More about this year specifically in another post down the track. That probably won’t be too far away, certainly sooner than my last post about weight loss anyway!
I’ve been keeping a low blogging profile about my weight loss over the last few years, since I really haven’t been doing too great. But this year I really have been able to turn it around.
I was at my maximum about two and a half years ago. March 2013. I came in at a staggering 124kg! Jason was less than a year old and I made a decision to lose some weight so I could do more with him etc etc. I stuck at it for a while and eventually got down to a low of just over 101kg. I couldn’t break under the 100kg and so I gave up.
2013 was actually my second attempt at losing weight the first attempt is the one recorded here on this website, albeit not too well.
Then this year I decided to give it another go and I’ve done much better.
The stats speak for themselves, they’re up there at the top of the post:
That’s down 40kg in 2.5 years (@0.3kg/week but that’s not accurate)
I’ve done much better this year, but as I mentioned, I’ll post more specific details about that down the track. I have a couple more milestones I’d like to hit before making things more blog-public.
I have been in serious training for over a week now and I’m hurting. It all started last Friday, week ago. Realising I needed a serious kick up the backside, I got myself down to the Muay Thai gym I started taking classes in a few months ago.
Friday: Kick Boxing (??????) – mainly for the cardio, but a bit of self defence can’t hurt!
Weekend: short push bike rides and gardening (that’s seriously hard work! especially on the knees!)
Monday: Kick Boxing
Tuesday Kick Boxing
Wednesday Kick Boxing
Thursday: Kick Boxing (very physical day)
Friday: Kick Boxing
Saturday (today): Well, I COULD have gone kick boxing, but I have a date with a friend of mind to tackle a huge mother of a mountain on Tuesday. So I went for a 16km walk which involved tackling this beast. It’s hard! Look for the turn around point on the red route on the above map!
I must admit, I feel somewhat better lately after all the exercise, but it comes at a cost. My WHOLE body aches. I am sore from head to toe. This has to be a good thing. I haven’t really lost too much weight yet, around 4kg, but the problem is that is mostly fluids. I need to lose the fat. I need to lower my blood pressure and ideally, lower my at rest pulse rate…
Let’s see how I go :-)
PS: I’m doing the Katoomba great stairs in the coming weeks… Get in touch if you want to join in!
I stumbled and fell, and now I have picked myself back up again. My weightloss was going well, and when I peaked at around 12kg I simply stopped. Initially it was the walking that stopped, then it was the diet that went out the window.
But now I am back on the band wagon. Starting off simple, no carbs in the evening, bringing back my protein shakes, and riding my new bike!!!
In this map, the blue line is the walk to the Clarence St Cyclery to pickup my the bike in the previous post. The green line is the ride I went on. Without zooming in, you can’t tell that the ride around centennial park consisted of 2½ laps! The whole ride was spot on 30km.
Obviously with this posting, it can be inferred that I am still alive. That IS the case, I AM! But I am soooo STUFFED!!
I had planned to catch a bus/train to the shop, but got all excited about getting fit again and so I decided to walk! That was 3km, and in doing the walk, I remembered why I stopped walking. I have my spurs on my heels and as I was nearing the shop they were already hurting again :(
I picked up the bike and headed off on my journey. I had forgotten how dangerous it is to ride in Sydney. Cars (and busses) just don’t seem to care and will pull over in front of you, open their car doors, travel so close to you that if you sneezed you would dirty them. But, unperturbed, I continued.
There is but one thing to say: I am SOOOOOOO unfit. So, it’s a work in progress. Back on the bike, and let’s get fit!
I only went for a short walk to Moore Park (2.2km) today because I wanted to see what was out there in LCD land. So I paid a visit to Bing Lee, Dick Smith PowerHouse and Harvey Norman… I think I have found the one I will buy, it’s the Samsung “SyncMaster 245B”, features a resolution of 1920×1200 and a 5ms refresh. It only has DVI and VGA inputs (why is it so hard to find dual DVI inputs?). So, I have contacted my bank and I am upping the limit on my credit card – Australians LOVE credit…
Well, I do :-)
All 24″ varieties were very expensive at these stores, the cheapest of which was around $750. The Samsung though was $999. A little out of my price range. Although a quick search on StaticIce (link) found many places selling these little BIG beauties from as low as $530…
One place would even sell them from little more than $500 if purchased with a new system. I don’t need a new system… Or do I??
That’s almost 2 for the price of 1! Maybe I should buy 2 :-)
Weight: 103.0kg (neat considering the bad day yesterday!)
Breakfast: Chicken Breast, Onion and Tomato
Lunch: Grilled fish (and 6 calamari)
Dinner: chicken, pumpkin and garden vege’s
Snacks: jerky, and a protein substitute meal/drink
Water: 5+ L
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)
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).