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Just for fun: My day in pictures.

6.30am: making lunches for school.image

6.45: my breakfast. image

8.30. Goodbye car. time for the ‘doctor’ to give you the once over.

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walking into the city, all of 4 blocks, still quiet, and not sure what the weather will do.image

9am; coffee and read emails while waiting for things to open.

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9.20. still very quiet.

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9.40. autumn has arrived

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9.45; who doesn’t love office works, and is an hour parking enough??
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10.45: is this sign trying to tell me something?

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Walking straight past this one.

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11.25: early lunch.
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12.15: back in my car (which had a bath along with its check up and they gave me chocolates?!, they service my car, I get chocloate. I can deal with that) – this time in Kingston.  I had come to a complete stop, the lights went green as I took the picture.
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12.20: some things are better at Big Dub. like cheap winter jammies for the kids…
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2pm: Leaving Woolies, finally finished the food shop. (woolies = Woolworths = major supermarket chain)
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then getting my adult beverages for the month.

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2.20: checking in at the real estate so we can live here for a bit longer.
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4pm: after waiting for and delivering kid and friend home, time for a coffee and a sit down.
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Domain Walk

Just a random post about this morning’s walk.
I wouldn’t normally drive all the way into the city, especially not at peak hour*,  just to go for a walk.
Today was an exception.  The buses were not running (do not get me started on that one) so I had to deliver my eldest (& friends) to college, but then my dilemma was what to do in the 3 hours before hubby arrives at the airport.
Not enough time to go home, and no point either when it takes a good 45 mins each way.
So, I figure the best thing to do is take walk. The domain is relatively quiet at this time of the morning (just before 9am) and I only saw 3 others walking/jogging so I had a peaceful wander around the road.  Most of it is cut off from vehicular access so cars and trucks are not an issue.

According to the map and directions it was around 3.2k round trip.  Not bad seeing as I was going for my 5k walk otherwise (if it weren’t for the buses) and the view was pretty good.  I was going to get some pictures but there are just way too many trees…
A round view of Hobart and suburbs with a beautiful sun out.
Walk done, I change and enjoy a coffee while people watching in the Mall before taking the drive out to the airport.

As you can see my hand is not so steady on the drawing – and you dont want to know how long it took to get the picture, draw over it and then save it, just for your viewing pleasure – I am a complete doufas with most computer things, no matter how easy.  It’s the blue line by the way in case you weren’t sure.

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* I know, Hobart peak hour is a walk in the park compared to most places.

Hope you all had a great day 🙂
Jen

12 Week Challenge

********* WARNING: POST ABOUT DIET & EXERCISE **************

I have had this post rattling around in my head for a week or two, waiting to get time to sit down and think about what I am writing and put it on paper (or screen). I even wrote a draft in my notes folder to get my head around a few things. I’m not sure if I’ll go and rescue it yet.

Last Wednesday I decided, that was it, I’ll write it. I had had a PT session in place of the Power Pilates class I went to, as I was the only one who turned up. Turns out it was the best workout I’ve done for a while. And got me thinking about this damned challenge I set myself – thanks to hubby.

We were at the pool and while I am no heifer, I am not model material either. There are parts that need…toning up. While plenty of people will say I look fine, I have no doubt I probably do, but it is how I feel about me that makes the difference. Nine years ago, I felt better than I ever had. More energy, more confidence and more self esteem.
Sure I am all mature and grown up now, and what you think doesn’t matter, but if I don’t like me, then how are others supposed to.

Let’s get down to business here. The 12 week challenge. They are everywhere these days, a full on diet and exercise overhaul resulting in a tough regime of working out and eating properly.

I know how to eat properly. I choose not to all the time, that’s all. For me, the food is the easy bit. If I don’t buy it, if it’s not in pantry, I won’t eat it. (Chips are my downfall!! Chocolate will sit there for months) And when we go out, I generally choose the best options already.
It is the exercise that gets me. I get bored easily. I can’t just do the same thing day in day out.

Last year I set myself a challenge. Get fit and ready for an 8k run. I did it. I don’t want to do fun runs or marathons, I just wanted to do that. Been there done that.
Later in the year after some personal physical issues, I got back on the treadmill and free weights, and spent a few months getting it on, and working out. I started Power Pilates (PP) and loved it. A new dimension to my workouts.

Then Christmas and the school holidays hit. No excuse for no exercise. But not having a set routine, meant I just enjoyed 6 weeks of nothing except my weekly PP class. And that is not going to get you fit on its own.

Back to where I made the decision. Hubby, in all his diplomacy, said maybe I should do a 12 week challenge. Get back to where I want to be, quickly, and then it’s all maintenance. I suggested maybe he join me. I’m all for honesty etc, especially from him and the kids, but that hurt. Why? Because its true. I am ten kilos heavier than my maximum healthy weight.

Long story short. I found a challenge and paid for it (the Michelle bridges one had closed that day for the next round, yes, no exaggerations, that day!) and proceeded to receive the email with all the information.

Initially it looked good. But the more I read, the more it sound like a body builders regime. The diet is reasonably strict and full of protein. Protein is good, it builds muscles. But eating 20+ eggs in a week, yeah, that’s a bit extreme. (even if i ate them everyday id still only get in, say, 10) and I’m not taking the supplement powders, multi vitamins or eating tofu, euck.

The exercises look pretty good but repetitive, (the only things that changed was the order of activity and the reps went up) and the two sessions I did last week gave the muscles a good work out.
The only other extra exercise I did, which was really good and totally unrelated was a couple of workouts from my new Pilates Guru book and the app on the iPad. I will still be doing these – aiming for the 15min energy boost workout – daily.

My plan. For the next 11 weeks.
Working out my workout regime, what I do each day at the gym – my own cardio and free weights sessions – and set up my groceries to follow the diet closely, but not exact – and do a weekly check in on the page I made just for it. It will be my diary and information pages. I won’t be writing posts just for this. Maybe share a link or a sticky note, but not the full thing.
I will get the obligatory before shot and measurements. Whether I share this with you, I am unsure at the moment. Maybe at the end. I may gad about the place and not care, but sharing a pic of me like that makes me feel uncomfortable. Go figure.

I have been going to a stretch class each Friday morning. One hour of stretching. I am not flexible at all, and I need it to loosen everything up. Funny thing, I feel all free and lose in my head, but physically, I am wound tighter than a coil. Is that saying something??
I walk in feeling a lead pencil, and walk out feeling like a rubber band. All relaxed and limber and completely not achy or stiff. I actually feel like I have more energy. So Fridays I won’t be doing any other exercise. That class is like my end of week cool down.

12 week challenge. Bring it on. My way.

Get active, get out there and be comfortable with You! 🙂
Jennifer

A walk in the park, no, a walk along the beach.

Take the time to smell …the seaweed.
A casual walk with the dog and two of my boys along the esplanade allowed me to get some cool shots.

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Wipeout Wednesday

It might end up being wipeout Wednesday on a Thursday depending how I feel tomorrow.
What?!
While my gym sessions are going along well and I am happy with how it’s going, it is time to add something else to the mix.
Not wanting extra driving I checked the class list on the gym door and Wednesday mornings has power Pilates. This might work, I’ve heard a lot about it and the benefits so I figured I’d give it a go.

Doing a google search, this is what it’s all about, for those who’ve been living under a rock…

“Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility and long, lean muscles, strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing to relieve stress and allow adequate oxygen flow to muscles, developing a strong core or center (tones abdominals while strengthening the back), and improving coordination and balance. Pilates’ flexible system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises. No muscle group is under or over trained.[4] It enhances core strength and brings increased reach, flexibility, sure-footedness and agility.”

In a nut shell. This is what I need.
Flexible is not my middle name, actually, it’s nowhere near my name, so that can be improved and as for the other stuff. Changing the exercise around will get the body thinking and working overtime.

Some of the exercises felt easy, some made me work… I just know that regardless, tomorrow I will feel parts of me that I didn’t know existed. There are stomach abdominal muscles under the somewhere, as well as the pelvic floor. Both of which need stabilising and strengthening. Like I said when she asked if I could feel it.. “What pelvic floor, I’ve no idea where mine’s gone..” Yep, think its time to find it.

Even though we did a cardio circuit to warm up, you don’t sweat so much as it is all about control and conditioning. Slow fluid movements that work the muscles. The slower the better.
I was, in certain places wanting to push myself to get one more in before the time, but having a a minor head cold meant I couldn’t.

I will be back next week and already know it will be good. I had fun and I feel good (now). I may even gain some semblance of flexibly, and a nicer posture.

Have you tried Pilates? What did you think. Do you live by it, or are you more of a gym/cardio/weights junkie. The hard or soft option.

Til next time, smiling through the obscene stretching 🙂
Jennifer