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Move More: I will exercise

November 7, 2016

It’s been quiet on the blog, but not because I’ve fallen off the exercise bandwagon, well not completely at least. It’s been three weeks since I’ve last posted and for the most part, I’ve been sticking to my routine. The first two weeks I met my goals, but this past week was not that great.

Week ending 23 October 2016 in review

Last week has been interesting. In terms of exercise, I’ve done quite well and reached my goal. I aimed to cover a distance of 15kms, and I covered 17.98kms. I’m quite happy with this. My eating has however been terrible, but d

This week I do not aim to increase my distance. Instead my goal would be to once again cover a distance of 15kms.

Week ending 30 October 2016 in review

This week my study load began to pick up again. My final portfolio for one of my modules was due, but despite this, I completed 20,82kms. On Saturday a few friends and I participated in the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer and it was really nice. I also won a cellphone from the organisers, which is really motivating. Winning stuff shouldn’t be the only motivation to exercise, but it is really a good perk.

Now that my body is beginning to get comfortable with the distance of my regular route, my new aim is to increase my speed. For the most part I’ve been walking and occasionally jogging short distances. As long as I covered the distance I set out for the day, I didn’t care how slow I was going or how long it took me. (This piece I wrote at the end of week ending 30 October 2016.)

The past week

This past week I did not meet my goal. In fact I haven’t met my 10 000 footsteps per day goal at all this week. Things were busy at work and I had my final law exam. Basically I came home, rested for a bit then studied. On Saturday I completed a whopping 2km on the treadmill. I didn’t want to go out because it was Guy Fawkes and kids were up to no good in the area, so I decided not to risk it. One may think that not exercising for a week doesn’t make much of a difference to your body, but honestly it doesn’t. I could feel my hips getting tighter from the lack of movement.

This upcoming week my goal is to cover 15kms. If it were not for the fact that I hadn’t exercise for the past week I would have increased my km goal.

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Move More Mondays: An Introduction

October 10, 2016

A while ago, I wrote a post on how I lost 15kgs in three months. Unfortunately I managed to gain back all of the weight back plus some more. How embarrassing. What can I say? I’m lazy and I love food. My weight has reached the point where I can no longer ignore it. As a way to motivate myself to sticking to a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and exercise, I’m creating a new series on the blog called Move More Mondays. I didn’t come up with the phrase, I’m not sure who did, as it is all over the net.

What is Move More Mondays about?

Well it’s all about moving more. I used to belong to a gym, there’s a possibility I may still belong to one, its just that I haven’t been to gym in a year and they haven’t answered their phones every time I’ve tried calling. It was one of my goals to complete the Knysna Half Marathon this past year, but decided to focus on my studies instead. So that goal was missed

If you’ve been following the blog for a long time, you’ll know that I used to be an amateur runner. Yes I was one of those people that Twitter loves to complain about, the ones who run for fun. Back then I was one of the slowest runners in my club, with my fastest 5km being 32mins. I always felt as if I was super unfit, but looking back I realise I wasn’t. I tried getting back into running multiple times, but it never lasted more than three or four months. The reason being that every time I started I thought I could go as fast I used to, not taking into account I’m not as fit as I used to be and I weigh nearly twice the amount that I used. I’ve come to accept this and no longer over push myself to that point.

What will I be doing in order to move more?

I’ve gotten back into running. Well technically, it resembles speed walking than actual running, but I’m working my way up. What I’ve realised is that I enjoy jogging outdoors more than I do on the treadmill. On the treadmill I get bored easily and I’d be barely into my warm up and already feel like giving up.

When I’m walking outside, I persevere. I continue even in the wind and up the hills. I persevere when my thick thighs feel like lead and I continue through pain and stiffness in my calves and through the dull cramps in my feet. There’s just something about the fresh air that keeps me going.

I’m considering going back to gym or joining a new one. I’m still weighing up my options.

At the moment I am not following a specific plan, but would to like to continue building up my distance. Once I  can comfortably do 5kms I will start a plan and work towards longer distances.

My first goal for Move More Mondays is complete 20kms this week. Normally when I go out I complete around I complete between 4kms and 5kms, so the goal is to either complete four 5km runs or five 4km runs. Wish me luck!

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Ultimate Who?

November 4, 2015
athletes running

A few weeks ago I started the Sleek Geek Ultimate You challenge with a buddy and have been failing hopelessly by eating everything within a 100m radius of me. I’m not kidding. On Sunday I remembered that I was still doing the challenge and decided to still go ahead and submit my measurements and weight.

I lost 0.3kgs in four weeks. Oh well at least I didn’t gain anything.

On Sunday I also remembered that I set a goal to run the 2016 Knysna Forest Half Marathon and had not taken any steps to reaching that goal. I was going to do what I normally do with goals that I don’t achieve, pretend that I never set them and go on with my life. Then I remembered that I blogged about it.

Eish.

Considering that I have roughly eight months to train for it still, I have no excuse not to complete it. Having a fast pace is not a priority for me. As long as I cross the finish line before cutout I will be happy. On Monday I started the Runners World Beginners 5km training plan. I’ve completed it before so I know it’s doable. Once I’ve completed the training plan and am comfortable with 5kms again, I will progress to 10kms and so forth.

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2016 Knysna Half Marathon

July 3, 2015
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In order to achieve a goal, it needs to be realistic. In April when I began researching different exercise programs, I stumbled across the link to the 2015 Knysna Half Marathon. Four years ago I used to run regularly, often doing 5km and 10km runs. Back then I used to think I was unfit doing a 5km run in 32 minutes, now I cry at the time it takes me.

The furtherest I ever ran was 15km and it was gruelling. Honestly, I was so overwhelmed when I crossed the finish line that I burst out in tears, in front of my (then) team mates. If you know one thing about my, it’s that I am an ugly crier. Choking on tears, sobs and ugly streaks, perfectly describe me, but I digress. That was four years ago and I knew that no matter what training program I did, I did not have enough time to train to finish a 21.2km race within cut off. Which is why currently, my biggest fitness goal is to participate in and finish the 2016 Knysna Half Marathon.

Why Knysna? I haven’t been in the town for years. Many runners describe it as a challenging but beautiful race, as it is in a forest. I want to do a half marathon and it’s a perfect excuse for a weekend away. I have a year to prepare for it, so there is no excuse for to not do it.

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Lose 14kg in under 3 months – How and why I did it

April 8, 2015
lose 14kgs in 3 months

I am not a doctor, dietitian or nutritionist and what worked for me, might not work for you. This is just my story of what I did. Before anyone mentions “Oh but you’re still a fatass”, I will fully admit, yes I am a fatass, but I’m working on it, and no I’m not procrastinating.

Mid-December 2014 I was probably at my lowest in terms of self-esteem. My diet was terrible for a while and attending multiple year-end functions and lunches with co-workers did not help (I worked straight through December). By the time Christmas came around, I was bloated, gained a lot of weight and too afraid to step onto the scale. Most of my clothes were too tight and many an item strained at the seams. I bought a new pair of jeans in a larger size because most of my pants were so tight that they cut into my tummy when I sat at my desk at work. Not long after, these jeans also began to fit tightly. Despite this, I couldn’t stop eating but I knew something needed to be done.

On 28 December 2014, I weighed myself. The scale showing the highest number I ever seen. It was time for a change. I didn’t have much of a plan, except to eat as little low calorie foods as possible. I went to gym 3 to 4 times a week, doing a combination of spinning and strength training. My aim was to workout 6 to 7 days a week, but yeah that didn’t happen. I lost 4 kgs in 2 weeks.

Tired of crying into my dry, boring salads and bingeing every 3 days, I decided to make a change in my approach to food. Instead of focusing on eating foods with as little calories as possible in them. I decide to focus on eating foods that will give my body the nutrients it needs and not focus on how much calories they have. Halfway into January I decided to do Reboot, a detox by the Sleek Geek community. Instead of the normal 30 days, I rebooted for approximately 40 and finished Reboot on 28 February 2015. I lost 10 kgs on Reboot. Near the end of January I won a spot in the Sleek Geek 8 week Transformation challenge and participated in Heat 2. I didn’t lose as much weight as I hoped. In actual fact, I lost more weight before the challenge, than I did on it. I am however considering participating in their next challenge.

Since I stopped Reboot, it’s been a struggle. My weight plateaued until 2 weeks ago, when I picked up 2 kgs. I tried doing Reboot again, but failed miserably. I’m trying to figure out what to do next and perhaps seek professional help from a nutritionist, personal trainer or online coach. Just need to do my research and decide on a course of action.

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