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Today I did lots of walking.

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All of the uphills, 'cause today was HARD!And I was wondering why. There are several things that it could have been, I guess.
Maybe it was that I am still stiff from the hardout fitness class on Tuesday (thanks, Beth!). It was a combination of boxing and strength stuff, but it was the chest presses and jump squats that really made me sore. And I could really feel my running muscles protesting as I was attempting to run up the hills, which is why I walked so many of them - usually if I am a bit rough to start with, it usually gets easier after a few kms, but not today.
Maybe it was some random time of my cycle that is just making me feel really tired. Who knows where I might be in that, as, being 'a woman of a certain age', my cycles are somewhat unpredictable, and I never quite know what is happening. At least none of the other symptoms of being in my mid-forties decided to rock up, as then I truly would have turned around and gone home! 
Maybe it was the weather. It looks a …

Moving the goalposts

Or: I did it! Smashing the Small Goals.                So now what?Okay, not so much 'smashing'...
Today I managed my 5km loop in 29 minutes and 40 seconds; last weekend I got all the way around my 8km loop without stopping. I am really pleased with myself, because it has taken about 6 weeks, but those small goals I set for myself have been achieved. And achieving something you have been working towards is always a good feeling.
The big question now though is, what next? Having reached the metaphorical goalposts I set for myself, I now need to shift them out further, to keep making goals that will stretch me, but be achievable. At the risk of using too many cliches, I can't rest on my laurels at this point, I need to have a series of goalposts stretching out into the future.
Usually when we talk about shifting the goalposts on something, it is meant in a bad way. That's often is the case too, if it happens when we are partway through something (which is typically when it …

Don't go nuts!

Or, buzzword bingo: 'sustainability'.(But not in a Social Studies teacher way)
Fitness and health are not short-term things. When you start to build back to that level where you were before, or where you imagine you could be, or start at all, you want to see results. You want things to happen. And so, many of us are tempted to hit that latest 12-week-plan or celebrity diet that we see in facebook or wherever, we spend up large on gym memberships, and we hope that this time it will be different.
What I have found, through lots of trial and error, is that this just doesn't work. When I get to the end of the 12 (or however many) weeks, I just go back to doing what I did before, because that plan or diet or programme was just too hard to do all the time. And as the saying goes, "if you always do what you've always done ..."
But, if I just make one or two small changes at a time, then I am far more likely to keep going with them, and to see effects that last. This wh…

Beating CBA

Or: Motivation for people with excuses.It's not been a great week, exercise-wise. Having told you last week about setting those times to do things, and then sticking to them, this week just sortof slowly turned to custard.
CBA is short for Can't Be Arsed; if you get to CBF, it's all over. When I miss one bit of exercise in a plan, it seems so easy just to go, oh well, it's not working, I'll give up now. And that's when CBA kicks in, because it's much easier to not put yourself out than it is to make an effort to sort things.
On Tuesday I was sick, which was a legit reason for missing my fitness class. No matter, I'll get that run in later in the week and I'll be fine, I thought. But on Thursday the blue small person had an extra football game and on Friday (yesterday) I was too shattered to try and fit a run in between finishing work and going out to dinner with The Wine Ladies. Not so legit, but excuses. Which left me two out of three down for this w…

Small Goals

Getting back into things is hard. I often tend to look back at where I was when I was running half-marathons and looking hot (well, I felt that way, which is more important) at my sister-in-law's wedding, and thinking, that's what I should be aiming for. Actually, it isn't.
It took me a long time and a lot of steps to get to that point, and it's going to take me a long time and a lot of steps if I am to get back to that point again. But looking out that far is more daunting than inspiring. It's good to have a big picture - it works like a roadmap with your destination across on the other page - but like any good roadmap, there need to be landmarks and signposts along the way.
This is what I mean by small goals
At the moment I am starting again from the beginning. I don't even have that residual or maintenance fitness that you can keep by doing just enough. It is all gone. So I am working out what is realistic and achievable for me. I started out walking at the b…

Starting Again

We've all been there - an injury or two, a promotion or busy time at work, chasing round after kids, just life getting in the way - and suddenly, that base line of fitness that you have is just gone and you need to start all over again.
Last weekend I weighed in at that somethingty-nine-point-nine just before a round number that I haven't been since I was pregnant, nearly 10 years ago. It was a shock. Even though I had been watching the weight slowly but surely creep on, I still wasn't prepared for it to actually get to that.
Often, we need that sort of a surprise to get motivated. We think, it's okay, it's only a couple of kilos, I can sort that. But then it isn't, and we're not quite sure what happened.
As I was staggering around a local 5km circuit this afternoon, I was thinking about what I am going to do.
I don't intend to get super-fit, to compete in anything, to make fitness the centre of my life, like so many of those get fit gurus out there. That&#…