Things I have learned this week:
1. SMINTS are evil
I thought I’d get a wee box of mints to distract my tastebuds between meals at work. I try to avoid them coz of all the weird ingredients but I was really horrified to read the label and see they contain hydrogenated vegetable oil! That evil gloop in something so tiny and innocent as mint? Is nothing sacred?
2. Don’t eat a whole tin of baked beans for lunch
Especially when you’re at work. We get our groceries delivered Monday afternoon so sometimes we’ve run out of stuff by Monday morning. The salad stuff had died so all I had was a wholemeal pita and one tin of beans. OH GOD. I had to keep running from the room to fart. Then I’d let one out now and then as I walked home. Luckily the streets were deserted, or had I just killed everyone with my vile fumes? Hmm.
3. My reading comprehension skills are shite
When I go running I write Julia’s instructions on a post-it note. Last Sunday’s schedule included 15 x run 2′ walk 1′. But I wrote down run 15 x 3′ walk 1′. So that adds up to an extra fifteen minutes, which may not sound like a lot but when you’re starting from absolute zero in terms of running fitness and slowly building up – this was huge. We’d also been on a two-hour hike earlier that day. I somehow managed to do it, plus the extra 1km straight run after that, but my legs were absolute jelly and I was so red-faced it lasted for hours and SC’s parents thought I had severe sunburn. I was hobbling around all week. Only the next day did I realise I’d written the instructions wrong. D’oh!
My right leg, particularly my knee and shin, has been giving me trouble ever since. It comes and goes but whenever I started to run, go up and down hills or stairs it would hurt. Felt sort of grindy and weird. I’ve had twinges there since I started this whole running thing, but I didn’t know (and still don’t) if it was classed as soreness, a slight ache or outright pain. I’ve never been good at judging pain. Growing up on a farm there was no place for wimps, so if I told Mum I had a sore leg she’d say, "Okay, I’ll cut it off for you!". She wouldn’t let us have a day off school unless we were, quote, "Dead or dying".
So I tend to ignore aches and pains, but this has backfired on me over the years. Like a few years ago ignored my aching shoulder and forearm to the point where I could not move my arm at all and I was bawling from pain. I didn’t want to wimp to my boss that the mouse and repetitive web work had struck me down but in the end I had to have time off work and months of physiotherapy for something that could have been okay if treated earlier. Sigh. So anyway now I am consulting with Julia and have rested the past two days except for a Pump class and today is Active Rest with a stint on the stationery bike. Hopefully I haven’t royally screwed things up.
4. Brown basmati rice rules!
I like zapping some leftover rice, then stirring in some extra-virgin olive oil, black pepper, lemon juice, Herbamare and a wee tin of tuna. For some reason that all goes together beautifully. I wish I could just live off dishes like that. You know, random things chucked in a pot.
5. It’s time for new jeans
My jeans are sufficiently baggy to pass the Put Them On Without Needing To Undo The Zip And Button test. Woohoo! It has taken so long! I bought these stinking jeans in November 2003. I’ve decided to put off the purchase until July when my sister and friends will be visiting for the wedding party; that way I can shape up a bit more and buy the best fit possible. Huzzah!
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So this week I’ve either lost 0.7 kilos if you go down from two weeks ago, or lost 2.3 kilos if you count it from the Freaky Bloatfest of last week. I put a fresh battery in the scale since it started flashing Lo! on Monday so it should be accurate. I am really happy with the result and just goes to show, if you don’t eat biscuits with your cup of tea IT ACTUALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE! If I just stop before snacking and ask, "Do I need this? Could I choose something healthier?", it actually adds up to less calories consumed and better results. Well, derr!
Wednesday Weigh-In – Week Nineteen
last update: 25 May 2005
height: 173cm (5’8")
original start weight: 159.2 kg (351 lb) on 17 Jan 2001
original start bmi: 53.4
fresh start weight: 95.9 kg (211.4 lb) on 12 Jan 2005
fresh start bmi: 32.2
current weight: 86.2 kg (190 lb)
current bmi: 28.9
result this week: -0.7 kg (1.5 lb)
loss in 2005: -9.7 kg (21.3 lb)
total loss since 2001: -73 kg (160.9 lb)
initial goal weight: 75 kg (165 lb)
distance to goal: 11.2 kg (24.7 lb)