Enough is enough.

I have spent the better part of the past two months making excuses for my eating and lack of exercise, and I’m over it.

I’m heavier. I’m flabbier. I’m eating badly. I’m not exercising properly.  I’m not enjoying my life (or my body) as much as I did a few months back. And I’m sick of it.

‘Because I’m going away’ should not be an excuse.
‘Because I’m away’ should not be an excuse.
‘Because I’m back’ should not be an excuse.

In fact, not only should they not be an excuse, I will not allow ANY of the above to be an excuse anymore – not for my eating, nor for my exercise.  They can be challenges, but my god, they will not be excuses! No more!!

This week for example – I was feeling sluggish and not comfy in my body. Yesterday, I thought I’d eaten relatively well by dinner, then I looked back and looked critically at it. For breakfast, I had Allbran and milk. Many people would think ‘And??’, but I know that Allbran has too much sugar in it for me, and too many calories. Cows milk I’m not supposed to drink (and boy, the snot this morning running down my throat reminded me very insistently!). Piece of fruit for morning tea, and my nuts. Check – that much is okay. Before lunch, a meal replacement shake. Not so bad, but then I went and ate lunch as well. Not a big lunch, and at least I managed to resist the bread for the first time in days, but I really needed to have one or the other, not both. Afternoon snack – two twin packs of biscuits and a piece of cake (little serves in packets). Again, not bad for many people, for me – complete bullshit. Didn’t need to eat them, didn’t even particularly want them, but they were there. Why? Cos I grabbed them myself when I left the mess (food hall) at lunch. After work, a peanut butter and jam sandwhich on my fav seeded bread. Mhmm. Maybe for lunch, but not as a ‘just because I like eating it’ snack – that’s just CRAZY!! Out to dinner before a show: he had creamy pasta, I had pizza. Proper pizza… thin and crispy base with not much on top. Again, not bad, but given I had more than half of it, again, waaaay too excessive.

I did not bust my ass off to lose weight by eating well and exercising only to sabotage myself. That’s how I got overweight and sad in the first place! Denial. So, the denial is over. There are no excuses, there is only myself. I am responsible for what I do and how I behave, and I am answerable only to myself. I deserve better than what I am letting myself be at the moment, and it’s time to change.

I have two weeks left before I go away for the better part of four months. That’ll be four months of having no time to myself, of having meals prepared for me (if I’m really unlucky. If I’m lucky then we’ll have individual rations – at least I get to pick what I want to eat and when!), of eating food that’s designed for people doing strenuous labour, not sitting on your ass on a computer for 13hrs a day, of three choices of carb in the one meal. Of not being able to run (some say we will do some running, personally I’ve never had the time or the opportunity), of not being able to train properly. Of not being able to SHOWER after any activity I will get to manage!

Currently I’m looking up activities I can do using my own body weight, and thinking short bursts of activity over the course of a day might be the thing to plan at this stage – remembering I’ll have boots and a uniform on… so no jumping jacks (hate those fuckers anyway, even in bare feet!), plus the ground is likely to be rocky. The other thing I’m going to do is take a tape measure. I’ll measure all of me before I go, and just keep an eye on one or two measurements while I’m out there.  That will have to suffice.

Okay, enough. My mind is made up, and I’m made of steel. Time to move on.



My mother asked me why I was losing weight today.

There was nothing I could say that didn’t sound shallow. But it’s not. I’m doing it for ME.

If I could have one wish for next year – it would be that it will be as good as this year was, for every part of my life, not just the losing weight one.

Week 2

Well. Today I started with the core exercises, and I think I hurt. It wasn’t real flash, but luckily it didn’t take too long, cos they’re boring as… I know which ones I need to work on – all of them – and I’m going to try and work on the hardest one each day. Well, more than once a week anyway!
After that, we went and played a game of tennis. Which I also did badly. One would also assume that I will get better at that too, but we’ll see.

6 Feb 2011

Yes, I know it’s past that. But I’m still trying to get a handle on how this place operates, as opposed to blogger.

When I started this blog, last sunday (6 Feb to be exact), I weighed in at 180.4 lbs. Yes, I know I live in Australia and we don’t use pounds at all, but it’s a finer measurement than kilograms, plus my brain doesn’t instantly convert it into kgs, so there’s not the mental issue with weight fluctuations.

Hell, it’s my blog, and I’ll do whatever it takes to make it work for me.

I spent the week attempting to try out a new training program that I found on the web – designed to prepare people to run 10k. Which I can do and have done, but like I said before, the objective is to get better at it. Not wanting to bore you with excuses, but the week was a particularly odd one work wise, so my normal PT sessions in the morning went down the gurgler in the place of training sessions (sit on ass and be subject to death by powerpoint type of training!). Needless to say, work is quite often like that, so I need to learn to be flexible with my fitness training sessions. I did manage to do interval training on Sun morning and Fri afternoon, and did a 2.4 run on Wed morning. I did that in 14:37, which is 7 seconds shy of a minute under what my maximum allowed time is, so I was happy with that, and I’d also like to take a minute off in the next 6 months.

I’ve never been one for interval training, and that probably explains my plodding running style. It was very interesting to see  how my body reacted to the speeding up, and how it recovered, so I’m a little bit more enthusiastic than I was. Interestingly enough, I had the wrong intervals in my head, so this week I will have to get back on track. And fit in the weight training somewhere.