It hurt, but I kept going anyway

I didn’t get a chance to do my SSS yesterday – so SSS on a Sunday it was.

I have been doing the Advanced Lean & Fit program – modified because I have gone over on my ankle twice in the last four weeks – and not while exercising! I have bought a you beaut medium heavy duty support bandage and have been working around the injury. I had planned to do the 10km run training program this round, and the good news is I can comfortably run and jog on a treadmill for over half an hour – so I am going to give the 10km running training a go outdoors this week. I thought I might have to start at week one – but I just looked at the week five program and I think I will be able to do it. And I am planning to enter a fun run on Saturday – so that fits nicely with the training schedule.

But back to the SSS today.

It began with a warm up walk on the treadmill at a steep incline – and then rolling intervals on the treadmill for 25 minutes.  My treadmill measures distance in miles – so it says I did 2.7 miles, which is actually 4.2 kilometres. I can hardly believe I went that far in that time with the amount of walking involved in the warm and during the intervals themselves.

The intervals were in blocks – with the final minute in each block a recovery minute where I walked at a pace of 3.7 m/h. During the working phase of the intervals my top speed was 7.5mph (10km/h) – I can hardly believe I was able to run that fast on the treadmill. But I just printed out the plan from the 12wbt and said to myself JFDI. The intervals were I was jogging at a higher incline were a killer, my legs were burning by the end of the last set.

And this is what I looked like at the end of the rolling intervals.  I love the feeling of the first drip of sweat on my forehead, because I think “now I’m really working” and it reminds me of the saying “Sweat is fat crying”.

Mr G. took the photo for me – I was too bust trying to catch my breath to smile. But I was happy. I can’t believe how great it feels to push yourself to do something further than you thought you were capable of achieving. When I looked at the plans and saw the top speed was 10km/h I thought “I can’t do that” – and then I remembered that the first three letters of can’t spell can.

After the rolling intervals it was time for the AMRAP workout of the training session – upper body and abs.  There were three working phases. In the first working phase I completed 3 circuits and managed to do a couple of reps of a fourth circuit.  The second phase three complete circuits and got half way through the reps of the second exercise. The third working phase I thought this time I was going to go for four complete circuits – and I did it. I told myself I was going to do it and worked out how long I had to do each set of reps. I have a nifty app on my iPhone for timing AMRAPs and a beeper goes off when there is one minute to go. When I heard that beep go I knew I had to dig deep to make the time limit and keep good form.

And the result 653 calories gone! And a whole bucket load of fat crying. Gotta be happy with that!

 

 

Blogging Challenge Week 5 (Yep, two weeks late!)

FOOD!

I am sure that word has your attention. 😉 For this week of the blogging challenge Jayne has asked us to think about how our food habits have changed since starting 12wbt.

What were your old food habits like?

What were you like before embarking on this journey to become a healthier version of yourself?

How did you feel?

Before joining 12wbt I know I would have like to have thought my eating habits were healthy. But I was kidding myself. As the Commando said to Graeme in the 2012 The Biggest Loser, “You don’t get to be over 200kgs by eating salad!”  

I have battled with my attitude to food most of my 47 years.  Through the preseasons tasks I have completed over the last three rounds I have come to realise part of the problem is I see it as a control thing. While other aspects of my life are out of control – I can choose to control what I eat, which meant eating whatever I wanted whenever I wanted.

I went on my first diet at the age of twelve. It was 1977.   I clearly remember though, on our first day of high school we were dismissed at lunch time. So we raced home, changed out of our new uniforms and went straight to the local take away shop and bought ourselves a big feed of fish and chips. After weeks of feeling deprived, and feeling empowered by starting high school, we felt we were taking control by having whatever we wanted. We were in control. We could choose. And we chose something unhealthy. And this led us to decide to abandon the diet we were following. Probably in itself not a bad thing with the benefit of hindsight in 2012 – but for years I told the story of my first dieting failure at the age of twelve.

From 1997 to 2006 I was a Weight Watchers leader.  Not surprisingly, I thought I knew everything there was to know about weight loss.  But, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing when combined with an unhealthy attitude towards  eating. I certainly learnt more about eating clean and having  healthy attitude towards food in my first nine weeks of following the “Crunch Time Cookbook” and then 12wbt principles than I did in nine years of leading.

In the weeks before I joined 12wbt I was having “diet” food from a well known company delivered to my door.  I was eating the 1800 calorie per day program – and – eating extra because I never felt satisfied. That combined with the fact that I was not exercising more than three times a week meant my weight loss from October 2010 to August 2011 was 10kgs. Most of the foods I was eating were processed and high in sodium.

And I felt terrible. I had no energy. I was tired all the time.

I was bursting out of a size 26 – and wondering where on earth I was going to find clothes to fit when I needed size 28.

My doctor weighs me monthly.  This time twelve months ago she was still encouraging me to have lap band surgery. I was morbidly obese. All the tests showed no problems, but we both knew there would be a time when I would begin experiencing serious health complications. It felt terrible that my doctor felt there was no hope for me except lap band surgery.

And despite my thinking that eating whatever I liked was being in control of my life – I felt like I had no control over my life.

I often felt uncomfortable because I had eaten way too much at one sitting.  I also had terrible digestive problems with a type of reflux. This was worse whenever I was laying down.

Was there anything you struggled with but have over come?

The first thing was not having starchy carbohydrate based foods every evening. When I first looked through the Crunch Time Cookbook during preseason of Round 3 2011 I closed it again and thought “I could never do that! Is Michelle Bridges serious?” And of course, I did it and continued to do it.
I decided during my first preseason I would give up alcohol for the twelve weeks of the round. Not just because each glass would use valuable calories  and the fact that having alcohol in your system affects what your body chooses to metabolise. I mainly chose to give up alcohol because after a couple of glasses I know I have a tendency to not worry so much about what I am eating. I am now half way through my third round and the only time I have chosen to drink alcohol during a twelve week round was during my Thredbo weekend. (Well you can’t visit an alpine region and not have schnapps! And of course a glass or two of bubbles.)
I tried to give up Coke Zero and Diet Coke and Pepsi Max during my first round in 2011, but my resolve didn’t last long. My reason for drinking it was that if I had a “sugar craving” it would satisfy it. I decided on the 27th December, 2011 I would give up artificially sweetened drinks.  I decided going “cold turkey” was the best option for me. The first few days were tough, especially when I was buying petrol, as it was a habit for me to grab a bottle when I filled the car with petrol. By the new year the “sugar cravings” were gone, and I have since found out that the chemicals within Diet Cola drinks actually contribute to such cravings.
Now chocolate – that is something I am working on. My current strategy is to break off two squares and get Mr G to hide the rest from me.
Hopefully soon I’ll be writing a post about how I can break off two squares and put the rest in the cupboard and not think about it again for a couple of weeks.
I don’t know when, but I know for sure it will happen.

Yoga is as yoga does

I go to a yoga class now on Wednesday nights.  I tried a teacher at the end of January – I went for three weeks and decided her teaching style was not for me.  So google to the rescue – I found another teacher and her website really appealed to me.  Tonight was my second class with her – and I’m hooked!

There is a large range of abilities in the class, from me – not much flexibility and balance – to very advanced students who look like the proverbial pretzel at times.  She already knows my name – and checks on me and makes sure my posture is right and I’m “comfortable” – though her definition of comfortable is not the equivalent of lying on the lounge.  We can use blocks, belts and cushions to make sure we can either do a particular pose safely or do it in a modified manner.

We begin with relaxation, then a 70 minute yoga class, then 15 minutes or so of deep relaxation in the end.  I just kept my Heart Rate Monitor on during the 70 minutes – and burnt 295 calories (and 40% of those were from fat).

And what’s more important I feel so energised and relaxed at the same time.  I’m so glad I didn’t give up on yoga altogether – it was just a matter of finding the right teacher for me.

Feeling flat? Too many endorphins? No, just need a rest day!

Thursday 19th January – RPM = 960 calories

Friday 20th January – Cardio in Gym 82 minutes = 945 calories

Saturday 21st January – SSS – Pump = 620 calories + Sh’Bam = 770 + Cardio in Gym (82 mins) 803 calories = 2193 calories

Sunday 22nd January – 3.2km brisk walk = 63 calories on Garmin (Now I know why some runners wear their Polar HRM and Garmin HRM at the same time!)

Monday 23rd January – Manly Scenic Walk 9km = 2355 calories

Tuesday 24th January – c25K = 248 calories + RPM = 741 calories + Zumba = 808 calories = 1877 calories

Wednesday 25th January – Power walk with incline intervals (level 4) on treadmill (30 minutes) = 507 calories

No wonder I’m feeling a little tired right now.

Will blog about “What I Ate Wednesday” (a new regular feature of this blog) tomorrow morning.

Won’t do the training I tweeted about (ie DVD + treadmill walk) tomorrow – don’t want to risk injury or burnout.  I’ve worked hard the last seven days and my body needs a rest.  No matter how much I want to train more.  Mr G has put his foot down though, and said you look tired, you need to give your body a break.

Training tomorrow will be watching one of my favourite movies

My day on a plate, and a wrist band and an iPhone

Yesterday was a day with two red flags!  Eek!  Breakfast at McDonald’s with the family and then lunch out with Miss G (ten) and Master G (13).  Now I can tell right now you’re thinking – have a healthy Mish breakfast before you leave home.  Cut a healthy sandwich and put that in your backpack.  Well – I want to share in the treat with my family (since when did I really regard the Golden Arches as a worthy treat???) and I was packing snacks, and water bottles etc in my back pack so didn’t have room for a sandwich too.  However, I can no show you that I survived this Red Flag day on just under 1200 calories.  Don’t believe me?  Then take a look.

The reason for McDonald’s?  We had an early start – had to have Mr G to Drummoyne by 9.00am on a Monday.  So kids weren’t ready to eat when we left.  And I really wanted a coffee (a big coffee) and Mr G wanted a hot chocolate – yes full cream!  And we wanted it quick, the clock was ticking.

My choice is a tall McCafe cappuccino made with skim, a plain English muffin and vegemite.  Miss G nearly had kittens when she went back to the table with Mr G while I was waiting for the hot drinks, and she unwrapped the plain English muffin and thought that was all she was getting.

My question – what happened to the Uncle Toby’s Oats they used to sell?

 

 

 

 

A quick snack in the park near the Spit Bridge before we begin our walk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time for a snack break on the walk.  I wasn’t really hungry, but I figured a little hit of protein wouldn’t go astray.  This is about 10g of pepitas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is the walk we were doing – and no we didn’t get air lifted out at the 4.5km mark.  This when we stopped for a breather – or a snack break, and the Master G and Miss G wanted to know how far we had come.  I’m glad they did – as the iPhone was almost out of power – so I switched runkeeper off as we needed the phone to rendezvous with Mr G in Drummoyne later in the afternoon.  We ended up walking right around the coastline to Manly Cove ferry wharf to catch the ferry back to Circular Quay.  Its a fabulous walk, and if you live in Sydney and have never done it let me assure you it is well worth while.  If you’re visiting Sydney put it on your list of things to do!  The first half has a lot of ascending steps when you start at the Spit Bridge end of the walk.  But your efforts are compensated.  Won’t say anymore than that!

 

 

 

 

Lunch for me was a Sushi lunch box with lots of lovely salmon.  As you can see I only just remembered to take the photo for this blog post that I had in mind.  And I was a little bit shaky, would seem I really needed the carbs!  IMy guess is this Sushi Box is about 330 calories.  And honestly, I would have been satisfied with something a little smaller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was at that point that Miss G asked what the time was – and I realised that what I was looking at was my heart rate not the hour of the day.  So I quickly took a photo of my calories burn for the walk, and then told Miss G the time.  So, the HRM was running about fifteen minutes longer than it should have at the end, and I don’t think I stopped it on our first snack break, but I think I did stop it on the second one when Master G and Miss G were playing on the beach which is along the walk.  Honestly, I’m not worried, as I’m sure I did 2000 calories in a little over two hours of walking.  I’m not eating the calories back, so it doesn’t really matter that I was forgetful.

Remember that I weigh in at 133kgs last Wednesday – that’s half the reason I could achieve a burn like that.  The other reason is that I am able to successfully maintain my heart rate at 80% of the maximum for the entire time I am walking, with occasional spikes to my maximum while I’m going up stairs and really pushing myself.  I like to keep the readout on the heart rate while I’m training – it helps me decide when I think its hard work whether I’m being a sooky la-la or whether I can push myself a little bit harder at that moment.  I only look at the calories at the end.

 

A well deserved coffee on the drive home from Drummoyne.  Mr G was desperate for a Frozen Coke from McDonald’s.  Well that’s my excuse anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner – a 12wbt recipe. Crumbed Fish with Smoked Paprika Sweet Potato Wedges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the total calories for the day with two Red Flags?

1179 calories

 

Having a treat, then flexing the will power muscle

This morning I had an appointment with my hairdresser.  It is a great salon. The chairs at the basin fully recline, and they are vibrating massage chairs, and while you are waiting for your colour to take, you get an iPad with wireless connection to play with.

The other treat is the little individual Tim Tams you get with your cup of tea or coffee.  Last time I was there – my first visit – I had two cups of tea and was given a Tim Tam with each – and of course I had to be polite and scoff both!

I decided before I walked in the door this morning that if I had a second cup of tea, I would decline the Tim Tam – only one for me today.  Before I ate the Tim Tam that cam with my first cuppa I took a look at the ingredient panel.  About 400kjs from memory.  My division skills leave a lot to be desired – and I guessed it would be about 100 calories.  I decided to eat it and enjoy it.

When I was offered the second cup I decided to be proactive.  I knew if the second one was placed on the counter in front of me it would be hard to resist.  So I asked if I could just have the cup of tea without the Tim Tam – that one was my limit.  No problem.  Of course a salon that has iPads and massaging chairs would accomodate your request to hold the Tim Tams.

And here is a photo of me with my hairdresser fresh hair.  Walked in with a big humidity frizz, walked out all sleek and soft.  Now, going to the hairdressers is not a priority for everyone one.  For me though, prior to late 2003 I used to go on a regular basis – I loved it.  But once I started gaining weight I didn’t feel like I deserved to treat myself to visits to the hairdresser – I felt I wasn’t worth the trouble.  My mum used to be a hairdresser before I was born, so between 2003 and December 2011 she would trim it for me – and the last year or so I got her to colour it for me, and I always wore it scraped back into a ponytail.

All that changed during Round 3 2011.  At some point about half way through the round I decided I was worth the pampering after all, and I made an appointment with my local hairdresser for the day before the Finale Workout and Party.  We are working on a total transformation – one step at a time.  Today more came off the length, the colour was made one shade lighter and she started to layer and shape around my face.  Rachel said that getting rid of the excess hair I didn’t want or need was like getting rid of excess baggage.

So, how are you going to treat yourself well this week? In a calorie free way of course!

And so Round 1 2012 begins

I have had a great start to this round, despite having to cancel a Bridge to Bridge walk along the Nepean River  I had planned with about 9 other 12wbt members because of the weather conditions.  I almost put off exercise until the afternoon, but I thought JFDI and headed to the gym for a Body Pump class and some time on the cardio equipment in the gym.

This was my second Body Pump class since October, and when I did one two weeks ago I used the lightest weights, and at  that time I barely raised a sweat and burned about 250 calories.  So, I knew I could do better and I was determined to do better this morning.  I increased the weights to what I was using in October and in the last half hour there was definitely fat crying in the guise of sweat.

At the end of the hour my HRM read 712 calories burned!  Unbelieveable! I was going to be happy with my efforts if I got over 300.  So I headed into the gym and hopped on a stationary bike for 20 minutes.  I increased the resistence one level – and of course chose the random hill program.  I really felt that small increase in the resistence on the hills.  I really gave it my all in the last five minutes.

At the 20 minute mark I checked my HRM for calories burned. (I keep it showing my heart rate during the workout – so I can make sure I am challenging myself.)  Total for both workouts was 1026 calories.  Feeling mighty good and totally shredded.  So took a photo of my shredder face for the Facebook group.

The look on my face is due to the effort involved in taking a self portrait in the carpark of the gym without anyone seeing me.

I didn’t set out to make this workout a SSS on a Monday – but needless to say I’m pretty pleased with myself.  And most importantly, pleased that I didn’t let excuses and procrastination get in the way of having a workout after my original plans for the morning were changed.

When I got home I got myself a snack and sat down to do something I have never done before.  I planned my meals for the whole week until Sunday 22/1/12 on http://www.myfitnesspal.com  I feel in control, and its a relief not to have to worry about what I’m eating for the rest of the week.  This afternoon I am also going to plan the snacks too. (Who is this woman?) The great thing about it is I don’t have to do any calculations and I can change things during the week if the need arises.

How are you getting ready for the next 16 weeks?

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