Going through changes

Well, it’s happening again. Quads growing. Arms growing. Both my thighs and my arms are getting itchy. It’s weird, and also pretty exciting, growing my muscles all over again. I’m really hoping I can get fitter than I was before, which probably wasn’t very fit at all. I’m really liking Strong Lifts. I have the app on my phone, and it does all the thinking for me. The only things I have to calculate are the plates I put on the bar… I still get them wrong embarrassingly often.

There are a couple of difficult things though. Getting out of bed early enough to go to the gym, workout, and get to work by 7am is pretty hard. Sometimes getting the motivation to get up, and get my gym buddy up as well, is really hard. The workouts have left me feeling really good though, so it’s mostly a matter of just getting there and doing it.

After going through that terrible time back in Feb/March/April/May/June, I am sure it had a lot to do with me not eating much. I mean, the jobless situation was definitely the main driver. But then not eating much meant that I couldn’t do well at other things either – so my lifting was absolutely shit and it made me feel like shit when I couldn’t lift anything near what I used to.

So. Lifting again. Eating again. Drinking daily protein shakes again. Dis gon be good.

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First!

I’m coming FIRST out of my Fitbit friends!

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I’d like to take a moment to write a ridiculously silly thank-you speech.

Firstly, I could never have done this without the lure of the dog park. Without all the cute doggies in the park, I would never have had the motivation to go walking so regularly.

Relatedly, I’d also like to thank in particular the dogs who’ve taken a particular interest in me: The tiny schnauzer. The chunky black labrador. The grey mottled Great Dane. The black mutt by the dog pond. The uncontrollable shitting Jack Russell. The overexcited poodle pup. The joyful mud-covered blue Staffy pup. The red and white short-haired collie with the hiker. And most of all, the black and white border collie who came to me twice to give me a reassuring nose and lick on the hand when I was feeling really down. I remember each of you.

My osteo, whom without I’d probably still be in pain. The nurses and doctors who looked after my gross knee after my big fall in February.

My Fitbit friends for the competitive challenges.

And lastly, Tony, my husband, for encouraging me and helping me out with the cardio side of exercise, which I’ve never really liked until now.

Thanks.

What am I doing?

I know I’m kind of all over the place a lot of the time. Situations change, minds change. But I thought it would be good to clear up, at the very least for future me, what I’m actually doing right now.

  • New Rules of Lifting Supercharged: started Basic Training II today. Training 3 times a week.
  • Walking: 8.5km every day, weather permitting.
  • Running: Started Couch to 5K again. Doing this every other day, integrating it into my 8.5km walking route. Weather permitting.
  • Diet: 1500 calories or around 6000 kilojoules daily. Focusing on protein, my macro split is 35% protein, 35% fat, 30% carbs. Also focusing on real meat and vegetables (non-processed, generally, so no Sizzler sausages or chicken nuggets), and the occasional bit of home baking. Protein powders and bars are okay though. Eating out once or twice a week, as long as it stays under my kilojoule limit.

More detail about food, as per my selfish desire to write about food

I’ve been eating things like burgers, KFC, sushi, and curries when we’ve eaten out recently. I’m not going to worry much about it, because I really enjoy these foods, and as long as I can make it work with my kilojoules, I can have them. Tony and I have finally discovered the amazingness that is Big J’s, which is a burger takeaway place a short drive away. It looks like a skody takeaway shop in an average suburb, but what comes out of there are the best burgers we have ever had. Basically, all I want to write about is the delicious crust on their meat patties – it’s dark, crispy, and flavoursome. I’ve never had a burger so masterful.

But I think this means it’s time for me to buy some groceries, because we haven’t got much fit food in the house right now and I am yet to have breakfast.

Good Friday

It was a very peaceful walk this afternoon. There weren’t many cars on the road, which made the whole experience much more enjoyable. I walked alone today,  but did my usual 8km round trip. Today there was a gorgeous Border Collie running along with her owners. I didn’t take a photo because she was so quick! But I did get a few other snaps along the way.

Neala and Tony Go To The Gym

Well, we made it. The alarm went off at 6am, and after the five-minute snooze and a few last-minute dashes, we made it out the door and into the gym at 6:40. I think.

We planned to just muck around, as this was pretty much Tony’s first time in the gym. With only 20 minutes, all we got to do was cycle and do some lat pulldowns. But since neither of us are particularly fit, that was probably enough for the first day.

The gym is the same as ever. I suppose there are a couple of differences – one is that they now have free Wifi for members (yusss) and they have gotten rid of the broken cycles (also yusss).

We’ll be doing New Rules of Lifting: Supercharged on the hypertrophy track. This weekend we’ll be picking out the exercises we want to do for Basics I. Then I hope on Monday we’ll get started.

I’m feeling better today than normal, despite the early wake up. I was up late-ish last night. This isn’t really fitness related, but I’m kind of bent on getting a puppy. I’ve come across a breeder I really like, and naturally had to spend several hours last night reading about each of their dogs and deciding which one I’d like to have my future puppy. It’s a pretty doubtful wish at the moment, because very few landlords in Auckland will allow dogs. But I am so keen to have this cute little puppy, and go through the training and the socialising and she can come on my walks and runs with me, and we’ll go hiking and then when she’s grown, see if she enjoys agility and if she wants to become a Wonder Dog. That is my puppy dream. I feel a bit like Bernard and his summer girl, but of course the puppy will be a forever dog. I’d love a best friend.