Thursday, June 30, 2005

Thursday 30th June

Exercise: NO Food Intake: Breakfast: Porridge with Golden Syrup Morning Tea: Fruit Scone with margerine Lunch: Chicken & Broccoli Casserole with Brown Rice, Low Fat Choc Mousse Afternoon Tea: 9 Sticks of Licorice covered in Carob, Packet of Mentos Dinner: Packet S&V Rice Snacks, 2 Fruit Sticks, 2 Salada Biscuits with margerine I decided to give the gym a miss this morning so that I could have a sleep in, but I still woke up at the normal time (5.45am) so ended up just laying in bed waiting for the alarm to go off. Is Carob actually chocolate? I saw the licorice in the healthy section of the supermarket. I did end up eating the whole packet (little miss piggy) as they were very moorish and easy to eat. But they have given me an upset it serves me right! Dinner was a bit out of control this evening. I really didn't want anything filling, so just ended up eating snacky things out of the cupboard. Need to organise dinner a bit better I think. Normally I'd be cooking for my daughter and hubby, but my Mum had fed her when I went to pick her up (she spent the day at Grandma's today) and when I got home hubby had already fed himself, so I didn't actually have to worry about anyone but me. As you can see, I'm not used to just feeding me!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Wednesday 29th June

Exercise: 55 Mins Treadmill (9.53km) Food Intake: Breakfast: Porridge with Banana Morning Tea: 1 Tea Biscuit, 1 Low Fat Banana Muesli Bar Lunch: Pasta Bolognese, 1 Diet Choc Mousse Afternoon Tea: WW Fruit of the Forest Bar Dinner: Chicken & Broccoli Casserole, Brown Rice, 1 Diet Choc Mousse Snack: S&V Rice Crackers I raced home at lunch time and cut up all the food for the casserole so that we could have it for dinner tonight. I was a bit disappointed with the taste, or lack of it really. Next time I'm going to put some chicken seasoning in with it. I suppose I could have added some soy sauce once it was on the plate but I just ate it as it was. Probably need to make the liquid a bit thicker too. It's manic at work at the moment because the end of the financial year is upon us. I'll apologise now if I don't get time to make comments on anyone's blogs, but I do still manage to get in a quick read of them when I have 5 minutes to myself. So now that I've made the decision to cut out the bread, I also need to look at my fruit intake, or lack of it. Really need to get into the habit of eating at least 2 pieces of fruit a day, not including my banana with my porridge. My biggest problem with fruit is that some of them tend to make me bloat and I get terrible gas (very embarassing when you're working close to other people!!). Grapes and apples are two of the worst!! Even mandarines can have that affect on me, so I'm a bit limited in what to eat. I do still try to eat these fruits and sometimes they have no affect, but other times it's not very nice!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Tuesday 28th June

Exercise: 30 Mins Cross Trainer, 25 Mins Treadmill - Power Walk Food Intake: Breakfast: Porridge with Banana Morning Tea: Low Fat Banana Muesli Bar, 3/4 Anzac Biscuit Lunch: 1/2 Roast Chicken, 2 Steamed Dim Sims Afternoon Tea: WW Fruit of the Forest Bar Dinner: WW Hawaiian Pizza, 1 "Layers" Yoghurt Okay that's another day gone without eating any chocolate. Still no veggies though. But I've been out tonight and have bought some stuff for tomorrow's dinner. I've decided to do the Chicken & Brocolli recipe, but do you think I can find Cream of Broccoli Soup anywhere? So I've substituted it for a can of Chicken & Sweetcorn instead. I'm sure it'll taste just as good. I'm going to come home at lunch time and prepare it, then put it on high so that it'll be ready when I get home after work. Can you tell I'm excited? Do you think I can remember how far I walked on the treadmill this morning? I know it was definitely nowhere near as quick as Mary walks, that's for sure. And while I was on the cross trainer it cut out and I had to start again, so I've also got no idea what I did on that either. Has anyone been finding it hard to get out of bed the last few mornings due to the cold weather? I hate cold weather at the best of times. No idea how I survived in the UK for 10 years!! I remember when I first moved over there I used to have my heating on full blast and everyone used to complain because the house was so hot! Hubby still complains because I've always got blocks of ice instead of feet when I get into bed. He's getting really crafty now and sometimes he has a hot water bottle made up for me when I get into bed just so I can warm my feet on that instead of him!!

Monday, June 27, 2005

Monday 27th June

Exercise: Weights, Stomach Food Intake: Breakfast: 2 slices Grain toast with margerine Morning Tea: Low Fat Banana Muesli Bar Lunch: Chicken Fried Rice, Diet Choc Mousse, Manderine Afternoon Tea: Apple Dinner: 2 Kangaroo Sausages, 1 Large White Bread Roll with margerine, 2 Fruit sticks, couple of soft mixed lollies I've made the decision to cut bread out of my diet at the moment, especially white bread. I'm very addicted to it and if given the opportunity, would (and could) eat it all day long in various forms. I'm not sure what to replace it with though. Take tonight for example. I was going to have the sausages with some steamed veggies. I've even bought the individual sachets from the supermarket so I can just chuck them into the microwave and voila! But being the lazy cow that I am, the bread roll was much easier to do instead. Same with breakfast. It only takes a couple of minutes to do the banana smoothie or the porridge, but it's even easier just to throw a couple of pieces of bread in the toaster. I'm off out shopping tomorrow to buy some food so that I can use the slow cooker. Just can't decide what I want to cook first!! Hubby has just informed me that he doesn't like stew or casserole...but went on to elaborate that he didn't like how his mum made them. Now I would have to say that I cook alot differently than her, and the fact that I use herbs and spices and actually want my food to taste good, not just for the family, but because I want to eat food that tastes good, probably makes all the difference. I've done a bit of a search on the internet and have found this recipe which sounds absolutely gorgeous. Might have to substitute skim milk and a fat reduced soup though: Creamy Broccoli Chicken 1 can Cream of Broccoli Soup boneless chicken breasts (as many as you need) - approx. 3 pounds (1.3kg) 1 bag frozen broccoli salt and pepper 1 cup milk PREPARATION: Place chicken in the crockpot. Cover with frozen veggies and cream of broccoli soup. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours or HIGH 3 to 4 hours. (Boneless chicken breasts might be dry if cooked too long.) Add milk about 45 minutes before done, or 30 minutes if cooking on high. Serve poured over rice!!!

How Exciting!!

I've just been over to KMart and bought myself a new Slow Cooker. I'm very impressed with all the delicious recipes that Slim Suzy is throwing around and they all sound so hearty and good, just perfect for a cold winter's evening!! So I thought, why not get one...and I did! Can't wait to start cooking with it now. Might have to start buying food daily though depending on what I'm going to cook. And I didn't mention this before but I've had a pair of almost new Black Levi's hanging in my wardrobe that my girlfriend gave to me when she couldn't fit into them anymore (sorry Helsy). This was back in 2002. They did fit me for a little while but I gained some weight and have never really fitted into them comfortably again. They are one of those pieces of clothing that we always hang onto "for when I lose weight". So I tried them on a couple of weeks ago....and they fit me again! Isn't it a great feeling when this happens!

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Sunday 26th June

Exercise: 2 Hr Run (19.6km) Food Intake: Breakfast: Porridge with Banana Lunch: Sofias Chicken Risotto (left overs), 1 Large white bread roll with margerine Afternoon Tea: 3 Fruit sticks Dinner: 1/2 Roast Chicken, 2 Boxes Mentos, 4 Glasses Champagne, handful mixed lollies My long run is getting longer and longer each time. We've found a great place to run. There's hardly any concrete, mainly tracks and it's really scenic. Ends up at Jells Park, which is where I did the Dandy Dash run. Pretty flat too, apart from a small section which winds up behind the tip (bit whiffy!!). Anyway we're going to do the same run next week and just add in an extra kilometre. Oh yeah, I wore the new trainers and I'm happy to report - NO blisters!! So I'll probably wear them for the 1/2 marathon too. I seem to be recuperating much faster from my long runs each time. I remember after the first long run I could hardly walk for a couple of days, yet after this one I feel fine. There's a small amount of fatigue in my quads, but nothing major. I've made sure that I do some stretching straight after the run, and I stretch again when I'm under the hot shower. Then before I get into bed I have another little stretch. As you can see from my food intake, I substituted chocolate bullets for fat free lolllies. Yes they've probably got alot of sugar in them, but they're not covered in chocolate!! I still managed to down a bottle of champagne while I was watching Big Brother though!

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Saturday 25th June

Exercise: NO Food Intake: Breakfast: 2 Slices Grain toast with margerine Lunch: Ali Baba Chicken Kebab Dinner: Sofia's Chicken Ristotto, 2 slices Herb Pizza, 2 1/2 Glasses Champagne, 1/2 Box Gourmet Rice Snacks, 4 Fruit Sticks We went out shopping today, and ended up at a food court for lunch. My first option was always going to be the chinese counter as there's lots of food on the plate, but I decided to go for the chicken kebab without all the trimmings. And I was happy with that too. Didn't fill me up too much, but my stomach still felt that there was enough to keep me going for a while. And what a day shopping we (well me anyway) had. I bought another pair of trainers, this time a pair of Saucony Grid Jazz. I love wearing Saucony trainers as they just seem to fit my feet perfectly, so when I saw they were on special in Atletes Foot, I jumped at the chance of buying them. I also bought a Nike singlet for $20 (bargain), and we went into Rebel and they were selling Puma running tops for 1/2 price. I also looked at the Nike Dri-fit tops as these are supposed to be great at keeping the sweat away from your body, but they are $65 each. I tried one on anyway and of course it fit like a glove and gave my boobs great support. This particular top that I tried on had a couple of makeup smudges on it, so I went over to the counter and asked for 10% off....and got it, so it was still expensive at $60 but I'm going to save it for my fun runs only. Oh, and I ended up with 2 new pairs of sunglasses too! Hubby wanted to stop at Sofias on the way home and get some pasta to takeaway, so my choice was the chicken risotto. And I only had a small bowl of it as we were also eating Herb Pizza. Not sure why, but later on I saw the 1/2 eaten box of rice snacks, so while I was on the computer I ended up eating the rest of those. Then I got a sweet craving so munched on the fruit sticks too. And my justfication for eating all this....I'm running 20km tomorrow so I can work it all off!! I'm still shaking my head at that one! Now about those chocolate bullets. I've had a good think about this one and I've come to the conclusion that they are my comfort food. I know lots of people have some kind of comfort food, and when I'm not feeling well, or I just want a 'little' something, or if I can't make a choice between something I choose these. I just don't know what to substitute these for that will give me the same kind of hit that these do.....something healthier that doesn't ruin what I'm trying to achieve......please don't say fruit or salad or something like that as that type of food just isn't going to do it for me. It's got to be something that I am going to really enjoy eating after dinner that's going to give me that real yummo hit (hope you all understand what I'm talking about!!). Right I'd better go before you all think I'm crazy!!

Friday, June 24, 2005

Friday 24th June

Exercise: 1 Hr Treadmill (10.73km) Food Intake: Breakfast: Banana Smoothie, 2 Slices Grain Toast with margerine Morning Tea: 3 Fruit Bars, 1 Banana Lunch: Chicken Ceaser Salad, Herb Bread, 2 Glasses Champagne Afternoon Tea: Low Fat Banana Muesli Bar Dinner: 1/2 pkt Apero SaKaTa Gourmet Rice Snacks, 1 Bag Choc Bullets, 2 Glasses Champagne I so needed to run today. I did a solid 30 minutes at 11kph, which totally knackered me out, so I slowed for a little while, then pushed it back up again. Great run! Went out for lunch at the local pub as someone at work was leaving, hence the champagne. And dinner was a bit of a write off. I didn't want to eat anything filling as I was still pretty full from lunch, but I still managed to pick up the bag of choc bullets while I was out buying my champagne for the evening. Tomorrow will be a good day as I'm doing a long run on Sunday! Thank god for long runs!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Thursday 23rd June

Exercise: NO Food Intake: Breakfast: Porridge with Banana Morning Tea: 1/2 Box SaKaTa Rice Snacks, 1 Banana Lunch: Pasta Bolognese, 2 Diet Choc Mousse, 2 Pkts Mentos Dinner: Can of Chunky Beef Hotpot Soup, 1 large white Bread Roll with margerine, 2 Slices Grain toast with margerine I was in such a deep sleep when the alarm went off this morning that I just couldn't find the energy to get up and go to the gym. So I stayed in bed, woke up hubby and kicked him out so he could turn the heating on. It normally comes on about 6.45am so that by the time I get home from the gym the house is warm. But because I was awake early he got out of our nice warm bed and turned it on so that the house would be warm when I got out of bed...what a honey! Now with regards to the snacks in my drawer, they are all pretty good snacks. Nothing bad at all, but there's lots of them in my drawer so I tend to eat more than I should. And I'm one of those people who eats until their stomach is full. If it doesn't feel full, I'll just keep eating until it is. Not a great way of eating really. I'm trying to get into the habit of eating something small every couple of hours, but it's really not working well at the moment.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Wednesday 22nd June

Exercise: Weights, Stomach, 20 Mins Cross Trainer (3.5km) Food Intake: Breakfast: Porridge with Banana Morning Tea: Giant Caramello Koala, Low Fat Banana Muesli Bar Lunch: Chinese Peking Chicken with Brown Rice Afternoon Tea: 1/2 Box SaKaTa Rice Snacks Dinner: 10 Maltesers Probably not a great day foodwise. School Fundraising = Caramello Koala (no more needs to be said!!). I've got to stop buying all these snacks and keeping them in my drawer at work. At least I only ate 1/2 the box of rice snacks if that's any consolation!! Looking to do another long run on Sunday. Want to try and actually run a 1/2 marathon distance to see how I feel running it and also how I feel after doing it! Not sure whether to wear my new trainers or whether that's a bit risky, as I don't want to be getting blisters now. Think I'll probably just wear them in a bit more before I do any serious running in them.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Tuesday 21st June

Exercise: 45 mins Treadmill (7.43km), 5 Mins Rowing (1060M) Food Intake: Breakfast: Porridge with Banana Morning Tea: Banana Low Fat Muesli Bar Lunch: Chicken Fried Rice, Pear Afternoon Tea: Packet S&V Rice Crackers Dinner: Lettuce, Tomato, Tuna Mayo, Egg, 1 Large White Bread Roll with margerine I wanted to do an hour on the treadmill this morning but I had to keep blowing my nose as everything was loose and yukky and ....okay you get my drift. Anyway it was too hard to try and keep running and blowing my nose and sniffing etc etc. The new trainers held up well and still no blisters! Those Rice Crackers are way too moorish. Love the Salt & Vinegar ones!

Monday, June 20, 2005

Monday 20th June

Exercise: Weights, Stomach, 15 Mins Treadmill (2.63km) Food Intake: Breakfast: Banana Smoothie, 1 Slice Grain Toast with margerine Morning Tea: Muesli Bar Lunch: Pasta Bolognese, 2 Pkts Mentos Afternoon Tea: Orange Sorbet Fruche Dinner: WW Chicken Cajun Pizza, Large White Bread Roll with margerine I've bought a new pair of trainers and I'm trying to wear them in before I do any long runs in them. They were quite comfortable and 15 minutes on treadmill didn't give me any blisters or sore feet, which I was very happy with. It's so hard trying to find new trainers that fit your feet well. Food was much better today, although there seems to be a distinct lack of veggies and salad in there! I'm not going to buy any more of the muesli bars as they have 7.9 grams of fat in each of them and as I'm now trying to keep my fat intake down to 20 grams a day, one of these muesli bars really takes a big chunk out of it. I used to eat the Suni Brite ones which only have 1 gram of fat in them and are much more filling, so I'll probably start eating these again. I'm feeling much better now, but there's lots of movement with all the phlegm so lots of nose blowing. Actifed helps lots!!

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Sunday 19th June

Exercise: 9.2km Fun Run Food Intake: Breakfast: Porridge with Banana Morning Tea: Fruit Stick, Muesli Bar Lunch: 2 Slices Grain Toast with Banana & Lemon Butter, Rice Crackers Afternoon Tea: Fruit Loops, Choc Mint Ice Cream Dinner:2 Steamed Dim Sims, 2 Potato Cakes, Handful Chips, Choc Mint Ice Cream I added up the calories and the fat content of what went into my mouth today and I'm totally aghast! And I'd forgotten to add the Ice Cream! I'm going to go back to counting fat intake. I have a great book which is really well written and has given me a total understanding of what happens to our body when we eat carbs, fats, fibre, sugar etc. It's called the Fat Stripping Diet. I did this kind of food eating for a few months last year and it certainly kept me full and not yearning for sweet stuff (as you don't count sugar on this one). I just always ate too much food! Feeling much better after the run today. Just need to get back down to the gym now so that I can grab a bit of my fitness back.

Lap of The Lake

I was up at 6.30 this morning getting ready to enter the Lap of The Lake. I had a pretty crap night's sleep too due to my lack of ability to breathe through my nose, so instead I had to breathe through my mouth, which in turn makes my throat sore!! (can't win really!). So anyway I jump in the shower to wake myself up, stuff a bit of porridge and a banana into me just so as I've got a bit of energy to run and down a few more flu tablets to boot!! I got there in record time. Couldn't believe how quiet it was on the roads. Wish it was like that all the time! I would have liked Nick & Alana to come too, but Nick was just not well enough to get out of bed. The weather was very cool and overcast, with the odd speck of rain. It was a little bit windy, but not too bad once the wind died down. I was just cold all over, no matter how much clothing I had on. Met up with Michelle, Eat Em and Rob (AstroBoy) but unfortunately we didn't know what LJ looked like so we didn't manage to find her at all. A bit of a flurry when Shane Crawford showed up (yummy yummy). I think that Diadora sponsor him so he must have been the draw card today. I think he ended up only running one lap of the lake as he certainly still looked fresh when the medals were being handed out, compared to me anyway. We hear the gun for the people who are running one lap of the race, watch the crowd of people who are getting into the aerobic workout (mainly the walkers I think judging by the fact that they had their numbers pinned to their fleeces!), and make our way over to the start line. There was a good turnout considering how cold it was and it certainly was a bit warmer huddled amongst a big group waiting for the gun. The gun goes off and we all move forward slowly. Then we are into some open space. Because I haven't done any training at all this week, I have no idea how I'll go and I was just hoping that I didn't slow Michelle or Rob down too much. We see the 1km marker ahead and I felt pretty good. Carry on running and we're through the first lap without any problems. It's when we get to the 7km marker that I start to feel a bit yuk. My legs are starting to feel a bit of pain and I'm starting to have trouble breathing properly too. The 8km marker shows up and I can't even talk anymore as I'm just trying to keep breathing without throwing up. I've gone all cold and my face feels very white. I'm sure that some of you have had that awful feeling where you know that you're either going to faint or throw up. That was me! 9km marker goes by and we can now see the finish line. I try and find that last bit of energy in me to get over that line. Had to literally put my head between my legs once we'd stopped so that I got some blood back into my head. I did get introduced to Journeyman and Old Miler but all they could probably see of me was the back of my head (nice!!). Found the water, had a couple of glasses and felt much better after that. Not sure of the actual time but I think it was about 54 or 55 minutes. If I'd been totally well, I reckon we could have done a much faster time as I had to slow down a bit over the last 2km's. We go and get our showbags...not bad either. A free pair of Diadora socks, some mints, a fruit bar, some heel balm and a sachet of Milo, along with all the normal paper advertising upcoming races that they shove in the bags. Could have had a free coffe and a sausage sandwich, but the stomach wasn't having any of it. I just wanted to get home to a nice hot shower and a sit down. I'm glad that I went even though I probably should have given it a miss. I do feel much better now for havng done some exercise albeit that it was a bit extreme after doing nothing for a week! Roll on the 1/2 Marathon on 17th July!!

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Saturday 18th June

Exercise: NO Food Intake: Breakfast: 2 Slices Grain Toast with margerine Lunch: 1 White Bread Roll with margerine, Rice Crackers Afternoon Tea: Choc Covered Cherry Muesli Bar, Fruit Loops Dinner: Chicken Fried Rice, Choc Mint Ice Cream I had to ring Michelle this morning and cancel our run as I'm still not feeling great. Just hope I'm going to be able to get around the lake and complete my run tomorrow. I'm going to go no matter how I feel. I'll just let everyone else drag me around. Just hope I don't slow people down too much. And I really hope it doesn't rain (hate running in the rain). Monday is a new week for me. I'll be seriously looking at my food and how I can achieve my goals (weight wise) by changing my eating habits. They've just been horrendous this last 2 weeks! Time to move on now! I was doing so well with my running before I got sick, so I've probably lost a little bit of fitness through lack of exercise this week. Hope it doesn't take too long to get back to where I was as I was feeling really confident about the 1/2 marathon. I'll be back at the gym on Monday!

Friday, June 17, 2005

Friday 17th June

Exercise: NO Food Intake: Breakfast: 1 Slice Grain toast with Margerine Morning Tea: Bag of Picnic Chocettes, 2 White Bread rolls with margerine Lunch: 8 Lite Biscuits Dinner: Chicken Fried Rice, Herb Foccacia, 2 Lite Biscuits I went to work this morning, but was advised (and almost pushed out the door) to go home as I'm still feeling crappy. So another stop at the supermarket to pick up my chocolate fix was achieved on the way home. I did get on the scales today and luckily all this chocolate doesn't seem to have done any damage (yet), but I think it's more likely the lack of exercise is what's done the damage. Muscle loss!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Thursday 16th June

Exercise: NO Food Intake: Breakfast: Large packet Choc Bullets Lunch: Muesli Bar Dinner: Pasta Bolognese, 3/4 Herb Foccacia This cold thing is getting worse, not better. I'm looking for excuses to go to the supermarket at the moment so that I can pick up my chocolate fix for the day! I've finally had a shower (have managed to get out of bed!). I'm so glad I didn't have to get out of the car when I dropped my daughter off at school this morning as you would have smelt me a mile off!! It's amazing how all our normal hygenic routine goes right out of the window when we don't feel well! Might head back to work tomorrow! Getting a bit concerned about the run on I forfeit or just do it anyway?

Wednesday 15th June

Exercise: NO Food Intake: Breakfast: No Lunch: 2 slices Grain toast with margerine, 2 Diet Choc Mousses, 1 Choc Cherry Muesli Bar Afternoon Tea: Rice Crackers Dinner: Chicken & Stirfry Veg in Teryaki Sauce, Brown Rice, 2 Slices Grain bread with margerine My food intake is all over the place at the moment. One minute I feel like I can't eat anything as I'm not hungry, then the next minute I'm starving hungry and can't get enough food into me!! Having another day off work as I'm having trouble breathing at the moment. I don't think it would look very professional if I turn up at work and all I did was cough and splutter over everyone!! I have absolutely no energy to do any exercise. I'm meeting up with Michelle on Saturday to do a 10k jog and then on Sunday it's race day. I'll just try and conserve energy until then.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Tuesday 14th June

Exercise: NO Food Intake: Breakfast: 3 Mouthfuls Porridge & Banana (couldn't stomach any more) Lunch: Bag of Choc Bullets (they were easy to stomach!) Afternoon Tea: Choc coated Cherry Muesli Bar Dinner: Pumpkin Soup, 2 Slices Grain toast with margerine Well I did manage to go into work but came home again after about an hour. Really feeling rough. And I had to stop and do the shopping on the way home as we had nothing in the house to eat. This is how I managed to get my hands on the chocolate bullets. They were my comfort food today, and boy did they bring me comfort! I'm a bit concerned that I'm not going to have enough energy on Sunday for the race. It normally takes me about a week to get over a flu/cold thing, so I'm probably going to have to run while I'm still unwell. Luckily it's only 9.2km so I should get round without too much pain. Might go through a few tissues on the way though, and I hope nobody raises eyebrows as I'm spitting the contents of my chest out either.....yuck! I did manage to drive over to my parent's house last night after I'd picked my daughter up from school and I ended up running 19km on Sunday. That's only 2km less than a 1/2 marathon, so I'm quite confident that the 1/2 marathon shouldn't be too hard, especially if I just keep to my slow plod. I just hope that it doesn't rain and the wind isn't too strong, as we're running down the beach road. Right, off to bed with my big container of medicines to keep me company!

Monday, June 13, 2005

Monday 13th June

Exercise: NO Food Intake: Breakfast: All Bran, Skim Milk, Banana Lunch: Oreo McFlurry Afternoon Tea: Rice Crackers Dinner: Chicken, Lettuce, 2 Eggs, Low Fat Mayonaise, 1 Slice Grain Bread with margerine, 1 Glass Champagne Legs are hurting today, which I knew would happen so I'm giving the body a break. The McFlurry was lovely (not much else to say about it). Think I may be coming down with flu. My daughter has had it for nearly a week now and I can feel my neck starting to ache and I have a slight sore throat. It's probably not the best time for me to be sick as I've got my race next Sunday and I really want to be well enough to run it. Lemsip, cough medicine, day and night capsules and lozenges are all lined up waiting to be used!!

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Sunday 12th June

Exercise: 2 Hour Run (19km) Food Intake: Breakfast: Porridge with Banana Lunch: Banana Smoothie, 1 Slice Grain Toast with margerine Dinner: Chicken, Lettuce, 2 Eggs, Low Fat Mayonaise, 2 Glasses Champagne, 1/2 packet mixed chocettes I did my long run today. I ran to my parent's house and back home again. I'm not sure exactly how far it is but I'd say it would be at least 18km. I wanted to run further but I knew that my legs were getting pretty tired and I didn't want to do anything that might cause me an injury. A big thanks to AGR for the leg cream. Hubby had just as good a time rubbing it into my legs as I had having him rub it into my legs. It was fab stuff too. Still gave into another champagne and chocolate craving. But that'll be the last of it for a while as I've got the Lap of the Lake race next Sunday and I won't drink the day before a race. I've also got a run with Michelle on the Saturday so I probably won't have a drink on the Friday night either. Maybe I should organise a run every weekend. That'd put a halt to the drinking!

Runners Legs

Okay Margaret, you asked for it. Here are my "runners legs". Hubby took a couple of photos from the back but too much of my bum was showing out of my undies, so those ones won't appear on here!! They were taken about an hour after my 2 hour run today! I've never had slim legs in my life, was born with big calves and quads, so running is the natural thing for me to do, given what my parents blessed me with! And I'm working on flattening that stomach!!

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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Saturday 11th June

Exercise: NO Food Intake: Breakfast: Banana Smoothie Lunch: No Dinner: 10 Cinnamon Donuts, 1 Glass Champagne Yep you read it right, 10 donuts. No wonder I didn't need to eat anything else. I got on the scales this morning and I don't want to write down what I weigh. I totally understand why I've gained back so much weight, and if you look back on this week's food intake, you'll understand too. Why is food such an issue for me still? I really should be past all this worry about food as I'm exercising hard just about every day, today being an exception due to my late night last night and the amount of alcohol I drank!! I should just be eating a normal healthy diet and I know then that the weight will come off, but I'm in this vicious little circle which goes: exercise hard, justify eating crappy food because I exercised hard, need to exercise hard to justify eating crappy food etc etc. Can't seem to get off this little roundabout!

Friday, June 10, 2005

Friday 10th June

Exercise: Weights, Stomach Food Intake: Breakfast: Porridge with Banana Morning Tea: Rice Crackers Lunch: Chinese Lunch Pack (Lemon Chicken & Fried Rice), Apple Cake After Work: Bacardi Breezer Dinner: Packet of Herb & Spice Kettle Chips, 3 Glasses Champagne, 2 Chunks Cheddar Cheese I feel like I've totally lost the plot now. It's just all gone tits up today. No idea what's gone wrong, but nothing has gone right with my food intake. I'm trying not to get too stressed about it either. I can't begin to explain what happened at lunch time, and the evening was even worse. I'm going to have to sit down and really look at what I'm doing and how I try and justify it each time. I'm also getting a bit confused about the way that I want to eat. Going low fat has always been part of my diet, but I've also dabbled in low carb, which did work until I maxed out on toast and lollies!! And reading how Margaret describes Weight Watchers, it all sounds so easy. But I've also got used to eating the detox way, so I'm just in a bit of a quandry right now about it all.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Thursday 9th June

Exercise: 15 Min Row (3033m), 15 Min Cycle (2.16km), Treadmill - 4km run (21.35min) Food Intake: Breakfast: Porridge with Banana Morning Tea: Rice Crackers Lunch: Chicken, Lettuce, 1 Egg, Low Fat Mayo Afternoon Tea: Cherry Ripe, Snickers Dinner: 2 Slices Grain Toast with margerine I decided to do something different on the treadmill this morning, just to relieve the boredom. I'm going to concentrate on my speed work now if I'm going to do a 1/2 hr run or less. I had the treadmill on flat (no incline) and my aim was to run 4km in 20 minutes. So looking at my results I didn't achieve it, but it was a great feeling to run flat out for a change. I'm going to make 4km in 20 minutes my target and see how long it takes me to get there!! Anything to keep the boredom away! And bored I was today. I went home for lunch and ate the right food like a good girl. But while I was at home I decided (in my fuzzy little head) that I was going to buy a chocolate bar from the machine when I got back to work. When I was standing in front of the machine I instantly bought the Cherry Ripe (as that's one of my favourite choc bars), but the thought went through my head that this wouldn't fill me up so I also bought a Snickers, which I know would definitely give me that choc full feeling. Did I regret buying them??? At the time, definitely not. It was only when I went home and talked about it with hubby that I realised that my thought patterns at the moment are quite abnormal. I justified eating the chocolate because I've done alot of running lately and also because I can fit into my clothes more comfortably at the moment. But then I'm thinking, well why didn't I tell hubby that I was craving chocolate before I went back to work (he was at home yesterday). I know that he would have helped me work through the craving and possibly offered an the muesli bar that was in the cupboard. Or why didn't I just eat the two bananas that were in my drawer at work. They would have given me that sugar fix that it seems my body wanted. Or why didn't I just have a large cup of coffee instead. This normally helps too. I just seem to sabotage any good, honest hard work that I've done with crap eating. Is my body trying to tell me that it's had enough of the restrictions I've put on it over the last 3 weeks? Is it rebelling? And on another note, it's TTOM too!! Not that I realise it half the time as I have an Implanon device inserted in my arm so I don't actually menstruate. So maybe that's the reason that the cravings have hit! It's a long weekend in Melbourne so I'm going to try and eat normally, but not restrictively. I'll see if that changes the way I'm feeling at the moment!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Wednesday 8th June

Exercise: 1 Hr Treadmill (10.6km) Food Intake: Breakfast: Porridge with Banana Morning Tea: Chocolate Bullets Lunch: Chicken & Avocado Foccacia, Rice Crackers Afternoon Tea: Muesli Bar Dinner: Chicken & Brown Rice, 1 Large White Bread Roll with margerine I could not wait to get to to work today as I knew there was still half a packet of bullets in my drawer. It's all I could think about as I was getting ready to walk out the door. And I'd finished them within 10 minutes of sitting down at my desk.....god I hate chocolate cravings. Makes me feel so piggish!! I don't know how much longer I'm going to be able to run on the treadmill as I'm just boring myself stupid. Even with my music going, changing the speed, incline, watching all the different tv screens, and all the people around me, the time just drags by. I'm almost considering doing 1/2 hour in the morning and then going back down in the evening and doing another 1/2 hour. But that little warning bell in the back of my head tells me that I might not make the evening session as I'm just too damn lazy. I really wish it was lighter in the mornings. At least I could run outside for an hour without thinking that I was going to get mugged! I didn't have time to make lunch this morning and I had to go to the shopping centre at lunch time to get some stuff from the supermarket. I walked round and round the food court trying to decide what to eat. Started off with the special fried - maybe some - what about one of those new KFC wraps? - souvlaki? - and the idea of eating a good healthy sandwich just didn't even enter my brain. So I settled for the toasted foccacia, which was okay to eat, but not as nice as I thought it was going to be. Okay, cravings, take out food all done and dusted now - lets get back to some good eating!!

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Tuesday 7th June

Exercise: 30 Mins Cross Trainer (5.55km), Weights, Situps Food Intake: Breakfast: 2 Crumpets with margerine Morning Tea: Rice Crackers Lunch: Salmon, Lettuce, 2 Eggs, Low Fat Mayonaise, Muesli Bar Afternoon Tea: Chocolate Bullets Dinner: 1 Sausage, Mashed Potato, Rice Crackers I wanted to do a 1/2 hour run after the cross trainer this morning but my mp3 player ran out of battery half way through the cross trainer session and there is just no way that I can run on a treadmill without music. So I worked on my back and my shoulders with some weights and then did 10 minutes of situps (in various shapes and forms!!). I want to have really powerful well defined arms. I love that look, sort of like Madonna meets the woman from The Terminator. Unfortunately I have quite big arms, not too flabby but not as toned as I want them to look, so whenever I get the chance, I give them a good workout. I'm hoping over the next couple of months that the muscle starts to show through that layer of fat that's covering them!! That chocolate craving wouldn't go away so I bought bullets. Made a total pig of myself with them as well and am now feeling the aftermath of chocolate overdose.....yuuukkkk!

Monday, June 06, 2005

Monday 6th June

Exercise: NO Food Intake: Breakfast: 2 Crumpets with margerine Morning Tea: Rice Crackers Lunch: 2 Egg & Lettuce Wraps, Muesli Bar Afternoon Tea: Banana Dinner, Chicken & Brown Rice Gave the body a day off today as I worked it so hard yesterday. My quads are a bit sore today, but overall I don't feel too bad. I'm going to do another long run next Sunday but this course will have hills in it, so it may be a bit tougher. Looking forward to it though. Unfortunately Michelle will be away so I'm going to run it on my own. My biggest question to myself is how much motivation do I have to run it by myself?? Sitting watching Big Brother tonight I was so craving chocolate. Must have caught up with me from last night when I had no cravings for chocolate at all. Hubby offered to go to the shop and get me some, but I declined the offer. Almost fell down myself when I heard the words coming out of my mouth, but there is a little bit of willpower in there somewhere!! Not sure for how long, but it did me proud tonight!!

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Sunday 5th June

Exercise: 18km run Food Intake: Breakfast: Porridge with Banana Lunch: 2 Slices Rye Toast with margerine, 1 Muesli Bar Dinner: Chicken coated in crumbs, potato wedges, Trifle, 1 Glass Champagne Oh my aching legs. I felt great when I'd finished the run, but by the time I got home and had a shower the pain started. Michelle and I have agreed that we will do the 1/2 marathon in July especially as we felt really strong today running the 18km. I've been told that it's a flat course as well, which can only work in our favour. We're not aiming for any personal best times, just running to finish!! Me and hubby went to the pictures to see Star Wars tonight. I'd bought him 2 tickets to the luxury cinema ages ago and we used those. And you got food delivered to your seat, and alcohol too. It was a nice ending to the the day, but the food definitely wasn't worth $12.50! We both wanted something yummy to take home after the movie so we stopped at the supermaket. I just couldn't make up my mind what I wanted. Definitely didn't want chocolate (I can't believe it myself!!) and I didn't want anything savoury, so I wandered around the bread section looking for a pastry thing, but nothing really tempted me. Eventually I saw the trifle and got that instead. But even when I was eating it at home, I wasn't really enjoying it. Should have not bothered at all!

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Saturday 4th June

Weight: 64.2 Exercise: NO Food Intake: Breakfast: Porridge with Banana Lunch: Mini Fingerfood i.e. party pies, spring rolls, samosas, quiches followed by Chicken & Rice, 5 Glasses Champagne Went to a 21st party at lunchtime. Ate way too much, drank way too much hence no dinner as I had to go and lay down when I got home. The scales were not very kind to me this morning. I know that I've overeaten a bit and haven't put 100% into my gym workouts so I understand why they say what they say. I wanted to go for a run this morning but decided to have a rest day today as tomorrow is going to be hard!!

Friday, June 03, 2005

Friday 3rd June

Exercise: 30 Mins Cross Trainer (5.37km), 10 Mins Rower (2029m), 15 Mins Bike (2.18km) Food Intake: Breakfast: Porridge with Banana Morning Tea: 2 Muesli Bars Lunch: Chicken, Lettuce, 2 Eggs, Low Fat Mayo, Afternoon Tea: Rice Crackers Dinner: 1/2 roast chicken (no skin), 1 Square Crumpet with margerine, 1 Choc Cherry Muesli Bar Gave in to the urge for chocolate. At least it was only a small muesli bar and not a large dairy milk chocolate bar!! I think my body was telling me that I hadn't given it enough fuel as I was so hungry last night. After I'd eaten the chicken I was still hungry so chucked a crumpet in the toaster. That just about filled me up but that craving for something sweet kicked in and I had to find something in the cupboard (I knew there was nothing in the fridge as I'd already had a look previously!!). I'm going to do a small run outside tomorrow (weather permitting) as I'm off for a long run on Sunday with my new found running friend Michelle. I'm really looking forward to it as I love running with other people. It makes the time go by so much faster and it's amazing the distance you can run when you're chatting!!

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Thursday 2nd June

Exercise: 40 Mins Treadmill (6.97km) Food Intake: Breakfast: Porridge with Banana Morning Tea: Fruit Scone & Margerine Lunch: Chicken Curry & Brown Rice, Muesli Bar Afternoon Tea: Rice Crackers Dinner:4 slices Rye Toast with Margerine Got the the gym at normal time this morning and had to sit and wait for 15 minutes before a member of staff arrived to open the gym up. A few people had already left before someone arrived. Not very good for a place where lots of people rely on staff being on time. For me it meant that I only got to do a 40 minute run instead of my normal 60 minute run. Wasn't very happy! My evening routine was totally screwed up as well. Hubby has just bought me a brand new dining setting and I helped him bring it out of his van. This took quite a while as there are 8 chairs and a huge table which had to be dismantled and then put back together when we got it inside the house. Anyway by the time that was done, my whole dinner routine was way off and as I couldn't be bothered cooking anything I just naturally went for the bread. I've decided I'm not going to buy any more bread for now. See if I can survive without it.!!

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Wednesday 1st June

Exercise: 30 Mins Treadmill (5.34km) Food Intake: Breakfast: 2 Slices Rye Bread with Margerine Morning Tea: Banana, Sweet Chili Rice Crackers (15) Lunch: Chicken, Lettuce, 2 Eggs, Low Fat Mayonaise Afternoon Tea: Muesli Bar Dinner: 2 Slices Rye Toast with margerine I could only do 30 minutes at the gym this morning as I had to take my daughter to an 8.30am appointment with the Optometrist. But at least I went to the gym, which is better than not going, then hoping to get there in the evening and then not getting there (does that make sense?). I've been getting home from work and not really feeling very hungry, so rather than shovel food in my mouth anyway, I've just been having something really light. I've found that I'm sleeping much better too. I may look at chaning my food intake so that my main meals are breakfast and lunch so that I can see if this makes much difference to my weight loss. My only concern is that if I don't eat much in the evening am I going to have enough energy to run on the treadmill in the mornings? I don't eat anything before I go to the gym as it's just too early, but I may have to look at maybe eating a banana as I'm getting ready to go out the door. Looking to do a long run on Sunday. Might try and go that bit further. Add another couple of kilometres to my longest distance. I'm even considering doing the 1/2 marathon at the Sandy Point Half on the 17th July. I'm going to have to put lots more work into my running though as I've never run that distance before and the run is only 6 weeks away. Will have to make a decision soon as I've got to get the entry form in. Am I pushing it a bit do you think?