Thursday, March 31, 2011

12WBT - 31/03/11

It's the end of March!  Holy moly, Batman!  Where's the year going?  It's escaping on me and I'm not sure I like the feeling.

Had my meetings and - as an added bonus (for me) - have almost finished typing up all the reports I need to do from the meetings.  God I'm good.  Well, when I'm not being bad, that is ;)

I need to vent and you're going to cop it - feel free to ignore this rant.  

So, I've been told for the last couple of months about the potential of a new job for me at work.  From the sounds of things, it's now not going to happen.  I've also been told that I'm worth more than what I'm being paid currently but my "position isn't worth more".  So if you put these stories together, it's clear that there's not much chance of me progressing any further.  This displeases me muchly as the powers that be are aware that I'm bored senseless in my current job.  It's not that there's nothing to do - God, that would be even worse.  It's that I'm not challenged, and what I do have to do that is challenging I've been told should be paid at a higher level (and I can't get my teeth into it because of the normal, day-to-day, unchallenging rubbish).  I've only been in the job for seven months and I'm about to start a job hunt.  I hate doing this, but it's something that I've got to do.  (Having the motivation to finish my PhD would help, too - that's starting from next month...shite, tomorrow!).  I hate the idea of job hunting.  I hate the idea because I still don't know what I want to do - I have plenty of ideas in mind but whether or not I've got the experience is another thing.  It still irks me that 20 year olds these days can seem to walk into jobs with no experience or qualifications but Generation X-ers don't seem to have this luxury.

I'm a bit worried that this is going to hang over my head and upset my applecart, so-to-speak.  I don't want it to stress me out as that's when I go back to ways of old (blocks of choccy, bags of crisps etc - you get the idea).  I hope that I'll be able to instead reach for the treadmill or something instead.

Well, reaching for the treadmill worked tonight.  A lot more relaxed about things...  And no choccy or crisps were hurt (just ignored - lol) ;)  I guess being so tired (as Wifey and I both are) is not helping matters as I often dwell on things too much - without actually fully formulating a thought ;)

Breakfast: Skippy rissole & boiled egg
Lunch: pumpkin & kumara & chickpea soup
Dinner: pumpkin & kumara & chickpea soup

Treadmill again :)
Time: 1:23
Calories: 1015
Average HR: 138
Max HR: 163
In zone: 45:34

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

12WBT - 30/03/11

I was involved in meetings all day today.  Will be the same tomorrow.  Can't you just feel the enthusiasm oozing out of this page?  It's kinda boring.  Elements are interesting - but often few and far (very far!) betwixt.

Actually - now that I'm back from the meetings, they were bloody good today.  Bring on tomorrow.  Ha!  I did manage to rejuggle things so that I'm done at noon.  Huzzah and yay me!  That could mean that my plan for world domination - erm, wait, that's another blog entry...  My plan for finishing work at 3.30 so I can be at the gym by 4ish could pan out.  Yay.  

Bollocks!  It's not going to work like that.  Wifey has her 1:1 with PT at 5.30 so I'll just go up with her then.  Oh well, at least I'll still go up :)

I did that today, actually.  No, not went up with Wifey to her 1:1 session - finished work at 3.30pm.  By the time I caught a train and got home and changed it was just gone 4pm.  I was on the treadmill by 4.15 though.  That, my friends, was pretty good going for me.  I only managed to misplace one thing...but found I was getting ready to leave :)

Spent another hour on the treadmill.  Really enjoyed the fact that the gym is so empty at 4.15pm!  Means that as it's starting to fill up, I'm walking out the door heading home (all nice and sweaty!).  I didn't mean to spend the whole hour on it.  It's becoming a bad habit.  I'm perhaps a little too competitive with myself.  If I can get to X km by X time or within X calories then I'll stop.  Or, I'll just go for three more minutes and get off at 20mins...I'll just go for 4.5mins and get off at 25mins...  It's bloody annoying but I just can't stop myself - I do thoroughly enjoy it though.  Can't wait for next Monday when I start going back to spin again.  It's been WAY too long and I miss it lots :(

Ahh - best go and start prepping dinner.  We're having the chicken laksa (adapted from the 12WBT :D ).  I'm so the biggest fan of this dish - especially when I put in way too much red curry paste and my eyes want to roll back in my head when I eat it.  That's the best part by far!

Okay - I didn't put in anywhere near enough curry paste.  BAH!  No eye rolling tonight :(  This saddens me.  Next time - I'll double my normal doubled amount.  Yeeehaaaw, baby!

Breakfast: Skippy rissole, boiled egg, puffed rice (with linseed etc & oats), yoghurt (with cinnamon) & blueberries
Lunch: one samosa and 1 mini beef melt thing
Dinner:  12WBT chicken laksa (this is so my favourite dish from the whole program!!!)

Finally back on to this!  Treadmill.
Time: 1:14 (includes walk home 'cos I forgot to turn it off - 1:05 was on the treadmill)
Calories: 1209
Average HR: 161
Max HR: 179
In zone: 15:36 (this was most likely the cool down & walk home!)

12WBT - 29/03/11

After the initial excitement (haha) that was Monday, Tuesday is a rather mundane day.  I was going to say it's like Thursday - pointless, but at least Thursday is closely followed by Friday.  Oh well.

When I got home (after a same-old, same-old day at work - oh, I did manage to empty my inbox for the first time this year; what a joyous occasion that was!), I was charged with cooking dinner.  Y'know, I've not even got into the routine of doing that this year (and we're 1/4 of the way through the year already!).  I was going to go all out and cook something well fancy.  Didn't quite get there.  Ended up making a scrummy spicy pumpkin & kumara soup.  Mmm, nice and filling and I don't think it'd be too bad health-wise.  The bonus of doing a soup is it's like the gift that keeps giving.  Soup today, soup tomorrow, soup for the rest of the week!  hahahahaha

Between trying to relax (read: laze) on the couch and cook dinner, the evening pretty much disappeared.  OMG!  LOL!  BRB! ROFLMAO!  WTF!  NASA!  I forgot to go to the gym.  Arsemonkies.  Not impressed.  Oh well.  Tomorrow, as they say (who the hell are they and why do they say that?), is another day.

Breakfast: kangaroo rissole & boiled egg
Lunch: Wagamamas, baby!  Bento box (teriyaki beef - but didn't eat the rice), chicken gyoza, edamame - Coke Zero ('cos the juicer was again broken - this is getting old now!)
Dinner: spicy pumpkin, sweet potato & chickpea soup.  Mmm

hahahaha - hmm.

Monday, March 28, 2011

12WBT - 28/03/11

Tell me why I don't like Mondays!  Well, it's not 'cos I wanna sho-ooo-ooo-ooot the whole day down.  I disliked it today because our shower still can't be used and I had to have a bath and I hate not having my daily shower.  Showering wakes me up and makes me feel alive.  ALIVE I tell you!  Hahahahahahaha. (Also, not showering may lead to mild insanity - just sayin'.)

Had to stay back late for a meeting at work.  Usually I don't mind but really, is it the most productive use of my time?  I think not.  What it now means is that I don't get home at a time I'm happy with (that gives me time to sort my life out and head up to the gym - and on a Monday, it means missing spin :( ).

Actually, I've neglected the gym a bit.  I keep saying it and still don't manage to do anything about it.  Starting off on the wrong foot for this season hasn't done me any favours.  If anything, my motivation to do something about it needs a swift kick up the arse (as do I!).  It may sound silly, but I've also stopped using my diary again.  I think this may be part of the problem (only a teeny-tiny part, mind).  I know Mish talked about it last year (possibly this year too, but I'm admitting not having paid any attention to the vids etc :( ).  I liked it last year and have just slacked off this year.

Ugh.  Can't find any music to listen to.  I mean, I can, just nothing I feel like listening to.  That reminds me, must update my shuffle for the treadmill this week - last week I wasn't impressed with some of the music there that made me want to stick my head in the working mechanisms (okay, there was only one Leonard Cohen song - but it was more than enough - haha).

I'm back.  Did you miss me?  I actually just reminded myself that I couldn't remember where my connector for the shuffle was and had to find it.  Not an easy task.  Had to 'borrow' Wifey's one ;)

My mind is all over the place today - what's up with that?  Normally it's on off mode.  Meh.  Guess I'll suffer later on when I crash and burn.

Wifey's out at a work dinner tonight so I'm home alone - fending for myself.  Bet I do a lazy dinner...maybe do something as I make our lunches (well, her lunch - tomorrow is Wagamama day at work - huzzah!) - if I can even be bothered making something. 

Made something.  Essentially it was a lazy lunch made into a dinner for me ;)   Nothing wrong with that though...when I say nothing, I mean not much - could've always been worse.  Damn it!  Where's that cloud with the silver lining hiding?

Breakfast: puffed wheat, 8 grapes (apparently these are a no-no, unless only having a few), linseed and stuff, rolled oats (the low GI to counter the grapes I guess), yoghurt with cinnamon
Lunch: salad (cos lettuce, capsicum, chedder cheese (dunno how that fell in there!), tomato, cottage cheese)
Dinner: cos lettuce, cherry tomato, capsicum, ham

Foul mood because the train was packed and I was running late for spin.  If only my foul moods killed calories - wowee, that would be brill!  Oh, yeah.  Got home around 6.10pm, too late to get to spin class so I sulked - I'm good like that (just ask anyone who knows me! ;-) ).

PS: I wasn't on drugs at the time of writing the above - may seem like it, but wasn't.

12WBT - 27/03/11

Even though I appear to have done nothing but sleep, I still managed to sleep in until 8.30am!  For me, that's a massive sleep in on the weekend!  I felt a bit better than yesterday, but only marginally.  I was stoked that as the day progressed I began feeling better.

Doing the ironing (that had been stockpiled for the last few weeks waiting for the ironing pixies to come and do them for us...*sigh*).  That killed a couple of hours, by which time it was nearly time for Wifey to get home.  Poor chook had been away for the weekend on a Duke of Edinburgh camp-thing.  She was as knackered when she got home as I had been feeling (hers was deserved though - mine wasn't!).

Went and got the groceries, dealt with dinner and BANG that was the evening gone.  Where on earth is our time disappearing to?  It's fair vanishing and I'm not overly chuffed about it.

On the plus side, I did treat myself to a new iPad 2...just 'cos I felt like it (deffo not 'cos I deserved it!).

Breakfast: cereal & yoghurt
Lunch: cup of soup
Dinner: filled roll

Nothing :(

12WBT - 26/03/11

Having gone to bed around 2.30am, getting up in time for the plumber (arriving at 7.30am) was a bit difficult.  Compound that with being a bit 'blocky' in the head and you have a day where moving fast became a chore.  I had to remain awake while the plumber was here - for three hours.  Ugh.  Once he left, however, moving was no longer a problem.  I lay down and died.  Not literally.  It could be a bit weird it I literally died.  I might have difficulty in keeping this blog up - more difficulty than I'm having at the best of times!

That was the day.  Struggling to stay awake - then crashing!

Breakfast: cereal & yoghurt
Lunch: nothing
Dinner: nothing

Breathing and keeping eyes open (aka, weightlifting).

Friday, March 25, 2011

12WBT - 25/03/11

Felt like rubbish today.  Went into work but ended up coming home around 11am and crashing when I got in.  I was sitting at my desk when I started getting cold shivers - poor ol' finger nails were even turning blue.  Also had a couple of waves of nausea.  I think I needed the bit of extra sleep as when I woke up, I was feeling marginally better.  At least I'd warmed up some.

I'm pleased I did feel better as a friend asked me out to a Bee Gees tribute show - just for the shits & giggles of it.  By the time we drove - in peak hour traffic - to pick up a couple of other friends and then went to the show, it was nearly 2.5 hours later.  Good job we left early otherwise it would've been a lot longer.  The show was good; dinner before the show was good too - just really didn't enjoy it in the end as I over ate (not terribly, but more than I really should've) - making matters worse, it was Chinese, so really not good for me.  PT is going to kill me for that!

Breakfast: boiled egg
Lunch: left over chicken mince vermicelli
Dinner: Chinese (small serving boiled rice, sweet & sour portk, 1 spring roll, vegetables)


12WBT - 24/03/11

So, while Wifey was being put through the mills by PT, I spent yet another hour on the treadmill (it was only meant to be 15min but then I thought "I'll just go to Xkm", then "I'll just go to Xcals", before "I'll just go to Xmin" - vicious cycle!).  It did get me wondering more about how the hell machines work out calories burnt?  I've wondered it before and am not 100% convinced about their accuracy (I tend to use them as a measurement to compare the effort I put into things).  Why was I wondering about this?  Well!  I was getting very annoyed that, according to the treadmill (which I know is not necessarily the wisest machine), I didn't appear to be burning many calories.  I know it's not the be-all and end-all of things but it annoyed me enough to make me think about it.  After the hour, the treadmill told me I'd burnt 630 calories.  Not impressed with this really but oh well, I would've looked like a knob had I argued with the machine...  My HRM, however, told me different.  I like the HRM more ;)

I noticed the other day my throat was getting a bit sore...and glands were up a bit.  Didn't stop me going into work and being a bit less than productive.  Managed to get all sorts of things done - but nothing substantial.  There was a big meeting going on, which, very luckily, I wasn't involved with and the office was very much like a morgue.  A good day to slack a wee bit, huh?

Breakfast: 2 naked crumpets
Lunch: salad (rocket & spinach, onion, tomato, egg, capsicum)
Dinner: chicken mince vermicelli (snow peas, broccoli, zucchini, corn kernels)

Time: 1:00
Calories: 961 (compared to the treadmill, this is more like it!)
Average HR: 160
Max HR: 176
In zone: only 15:01

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

12WBT - 23/03/11

Bonjour!  For some weird reason, I'm in a very good head space today.  I'm scared.  I'm very scared.

Weigh-in day didn't help the start of the day.  I gave the scales a new speech today (perhaps trying reverse psychology on them).  Actually, I said weigh-in didn't help the start of the day but you know what, with hindsight, I think it did.  Today I couldn't give a rats what the scales said.  I jumped on ready to take whatever they told me (for today I felt that they were in a position of knowing better than I - that's a massive concession on my part too, I must add!).

Work was ho-hum.  I swung by one of the manager's offices to suggest organising a blood drive (now that we've got the Red Cross over the road from us).  Since leaving London, I've been shocking and haven't donated :(  I now feel the need to give back (not that I've taken any!).  The funny thing was she was going in to see the CEO about the very same thing!  Great minds and all that - haha

Lunch ended up not being the sandwich I carefully made last night, but pizza out with the workmates.  Hmm.  This is becoming a bad precedent.  Oh well.  Social is good :)  I'm getting better with choices though (yeah, yeah - pizza's not the best choice but the other options included pasta dishes etc).  Working in the CBD is actually quite bad for this...  Oh well.  Let's see if I can improve on what I eat rather than just eating any bad food that sounds scrummy at the time.

Wifey was home late (around 7.30pm) so we went out for a light Italian dinner.  Oh boy...not looking good food-wise this week, but then again, there seem to be a lot of fish dishes on the menu - not to mention the terrible zucchini & broccoli bake (with leftovers) (that dish does nothing for Wifey or I!).  To be fair, we haven't really been sitting down with the menus to look over them and adapt them like we did last year.  We talk about doing it, but that's as far as we get...

Breakfast: 2 naked crumpets & a slice of banana bread
Lunch: pizza (this was a last minute decision to go out with people...)
Snack: sandwich (chicken, rocket & spinach, egg, hummus, cottage cheese, tomato)
Dinner: pasta (penne): aglio olio

Walking around trying to find somewhere for lunch (wouldn't have been half as difficult if people didn't get in our bloody way - how dare people have lunch at lunchtime...when we want to!).

Dreaded weigh-in
Despite expecting to put on weight this week, I surprised myself by managing to drop 2.1kg.  It took 2 weeks to lose the 4kg I put on.  I'm not happy I put it on, but I'm pleased I've managed to get rid of it.  All up, I've lost 1.3kg in the last month (actually more than that given I packed the pounds on a couple of weeks ago - haha).

12WBT - 22/03/11

My shoes are still dripping wet!  The downside of walking home in the rain last night was that I was soaked through.  Fortunately I wasn't able to pour any water out of my shoes today (unlike last night).  This is my excuse for not going to the gym after work today as I wanted to.  Mind you, it's a good chance for me to tidy up the blog entries (and post them).  I really must do them daily - they only take a few minutes each (depending on whether I think about what to write or just write what I think about).

Our Tuesday lunch gang went out to Wagamamas today - only three of us (not 7 or 8 as usual).  I guess some people were busy (them being in Melbourne is a good excuse ;) ).  Am being very productive at work - just wish I could project that to everything else now (PhD, exercise, diet etc).  Fingers crossed it'll happen.  I'm feeling good about things again now - it's been a piss poor month but can only get better :)

A chilled evening ensued following dinner (though my Mr Grumpy appeared due to tiredness :( ).

Breakfast: puffed rice, oats, linseed with grapes & LF Greek yoghurt
Lunch: spicy chicken ramen (with sprouts, onion & spring onion)
Dinner: home-marinated tofu, roasted baby carrots & zucchini, steamed green beans & broccolini


Oh, I just remembered - I forgot to note my weigh-in last Wednesday.  It was 87.8kg (down from the week before, but still 700g up on the starting weight).  I feel today that my motivation is improving, which is a grand feeling!  I also feel that tomorrow's weigh-in is going to be a bad one again...  I will use that as motivation.  People are saying I don't need to lose any more weight, which is nice of them.  I know that I should focus on toning the loose skin but I'd still like to drop a few more kgs.  Will chat to PT about this next week I think...

Monday, March 21, 2011

12WBT - 21/03/11

Today started with me having to go into work later than usual (as I'd given my swipe card to a colleague on Friday night).  This put me off kilter as I was on a semi-packed train and wasn't able to have breakfast before starting work in earnest.  Was straight into things - including a meeting that took up most of the morning (what it didn't take up, doing things as a result of it chewed into my day).

Because I had no breakfast, I was starving by mid-morning.  It was therefore a bad thing that they provided scones for morning tea!  I had two (with jam & cream).  That kept me going until lunch, fortunately.  I was meant to have lunch with everyone else, but the food wasn't as healthy looking as the salad I brought in ;)

When I got home (fortunately missing the downpours of rain - it's been a poxy few days, but should be good for the gardens!) I changed into gym gear and relaxed until Wifey arrived.  Despite the rain, we still walked to & from the gym.  The rain was a hell of a lot heavier on the way home - I was like a drowned rat!

Our joint PT session was today (instead of on Friday - since neither PT or Wifey can make it then).  This was a fun, though tough, session.  We used some machines that made the exercises fun (gravity machines - something like that).  Worked our core and upper body - even when I got home, I could feel what it had done in my tummy (my poor tummy, I think, was a bit shocked by the workout it got - lol).  Sadly, going tonight meant I missed my favourite Monday night spin class - second week running :(

Doing dinner was too much of a chore - so Wifey did it ;) haha  Sadly, I still had to get breakfasts ready (Wifey is having leftovers - easy-peasy!) and help with dishes.  Life's tough, eh? ;)

Breakfast: nothing :(
Snack: 2 scones with jam & cream
Lunch: salad (rocket, onion, chilli, cottage cheese, capsicum)
Dinner: Mexican mince (using Quorn - YUM! - capsicum, onion, chilli).  I also had a pita bread as well...

Joint PT session on the gravity machine-thing.  Really must start remembering to turn HRM on before the session & not after I've already started ;)
Time: 52:33
Calories: 569
Average HR: 128
Max HR: 164
In zone: 26:16

12WBT - 20/03/11

A nothing day.  Literally.  Lunched out at 2060 in Waverton then got groceries.  I dozed on the couch for an hour or so.   That was pretty much it.  Oh, we watched the last episodes of The Tudors :(  Have to find something else to watch on the weekends now - the downside to still waking up at stupid o'clock on weekend mornings!  Bah ;)

With the shite weather - it was a good day to do nothing.  I know, I know - excuses...

Breakfast: cereal (granola) with LF Greek yoghurt & honey
Lunch: BLT with fries
Dinner: pizza (prosciutto, capsicum, chilli)

None at all.  So bloody lazy!

12WBT - 19/03/11

Wifey and I got up early today to tidy the house.  Friends are up from Melbourne and we weren't sure if we'd end up coming back home with them so we pre-empted the possibility.  This was good exercise - not just running about, but up and down, lifting things etc ;)

We caught the bus to Milsons Point - via Wynyard as the bus driver changed routes without notifying passengers.  Was ok as we ended up seeing S&J, albeit a bit late (and I don't do being late, grr ;) ).  Absolutely awesome seeing them again.  They're expecting a bub later in the year so it was our first chance to congratulate them in person.

Ended up having lunch at Ripples, Milsons Point.  This was nice...if you have a liking for seafood.  If you don't, choices are limited (even more so if you're uber fussy like me and don't do nuts either!).  I ended up having a delicious, tasty vegetarian tasting platter.  Okay, there were pinenuts in the small salad, but they're easy enough to pick out :)

After a stroll across the bridge (in the rain - luckily it wasn't heavy, just persistent) we wandered around the Rocks Markets.  I managed to find a nice wee pair of earrings for Wifey (last of the big spenders, huh? ;) ).  We were heading towards a lovely little French patisserie but ended up in an Irish tea room (yep, polar extremes).  We had a devonshire tea for afternoon tea - this ended up pretty much being Wifey & my dinner as we were a bit chockers, even when we got home...and later.

It was just a relaxing evening - blobbing out on the couch.

Breakfast: toast with ricotta & raspberries
Lunch: vegetarian tasting platter (vegetable terrine, roast pumpkin salad, tempura zucchini flowers)
Snack/dinner: 2 scones with jam & cream

Housework & a couple of gentle walks (about 20-30min each).

12WBT - 18/03/11

Didn't go to PT session today.  That means a week with no PT - yay! :s  Nah, I've got the coolest PT around - given the amount of lip I give her, she still smiles when I come back.  Also, one of my workmates has a PT who dishes out "punishment" sessions.  I wouldn't respond to that at all!

It was just another day in the office.  We were in casual clothes today - not conducive to working; but in saying that, even though there seemed to be a lot more chatting etc, we all still managed to churn through a lot - mainly small, fiddly things that usually get put off.  It was great.  Only prob for me was that I had a constant feeling of being hungry.  I didn't like it.  My lunch ended up being a morning tea!  This wasn't too bad - a group of us headed out to Wagamamas for lunch.  I adore Wagamamas and don't think I could ever get sick of it.  It's most likely not the healthiest food, but it's by no means the unhealthiest!

Even though I didn't go to see PT - or go to the gym, for that matter - I did end up having a workout.  Our social club arranged an evening at the bowling lanes.  This included 30min of laser tag; a game of bowls; and pool table hire.  Awesome!  We were all dripping with sweat after the laser tag - all pumped about the prospect of another round at some point in the not too distant future :)  Well fun and a great workout - zipping & zagging around the room.

Breakfast: slice of banana bread
Snack: mountain bread wrap (spinach, shredded chicken & creamed corn)
Lunch: spicy yasai itame (spicy veggies & noodles)
Dinner: bar snacks (vege pizza, wedges, chicken skewer)

Running around at laser strike & bowling (wish I had the HRM with me!)

12WBT - 17/03/11

Happy St Paddy's day!

I thought it was going to be my last after hanging up a pic of one of the girls at work (Irish) next to the Queen ;)  I did redeem myself by also hanging up the Irish flag in her office.  It was fun - not too OTT.  Lots of laughter - particularly at the expense of the Irish colleen ;)

When I got home it was to get ready & head to the gym.  In my mind, the great plan was 15min treadmill, 15min cycle, 20min cross trainer, 10min treadmill.  Yeah, didn't happen.  I stayed on the treadmill for the whole hour and boy did I enjoy it.  Even though I felt semi-knackered, I also felt that it flushed out the stress & negativity.  I tried to use the time to reevaluate my standing in the program - that is, my absolute lack of motivation (as per yesterday's gripe).  Wasn't much good though.  I just kept zoning out.  Well, I zoned out until the elephant got on the treadmill next to me.  He was just a runt of a bloke but ran like an elephant - so much so that I my machine was wobbling about and I kept losing balance.  It was most likely worse 'cos I had the elevation on 10-12% (that kills after a while).

I know that this week has been bad in terms of what I've been eating.  It's also been bad for exercise (not terribly, but not what I planned to achieve).  Once I get myself into a routine again, I'll be right...I hope...

Breakfast: two naked wholemeal crumpets
Lunch: sandwich (cheese, ham, spinach, capsicum)
Dinner: 12WBT chicken & broccolini laksa

Wifey went to the PT and I went for the treadmill...
Time: 1:11
Calories: 969
Average HR: 145
Max HR: 174
In zone: 33:16

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

12WBT - 16/03/11

In search of motivation - once had, now lost.  If found, please return to me.

I've been so slack again with the blog.  It's really not good enough.  Sure, I'm getting the posts written up, but it's like I'm only uploading once a week and I feel that I'm letting myself down doing this.  I need to get into a routine again.

I guess, it's not just the blog that I'm letting slip a bit.  My entire motivation for the program is at a low.  I don't know what's up with it but I've got to pull finger PDQ (pretty damn quickly, for those not familiar with that acronym).  This is week 4 - I've not yet done the fitness test so I'm sure when I do that'll give me the swift boot up the arse I'm needing.

Now that I'm not doing that biosignature thing anymore I should be better.  Sadly, that's what I think did my motivation in and now I just can't get there.  I'm hardly looking at the program site.  Arrgh.  If anyone has ideas for increasing motivation again (short of the weight gain I had last week!!!), shout out :)

I didn't go to the gym today.  I bludged and I do feel bad about it.  I'll go tomorrow - might skip spin and go on the treadmill for an hour while Wifey is with PT.  I enjoy that almost as much as spin.

Breakfast: 2 naked crumpets
Lunch: mountain bread wrap (shredded chicken, quinoa, creamed corn)
Dinner: lamb cutlets & mushy peas (YUM!)

I thought about it...

12WBT - 15/03/11

It's finally here!  Whoo!  The 90min cycle class, which is apparently to do with fitness week - or something like that.  I'm going to head up there shortly (just jotting down brekkie & lunch before I go and kill myself in the name of fitness...).

So, I get to the gym early (to secure a bike) and then go out and spend 15 minutes on the treadmill (sadly, I forgot to turn the HRM on for that part...oops).  After a bit of a warm up on the treadmill (read: nearly killing myself - lol), I went back into the spin room for it to start.  This was when I noticed a sign saying you had to book in.  Fortunately there were spaces - as it transpires, there were lots of spaces!  All up there would've only been around 15 max there.  A bit disappointing - and I don't really have anything to be disappointed about.

It was well fun!  Essentially it was two cycle classes put together (just dropping the faff in the middle of the two - and the intro for the second).  I was fair knackered coming out though.  When I got home and checked the calories burnt, I was a bit poxy as I was hoping to have burnt more.  Nevermind.  Next time, huh?  I am trying to focus more on keeping my heart rate in zone where possible.  Today wasn't so bad on this score, especially when the time included 10 minutes to walk home (this includes waiting to cross River Road - bah!).

Got home at just on 8pm - just as Wifey was dishing up risotto for dinner.  I was famished!  To be fair, I thought I'd be back for seconds...and thirds - that's how hungry I felt.  Was really surprised though.  Didn't go back for seconds.  I ended up being chockers after the first serve.  That's a good thing.

Might have a day off from the gym tomorrow - again.  Am getting slack, eh?  Mind you, we were talking about how much time the gym is starting to take up.  In the grand scheme of things, it's not that much, we realise that; it's still a good couple of hours each night we go (and I'm trying to go at least 4-5 times a week).  It's all good.  If I could go in the mornings, I would.  I can't - I mean I can, I just don't want to.  If I go in the mornings, I have to start work later; then I'd have to finish later and I'd be in exactly the same predicament ;)

Breakfast: puffed rice, linseed, grapes & LF Greek yoghurt
Lunch: sandwich: wholemeal bread, chicken schnitzel, tomato, lettuce
Dinner: roast pumpkin risotto

Cycle marathon - 2 x RPM classes back-to-back.
Time: 2:05
Calories: 1693
Average HR: 145
Max HR: 172
In zone: 1:46 (am getting better with this :) )

Monday, March 14, 2011

12WBT - 14/03/11

I was told by one of the chicks at work today that I'm not allowed to wear my wedding band to the social evening on Friday (bowling, laser strike & drinkies) as it'll most likely fly off and do someone some damage.

It was a quiet day in the office.  I think the loud kids were sick - they weren't loud ;)  Perhaps busy? haha.  Had a few people comment on my lunch today.  I had the black quinoa in the wrap and people were very intrigued with it.  Quinoa is great, people!  Well, that was pretty much my answer to people.

After work - and a quick change of clothes - I went and met Wifey to go and see the next of the movies in our list of movies to use up tickets with - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.  Again, a good movie (even though we've not seen the second one in the trilogy).  We went to a different cinema and it was PANTS!  The cinema was fine, but it took us 1hr 15 to get home because of the rubbish transport system here.  *sigh*

The downside to going to the movies tonight was that I missed my spin class (with the better instructor).  Fortunately, I've remembered the "marathon" tomorrow night and will go early to secure a bike.  If I can't, I'll do an hour on the treadmill and maybe a bit on the cross-trainers.  We'll see.

Breakfast: puffed rice, linseed, grapes, LF Greek yoghurt
Lunch: gluten-free wrap (shredded chicken, creamed corn, quinoa)
Dinner: boiled rice & honey soy chicken
Movie snack: popcorn

Saving for tomorrow night :D

12WBT - 13/03/11

Poor Wifey had to go to her school's open day today.  That was a bit tough as it meant our Sunday lie-in was interrupted.  Bah!  

While she got up and ready, I went out to the kitchen to make a start on the bruschetta that I was in charge of taking out to my sister's place this arvo.  As my nephew (#6/7 in the ranking) is turning 16 tomorrow, she decided to throw a small party for him (also, his grandparents on the other side of the whanau are over from NZ).  My sister is the kind of person who caters to the hilt - so it was a battle to be allowed to bring bruschetta!

Went to the school to meet Wifey (and have a small tour of the school - all of this is related to my PhD topic, so I was well interested in things ;) ).  On the way to the car we popped into a shoe store and ended up getting a couple of pairs of shoes (2 for her; 1 for me).  Hmm.  We were then off to the other side of Sydney to my sister's.  Yay.  Can you spot the enthusiasm? ;)

Because we were late there, we didn't want to have to spend hours and hours there (I know, this sounds bad, but we both had things we needed to achieve before hitting the hay).  We were there for about 3 hours - and as we were about to leave at 6pm, the BBQ was being lit up.  We were kind of pleased not to be around for all that food!  Like I said, she over caters and had so much food it wasn't funny.  We were content with a few mini-quiches and some of the bruschetta - we didn't need the fried rice, meat, etc...or desserts (though I did take a couple of very mini lemon meringue pies).

On the way home there was this massive buildup of traffic - luckily in the opposite direction.  As is often the case here in Sydney, there appeared to be absolutely no reason for it!  We had a smooth ride home though, so I wasn't complaining about that ;)

Breakfast: cereal (granola) with LF Greek Yoghurt & honey
Lunch: turkish bread sandwich
Dinner: bruschetta, mini-quiches

None - just tidying of house & a bit of rough-housing with nephews.

12WBT - 12/03/11

Wifey had her 1:1 PT session at 8am this morning so I went up with her.  PT was feeling kind so we did a 30min joint session (weights) and then Wifey had the last 30min on her own while I was banished to the treadmill.  We were up at a different gym today and I fell in love with the treadmills there!  They have pictures of different tracks (e.g. running track, island, mountain).  I like that kind of thing...keeps me interested ;)

When we got home we had breakfast.  Plumber bloke came in to have a look.  A minute later, he was gone.  Think it'll be a big job in a couple of weeks.  Rather them than me.  I wouldn't know where to begin (short of the obvious: in the shower).

Once we'd tided up the breakfast dishes, showered etc, we headed off to the movies.  We bought some cheap tickets a few weeks back and realised they're about to expire soon...  We went and saw The Adjustment Bureau (Matt Damon).  It was okay.  Not the best movie I've ever seen, but by no means the worst either.  Was nice to do something relaxed like that.  We've not really had much quality time together for a while - something's always interrupting.  At least in the movie we weren't looking at computers or phones etc.

After the movie we went and got groceries (since tomorrow will be a busy-ish day).  As is always the way, we forgot to get a few things for tomorrow.  Rather than driving back to the supermarket, we came home, made & had dinner (another quick & easy dish) and then went for a walk to the supermarket (how good are we, huh? ;) ).

I think I actually rate today quite highly on my list of relaxing days off.  I'd rather have been a bit more relaxed (on a beach somewhere) but them's the breaks.

Breakfast: three-egg omelette (1 yolk, 3 whites; onion, cherry tomatoes, parmesean)
Lunch: popcorn at movies
Dinner: gluten-free pasta (spirals) with zucchini, mushrooms, onions)

PT session
Someone forgot to press the button twice to info :(

12WBT - 11/03/11

Fridays are usually a 'bludge' day around our office (but, shhh, I didn't say that).  Today was, unfortunately for me, the exception to this unwritten (and unspoken) rule.  I had to sit in on a meeting all day.  It. Was. Boring.  At one point I almost fell asleep.  I tried my old, trusted & true trick of taking notes to help me stay awake.  This didn't work!  I can't even read what I wrote (which is normal, but today because I was 95% asleep, it was much worse - haha).  Oh well.

The problem with this meeting was that during our 30min lunch break, I had to go back to my desk and that ended my lunch break!  Seven phone calls and a few emails later, it was time to go back into the meeting.  By the time it ended and I got home, I was fair starving.  Ended up popping over to the shop at the station and buying a pie & sausage roll.  Not the best things to have, but I had to have something quick smart - especially with a PT session.

Wifey and I actually got home at the same time, which is almost unheard of in our house.  Mind you, the fact that it was in time to quickly change and head up to the gym may've had something to do with that ;)  I'm starting to enjoy the gym sessions now - even if it's not all cardio (my fav).  PT has got us doing things that have a bit of cardio in there (just to keep me happy, I think).  I do need to get my motivation back though.  Since I did that dumbass nutrition plan, motivation has waned to the point of almost non-existence.  I keep saying "next week" but it has to happen soon otherwise I fear it never will!

After the gym it was home to have dinner.  The laksa recipe from the program is a good 'un.  I enjoy that :) The fact that it's so quick and easy is just an added bonus for me - haha.  We've got the plumber coming around to have a look at the shower in the morning so we're having a bit of a tidy up, too (extreme exercise there - especially after the gym session - lol).

Nothing until a pie & sausage roll after work at 4.30pm :(
Dinner: 12WBT laksa (chicken, capsicum, broccolini, sprouts)

PT session - working on the whole body.  This is the program PT gave me a couple of weeks back, which is surprisingly fun (you won't hear me say that too often!).
Time: 1:00
Calories: 719
Average HR: 134
Max HR: 171
In zone: 35:39

12WBT - 10/03/11

Today was just another day in the office - and at home.  Nothing exciting happened.  Mucked about at work (i.e., went in to show that I'm there - in body only, of course!) and then came home.  Thursdays are those kinds of days, mid-week, where there's no excitement.

Oh, I shouldn't say that!  Thursdays are the second spin class of the week.  Huzzah!  I'm not as fussed about the instructor on Thursdays as I am about the one on Mondays.  Just sayin'.  He's a bit of a knob at times but at least I enjoy the class.  He was able to give a bit more info about the "spin marathon" though.  Turns out it's next Tuesday night - a 90 minute class.  So pumped about that one :)  Will have to go up early to make sure I get a spot.

After the gym we headed up the road to get a semi-healthy (in my head, anyway) alternative for dinner.  Home is looking a wee bit 'Mother Hubbard-y' at the mo'.

Breakfast: two naked crumpets
Lunch: gluten-free wrap (capsicum, quinoa, egg, beetroot)
Dinner: gluten-free burger bun, lamb rissole, lettuce, onion...and chips :s

Spin class.
Time: 50:02
Calories: 702
Average HR: 147
Max HR: 165
In zone: 43:22 (hey, that's not too bad for me)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

12WBT - 09/03/11

I know it's Wednesday (I weighed in...) but all it took was for one person to think it was Thursday and bang, in my head it was...  The technical, scientific-y term for this is: stupidity ;)

Work = ho hum.  Churned through some readings that I had to do.  Sent a few emails.  Wrote a few letters. Took a few calls.  Saw a few people.  Mundane.  Boring, almost.  Wonder if, now that I'm a few days out of probation, I should start looking for a new job? ;)  Nah, might wait and see what comes of the plans for me here first (and get a couple of ABS courses under my belt).

When I got home I quickly changed (for the better, of course) and headed up to the gym.  It's so quiet at 4.30pm!  Jumped on the treadmill and did some interval stuff on there for 30 minutes.  Wanted it to be longer but in my haste at home changing, put the wrong socks on and now have a huge blister on my heel (which reminds me - need to clean the blood off my shoe).  And they say exercise is painless!?!  Ha!  Oh well, it was better than nothing.  Be interesting to see how many calories I killed when I jot it down below...

Was very domesticated when I got home from the gym (after the shower, of course).  Went into the kitchen and cooked quinoa for lunches etc (we're trying the black quinoa for a change - only because they didn't have red at the supermarket this week), made lunches for tomorrow, and cooked dinner.  Uber efficient :)

Breakfast: puffed rice, LF Greek yoghurt with honey & grapes
Lunch: sandwich (leftover roast pork, rocket, egg & Swiss cheese...and hummous)
Dinner: pizza (capsicum, onion, feta)

Treadmill - 5min walk; 10min run; 5min walk; 5min run; 5min walk - various speeds & inclines
Time: 44:50
Calories: 662 (not too shabby, even if I do say so myself!)
Average HR: 152
Max HR: 177
In zone: 27:49

Weigh-in: Oh boy - I wasn't wrong when I thought I was having a fat week!  The scales were furious with me!  I am furious with me - not to mention absolutely disgusted!  THIS IS NOT HAPPENING AGAIN!  I gained a disgusting 4kg!  Now at 89.4kg.  Exercise and diet WILL be reviewed this week.  Wifey tried to ease my mind by telling me that I'm now doing weights...  Didn't brush with me.  Will have to go hell for leather now!

(actually, I'm wondering if the scales are wrong - don't know why I think they would be, perhaps to help my ego???)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

12WBT - 08/03/11

Haven't I been a slack arse?  I've been popping in and jotting notes (for fear of forgetting) just ain't uploaded.  I could've sworn I had done some but blogger would tell me otherwise.  Thank God I had put things - I struggle to remember what I'd eaten earlier in the day let alone a few days ago.  So, sorry.  Very remiss of me (assuming anyone is reading these still - if you are, methinks you might need to see someone ;) ).

It was a full day at work today.  I'm not sure how, but I survived it - haha.  Did what I had to and pottered about (seems to be the story of my life - if I'm not 'pottering about', I'm 'arsing about'...).  A few dramas at work which, fortunately, didn't involve me but the flow-on effect is quite broad-sweeping.

After lunch at Wagamama's last Tuesday, about 8 of us have decided that it will be our weekly escape!  It's even in our diaries (courtesy of one of the managers - lol).  Now that I'm not eating meat all day...and am resorting to a "normal" diet, I resorted to a bento box.  Mmm.  Chicken teriyaki & yasai gyoza.  Bloody juicer wasn't working...again.  Had to have an iced tea, which isn't that bad ;)

When I got home from work the intention was to go for a walk.  The reality was I fixed up the missing blog entries (hence the ramble at the start of today's entry).  Man, sometimes I wish I understood what my brain was thinking at the time of writing notes for myself.  How on earth am I to know what I meant by "don't forget about ..."?  What was the "..." I wonder?  Meh, couldn't have been important in the grand scheme of things :)

All of a sudden it's dinner time.  I know this as Wifey's just sent a text saying she's on her way.  Crap!  I'm cooking...

...So dinner was nice & easy.  Tofu & veggies :)  No mess, no fuss.  I was planning on dessert, but it didn't happen (would've meant dirtying another pot ;) ).  A scrummy meal, even if I did cook it myself!

Breakfast: two naked crumpets (I's like a bit of crumpet in the mornin' ;) )
Lunch: bento box (chicken teriyaki, rice, edamame, yasai gyoza) & iced tea
Dinner: tofu & vegetables (supposed to be on a skewer but I couldn't be bothered with the faff) - eggplant, zucchini, capsicum

My blog has been ignored and I had to spend time on it ;)

12WBT - 07/03/11

...and another week begins.  I'm concerned that this is my "fat" week.  I reckon, just over the last three days, I must've packed on about 10kgs.  Ugh.  Oh well, from bad weeks come good weeks - I shall wait and see what the scales tell me (either to have a good week, a good week, or a f**king good week! - my wager is on the latter :s ).

Even though I had a short week last week, I feel as though this week is dragging.  How bad is it that I'm saying this on a Monday?  Work was slow, but I put that down to the fact that I had an inbox full of emails from Friday...and then there was the couple of things I couldn't be bothered doing on Thursday (oops!).  Mustn't complain.  I'm going home early today as we've got a plumber coming around to look at a few drips around the place (no!  Not me!  Cheeky bugger ;) ).  I'm taking work home with me to do in the arvo (to save dipping into personal leave).

Home seems to be a somewhat productive place.  No emails (work) to bug me - or phone calls.  My new secret is not to give out my mobile number!  Even though I couldn't show I've done a lot, I have - most of it in the theoretical sense.  Oh, and trying to work out how best to present a shed load of data.  Might be able to play around with stats and graphs tomorrow.  Small things, I know.

I do like Mondays (even though getting started is a bit of a chore).  Monday is the first of the two spin days.    I know that PT wants me to do more weights...but spin and cardio is so much more fun for me.  Exercise has to be about the fun, you know!  

Once again, spin was awesome.  A bit tough towards the end.  We had to keep cranking on the gears for the hills.  I had to lower a couple of times when we sat down again (poor wee legs couldn't handle the heavy gears when sitting).  Wifey seems to enjoy this one more than the Thursday one - could be why she has her 1:1 PT session on Thursdays while I'm at spin :)

Breakfast: kangaroo rissole & boiled egg
Lunch: salad (rocket, spinach, carrot, beetroot, sprouts)
Dinner: chicken breast in a homemade tomato sauce (pretty much tomorrow's fish dish - adapted for us :) )

Time: 1:01
Calories: 839
Average HR: 145
Max HR: 174
In zone: 24:02

Monday, March 7, 2011

12WBT - 06/03/11

Confession time.  I'm a fat, lazy arse.

Didn't do anything today!  Lazed in bed until about 1pm and then arsed about before getting groceries (not doing this "nutrition boot camp" makes for a much cheaper shop - about 25% cheaper!).  It's nice to know that I'm going back to a normal diet :)

After we got groceries, which took about an hour and a half by the time we ambled around the store (in part, being very stupid - but it was fun :) ), we came home, threw them in the fridge/cupboard and then pottered around doing things we normally would've done in the morning...then it was dinner time!  Crap!  Where do the hours go on weekends, huh?

Wifey had a bit of work to do in the evening so I played on the computer - printing out some pics to put in frames for her office, that sort of thing.  

I rate this as one of the better weekends we've had in a long while.  It was good for Wifey to have a relaxing one as we're chockers for the next few weekends :)

Breakfast: 12WBT banana bread (this recipe rocks!)
Lunch: ham & cheese sandwich
Dinner: roast pork & sweet potato mash with steamed green beans

*sigh*...again.  Really need to start doing more on the weekends - but this weekend was a bit of brain relaxation (I've got some heavy stats to work on this coming week - yay!?!)