Monday, 30 November 2009

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- CJ

Saturday, 7 November 2009

About time too

Tomorrow is exactly 6 weeks since my half-marathon and I almost got there without having laced up my running shoes once that whole time!

I totally connected with Amanda on this week’s (and last week’s) Biggest Loser when she kept saying that she couldn’t do things.  She had always been the fat girl and that truly knocks your confidence and makes you think you can’t, or shouldn’t, be doing things. 

So since my half-marathon I haven’t ran.  I was overwhelmed by the idea that I’d run a race, that I’d run 13.1 miles and I didn’t know what should come next.  I also think a part of me felt like I wasn’t a real runner, and only a real runner would continue to run after the race they’d been training for.  And I don’t feel like a real runner, I’m still the fat girl!

But tonight, I laced up my running shoes and I told myself that it didn’t matter if I only ran to the end of the road and back – I just needed to put them on and get out the door.

I didn’t turn on my Garmin or let my Ipod count down the minutes I just ran out that door.  And when I got to the end of the road I kept going, and I got to the mile marker and I still felt great so I kept going and then I realised that I’m going to be late to my friend’s birthday party so I had to turn back but I felt great!

And I ran 2.5 miles in a little over 30 minutes, averaging about 12:45min/mile. 

And I feel pretty damn pleased with myself!

P.S. When did it get so cold all of a sudden – I had to crack out the fingerless gloves!


- CJ

Sunday, 27 September 2009

I did it!!

I made it to the race start at 8am for a 9:45 start because my race pack didn't arrive due to the postal strike.

Pre-race fuel was a disaster. My stomach was so nervous that I couldn't keep anything down. I was snacking on dry cereal while I got ready and managed a banana and peanut butter before the start but I wasn't nearly fueled up enough for my expected 2 hour and 45 minute run!

I got an email about a month ago with my race number, which was based on your estimated finish time so I thought 8,240 seemed fast given that there were 15,000 runners signed up.

Imagine my surprise when they gave me another race number at the help desk and it was in the 1000 range! Umm...that's pretty damn fast!!

Wandering around pre-race I kept imagining people were checking me out and thinking 'damn, she doesn't look like she'd be able to run that fast!'

They even tried to put me up in one of the top pens at the start but I didn't fancy being passed by EVERY runner for the first few miles so I begged and pleaded and they let me go in my original pen (even though it meant I didn't cross the start line until 20 minutes past the gun).

I was still passed a lot for the first mile, but I was watching my garmin and I was running a 10min/mile...I definitely didn't want to go any faster!

The first three miles were awesome, I felt so good. Then the first water station came and they were out of cups. They were handing out 2 liter bottles instead....umm those things are heavy! I took two sips and put it back down again. Now I was starting to worry - what if ALL the water stations were going to be like this??

Luckily, at mile 5 was a gatorade station and they had 500ml bottles so I snagged one of those and carried it the rest of the way. I felt brilliant running all the way to mile 9, the second gatorade station where I switched my bottle for a new (slightly cooler one).

The sun was HOT today, there was NO shade, and the course had more uphill than I was expecting but I actually liked the hills because I was determined not to stop and it's fun to just put your head down and power up those hills past the people who have stopped to walk!

Mile 10 came and I was entering PDR territory - my fastest 10 miles previously was 1:55 and today was 1:57.

My stomach was hurting from all the gatorade and lack of food.

Mile 11 was killer - my legs were feeling heavy and my stomach was killing me. I was starting to feel some rubbing on one of my feet and I contemplated stopping to put a blister pack on but wasn't sure I could start again!

Mile 12 hurt...I was told 3 times that there was just a mile to go and each time wanted to kill someone...I wanted to see the damn sign!!

I never walk during a run - even my long runs but I contemplated it today. It was purely mental to keep that pace up. I was running alongside a guy in the army who was wearing a MASSIVE back pack...I was keeping up with him when he was walking but then he'd start running and I'd lose him and then catch up to him when he was walking again...I tried to pretend it was a game to get me through that last mile.

I hurt so bad!

Once I saw the finish line I picked up the pace, and saw it drop to a 9:30 min pace...I felt awesome!!

I had given myself the arbitrary goal of 2:45 and finished in 2:37 (even though my garmin says that was how long it took me to go 13.26 miles not 13.1!!)

I refueled with a protein power smoothie of raspberries, strawberries, soy milk and tofu and then ate a ton of whole food's brown rice sushi before taking a couple hours nap.

I am WORN out but feeling pretty pleased with myself!

Race Day!!

It's finally here - I'm about to run 13.1 miles

I'm not shooting for any particular will be a PR regardless and a PDR once I pass that 10 mile mark.

This morning I'm sick with nerves and I desperately want to skip it, but I'm lacing up my sneakers as we type and my bag is packed.

Wish me luck!!

- CJ

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Motivation needed

A month ago I was all excited about running 10 miles at almost race pace. I even said that I was secretly hoping to run the half-marathon in 2:30 instead of the 2:45 that had been my previous goal.

Then I had a bad run, and life got busier, and I've started to sabotage myself. I've been overweight my entire life and the fact that I was training for a half-marathon never truly sunk in. I still don't feel like a real runner. I started skipping long runs, occassionally even skipping short runs. For the past 4 weeks I've done no long runs on the weekends.

Now, 4 days before I'm due to run the half-marathon I'm really kicking myself for letting it go this far. I don't want to quit!

This is what my training schedule looks like
(The schedule required three runs a week, plus I like my Saturday balance class. Those in green I did, the pinky colour is for when I didn't do them on the day but I did them the day after or day before, and the red is the ones I skipped entirely.)

As you can see, I've done about 68% of the scheduled mileage. I'm 99% sure I won't be able to do the entire course at race pace, since my runs home lately have been slower than they were 4 weeks ago. But I think I'm going to try and finish anyways.

Trust me, I've thought about skipping it and forfeiting the entry fee. I've thought about it alot! The streets are opened up to traffic after 3.5 hours so hopefully I finish before then!!

- CJ

Thursday, 3 September 2009

I think I've finally figured it out

Knock on wood - I may have found a healthy eating strategy that works for during the work day.

During the week I'm awake from 5:30am to 10:30pm and in my sedentary office job I get hungry/bored way quicker than I do on the weekends when I'm out and about doing things. This week my eating schedule has been VERY precise and it's looked like this:

6:00am boiled egg and 1 slice of ww bread (2 points)
10:00am bran flakes and skimmed milk (3 points)
1:00pm salad leaves with roasted vegetables and chicken (4 points)
3:30pm cup of soup (1.5 points)
5:30pm 2 apples (1 point)
7:30pm dinner

My strategy still leaves a decent portion of my points for dinner and maybe a little dessert but also ensures that I'm never more than a few hours from eating my next mini-meal during the day. This worked on Tuesday pre-fueling my 5 mile run home and it worked yesterday, where I skipped an apple and the soup but had pizza, wine and doughballs for dinner!

Hopefully it'll get me through today too, I brought all my running gear with me to do mission: run home part 2!

- CJ

Tuesday, 1 September 2009


That's me by the way - genius!

I ran home tonight. Usually, my 5.5 mile commute (on two buses) takes about an hour door to door. Today, I packed up my shoes, running clothes, garmin, ipod, hrm and all the rest of my junk (who says running is low-equipment!?) and headed to work.

6:30 rolled around and I was out the door...home in about the same time as the bus would have taken me and now I can lie on the couch ALL evening without feeling guilty about my lack of motivation to make it to the gym.


- CJ

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

highs and lows of running

On Sunday I ran 10 miles - I was particularly excited about this PDR because 10 is just a cool number.

It also took me only 3 minutes longer than my 9 mile run last weekend. Mostly because I started out running with my younger brother who is super fit and training for the army. He finished the 10 miles as I started on mile 7...not cool! But I managed to maintain almost race pace for the full 10 miles and that was without all the adrenaline from race day. I'm now secretly hoping to finish in 2 and a half hours, whereas last week I was happy with under 2:45!

Today however, my 5 mile run was anything but joyous. I had new workout clothes (new running tights and a new dry-fit top) but not even they got me going. My training schedule wanted 12 minute miles, but I averaged 12:13 including 3 walking breaks. I just couldn't get into it and it was really disheartening.

Now, with a couple hours hindsight I've recalled all the reasons why, and they're all significant so I need to stop beating myself up about it!
1) I had a crappy dinner last night of chicken patties and bagels
2) I drank very little water yesterday and none before or during this morning's run
3) I decided against a pre-run snack because it was before 6am
4) My ipod appears to have died so I was music-less

The ipod is a MASSIVE factor, because I never run without music and a full hour of running with no music is probably too much to expect. So I'm going to put aside that today was a crappy running day (it wasn't even that crappy! I need to stop beating myself up about it!) and just consider that my 4 mile run later this week will be fabulous!!

- CJ

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Another PDR

This morning's long run? 9 miles!


And I didn't walk once - although I did have to stop at a couple roads to wait for a break in traffic, but living in central london that can't be helped.

After forking out BIG money for my very own Garmin - I've since discoverd that I actually keep perfect pace all by myself. Go figure!

My 5 mile run on Tuesday was supposed to be at an average of 12 minute miles according to runners world. Since I've been obsessing about paces ever since I bought the pesky Garmin, I decided this week I'd only check my pace once and only when my ipod said I was halfway done time-wise. I did the same thing on today's 9 mile run and here are my results.

5 mile run on Tuesday
Expected: 12 minute mile average
Actual: 11:52 minute mile average

9 mile run on Sunday
Expected: 12:30 minute mile average
Actual: 12:24 minute mile average

How close are those averages? And even cooler? I was faster!

My 7 mile run almost a month ago, I did 13:23 minute mile I can't even believe that I'm running miles a minute faster even when I'm running 2 extra miles...craziness!

And the part of my body that hurts the most? My toes! My two big toes are not happy - I just hope my toenails stay put. I've heard running horror stories about big toenails!

- CJ

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Mental preparation

My training schedule wants me to run a 10k tomorrow with a 1 mile warm up and a 1 mile cooldown.

Overall, that will be 8.2 miles...ANOTHER PDR.

I need to get used to that since next week is an 8 mile run, the one after is 9 miles, after that I have 10 miles, and so on until 13 miles, just two weeks before my half-marathon race day!

Lots of PDR's to be had in the next couple of months!!

This evening I am spending time psyching myself up to run 8.2 miles...and hoping that the rain stops!

Wish me luck!


Sunday, 26 July 2009

A new PDR and the chocolate challenge

I smoked the chocolate challenge - that little bar that I wanted to make last 4 days, lasted a whole week! I ate the last two squares last night.

Amy's weekly challenge was to outline our long-term and short-term goals and rewards.

My long-term goal is to reach my goal weight - 165lbs which at 5 ft 9 puts me at the top end of the healthy BMI. My reward then is going to be to spend my Christmas bonus that I've been saving this whole time!

Short-term, I've broken my rewards into 5lb increments. I'm a half pound away from hitting 30lbs down so here's what the next 5 rewards will look like!

Hitting 30lbs lost - The fourth Twilight book
Hitting 35lbs lost - A food processor/blender
Hitting 40lbs lost - New workout outfit
Hitting 45lbs lost - Subscription to a health magazine
Hitting 50lbs lost - Massage and pedicure

Also, today I hit a new personal distance record, running 7 miles. My knees are feeling a little sore, in fact once I stopped the running they felt like they weren't connected to my legs! So I'm going to go to the gym and sit in the sauna, relax in the pool to loosen them up a bit.

I've run a total of 16 miles this week, which I'm really pleased with, plus two days on the bike, and a body balance class. The body balance class was where I really saw the difference in my body since I started back in January. I was really able to see a difference in my arm strength - it was super cool!


Sunday, 19 July 2009

Chocolate challenge

I wrote a comment on priorfatgirl's blog on her struggle with dealing with the fact that the healthy eating lifestyle is FOREVER and it got me thinking.

I have issues with certain foods, like nut butters, chocolate, icecream - pretty much anything that's bad to eat in massive quantities. My trick so far has been not to buy them, not to keep them in the house but I realised on reading Jen's post that I don't want to never be able to buy almond butter or chocolate ever again.

My chocolate challenge has been to buy a mini chocolate bar - 227 calories of really dark chocolate and to keep it in the house without scoffing the lot.

Last night I ate one row - three squares

Tonight, I'll do the same, and the bar will last (if successful) for four whole days.

And I WILL be successful!

- CJ

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Workout Wednesday and the Weekly Challenge

First of all, my weigh-in is on Wednesdays and this week sucked hardcore. I gained two pounds. I was really pissed off at the time but I only have myself to blame since I did eat about 8 cupcakes over the course of Sunday/Monday. Monday's were at least in my daily points budget but Sunday's certainly weren't.

So, another week - onwards and upwards!

First of all, Amy challenged us to eat clean for one whole day

So, breakfast was 2 hardboiled eggs

followed by a little serving of cheese

Recycled photo but my mid-morning snack was pineapple

Lunch was spiralized zuchinni with sundried tomato pesto, chicken, red pepper and corn

For dinner I was planning on cooking up some vegetables, white fish and brown rice but the white fish just didn't want to cook for some reason. I threw in the wok 3 chopped portobella mushrooms, a chopped onion, chopped frozen spinach and cooked through. By this time, the rice was cooked but the fish was looking nowhere near done and I was hungry so I threw the rice in the wok too. It was looking a little grey (stupid mushrooms discolouring everything!) so I threw in a chopped tomato and some chopped up yellow pepper.

The fish became whitefish, sweet potato, corn fishcakes the following night - I wasn't thrilled but they were edible...

THEN, Amy challenged us to 20 minutes running for workout wednesday

Now, I can't take my camera out with me - I already run with my keys in one hand and my water bottle in the other. But you want proof that I ran?


Last Saturday I announced that I was going to be more accountable. These were my weekly goals

1) 6 mile run on Sunday + 2 runs (tuesday and thursday per my half-marathon programme)
2) track my food and plan my meals so I eat not only healthy foods but stick to my financial budget
3) drink 8 glasses of water each day
4) 2 other workouts/classes at the gym

I managed the running and I did do a spinning class on Monday and my very first power plates class this morning but the food didn't get tracked and I went over my points on quite a few days. Similarly, my water intake wasn't up to par on all 7 days either.

This week I'm having the same goals all over again and I'm going to do them that much better!


Sunday, 12 July 2009

No food photos tonight - I had another serving of canelloni for dinner with a salad of lettuce and tomato (4).

I also made cupcakes for work and may have ate quite a few...let's just say about three quarters of them are making it to work. Shocking!

Well, I sort of organised, and the cupcakes are made.

I'm all prepped for tomorrow food-wise too.

2 hardboiled eggs, ham and babybel (5)

chicken with sundried tomato pesto, spiralised courgette and carrot (4.5)

mango (1)

toffee yogurt (1.5)

The spiralised courgette/carrot with pesto looks AMAZING. I really had to stop myself just eating it for dinner. Can't wait!



What a difference a day makes

So yesterday I slept in until 9:30, today by 9:30 I had already run 6 miles.

The route was as hilly as I'd expected. The route out had just two little hills and one good down-hill and the rest seemed pretty flat. Unfortunately, running it the opposite direction I quickly came to realise that those 2 miles that 'seemed pretty flat' were actually slightly downhill on the way out and now I was looking at 2 miles slightly uphill. Oh boy!

Luckily I had fueled with a little sweet potato (1.5) and a sprinkling of cheese (2) and not only did I survive, I did it in a minute and a half faster than last Sunday!

I refueled with another pineapple pot (1.5) and a ribena really light (0).

Now I'm off to organise, clean, and make cupcakes for work tomorrow.


Saturday, 11 July 2009

Lazy day

Today turned out to be a rest day in every sense of the word. Despite sleeping in I was exhausted ALL day.

Once I'd done my few hours of work, it was already lunchtime.

Cauldron mushroom burgers(4)
small sweet potato (1.5)
side salad of lettuce and tomato (0)
BBQ sauce (which I'm blaming on one of my favourite blogs, because after a few mentions like this one on Meghann's blog I had to go out and buy my own!

The mushroom burger was delicious. This was my first time trying it and I'll definitely be buying them again!

The afternoon consisted mainly of watching TV, napping, and meal planning.

Dinner was three canelloni tubes stuffed with a spinach and ricotta mix, smothered in tomato sauce and cheese...yum

Canelloni (4)
extra sprinkling of cheese (2.5)
side salad of lettuce with a handful of roasted aubergine and red pepper (0)

Now, although it's only 8:30 I'm going to go and read and try to get an early night. I want to get up early and do my 6 miles on a new route - the one I'd potentially take if I start running home from work. I'm terrified because it seems quite hilly, but hopefully it's not as bad as it looks!


Saturday sleep-in

I got up at 9:30 this morning. I've literally slept about 5 or 6 hours every night this week and I was shattered this morning. Not helped by the fact that I wasn't able to fall asleep until midnight last night, so a full 9 hours of sleep got me all caught up hopefully.

I snacked on two babybel light cheeses before I started on some work.

My job is technically only Monday-Friday but every other week or so I also am required to do a couple of weekend hours, and today was one of those days. I went to the supermarket to pick up some newspapers and really craved some fruit. The little Sainsbury's by my flat doesn't stock a lot of fruit, but it did have these pre-packaged options so I went for those.

Pineapple 1.5 points
Melon 1 point

I think it's a combination of living alone, and working really long, stressful hours but I've become really selfish and precious about my weekends. This weekend I've made zero plans to do anything social and I'm thrilled. My entire weekend is going to be spent working out, planning meals, organising my flat, catching up on Celebrity Masterchef and maybe catching a movie - I REALLY want to see My Sister's Keeper.

Anyone seen a good movie recently?

- CJ

Being accountable

I feel like everything is sort of spiralling out of control right now. I've been cheating regularly, skipping workouts and not blogging. All of these go hand in hand with the very slow weight loss I'm experiencing.

Week 1 I stayed the same weight
Week 2 I've lost half a pound

I need to kick this up if I'm going to reach goal in October.

This week, Saturday to Saturday I am going to be completely accountable and focus on some mini-goals for just this one week and see how it goes.

1) 6 mile run on Sunday + 2 runs (tuesday and thursday per my half-marathon programme)
2) track my food and plan my meals so I eat not only healthy foods but stick to my financial budget
3) drink 8 glasses of water each day
4) 2 other workouts/classes at the gym

Not too much to ask?


Monday, 29 June 2009

15 week challenge

I've signed up via
Amy's blog to motivate myself for the next 15 weeks. I'm a bridesmaid October 17th, so this coincides perfectly.

I have 15 weeks to get to goal weight - let's do it!

This week's challenge is to recreate a sinful recipe - a good challenge since this week I have been literally DREAMING of pizza, and fries, and the new Texas Wrapster from KFC. Drool!

Tonight, I threw into a pot some ultra lean beef mince, chopped tomatoes, kidney beans and chilli powder and while I went spinning, it simmered away nicely.

When I got home, I put some sweet potatoes in to roast and ta-da...chilli cheese fries!!

Sunday, 28 June 2009

5 miles and counting

Today's eats maybe weren't the best...there was vanilla icecream consumed first thing.

My flat was so hot this morning that I couldn't stomach cooking, I was out of smoothie ingredients - so icecream it was!

Lunch was chili/bean soup and three of my homemade chicken tenders.

Dinner was roasted aubergine/peppers marinated in harissa paste and served over couscous.

I wanted to run 5 miles today, but I just wasn't fueled up properly I think. I went before dinner, so all I'd had was soup and icecream - note to self, soup and icecream may not get you through 5miles round the park!

I stopped to walk twice, but still made it in 1 hour, 5 minutes - I'm a slow runner, what can I say! 5mph is my go-to speed. It doesn't seem to matter the distance I'm going, it always averages out to be 5mph nevermind if I think I'm doing a shorter, faster run or a longer, slower run - I just can't seem to help it!

Now, it's time for bed. It's my turn to be in the office early this week, so have to leave at 6am tomorrow.

- CJ

Thursday, 11 June 2009

OMG...what have I done??

So, last night after a particularly good 6k run...I did something a little crazy.

Now, keeping in mind that I only started running in January and have never entered a race before, I have been seriously toying with the idea of running the London marathon. To the point that when the ballot opened, I registered. I figured that it would be a sign if I got in that I was meant to do it.

But for the past two weeks I've been obsessed with the idea of the Sony Ericsson 'run to the beat' half marathon in September.

Last night I entered, and now I'm terrified!

115 days!!!

- CJ

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Green Monsters

I have been eyeing up the Green Monster idea I first saw on Leah's blog, and have seen popping up elsewhere recently.

After an early morning 5k run last week I threw together a mini carton of rice milk, spinach, ice, and a small banana and to be honest it was quite delicious. Unfortunately, my little hand blender wasn't quite up to the task, and once or twice I did find an entire spinach leaf, still whole, floating up to the surface.

Since this morning I had no hope of time to make anything for breakfast (I even forgot to pick up my hardboiled eggs as I ran out the door), I grabbed this equally looking green smoothie from the store on my way in.

1 pressed apple, quarter of a pressed pineapple, 1 crushed kiwi, 5 pressed grapes, a squeeze of fresh lime, plus a dash of spinach and nettle extract.

It was good and I love the ingredient list.

At only 2 points per bottle, I also had 1 point worth of apple pieces and grapes which tided me over relatively well, but the lack of fats and protein is kicking in hard and my stomach is making particularly loud growling noises so I'm off in search of lunch!

- CJ

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Grazing is good

Inspired by Lara at thinspired I ordered one of these graze boxes last week.

The premise is simple, a box was delivered to my office designed to promote positive snacking - 'filling in necessary nutrients that may be missed due to skipped meals and long busy days at work'.

The only downside - my stupid work doesn't get it's mail until 2pm. I've known this for the entire year I've worked there, but somehow it slipped my mind. By lunchtime, I was getting grouchy and may have taken it out on the receptionist - as if it was his fault that our mail comes at that time every day??

So, I had already eaten lunch by the time the box arrived, but I'd been so eagerly anticipating it that I tore it open as soon as I got it back to my desk.

First things first, I loved the pineapple - fresh pineapple often makes my tongue react, but this was so juicy and ripe and perfect that either it didn't, or I was just enjoying it too much to notice.

Then, there was a dried fruit section - apple strudel - which consisted of dried apple rings, apricots and cranberries. Delish - I particularly LOVE that they include the nutritional information for each section for you. My entire box came to 6.5 weightwatchers points - the dried fruit being 2.5 point, which if I'd eaten it as it's intended, i.e. snacking throughout the day would have been perfect snacking!

And finally, chilli cashews - this has to be the smartest possible way to consume cashews. I have a serious cashew addiction and am forbidden from ever purchasing them. I can eat a bag, or two, no problem and would on a daily basis if allowed - I LOVE cashews. Thankfully, this 2.5 point serving meant that I could only eat 2.5 points of cashews and let me tell you, these are spicy! I was a little hesitant - who wants to ruin a cashew?? But, no - they were actually really good. Good enough that I let a colleague try one (just one mind you! The rest I ate!)

All in all, I was really impressed with the quality of the products that arrived, and have my next order scheduled for next Thursday. Luckily for me, I'm on a different site this week so I'm hoping that we might get a reasonable post time! If not, no doubt I will consume the lot in about 20 minutes after lunch (possibly not quite the grazing ideal!)

If you're in the UK and want to give it a try too - try this for a free box: WMVGNZ6



Sunday, 3 May 2009


So BLBE is over - all 16 weeks.

I started at 220, and am now 196.6, so have lost a grand total of 23.4lbs. Not spectacular if you consider the average per week, or compare it to the show, but a respectable amount none the less.

I've also taken up running, and since I started in January, when I had severe issues running for 3 minutes at a time, I can now run for an hour non-stop. Yesterday, I ran 5k in 34 minutes. Followed by another 5k today. I've learned to run on a treadmill, but for the past week have been trying it outdoors. I thought the hills, the sun, the wind, the bugs (yesterday I almost swallowed 2!) would make it so much harder, but the first attempt at outside running I ran for 10k. It was brilliant.

So, five months into my healthy new years resolution I'm a runner, and I'm no longer obese...I don't think you could ask for much more.

So a big thank you to Angie and Lynn for hosting the competition and here's to the next 5 months on this journey!

- CJ

Sunday, 5 April 2009

ONEderland - take 2

So, after my excitement at entering ONEderland that week, I weighed in the next week and was back to 205.3. I know I didn't gain 6lbs overnight, but it was still hard to see that number pop up on the scale.

I weigh in on Thursdays, and I didn't actually send the number to Angie straight away. I thought I'd try again on Friday, and then Saturday, and then Sunday and nothing was budging and I contemplated 'forgetting' to send in my weigh-in results but then I decided that's not really the point of the game. So I owned my 6lb gain, and sent them off.

As luck would have it, Monday morning, the scales actually moved a little and this Thursday I was down to exactly the same weight once more. ONEderland...take 2!

Unfortunately this week hasn't been brilliant eating wise, or gym-wise. I've been swamped at work and some days have worked 9am to 11pm so the gym routine has severely suffered, and there was one day when I ate 12 points worth of chocolate chip muffins and a 6.5 point pizza on top of my daily allowance, but this weekend I have really tried at the gym.

Saturday I did:
Spinning class
Body Pump
Plus a lot of walking/shopping

Sunday I did:
Body Balance
5k on the treadmill (a new personal record of 34m 35 seconds)
Body Pump

Plus yesterday I saved a couple of points, and today I'm on course to do the same, so hopefully I can save tomorrow's WW weigh-in.

Hope everyone else is having a good week!


Sunday, 22 March 2009

20lbs down...before and during pics

So this week for BLBE I had a 2lb loss, which takes me officially into ONEderland!

I was cutting it close, at 199.8!!

So, to celebrate 20lbs down, I'm going to try before and after pics. I'm having trouble getting them to resize the same so there's a good comparison, but here goes.


20lbs down (apologies my shirt rode up while I wasn't looking!):

I do see a difference, but it's weird...I don't feel like there's THAT much of a difference...I think I'm going to definitely have to do more than the 55lbs I was aiming for....I can't imagine 35lbs more will get me to the shape I want now.

Ok, off to the gym!


Tuesday, 3 March 2009

baked courgette sticks...

So...I have been inspired.

Rebecca writes one of my favourite blogs to read, and it was through her recent recipe post that I discovered baked zucchini sticks.

If you haven't discovered Gina's weight watchers recipes blog, or these in particular, then it's a must. Her recipes all look soooo amazing and I spent a good hour or so looking through them last night.

Tonight, I am embarking on my own attempt at baked zucchini sticks. Delicious! My only regret is that I made these about 5 points, and I only had 2.5 points for the day left, so I've only been able to eat half! The other half is sitting on top of the oven still and calling my name just a little!

And this was Sunday's breakfast just for fun:

2 x quorn sausages (2 points)
2 x ww bread (1.5 points)
grilled tomatoes (0 points)
2 x poached eggs (3 points)
butter spread (1 points) for a total of 7.5 points

Sunday, 1 March 2009

C25K success

So...I have fallen a little off the wagon food-wise, but my C25K 25 minute run without stopping was brilliant. I actually ran for 40 minutes without stopping...40 minutes!

40 minutes!!

I almost still can't believe that! The 25 minutes came and went and I wasn't dying so I kept going, and going and going, and probably would have gone to 45 minutes if the gym hadn't closed. I can't believe how quickly that's come around since the thought of running 5 minutes straight scared me just a few weeks ago!

Tomorrow is another weigh-in day, and I don't know if I can count on a loss after last week's staying the same, but I'm going to do the fast start starting tomorrow so definitely by the following Monday we'll be seeing some results!

G'night all


Monday, 23 February 2009

kinda bummed: WW weigh in

So tonight was my 6th weight watchers weigh in and I stayed the exact same weight.

I should be happy that I didn't gain, but I tracked this week and went to the gym EVERY day, so it's a bit disappointing to not lose anything. Plus I really wanted to hit that stone mark.

My goal vacation is in 12 weeks, and I'm still 40lbs away from my goal weight, which means it's not at all feasible, and yeah I'm kinda bummed.

To make matters worse, after our weigh in, my friend and I went out for Indian food, which is pretty much the worst thing you can eat.

I tried to rectify some tiny, minute part of the day and walked on the treadmill for 3k before the gym closed at 10pm.

But yeah, I'm still bummed.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

I may have sunk to a new low!

Breakfast this morning was the poached eggs and toast that I'd been craving since Friday. Good to finally get them done, and they were as good as I'd hoped.

This is only the second time I've poached eggs - I'm a natural! They were perfectly gooey.

Lunch was roasted butternut squash and feta salad. I roasted the squash last night and fell in love. This was my first time ever purchasing the squash and unfortunately half of it was devoured throughout the roasting process or shortly thereafter. The salad could have done with a few more chunks! It also could have done with some darker leaves. I'm not a fan of iceburg lettuce, but my spinach was not looking so good today so lettuce it was. I also didn't know what a good dressing would be for the mix of squash and cheese...what does everyone else use? I tried the sweet chilli again and it was good, but that may just be because I love sweet chilli dressing rather than it being a natural partner!

Finally, my all new low...the feta comes in a block that totals 16 points and is 'best consumed within 3 days'. I know I can't eat 16 points worth of cheese in the next three days - well I could, but that's not the point. After some googling, I learned that feta is freezeable, so I've cut it up into manageable chunks, shrink wrapped it and because I have no good pens about the house, had to create little labels with the points values on it. Yes, I realise how sad this looks!

Now, I'm just trying to motivate myself to get to the gym...clean my apartment and get ready for work tomorrow! Back to the grind unfortunately.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Heaven is chocolate...and brownies...

There's an advert here, for butter mind you, that says something about making Saturday mornings about breakfast...and I totally agree. I meant to get eggs last night as I was really thinking poached eggs on toast would be a wonderful breakfast, but I forgot so all I had in the house was my porridge.

I like my porridge normally, with some fruit it's perfectly satisfactory but this morning I just wasn't feeling it. I wanted a brownie pot - and once I'd gotten that idea into my head it wasn't going anywhere!

So instead, I made 2.5 points worth of porridge, mixed it with a brownie pot and got this delicious 5 point chocolate, brownie porridge - heavenly!

Lunch was the second seeded hake fillet, with mashed potato and grilled vegetables - I inhaled it before it was photographed, guess that chocolate porridge didn't tide me over as well as my usual fruit version!

I did almost 5k on the treadmill today. No running, as I thought I needed a rest day after yesterday's 20 minutes. I wanted to do a full 5k but the gym closed at 7:30 and I'd already stayed until 7:32 so I had to stop at 43 minutes and 37 seconds. They wouldn't even let me make it a round 45 minutes!

Then dinner was tuna, coriander and lime fishcake with a salad of lettuce, sweetcorn and tomatoes with a sweet chilli dressing. I had high hopes for the fishcake but instead of the tuna steak chunks I was imagining it was just grey in the middle and by the taste of it, it could have just been a potato cake. Oh time I'll stick to my hake.

I'm going to try and watch the Bourne Identity as I've never watched any of those movies, but 37 minutes in I'm already losing track...I'm useless!

I really don't want tomorrow to be Sunday because that means Monday is right around the corner...I've REALLY enjoyed having this week off from work...I don't want to go back! I want to stay at home, doing my own thing, making it to the gym and having time to cook and photograph fun, healthy meals. Work sucks!

g'night all


Fish, chips and peas and 5 miles

Today was C25K, week 5 day 3 - the dreaded 20 minute run.

I seriously procrastinated this one until 7:30pm. I think I was hoping the gym shuts early on a Friday night, but deep down I know it doesn't. I finally dragged my ass to the treadmill and about half way through my warm-up I decided maybe I'd do the two 8-minute runs again instead.

But I didn't! I survived the 20 minute run, and not only did I survive that 20 minutes, I stayed on the treadmill for a full hour and ten minutes total. Granted, I did not run much of the second half hour, just a few minutes here and there when the song got me going, but I really wanted to see if I could go 5 miles...and I did!

I truly am so proud of myself for running for the 20 minutes straight. My blisters are SORE, and I've rubbed off the magical 'second skin' treatment that I was using, so tomorrow might have to be a proper rest day, but it was well worth it to accomplish my 20 minute run.

I've never, in my life, run for that long straight...and although this is maybe the third time I've started the C25K programme, this is the furthest I've ever gotten.

And damn it feels good!

I celebrated with a healthy version of fish, chips and peas. Loosely translated as hake in a seeded breadcrumb...there's whole sunflower seeds in there! Oven-baked, no battering and frying here!

That was served with some mashed potato, with carrot and swede and some more of my trusty green vegetable medley. The picture was taken before I poured ketchup all over the beautiful fish!

I'm off to watch one more episode of the wire and then bed...g'night all


Thursday, 19 February 2009

Blisters and confessions of a shopaholic

Tuesday dinner: Tagliatelle bolognese with a green vegetable medley

Yesterday, I walked 7k on the treadmill. I now have the blisters to prove it. Not cool. Also went spinning, earning myself a total of 7 activity points for the day - awesome!

Dinner was movie theatre popcorn, while watching 'Confessions of a Shopaholic'. Crappy movie. I'm usually one for the girly, cheesy chick-flicks, but this was so far from the book it just wasn't any good. Plus, I love Isla Fisher - she was my girl crush when she was in the Australian soap 'Home and Away' years and years ago. But I just wasn't feeling it, it was cheesy and not in a good way. I was just disappointed.

Today, as a result of my blisters, I did not go running, but now that I have some fancy, expensive patches to put on both heels, I'm planning on Day 3, week 5 of C25K tomorrow. That's 20 minutes straight running - which terrifies me. Part of me thinks I sabotaged my heels subconsciously to put off the 20 minute run - that would be insane!

Eats today were porridge with blueberries (4.5 points), a morning snack of grapes (1 point), 2 bowls of zero point tomato soup, ham (1 point), an afternoon snack of carrots and morrocan humuus (5 points) and a pre-dinner/post-pilates snack of salt and vinegar snack a jacks (2 points). For a pre-dinner total of 13.5 points.

Dinner was chilli and potato crush, with a little sour cream for another 5 points and I plan on eating a ww brownie pot as a reward for fulfilling my daily water goal.

Phew - long post!

Oh, I was down another 1.6lbs for the A-team today. If I lose 1 more pound I officially move out of the obese category and into overweight. Looking forward to that one!


Tuesday, 17 February 2009

I lost a point :( weightwatchers weigh in was good. I lost 2lbs, which means I'm now down from 24 points daily allowance to just 23. I'm a little bit sad to say goodbye to that extra point...but if it helps with the weightloss then I'm all for it.

I get a little confused because my weightwatchers weigh in is on Monday evenings and my starting weight was a pound higher than the starting weight I'd used for my blbe weigh ins, which I've continued to do first thing Thursday so while the numbers are all a little different, I've stuck to the two separate weigh in times and I think it helps to keep me motivated knowing that a weigh in day is never more than a few days away!

My weightwatchers leader/helper person is a bit of a nut job and cannot do simple math. To the point that EVERY week she gets my total weight lost wrong. She told everyone I lost 4lbs this week, which is a lie. If she could do a little better with that math she'd see that it was a 2lb loss. Whatever, stupid woman!

So breakfast this morning was porridge with half a point of blueberries.

My porridge pics are not nearly as pretty as everyone else's. I must be missing a trick!

Lunch was vegetable chilli soup, which I didn't get a picture of. Followed by two ryvita with chicken, spinach and sweet chilli sauce.

Dinner was pizza express, where again I went for the 12 point Padana. Goats cheese, spinach and carmelised red onions. Delicious!

My goals for this week are:
Make it to the gym at least 4 times
Organise my bedroom
Clean the kitchen/living room
Get to the post office (I've had two packages waiting to go out since Christmas!)
Stick to my 23 points :(
Drink 2 liters of water each day

We'll see how I do. This is my first week of goals!

g'night all


Sunday, 15 February 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

Went to see Slumdog Millionaire tonight and it certainly lived up to expectations. It was fantastic. So pretty, such a good soundtrack, and the child actors were brilliant.

I saw Dev Patel on a chat show the other night and he pointed out that the gameshow host pronounces mill-Ionaire, as mill-onaire, which I then noticed EVERY time the word was said! I also loved the dance track at the end. Bollywood/India has such great dance routines. Anyone know if there is a Bollywood-style workout video? That would be fun!

So, dinner tonight was a high point one. I marinated a tuna steak in soy sauce, garlic and red chilli and baked sweet potato fries that I had coated in 1 point of garlic olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika. The portion was huge, and at 6 points just for the giant potato, I probably should have saved some of it...but damn it was too good to do that! Peas, brocolli and sugarsnaps on the side made this a perfect and filling pre-movie theatre dinner. The photo is making me hungry!

Oh, and I did my half hour on the treadmill: day 1 of week 5 of c25k before bodypump. Unfortunately, I think the combination of such a good run yesterday, and more running today meant that I couldn't get in the zone for bodypump. I took a bunch of water breaks, actually leaving the class between tracks and felt myself switching to lighter weights than I'd used for the same tracks last week. Oh was still an hour spent sweating and toning muscles!

g'night xoxo
I am determined to eat all of my 24 points today, and then hopefully I'll have lost weight this week and from Tuesday I'll be down to eating 23 points.

So, today started off with a big powl of porridge, blueberries and a small banana for a total of 4.5 points.

Then two slices of weightwatchers bread and low fat butter spread for 2.5 points, followed by a second batch at 3 points.

That's 10 points down for the day already! This afternoon I'm heading to the gym for day 1, week 5 of C25k and then bodypump. Tonight I want to organise my bedroom. I still have three boxes of clothes to unpack from when I moved in November!

Saturday, 14 February 2009

6 point veggie-chicken pasta

I am stuffed! I probably should have eaten about half of this huge portion, but given that I had six points left for the day I figured I'd eat all six points. Especially as if I've lost even half a pound at my weigh-in on Monday, I'll be losing a point from my daily allowance...sadness.

So, while this is not the prettiest of dishes...This is whole wheat pasta, chicken breast pieces, cauliflower, broccoli and carrots stirred together with some half fat creme fraiche:

I ran 10 minutes straight!!

So...I was debating last week about whether I was ready to move up to week 5 of C25K. Well, clearly I am.

Today, I ran 10 minutes straight, without stopping, 10 minutes!!

I didn't write down what week 5 actually entailed, but I remembered being scared of an 8 minute run, so I thought I'd aim for that, and then once 8 minutes hit, I thought I could actually probably go a bit further. At 10 minutes, I still felt like I could probably keep going, but I don't want to overdo it. Especially as the longest I ran last week was 5 minutes straight, more than doubling it seemed like it might damage something.

But still....I am so proud of myself right now. I don't think I've ever ran 10 minutes straight without stopping in my entire life!

Plus, after my 10 minute run, then a 4 minute run, I ran another .4k and successfully calibrated my ipod nike+ thingy. It's only taken me a month and a half to do!

So, happy valentines day to everyone!

Thursday, 12 February 2009

How do you fix a crappy workout?

Today I just couldn't get in the groove on the treadmill. I think of the 35 minutes I was at the gym, I ran for about 10.

Firstly, the treadmills were all taken so I did my warm up on the treadclimber. When one became free I ran over and jumped on and realised that they were new! and they measure in kilometers!

Now, my ipod tracks in kilometers so you wouldn't think it would be that confusing, but my old treadmills measured the pace in I knew how fast I walked, and how fast I ran...I don't know my speeds in kilometers! I was a little panicky with all the change!

I think I set the running too fast straight off, so after 2 minutes I was back to walking, then I couldn't settle on a walking pace and I tried running for another 3 and then ran the last 4, but that was about all I could manage.

It was very odd. My right thigh started hurting, my left shin was hurting, and my period cramps that I usually get in the lower back where absolutely KILLING me once I much for gentle exercise helping with those!

So yeah, not a good workout...but at least I was at the gym...that's gotta count for something right?


Sunday, 8 February 2009

A week off!

I shouldn't be taking a week off blogging...not good at all! I'll do better this week!

So, Monday was a snowday so I had no Weight Watchers weigh in, so tomorrow will reveal the last 2 weeks efforts and that's a little scary. Last weekend I had family visiting so wasn't perfect, then this week has been a bit blah. I haven't been cooking, so I've been eating junk. I've had a cold that has made me not really want to work out (Tuesday I literally came home and slept after work! I didn't even make it to bed, I crashed on the sofa!)

Then this weekend a couple of crappy meals have got me down. Saturday night I was out with a friend and ordered diet coke, except they didn't have it. They had no diet drinks whatsover and I should have just switched to water but I didn't. I had full fat stuff. Then later I ordered a vodka with diet coke (in a different venue!) and when it got back to me my friend pointed out that the woman had actually poured from a regular coke bottle. Then my caesar salad came with the dressing on instead of on the side, but we'd waited so long and the theatre was about to start that I just ate half of it instead.

Today I feel like I have worms, and I know it's because its that TOM, but damn I could eat ALL day.

I've snacked on 5 crispbeads, I had the BIGGEST plate of zero veggie salad, followed by another plate of salad with my meal and I'm still not full!

On the plus side though, after not working out from Tuesday to Friday, I did week 4, day 2 of C25K yesterday, and then half of it again today before BodyPump.

I might, might, (possibly not) try to move up to week 5. I really think I should because I don't even run that fast and I really need to push myself!

My goal vacation is in 14 weeks, and I NEED to have this sorted by then!

Have a good week everyone and fingers crossed for my weigh-in tomorrow!

Monday, 2 February 2009

C25K - week 4

I almost, ALMOST talked myself out of going to the gym tonight.

I remember from last week that week 4 was quite a scary week on the C25K programme, but I made it to the gym only to realise that I'd not actually written down what I needed to do. Luckily, they have free internet access in the lobby, and I borrowed a pen from the receptionist and now have it written on my hand!

I again almost talked myself out of it even when I was on the treadmill. I just didn't want to speed up from my walking pace at all.

The worry in advance was SOOOOO much worse than the actual running! Last week 3 minutes was pushing me and I didn't know how I'd manage not only with two 3 minute runs, but also two 5 minute runs PLUS less walking time in between. But you know what? I actually enjoyed it! I didn't even use my power song for the first two runs.

Almost makes up for my overeating since Friday! Not really, but we can't all be perfect 100% of the time!

Thursday, 29 January 2009

all kinds of thrown...

So Saturday I was one pound away from the 10lb mark

By Monday, I was at 209, and in my excitement I booked my haircut for tonight. Well, today I'm back at 211, so technically shouldn't have got my haircut but I is that cheating? I'm hoping that tomorrow I'm back at 210 at least and today was just a freak gain...

However, for the sake of the A-Team I am going to report what my weightloss was of today, and stick to my Thursday weigh-in rule.

So, I am down 1.2lbs this week, and while it's no Biggest Loser ranch-style loss, at least it's a loss.

Hope the rest of the A-Team is picking up my slack!!!


Saturday, 24 January 2009

Closing in on that 10lb goal...

So I ran on Wednesday and again today just to cheer up my little running buddy there. She really needs a name...any suggestions?

I actually planned on group cycle today aka spinning but when I got to the sign-in desk there was a LOT of people waiting and I chickened out. Instead I did half an hour on the treadmill doing week 3 of the C25K programme.

90 seconds jogging
90 seconds walking
3 minutes jogging
3 minutes walking
and repeat

Except on the second 3 minute jogging session I tried really hard not to look at the timer, and ended up doing 4 minutes so was quite impressed with myself for that! And then, because 18 minutes outside of the cool down and warmup didn't sound like a lot, I repeated it a third time. Go me and my overachieving!

Then I did 10 minutes on the treadclimber, actually I did 8 minutes, because I decided I wanted to get it to say I'd burned off 100 calories and by that time I was reeeealy pushing myself. I imagine that's how the teams on the biggest loser feels every day because my chest felt tight and I was really struggling at about the 70 calorie point but I reached that 100 calorie mark and hopped right off! I don't allow myself to eat extra for the activity points or extra calories burned, but I never know how accurate those things are in terms of calories. My ipod for example is programmed with my weight so I'm hoping that's kind of accurate, but I don't know...anyone have any scientific knowledge to weigh in with?

Speaking of weigh-ins, I'm down to 211 as of this morning, which means I've lost 9 pounds since the beginning of January. So today I finalised my goal rewards and at 10 pounds I'm getting my hair cut. I want a side parting and just generally something cuter...hopefully I'll be able to book that in next week!

Tuesday, 20 January 2009


How sad and pathetic is my little running buddy on the side there???

If I don't go running tomorrow for myself, I at least have to go for her!

Can't have her sitting around on the floor moaning...

Photo time

I had a goal of photos, so here is my food for the day.

I didn't go to the gym today, I still ache from BodyPump, which I didn't help at all by my half hour on the treadclimber. Tomorrow, I will definitely be gym-ing it, that's a promise! Tonight I think I may play on the wii fit yoga.

So, breakfast was a bagel and cream cheese. Unfortunately, I was running late so there was no toasting, no smoked salmon. I'm not a fan of untoasted bagels.

Lunch was more parsnip and bacon soup (4)

Then dinner, vegetable lasagna with spinach and baby tomatoes and a little honey mustard dressing (6)

And just to post more photos for the hell of's a salad from last week, spinach, tomatoes, avocado, bacon and mushrooms. Yum.

Oatmeal with blueberry jam

Chicken tikka

I actually think my goal should be to photograph EVERYTHING before I eat it. I'm sure I read somewhere that it acts just like a food diary and would make me think twice before I popped a piece of toffee in my mouth (or 6). Yes, I wasted 5 points today on stupid toffee. Ridiculous!