It has been a wee while since I last updated, and that’s because there have been a lot of changes in my life.
First change: I got a job!
Second change: I stopped exercising!
Third change: I started exercising again!
So that’s a pretty good summary of the last six months. Let’s get into the deets.
I’ve started StrongLifts 5×5, and have been seeing some encouraging progress with my lifts. My deadlifts are at 55kg at 1×5 now, so I’m pretty happy about that! I did push a bit too hard though… I’m pretty average at maths, and loaded the bar with 75kg instead of 55kg and tried to lift that. So I’m now sorer than I’d normally be.
I’m getting back on C25K as well. I’m quickly learning what is working and not working for me when it comes to running. Eating or drinking in the 3 hours beforehand? Hell no. Unfortunately I wore off some of the flesh on my ankles and my running shoes have been rubbing on the sores. No running today.
To go with my increase in exercise, I’ve increased my calories too. To be honest, I’m really scared that I’ll feel completely terrible like I did back in May if I try exercising with a big calorie deficit. And not making gains in the gym is very demotivating. So I’ll see how this goes.
My weight has been sitting at around 63.6kg since I started eating more and exercising more. It’s pretty hard to not freak out about gaining weight again. I have to convince myself it’s not a huge deal, especially if I’m getting fitter.
Disgusting knee injury update: It’s okay. I have some purple scars and I have most of the feeling back in my right knee. Thanks for asking.
Appendix site pain: Woop it’s basically gone! Not even squats affect it now. I just have to keep taking a fibre supplement, probably for the rest of my life.
And that’s probably it for now.
I’m coming FIRST out of my Fitbit friends!
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.
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.
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.
Today, and yesterday, I weighed 63.5kg. This is 4.6kg less than my highest weight, 68.1kg, at the end of January.
Obviously, I’m pretty stoked.
What seemed to get me off the plateau that is been stuck on for the past month was increasing my kilojoule limit, and focusing on getting enough protein. Weight loss seemed to rev back up once I started doing that!
I’m seeing a few small physical changes, like under my cheekbones I’m starting to see shadows, and my top abs are now appearing. My three pairs of shorts are becoming too big – one pair is basically only good for lowriding now. I’m a bit sad, as that pair had excellent pockets. Yes, they were that good, it needed to be in bold.
I’ve gained some muscle too, so it looks like I’ve found that awesome combination of eating enough to gain muscle, but limited enough to all lose fat. My biceps are probably the most notable in terms of growth, but I think my awesome upper back is coming back! Not to mention my hams. I neglected them in my last program, but with all my kettlebell swings and Romanian deadlifts, I think they’ll become pretty mighty.
Moving up in the world and all that. That’s this week’s Fitbit step count. I’ve started doing laps around the dog park. That means seeing more dogs! I was pretty happy yesterday – I was greeted by the cutest blue pitbull puppy, and then by a half-grown black lab! Today I came across an overexcited poodle pup and, sadly, a badly trained border collie.
My enthusiasm for owning a dog is only growing!