Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oh, my aching bones...

It is a week since I started my 7 week fitness campaign. I am aching all over!
We have a Monday session of aerobic activities for 45 minutes then we listen to a guest speaker. Last week it was a personal trainer who spoke to us about nutrition while training. Some things that I got from the talk were:
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* Fuel your body for the job it needs to do - a good breakfast with low GI foods to keep you full until mid morning (fruit, water and yoghurt that is low in fat and sugar) then protein at lunchtimes. Eat carbs at midday to see you through the day and less carbs in the evening. Drink lots and lots of water - carry it with you always.
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* Eat 6-8 smaller meals a day to keep you satisfied and less likely to binge eat.
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* If you eat early dinner with a young family and find yourself hungry again at 8pm - only eat half of the meal early then reheat/eat the remainder later when you feel hungry again, that way you are not snacking on extra food or make a healthy choice and have fruit/veg snacks.
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* Steer clear of processed foods - muesli bars (full of sugar), cheese slices in plastic (real cheese is better for you), salty snacks like savoury biscuits, dips and chips.
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Plan what you will eat - pack healthy snacks and water so you are not tempted to buy takeaway foods and soft drinks.
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* Plan ahead for what you will have for lunch and dinner for the next day. That way if you are prepared you won't be tempted to grab quick and unhealthy takeaway food.
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On Thursday, we did a session at Sheryl's house - outdoors on her paved driveway. She lives 15kms out of town in a lovely bush setting. About 15 of us skipped, hopped, jumped and shimmied our way through 45 minutes of loud, pumping music and felt so good afterwards! But OMG, how I ache now!
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Monday 24th October we had another full Zumba Gold session and I must say, after the tiring weekend I had, I did not feel like even being there. I am sure that showed on my face each time Sheryl looked my way. I was so depleted of energy that I basically marched on the spot instead of launching myself in every which way direction that she had the group going. I am so very uncoordinated and Zumba calls for total coordination! Anyway, at weigh-in I had lost 700gms which makes my total loss 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs) since my assessment.
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Food wise, I have been very good. We had pizza on Saturday night for a quick dinner before Brianna's 18th Party started but I only had 2 slices (instead of the usual 4-5) and when we had some supper, I only had one little vol au vent.
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When I start 'eating healthy' I tend to be good with eating good snacks/fruit between meals then into the second week, I do away with snacks and therefore do not eat all my required fruit/veg for the day. Yesterday, because I did the class at 9am, I only had a tub of yoghurt for breakfast. When I got home (after taking Mum to the hairdressers etc) it was nearly 11.30am so I had 2 slices of wholemeal toast and 2 scrambled eggs. This became breakfast and lunch combined because it seemed unnecessary to eat again at 12.30pm. I was busy at work and only had one cup of coffee in the afternoon then nothing until I had my homemade spaghetti bolognese (with microshaved parmesan on top) for dinner. I need to have those healthy snacks so I don't bust out when I am hungry. Do you have the same trouble?
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Really, why is it so hard to work out that this crap above is so bad for you compared...
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to this display of goodness?
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Well, this has been a long post but I hope you get something out of it. I do feel better for not eating processed food and less bread (only 2 slices a day and no white bread at all).
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Cheers - Joolz

6 comments:

  1. well done Joolz you are on the right track and the aching WILL subside, I promise :)

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  2. it's all good advice Joolz...and we know what we need to do...doing it is the hard bit! Your fitness / eating regime sounds great....looking forward to more updates.

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  3. I need to do all what you are doing. I did walk up and down 3 flights of stairs yesterday carrying bundles of magazines, so I guess that's a start?

    Gill in Canada

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  4. I struggle with the same thing not eating properly then binge cause I need a sugar hit. Unfortunately I'm a real sugar junkie. Yep 18 birthday's sure do take it out of you ditto on the same feeling.

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  5. A great post. Thanks for the great tips.

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  6. YOU are AMAZING! The 18 lbs I shed last winter about 8 of it has come back and I feel horrible! I just sit at work and eat and eat all the wrong thins....you have once again motivated me! I WILL NOT GAIN WHAT I SHED OVER THE WINTER especially with the holidays coming up and all the goodies tempting me! NOOOOOO!
    You are AWESOME!

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