deannawol: (Default)
2016-10-09 06:28 pm

When do you start to notice that there's less of you?

Here's a weird question...  When you are losing weight, how much do you need before you start to see it yourself?

I've lost about 8% of my bodyweight over the last few months, but I don't see it.  I can wear my jeans a size smaller and my old faithful jeans are now just falling off me.  When I look in the mirror though, I just don't see it. 

I'm down 21lbs.  That's quite a bit.  It's more than I thought I would be able to do.  I have some really good days and the rest of the time, I just feel a bit blah.  I'm still going.  I'm still working towards it. 

I have 6.6lbs to go until I hit 2 stones.  Fingers crossed.  I can totally do this.g
deannawol: (Kris Allen - Music)
2016-09-30 12:31 pm
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#MillionSteps, General Fitness, Aspirations and all that Jazz

Today is the last day of the month. It's also the official last day of my #MillionSteps challenge. Over the past 3 months, I have walked about 1,120,000 steps, or a fraction under 830kms. I have become fitter. I can get through tough karate classes and walk over 6kms in an hour - both of which were unthinkable three months ago.

The other side effect is that I have lost a little bit of weight. Not a massive quantity but definitely enough that I'm comfortable to share it with you. Below the cut is an actual picture of me (a very rare event - although today is send a photo to our customers day and we've done all the group photos but I need to sort out a nice portrait shot to send before Monday). It should be noted that I'm wearing jeans that are between 1 and 2 dress sizes smaller than I did at the start of the challenge (from a UK22/24 to a UK20) and I've noticed that my bumpy bits are a little less bumpy.

The good side is that the weight loss (18lbs or about 8kgs) was done gradually and as long as I keep my activity level up, it should be maintainable. However, I do want to lose a little bit more so I'm going to keep up the exercise.

I actually got approached by one of the regulars at my gym. He's in his 60's and goes in the mornings about the same times as I do. He's absolutely wonderful and always has a wave or a smile for you. Anyway, he came over this morning and asked me where I was vanishing off to. He's noticed that I've lose weight and I got a fist bump of achievement from him. Another regular of the gym came over to me in the changing room, having heard what he said and said the same thing. It really started my day off in a fantastic way. Thank you both! I kinda needed to hear it.

Click for Pic... )

This is a very clingy top, very clingy, and it's always clung to ever single bump that I have. This is honestly the first time that I've worn this and not despaired that my rolls of fat were bigger than my chest. I am actually feeling pretty good about that picture.
deannawol: (Default)
2016-09-21 12:02 pm

#MillionSteps challenge - Week OMG IS IT OVER YET?!

I'm kidding.... Mostly.

I think I'm up to week the end of week 11 of the challenge and, unofficially, I have hit my target! I have crossed one million steps since July 1st.

I feel tired, amazing, elated, disbelieving, and everything else in between. It's been a tough ride. I've had one fairly serious fibromyalgia flare up. I've had a couple of horrid IBS flare ups - which have hit while I've been on the treadmill because where else would be quite so inconvenient? Looking back, I honestly can't believe that I've done it.

Let's look at some stats:

 JulyAugustSeptemberTotal
Number of steps taken3728893748872566271004403
Number of kilometers covered273.95277.16189.99741.1
Number of miles covered170.22172.22118.05460.49
Average steps per day12028120931222012101
Average kilometers per day8.848.949.058.93
Average active mins per day94.84100.5599.1998.07

I have taken only one day off since 01-July, and that was last Saturday.
Every other day, there was a trip to the gym or a really long walk.

My regular workday schedule has been an hour at the gym before work, a 1km slow walk at lunchtime and then pretty much rest for the rest of the day - apart from incidental walking around the house, etc. Not included in that has been karate classes on Wednesday and Thursday.

What's surprised me most is actually the amount of active minutes per day.  Honestly, this is probably be biggest difference for me.  I , now, put in between 11 and 12 hours of exercise into my week.  This is a massive increase for me.  I do feel healthier, but I'm still trying to keep the activity level balanced.  With fibromyalgia, pushing too hard can just land me on my ass.  I think that the amount, or even slightly less, is sustainable.  I'm going to look at incorporating other types of exercise into my training routine though - see if I can start pushing a couple of inches off my various measurements.

That's the baffling thing to me, though.  I kinda expected that getting off my arse would help me to shift some weight.  It's not been super for that, but I have lost a little.  Nowhere near what I pictured, but this wasn't for weightloss.  This was for getting out and getting moving.  And I did that.

The current plan is to continue until the end of the month with just walking and then start looking into branching out.  But, you guys!  I did it!  :)

deannawol: (Writing - Run the Edge)
2016-08-26 09:06 am

Update

Today marks 8 weeks in on my million steps challenge.  I have just over five weeks left. 

For those 8 weeks, I have averaged:
  • a fraction over 12000 steps per day
  • about 95 active minutes per day
  • a fraction under 9kms per day
I have racked up a total of 500kms walked over the the 8 weeks and just shy of 678,000 steps. 

From June 13th, when I got my fantastic Fitbit, to June 30th, I covered 74.78kms (which I was very proud of).  In July, I covered 274km and in August to date, I have covered 225kms.  We've added an additional karate class to our schedule each week for August (a longer class than our current one with another great Sensei - I just wish it wasn't the day before our other karate class).

I can honestly say that my activity level has at least doubled over the last 8 weeks.  I can feel it in my knees and legs - which isn't helped by the heat given that they are swollen up and horribly cramp-y.  My ankles are officially cankles at the moment and I'm not entirely happy with that.  My entire thigh cramped last night from hip down to knee.  Really annoying.  And that's my whinge for the day done. 

I do feel better over all.  Healthier, more able to do things, although Karate still kills me.  I'm contemplating doing some walking races (I'm not up to running yet so next best thing, right?).  Not sure.  But yeah, I'm glad that I started this challenge.

deannawol: (Eyes: Leaking)
2016-08-09 01:46 pm

#MillionSteps challenge - Week 6

I'm still keeping up my step count.  I'm about 6 weeks in and my step count is closing in on half a million steps.  Oh my God, I never thought that I would say such a thing. 

My stats for July were:
~370,000 steps
~274 kilometers / 170 miles walked
Average per day steps of around 12,000

There were also about 5 big blisters and an infinite amount of cramps - which now mostly just try to cripple me as I tackle hills. 

I also managed, somehow, to fit in a Karate grading and am now the proud wearer of an Orange belt - which manages to turn my beautiful white gi a weird orangy-pink colour when I sweat during class.  Also managed to squeeze in a seminar which had us training under Kancho Sullivan, the man who founded our particular branch of Karate.  He's in his 70's, his Australian and he punches trees for fun. 

All in all, I'm keeping active.  Although, I really want some sleep.  With the schedule that I'm on - there are no rest days.

Yes, that's a bad idea but I'm not pushing myself to breaking point.  If I need a particularly slow day, I do 3km instead of 5km in the morning.  I do the same on the days when there is Karate practice.  It's working for me but there's this niggly-naggly voice in the back of my head asking me what's going to happen after September and after the end of this challenge.  I'm not entirely sure that I will be able to just stop cold-turkey or that I'll want to. 

Guess, we'll see!
deannawol: (Eyes: Rainbow Eyes)
2016-07-25 11:41 am

#MillionSteps challenge - End of week 3

3 weeks in and I've hit my first big milestone - a quarter of a million steps, and I'm rapidly closing in on my 300k-th step. 

I'm also down about 8.3 lbs since the middle of June.  That's not terrible in terms of weight loss.  Slow but sustainable. 

The benefits of doing this challenge are that I'm actually getting a long walk in every day with a few days of exceptional walks.  I start my workdays off with a nice 5km walk, and then top up with a supplemental walk if necessary at the end of the day.  Add in a couple of karate classes during the week and I think I can move my activity level off the sedentary level and into active. 

I do have worries about whether or not it's sustainable.  I'm afraid that my fibromyalgia will kick in and level me.  I'm afraid that I'm going to have to keep up this activity level.  I know that I'm borrowing trouble from tomorrow but I'm a worry-wart by design.  For example, I'm worried that I've found this upkick in my activity levels (up to 3x what I was doing per day) fairly easy. 

But so far, it's been okay.  I've had twinges.  I've had muscles lock solid for twenty minutes while I was walking and being in pain while I waited for them to unlock.  But they did unlock.  I've found that increasing my activity levels means that the muscle stiffness that comes with fibro kicks in fast.  I'm keeping at it though. 
deannawol: (Default)
2016-07-18 10:59 am

#MillionSteps challenge - End of week 2

Right, so we're a little over two weeks into the ‪#‎millionsteps‬ challenge. My current step count is just shy of 200,000 steps. I've walked about 145km since the start of July.

I'm amazed.
I honestly didn't think that I'd make it this far.

Things that I've found out about myself so far...

1)  It seems to take me about 2-3kms for my legs to finally accept that we are walking and not planning on stopping - this is when the cramps down the sides seem to subside.

2)  I can seem to keep up a plodding pace that just involves one foot in front of another once my leg muscles relax sufficiently.

3) Holding a bottle of water while walking means that I'm in for killer hand cramps about ten minutes in that meant that I needed to take my ring off and not try anything that required manual dexterity.

4) [livejournal.com profile] aramuin  was right. I do seem to be walking faster now that I'm doing it regularly.

5) Not enough companies make sports bras that cater for larger busted women. And the ones that do charge a fortune for them. However, occasionally, Sainsbury's comes up trumps.


deannawol: (Supernatural - Impala)
2016-07-04 09:42 am

1 Million Steps Challenge

I may have signed up for the Diabetes UK 1 Million Steps challenge.  I'm not doing it for the fundraising (partially because my faith in getting there is a bit low and partially because I hate asking people for money).   At the moment, I'm sitting at around 18k steps or 2%. 

It's been two days and already my feet hate me.  Boy is this going to be ... interesting.

I have hit my first milestone of 10k steps - Apparently that's like climbing up the Eiffel Tower 25 times.  Why would someone do that?  My next milestone is at 100k steps.  Oh God!  Kill me now.

deannawol: (Eyes: Rainbow Eyes)
2016-06-07 02:14 pm

This made me laugh...

I was looking through the Endomondo website that I use for tracking my workouts.  On my profile, I found the following box:

Endomondo Profile Summary

It actually puts distance in terms of trips around the world and trips to the moon!  That makes me smile every time.  It's going to be a long time before I have completed a trip around the world but damn it's fun to see. 

Also, the burgers burned... That is depressingly low.  The only good thing I can say about that is that I've eaten less than 41 burgers in the last month so that's a win, right?

deannawol: (Angel Wings - BW - Rikkustears)
2016-06-06 08:04 am

Ramathon

I walked over 9kms yesterday.  I have a blister on the bottom of my right foot and sunburn.  Ooops?

So [livejournal.com profile] aramuin and I decided to go to the Ramathon yesterday.  Ara was taking part in the actual mini-marathon, while I decided to get an entry into the fun run mini-Ramathon.  It's a 3.1km circuit over some hills and parks mainly for parents and kids to run around while their other parent runs the main race.  I figured it would be a fairly easy introduction into races and running. 

Okay, so I mainly walked the course but I ran at the start, that count's for something right?  I wasn't last, although I will admit that I was in the last handful of people.  Screw it.  I managed to get around the course, didn't kill myself and won myself a shiny finisher medal.

Then I got a painful massage from a physio.  I hate to say it but ...  I may end up having to go get one of those more often.  It hurt but I felt better afterwards.  This requires more thought.

deannawol: (Angel Wings - BW - Rikkustears)
2016-06-01 04:16 pm

The Results Are In

Since I started kicking exercise's ass in the middle of May, I have:
  •  covered 68.66 km in distance (running, walking, cycling)
  •  completed 12 hours of directed exercise
  •  burned 18156 kcals
  • busted and replaced one wonky bicycle seat
I'm saying that that's not particularly bad.  I'm nowhere near where I want to be, but it's a good solid start. 

May Exercise Schedule





deannawol: (Adam Lambert - Lick)
2016-05-23 10:02 am

Trying to find a more comfortable seat...

Okay, so Saturday morning I used our stationary bike to bike 12.6km.  This has resulted in my ladybits hating me with a passion.  They are still sore 3 days later.  This is rather annoying.  I honestly don't know what to do about it.  Everyone says, just keep going and it will be fine but in truth, this is the biggest turn off about cycling.

I have ambitions of cycling to work.  Ambitions, I say because I don't know if it will be possible.  I couldn't close my legs or sit on a hard surface without discomfort on Saturday, which turned into owie on Sunday and is still causing me issue today.  There's an option of a noseless seat for a bicycle which on the surface is looking good.  I just don't know enough about bicycles to know. 

The idea behind it is that your behind is perched on the cushions but there's nothing between your legs to press on your genitals.  This sounds good on the surface but I'm not sure how it will be in reality.  (Also, is there any way to put one of these on my stationary bike???)

Too many questions and no damned answers.... 

Other than that, my exercise plan is still mostly on track. 
deannawol: (Eyes: Heart Shaped)
2016-05-19 09:07 am

Back on the wagon...

Yesterday, I felt as if I got something done exercise wise.  I ditched the exercise bike because time was tight but I managed to increase my distance running.  I hit the dizzying heights of 8kmph on my 60 second mad dashes and didn't cramp up quite as much. 

Don't get me wrong, I still cramped up an amazing amount but I could work through it. 

It's [livejournal.com profile] aramuin 's birthday tomorrow.  I've been itching for her to open her presents for about a week.  Hopefully she will like them, but ...  I don't know.  I think I'm okay at buying presents but honestly, I'm not sure.  We'll see tomorrow.  :D

deannawol: (Eyes: Leaking)
2016-05-18 08:13 am
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Not a great idea...

So to kill the headache that has been lurking in the back of my head for the past three days, I decided to forgo normal painkillers and have a glass of wine instead.  Okay, so it was a glass and a half....  My headache has kicked back with a vengeance and is almost to the point where I can't focus on anything.  That kinda backfired.  Funny thing is that it doesn't feel like a hangover.  It's just right behind my eyes and I'm a little photosensitive right now but no nausea which is my sure fire "this is a hangover" sign.  Also my hangover headaches are never morning headaches and never sit right behind my eyes.  They're always top of my head and back of my head...  *sigh*

The weekend was exercise free - which was good because it was Eurovision and that is always just an excuse to be bitchy and mock the crap outta Europe.  The exercise free part continued into Monday because I mistimed my lunch and then couldn't be bothered to do anything in the evening.  I don't know, maybe it's the start of self-sabotage again.  I went yesterday but kinda bailed out halfway through my walk/run intervals because of an urgent need to pee.  :( 

I have my gym stuff with me today but unless my headache buggers off, I'm not going to be doing much but sleeping when I get home.  :(
deannawol: (Eyes: Rainbow Eyes)
2016-05-13 08:25 am

Feeling .... Almost motivated!

Day 5 of the new plan, and so far, not too bad.

I'm shattered after today's workout.  2.11km on the stationary bike.  2.6km run/walk interval training.  I managed 5, yes 5!, 60 second runs today.  Put that side by side with the karate class last night and I'm not feeling too bad actually.

Don't get me wrong, my back is starting to hate me and my wrist really wants a divorce from the rest of my body, but I'm not as bad as I expected. 

I need to figure out what I'm going to do over the weekend.
deannawol: (Eyes: Leaking)
2016-05-12 08:46 am

Not doing too badly...

After a while as a runner, [livejournal.com profile] aramuin claimed that she would get itchy on days where she was supposed to go running but for whatever reason didn't manage to get out for a run. I won't say that I didn't believe her, because I did, but I don't think I fully understood how that could happen. Until last night...

Yup, last night, I found myself sneaking downstairs for a sneaky cycle. A laptop, a stationary bike, 30 minutes and 11kms later, I felt a little less itchy, and I understood what [livejournal.com profile] aramuin meant.

Now if only I could sleep through the night without waking myself up by moving my hand in such a way as to have fiery, fiery pain* shoot through it, that would be great.



* De Quervain's Tenosynovitis is a horrible, horrible thing that makes me have pain in places that used to be absolutely fine.  Now, grabbing the sheets to pull them over me results in me waking up screaming in pain - or at the very least biting my lip just in case I wake up [livejournal.com profile] aramuin .

deannawol: (Eyes: Heart Shaped)
2016-05-11 10:06 am
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Exercise and Me

Exercise is a funny thing.

We need it to be healthy.  Apparently.  Anyone who is even slightly overweight is told this.  However, people who are thin don't get told the same thing.

Society tells us that we should all have gym memberships.  We should be athletic, but not so athletic that we have muscles - because girls shouldn't be physically strong or over-muscled.  God(s) forbid that we outshine our male counterparts. 

What a lot of doctors and medical professionals and general society seems to forget is that everyone has a different capacity for exercise.  This little fact seems to sit somewhere outside in the hallway of the medical practices and never manages to sneak into a consulting room.  That's a shame. 

I find myself in pain for a high proportion of my awake-time.  This is through no fault of my own - by which I mean it's non-consequential pain.  I haven't pushed myself too far.  I haven't done something stupid.  I wasn't attacked.  I wasn't injured as a result of falling down, falling up, over-reaching.  I am just in pain.  Most days it's manageable.  Most days, I can ignore it to some extent or medicate it down to a level where it is manageable.  However, this does have an impact on my exercise levels.

Take yesterday as an example.  I tried the NHS Couch to 5K (C25K) app to encourage myself to get moving.  It's a simple app which lets you play your own playlist while a voice-over tells you when to walk, run and cool down.  It's predicated on 5 minutes walk to warm up, 60 second runs, 90 second walk to rest.  This 60 / 90 schedule is repeated 9 times to bring it to a 30 minute work out with 5 minute warm up and cool down sessions. 

I couldn't complete it.  I managed the warm up.  I managed 3 of the 60 / 90 second intervals and then the pain in my right leg made me tap out.  I did a 5 minute cool down to see if I could relieve the pain just by working through it but I couldn't.  I then did a 2km cycle where my leg wasn't bothering me quite so much.  All that left me with was a bundle of sweaty clothes and the feeling that I failed.

Yes, in my head I know I didn't fail.  That instead it just spoke to a level of fitness that wasn't up to doing 9 intervals.  That doesn't get rid of the feeling though.  So I started turning it on it's head.  I could complete 3 intervals.  Use that as a base.  Can I set up an interval based training session where maybe the rest periods were longer?  Maybe sneak in one extra run? 

That's my plan now.  Work up to a level where I can start the C25K.  Work at a comfort level that is appropriate for me.  Who knows.  It may even work!
deannawol: (Eyes: Heart Shaped)
2016-05-10 04:20 pm
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Day 2 of the new-ish me... maybe?

Day 2 of going to the gym at lunch. 

1.75km on the treadmill in 20 minutes.  Managed two runs at 7.5 for 60 seconds each.  The rest was walking at about 5kph.  It wasn't bad but it was really painful.  The entire outside of my right leg just cramped up.  It was supposed to be day 1 of C25K but I didn't get anywhere near the target. 

Then, a little time on the stationary bike (6.30 minutes) and covered 2km.  I feel a little better about that actually, but still, I just want to get into a shape that isn't round.  Is that too much to ask.

Tonight will be spent testing interval training apps to see how they work, if they work and if they will work for me.  I need to tailor my gym sessions until I can get up to a reasonable fitness level, and at this point, I'd set that bar at day 1 of C25K completed.