Monday, March 31, 2014

Embracing the rest day.

Wanna know a secret?

When I was back and doing 12wbt hard core I never really *got* rest days.

Well - sometimes I scheduled them in - but they were rest days in disguise. No gym smashing but maybe a 5-10 km walk instead. I couldn't get my head around actually just "resting"

I was sort of like the minions in this pic. I knew what I was doing when I was smashing it up. But rest - no clue. Rest days to me meant going completely off track and losing total sight of my goals. I think I was terrified to take them.

You know what though - it didn't work. I would be fine for weeks then burn out or lose focus - I just couldn't keep going at that pace.

This time - I am embracing the rest day. This thing is for life - and life is far too long to smash your body.

Still eat well. Still be mentally on track - but totally totally take a day off training.

Friday, March 28, 2014

7 days

7 days of eating clean

7 days of tracking

7 days of moving my body

I am feeling so much better already.

I am finding I am able to give that little bit more at the gym.

I am shoes on, gear ready, eager to get out the door when Paul gets home so I can get to the gym.

I still miss the days of being able to workout whenever I want - and knowing my body is strong.

But I am 7 days closer to where I want to be.

Do I wish I started earlier? Don't we all. But I didn't. And it is what it is.

My plan for the next 7 days?

  • To give my body an active rest day
  • To make something simple and delicious for quick last minute lunches.
  • To continue training every day.
  • To begin to test my foot with small, slow running intervals.
  • And to swallow my pride, and book an assessment at the gym so I can get a weights program sorted that I am happy to do. I miss being strong.
Next weekend I have the lovely reward of a trip to Phantom of the Opera. I get to hear music that stirs my soul . That will be my reward

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It takes a village ...

Remember #fighterbabe?

That little miracle we never thought we would have?

Well here she is - 19 months and a running jumping leaping FIRECRACKER through and through!!

She makes exercise a little difficult at time. She wants MUM and wants mum with her. A lot.
(and you can't exactly leave a baby at home while you go train!!)

This week - I have trained. And like the saying "it takes a village to raise a child" - it is completely because of my village!

This week my training has been possible because ...

  • of my husband. Who rushes home and cooks dinner so I can sneak a workout in.
  • my hubby who also takes her in Bob our running pram every parkrun
  • the parkrunners that quietly keep an eye out for the runaway toddler every week I'm sure!
  • My step buddies. Who miss a track - or two - and dance and cajole Miss A so mummy can do a bit more
  • The other mothers in the step class - who watched my baby while they were watching their own.
  • My bestest buddy miss Sonja - who keeps quietly smiling at me cause she knows how hard this is for me - and offers to leave her own class if I need.
  • Even instructors at the gym who I caught playing "peekaboo" and laughing with her this morning (thanks Nikki!)
It takes a village! I'm so grateful for mine (and if you see a mum with a toddler or a baby at your gym give them a smile. Help them carry their bags or put their gear away after class! It's hard to put your health first! Especially when babies want to play!)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Do you think the body remembers???

Yesterday I was at the gym.

And I had to grab something quickly upstairs while my baby was happy downstairs.
I really didn't want to move her.

So I sprinted hard up those stairs.
(a flight and a half)

And do you know what?

It felt great.

I wasn't breathless and my heart wasn't pumping.
A week ago walking felt an effort.

It's only been a week.

Do you think the body remembers??

Monday, March 24, 2014

Always remember

MyZone Match

One of the rather cool things about my gym is it is part of the myZone network.

You can purchase a belt (or win one in challenges) which records your heart rate and other data. It then flashes this on the screen as you work out and shows you what "zone" you are working in.

(as well as heaps of other useful stuff like send you your data via email at the end of each session)

Well ... Yesterday was the start of something new! And for me - it will be awesome!

Zone Match.

Basically at a prescheduled time zone match is activated in the cardio room. You pop on a piece of equipment with your belt on - and an interval based program will start. Your job is to try to keep up with the zones on the screen!

So yesterday was steep intervals. Basically 1min in the blue zone, 1 in the red. And continue. For 20min.

For me it was awesome. Mind games to take my mind off being stuck in the gym. And I worked HARD. Sweat was pouring off. It felt like the old me.

My stats for the session (so I can compare later)

Class: Steep Intervals

Zone Match: 25.98%

MEPs: 84 
Duration: 00:21 
Av Effort: 89% 
Calories: 207 
Av Heart Rate: 159 

I'll definately be back

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A tale of two journeys

Some days I find writing on this blog a trifle confusing.

It is like I have two completely different journeys and I am trying to combine them both on the one blog. It's a tad confusing.

There is the story of the old me. Who did 12wbt. Lost the weight and became unstoppable!
The me with confidence and a desire to go hard.

And now there is the me now.
Tired. Frustrated. Overweight again. (and more than a little mad at myself for getting here again!)

I had thought about starting a new blog. A new blog for a new journey.

But I don't want to forget where I came from.

Reading back shows me this isn't new. This is just me getting back and doing what I was doing back then.

I hope I don't confuse you too much with my two stories.

Tell me - new blog or stay here??

Lifting date :)

It's no secret that in my world time away from the kids with hubby just doesn't happen! Then on the weekend I had a brainwave!

There is a kids cage at the gym - so hubs and I had a lifting date! It was Sunday afternoon and quiet so worked perfectly. We bribed miss 8 to entertain the toddler.

Post gym selfie. Check out e - she sure looks impressed!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

On injury, frustration .... and lego????

Some people when they get injured have great stories to follow!
Stories of bravery ... and adventure ... and big crashes!

Me - I get lego.

Seems a few months back I hurt my foot - so badly it effects my every day. If I sit for a bit I limp in pain till it frees up. I have two pairs of shoes I can tolerate and won't tell you how much I've spent on ones that don't work.

Some days walking 2kms means I am feet up in pain the rest of the day.

So - I went to the podiatrist ... as you do ... ready for an answer and a CURE!

Seems not. I have the unglamourous sounding injury to the fat pad of my heal. Most common cause?? Stepping on a lego. Estimated time to heal - 6-18 MONTHS.

Time is really the only cure.

So if you are wondering where I have been that is where. Limping in frustration and sulking at the card I've been dealt.

Well guess what. I can't stand doing nothing anymore.

I am declaring the next 4 weeks rehab week.
Instead of doing the training I love ... I am gearing up for a boring mind numbing month of cross trainer, bike and rower. Anything that keeps the weight off my heal.

Stubbornly I am still doing some step classes but doing all the low impact moves.

And I'm commencing back at strength training - hopefully I can tolerate that.

Honestly - it sounds crazy but such a simple thing hurts like hell.

This is my plan to hopefully drop some weight (which might help) and build some fitness while I wait for it to fix - without causing anymore damage.

Now - the question is ....

How do I make the cross trainer fun?????

Some things are harder than you think they will be.

Fighterbabe is 19mths.

Can you believe it?

My miracle is a climbing running walking always moving ball of energy.

And I can tell you I am not where I thought I would be.

Getting back to the life I was living was harder than I thought.

A big part of it is excuses I know. And I'm not going to go into that.

But for other new mums out there - sometimes it is just hard.

Mind, body and life did not work in a way I could go back to the old me.

Injury made it worse.

And for a while that was ok with me.

But now ... now I feel I need to change.

I want time for me back.

I want to feel like I can trust my body to be strong.

I want to feel healthy not tired.

So baby stepping I am back.

I'll update you with my plan shortly.

But for now - it is enough for me to say that I've been to the gym three times in the last three days.

Happily  - that's a good enough start for me ...