My Healthy Midlife Crisis – Days 85-91

Day 85

Calories ate: 2461
Calories lost through exercise: 845
Net Calories: 1617
Exercise: Swimming – 70 lengths in roughly 55 min

As normal on a Friday, I enjoyed swimming, and earning plenty of calories in the morning.  This meant I could enjoy plenty of food.

Day 86

Calories ate: 2616
Calories lost through exercise: 418
Net Calories: 2198
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (20 min), Bike (15 min), round of weights.

Today was a bad day (in terms of diet). I was doing really well, but after a long day I lost it in the evening, as we had to stop and eat while driving a long way home. Never mind!

Day 87

Calories ate: 2179
Calories lost through exercise: 729
Net Calories: 1450
Exercise: Running – Ran 4.02 miles at an average speed on 10min 17sec per mile

I didn’t manage to get out and exercise till late in the day, but felt really chuffed to run 4 miles in a relatively good time. So feeling good.

Day 88

Calories ate: 1970
Calories lost through exercise: 418
Net Calories: 1552
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (20 min), Bike (15 min), round of weights.

Another good day.

Day 89

Calories ate: 2000
Calories lost through exercise: 418
Net Calories: 1582
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (20 min), Bike (15 min), round of weights.

Still feeling good.

Day 90

Calories ate: 1966
Calories lost through exercise: 333
Net Calories: 1634
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (25 min)

I felt really, really tired today. So I found exercise really difficult to do.

Day 91

Calories ate: 2001
Calories lost through exercise: 400
Net Calories: 1601
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (20 min), Bike (10 min), round of weights.

Another day where I felt tired and deflated.

Week Summary

Weight: 14st 6lb
Weight lost this week: 1lb
Total weight lost: 2st 1lb

I can’t lie, I was disappointed to only loose 1lb this week. But I’m still doing well over all. Just over a week to go – wish me luck.

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My Healthy Midlife Crisis, Days 78-84

Day 78

Calories ate: 2918
Calories lost through exercise: 989
Net Calories: 1929
Exercise: Swimming – 60 lengths in roughly 45 minutes

Didn’t do too well food wise today. I went to a beer festival with a friend, and got a take away pizza! Knowing this was happening I did do a lot of exercise through the day, including lots of walking.

Day 79

Calories ate: 2074
Calories lost through exercise: 476
Net Calories: 1599
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (25 min), Bike (10 min)

I was back on track today.

Day 80

OK – So it’s been a bad day. I honestly have no idea how many calories I had, but it’s a lot! And I mean a lot! We went to a friend’s house for a BBQ, and plenty was consumed! I did still intend to do exercise, but when we got back, late in the day, I was about to go for a run, when the security company at church rang to say the alarm was going off. So I had to go round and check the building etc. By the time I came back, it was so late I abandoned the day as a right off! I will get back on track tomorrow.

Day 81

Calories ate: 1881
Calories lost through exercise: 441
Net Calories: 1441
Exercise: Gym – 5K on the treadmill

Pleased to be back on track today. Fitting the time in was hard, but did my run and then got on with the rest of the day. I definitely suffered for my poor eating choices yesterday, but am pleased to be back on track.

Day 82

Calories ate: 2122
Calories lost through exercise: 528
Net Calories: 1595
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (25 min), Bike (15 min) round of weights

Again, a good day. Time was, as normal a struggle, but feeling good again.

Day 83

Calories ate: 2007
Calories lost through exercise: 401
Net Calories: 1606
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (25 min)

It was almost impossible to fit in exercise today, but I did and I feel positive.

Day 84

Calories ate: 2059
Calories lost through exercise: 422
Net Calories: 1637
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (20 min), Bike (15 min), round of weights

Another positive day.

Week Summary

Weight: 14st 7lb
Weight lost this week: 3lb
Total weight lost: 2st

After a really bad start to the week I was over the moon to have lost 3lb. I have now lost 2 stone and still have roughly two weeks to go.  Feeling really good and on track.

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My healthy mid-life crisis Days 71-77

Day 71

Calories ate: 2223
Calories lost through exercise: 831
Net Calories: 1392
Exercise: Swimming – 60 lengths in roughly 45 minutes

Again, it was great to do plenty of exercise (I did a lot of walking as well), so that I could have plenty to eat!

Day 72

Calories ate: 2193
Calories lost through exercise: 634
Net Calories: 1558
Exercise: Gym – treadmill (25 min), Bike (10 min), round of weights

Again, felt like a good day. Still feeling very positive.

Day 73

Calories ate: 2063
Calories lost through exercise: 453
Net Calories: 1610
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (30 min – 5K!), round of weights

It felt great to clock up another 5K. It feels like that isn’t too big a challenge now, so hopefully I can start pushing myself further.

Day 74

Calories ate: 2052
Calories lost through exercise: 439
Net Calories: 1614
Exercise: Gym – treadmill (20 min), Bike (10 min), round of weights

For some reason I was really tired today and the running was really tough going. It weird that there are good days and bad days, but that’s the way it is.

Day 75

Calories ate: 2022
Calories lost through exercise: 380
Net Calories: 1642
Exercise: Gym, treadmill (20 min), Bike (10 min), round of weights

Another tough day today. I was really, really tired and struggled to do my exercise. But I’m now three-quarters of the way through – the end is in sight!

Day 76

Calories ate: 2132
Calories lost through exercise: 500
Net Calories: 1632
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (20 min), round of weights

Today was the hardest day so far. I really didn’t feel like I could run another moment.  I hate the fact there are days like that, it’s so strange.  Hoping tomorrow is better.

Day 77

Calories ate: 2075
Calories lost through exercise: 493
Net Calories: 1583
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (35 min, about 5.5.K), round of weights

Today I was back on track, ran the furthest I’ve run yet, and felt really positive afterwards.

Week Summary

Weight: 14st 10lb
Weight lost this week: 1lb
Total weight lost: 1st 11lb

For some reason, this week has been really tough. By this stage I realise that there are good weeks and bad weeks. So I’m not going to let it get me down. Next week will probably also not start well (I’m going out for dinner with a friend and then going to a beer festival! So I suspect that will be a bad day! I’ve also got dinner with a friend on Sunday). On the plus side, I’m fitting in clothes I haven’t worn for years!!

Nearly there, wish me luck!

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My healthy Mid-life Crisis, Days 64-70

Day 64

Calories ate: 2261
Calories lost through exercise: 744
Net Calories: 1517
Exercise: Swimming – 60 lengths in roughly 45 minutes

I was really pleased with my swimming and it was nice to have done enough exercise to enjoy plenty of food for the day!!

Day 65

Calories ate: 2084
Calories lost through exercise: 634
Net Calories: 1450
Exercise: Gym, treadmill (30 min), Bike (10 min), round of weights

Another positive day. I was pleased to have run 30 minutes on the treadmill.

Day 66

Calories ate: 2052
Calories lost through exercise: 387
Net Calories: 1665
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (20 min), Bike (10 min), round of weights

I’m still feeling positive. It was hard to fit in doing exercise, as it’s been a busy day, but I still feel it’s been positive day.

Day 67

Calories ate: 2079
Calories lost through exercise: 411
Net Calories: 1668
Exercise: Gym, treadmill (30 min)

Another day where I struggled to fit in exercise, but still feeling positive.
Day 68

Calories ate: 2189
Calories lost through exercise: 578
Net Calories: 1611
Exercise: Gym, treadmill (30 min), Bike (10 min), round of weights

Still going strong!

Day 69

Calories ate: 2070
Calories lost through exercise: 485
Net Calories: 1584
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (30 min, actually just over, I ran 5K!), round of weights

Still feeling strong. I pushed myself by running faster on the treadmill and running 5k.
Day 70

Calories ate: 2043
Calories lost through exercise: 358
Net Calories: 1685
Exercise: Gym, Treadmill (20 min), Bike (5 min), round of weights

For some reason today was much more of a struggle, I felt really tired and struggled not to eat too much. I struggled to do even 20 minutes on the treadmill. Still there are always ups and downs.

Week Summary

Weight: 14st 11lb
Weight lost this week: 3lb
Total weight lost: 1st 10lb

Overall it’s been a positive week. I’ve keep up the exercise and kept my eating under control. Wish me luck!

P.S. Carole has had a bit of set back having hurt her ankle running.  She’s now been walking with a limp for a week.  So she hasn’t been able to exercise.

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My Healthy Midlife Crisis – Days 57-63

Day 57

Calories ate: 2438
Calories lost through exercise: 807
Net Calories: 1631
Exercise: Swimming – Swam 50 lengths in roughly 40 minutes

I really struggled to control my eating today, but luckily I did a lot of exercise, not just swimming but lots of walking. But I really want to get my eating back under control.

Day 58

Calories ate: 2274
Calories lost through exercise: 598
Net Calories: 1675
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (20 min), Bike (10 min), Stairmaster (5 min), weightlifting

I’m still struggling to get eating under control, but definitely getting better.

Day 59

Calories ate: 2018
Calories lost through exercise: 608
Net Calories: 1410
Exercise: Ran 3.11 miles (5K) at an average pace of 10 min 37 sec per mile

I finally feel as if I’ve managed to get my eating back under control.  I was also really pleased with my running, and feel I could have done even better if it wasn’t so hot!  (hottest day of the year!)

Day 60

Calories ate: 1840
Calories lost through exercise: 441
Net Calories: 1399
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (20 min), Bike (10 min), Stairmaster (5 min), round of weights.

It feels really good to have my eating back under control but fitting in the exercise continues to be the challenge.
Day 61

Calories ate: 2046
Calories lost through exercise: 389
Net Calories: 1657
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (20 min), Bike (10 min) and round of weights.

I basically feel like I’m doing well but it’s been a busy week and as such getting to actually do the exercise is a real challenge.  Having said that, I seem to be avoiding the trap of eating like a pig while busy – which is a change of habit!

Day 62

Calories ate: 2138
Calories lost through exercise: 458
Net Calories: 1680
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (25 min), Bike (10 min), round of weights.

Definitely a struggle to fit the exercise into the timetable, but still feel I’m basically on track.

Day 63

Calories ate: 2115
Calories lost through exercise: 467
Net Calories: 1647
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (25 min), Bike (10 min)

I completely ran out of time at the gym, but still feel it’s largely been a good week.

Week Summary

Weight: 15st
Weight lost this week: 3lb
Total weight lost: 1st 7lb

I largely feel positive about the week.  It’s been a busy week, and I feel like I’ve basically managed to keep the diet under some sort of control and while it’s been a struggle to fit the exercise into my week, I’ve still done it.  I’ve also lost 3lb this week, which is great!  Only 37 more days to go, wish me luck!

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My Healthy Midlife Crisis – Days 50-56

Day 50

Calories ate: 2141
Calories lost through exercise: 548
Net Calories: 1593
Exercise: Swimming – Swam 50 lengths of the pool in roughly 40 minutes

We’re half way through the hundred days!  I can honestly say that I’m really starting to feel the benefits of the exercise.  I easily swam 50 lengths today and could have swum even more!  I’m also enjoying exercise!  (Which I would have thought would be completely impossible!)

Day 51

Calories ate: 2116
Calories lost through exercise: 384
Net Calories: 1734
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (10min), Bike (10 min), Stairmaster (5 min), round of weights.

It was a busy day today, so it was a real struggle to fit exercise in.  We also enjoyed dinner with some friends, which meant we had a lot of calories!  So not easy to keep the calories down!  But this has got to be sustainable, which means it has to include meals out and time with friends.

Day 52

Calories ate: 2115
Calories lost through exercise: 615
Net Calories: 1500
Exercise: Ran 3.11 miles (5k!!) at an average pace of 10 min 53 sec per mile

I’m really, really chuffed with myself.  I ran 5K for the first time today!  Who would have thought it was possible for me to run 5K.  I even ran the whole way, without walking at all! It was a good job too, as we had another big dinner with friends, so lots of calories were eaten again!

Day 53

Calories ate: 2001
Calories lost through exercise: 404
Net Calories: 1597
Exercise: Gym – treadmill (15min), bike (10 min), stairmaster (5 min), round of weights.

I was back in control of what I was eating today, which was good.  Still feeling good.

Day 54

Calories ate: 2131
Calories lost through exercise: 558
Net Calories: 1573
Exercise: Gym – treadmill (15 min), Bike (10 min), stairmaster (5min), round of weights.

For some reason I really struggled not to go really mad with my eating today. I realised late on in the day that it was because I felt quite stressed today (lots to do) and I normally cope with stress by eating a lot (hence the reason I need to go on this diet and exercise regime!). I need to find new ways of coping.

Day 55

Calories ate: 2115
Calories lost through exercise: 588
Net Calories: 1527
Exercise: Gym – treadmill (15 min), Bike (10 min), stairmaster (5min), round of weights.

Today was another day where I really struggled not to eat too much.  As I’m 55 days into this 100 days I’m aware that there are good times and bad times (and even good days and bad days), but this seems like a real slump at the moment.  I just hope I can get back on top of it.

Day 56

Calories ate: 2261
Calories lost through exercise: 497
Net Calories: 1763
Exercise: Gym – treadmill (15 min), Bike (10 min), stairmaster (5min), round of weights.

Well what can I say, another really bad day in terms of calories.  It’s proving really difficult not to eat at the moment, as I feel like I have a lot of stuff going on.  Still, at least I’m still exercising, which means my net calories aren’t horrific!  Hopefully it will all improve soon.

Week Summary 

Weight: 15st 5lb
Weight lost this week: 2lb
Total weight lost: 1st 4lb

I was really pleased at the start of the week to run 5K.  But, there’s no covering up the fact that I’ve really struggled to control my eating in the last few days.  While I’m still enjoying the exercise, business is my real enemy.  I love my job, and love what I get to do.  It’s such a privilege.  But in terms of health, it’s hard.  When I work hard, I always turn to bad eating choices, and it becomes harder and harder to fit in exercise.  When I do exercise, I then feel like I have even less time to do work, and so want to eat more!  Hopefully this 100 days will help train me to cope in different ways.  Wish me luck!

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My Healthy Mid-life Crisis – Days 35-49

Day 35 – Day 43

So, here’s the update!

I’ve been on holiday.  I did NO exercise!  I ate like a pig!  I drank beers in the middle of the day.  I ate take aways.  I sat and did nothing except read for ages.

What I’m trying to tell you is … I put 3lb back on!  (Taking me back up to 15st 9lb)

This is disappointing (but, if I’m honest, I don’t regret it – I needed a holiday, and I took one!).

Tomorrow, I will get back on the diet, and back to the exercise.

Day 44

Calories ate: 1977
Calories lost through exercise: 455
Net Calories: 1522
Exercise: Ran 2.02 at an average pace of 11min 58sec per mile

I made the mistake of coming back from holiday to a really full day (a PCC away day).  So I didn’t get round to exercising till late in the day, which always makes me slower.  Then there’s the fact that I have ate like a pig and done no exercise for a week.  So … as you may have guessed, it was hard, hard work.  The first mile wasn’t actually so bad.  But then I made the mistake of stopping to walk for 20 or 30 metres, and after that it was awful.  I got a stitch, and was so, so slow.  But, afterward I did feel better for making the effort to get back on track.

Day 45

Calories ate: 1977
Calories lost through exercise: 544
Net Calories: 1433
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (10min), Bike (10 min), Stairmaster (5 min), round of weights.

I can barely believe it myself, but it actually feels good to get back in the gym and work!  That’s right, I actually admitted to enjoying doing some exercise!  I can feel the fact that I have had a week off.  But I definately feel good for the exercise.

Day 46

Calories ate: 1922
Calories lost through exercise: 392
Net Calories: 1530
Exercise:  Gym –  Treadmill (10min), Bike (10 min), Stairmaster (5 min), round of weights.

I ended up at the gym very late today, as it was the only opportunity I had to get there.  But at least I did it.

Day 47

Calories ate: 1912
Calories lost through exercise: 555
Net Calories: 1357
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (10min), Bike (10 min), Stairmaster (10 min), round of weights.

It was a really rushed day today.  I had to squeeze my exercise in before I was on an overnight course.  It also meant that I couldn’t control what I had for meals (they were provided on the course).  So tomorrow I am being fed breakfast and lunch, and we’re out for dinner for my wife’s birthday, so goodness only knows what my calorie count will be!!

Day 48

Calories ate: 2224
Calories lost through exercise: 467
Net Calories: 1756
Exercise: Ran 3.02 miles at an average pace of 11min 40sec per mile

As you can see I ate a lot today.  In my defence breakfast and lunch were part of a course I was on, and then I went out for evening meal with my wife for her birthday.  I did try to make up for it by running 3, yes 3, miles.  But it was hard, as it was after all three full meals, and the most I have ever run!

Day 49

Calories ate: 2146
Calories lost through exercise: 584
Net Calories: 1562
Exercise: Ran 3.02 miles at an average pace of 11min 6 sec per mile

I ate a lot today, came back from my run really hungry.  But I was really pleased to have run 3 miles again.  Afterward I wondered how far 5K is in miles, and found it’s 3.107 miles, so I was really close!  So next week I want to try to run 5K!!

Week Summery

Weight: 15st 5lb
Weight lost this (two) weeks: 2lb (Well I actually put 3lb on and then lost 5lb, so really pleased with that!)
Total weight lost: 1st 2lb

I enjoyed my holiday and do not regret taking the time off the 100 Day program.  But feels really good to get back on track.  Definitely feel so much healthier already!  Tomorrow I will be half way through!!  Bring it on!

 

 

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My Healthy Midlife Crisis – Day 29-35

Day 29

Calories ate: 2057
Calories lost through exercise: 503
Net calories: 1554
Exercise:  Swimming – swam 50 lengths of the pool in roughly 40 minutes.

I enjoyed swimming today and feel on top of the plan at the moment

Day 30

Calories ate: 2119
Calories lost through exercise: 555
Net calories: 1564
Exercise: Gym – 15 min on treadmill, 10 min on bike, round of weights, 5 min on rowing machine, 5 min on stairmaster

It was daughters birthday party today, so it was very hard to stick to diet as I was surrounded by party food and birthday cake! Tried my best!

Day 31

Calories ate: 1991
Calories lost through exercise: 351
Net calories: 1640
Exercise:  Ran 2.01 miles at an average pace of 10min 44sec per mile

Today I had an early morning, then people came for dinner.  So dragging myself out for a late run was NOT fun.  But sore throat finally seems to be gone and exercise seem a little easier again.

Day 32

Calories ate: 1901
Calories lost through exercise: 424
Net Calories: 1477
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (10min), Bike (10min), Stairmaster (10min), weight lifting (5min) Rowing (5min)

Another day when squeezing in the exercise was difficult. That is by far the hardest thing in this 100 days – making time for exercise.  Most days it is the last thing in the world I want to day, and also feels like it’s stopping me from doing things I need to do.  Still, in the long run it does need to be done!

Day 33

Calories ate: 2083
Calories lost through exercise: 496
Net calories: 1587
Exercise: Gym – treadmill (15min), bike (10min), Stairmaster (5 min), rowing (5 min) and round of weights.

Don’t seem to be loosing much weight this week. But I’m still going.

Day 34

Calories ate: 1955
Calories lost through exercise: 432
Net Calories: 1523
Exercise: Gym – Treadmill (10min), bike (10 min), Stairmaster (5min) and round of weights.

I don’t want to sound typically British. I do like the warm weather … but it made the exercise so much harder! So I was less productive than normal

Day 35

Well … here’s the thing … I’m having a holiday, my first proper holiday since I started my new job in September. The whole idea of the 100 days is that I develop something sustainable, that will help me stay fit and healthy in the long-term. So I’m allowed holidays.
During the holiday I have only one aim – don’t put weight back on!

Week summary

Weight: 15st 7lb
Weight lost this week: 1lb
Total weight lost: 1 stone

It has been harder this week, as I don’t seem to be losing the weight as quickly. But, I am proud I’ve kept going.

I’ll be back!

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My Healthy Midlife Crisis – Days 22 to 28

Day 22

Calories ate: 2100
Calories lost through exercise: 673
Net calories: 1428
Exercise:  Swimming, 50 lengths of the local pool in about 45 min

Nice to feel that I’m back on track and doing well.

Day 23

Calories ate: 1941
Calories lost through exercise: 502
Net calories: 1438
Exercise: Ran 2.02 miles at an average pace of 10 min 52 sec per mile

Today was really tough (diet wise). I was busy all day, leading a PCC away day for our church.  It was great, but by the time I came home I was completely drained.  The day included being fed a big meal in the middle of the day.  So I had to be very careful in the evening because I had very few calories left.  But that was nothing compared to dragging myself out for a run.  I hated it.  Really really hated it.  I wish I could find words to describe just how much I didn’t want to go running.  But … I did it!

Day 24

Calories ate: 2096
Calories lost through exercise: 410
Net calories: 1686
Exercise:  Gym – 10 min on the treadmill, 10 min on the bike, 5 min on the stairmaster and a round of weights.

I was fed a wonder dinner by someone today. It was really hard to not have more (and I have to admit felt a little rude!  Which made it even harder).  It made the evening tough, as again I had so few calories left. So once again I have to admit, that going out to the gym later was awful. I found I was much, much slower than normal, and feeling quite sick. Think I might be coming down with something.

Day 25

Calories ate: 1823
Calories lost through exercise: 355
Net calories: 1469
Exercise: Gym – 10 min on treadmill, 10 min on the bike, 5 min on stairmaster, 5 min on rowing machine and round of weights

Sure enough I woke up with a sore throat (I assume because it did a lot of speaking on Saturday). I felt I am not feeling well at all.  A fuzzy head, not thinking clearly.  So getting out to the gym was hard, but pleased to say I still did.

Plus, it’s Day 25, which means I’m quarter of the way there!!

Day 26

Calories ate: 1946
Calories lost through exercise: 372
Net Calories: 1575
Exercise: Gym – usual round of treadmill (10 min), bike (10 min), stairmaster (5 min) Row machine (10 min) and round of weights.

Normal day of work and fitting in exercise. Fitting it into a working day is incredibly difficult, but needs to be done!  Still suffering from a sore throat and fuzzy head.

Day 27

Calories ate: 1987
Calories lost through exercise: 359
Net calories: 1628
Exercise: Gym – 10 min on tread mill, 10 min on bike, 5 min on stairmaster, round of weights

Still struggling with a sore throat, so exercise is still be a struggle. But boy am I glad I joined the gym.  For me it feels so much nicer in the gym than out and about.  Maybe when I feel a bit better I’ll try another run, but while this sore throat lasts, I’m sticking to the gym!

Day 28

Calories ate: 2067
Calories lost through exercise: 483
Net Calories 1584
Exercise: Gym – You know the gym routine by now, but for the record I am running further, biking further etc, etc.

Sore throat still there, but slowing improving.  The head was definitely fuzzy today.  But exercise continued!

Week Summery

Weight: 15st 8lb
Weight lost this week: 3lb
Total weight lost: 13lb

It’s definitely been a tough week, with meals provided during the day (making the diet hard, even if it makes the days brighter) and with not feeling well towards the end of the week.  Having said that, I finish the week feeling positive at the weight I’ve lost and still good to go!

Carole has also done brilliantly this week.  It’s so great to do this together, to be able to cover each other as we exercise.

Also, a number of you have let me know that these blogs have encouraged you to try to get fitter and lose weight.  I love that.  So many of us struggle with these things, so to know I’m encouraging others is a big boost, and letting me know encourages me right back!  Keep going everyone!

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My Healthy Midlife Crisis – Days 15 to 21

Day 15

Calories ate: 2095
Calories lost though calories: 565
Net calories: 1529
Exercise:  Swam 40 lengths of the local pool

My enthusiasm has returned. But I know this week will be hard. My parents are staying on Saturday. I have a very full day on Sunday. And will be down in London for the day on Tuesday! So this week will be tough!

Day 16

Calories ate: 1987
Calories lost through exercise: 503
Net calories: 1484
Exercise:  Ran 2.02 miles at an average pace of 11min 29sec per mile

Felt really pleased with my exercise today as I managed to run the whole first mile without having to stop and walk at all! I know that’s not a big deal for some, but it felt like a big achievement to me.  I also managed to run most of the second mile.  So definitely feeling positive.

Day 17

Calories ate: 1890
Calories lost through exercise: 383
Net calories: 1507
Exercise:  Gym – 10 min on treadmill, 10min on bike and a go on the weights

Really struggled to fit in exercise today. The fact the weather was freezing didn’t help either! Went to the gym, but soon ran out of time. Ended up very nearly being late to a confirmation service at the cathedral (I was so rushed I forgot the confirmation register and poor Carole had to bring the girls to the cathedral to deliver it!).

Day 18

Calories ate: 1919
Calories lost through exercise: 453
Net calories: 1466
Exercise:  Gym – 10 min on treadmill, 10 min on bike, 5 min on stairmaster, 5 min rowing and a round of weights

A good day and still feeling motivated.

Day 19

Calories ate: 2631
Calories lost through exercise: 547
Net calories: 2084
Exercise:  Gym – 10 min on treadmill, 10 min on bike, 5 min rowing, 5 min on stairmaster and a round of weights

Went down to London today for work (this involved getting into a ‘healthy debate’ with the Duke of York, but that’s a different story).  It unfortunately also meant completely and utterly messing up my calorie count!  I ate out, and then just surrendered in the evening!  My motivation completely deserted me!

Day 20

Calories ate: 2759
Calories lost through exercise: 848
Net Calories: 1911
Exercise – Swimming at least 45 lengths of the pool in roughly 40 min (it may have been 47 or 49 lengths, I kind of lost count!)

So I really struggled today.  The day started off well, getting plenty of good exercise. But, unfortunately, the day ended badly (in terms of the diet, not in terms of anything else).  I was meeting a friend in the evening and the calories count did not survive well!  I really, really need to get back on track.

Day 21

Calories ate: 1942
Calories lost through exercise: 434
Net calories: 1508
Exercise:  Ran 2.02 miles at an average pace of 10min 54sc per mile

It was good to get back on track today after two bad days. I really have began to notice the pattern that if I make bad eating choices one day, then the next day the exercise is much, much harder. The run today felt tough and fitting it into the schedule was really hard, as I had stuff in the diary for morning, afternoon and evening.

Summary

Weight: 15st 11lb
Weight lost this week: 2lb
Total weight lost: 10lb

This week has definitely been my first blip.  It would have been so easy to quit, but luckily the wonderful Rosie Goodwin asked me how the diet was doing on Facebook, and I remembered that I’d been sharing this diet, and so found the will to continue. So please do keep commenting and asking, sometimes I need the motivation.
Having said that, I’m pleased to say I’ve also noticed positives. Exercise is getting less difficult (I still wouldn’t say I’m enjoying it though!).  I can breathe easier and keep going better.
Next week is set to be a difficult week. Tomorrow (day 23) I have a cooked meal and pudding provided, I’m at someone’s house for dinner on Sunday (day 24) and I’m having dinner with the Bishop on Monday (Day 25).  There could be trouble ahead!  But I’m determined not to mess it up!  Wish me luck.

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