Back on track in week eight

A sore hip meant I was unable to complete two of the treadmill sessions this week. Not quite sure what I managed to do to cause the soreness, at first I thought perhaps I had slept funny, then I decided maybe it was old age and a sign that I was finally on the road to falling apart. Anyway a few days rest and the soreness has gone, with only a slight niggle – so with that I decided to get back on the treadmill today as planned – will see what tomorrow brings.

Managed to keep the cigarettes at bay, despite some very bad news on the work front for my partner – which will more than likely leave us without any regular income for a while. Very scary… so there have been times when I could have absolutely murdered a cigarette over the past week.

Food was ok. I seem to start the weeks with a hiss and a roar, happily eating tuna and salads, and drinking water, but by Thursday I get bored, graze a bit more and want cheesy pasta stodge, Mmmmmmmmm. From last week I am down 3.1kg. Need to make some better progress with the weight loss if I am to start increasing the exercise sessions.

Other cool news… I am very lucky to have finally found a training buddy – she is a good friend who lives a few hours drive away who wants to improve her fitness also. We have set up a small private Facebook page so we can keep tabs on each others progress and motivation. Until now I have always kept this stuff to myself, my partner or shared with people I don’t know (eg WW groups) so this is really different for me. Despite my general reluctance to ever ask for help it has actually been a relief to finally share it with some one I know and trust. Nice feeling.

Week eight and I am back on trackGoals for Week Nine

  • 5 x 30 min walk jog sessions (25min at 6.5kph, last 5 min at 7kph)
  • No cigarettes
  • Monitor food, drink water and daily weigh ins as per last week

10 Questions That Create Success

This was in my inbox this morning.

If you want to read the full article by Geoffery James it’s here at

  1. Have I made certain that those I love feel loved?
  2. Have I done something today that improved the world?
  3. Have I conditioned my body to be more strong flexible and resilient?
  4. Have I reviewed and honed my plans for the future?
  5. Have I acted in private with the same integrity I exhibit in public?
  6. Have I avoided unkind words and deeds?
  7. Have I accomplished something worthwhile?
  8. Have I helped someone less fortunate?
  9. Have I collected some wonderful memories?
  10. Have I felt grateful for the incredible gift of being alive?

A  good list of questions to keep things in perspective on good and bad days.


Week 7 – pits of despair!

Week seven and I find myself reaching an all time low – heaviest weight ever as well as smoking and drinking too much. It’s been harder than I thought to get back on track after Christmas. So disappointed in myself – the result of Sunday morning’s weigh in sees me berating myself for being utterly useless – as part of my punishment I decide to double the planned 30 minute session on the treadmill to 60 minutes – basically to make up for missing Friday’s session. I know this is not what you are supposed to do but it turned out to be a good thing – started out really angry calling myself all the good for nothing names under the sun, by halfway I had started to calm down and started to tell myself to get over it, giving myself a kick up the pants of the more positive kind. By the end I had resolved to do better in week eight. Felt too ashamed to post my results until now – even considered lying – duh… how pointless is that.

I appear to be back on track 98.8 this morning. Yay for Tuna salad wraps!
Determined to keep it positive!

Well here they are – my dreadful stats for last week…

Goals for Week Eight

Primary Goals

  • 5 x 30 min walk jog sessions (increase pace to 6.5kph)
  • No cigarettes all week

Secondary Goals

  • Monitor food more closely – portion control, snacks and no seconds
  • Drink at least 2 bottles of water per day
  • Daily weigh ins

Week Six

Well I achieved all 3 goals with somewhat depressing results (with the exception of one bottle of water on Saturday) – weight gain!

Friday night drinks proved too irresistible so I only managed 6 out of seven days without cigarettes. Felt lousy the next day so will try to resist the urge with more determination this week.The up side of not smoking is that the water is easier to drink – I associate smoking with coffee and tea so have been replacing these drinks with water instead.

As for the weight gain, the most likely culprit – evening meal carb intake and snacking after dinner so… I need to focus on reducing these.

The 4 treadmill sessions went without a hitch – no knee soreness, so I will be picking up the pace soon. For the last 10 percent (3 min) of each session I like to increase the speed by .5kph – my reasoning – if I can’t pick up the pace a little at the end I am going too fast for my fitness level, and to see how I feel going a little faster so I can judge when to increase the speed of an entire session. I am fighting the urge to go faster too soon, and have decided it’s important to allocate the time and get into the routine of commitment to exercise first – without dreading the thought of having to do it by making it too hard.

Goals for Week Seven

  • 5 x 30 min walk jog sessions
  • Drink 2 x 400ml bottles of water per day
  • Daily weigh ins
  • Monitor evening meal intake to avoid snacking
  • Go for 7 days without smoking

Week Four & Five End

All I can say is thank goodness!

All goals went out the window as my partner’s daughter, her husband and their 2 young children (2 years old and 4 years old) arrived and took over the entire house.

While their stay was for 9 days the prep and the clean up meant the visit lasted for 12 days in reality! Despite the frustration of home being turned upside down. I did enjoy spending time with the grandchildren. It is fun to muck about with them and see how they are developing – we live a good 6 hour drive away so do not get to see them often.

Finding the positives of the fortnight

  • Basically wine and cigarette consumption was way down over the fortnight with the kids around, so we have decided to give cold turkey on the cigarettes another go – today is the first day.
  • The grandchildren were fun to play with and seemed to have a really good time swimming and playing with the dog. It was good to remind myself to stay in the moment and enjoy just messing about with them. I don’t consider myself to be all that great with kids, but for some inexplicable reason, the eldest seemed to prefer me on this visit 🙂 much to the annoyance of my partner – nose was a little out of joint to say the least, he he he! Normally it is the other way round by far – nice to be a favoured one for a while.
  • Realising how much I love my home – it is my haven and I am enjoying having it back to normal!

Goals for Week Six

  • 4 x 30 walk jog sessions
  • Drink 2 x 400ml bottles of water per day
  • Restart weigh ins (scary after so much cake)

Week Three Ends

Firstly, my apologies for my tardy postings over the Christmas period. Everything seemed to go out the window as family arrived and took over the entire house for the best part of 10 days. I still have some cleaning up to do but home will be back to normal by tomorrow if I get busy today.

Week three ended with very little damage considering Christmas was in the mix (.2kg up from the previous week). I got 3 runs in but left the fourth until the last day, and being Christmas day, I had a few glasses of bubbles and any remaining resolve flew out of the window. Managed to average 2 bottles of water a day over the week and finished No need for speed and have started reading Slow Burn.