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I’ve updated my goals…

These were my goals at the beginning of the year – full of optimism (as they should be!)

1. Run further
2. Run faster
3. Lift more
4. Master the chin up in case I am ever stranded, hanging onto the outside of a building by my fingertips.

But now, I am focusing on the core of what is important..fixing myself up and participating for fun

1. Fix my hip/leg
2. finish the races I’ve signed up for, without worrying about times

You could also add in “make a lot of biscuits”. Love making biscuits.

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A Stab at New Year’s Goals

As Eating Month draws to a close, I am starting to feel the December “food baby” getting restless in my tummy. Mmmmmmmm food baby. It was delicious creating you.

I am enjoying my Christmas blow-out immensely. But I’m not looking forward to feeling fat once the new year rolls around. January will see me get straight back on the wagon.

I am starting to firm up my fitness goals for next year. Without the comforting structure of the 12wbt, its a little harder to stay on track. I freely admit I have trouble with that. Even though, I have had no trouble staying active without 12wbt, it is hard to stay focused.

I have formulated the following month-by-month goals for the first half of 2014. While they are subject to change, I should like to stick to them as close as possible – adding rather than subtracting. They are all centred around running and chin ups ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

2014 – My overall Goals

  • REDFAY. Once again my work running club is Running Every Day For A Year. I’m going to give it a bang to help keep me honest. The run is at least 1 mile per day to fit in with the rules, but they are pretty relaxed otherwise.
  • Get to a consistent 5 minute KM. How am I going to achieve this? HOW?
  • Vary my running environments to include more grass and trails if possible. More barefooting if possible.
  • Go to the local running club at least once per month. It is difficult to organise to do it more often, but I can commit to going monthly.
  • Continue with boxing classes and maybe throw in a pilates because I don’t do proper stretching and core exercises when left to my own devices.
  • Collect a set of barbells so I can SQUAT and BENCH may way to awesome arms, chest and butt. Yeah, its all about vanity!

January

  • CHIN UPS – 2 full chin ups from a  dead hang
  • PULL UPS – 2
  • RUN – 10km Saturday long run, with a total of at least 24km per week.

February

  • CHIN UPS – 4
  • PULL UPS – 4
  • RUN – 14km Saturdays, 28km per week

March

  • CHIN UPS – 6
  • PULL UPS – 6
  • RUN – 16km Saturdays, 30km per week

April

  • CHIN UPS – 8
  • PULL UPS – 8
  • RUN – 18km Saturdays, 32km per week

May

  • CHIN UPS – 10
  • PULL UPS – 10
  • RUN – 20km Saturdays, 34km per week

June

  • CHIN UPS – 12
  • PULL UPS – 12
  • RUN – GLOW WORM TUNNEL (HALF) MARATHON

 

I might need to organise a tracking spreadsheet to help me make my way across this list.

Wish me luck.

Plans plans plans

It is time to think about what my next goals are going to be and make all the plans that goes along with that. I haven’t had the mental space lately to sit and think about what should be up next. There is a temptation to “go big” and scale new heights. But if I am honest, even training for the humble half marathon was a stretch on my time. There are a number of events I’m interested in for next year (or the year after!)

Here are some of them…

  • the glow worm tunnel half marathon in July sounds completely awesome
  • I want to do the Big Red Run in 2015. It a 6 day run through the Simpson Desert, woo!
  • I want to find some other runs to do, but need help. I’ve become a little picky about what constitutes a “fun” run but it’s also pretty important to have some decent goals.

I’m also struggling with whether to get myself a GPS watch or not. I guess it ties in with what my goals end up being!

On the one hand, its the next step in running gear. On the other – my phone does everything that the GPS will do (and more). I rarely run without my phone, coz I love running with music on.  I am looking at the Garmin Forerunner 220 and 620 watches because they are pretty and because everyone raves about them. Things holding me back are…

  • The cost. They be spensive!
  • Data sharing seems a bit limited on Garmin connect.
  • “what does it do that my phone doesn’t?”

What should I do? Help me find some half marathons and make decisions about buying expensive kit!

Visual proof

Here is a quick visual showing how I got thinner, faster and stronger over 12 months.

Its not impossible. You just need to know how calories work. And to start running. And stop stress-eating. And dedicate yourself. And BE AWESOME.

Happy Runaversary to me!

Way back in late September last year, I took myself out of the office for a lunchtime walk. It was hot. I was frustrated with lots of things in my life. In fact, I had been frustrated for some time. Some areas of my life had responded to hard work, others favoured me with luck, but there were those stubborn bits and pieces i just couldn’t seem to influence. Even though I had tried to lose weight, I had tried to make things go smoothly at work, I had tried to be fitter, I never succeeded. I had been logging my meals on MyFitnessPal for 6 months, but the weight went down and then straight back up again.

Frustrated with myself, I broke into an angry run.

It was a hot and sweaty day, I remember that much. I raged internally as I jiggled and sweated and forced myself to run up some steps. And then down, and back up again.

Afterwards I felt much, much better.

Talking to my sister about the experience, she suggested I download a “Couch to 5k” app and see where it took me.

C25K

5 October 2012 – the first day I didn’t die running

3 times a week most weeks, I jiggled across the Botanical Gardens. When I missed one, I just made it up later. I developed a relationship with “couch to 5k lady”. When she said run, I obeyed without question. When she said walk, I cried with joy because she had taken pity on me. I can’t say I still miss her, but she was the one who got me started.

Thank you C25K lady!

Exactly 1 year later and about 25kg lighter, thinking about where running has taken me. It has taken me …

  • to Lorna Jane
  • to develop a boxing class addiction
  • to a half marathon and collect a closet full of event tshirts
  • to a social running club
  • to unite with bloggers all over the world (and even in Tasmania)
  • to explore barefoot running
  • to night running, and running at night, and running in the dark
  • to a place where I no longer feel sorry for the person on the treadmill behind me
  • to a happier place, where cake is full of rainbows and not frustration.

I’m so glad you’re here too.

Body fat and some new goals

I really like this blog – Nerd Fitness. Despite the fact that the owner, Steve, is a big paleo convert and constantly bangs the caveman club, I enjoy his posts. I enjoy the idea of the little nerd community he’s got going (even thought don’t want to be in it) and I love the constant parallels to movies and popular (nerd) culture through the blog. Oh, and I love love LOVE that he really big-ups the nerd girls and promotes strength training for ladies.

So woo woo Nerd Fitness!

This morning, I was reading and enjoying Steve’s post on body fat percentage along with Emily fivex3’s post about women and strength training.

Together, these posts have catalyzed me into wanting to track my own body fat percentage. I am not sure I want or need to get that percentage down exactly, but I do know I want to be stronger as opposed to either bulkier or skeletal. People have been telling me for a while I ‘need to stop losing weight’ and I guess they are right in one sense – I feel it’s important to start building muscle as opposed to just shedding kilos and seeing more hip bone. On the other hand, after being fat for so long, seeing hip bone is a nice change.

Also I still need some help with my mental attitude to my body. In fact, I actually need more help right now than what I needed about 4 weeks ago. I am still losing weight. I am getting fitter (even getting compliments from my boxing instructor) but… I still see the fat. No matter how much weight I lose, I still see the jelly on my tummy (thanks kids – that pregnancy skin is going nowhere). I still see the wobbly thighs. I still see the lunch lady arms that are the trademarks of being a female who doesn’t dead-lift 200kg.

I have a set of cheap Kmart bio-impedance scales that I have been using for my measurements for a few months now. It never occurred to me to use the bio-impedance measurements. Ok, maybe it did occur to me, and then I was completely scared off by the news that I was composed 90% of fat and the other 10% water. But this morning, I decided to start tracking that info. It might be inaccurate, but we long as I stay with the same device, I’m getting the same margin of error every time, and should be able to get a reliable trend happening*.

I am currently sitting at 25.2% body fat. That sounds intensely high, but reading around, it seems that is actually pretty good to start off with. I’m doubting that I will go down much, or quickly, but this might be a good incentive for me to watch my snacking a little more closely and pay attention to all the nutrients in my food (not just the calories).

*i wish the same cold be said of Nike+’s tracking of my 12 minute run tests!!