Yep. Well it’s early on a Saturday morning here and catchy titles are no where to be found. I must say though that since starting this whole health and fitness journey thing I have been getting up a lot earlier and yes I do acknowledge it loud and clear, eating healthier and exercising has improved my energy levels dramatically… (from a previous skeptic or more like blasphemer).
It’s day #80 of my journey today. The before Q would have given up if I had loss less than 8kg by now and would undoubtedly not be awake at this time of the day or if she was awake, she would definitely not be happy about it. My weight loss chart is going a bit wobbly. At the moment, I am still doing everything I should do to lose, but my trend lines are merging and that was making me grumpy! I lost a dramatic 1.5kg one week, then gained an equally dramatic 0.9kg and then lost another 100g, which brings me to a current total loss of 5.5kg. This means I reached my 5kg milestone and I also lost 5% of my starting weight. So despite the grumpy I am aware that I have made a significant amount of positive changes to my life and since I have been at this since early September, it’s also quite possible that it is entirely sustainable.
Qs Weight Loss Chart 30/11
I have gone to the gym, done zombie training or other exercises for 9 days out of the last 14 and I have pretty much been in pain the whole time. The pain is due to what is referred to as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) so it’s all good pain that generally lessens the next time you exercise. I have made some exciting improvements in zombie training – managed to run 2minutes without stopping on the road for the first time; hit 5km in a mission for the first time; beat my previous pb 1km time by 18seconds with the current pb being 8:45 (mins:seconds). The application I use alongside Zombies, Run 5k Training is Endomondo and it has a little voice interruption at the end of each km you go telling you how what the last 1km time is. Zombies run also gives you little achievement badges like a lot of console and computer games do too, the ones I am currently most proud of are my 12hr and ultra marathon achievements.
Zombies, Run Achievements
My last mission was highly amusing, but I would be pretty uptight if I accidentally read a spoiler about the story line while perusing someone’s blog or site, so suffice to say, it has re-ignited my craft addiction and I do intend to do at least some sort of mad craft dash some time over this weekend.
Good Night, Whereever you are!
About a year ago, I wrote a post telling you about a new patchwork store here in Adelaide (O’Halloran Hill to be exact). The store called Cotton Stitches and owned and operated by Nicole Maple. The store has grown and evolved over the last year and there is a lot more eye-candy for my taste than there was last year (I had a favourite corner last year).
KMM Melon Mayhem designed by Zoe Clifton
In case you don’t know my taste is a bit more contemporary (ie bright and modernish and sometimes cutesy). The store still caters to more traditional tastes as well though, so mum still loves shopping there. Perfect example of my taste is the sample quilt above, hanging on the wall at Cotton Stitches, there is a kit available here
Cotton Stitches had its first birthday a couple of weeks ago and well since the Adelaide Craft and Quilt fair had come and gone (yeah I know… no post from me, I hardly dipped my hand into my wallet and didn’t take any photos!). I’m not saying the fair wasn’t good, just that this year, for us (mum, my sister in-law and I) it was a bit meh.
So I went with my mum to the 1 year birthday celebration sale and had to (I just had to!) grab some things for myself. I ended up getting a papillon honey bun, a scrumptious charm pack and snap to last year’s purchase a bluish cotton garden thread. Speaking of thread though, I am using Cosmo thread in my Vignette Mystery Block of Month Quilt (still a WIP), and also used it in the stitchery panel Sew Laugh Love by Leanne Beasley. Well Cotton Stitches has a massive amount of Cosmo threads… yum yum
Wall of Cosmo Threads at Cotton Stitches
I have a fair amount of embroidery thread but I do love Cosmo!
Mum grabbed a few things for herself too. So the Cosmo thread is now available, Cotton Stitches has also started selling the GO Quilt Cutter and dies and also stocks light boxes. The prices are still very good for a brick and mortar local store too. So I would get in there if you are local or go online and order some stuff for your stash!
Bag Sample at Cotton Stitches
That is a super happy bag, I love the colours! I briefly scooted over the Adelaide Craft and Quilt Fair above, but I do want to show you what I did buy. I have a lot of UFOs and lot’s of projects I know I want to do as a stitcher/quilter, but I really wanted to add this pattern/patterns to my list of things I will eventually get around to stitching. The pattern is by Julie Haddrick an award winning textile artist and is just so cute I couldn’t resist!
Kokeshi Playtime Wall Panel by Julie Haddrick
Isn’t it adorable! My Favourite panels are the top right and the middle second one in the centre. So cute – I said that already starting to gush…
Eye Candy From Fabric Ranges for Sale at Cotton Stitches
I’ll just leave you with one more pic, then I am out of here… Yes I am still on the health and fitness thing, but I will update you on that tonight (or maybe tomorrow when I officially weigh in again).
Good Night, Wherever you are!
Eye Candy From Fabric Ranges for Sale at Cotton Stitches
I never really thought about it much till I saw ZombieLand… They explain that the first rule for surviving the Zombie Apocalypse is Cardio. Yep… you have to be able to run away from the danger, not just the zombies – because they have always been slow right? but there are bad people out there who would feed you to them too. Then there came world war Z – those Zombies are fricking fast even Bolt may get eaten by those speedies. I always assumed us smart folk would do alright right? I mean we can tell the difference between mint and marajuana leaves (and some other herbs). We can sew fancy outfits out of raffia and palm leaves and figure out ways to take post apocalyptic decor to the next level right… But what if we had to run?
ZombieLand Screen Shot Rule No1 Cardio
Zombieland wasn’t even to get me to start running. I had always wanted to. (even though I brashly denied it all through school. My rebelling against the laps round the soccer field was just a facade.. secretly I always to be able to do those laps without feeling like I would die, or hiding behind the tall reeds at the back so that I could join in on the next lap and pretend I did them all) . I don’t even remember now how I originally heard about the Zombies, Run and Zombies, Run 5K Training but when I did, I immediately thought it might be useful for me to learn how to run.
What are they? They are phone apps for either iPhones (just because I typed it doesn’t mean I like it) and android phones, that teach you how to build up to a 5k run (from sitting on yo’ fat ass) or immerse you in a Zombie story line while you are doing your runs, or working on increasing your pace (complete with Zombie Chase Interval Drills). You can do them walking, running, on a treadmill or elliptical with some limitations if you are not just ‘running’.
Zombies, Run Application
Yes, it did get me off my fat arse. And I am now about to start Week 5 out of 8 weeks in the 5K training application. I have bought the running app, the extra season pass, side quests and race missions and I can’t wait to get started on the main app, when I can actually run! In week 1 running for 10 seconds was enough to make me flop about on the ground like a squid out of water, now I can run for 3 minutes without stopping. In my first mission (25 September) I walked for 2.85km. In my last mission I walked and ran for 4.75km. I now not only run in the run drills I also voluntarily run during free form runs (where you can run/walk as you feel ready).
You get a screen in the app to track your training and can also log into Zombielink online to view your progress. I repeated 3 week 3 missions because I wasn’t feeling very comfortable about my ability to progress to the next level. But here is my progress screen from Zombielink for you to see. (I have removed any storyline information)
Zombies, Run -ZombieLink 5 K Training Screen
Zombielink records your running route (via GPS) or your steps on a treadmill (via the acceloromoter in your smartphone) and you also gain achievements. I have gained the regular runner achievement, an achievement for doing 10km in a week, I am so close to hitting 5km in a mission and even though there are days when I feel like a weak slug sliding along the pavement rather than someone out doing some exercise, All these different ways of seeing how far I have come really help me to stay motivated.
When I start on the running app, you also pick things up during missions that you can add to a little base you have to construct in your own way in Zombielink. Zombies, Run Training cost me $1.39AUD or 99cUS when I bought it. I am pretty confident that it is the coolest thing I have ever got for 99c and it is definitely going to be the most memorable one too. It’s not every day you get to go from someone who chooses to languish around in her sedentary (but happy) life wherever squishy seats are available to literally being able to run 5km. I’ve tried a Couch to 5K program before (years ago) and I don’t think I got passed week 3. This app is it for me.
Zombies, Run -ZombieLink Mission List Screen
That is a totally shrunken version of the home screen in Zombielink. There is a list below with all the missions (I cut it off so you can only see the last 2). You can see details of where you ran, relisten to the mission, check what songs were playing from your playlist when certain things happened in the mission. It calculates your calories burned and gives pace information. You can also see my base – which I will be building when I get to the next app.
I’ll be sure to update you when I graduate from training and can call myself a runner!
Good Night Wherever you are!
Erm… there are no weight loss journey week 1-9 posts, initially I wasn’t going to blog about it – it isn’t stitching, miniature or doll related :D When I did decide I wanted to have everything prepared and organised to tell you about all my awesome ideas and plans. Now I just decided telling you how I am doing will be good for me, and hey if it helps anyone else bonus!
Weight Watchers Tracking Status Bar
I didn’t mention it in my last post, but in addition to attending weight watchers and sticking to the program I am also tracking my calories using My Fitness Pal (aka MFP). I signed up to MFP mostly because when I started researching what exercise I wanted to do, most of the answers came from there. I am a bit (probably a gross under-estimation) of a data nerd and slightly obsessed with plans and lists and schedules so I started tracking calories too. I’m also now quite curious about how the calories stack up to weight watchers points, so as I pick up on that I will let you know. I am not going to tell you weight watchers algorithm for points values or anything like that, it is proprietary information and wouldn’t really help most people anyway. If you can’t afford to go to weight watchers over a period of time, you can still go to one meeting and get all the program information from that.
My Fitness Pal Details for Today
Weight watchers is a great concept and I believe it fits pretty well with the basic concept of eating less and moving more. You are allotted a number of points to eat per day and each food has a points value that is subtracted from your daily total. If you exercise you earn points that you can use for more food, you have an emergency points bucket for parties, life, sugar cravings or whatever. It’s sustainable long term and promotes healthy food choices, healthy exercising and not limiting or excluding any foods.
My Fitness Pal does the same thing based on calories, it’s totally free. Both have a couple of additional things going for them. Tracking what you eat increases your chance of being succesful at weight loss. Socialising with others in the same boat does too. My Fitness Pal has online forums and weight watchers does too (in addition to in person meetings).
I don’t think doubling up on good methods and processes is going to increase my success and I am not suggesting it as an option, I am just saying that either of these methods seem to be perfectly reasonably strategies if you would like to lose weight.
This week my caloric intake has averaged 1495, my weight watchers points have averaged 33 pro points (I am eating back exercise calories and points – some of them anyway) and I have lost 4.7kg total an average of around 0.5kg or 1lb. I try as much as I can to eat fresh food and cook from scratch, but I do have chocolate and candy and I drink beer and vodka and raspberry soda, but only if I have room for it in my points/caloric goals. I am not paying much attention to the proportions of carbs/protien/fat but I might start looking into that. I am trying to exercise 6 days a week.
My Weight Loss Chart as at 7 November 2013 – Home is slightly less due to Shoes and time of day for Weight Watchers Weigh ins.
Oh… on the exercise thing, I have been reading, doing some online research and asking lots of questions and have decided that I am not going to do Les Mills Pump 90 day program as I stated in my last post. Instead I am going to go straight into a beginner strength training program – and when I mean strength training I mean heavy free weights. If you are reading, you will probably find out a lot more about that in future updates.
On the craft side of things, the Adelaide Craft and Quilting fair is on this weekend and while I have not been stitching lately, my love for the hobby has not waned and as soon as I have my routine for the weight loss and fitness stuff embedded in my brain, the craft geekery will continue. I am still attending and will no doubt shop (well maybe), hopefully I can take some nice photos for those who are interested (where allowed to do so!).
GoodNight Wherever you are!
Mostly I talk about crafty type things on my blog. I don’t tend to delve into personal things, work stuff or family stuff (much). I have several Quilting UFO (unfinished object) and Miniature or Doll Projects that are in an incomplete or WIP (work in progress) state. My biggest UFO has and always will be myself. So I am also going to start talking about health, fitness and in my particular case losing weight. Most of the time when I read about people who are commencing a weight loss or fitness journey, they spend a lot of time introducing us to why and how they got to the starting point. A lot of that is usually a little whiney. I don’t want to do that and am not going to tell you what I did before to try to lose, weight, what my weight has been ove the years, what illness or conditions I have that have messed with my chances to lose weight and be fit and healthy — blah blah blah. [Please don't take my not wanting to do that as an indication that others' shouldn't, I know that there are a lot of very valid reasons and very tough obstacles that prevent all of us from being the best we can health wise at any given time]. I have had hurdles, I do have health issues and I have a few attempts and fails under my belt, but in the grand scheme of things, none of them have been that debilitating and my struggles to overcome them are not really large struggles relative to what some people have to face. In other words… little bit of a first world whiney pants issue.
I am going to eventually bamboozle you with pretty pictures charts and all the like, while I talk about what I am doing to lose weight and get fit and healthly; but I haven’t gotten around to completing all the work required to do that yet, so I thought I would add some of the photos I took recently of some flora in the Wittunga Botanical Gardens when I was there for a picnic. Why not show you pictures of hot models with perfect bodies or athletes with lean muscles in bikinis frolicing at the beach? Well I think it’s fine to want to improve your health and fitness and physique, but it’s also super important to be realistic about what can be achieved. I am not going to get any taller no matter how hard I try, and I have an hour glass shape and am 5ft2.5 there is no way I will ever be a slim rectangle that looks fantastic in skinny jeans and there is no way that my hips or boobs are ever going to be a similar size to my waist, no matter how big I get there is always pretty much about 25cm difference between those measurements and my waist. I want to have defined muscles but unless I am prepared to train very hard and have a very strict diet to get my bodyfat % super low I am never going to be ‘cut’. So look pretty flowers…
Wittunga Botanical Gardens Flora
I chose to start attending meetings at weight watchers, there is a meeting near my work at lunch times on Thursdays. I also decided that I would like to learn how to run so I bought an app for my phone called Zombies, Run 5K Training it is like a Couch to 5K training program and provides an 8 week program to get you to a point of running for 30 minutes at a time. A week ago I also added the Les Mills Pump at home 90 Day Program to my exercise schedule. So far I have been making changes for 8 weeks and I have lost a total of 4.6kg an average of about 0.6kg per week. I am quite happy with this rate of losing, I have more energy am eating well without excluding any food and my cardio fitness has definitely improved.
Wittunga Botanical Gardens Flora
Why now? Well why not really, any time you feel ready is good to start. I didn’t want to start on the first of a month or on a Monday or whenever, I wanted to start period. So I did. There are lots of moments where I felt unhappy about my health, my fitness, my body and a few anecdotes I could talk about that sparked my decision. I think those types of things probably happen all along, but at some point they hurt too much or you feel it in a different way so it changes things.
Wittunga Botanical Gardens Flora
Everyone wants a secret or a definitive way to lose weight… Well it’s been staring everyone in the face for a long long time and all it takes is a little common sense to figure it out. You need to eat less or exercise more or both, to get smaller. You need to be able to continue to do this forever, you can never go back, because if you eat more and exercise less, then you will reverse all the work you did to get there. So even though I am using weight watchers meetings and program, an android app to run and a series of dvds and some weights to work out. Anything that I could have chosen that would mean eating less and exercising more will work. Telling you about it is going to help me too.
Good Night, Wherever you are.