Day 08

The extent of my exercise today was to walk to Broadway shopping centre. Not a huge walk by any stretch of the imagination, but 6500 paces on the pedometer and roughly 4.5km round trip.

While I was there I bought myself a whole suite of training gear, mainly singlets and socks with a few other odds and ends thrown in.

I had lunch there, a nice piece of grilled Deep Sea Ling. Expensive, but beautiful. The guy next to me was eating battered fish and chips, the good ole Aussie classic. But I got through my large-ish piece of fish and bottle of water.

Day 04

pic of Sydney Harbour Bridge
pic of sydney harbour bridge
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A DAY DEVOTED TO TRAINING

  1. Weight: 103.0kg (neat considering the bad day yesterday!)
  2. Breakfast: Chicken Breast, Onion and Tomato
  3. Lunch: Grilled fish (and 6 calamari)
  4. Dinner: chicken, pumpkin and garden vege’s
  5. Snacks: jerky, and a protein substitute meal/drink
  6. Water: 5+ L
  7. Exercise: Walking (12km), 3 sets x 10 situps (and they REALLY hurt), 1 set of push-ups (I’m too embarrassed to put the number here)

Daily summary:

Overall rating I give myself for today’s effort: 7/10.

I have docked myself points, because even thoughI tried well at the exercise, I know I overdid it. My feet are killing me. Also, even though my snacks weren’t too bad, I had too many of them. Gotta trim that back a bit.

I planned todays activity to involve a bus ride to Circular Quay, then a walk to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and climb the stairs to the walkway (there are a few of them)… Then follow the walkway back over the Quay and over to the Botanical Gardens. From there it’s a cruisy 5k’s home. The whole length I have roughly calculated at a shade over 6km. So if I was to be able to run this, I should be able to do it in an hour or slightly more… NOT!

Diary of today:

  • 0730 – out of bed and minor tinkering (on the net)
  • 0830 – start breakie – grilled single chicken breast thinly sliced with lemon pepper, and ½ onion and a 1 tomato, fried (no oil).
  • 0900 – dishes and general cleaning of the kitchen. I CAN SEE MY BENCH!! WOOT!
    and again, minor tinkering
  • 0930 – I have already had 1L of water. Trying to hydrate and get ready for today
  • 1100 – As plans do, sometimes they go awry. And this one only got better. I walked TO Circular Quay and still did the bridge stairs. Continued over the top of circular quay, into Macquarie street and back to the Quay. (5.5km). I then caught a Ferry to Manly for lunch and then ferried back again. Then a similar 5km walk back home. All up (including the Manly stint) the walking amounted to 12km. A little further than I planned, and I also got a bit sun burnt (as I didn’t plan on spending THAT much time out there
  • 1700 – Home and more cleaning and a couple more litres of water!
  • 2030 – Out to a pub for Karaoke. I drank about 4 10oz glasses of water and snacked on beef Jerky while I watched my friends get drunk. It was hard, and I found it annoying (I hate drunks – I love BEING drunk, but I hate dealing with them when I’m sober lol).
  • 0030 – Finally got home to go to bed (at last!)

NYE 2007/2008

Sydney Harbour Bridge - New Years Eve
Sydney Harbour Bridge - New Years Eve

HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2008

Day Zero – the plan

D-Day. (Dave’s Day)

The first day. It all starts today.

The day that all others are going to be measured by.

(Note to self: Today is the first day of the rest of my life.)

THE 7 P’s

“Prior Preparation and Planning Prevent Piss Poor Performance.”

I have no MASTER PLAN at the moment, but just some basic rules. And maybe a motto/mantra: Eat good and exercise regularly. Yesterday I was very motivated to do the exercise (probably because at this time I am not drunk or hung-over!). But after a night of celebration that feeling of superiority I had over my goal, has most certainly wained.

The hard part though is going to be the diet. I love my food. I love my blue cheese sauce. I love my bread, potatoes and pasta. I have a very bad habit of skipping meals and when I eat, I usually eat until I can fit no more in. I often have only 1 or 2 meals a day. Usually 1, NEVER 3. These are all things I am going to have to change:

  • Eat more regularly,
  • Eat smaller portions,
  • Eat a balanced diet, and most importantly
  • Eat in moderation

Then I am going to have to supplement my diet with exercise. (I’m sure that should be a 4 letter word!). I am very lucky to have a Gym at work, I just need to use it. I have a few mates at work who already use it, I am going to harness the power of peer pressure and advise them to MAKE me do it. Shame me into doing it.

With the exercise, I plan on doing something everyday – 7 days a week. At least 3 – 4 times a week, I have to spend an hour doing something… Running (Walking), Weights, (not) Swimming etc etc. Solid activities. Every other day can be something short and simple for 5 – 10 minutes. Push ups, Sit ups, Crunches…

Back to the 7 P’s. My fridge is not stacked for healthy eating at the moment. In fact, it’s hardly stacked at all. So today is going to be pretty light on (dietary wise) but tomorrow I will go out and purchase more goods. I will be taking the “low carb” approach for the first couple of weeks.

Now to kick this plan into action…