One step closer

As mentioned earlier I am looking to boost my running over the next couple of weeks in readiness for the City to Bay “fun run” on September 21. The City to Bay is a 12km run from the city centre through to Glenelg (you can see the course map here).

So with this comes the biggest run ever, but in the training I have also broken my longest run (previously 7km). Saturday I actually ran for a total of 10.02km. Completed the run in 1h12m with an average of 7m12s per kilometre. I am hoping to stay around this time in the 12km run as there are no hills and on Saturday there were a couple of larger hills to navigate.

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It is a weird feeling as I knew it would be a long hard slog as I have never done it before and didn’t know how to go about pacing etc, but I have finished it and feel like I can go in to the run in a couple of weeks confidently.

Yesterday my legs were a little tight but got out for a big walk around the Zoo with my family for Fathers Day which helped a lot in my recovery. Today they are still a little tight, but I think they would have been a lot worse had I not been as active as I was yesterday. Below are a few pics of my day.

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This week will bring another couple of big runs before taking it relatively easy next week with a couple of light walks, stretching and foam rolling.

Also this will be my first full week with my meal plan (which I need to set time aside for to write about) so I will do a review about this at the end of the week.

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Research meeting and running

Just a quick on today as I had my meeting with the Researchers that I will be seeing over the next 16 weeks in relation to the difference between continuous dieting and intermittent dieting (one week on/ one week off). I had all of my measurements taken (weight/ height/ bmi etc) as well as a blood test and a Dual energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scan.

I am pretty sure I will get a little snap shot of my first session with them in a couple of weeks, when I go back for my second visit. ONly concern that I was made a ware of was that my blood pressure was on the low side of being considered too high. Hopefully over the coming weeks this will lower as I get back in to the swing of things.

When I have a few spare minutes, I will do a full post about the ins and outs of the requirements etc and post my full thoughts on what I expect to gain from the process.

As mentioned in my first post back a couple of days ago, I have been running still and I am 3 runs in to an 8 run Corporate Cup challenge here in Adelaide. My 3 runs to date have been times of 47m29s, 46m47s and 45m.54s. I am happy because while I am not running as much as what I should be, I have been knocking out a better time each run for this 7.2km loop (map below). I am hoping to try and get to 40mins flat or at least (at worst) 41mins by the 8th run.

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Laziness/ Failure/ Complacency

What ever you want to call is exactly what has happened to me over the past few months!

Did I take it easier because I was doing so well….possibly!

Did I take it easier because I thought I had earned a break…..more than likely!

Did I take it easy because I somehow let myself slip back in to old habits……yes. Probably 80% of my poor structure over recent times falls in to this category!

The more I try and re-motivate myself to get back to where I was is falling on deaf (no one to blame but me) ears!

After speaking with a guys (who’s opinion I hold highly) he didn’t really have to say much as his ear to bash was part of the kick in the pants I needed. I mentioned that a key to my turn around in recent times was talking to whoever is reading my blog. Actually not even people reading it, more that it was an outlet for me to for lack of a better word ‘show off’!

I have lost structure and being a very goal oriented person I haven’t had any to really meet and then beat. So here I am again, back on the blogging bandwagon to help me get back to where I was, and then continue on forward again!

Honestly, in the past little while since I posted last I have gained almost 9 kilograms of the weight I had lost…..this is really disheartening and contributed a little to my lack of motivation.

I have still been running 2-3 times a week (ok it really averages out to every other week) and going to the gym twice a week also, but it is no where near the output I was working to previously.

To help push me in the right direction I have actually signed up to be a part of a ‘On/Off Diet’ research program which will run for up to a year. I think this will be good to help with keeping me on the right path and will actually help quite a bit with blog ideas and research for me to add myself.

So here I go! Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes is meversusme 2.0!

Day 1 in the bag

I made it successfully through day one. It was a wierd feeling purely for the fact that I don’t mind a bit of caffeine and yesterday I really didn’t want it (which shocked me), but my head was calling me every name under the sun and repayed me with a whopper of a headache for 90% of the day.

There is no way I will be giving in, so I will just have to put up with whatever comes my way and deal with each scenario as it rises.

My food was nice from start to finish and I didn’t really find myself overly hungry and really wanting food in between what I had planned for the day. I haven’t organised for anything special for the first couple of days, purely for the fact I want to prepare a lot of the staple foods (veg/ salad etc) in advance so I can focus a bit more on preparing the protein.

Breakfast I had 2 x fried eggs with 100g of shaved leg ham and 1 cup of spinach with a green tea

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Lunch was approximately 175g of chicken breast with oregano with 2 cups of brocoli and a roast tomato

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My snacks throughout the day consisted of a handful of almonds, banana, carrot and a tin of plain tuna. I don’t know if I will need to cut back my snacks, but I will have them on hand and see if I can go with out them, but knowing they are there in case.

It was a gym day yesterday which was really nice. It was made even better because I hit a new PR on the leg press. I got to update my board from 120kgs to 140kgs. I didn’t go in with the midset of having a go at my PR, but was feeling really strong so thought why not!

I did a circuit of the following for 3 rounds and then finished off with 4 sets of quad and hamstring curls.

Circuit – weight was at 25kgs
15 thrusters
15 upright rows
10 burpee to box jump @ 50cm

Below is a picture of me on the leg press.

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Overall I had a good day and have a very good feeling about the month going forward.

Until next time, happy fitness!

I am ready……I think

You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.

Bob Marley

I will be living by these words going in to the next month and beyond. I am more than ready to embrace ‘new’ and ‘change’ and all those other cliches you can think of.

Tonight will be measurements and before photos which I am a little nervous about as I haven’t shared any of my photos around (apart from with a top on), so it is quite daunting but it is all about moving forward and creating a new way of thinking/ seeing myself.

My first couple of days will be basic meals to get me through to the weekend where I can try a couple of the more “fancier” recipes and see what will work for me while I am at work during the week. It will also give me a bit of time to pre cook and prepare a lot of my staples (veggies etc) for the week.

Until next time, happy fitness!

The Final Countdown

So I am in the final stretch before starting my 30 Day Paleo Challenge on May 1st. I am still not sure what to expect, but I will be giving everything I have as I do not want to fail. I am starting to get a little log of meals and snacks that interest me so that I have no room to move and I am as prepared as possible. If you have any specific preperation ideas that you use, I would like to hear them.

I have also been working out a new training regime which will mix it up completely compared to what I have been doing (which to be honest has not been much at all). I am going to have to do a punishment at the end of the month as I don’t think I am going to meet my running quota and I am not going to be gentle on myself either. But, going forward my week will look something like this:

Monday – Running (I will mix it up between interval running and just running)
Tuesday – Upper Body (back/ shoulders/ arms)
Wednesday – Rest Day
Thursday – Legs
Friday – Strength Day (this will be working towards my lifting PR’s)
Saturday – Running and/ or circuit work
Sunday – Rest Day

I did go for a run this morning and used Zombies, run! app for the first time and I have to say that it was quite enjoyable and made the run seem to go quicker than what I was actually on the road for. If you do run every now and then, I would suggest you have a look at downloading this app.

My run was 4.2kms in 24m26s.

Below is a picture of one of the bridges I crossed on my run.

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As mentioned above I am not 100% sure on what to expect for the next month so I won’t be setting myself any goals apart from sticking to the diet and working my arse off for the duration.

I will be blogging all about the process with my food intake and training output to make myself that little bit more accountable.

Wish me luck…

The Announcement

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For the month of May, I will be stripping my diet back to strict paleo eating.

Why am I doing it?
Mainly for the challenge. I want to put myself in a situation where it is completely against the norm for what I usually do in my day to day food intake. Along with this I have fallen off the wagon with my food a little lately, and have done quite a bit of reading around the whole Paleo concept and think it is a good fit for me.

What is the 30 day challenge?
The 30 day challenge is a way for me to test myself on a full strict Paleo only diet for a full 30 days, with no cheat meals or cutting corners.

The in’s and out’s
Yes: Eat real food.

Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed.

No: Avoid for 30 days.
More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.

Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.

Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)

Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on.

Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).

Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)

Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits (chips and fries) and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold, and fingerling potatoes off your plate.

Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
No Paleo-ifying baked goods, desserts, or junk foods. Trying to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Whole30 mold will ruin your program faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” This means no desserts or junk food made with “approved” ingredients—no banana-egg pancakes, almond-flour muffins, flourless brownies, or coconut milk ice cream. Don’t try to replicate junk food during your 30 days! That misses the point of the Whole30 entirely.

My journey
I’ll be blogging each week about my journey and various food discoveries. As well as the food sources I discover, I’m also interested to find out about the limitation. I will weigh in prior to day one, along with all my measurements (photos included) and will not step on a scale or measure again until day 31. I will take a photo every few days, but will not look at them until the end of the challenge also.

Also check out my instagram as I’ll be hashtagging everything with #mypaleo

How you can be involved
I would love to hear from everyone who is eating Paleo now, and share any hints and tips (along with awesome recipes) that you have tried along the way. Also a little bit of encouragement never goes astray 😉
Wish Me Luck…I may need it!

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