I was much more successful test driving the Garmin last night than I was on Saturday’s slightly disastrous (in terms of technology anyway) parkrun outing. As I was getting ready for work, I made sure to nip into the living room to plug the Garmin in. Result! By the time I came home, it had roughly 10 hours’ worth of charge, so there was no way it wasn’t going to work. I’d like to say that the ipod/podcast/user issue had been remembered and sorted (I hadn’t downloaded Week 4 of the Couch to 5k podcast at parkrun), but I completely forgot. Instead of procrastinating further, I decided to just try my hand at Week 5 Run 1. I reasoned that I probably ran for at least 5 minutes non-stop (just incredibly slowly) on Saturday, so 5 minutes running, 3 minutes walking, repeated three times probably wouldn’t kill me entirely. Week 5 separates out into three different runs, culminating in the dreaded 20 minutes non-stop running session. First time round, I managed it without too much difficulty. It’ll be interesting to see how I get on this time round. The 20 minute run will be my last run before jetting off on holiday next week. I did download Week 4 when I got back home from Slimming World, so I’ll be finishing the next two runs on Week 4.
The run went really well. While I don’t think I could have gone for much longer, I was really pleased that I wasn’t nearly dead at the end of the run. I enjoyed it as I’d also gone on a brand new route which incorporated road and trail. The trail was hard as I found I had to concentrate hard to make sure that I wasn’t likely to break my ankle on a tree root. I feel buoyed and confident that I won’t have a problem completing Week 4.
As for the Yurbuds, I was really impressed with them. I didn’t think that they’d actually stay put, given that they are earphones rather than headphones, but they didn’t budge. I am chuffed with them – they’re really comfortable, I forgot I was wearing them except when I’d accidentally catch the cord, and even then they didn’t come out. The only initial thing I’ve found is that they let quite a lot of wind noise in. To be fair, I don’t know if that’s just because I had the volume level really low (I was running on a single track road and trails, so I wanted to be able to hear well). The sound quality is good though, and I’m sure the wind noise will be less of an issue when I have the volume up more normally.
Après run, I remembered to pack a clean t-shirt and some body spray (I feel like I am particularly stinky after exercise at the moment – I am sure I nearly killed both myself and M off in the car on the way home from Killerton at the weekend). The food diary challenge went well, and I took mine in for scrutinising. I think one thing I really noticed is that I am particularly poor at getting my Health Extra A (which is mostly calcium based foods, for those non-Slimming Worlders). In the past 7 days, I have only succeeded in eating my “A” choice twice. I think I need to revisit the book and see what I can have, other than cheese or milk (or which varieties of cheese and milk I can have).
So, the food diary went well, and this showed on the scales with a 4.5lb loss and made me Slimmer of the Week (woo!). Not only has it been good for my weight loss efforts, but it’s also been a good reminder from a mental perspective. I have actually enjoyed the week, being nearly 100% on the wagon (only two days that detract from that are Saturday and Sunday, where I had too many syns, but not by excessive amounts). I’ve eaten plenty of food, food that has been good for me. Honestly, if every week was like this, then I’d have lost all the weight ages ago! The strange thing is that I don’t feel especially motivated. I feel like this is “normal”, it isn’t a battle, I’m not prowling round the house grumbling that I can’t find any biscuits, crisps, sweet things, etc. I also don’t feel like I have been chained to the kitchen, which is how I sometimes feel, and I think makes me a bit despondent. I’m sure the feeling will wear off, and I’ll be ninja like in my attack on unsuspecting food, but I’m enjoying the feeling right now. What have I done differently?
- I have tried new foods. I have a couple more to try too. The variety has been nice.
- I have put some suitable foods on – quick easy meals for when we’re pushed for time. I’ve also cracked out the slow cooker again (well, it is nearly autumn!).
- I’ve used food as a treat. Shock… horror!! My sister sent me this very funny cartoon on Facebook, and I was nearly in tears reading it. Page 2, and the Bleurgh is so true! However, if I want to reward my parkrun efforts with a homemade brownie, why shouldn’t I? Or if I want a fry up (which is a grill up anyway) after a run, why shouldn’t I? I am reward oriented, but I am also geared more towards immediate gratification, and sometimes, promising myself a DIY pedicure at the weekend for my good efforts just doesn’t cut it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that every single time I do something, I’ll reward with food (I know I’m not a dog!), but it’s good not to limit the options. Food is not the enemy, my lack of self-restraint/control is.
All in all, I’m pleased with both the run and the weight loss.