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.

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63.5kg

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.

Shanks’ Pony

This is what I’ve been up to this week in terms of steps:

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Happening across the dog park has changed my life quite a lot. Most days, my Fitbit counter looks similar to this:

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It’s so happy!

The dog park is definitely a huge motivator for me. I love to see all the dogs, and I’m starting to recognise some of the regulars. It’s a great excuse to get a few thousand steps in. We had gone in to town on the train to check out Japan Day, and did a bit of walking around. Instead of walking straight home from the train station though, I convinced Tony to make a detour to the dog park. It wasn’t bad though. He got to meet a cute cat along the way.

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The last week has been quite intense for walking. I was invited to a Workweek Hustle challenge on Fitbit, where Fitbit friends get together and compete to get the most steps from Monday to Friday. I haven’t worked so hard to go walking before. I increased my daily goal from 10,000 steps per day to 15,000, and I still came fifth out of six. The top person ended up with over 100,000 steps in those five days.

It’s great being able to go walking pretty much whenever I like, but I’m getting slightly concerned about winter. I don’t mind rain at all, but I do mind sopping, clinging clothes. I can’t really afford to buy clothes of any sort right now, but I’d love to have a getup like Claire Underwood’s running gear. With the dog park being such a huge motivator too, I don’t think I’d do well on a treadmill. I guess we’ll see how it goes. I’ll probably just end up in a raincoat and soggy old shorts.

Well, let’s see how this next week goes. Fingers crossed for no more injuries.

Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer

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Like diets and university majors, the best way to choose a workout regimen is to choose one you can stick to. I’ve toyed with doing Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer since she published it, and I think that now is a great time to do it. I noted in the past that the workouts can take a really long time, but at the moment, I have plenty of time for the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately with my ankle still recovering, Supercharged isn’t viable for another few weeks, but the LiveFit split-style workouts mean I don’t have to put too much pressure on my ankle each time I work out.

I started today, at a whim, as you do. I initially intended to just do some HIIT training on the cycle, but, well, one does not simply walk into the gym and not lift anything. Thanks to the excellent Wifi service in the gym, I found the LiveFit trainer and completed Day 1. It was good. It was hard. But it was just what I wanted in a workout today.

The only thing that I will not be following is the diet plan. Too hard. I have a handle on my current plan, and if I need to, I’ll increase the kilojoule limit. Food and cooking is one of my personal interests, and I know I can make my preferences work for my limits. I guess I just don’t want to be told what to eat, especially if it means chicken breast multiple times a day. Srsly. Thigh and wings are where it’s at. I’d much rather enjoy what I eat, even if it’s only a little bit.

So tomorrow, Tony and I have planned to go to the gym, and I’ll do Day 2 of the LiveFit trainer.

I’m already excited.

“Poached” egg on toast with brie and cos lettuce

Eggs, toast, lettuce, brie

 

I really love eggs, especially poached, so I was stoked when I found out you could make them in the microwave with these cute Matroyshka cups. Unfortunately I’ve never been able to get a perfectly poached egg – these overcook the yolk and undercook the white, so I just end up smooshing it all up so it looks a bit like scrambled eggs. Sadface.

With the addition of cheese and cos lettuce, you have a very satisfying version of Caesar salad. Puhoi Brie is my cheese of the week and it is excellent slightly melted on the warm toast.

Ploughmans Sunflower & Canterbury Linseed bread, Frenz egg, cos lettuce, Puhoi Brie

Calories 237
Protein 7g
Fat 7g
Carbs 
16g