soup
  • Snack - Cheese and Chicken Piece
  • 3 Litres of Water.

Just finished another set of sit ups and will do more bicep curls and squats before the end of today.

SATURDAY

My RP rang me yesterday and suggested that we try running the entire length of one of our shorter routes (a 5.04km or 3.13 miles route) today without stopping. I was appalled and requested that if we do that, we should try running at a very slow pace to increase our chances of finishing without stopping and reaching our target. We set out to do just that this morning.

It was good in the beginning and my legs were protesting at the 2km mark but we still trudged on. After the 2km mark, there was this steep gradient cos we had to run up a bridge, we conquered that and then ran fast down the bridge to make up for lost time. At the 2.93km, my body was protesting seriously but I couldnt stop cos my RP was still rearing to go and that kept me going on too. We got to the second bridge, another steep climb and then ran fast down the bridge again and continued our race. Then the feeling that your legs are no longer yours and they're just moving like clockwork cos they've been wound kicked in and I made it the rest of the route without feeling the pain in my legs cos they werent mine any more. We made it to the finishing line and I was so proud of her cos she was the one who kept me going. If I was on my own, I'm pretty sure I would have given up at the 2.93km mark and walked a little bit to rest.

  • 1st Lap - 5.04km - 46 minutes.

We may try this again tomorrow.

  • Coming back from the run, I've drunk 1.5 litres of water already.
  • Breakfast - Eggs
  • Lunch - Soup
  • Dinner - Above again. Was just too nice to let go.
  • (Had 2 chocolate muffins and a cob of roasted sweetcorn on my way back from an event. Think I was hungry and longer throat - the muffins were reduced, also contributed to this. Took Sennakot before going to bed)
  • 2.5 more litres of Water.

I've made up my mind to be doing the same number of bicep curls and situps daily. Today was my first day and it went well.

SUNDAY

My ketostix still showed the same pale pink. Now, I am getting suspicious. Shouldnt it have changed colour a little bit cos I cheated yesterday? May just have to get the same one as yours from that online shop later on in the month LGL.

Went running and just decided to take it as it comes and see how far we could go. We ran the same route as yesterday. It went well. My legs werent mine - couldnt feel them but then didnt run very fast either. Surpisingly, at that pace, didnt feel tired or feel like stopping and after going up the slope at the second bridge, decided to put a litle spring in my step and see if I could beat yesterday's time. (Wish I had put the spring in my spring a little bit earlier) Made it to the finishing line in:

1st Lap - 4.81km (2.99 miles) - 45 minutes.

I admit I cheated a little bit and refused to run the extra bit that would have made it the same distance as yesterday. Maybe some other day. I ressurrected my ankle weights today after a long hiatus and wore them on my wrists during my run and was doing bicep curls during my run. I need thin arms. LOL!!

  • 1.5 Litres of Water after my run.
  • Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs
  • Lunch - Brocolli and Roast
  • Dinner - Fish
  • 3 Litres of Water

Situps - Done, Bicep Curls - Done.

 
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