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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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.

ANZAC Day 2015

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It has been a long day. Tony and I decided to go to the dawn ceremony at Auckland War Museum, and we decided to take the train. We got up at around 3:45am and walked to the train station, which is about 15 minutes away. We’ve been up since then – just full of that kind of tiredness where you know you can’t sleep, just because it’s daytime. Though we did watch Snatch, The Addams Family, and Easy A when we got home – hence the lack of activity from around 8:30am to 2:30pm!

YES – is the answer to but did you go to the dog park today? Yes we did. Although we drove there and only walked one measly lap. YES – is the answer to and did you see any border collies? Yes we did! A super cute, super fluffy, black and white collie walking calmly with her owner. YES – is also the answer to but what about that guy you see there every day? Only passed him once today.

Kilojoules are going well, my weight has remained in the 63kg range for the past three days (inaccurate today because of the early rising).

And I’m coming second out of all my Fitbit friends. I never thought I’d ever topple Trent, but there you go. I don’t think Lisa is possible to beat though because she said she uses a mini trampoline while watching TV. My Fitbit friends are pretty cool. I actually know only one of them in real life. The rest are basically cool people from Reddit who have Fitbits. It really is great being able to push myself by competing with people with similar step goals.

I also had a thought last night when I should have been getting more than three hours of sleep: I could try C25K again. Just at the dog park. I could walk there, do the running, and walk home. I think it would be a good challenge. Ankle permitting.

Food Hangover

I’ve had a fairly enjoyable last few days.

Is a food hangover a thing? Bon Appetit seems to think so (though I’m always suspicious of broscience), and it looks like time is the main healer. Ugh. I just want to crawl back into bed…

But thinking back to those excellent In-N-Out-style burgers, and the super crispy sweet & salty chicken & waffle, and that excellent dark chocolate creation…

Worth it.

Time to get back on the wagon today. If only I felt like eating.

Walking in the dog park

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Since discovering the dog park, I’ve seriously jumped up in my Fitbit friend weekly rankings. Usually I sit at around #16…

I’m planning on doing a second walk this afternoon. The gym was open today, but it was packed, so instead of doubt a workout, Tony and I did a 4 km walk through the dog park. It was a great decision. There was a man there with two lovely Border Collies, and a woman running with another very large one! So that was my excitement for the day.

We also saw the usual poodles, pugs,  German Shepherds and labs, and the resident black Great Dane.

I really can’t wait to have a pup of my own, but unfortunately I can do nothing about it right now apart from gaze longingly at other people’s pets. It seems so unfair that people who rent can’t have pets more often than not. As things currently are in Auckland, owning a house here is pretty much not going to happen, so having any pet is out of the question pretty much unless things drastically change.

Easter Sunday

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Trying hard for a minimum of 20,000 steps today. I think I’ll make it.

Today, on a whim, we decided to explore a park we’d never noticed before. We ended up two suburbs away from ours, and added nearly 3 km to our usual walk.

We didn’t really celebrate Easter this year, aside from enjoying the days off. Tony got an Easter egg from his work, and I just bought a Cadbury Creme Egg. I have to say that I’m quite disappointed with the current Creme Eggs. The fondant centre has nothing on the original caramel centre. It almost feels like a waste of my calories.

Speaking of calorie wastage, I chose to have a lamb pita from Habitual Fix for dinner on Thursday night. For a place that markets itself on being a healthy choice, that pita is ridiculously high in calories. I was pretty shocked when I looked it up on My Fitness Pal. A Big Mac is a much better pick when it comes to calories, and tastier to boot.
Another dish that has given me a nasty surprise in the past is Wagamama’s Chicken Katsu Curry. The meal by itself is twice my daily calorie limit! Shocking.
Aside from our big walk,  it has been a pretty chill weekend. We still have tomorrow left, and no plans yet aside from the usual dog park walk. Hopefully there’ll be some Border Collies around!