Yep, I had to wipe out last week - unfortunately its too late now to do anything about it, whats done is done and what I've eaten has gone straight to my hips, now I just get on a deal with it. So today is the day I got back on track, cleaning up the diet and exercise, thinking about what I am eating and what I will be eating later and most importantly not just eating for the sake of it. I think I have expressed enough the troubles I have with food, it is and probably always will be my biggest down fall, my diet is probably 80-85% great, the problem I have is the other 15-20%. The good things are just too good to resist, its not even like I eat fast food or have lots of fizzy drinks, but when it comes to bread and cakes thats when it gets really hard. It really doesn't matter if I am full or not, a nice warm slice of bread is just simply irresistible, or even a warm muffin, hot apple pie with custard (that has to be the English in me). The pattern here is warm or hot, and yes this maybe the issue for most, those Winter days are coming and that comfort food is just so tempting. I also believe it is in our nature to actually want to put on weight around this time of year just so you have an extra 'layer' to keep warm. I am not sure if this is an old wives tale or not, but I am sure I am heard it on the grapevine a few times.
Ok to get over this slump, I have am going to try and run again (hopefully minus the knee and ankle injuries), and by incorporating doing my rehabilitation exercises I will hopefully be able to run injury free (that would be an awesome thought). The reason why I am now going to try and incorporate some runs into my weekly routine, as I have found in the past that this has helped with the weight stabilisation and keeping it off, since usually I used to do this in conjunction with my other exercise, but because of my knee/ankle I sort of stopped. Now is the time to start again, and today was that day. YEAH!!
Starting off nice and easy with a 5km run on the treadmill, I really hate treadmill running (but at this stage its low risk and low impact), there is something about just running on the spot that is so damn boring, at least when your outside, you can take in your surrounds, enjoy the fresh air and get from a to b, but thats not the point. The point is, at least I did something, now I just have to keep doing it at least 2-3 times a week, including my other workouts and clean up my eating - I hope I should be good to go for enduro in 6 weeks time.
This will hopefully keep me motivated and give me another reason to get out of bed in the mornings, since it has been so cosy and warm, just getting out of bed to get to the gym has seriously been hard work.
The ongoing debate and battle between healthy weight loss, what is it? Secretly you always hope for more. On the occasions where either your haven't lost any weight or even gained weight, you have to ask yourself the questions why? Are you lying to yourself about how much calorie intake you are actually consuming, or does the fact that you are developing lean muscle need to be taken into consideration.
I would be lying if I wasn't slightly disappointing by my overall weight loss over the last couple of weeks. and as I know what I can achieve, I want to get there again BUT... there are some major differences from when I weighed 52kgs and now, one being the most significant is that I am stronger, I feel stronger and Spartan last week proved that I am.
My Cardio during that time was quite crazy with a lot of road running involved, hence the issues with the knees and ankles (and true running really does help with the weight loss and keeping it off BUT... if you get injured, you can start putting on the weight again), so alternatives need to be found.
Of course over the next 8 weeks, I will be continuing to monitor my weight and take a weekly photo just so I can see the physical changes (maybe at the end I will add the pics, but not now) BUT... the one key thing that I did do at the start of this journey was take my overall statistics including full body measurements and muscle and fat percentages. This, I believe is where we are going to see the changes and not on the scales.
With Jake being away we had Roxy aka 'mini Jake', the sweat came quick and fast especially on a 31 degree day. After the warm ups, including some sprints, we did a circuit as follows:
1 minute on x 3 rounds
Its amazing that all it takes is a couple of unflattering photos of you at an event, for you to open up your eyes and see how much weight you put on. I always know that I carried a little weight, but always thought that my fitness sort of counteracted this, until I saw the pictures from Spartan at the weekend. Wow, gotta say that was a slap in the face, wasnt quite expecting that. Although I overall during the event, I felt stronger, then I have done previously I wouldnt actually say I was fitter. This is going to be a long journey for mind, body and soul. The overall lift and carry of a 35kg ball was a lot easier than the first time I attempted to do this, maybe age has something to do with it.
Keeping you posted on the OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) journey. Letting you know about courses, events and general health and fitness.