Friday, April 15, 2011

12WBT - 15/04/11

Still knackered.  Being in a dead quiet office sure doesn't help matters!  Almost straight after dinner last night I zonked out.  Fell asleep on the couch before 8.30pm - completely dead to the world.  I think this is what I least I hope it was!

Wifey called in for lunch today, which was a nice surprise.  She was dragged around the office to meet people she only hears about.  They all sympathised with her :( haha  We went up to my fav place for lunch (yep - Wagamamas, baby!).  Wandered around the city for a wee bit afterwards and then I had to head back to work.  I left her at Gap (figuring it was a dangerous move, but she deserves a splurge!)...

Our joint PT session was at 4.45.  The gym was like a morgue tonight!  No idea what happened to everyone - usually it's fairly busy, even on a Friday night.  Not tonight.  We started with the warm up on the treadmill before heading around to play with the cables (bloody squats), up to the weights, then back to the cables (and bloody sit ups) ;)  It was actually a good session, despite me being exhausted.

Talk about being naughty tonight.  We got home and couldn't be arsed cooking...  Yep - walked up the road for takeaway (well, dined in so we didn't have dishes either).  How bad is that!?!  This is what I mean by slacking off the program for a while - arrrrrrrrghhhhh!

Breakfast: puffed rice, grapes, yoghurt
Lunch: spicy chicken ramen (a la Wagamamas)
Dinner: chicken burger (a la Grill'd)

PT session - cables & weights
Time: 55:50
Calories: 545
Average HR: 121 
Max HR: 164
In zone: 27:54

12WBT - 14/04/11

Firstly, happy birthday to the ol' lady.  Mum's 71 today - sheesh!  I must be getting old, too!  I remember when she turned 50!

I spent the whole day crunching numbers at work.  Not sure I know exactly what I was trying to achieve, but I felt well happy with the fact that the different ways I calculated things all seemed to fall within a similar range.  Go me!

Have to admit to feeling absolutely knackered - as the week progresses, I seem to be getting worse.  No idea what that's about.  Wonder if it's because my routine's been all up the sh*t this week?  Quite possible.

Wifey had her 1:1 with PT tonight.  Because it was at 5.30, I go up to the gym with her and do my own thing.  Wasn't sure exactly what to do tonight - usually I end up doing an hour on the treadmill.  Tonight, I told myself, would be different.  It kinda was, too.  Started on the cross trainer.  Figured I'd do an hour on that for a change.  Who the hell was I kidding!  After 15 mins, my legs were fair killing me.  I moved to my friend, the treadmill.  Did 30mins on there and thought that I should share the love with other machines that I've tended to ignore.  I finished the hour on the cycle (without adjusting it...dumb move).

Walking home I couldn't help but think back to Friday nights last year - I used to walk up to the gym to meet Wifey and walk home with her (never setting foot in the gym itself).  How the times have changed!

Breakfast: puffed rice & yoghurt
Lunch: leftover veggie stir fry (yum!)
Dinner: mustard chicken on polenta

Cardio - cross trainer, treadmill, cycle
Time: 58:42
Calories: 944
Average HR: 159
Max HR: 169
In zone: 19:05

12WBT - 13/04/11

Nothing to report from today.  Was a quiet day.  Pretty much just sat at work and caught up on the last couple of days worth of emails etc.

The plan, when I got home, was to head up to the gym - or at least go for a walk with Wifey.  The reality, however, couldn't have been any further from this.  I am so overtired that when I walked in the door I pretty much headed straight for the bedroom to lay down.  OK, so that's a slight exaggeration.  I kinda helped Wifey with dinner - as much as I could, anyway.  Then I went to bed.  I feel like an old man - in bed by 8pm!  Sad much?  Mind you, there was good tele on so it's not like I'm sad and fall asleep straight away - lol.

Breakfast: toast - naked
Lunch: Cheese sandwich (all I could be arsed making last night!)
Dinner: vegetable stir fry

Zip.  Nada.  Nil.  None.

Oh God - how much was it to go up???  WTF?  It didn't!?  It went down.  Hallelujah!  Only down 300g but hey, I'm not complaining.  85.5kg.  Better than what I was fearing!

12WBT - 12/04/11

Waking up was tough going.  Even though the alarm was set so we could have a sleep-in, I still woke up early.  Fear of what was to come, perhaps? ;)

After breakfast, we (Wifey, mum-in-law & I) piled into the car and headed for a family outing - to the dentist.  How unimpressed am I over this prospect?  It wasn't so bad - until I was told I had a small cavity - confirmed by the x-ray.  I begrudgingly allowed the filling to go ahead.  Even though I wasn't happy about this, it turns out that it was more than just the 'little black spot on the x-ray' and had I left it longer I ran the risk of it ending up being a root canal in the not too distant future...

Wifey and I then headed off to the jewellers who designed Wifey's engagement ring and our wedding bands.  Since discovering the 12WBT and losing weight (around 20kg since the start of round 3 last year), my poor wedding band has become a dangerous weapon - especially seeing as I use my hands to talk so much.  It flies nicely through the air!  Instead of getting it resized or having a ball bearing put in to help it fit better, I'm getting a new one (as it's easier than getting the old one adapted).  My ring size has dropped about 5 sizes (explaining the looseness, huh?).  Won't get it until mid-May (bloody Easter ;) ).

We then went out for a light lunch before wandering around Bulimba for a bit.  Sadly, this ended our time in Brisbane (for the time being) as we had to head out to the airport for the flight home.  The down side of coming home is not being able to step off the plane and walk straight in the door - lol.

Breakfast: toast
Lunch: roasted veggie & goats cheese tart
Dinner: chicken curry & rice (a la Qantas)


12WBT - 11/04/11

It was nice to wake up in the warmth again.  It wasn't a sleep in, but it was more than I've had for the last couple of days.  Okay, when my phone alarm went off at 5:45 I wasn't impressed, but I did easily drift back off after that.

Wifey was meeting up with one of her friends so I took the opportunity just to relax and do absolutely nothing - nothing at all!  It was bliss.

When Wifey got back we did go for a walk - most likely only about 30mins, but it was nice to be out and about (saving the ol' legs from seizing up - not that they felt like they were going to).  Wifey's mum very kindly made us borsch for dinner - which went down very well, especially with a few raw cloves of garlic...  Shame I've got the dentist tomorrow ;)

Breakfast: Special K & yoghurt, strawberries & raspberries
Lunch: wrap (lettuce, ham, tomato, capsicum)
Dinner: borsch & raw garlic

Gentle 30min walk around the neighbourhood.

12WBT - 10/04/11

Did not have a long sleep.  I fear I could be crabby today - EP needs his beauty sleep each night ;)

Wasn't too bad.  We opted not to have breakfast at the hotel, only by virtue of meeting up with a friend we met in Africa for brunch :)  Even though we had an 11am checkout, the hotel kindly had its housekeeping staff knock on the door at 9:50 to enquire as to what time we were checking out...  This could explain the huge number of people checking out on our floor when we did - earlier than the 11am one.

We were pleased we were able to leave the car in the carpark - if not only for the fact that they'd parked us in anyway.  Dumped our stuff in the car and then went off for brunch at Gus's.  Not healthy, but hey, who cares - when we're away we tend to splurge ;)

After an awesome catch up, it was back to the hotel and to the car...for the enthralling drive back up to Sydney.  Seriously, the Sydney-Canberra road has to be one of the dullest in the country ;)  The weather started to pack in, so it wasn't as much fun.  Coming into Sydney drove me even more insane as there was traffic everywhere (worse than usual) because of road closures for the triathlon.  Oh well.  Only delayed us for about 25mins.

We were only really home long enough to have a cuppa, throw a load of laundry on, pack the next cases and have a quick dinner before we were off again.  This time by train to the airport and then up to Brissie.

Got into Brissie just on 11pm.  I. Am. So. Tired.

Brunch: spicy sausage omelette & toast
Dinner: cheese toastie

Lugging our suitcase on & off trains and at the airport - pretty much all.

12WBT - 09/04/11

Woke up bright and early - which caused no end of complaining from me.  Here we were, away from the normal distractions of home and able to sleep in but my body just never allows it!  Arrrrgh!  Anyhow, them's the breaks I guess.

After surfacing and wandering down to the hotel restaurant for breakfast.  It was an OK breakfast - most likely one of the best we've had in an Australian hotel, but still poor compared to some we've had overseas.  Filled up for a day of strolling around the sites of Canberra (haha).  No idea why they scheduled the run for 4pm - am guessing it was so people could drive there from elsewhere? 

Because of a substantial breakfast, we opted to skip lunch in favour of a latte and cake around 1pm.  Most likely not the wisest of moves really.

We went back to the hotel and got ready for the run.  Our enthusiasm levels were so far below zero it wasn't funny.  Got a cab to the event and milled around.  One of my workmates was doing the 5km run so we were there in time for that - she changed her mind and did the 10km with us.  This was good as her and I compete a wee bit (not much because we're about as good as the other and usually finish within about 10-15 seconds apart).

The run itself was as boring as batsh*t.  In fact, watching paint dry for an hour would've been as much, if not more, fun!  Would've been better if it hadn't been four laps around...nothing.  Oh well.  We did it - and my time improved slightly on the last 10km run we did (only by a few minutes but an improvement is nevertheless an improvement).

Me - looking knackered (I wish I paid attention to where photographers were...)
Following the eventful (haha) fun run, we went back to the hotel and freshened up.  We were then off to meet up with one of Wifey's childhood friends for dinner at her place.  It was a relaxing night, but I was ready for bed around 9pm - lol.

Breakfast: toast, scrambled eggs, rhubarb, pears & yoghurt
Lunch: not really lunch, but we shared a lemon tart
Dinner: Thai - I wasn't impressed as it was ordered in for us and I don't tend to do Thai.  Not sure what it exactly was that we were eating...short of the boiled rice ;)

10km fun run
Time: 1:05
Calories: 1161
Average HR: 169
Max HR: 187
In zone: 3:46 (umm, how bad was this!)

12WBT - 08/04/11

It's been an odd week.  I've been a rather unhappy camper with things - not sure why, either.  Just...general malaise?  Perhaps.  Boredom?  Most likely.

I've also been quite pants with keeping to a plan - in terms of exercise and diet.  This very much displeases me.  Sure, weigh-in wasn't as bad as I thought it might've been but you watch - next week it'll come back and well and truly bite me on the arse with a whopping increase!  What can you do?  Life gets like that at times and I'm trying to make a holistic change - something that allows for flexibility for life's curveballs.  Might not be working much at the moment - gimme a chance to find those tracks and get back on them, eh. ;)

Tomorrow is the Canberra 10km fun run.  Fun?  Run?  Canberra?  All in the same sentence?  Hmm ;)  I'm so not wanting to do it now - why do I do these things?

Road trip down to Canberra was, well, uneventful (God-damned boring might be a bit too harsh - but really does sum up that trip in a nutshell).  One thing that was a huge surprise was how quickly we got out of Sydney - especially for a Friday night!  Was good.  Nice smooth trip down, too.  I think I hurt poor Wifey's ears as I belted out songs.  Did a few choice dance moves, too.  (Am pleased none of this was recorded!!!).

Breakfast: puffed rice & yoghurt (back on the Jalna - doesn't taste as much like sour cream now!)
Lunch: Kebab (day three of eating out for lunch...)
Dinner: pizza (homemade - something quick before heading down the road...and leftovers for snacking upon during the roadtrip)

Well, sadly there weren't none today - unless you count wandering around for lunch?  Nope?  Didn't think so.

12WBT - 07/04/11

Wandering up to the gym with Wifey, I was wondering what I should do.  We were running a bit late for us to get there in time for me to do my Thursday night spin class (of which I've not been to for a few weeks now :( ).  I guessed I'd end up on the treadmill for the hour - as is my usual "thing".  I don't mind it.  I get to zone out and just walk (occasionally run).  I had been on it for a couple of minutes when PT came up to see if I wanted to do our joint session tonight (since we're off to Canberra tomorrow night for the fun run).  I had no objections (short of just about getting into my stride on the treadmill).

Her plan of attack was weights.  For the most part, I really don't mind weights.  I think my issue with them is that they're not cardio and therefore I don't seem to find  I hate having to have the breather in between.  I know why it's needed but to me it's wasting time.  Sounds silly, huh?  Try explaining it to your PT without seeming like you're a fat, lazy, slovenly slob!  Not easy (though did make PT laugh).

My other issue with weights is that because I'm so not used to them, I feel like a bloody weakling compared to some of the steroid-laden blokes there (now, I'm only using the term 'steroid-laden' to try and make myself feel better about being a weakling - lol).

I think I'm getting a wee bit better with them - my poor left arm is struggling with things at times.  It's really not used to being anything more than an ornament, dangling off my body with no real purpose ;)  Maybe one day it'll be of use to me.  Not any time soon, anyhow!

Breakfast: boiled egg
Lunch: roast vegetable wrap
Dinner: 12WBT chicken laksa

Gym - started off being my usual treadmill session while Wifey had her 1:1 PT session - ended up being our joint session for the week (since we're off to Canberra tomorrow).  Weights.
Time: 56:00
Calories: 526
Average HR: 119
Max HR: 173
In zone: 14:37

12WBT - 06/04/11

When I got on the scales, I wasn't happy.  I mean, I wasn't disappointed or angry - just not happy.  Sure, I was 85.8 - up 100g on last week but given my spate of slackness, it's not terribly bad (shh, I'm trying to reassure myself!).

Today was one of those days where you just don't feel like working.  I did work, but the ol' heart just wasn't in it.  Perhaps I should start looking for something that will give me a bit more of a challenge in life?  I'm up for a challenge!  Well, perhaps not right at this moment in time.  

I'm getting over responding to enquiries and dealing with emails.  There's nothing...juicy.  Nothing to get my teeth stuck into.  I suppose, they are talking about a change in my job - until it happens though, I don't think much will be changing.

I should focus this energy into going to the gym more often - it was, after all, my grand plan.  I just haven't managed to get around to it yet.  Baby steps, someone told me.  I suppose that's a fair summary of things - I've only been a member of a gym for a couple of months.  If there's one thing I managed to take from the 12WBT it's not to rush into things like a bull in a china shop.  Slowly introduce things; give yourself a chance to get used to them - then rush in - lol.

Until I adjust to going to the gym, I'll plod along as per normal.  One day, before I know it, I will be that bull (hopefully not causing as much damage though!).

Breakfast: naked crumpets
Lunch: burrito
Dinner: vege bake

Lazy day...more and more of these occurring, huh?

12WBT - 05/04/11

Ahh, Wifey's still away.  This means that my meals are, well, virtually non-existant.  Whenever I'm home alone, I really can't be arsed cooking for one.  I know, lazy, but still.  I find it pointless.  I've always much preferred, if I have to cook, to cook for a larger number - two is hardly worth it, but I will do so.

Aside from Wifey being away, I've done nothing all day (well, work aside).  Even work I didn't do much.  We went for a walk down to the King St Wharf Wagamamas for a change (from the Galeries Victoria one).  That's been about the excitement of today.

It's actually been relaxing having a mid-week day of nothingness (hence a short entry - makes for easier reading...if anyone's still reading).  Couldn't cope with too many of them though...

Breakfast: puffed rice, blueberries & yoghurt
Lunch: spicy chicken ramen (Wagamamas)
Dinner: erm, nothing

None.  Couldn't be bothered (as would only make me hungry and I can't be arsed cooking!)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

12WBT - 04/04/11

Today started with me being generous.  I donated blood.  First time I've done that over here (first time since I left the UK that I've given - and I never gave when I was in NZ, go figure!).  Deffo a good cause - if you haven't given in a while (or at all), get in touch with them and do so now.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service - go on, what have you got to lose???
Granted, it took me two hours - by the time I filled in the paperwork, had the interview and waited around (it's reassuring, though, to have to wait because there are so many people there giving freely).  I didn't mind - it was two hours of work time...and I got a milkshake and a muffin out of it ;)

When I got back to the office it was back to emails and phone calls.  Bah.  Why do we have to work for a living - can't someone else do it for me so I can do other things?  Really! ;)  Come the afternoon, though, I felt a bit...light-headed (moreso than normal).  The moral of this story is to ensure you keep the fluids up after giving blood - haha.

Because of this light-headedness, I didn't go up to the spin class :(  Instead, I opted for a 40 minute walk - which ended just before the skies opened.  I managed to get back home in a light drizzle.  Phew!

Breakfast: puffed rice, linseed etc, raspberries, Jalna yoghurt with cinnamon
Lunch: salad (spinach, canned chicken, four bean mix)
Dinner: ham & brie with couscous

40 minute evening stroll.

12WBT - 03/04/11

What's this rubbish about an extra hour of sleep today?  I think my body missed the memo somewhere along the line...  Y'know what, though?  Even though we didn't have an extra hour of sleep (because one of us was too wide awake ;) ), we did just chill this morning.  It's nice doing that.  Relaxing - making the most of the sunshine streaming in the window and the peace of the neighbourhood.  I think this is a must for a normal, healthy life.  You can get too caught up with the hustle and bustle and forget that down time is just as important - as is quiet time alone.

When we finally surfaced, it was to head up to pick up some DVD storage from up the road - and some more DVDs to add to the collection (we need more shelving for DVDs - the slimline things we've replaced the old jewel cases with still take up a shed-load of room).  From there it was off to get groceries (via a lovely lunch at Lane Cove).  Yeah, exciting, huh?

When we got home I vegged on the couch while Wifey put the groceries away.  Actually, my vegging was productive - I pulled the DVDs out of their old cases to put them into their new homes.  Very time consuming - but not as time consuming as what came next.  I then went through all the empty DVD cases and chucked the cracked ones, then sorted all the others out to put on eBay (I hope someone wants them - I've got about 450 empty cases if anyone wants them!  Seriously!  Let me know!).

We had a lovely dinner - Wifey did a chicken breast in a scrummy mushroom & mustard sauce.  She's a whizz in the kitchen is my wife!  

Breakfast: low GI, gluten free granola-esque cereal, strawberries & yoghurt
Lunch: erm, fries & pizza...but the pizza had green on it ;)
Dinner: chicken breast in mushroom & wholegrain mustard sauce

Lazy days calling to you; come out to play, the future lies with you...

12WBT - 02/04/11

Poor Wifey had to get up early today - when I say 'had to', it was self inflicted.  She has her haircut this morning.  I was thinking I'd laze in bed while she was away, but no chance of that.

I'm currently working on a PowerPoint presentation for her to use while she's away on a school retreat next week (aren't I a good hubby - thankfully it's something I enjoy doing so there ain't no probs there).  I suppose I should also do the housebi*ching chores while she's away - poor chook is well tired these days and could do with a bit of a break from the mundane.

Yep.  House ship-shape now.  Just waiting on her to come home so we can head off to the movies this arvo.  Booked in to see Rango (animated Johnny Depp flick) - the last of our cheap movie tickets.  Hope there aren't too many kids around.  I dislike going to movies when kids are there - loud, obnoxious creatures that they are.  I, of course, was never like that ;)

Movie was OK.  Wouldn't say it was the worst I'd ever seen.  Perhaps a bit more of an adults one than not.  We did manage to get some exercise in before the movie, too.  Wandering around the mall and then walking up all the stairs to get to the cinema we needed (could've used the lift but there were snotty-nosed kids about - lol).  There were a few kids but not as many as I had envisaged (or feared!).

When we got home neither of us were hungry so we went for a walk around the neighbourhood for about an hour and a half.  It was a pleasant night to do that - not too cold, not at all hot.  Walking around at night gives a different perspective on the 'hood as well.

Breakfast: three-egg omelette (with 1 yolk), onion, ham, tomato & spinach
Lunch: chicken schnitzel & salad
Dinner: slice of cheese & some spinach

Walking around the mall, including stairs; 90 min stroll around the neighbourhood.

12WBT - 01/04/11

What a fizzer April Fools turned out to be in our office this year.  It wasn't so much that people weren't into it, it was a case of people being so flat out that they didn't have time.  We had three big meetings going on making people less inclined to partake in the jovial nature of the day.  The one big prank we had going didn't work well.  The instigators hadn't thought about the follow-through - and the victim was a bit of a sore loser.  Ahh well.  There's always 2013...

When I got home from work (early, I might add - yay for having a later day earlier in the week), the sun was shining in the bedroom window so I thought I'd soak up some of the rays from the comfort of the bed...and then I woke up when Wifey called to say she was on her way home for the PT session.  Oops!  Luckily it was only a wee grandpa nap for an hour.
PT session was mildly enjoyable.  We did weights, which I'm still not a fan of really.  I much prefer cardio but PT is making me do weights.  Worse things happen at sea though.  It was a full body workout tonight - upper & lower.  I was coping fine with almost everything, except the bloody press ups.  I think, because it was nearly time, my body was over it and just wanted to stop.  I persevered though - for what it was worth.

After the gym we had dinner.  Wasn't the best meal for us, but we were both famished...and tired.  Going out wasn't planned - it just meant that we had a bit more of a walk after the workout - and didn't have to do dishes!

Breakfast: puffed rice, strawberries & yoghurt
Snack: skippy rissole
Lunch: spicy pumpkin, kumara & chickpea soup (the soup that lasts forever!)
Dinner: lamb rissole, salad...& chips
PT session - weights (upper & lower)
Time: 1:01
Calories: 597
Average HR: 121
Max HR: 163
In zone: 32:36