Saturday, April 06, 2013

Autumnal Advances Completed.

Autumn started with another heat wave, so I found myself spending a lot of weeks 4 and 5 using my Stick It To Summer techniques to beat the heat.

Week 4:
Day 1: fast half hour walk with Jack the dog.
Day 2: 1/2 hour walk
Day 3: 1/2 hour swim
Day 4: 1 hour water aerobics

Week 5:
Day 1: 1/2 hour walk (to shops and caught bus back)
Day 2: 1 hour water aerobics
Day 3: 1 hour walk (real time 2 hours at Zoo on a hot morning plus walking to train stops etc)
Day 4: 1 hour water aerobics. Swam 25m butterfly afterwards.
There was also a day of unstructured exercise: 1 1/2 hours playing in the pool

Week 6:
Day 1: 1/2 hour walk
Day 2: 55 mins water aerobics (menstrual time..wouldn't have gone at all previously)
Day 3: 45 mins water aerobics (see day 2)

Week 7:
Day 1: 1 hour water aerobics.
Think I overdid it last week, was exhausted all week.

Week 8:
Day 1: 1.5 hour walk 4.9 kms
(the next day, played in pool for 1.5 hours again)
Day 2: 1 hour water aerobics (swam two laps, with a short break in between, of butterfly)
Day 3: 1 hour walk
Day 4: 1 hour walk

Week seven I spent utterly exhausted.
Emotionally I'd been beating myself up during week 6 and had lost my joy of exercise. I did make progress in that I'd avoided doing water aerobics while menstruating and got over that excuse this month. (If the girls in the ads can go horse riding etc, I can do water aerobics LOL)
Week seven,--after several days rest--was when I realised that I'd been castigating myself for being exhausted and struggling to make my four days a week target. When in reality I'd progressed from 1/2 an hour 4 time per week, my original target, to doing an HOUR two or three times a week and was attempting to make it four times a week BEFORE I was ready for it. I'd gotten myself all confused and thus overexercising happened and I ended up exhausted.
After my rest I felt much better during week eight, mentally AND physically, and now that I know I'm working towards a target of an hour 4 times per week I'm excited again.

BUT I'm not falling into that trap. I'm keeping my targets for the next challenge to 30 mins 4 times per week also. More than that is fine, but if I set 60 minute targets and fail, then I'm sabotaging myself.

I'd prefer to be motivating myself instead! Bring on Marvellous May! (KW's 4th birthday, my parent's 40th wedding anniversary, my 10th wedding anniversary, And mother's day. So definitely a Marvellous May indeed, this year!)


Thursday, April 04, 2013

Clothes maketh the (wo)man

After Kiddlywink was born, I bought a pair of soft, cotton bermuda shorts from the plus size section of my local Target. I loved the comfort of the all over t-shirty cotton feel, even the waist band was all the same material and no zipper to pop open at inconvenient moments.

I especially loved how the longer line didn't ride up as I walked. I liked them so much I got a couple more pair in the XXL I was wearing, plus three pair of XL and an ever-hopeful single pair of L.

Today when I was on the way out the door I threw on a pair of the bermuda shorts I'd grabbed out of the drawer, to go for my walk. (The shorts I'd been wearing around the house ride right up if I walk any distance more than to the clothesline and back!)

The shorts felt a bit firm, so I asked my mum to check the tag in the back.

"Large" she said.

Fist pump and a loud "YESSSS!", did I.

(The last time I accidentally grabbed them out of the drawer, six months ago, they wouldn't even go up past my bum.) 

Suck it, scales!