It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post about my fitness journey so I thought an update was due.
During lockdown, I got into the bad habit of weighing myself daily. I think I started doing this to keep myself on track, because I was really worried that I would go back to my old ways of bingeing on junk food, especially with the gym being shut and not being able to see my personal trainer, which keeps me accountable. When I eventually returned to the gym when it reopened at Level 2, I spoke to my trainer about it and she told me not to do this as it was becoming an obsession. I immediately stopped and now weigh myself once a week, which is much better.
Meal replacement shakes
I became frustrated with the pace at which I was losing weight, so to speed things up, I contemplated going from having one meal replacement shake for dinner to having three shakes to replace all of my meals. I don’t think I ever actually got to a point of having three shakes – two was the most that I ever had. My personal trainer wasn’t happy about this at all, from a nutritional and health perspective. I agreed to going back to having just one a day for the next month, with the view to completely weaning myself off them in future. It’s much better for you to just eat real food!
As I may have mentioned in previous posts, I suffer from a lot of ongoing problems with my neck, shoulder and trapezius. Last year, my trainer started integrating some exercises into my programme to help with these problem areas. The thing was that I hated doing them and longed to spend my gym time doing “fun” stuff, such as weights and conditioning. After making no progress towards addressing these areas of weakness over the past year and feeling bad about having such a negative attitude towards them, I decided that it was time I took action. Alice and Phil, the personal trainer manager at the gym, both suggested that for best results I do the exercises as often as possible, so I recently purchased a band from K-Mart so I can do Reverse-Ys, one of the exercises, here at home (see picture). While it’s still early days, I’m pleased that I have made a step in the right direction and hope to develop a daily habit of doing these exercises. It should become a bit like brushing my teeth in the morning.
Due to my injuries (which are a lot better, but I’m looking towards prevention in the future), I’m not supposed to do long runs anymore. The problem is that during my runs my shoulders end up hunched up, which isn’t good for my posture. My trainer Alice suggested that I break my 10 k runs into several shorter runs of a couple of Ks each. Two weeks ago, she said that I could compete in a 10k race in the Sri Chinmoy series in the Auckland Domain, which I did. I completed the course in 1 hour 23 minutes and 1 second, which I was very happy with given issues with my weight and injuries over the last year. There is another race in a week’s time which Alice is happy for me to compete in and I am looking forward to heading down to the Domain for the next event.
Recently I installed the Google Fit app on my phone, which tracks how many steps you have been taking each day. The reason for doing this was to give myself a new goal and motivate myself to exercise every day (and enjoy it). I aim to complete 10k steps every day, which is what the World Health Organisation suggests that we do.