Well, my ambition kinda fizzled out after a few runs. A year went past and I'm still the same unfit and overweight girl I was last August.
Except for one thing. I've been running ten out of the last eleven days.
You see, I pondered where I went wrong last time and realised something. Making vague plans to go running two or three times a week when I have the energy and can fit it in doesn't work.
Not with two pre-schoolers who usually don't sleep through the night.
I never have energy. I wake up tired every day - and stay tired for the rest of it.
So, I've decided to make time for exercise no matter what.
To get started, before I actually started, I did some research. This series on habitual mastery was awesome, because it gave me my basic plan of attack.
30-day habit forming period
I want to get into the habit of running, so I need to go running every day for 30 days to form the habit. Thinking that it's only for 30 days helps me keep at it, and after that I should be so used to it that it's easier to keep going than stop.
On weekdays I aim to head out the door at 7.30am. That time works because Paul is still home and can watch the girls, but I've had time to give them bottles, nappy changes, and fruit platters etc.
On the weekends I run during the middle of the day when the girls (and Paul) are having their naps. It means Paul and I can alternate having a sleep-in one day of the weekend each. An important luxury in life.
To give my body a break, I've decided not to go running on Fridays. That's my busiest morning so it's nice to have the extra time to get organised for the day.
My actual "runs" are more like - run for a bit, walk for a bit, run for a bit, walk for a bit, sprint for a bit, walk until I can breathe again, etc. I've got a loop that I'm sticking to at the moment. It takes about 20-30 minutes depending on how fast I go. I'm hoping that as I get fitter, I'll be able to go faster and extend the distance I run.
After this 30-day habit forming period is up, I want to continue running six days a week and also start a new 30-day trial to incorporate strength-building exercises like pilates into my evening.
I've done this YouTube Pop Pilates for Beginners class a couple of times now and it's brilliant. Oh my goodness, the legs section is killer. There are a whole bunch of different POP Pilates classes I want to try when I start my strength-building trial.
Tracking my progress
My goal is to lose 23KG in one year, at a rate of about 1.5 - 2kg per month.
- Scales: To keep track of whether I'm actually losing weight, I finally bought some bathroom scales. I took a risk and bought $10 Warehouse ones. My risk didn't pay off. The scales are not accurate, fluctuating as much as 10kg in the same minute. I'm going to take them back and buy a more expensive set that I hope will work. *UPDATE: I took my scales back to The Warehouse and they gave me a refund. Then I went to Briscoes and bought the pair I was originally eyeing up. Luckily for me that had a half-price sale on scales today so I got them for $45 instead of $90. Much friendlier on the budget!
- Photos: Paul is also taking photos of my front, side and back each week so I have visual proof of whether my exercise regime is changing the way I look. One day I might get bold enough to share some of these photos with you. (Don't worry, I'm wearing plenty of clothes in them.)
- Journaling: I'm supposed to be writing notes in a daily journal about what exercise I've done, what I've eaten, how I feel energy wise, etc. I did that for three days and stopped. Must pick it up again. *UPDATE: I'm all up-to-date with my journaling now. Yay!
- Measurements: I'm planning to measure myself with a tape measure once a month.
In the evenings I love perusing other weight loss and fitness blogs to keep me inspired. Some faves so far:
- Can you stay for dinner? Andie Mitchell is a beautiful, thoughtful writer who lost 135 pounds (61.24kg) six years ago and has kept it off.
- Fit to the finish. Diane Carbonell lost 158 pounds (71.7kg) 14 years ago and has kept it off, despite having seven children.
This isn't my main focus at the moment (maybe it will be in one of my future 30-day plans), but here are the general guidelines I'm trying to stick to:
- Eat a good breakfast with lots of healthy fats and protein, eg. eggs, soaked oatmeal or blender oat pancakes
- Have a salad or smoothie for lunch if I'm not eating dinner leftovers
- Consume some fermented food every day
- Consume less than 30g fructose per day (including fruit)
- Only eat when I'm hungry (which is a lot less often now that I'm running)
- Eat more vegetables
- Keep nourishing myself with plenty of good fats like butter, dripping, coconut oil, olive oil and fermented cod liver oil.
So that's my plan. If you want to send me good vibes and encouragement, feel free. Thanks lovelies.