My healthy midlife crisis – Days 1 to 7

Day 1

Calories ate: 2052.
Calories lost through exercise: 407.
Net calories: 1645
Exercise: Swimming – 30 lengths of the local pool in roughly 30 minutes.

Started with swimming. I’ve always liked swimming, so enjoyed it. The trouble with swimming is that half an hour swimming takes at least an hour out of your day, normally more.  So not really possible when it’s not my day off.  I did start to ache before I went to bed though!

Day 2

Calories ate: 2,225.
Calories lost through exercise: 538.
Net calories: 1687
Exercise: Ran (OK, tried to run, but did a lot of walking!) 2.16 miles at an average pace of 12min 56sec per mile.

Woke up aching all over!  I also realised something that shows just how foreign exercise is to me.  I literally have no cloths suitable for exercising!  Seriously, nothing.  All my trousers are either jeans, combats or dress trousers.  None of which can be used for running.  Most of my shirts are shirts or polo shirts.  This led to a trip to the shops, in which I realised I didn’t even know what clothes should be used for exercise!  In the end I picked something and my healthy midlife crisis continued.

Day 3

Calories ate: 2110.
Calories lost through exercise: 416.
Net calories: 1694.
Exercise – “ran” 2.06 miles at an average pace of 12min 31sec per mile.

If I thought I was aching yesterday, it was unbelievable today. By the end of the day I could barely move!

Day 4

Calories ate: 1907.
Calories lost through exercise: 496.
Net calories: 1411
Exercise: “ran” 2.02 miles at an average pace of 13min 19sec per mile (I know that’s slow, but I was aching so much a could barely walk, let alone run!)

Today I could barely walk! I must have looked like a demented penguin whenever I went up or down stairs. But I still went for a run!

Day 5

Calories ate: 1982.
Calories lost through exercise 260.
Net calories: 1722
Exercise: Went to the gym! Spent 10 minutes on the treadmill, 10 minutes on the bike, 5 minutes on the step master and 5 minutes on the weights.

Less stiff and achy today. Still sore going up and down stairs, but much better.  I actually quite enjoyed the gym, certainly preferred it to running round the park.

Day 6

Calorie ate: 2100
Calories lost through exercise: 446.
Net calories: 1654
Exercise: Went back to the gym. Spent 10 minutes on the treadmill, ten minutes on the bike, 5 minutes on the step master, 5 minutes on the rowing machine and a circuit on the weights.

Day 7

Calories ate: 2077
Calories lost through exercise: 409
Net Calories 1667
Exercise: Ran 2.03 miles at an average pace of 12min 21 sec per mile

Week Summary

Weight: 16st 2lb
Weight lost this week: 5lb

The first week has been good, although getting used to the exercise will take time.  The hardest thing by far has been wrestling with the guilt of taking time away from work or family to actually do the exercise.  I spend most of my time feeling I shouldn’t be running, or whatever, but should be inside doing some work!  I guess that’ll get easier with time.

Of course the first week is bound to be easiest, the enthusiasm is still there.  It may be harder to motivate myself as time moves on!  Wish me luck.

P.S. Carole has also kept up her exercise, and lost 4lb this week.  It’s so much easier having her do this too.  Great mutual support.

About David

I'm the curate at St. Anne's Church, in the parish of Shevington, Standish Lower Ground and Crooke. I'm married to Carole and have two beautiful daughters called Sarah and Anabel
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2 Responses to My healthy midlife crisis – Days 1 to 7

  1. Lynda hulme says:

    Flippin’ ‘ec David! Well done, I’m well impressed? Xx

  2. Rosemary says:

    Well done David and Carole I’m sure it will get easier!!!!!! X. Rosie

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