Day 12

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Ahhh Day 12… This is my first Centennial Park walk.

The day itself was hugely uneventful, and hot. So I held off going for a walk for a long time. It was late afternoon before I finally got out there. It was about 6.30pm by the time I finally got out the door.

It was a very enjoyable walk. So good, it almost made me think that I wanted to go for a walk! I’ve actually never been to Centennial Park and so this was killing two birds with one stone. I dawdled for much of the walk once I was in there just looking around the place, but I still managed to raise a sweat and got a few short bursts of jogging in there.

I even managed a couple of sets of push-ups and sit-ups along the way (2x 10 of each)

Day 11

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Another work day. I went out for lunch today, and I went for a walk to my local shopping centre. It’s around a 10-15 minute walk and I thought I’d drop in and get some salad stuff for lunch. Well, it turned into a huge shopping experience…

This always happens to me. I walk there thinking I need the one or two essentials and end up walking to the checkout with bags and bags of crap. Well, it happened again. By the time I got home I was well and truly hurting. A large part of the walk is uphill, and carrying 6 or so shopping bags can be quite cumbersome. I should utilise the home delivery option, but I think to myself that “it’s only a couple of bags… You can do it.”

By the time I get 100 metres up the road I am already cursing.

I got home and made myself an omelet. You simply can’t go wrong with one of those.

All up the walk was about 2km, or slightly less and the pedometer reached 4500 paces. Otherwise, an uneventful day.

Day 10

This was a good day considering it was a work day!

Before work I jumped on the treadmill for 2km. Not hugely fast, but without a fan in front of me I started sweating really quick. I mean it was dripping off me.

Nothing to report, work-wise. I ate my usual non-carb lunch but after work a mate and I went for a short power walk*. the total distance of the walk was about 2.5km. We were both happy to go for a longer walk, but he was still on the clock and so he couldn’t afford too much more time away from work. The walk wasn’t too demanding, although my shins did hurt (as usual).

(*note: You may, or may not have realised, I am a little bit of a short-stuff guy. Short legs, big belly. The downside is, my power walk is equivalent to most people’s strolling. Well, not that bad. but it’s not great! As a result, I try and step out more, and even when I don’t i still get shin splints. I was in the Australian Army for a while when I was younger, and every PT session I would always get them. no amount of training or stretching would help)

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.

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Day 04

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  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!)