The Last Hurrah

December 31, 2009

Well, once again – this is NOT a good idea.  It’s officially New Year’s Eve, and as I’ve mentioned, my “new life” begins tomorrow. 

So what am I doing tonight? Making confit duck legs, and serving with mashed potatoes, green beans, mushrooms and cream sauce. And copious amounts of Champagne.

Is this a good idea? Not really… Duck legs that have been bathing in duck fat for 2 hours is hardly a good idea for someone who’s supposed to be getting into shape, now is it. 

But I’ve decided I need (well, want) to have a “last meal” so to speak.  So duck legs: here I come!


Gear

December 29, 2009

It’s still Christmastime (ish) and I was lucky enough to find some envelopes under the tree.  I’ve purchased two products to help me out with my fitness goals.

1. New running shoes! Nike+ Zoom Elite 4 to be exact.  Not that I really know what that means – they were on sale, and according to the sales guy fit my feet well, as I have a slight “overpronation”.  Bonus: They’re pink! 

2. A Nike+ iPod Sensor!  I was tempted by this by my brother, who got one for Christmas from his (somewhat unsublte) girlfriend.  Basically, the sensor measures distance, pace etc, and gives audio feedback while you’re listening to music.  It will also allow you to save your workouts on your iPod, and upload them, so you can track progress and whatnot. 

I think this sounds like something that could be very motivating.  I’ll be back with a review when I’ve tried it out.

Another challenge I’ve thought of, is the AWFUL conditions that are currently outside.  All the pavements are covered in a thick layer of snow/ice, and given my rather clumsy nature, I’m a bit hesitant to running outside yet… I may have to go for treadmill action until the weather improves a little.


Probably not the best idea…

December 29, 2009

Every single article tells me that I’m setting myself up for failure. The whole concept of the New Year’s Resolution is almost synonymous with 2 weeks of clean living, gym-going and detoxing, only to be followed by falling back to old habits.

THIS WILL NOT BE ME!

Tricks to increase the chances that New Year’s Resolutions succeed:

  1. Small goals
  2. Rewards to keep you motivated
  3. Peer Support
  4. Not throwing in the towel if you have setbacks

 


Uh oh

December 28, 2009

My brother got me bathroom scales for Christmas.

Stay tuned…


Winter Wonderland

December 22, 2009


Kick me

December 22, 2009

Kick me into shape, that is.

I had an AWFUL ephiphany the other day while looking at photos from when my friends Clare and Eleanor came to visit.  Not only am I obese (yup, I checked the charts), I am also unfit, fleshy and downright fat.

I’ve never been athletic or slim, but I’ve always been in *decent* shape from dragging my ass into some exercise somehow. Well, that has not been the case for the last year – and it *definitely* shows.  I participated in Nordsjørittet in June, but since then I can count the number of times I have exercised on one hand.

So. New Year, New Life – the same old classic.

I’ve asked my brother for a bathroom scale for Christmas (haha, he’s not great at Christmas shopping – I’ve actually already purchased and wrapped it).  Once it’s been opened, I will post my starting weight here.  Ugh. It will definitely be a high, and not in a good way.

Furthermore, I’ve signed up and paid for the Berlin Marathon, September 26, 2010. GAH!! I realise going from couch to marathon in 9 months is not the best idea, but I really need something to push me, and I’m hoping that this will do that.

And lastly. New Years resolution: EAT BETTER. And less.

Increase veggies.

Increase lean protein.

Increase water intake (I currently rely on too much diet coke. NOT hydrating)

Decrease fat and sugar.

Replace “white” starches with dark ones, and focus on healthy carbs.

Wish me luck. No, not luck, wish me power of mind and body!


The perils of postage

December 10, 2009

Doh! 

After reading a glowing review of the SPIbelt over at The Fit Bride, I decided I’d order one.  I hate those armband thingys for iPods, and figured this would be a good solution (certainly a lot better than holding the iPod in my hand.

Anyway, after applying the coupon (I do love a good discount) – imagine my horror!

Almost $60 for shipping!  Not exactly feasible for a product that costs $20.  How annoying. I genuinely don’t understand the shipping rates on some sites, though – I understand that it’s more expensive to ship something abroad, but $60 for something that can’t weight more than 100g. 

Le sigh. Fingers crossed for European suppliers in the future.