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So I got myself a Polar Heart Rate monitor, whom I have decided to call Chuck. When you think about it, Chuck is my closest training buddy and has the most intimate knowledge of how unfit I am.

As someone who used to be fit, I am shocked that my resting heart rate is up around 90. For crying out loud!! The upside is that it doesn’t actually take much effort to get myself into training zone. Just dragging my lardarse around at a moderate pace pretty much constitutes cardio training for me at the moment.

Anyway, here’s to Chuck and a long and beautiful friendship.

Now on week 2 of the couch to 5k plan and had a great run today. I got to the end and I was still feeling really good so I almost kept going for another couple of reps. But I know that I am really unfit at the moment so I would prefer to finish it feeling like I am on a high than keep going and push myself too hard.

I had had some shin soreness but tried some stretches and exercises that my sis recommended and kept off the footpaths and on the nature strip and didn’t have any troubles with it today. Hopefully that will be the solution to that little problem as it is frustrating to be hampered by soreness so early on in the program.

It was my first run with my new heart rate monitor which was not at all uncomfortable. It is very helpful to know how I am going. I found that in the walks between intervals my HR was dropping lower than I thought so it was good to monitor that and try to keep it at the level I wanted.

Am joining Hub up to the gym tomorrow which should be excellent as we can both keep each other a bit accountable with exercise and good eating.

Just as I was bitching to Hub that I haven’t lost any weight on the scales despite my punishing regime, I pulled a pair of work pants on this morning and thought to myself “hey, my pants fit better than they used to”. They are still snug, but they used to endanger circulation.

It didn’t take me too long to get sick of cardio at the gym. Hub says I should take the ipod along to listen and that would keep me on track, but the truth is I just just end up watching the clock and not feeling that I have achieved anything.

So I have taken to doing just weights, abs and stretches at the gym and doing my cardio on the “outside”. I have started on the Couch to 5K running plan in the hope that it will get me gradually moving in a forward direction. As previously mentioned I have also dusted off the bike and am using it a bit to get around. At the moment merely riding to the gym and back is enough to get my heart rate up into training zone, plus it takes a long time as well. However, soon I will have to start doing some intentional longer rides to stretch myself.

I have started a cardio/training workbook so that I can keep track of what I am doing. I am doing pretty well at doing at least three periods of cardio a week. Most days I am doing cardio on the alternate day to going to the gym. The next step is to properly make sure that I am training at the right intensity so I am off at lunchtime to spend some my parents’ birthday money on a heart rate monitor.

Note – the title of this post is because I am currently dealing with all manner of aches and pains arising out of my admittedly pissweak efforts at running. I hope that I will be able to work through these so that I can keep doing this, so I am trying to make sure that I stretch and warmdown properly so that I don’t run into too many difficulties.

Starting weight – 107.5kg
Current weight – 105.5kg
Total weight loss – 2kg
This week’s loss – 0kg

At least I didn’t gain. But it is frustrating because I did a heap of exercise this week and didn’t eat badly, in fact I think I ate pretty well all told. Part of me says that seeing as I am doing weights sessions at the gym, the increase in muscle is likely to mess with my weight loss numbers. But if that is the case, it would be nice if I was noticing in other ways that I lost weight, like that my clothes were fitting better or something.

I discovered last night that adjusting the seat properly makes biking a lot less difficult. Plus my friend taught me how to use the gears which was pretty good. My arse is killing me though. I have no idea how that seat manages to cause pain in the boney bits of my bum when I was fairly sure that I didn’t have any boney bits on my bum.

Am without a car for a couple of days so got the sister’s bike out, shined it off, kicked the tyres and rolled it out for a spin. Who knew that riding a bike was so hard?

I remember riding a bike, I used to ride one all the time when I was a kid. And I have gone on rides once or twice with friends over the years (admittedly not recently, but still). And I have been using the exercise bike at the gym so I thought my bike muscles were getting into shape a little. But it turns out that I am both really crap and incredibly unfit. And that riding a bike on the road bears only a passing resemblance to riding a stationary bike in the gym.

By the end of my laughably short journey, I was wheezing along in first gear like a total loser. My sister is a freakin midget so the poorly adjusted seat probably didn’t help. I was riding on a perfectly good bike track so totally smooth sailing but my breezy confidence in fooling around with the gears (still can’t figure out how they work properly) soon evaporated in the face of my ineptness.

I will be doing a bit more riding over the next couple of days so hopefully I will either get better at it, or at least be able to ride for 10 minutes without suffering a heart attack. I am a sucker for appearances and I am not keen on walking into the gym about to collapse before I have even started my workout.

Starting Weight – 107.5
Current Weight – 105.5
Total weight loss – 2kg
Weight loss this week – 0.5kg

Hem. Not too disappointed with this, happy to have a loss. Being easter my food wasn’t as under control as I would have liked. No chocolate but I tended to snack a bit. Plus family came over and insisted on fish and chips, which didn’t help. Will try to keep it under better control this week and see if that translates into better results.

So after four days with sore boobs and sore legs, I went back for my second weights workout. Hub had to return from our weekend retreat for a couple of hours work today. Instead of taking the opportunity to laze around and relax, decided to drive back with him and go to the gym. Total of three hours travel for a 90 minute workout. I rawk.

Think I have convinced Hub to accept a gym membership as a gift from me – too hard to be healthy when someone else in the household is not on the same kick. Enjoyed the workout this morning. Muscles already complaining but improved on everything except the stupid side dumbell raises (hate them). Weekly weigh in will be delayed until tomorrow because not in the place with the scale.

This week I have homework from my gym trainer to complete a food diary so that we can work on improving some healthy eating habits. I am just trying to be a bit sensible about my eating, so avoiding junk and fried foods, trying to eat in moderation etc. And he also strongly emphasised the importance of having healthy snacks and meals throughout the day (eg breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, tea, supper).

This is one of those things that I know intellectually – eating snacks and smaller meals throughout the day makes you less likely to pig out at dinner time just when you are going to bed to be totally inactive for 8 hours. But I suck at it – I often skip breakfast because it requires that I get up that little bit earlier and therefore interferes with my precious sleep. Plus I hardly ever have decent snacks during the day, simply because my situation working in an office etc. Anyway, I am working on that at the moment, and hopefully I can be a bit more consistent about my eating so that my body gets the picture that it is not going to starve to death and that it would be okay to burn off some of that fat.

Keeping the food diary is not too bad. I have tried to be pretty honest while attempting to be well behaved. But it shows that there are some things that make it hard. Once a week I have dinner in a pub with friends which is my church worship. All lovely as an open welcoming environment, but very hard to find something that is not too fried and disgusting on a pub menu. On my first day of the food diary, I had a marketing lunch with some people we were trying to schmooze as clients. In a way it is good that this was in the diary because it is a fact of my life that from time to time I have to eat out with clients and while I can try to make decent choices, often my ability to make a pain of myself in that environment by insisting on healthy choices is limited. So that is something that I have to work around with my diet and try to be realistic about.