Thursday, November 25, 2010

New plans, new motivation

Today I decided to get my exercise bike out from the shed and return it to the house along with some of my hand weights. I've been thinking about it for a couple of weeks now (well, since my missed miscariage which you can read about here) and finally got around to it today. It was stacked in a really awkward spot (as that's what happens in sheds!) and took a bit to get to it and get it out, but it's now inside.

Then I was catching up with blog posts by my friend and found a recent post here describing her weight woes and what she plans on doing about it! So it is meant to be!

When I moved to Melbourne almost 3 years ago (wow, that long - they said it would never last!) I had just gone through a self planned 12 week weight loss attempt and arrived over to the eastern part of Oz weighing just 60kgs! My ideal weight!

So that got me thinking (and dwelling and getting sad) about what it was that I did back then to help me shift the weight. My first thought is WILL POWER, DETERMINATION and GOAL SETTING. Well, mostly is was determination - determined to show off to my ex-husband, determined to finish the 12 weeks, determined to lose a shit load of weight. And I did! SO why hasn't it worked like that the other 8 times I have tried to lose weight since being in Melbourne?? I think life and issues mostly got in the way, and the will power was up the creek without a paddle. What will make this attempt any different? I'm not sure, but I am going to give it one RED HOT go!

This is what I have planned (which is a similar routine to what I had going in W.A):

6am - P90X - original this time! I felt the 'lite' last time didn't really do it for me. This is a 7 day a week (albeit one of the days is a 45 minute stretch routine), 12 week program that I can cross off a chart. I got to 4 weeks (non stop) before I fell pregnant, then decided I had better stop such a full on work out so I know I can do it again, easily.

4pm-ish 1 hour jog/walk. I did this 5-6 days a week in Geraldton. As soon as we got home from school we all got changed, the kids grabbed a bike or scooter (remember, this was 3 years ago, so M was 5, LPK was almost 7 and LK was 9) and we headed down to the beach to run/ride/scoot along the foreshore on the path for an hour. Great work by my kids!!! It was a rare occasion that one complained about going, but was usually alright as soon as we headed off.

Last thing at night - No time given here, but it will be the LAST thing I do before getting myself off to bed - 40 minutes interval training on the exercise bike. I'll start off slow, but get into it before a week is out. THE BEST WAY to lose weight in my opinion (tried and tested by me, advice give by my PT father) is to do 40 minutes on a cardio machine FIRST thing in the morning and LAST thing at night for 40 minutes - and not a half arsed effort where one can leisurely read a book barely breaking a sweat! Oh no, go hard or go home! 40 minutes is all it is!

So that's the exercise plan. I'm still working on the food one! I recently told my friends A & C that I was giving up sugar permanently, but only lasted 4 days! Grrr. Like I said, I'm working on this........

I'll keep you posted of progress (if any!!!)


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