Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Why exercise is not good for you

So I completed Days 1 & 2 of the 30 day shred. I had hurt my foot on day 1, but carried on anyway into day 2 and tried to ignore the pain. I did my usual night shift that evening and by the morning of day 3, I was in agony.
Later that afternoon, my foot was so sore that I took myself off to A&E (it was a Saturday so couldn't see my GP). 2 hours later, the Dr said he thought I had bruised the ligaments in my inner ankle. I was to rest, elevate and ice it for a week, stay off it as much as possible for 2 weeks and then ease myself into gentle exercise after that.
My intentions of taking control over the summer holidays were short lived, I am now spending as much time as possible sitting down, resting my foot.
I guess now, I need to focus more on my diet and hope I can lose a little weight through diet alone. Hubby managed to do it, so I know it is possible.
I'm not sure the 30 day shred is for me. I haven't exercised in so long, I think I need something a little less intense until my muscles remember what they are supposed to do and don't just flake at the first sign of movement.
Time to think of a plan B. I have signed up to the Change for Life 10 minute shake up, aimed at getting children more active and encouraging families to lead a more active lifestyle. Maybe that will be a safer option for me.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Day 2...

Sore, aching muscles. Sweating and tired. No, I hadn't just finished day 2 of the 30 Day Shred, I was finding excuses as to why I wouldn't be doing it today. I didn't have time, I'm doing a nightshift tonight and need to rest, it's too hot. No matter how many reasons I could find to put it off, I knew I had to do it. I am cheating a little in as much as I won't be doing it at the weekends. I don't know how much it will affect the results, but working Friday and Saturday nights leaves me with little energy for anything and at the end of the day, I haven't exercised properly for years, so 5 days a week is a giant leap for me.
So how did day 2 go? It was painful, it was hot, I looked something like a Ribena Berry throwing myself around the room. However, I did it and that is something I am very proud of when we are in the middle of a heatwave.
I can feel every muscle I possess crying out to me to stop, I am aching in places I didn't know existed. Yet - stupidly - I feel myself losing weight. I know i'm not, it's only day 2, but I can feel like I am doing something and am kind of looking forward to next Thursday when I get to assess my progress. Will I manage 30 days? Who knows, but I will give it a very good go.
I have two days 'off' now and in that time I need to create a 1st birthday cake, attend the party for the birthday girl and do two 8 hour nightshifts. See you all Monday for Day3!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Summer of change?

Wow, it has been 10 months since I last posted. So where did I disappear to? My last Silent Sunday post pretty much explains what happened. I started a 'part-time' course in childcare. Combine that course with my day job, my night shifts at a supermarket and my work placement for my course, and I barely had time to come up for air.
I am out the other side of it now though, the course has finished (and yes, I passed!), the day job was in a nursery, so I am now done for the summer. The night shifts will have to continue a while longer, but hopefully only for a couple of months.
Now that's all in order, I am dedicating the summer to getting ME in order. My 'baby' is coming up for 6 years (!), so I have decided to use the summer holidays to shift the baby blubber and more. It won't be easy, I love food and I hate exercise; combined with a bad back it seems an almost impossible task. However, being a few years away from 40, i'm figuring I need to do it now.
So this morning, I started the 30 day shred. Oh my! Torture is not the word for it. Obviously the glamorous helpers do not perspire one little bit. I sweated so much, the kids moved to the other side of the room. They were keen to do it with me, but even with their seemingly endless energy, they struggled to keep up. It wasn't easy and I suppose it's not meant to be. Her encouraging words of 'You will glide through it by Day 7' seem a little far fetched, but who knows, I may just have the body of a goddess by the end of summer - **cough cough**
Alongside this dvd, I am going to 'loosely' follow the slimming world plan. (other plans available!) Hubby lost 6.5 stones in just over a year on this plan, so I know it well and I know it works when followed properly.
I'm not going to humiliate myself by publicly declaring my weight and measurements and I won't get too hung up on the scales. As a guide, I have to lose 2 stones to get to where I was before children and the weight I was when I got married. 5 stones will get me back to where I was when I first met hubby. 6 stones is where I am ultimately aiming and 7-8 stones will take me to where the medical charts say I should be. Ultimately though, I just want to be comfortable and be able to find something to wear when I have an occasion to go to, unlike last Friday when I spent two hours frantically searching for something to wear to a works meal and having to settle on jeans as nothing else fitted.
So what has made me bite the bullet? I suddenly realised that I had always surrounded myself with friends of a similar size. I hadn't noticed until they all started losing weight and I found myself being the 'big' one. I have also seen some photos recently where I have wondered who it is in the picture and realised it is me - and not in a good sense.
There's 5 and a half weeks of the summer holidays and I have set myself a goal. First things first though, I have to make it to Day 2 of the 30 day shred!
I would love to hear from anyone else who is doing or has done the shred, or who is doing slimming world.
This is not a promotional post, I have chosen to follow the diet and exercise plan that I feel will benefit me most.
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