Select Page

The moment of truth

My first day of cardio training and sheesh, it wasn’t pretty. Lawdluvvaduck, I am so unfit and soooo thankful there weren’t any witnesses there!!

I spent only 20 minutes on my Health Walker this morning and just about DIED!! My poor little legs 🙁 And after that short time I had managed to sweat so much, I had to mop up the machine AND the floor. Yes, I sweat – I do *not* perspire or “glow” …

You’re probably thinking: “Huh? A HEALTH WALKER?”

Yip, when I’m training at home, I use a Health Walker and that may seem pretty un-hardcore to you, but I like the fact that there’s no impact on my joints, and it works! The trick is to include about 4-5 intensity intervals. By that I mean that every 5 minutes or so, you go FLAT OUT! It’s called a wind sprint and you push, push, push till you literally think you cannot do another second. Then you drop back to a walk and build up the intensity with each passing minute till you reach wind sprint intensity again.

You can follow the same strategy with a skipping rope, a treadmill, a run on the road, an elliptical machine or a bicycle. I’m wary of cycling though – I’ve never seen a female cyclist with beautiful legs!

And then I took my measurements. It’s important to do this so that I know where I’m starting from. I’m going to take weekly measurements and track my progress. I can’t rely on just my scale to give me an accurate indication of fat loss or muscle tone – in fact, I know my weight may even increase for the first few weeks! That could be *really* disheartening if I don’t also measure up against a tape measure because that’s where the first signs of change will show up.

Yikes! I can’t believe I’m actually going to share this with you all but anyhoooo, here goes:

  • Weight:  58.2kg (goal: 54kg)
  • Chest: 90cm (this will probably go up a bit)
  • Waist: 71cm (sies! Want to get that back down to 64cm)
  • Hips: 93cm (I’ll be happy with around 88cm I think)
  • Upper arm: 26cm (that’s ok, but 25cm would be better)
  • Thigh: 52cm (where’s the jumbo? I could kick start it for you!)
  • Calf: 34cm (hmmm, 32cm is my target here)
  • Body Fat: 25% (that’s my educated guess, hoping to drop to 21%)

ERK. There it is.

*blushes with a wee bit of embarrassment*

Bits ‘n pieces

I’ve decided not to go to gym today. I’m still behind on work and I can’t really afford to give up those 2 hours, not right now. Jeesh, all those public holidays and being sick have seriously wrecked things. I may try and get some light cardio in on the weekend, just spend 20 or 30 minutes walking on the treadmill or something, but the weather forecast is very bleak for the next couple of days and it may not be clever for me to venture out into the cold, get all hot and sweaty and then cold again, not until I’m 100% healthy … dunno. I may just dash out to buy some wood and get the fire going soon. Winter is definitely here! Time for lots of reading, movies, knitting, and snuggling of course =)

Heard a couple of rumours:

And here’s a fun website! Check it out.

Mmk, so I can’t stick around for much longer now, have to get some work killed before the kids get home from school. I’ll be back …