Boom!!!

Been a bit of an up and down few weeks, with a little gain last week after being unwell (worst cold I can remember and still coughing 3 weeks later!)

Tonight I ache hugely from getting back to exercise properly and doing kettlebells for the first time (in a class that is) last night. I was massively disappointed and upset to have to miss the Run or Dye event at the weekend due to the cough, but I’m going to do the great south run next year instead!

Now to explain the boom … I’ve finally got my 2 stone award with a stonking 4lb loss this week. It is a slow process, with an average of less than 1lb a week since I restarted, but I’m now firmly in the slow and steady camp this time. The loss means I’m 30lb down which is something I’m very proud of! To be honest, my clothes are all quite loose, and I’m probably going to have to do a wardrobe refresh soon I think.

In other news, I have a new bike which is frankly awesome! I love it! After trying a bike with thumb shift gears on holiday I realised that it made SUCH a difference. Sadly I seem to inadvertently go very past, but I love it, it’s such an amazing feeling to be able to whizz along at speed, knowing I’m burning calories as I go too! We did about 20 miles on Sunday, and I didn’t even hurt too much after! I’m thinking we could go a different route this weekend and I could be bought lunch ….

Week ahead … 3 BLT+ classes, 1 bootcamp and another kettlebell plus several swims, and I’m aiming to run a couple of times!!

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Heavy weights and heart attacks

So personal progress first. I’ve now got an awesome gym plan going on, higher levels on the cardio machines, so I’m sweating within about 3 mintues of getting in the gym, and I’ve been introduced to the dual mutli pulley. I slightly love that machine! It feels like a huge jump from where I was to using big boys weight machines! The idea is not to build muscles but to develop enough muscle so that I’m burning more fat even when I’m not exercising.

I’ve also started the sponsored swim. 70 lengths down, only another 1349 to go! Also got my 1 ½ stone certificate at group, so great as far as al that is going.

On to the less positive. Last Thursday my mother had a minor heart attack. Great shock all round, and a proper kick up the backside for all of us and a chance to really make a lifestyle change. Whilst I am really pushing myself and making an effort, I have been thinking for a while that I need to clean up my diet a lot, and eat a lot less processed and convenience food. As I will be cooking much better for mum, I may as well give my own food an overhaul! Lots more pulses, beans, vegetables and fresh food and a lot less sugar, packed food and nibbles.

Fitness clothes and large behinds

Its starting to dawn on me that there is a real conspiracy against overweight people trying to get fit. I have some really comfortable yoga pans and joggers that I wear religiously (actually bought from Sainsburys!) but as I am slowly (very slowly) shrinking I’ve been looking round for replacements. The problem with the full length trousers is that as your belly shrinks, they seem to get longer and as someone who can fall over standing still, its best to avoid trailing hems when doing lunges!

So far, the only mainstream brands I can find that offer real fitness clothes for larger women is Evans (expensive, frankly not that nice to look at and sometimes questionable quality) and M&S. I would love to see larger sizes in sports shops. Given everyone is so quick to criticise people who are overweight, it would be good to see some of the sportswear firms supporting people who try!

One month ago today

I started the C25K exactly one month to the day ago. And today I travelled 5k! I had a couple of breaks to walk instead of run, and I was slooooow but I did it.

Awesome gym day yesterday with bums and tums and a review of my gym program, which meant I was doing proper huuuurgh weight lifting and arm work. All in all feeling pretty good!

If you have nothing nice to say ….

It amazes me that people think it’s ok to make comments about random strangers. Yes, I’m a plus sized runner/cyclist, that doesn’t make me fair game. From the humorous to the downright nasty, the people who make the comments are not the ones you would expect. Generally it is ladies of a certain age, usually with a random dog, or a grand child who then will go on in life thinking that its ok to say something nasty because someone is fat. At least I’m trying!

I was terrified the first time I ran again – and I use the word “run” only because there isn’t really a word that covers the wheezing, red, staggering lope that I adopted the first time – and was so pleased that literally no one saw me (going out at 6:30am on a rural cycle path will help with that one). On the one occasion that I’ve gone evening running I saw a group of young lads, who nodded at me, I hope in a sort of admiration that the fat girl had got off her arse and was actually moving. Those are the sorts I would expect the nastiness from, not the respectable elderly.

On the flip side, it has surprised me how supportive and encouraging the people you would least expect are. From the people who run the classes and gym, to total strangers who presumably one day were as unfit as I am. The upshot is that even if people want to level criticism at me, even if I run at a snails pace and struggle up hills on my bike, even if I look ridiculous and red bouncing up and down doing jacks in a class, at least I’m doing them!

A brief blog today, but a few great achievements I feel.

The lovely ladies (and gent) at my slimming group voted me as Woman of the Year last week. I got extremely emotional, and let’s be honest, was crying too much to actually say thank you! I have struggled so hard, for so long, to try and achieve my aims, it was a very emotional moment for me to find out that the people on the same journey as me find me inspirational. I don’t really feel I deserved it, but feel pretty humbled that I was given it. I have no real aspiration to be thin, but I want to be healthier, fitter, more active and happier with myself
Anyone nominated had to take photos and I can finally see a difference – I can’t see it in the mirror, but the differences between the new years eve photo and the one form last week are quite shocking ! Now, my boobs are bigger than my belly, always a good thing!

I’ve made huge improvements I think in recent weeks. I went on my first ever solo bike ride, and managed about 14 miles round trip, which isn’t too shabby! I achieved my goal of swimming a mile in 1 session – 64 whole lengths, and can actually run for 5 minutes none stop.

If I’m honest, I’m not holding out much hope of a loss this week, I managed 4.5lb last week so suspect that was a bit of a fluke, but I will run and swim in the morning ahead of weigh in and hope for the best!

C25k – and we’re up and running!

So I started the C25K program again today. I find running very, very hard, and if I’m honest delayed as long as I could before I started again! A couple of friends are encouraging me and saying they will run with me, but I’m nervous about doing group runs until I can actually manage by myself.

I downloaded the NHS choices app, which I have to say is fantastic. You can have your own playlist on (I recommend http://www.clickmix.com wholeheartedly! Awesome gym friendly versions of songs that you can make into your own continuous mixes!) and it lowers the volume at the right time and gives prompts for when to run or walk.

I was pleased that I found it easier this time than when I tried before, but then I suppose that might not be a surprise given I have generally increased fitness.

Basically you do 3 runs a week over a 9 week period. Week one is 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of brisk walking. Week 2 will be 90 seconds of running and 2 minutes of walking, week 3 is 90 seconds running, 90 walking then 3 minutes running, 3 minutes walking. I’m slightly dreading week 3! By the end of the 9 weeks you’re meant to be able to run for 30 minutes none stop. The 9 weeks will take me to 23rd September, so 3 weeks short of my first proper running event.

Things to remember for my next run:
1)Hand held water bottle. This is a must as I was nearly dead by the end!
2)Towelling wrist bands. Nuff said!
3)Sun cream! Even at 7am the sun was stupidly hot and bright, and I don’t tan, I burn!