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Weekend in review: Exercise boxes ticked but also the Binge Box

Monday, August 08, 2011


I had a great weekend fitness wise:

Friday: 50 minutes swimming in the morning followed by 35 minutes on my new treadmill.
Saturday: 50 minutes swimming and 20 minutes walking.
Sunday: 50 minutes swimming, at least 35 minutes walking and 45 minutes on my treadmill.

I’m pleased with my running progress. Yesterday’s session was 3 x 7 minutes running, each followed by 3 minutes walking, followed by 1 x 8 minutes running, 2 minute run, 3 minute run then a 2 minute walk. I can’t believe that I can run for 8 minutes straight, walk fast for 2 minutes and then run again! My lungs are definitely stronger since I started this running malarkey.

Planning wise I did well. I looked through my Clean Eating Magazine cookbook and latest issue of the clean eating magazine and planned out the meals for the entire week. New recipe yesterday for clean chicken and asparagus casserole was a hit, although the girls don’t like “sauce” and I had to wipe their chicken pieces clear of any sauce. I also cooked up some wild rice medley and grilled some turkey for workday lunches this week.

On Friday, at Costco I bought some delicious kiwi fruit so I have been eating one of those each day. I also bought over 1kg of blueberries so have frozen some for later and baked some into 100 calorie blueberry muffins which I turned into clean eating muffins but taking out the sugar and adding agave nectar and sucanat sugar. They’re OK... definitely edible but not totally awesome. I need to work on my recipes I think.

I bought some new fitness clothes at Costco too... but still in XL. It’s a bit frustrating that I’m completely sabotaging my weight loss efforts with eating badly.

On Saturday night I had a binge session.... There is no other word for it. I was hungry, yes, but I think I was more driven by boredom and I should have just stopped eating. I also had a couple of drinks on Friday – Mikes Hard Limeade with some crushed ice – but I then found out that they were 220 calories each! So I stopped at 2 which meant it was not even worth drinking them – I could have just drunk diet limeade as two drinks don’t really do anything alcohol wise, especially when I drink them slowly. They were a waste of calories. I should stick to wine if I am going to drink.

So, all in all, not a super bad weekend. I certainly ticked some of the boxes on my August goals spreadsheet. I weighed myself this morning and it wasn’t as bad as I expected, but still up from a month ago... but I still am going to be carrying way more weight than I wanted on the half marathon on Sunday.

So... HALF MARATHON ON SUNDAY! I am going to take it steady, not push myself too much – I just would like to finish before they take down the finish line at 3.5 hours! I will be walking for most of it, I’m sure. I just haven’t trained enough. However, it is a great test for me – and following the race I will hopefully feel confident enough to sign up for the Seattle half in November.

This week I’ve got quite a bit of fitness booked in my calendar to keep me going and hopefully help me to increase my ability to go for the duration!
Monday: Circuit training.
Tuesday: C25K before work.
Wednesday: C25K before work and possibly Cardio Kickboxing class.
Thursday: Zumba
Friday: Swim and C25K
Saturday: Swim and probably a walk with the family to a spray park.
Sunday: HALF MARATHON!!! ARGH!!!

Eating wise, I am better on work days as I only eat what I bring to work and sometimes I don’t eat it all. I need to focus on the evenings and stop picking and eating empty calories.

Anyway, I’m at work and should be writing some kind of procedure document so I’d better get to it. Have a great week fellow sparklers. Have you reviewed your weekend? What did you do that was better than the weekend before?
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  • A_RARE_BEAN
    You're plan for the week looks good. Good on ya for taking on a half marathon, and sensibly too, you can totaly do it!!! :o)
    3569 days ago
  • JANEZAP
    good luck with the marathon!! i have the city to surf on this sunday im hoping my cough will be gone by then haha i havent been training at all besides cardio at the gym but thats not generally running haha oh well i'll just have to do my best i guess :)

    i have the same problem, i do really good exercise wise and then ruin it with crappy eating and binging :(
    3569 days ago
  • DIVAGLOW
    Good luck with the training. I know you will be able to be successful with it.
    3570 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10364891
    Good luck with training for the half marathon! That is so ambitious..looking forward to hearing about it when you're done :). emoticon
    3570 days ago
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