Well, what a day it has been…First up was a bit of something new. Mr WLB and I decided that we would give an aerobics class a go. Actually, I decided that I wanted to do it…and I decided – told him – that he was doing it with me. Anyone who knows Mr WLB will be chuckling at this as he has the coordination of Bambi on ice, made worse by the two legs rather than four. In fact, the night I met him, he fell over his own feet trying to impress me with his dance moves – and has broken his ankle twice during our relationship…once by falling over whilst dancing again, and the other by tripping over his own feet. I so wish that I had arranged for a hidden camera.
So, I entered the class feeling all ‘spandex’ and ready for it…only to sneeze and see my chewing gym fly out of my mouth across the room. I rather sheepishly and secretively went and prised it off the floor…trying to deposit it in the bin was a nightmare as it got stuck to my fingers. It wasn’t the best of starts.
Nor was it the best decision to put my swimming costume on under my leggings and t-shirt. I was heading for a swim straight after – obviously after a quick shower…no one needs workout sweatiness in the pool. However, swimming costumes are slippery little buggers and my fecking leggings kept sliding down! I would hazard a guess that I burnt more calories hoicking them up at regular intervals than I did doing the bloody proper intended moves.
I do think that the statement ‘proper intended moves’ is a slight stretch of the truth however, and a huge bit of wishful thinking…there was not much proper nor intended about my moves. I was more MC Hammer than Flavia Cacace!
Mr WLB did well. I had purposefully put him behind me as I did not want to get the giggles over his moves. When we do our aquafit class I end up in stitches of laughter as he just about masters a move whilst we are three moves on. He did a fabulous job though and got stuck in. He actually elbowed me out of the way and stuck me behind him halfway through…which suited me as it was a back corner job and I could just get on with it…although I did end up kicking the wall during one move.
I would say that I managed about 90% of the moves. Shifting 25st+ around is a bit tough at times, but it was the moves rather than the exertion that got to me. We had to do some floor work on all fours and lifting legs up and stuff, and the pressure on my knees was a bit much. Without going into too much detail, all fours on a mattress is a little different compared to all fours on a thin gym mat on a wooden floor!
My new heart rate watch got it’s first outing and it was encouraging to see that my heart rate stayed within the ‘fat burn’ zone throughout. This shows how much my stamina has increased as my heart rate used to go sky high as soon as I moved! I could have done more of the standing work too, so it’s quite encouraging.
We followed the class with a swim, and it was lovely to be in the pool and feel weightless again. Being back at the gym felt like ‘home’ and I am looking forward to the progress I can make this year from a fitness perspective. I want that Kettlebell and Metafit class on my tick list by the end of the year.
The gym visit was followed by a trip to the horses – who are fine and loving their field this winter. I checked their condition under their rugs when I got back off holiday and they all look really good. Considering they are just on grass, I am pleased with this. I am also looking forward to spending a bit more time with them this weekend hopefully. They need a nice brush – well, they probably don’t think so, but they like a scratch and I like to make their manes a bit smarter as they all look like wild bloody horses at the moment!
It was then off to a lovely Slimming World group this evening. I met some amazing people who are all trying to make positive changes. We all know how bloody hard this is…so I just get a kind of humbled feeling to see everyone making a go of it – we are all in the same boat regardless of the amount we have to lose and what stage we are at. I really do appreciate the opportunity to share my story – and I don’t focus on the food or the exercise, other than to talk about what I used to do and what I can do now – but I like to talk about the mind changes I made and the tools I used to help me do this. It seemed to go down well and a lot of people had questions after the group…so I am hoping – fingers crossed! – that what I said will help someone make steps in the right direction. I know that the responsibility lay with me, just as it lies with them, but reading about how other people made changes for the better really helped me…and so I am happy to talk about myself for an hour if it might make a tiny difference!
It has been a late night for me…I am usually in my PJs by 7pm…so I am going to relax for a bit and then crack on with my first ‘weights’ day tomorrow since before Christmas…eek!
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with cheese (HEA) and pepper, onion, cherry tomatoes, sweet potato and salad leaves!
Lunch: Jacket potato, beans, cottage cheese and fruit.
Dinner: Moroccan veggie tagine with rice and Quorn meatballs.
Snacks: Two HiFi bars (2 x HEB), Ryvita bakes (7.5 syns) and a Nakd bar (7.5 syns).
A good food day today. A decent amount of superfree and a ‘free’ brekkie meant more food later in the form of my HiFi bars, which I ate before heading out to do my talk. I have been having more sweet food recently and although I have enjoyed it, it’s been a good reminder of how my tastes have changed as I just don’t get ‘that’ feeling for it anymore. So, my brekkie was a bit strange. I had no bananas left and plain porridge didn’t appeal today. I fried a small onion with some red pepper, cherry tomatoes, a bit of leftover sweet potato, and then scrambled in some eggs…I even added some salad leaves as I thought it needed a bit of ‘green’ in it. I put half in a bowl, layered on my HEA cheese, and put the rest on top. It was lovely and filling and set me up nicely for my aerobics…although a fleeting thought about egg farts did go through my mind…but not my pants, so all was safe there! Lunch was just grabbed whilst we were out…the fruit from Boots and the potato from the potato lady. Dinner was lush! It was one of those ‘throw it all in’ jobs…a tin of chickpeas, two tins of chopped tomatoes, a bag of chopped red onions, red and green pepper, a courgette and a butternut squash, with garlic and a Moroccan spice mix. I put this in the oven on low whilst I went out, then rang Mr WLB to stick the meatballs and rice on whilst I drove home. I walked in to a plate of loveliness!
I think that I have worked out a way of solving the picture uploading crisis…so I will be giving it a go tomorrow and hopefully you will be able to see my eatery delights again soon!
Exercise: 60 minues of aer’no’bics and 30 minutes of swimming.
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx