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.

Mid Feb Calorie Update

In terms of daily life, it has been relatively easy to keep to my calorie limit. I eat the same breakfast every morning (258 calories). Lunch is often sushi (304 calories), or skipped. I have a iced long black in the afternoon (54 calories), and that usually leaves me with around 600 calories for dinner.

This week I’ve actually planned dinners, which should help! I’m on a bit of a Korean food kick at the moment. I have a tub of gochujang, a spicy pepper paste, which adds a lot of flavour and keeps things interesting without adding many calories. Last night I shared an excellent gochujang salmon fillet with my husband. Tonight it’s a step across the sea for teriyaki chicken.

It’s interesting seeing what the scale does just with a calorie limit. I’m not able to exercise just yet because I twisted my ankle at the beginning of Feb, and it is still stiff and painful in some movements. My weight fluctuates a bit, but the fluctuations have been larger than before I started limiting my calories. For instance, previously I sat at 66.7kg, occasionally dipping to 66.4kg. Since starting, I’ve been as high as 68.1kg (sob) and as low as 66.2kg (yay, that’s today!). It’s hard to know what’s going on. Maybe it’s too early to tell. Maybe my scales are just crap.

I know, I should probably take measurements and photographs, and not just rely on the scales. It’s a pretty scary move. I’d almost rather not know how I measure up right now. But I guess it’s better to know more now so I can have a good comparison at the end.

The “No Junk Food” Month

I have failed again in my month of no junk food.

Last weekend, Tony and I went up north to suss out wedding venues. Travelling up north is always a food issue; firstly, we stay with family, so I can’t control what they feed us, and secondly, we stay with family, so naturally they like to make our favourite food. And thirdly, we like to take snacks when we go (it was a two hour drive on each of Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Somehow, those snacks ended up being caramel slice, caramel KitKats, and this wonderful block of Donovan’s. Except I’d bought two blocks, and ate the other one when we got home. I definitely got my just desserts though – I have a giant pimple on my nose, the first in a long time!

However! Despite my horrific downfall, I still managed to stay under my calorie limit, and saw 62.9kg on the scales this morning. Yay! So… I was 65.6kg at the beginning of June, and 63.1kg a week ago. That’s not a huge decrease, and is probably negligible, but I’ll take it.

So far, 2.7kg down, or for those less metrically-minded, that’s just under 6lb.