Sunday Summary.

This is my first Sunday Summary in a wee while so it is rather exciting to be able to look ahead as well as look back at what I have been up to lately. First things first – I did manage to reach my goal of walking a total of 80 km in the month of May even though the last three days were a bit stressful. But it is done now and it is a great feeling to know that I so far have been able to keep my monthly goals. I believe that starting out this getting back into shape and being more active with plenty of walks has been one of the better ideas since it is a truly lean way to do exercise and possible to keep up no matter where in the world I might be.

maycompgoal

However, lately I have been thinking about my past two months of easing my way back into a more active lifestyle and I genuinely feel like it is time to step it up a little! Thus I have decided to start jogging two times per week which I think will be quite challenging but at the same time extremely motivating since it is something I have been looking forward to for so long now. Those of you that follow my blog may have noticed that I have already done two sneaky jogging sessions to sort of “try it out” and it has been going very good so far. To keep track of my jogging and to boost up my motivation to get it done I have set a RunKeeper goal for my jogging to finish a total of 20 km before the end of June which I think should be doable. At the moment I am able to jog a bit over 3 km each time and if I can keep it up 2 times per week I should be fine.

junergoal

I have also set a new walking goal of finishing a total of 80 km by the end of June, I hope that I will have exceeded that amount of kilometres by then but it is an absolute minimum of walking even though I am going to do some jogging as well. But it is important to me to keep on walking since it will not only help me to boost my cardio fitness but also assist my body to rejuvenate between my jogging days by getting the blood circulation going. If there is anything I did learn from training with a PT (will write more about this some other day) then it was about staying active and in particular those days when I feel stiff and not at all in the mood, it will make all the difference! But it is not only because I want to help out my body that I want to keep on doing my walks, it is also because I have truly grown to love and appreciate these walks of mine, they are my alone time and an hour a day when I am left to think and plan my day without any interruptions. ‘Tis lovely!

junewgoal

Additional to this I am planning (thought of this today) to buy a monthly card at the student gym in town because it will allow me to do some more weight training (machines, I know that some trainers don’t approve of these but I quite like them and think they are a great supplement when you do training that isn’t supervised by a PT or any other trainer) and hopefully some rowing, elliptical machines and my greatest love of them all – treadmills! The only problem is that I’m not sure whether or not it’s possible to buy a membership for only a month and if not then it won’t work. Keep your fingers crossed!

☁ ☁ ☁ 

June will be challenging though, not only because I am asking my body to accept this new training routine “jogging” but also since I am battling a rather difficult pollen war at the moment (I have felt pretty under the weather for a while now and since we basically live in a national park there is plenty of grass and other plants to react to) which some days unfortunately makes it more or less impossible for me to even be outdoors. I am definitely the most boring summer-person you could ever think of as I only wish for rainrain and then a bit more rain to flush all the pollen away. So, if I am blessed with some rain every now and then this new training schedule and goals of June should be doable but if the weather decides to be truly mean to me I may fail epically which of course will be a downer but not the end of the world. And of course this is also where a gym will come pretty handy, being able to train indoors will make all the difference. All in all, the month of June is going to be exciting and I am thrilled to get going!

First walking goal done!

April has indeed been a good month teaching me how to get into morning walks and learning to enjoy this new routine of mine. Despite the tough first days, I have absolutely loved every minute of this months walking adventures. I honestly have no regrets, but then again why would I? The most wonderful thing is that I feel like I have won so much by finally allowing myself to give in and get down to it and not giving up no matter how difficult some days may have been. And at this point I already feel like I can harvest some of the benefits from being more active as I am much more energetic and even though it has only been one month (one! I can barely believe it..) I already feel a huge difference in my everyday “fitness”. Most of all I have noticed that I don’t get as easily warm anymore when only strolling about in town, stairs are also a lot easier to deal with thanks to walking up all the massive hills around the area where I live.

aprilgoalcompleted

It has been a month of many great wins – not only having finished the walking goal one day early but maybe more importantly, falling madly in love with being more active again. Achieving this goal is the beginning of something that is going to be a part of my life forever, and every win is a win worthy to celebrate – and I am so very proud of myself right now, for my mindset, for keeping at it and for my body that may not be in its best shape but still decided to cooperate. I could not be more grateful for all the blessings that I have, period. This is my first goal met, my first win by awesomeness and I hope there will be many more wins to come!

aprgoalfinished

Sunday Summary.

I cannot believe that it is already Sunday, the weeks fly by and even though I do feel a huge difference in my walks compared to first week I still can’t understand that it already has been three weeks!

Anyway, I have continued my walks and the only annoying thing is that I missed out on tracking one of them, which means I have only 6 days of walking according to RunKeeper. However I have done some splendid walks this week, a bit longer than last week but also greater elevation (I live in a very hilly/mountain esque area so when I say elevation I really mean it!) which of course means that 5 km of heavy uphill walking feels a lot longer and tougher (I suppose it is as well!) than walking on flat ground only. It also takes longer since it is tougher and the pace is slower, but I enjoy a challenge and have absolutely loved these walks. But I have to pace myself to not do uphill walking every day since my achilles would most likely protest quite fast and make it impossible for me to walk at all. Not a deal that I am willing to make any time soon!

mon1

wed2

thu3

fri4

sat5

sun6

I am now at a total of 80 km out of 115 and 69% done, it is going to be close as I may need one or two days off next week. But I am quite certain that I will make it as I plan a few longer walks as well. All in all it has been a good trial run and I now know what I need to change for next months walking goal.

walktotalweek16

Lastly, I did a sneaky jog as well during one of my walks this week – since jogging/running really is what I truly love it was unbelievably amazing to be able to switch from walking (not my favourite pace) to a bit faster pace. I say faster, but anyone who has seen me jog since I became overweight would most likely not even consider it jogging – but that is ok, even if I am slow at this point it is still a different thing to jog instead of walking, the footwork is different, the bounce is there – to me, it is just the most beautiful thing ever.

Despite my love of running, I am still a bit too heavy to jog (achilles and knee wont hold) so this was nothing but a tiny teaser to remind myself of the amazing training that is yet to come. So for now I will stick to my walks and continue to strengthen my feet (I do feet exercises to help my achilles), legs and abdominal area and to be perfectly honest, it is quite alright to do it all in babystep pace as well and I much prefer it than rushing along and ending up with a lot of injuries due to not having the patience to wait it all out. Walking is truly good for me and the progress I have made so far is convincing me that jogging is not too far off now and that is an amazing thought right there.

About taking action.

Pablo Picasso once said; Action is the foundational key to all success and just like that, a dead mans words have managed to sum up my whole idea of approaching my weight loss and how to change my lifestyle into a better one.

To most people the idea of taking action goes without saying when your aim is to implement any kind of change in your life. I also assume that by now everyone is familiar with the fact that all excessive energy intake, be it food or drinks, must be taken care of if you want to reach the ultimate goal of losing weight. And even when I write it here now it seems so very simple, I mean how hard can it really be to moderate your eating, be active enough to burn excessive energy and watch out for less good food? It most certainly should be doable.

ppgm

Alas, despite its simplicity and easy to understand mathematics (well, at least until you start to dig too deep into the calculations) my reality is still very different to that and most of the time I struggle to remain the perfect balance of just right and instead end up eating either too few calories per day or far too many. Apparently it is not all that difficult to decrease the food intake but to find the balance of it all seem to be next to impossible.

My main problem most definitely seem to be the one of moderation, a problem that most likely is common among us that at some point have lost control of what’s “normal” when it comes to portions, being everyday active and performing focused training. I for one cannot even remember what a normal portion of food used to look like before I became overweight. I also do not fully remember how different my life was when I was a lot more active. The change to become more of a couch potato is not something that happened over night and therefore also had the opportunity to sneak into my life relatively unnoticed.

Of course this is a sad realisation to face but also an important one, I cannot hide from myself and my less good habits anymore it all needs to see the light of day and ultimately change into something far better. Since I am in this for the long haul, I try to think ahead and pay attention to what kind of changes I will be able to keep up for the rest of my life. Saying that, I am aware of the fact that I can not possible know what my life will look like a few years from now, but what I am trying to say is that I am doing this step by step – baby steps if you like – I prefer to change one or two things at the time instead of jumping in with both feet at once. I am in no desperate rush, I look for balance and sustainability. 

31march2014monwalk

With all this said, I must admit that Mr Picasso was right indeed, taking action is vital for getting started at all, but to be able to keep on going and feel motivated when I hit the first wall or slowly start to spiral out of control wont be helped by simply taking action. It is not only the doing of things that is of importance but also general knowledge of what I am trying to achieve and keeping myself informed and on top of things. I am by no means an expert when it comes to eating right, creating training routines or weight loss calculations, quite the opposite, I know very little of this business and 365evermore is all about finding ways that will work for me.

Keeping this in mind I was super excited when I found my two new “assistants”, namely the websites Myfitnesspal and RunKeeper. I will most likely write more about these two later on, but for those of you that may not be familiar with either, Myfitnesspal is ideal for helping you out to calculate food intake as it will keep an eye on your everyday calories, fat, carbs, protein and much more and also give you and overview of your overall diet. I realise that websites like this may be bad for people that dislike or cannot handle counting calories and the like, but for me this works fine. I like to keep control of things, but I am by no means obsessive it’s just an awesome way to keep myself motivated and on the right track. All in all it is an excellent website that makes calculating my daily intake a lot easier and much more fun and I love it!

110kmwalk

RunKeeper on the other hand is my much newfound love when it comes to setting up goals for my training, do not be intimidated by the word RUN because this website/app allows you to fill in more or less any kind of activity that you like, it is that good! For now I use it to set up goals for my morning walks (my current goal is to walk 110 kilometres till the end of the month!) where it will keep an eye on the distance, pace, time, calories burnt and route (by using GPS) – all this by having my iPhone in my pocket while walking. I cannot begin to express how much I love this app, it most certainly makes my morning walks into something even more amazing!

So my dear ladies and gentlemen,

do you use any gadgets or websites that makes

your training a lot more fun?

Please do tell, as I love to discover new apps or websites

that makes this whole weight loss journey

even more enjoyable!