My patience has paid off by resting and recovering properly from the lurgey!
I had some ideas to put in place and write down. I needed a radical overhaul on my training, eating, my whole mental approach to food.
Those that know me well will know I have a constant battle with food. I love it and sometimes struggle to get the right balance of exercising and refueling so that the weight comes off. I also comfort eat when miserable. I do not have any support at home and so I try to battle on by myself.
Today I signed up for my first Weight Watchers meeting. I walked the 3km to the Church Hall.
I got weighed and signed up for the 4 week pass. There. Committed.
Julia Berry is the "Leader" and very enthusiastic. Can't say I learned anything new but it was good to be reminded of some positive motivating ways to stay focused and on track. The first exercise was to list the negatives I experience and that would cause harm or stop being successful. I actually wrote out the truths.I didn't have to share or declare. But I need to be honest with myself and rid myself of those demons.
- Secret Binge Eater
- Imposed Stress
- Imposed Dilemas
- Wrong balance of food v fuel
- Kitchen battle with family (different likes/dislikes)
- Wheat Intolerance
- People say I look OK
- No support
I have now set up my online Weight Watcher account with my weight, measurements logged, my goal weight plotted in and I have plotted in today's in take so far. As discussed with Julia I often make the mistake of eating more than I should for refueling after training. It has been suggested that I do not eat the weekly allowance extra points. Nor do I eat any of the points I get back for exercise. I shall be in calorie deficit. But, if I feel hungry then I must eat the extra. Listen to my body, and make sensible choices, using the tools provided. I should add here that there is no calorie counting, it is all about POINTS. The points are scientifically calculated units of energy for specific foods and include carbohydrate and protein. Layman terminology! My meal plans are divided into recomended points for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus snacks. I write down everything I eat, and hopefully keep them within the 29 points I am allowed each day. So far I have 2 points left and I may treat myself to a glass of wine! I shan't bore you with my food choices of the day but I kept it varied with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.
My 2nd goal is to challenge my activity.
Yes, I know I am training for a variety of events but I need to overhaul the plan. Mix it and make it fun! I read some blogs by Julia and it made me rethink the whole weight loss v exercise v effort v fatblast v cardio ...
Something I enjoyed before was my personal challenge to reach 20,000 steps a day. Government recommends 10,000. I am in training for marathons so I have no excuse to reach 20k daily steps! However I have been poorly so I shouldn't over do it. However my energy levels are soaring today I may need to expell the energy levels! I shall wear my pedometer every day and no matter what training I do it will and must exceed 20,000. I wak the dogs twice a day for starters!!
Weather was poor this morning and I had to walk to WW. Plus go and sort horses. I was free for training after lunch and went for a 10km brisk walk with the dogs. Actually did 11.13km as per Mapmyrun. I then felt up for more so I left the dogs at home, put on my trail shoes and went for a run in the woods. I put my phone away (so couldn't see time, distance, messages etc), turned up the music and just ran, listening to body. I just felt so alive I could have run for miles. But that would be silly. I was almost home when I looked to see what I had done and it was 7km so I ran a little more to make it up to 8km and in just under an hour. What a blast of a day. Stretches done, then had a warm bath to relax. I am glad I chose the woods to run in - I really do love being among the trees and mud.
In total I have done 26,682 steps! Woohoo! The Duck is Back!
I have plans to swim, do zumba and do some more light running. Have to remember the Forces March is in 9 days! So I should be tapering!
My 3rd goal is to relax!
I shall relax this evening, reading up on some recipes so I can plan some fun meals for the rest of the week.
My 4th Goal is Honesty.
Reasons for weight loss -
Reduce weight on joints
Reduce strain on heart and help improve my blood pressure and cholestral risks currently medicated for.
Educate myself to stop eating crap when I am down
I have got 2st 10lbs to lose and I won't be weighing myself at home!
*Apart from writing and using WW meetings I have no other support. I may have to get used to that. Thinking about my negative list this is how I can try to overcome -
*I need to stop getting myself into stressful situations and learn to relax more! Running helps me forget, and so does swimming. The word No will have to be used more. Often these problems are self imposed, possibly because of my controlling ways? Or my assumption no other help available? I shan't be specific, but suffice to say when I get to the point I need to write it down and the triggers.
*The kitchen battle can be reduced but suggesting folks at home cook for themselves occasionally. Good life skills! I can then cook myself a favourite missed dish like stuffd mushrooms!
*Wheat intolerance - getting a handle on it!
*Refueling after training will take awhile but I have some useful cook books and great Twitter people to help and pick their brains.
*Secret Binge eating? well, I have to learn to not do it! When I get to that point I need to call a friend, or write it down..think about why am I doing it? What was the trigger. Often it is tiredness, anger and unhappiness. Life, eh!
Oh, and another thing I am doing is deleting all the old dieting things that were succesful before because that was then, when I was a different person! We are now talking about the Me today! Older and wiser and it's a whole heap harder to get rid of bhudda belly aka middle age spread.
I also do not need picture of what I looked like, or skinny women to motivate me! It's not about looks but about being a lean mean waddling machine!
Thankyou for reading another one of my epic training notes.