Firewirks over Sydney Opera House

Firewirks over Sydney Opera House

Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Day 62 -39 Big jog!

My friend Suzanne dropped a note through my letterbox last night asking me if I felt ready to join "Kate's Kurvy Klub" which is a group of 4 or 5 women who go jogging. I've been out with them before but not been able to go as far or as fast so haven't really stuck to it. Anyway, now that I'm losing weight and doing more running I thought I'd give it a go at least once a week. They tend to run on Thursdays (which is my class night) and Mondays so Mondays should be a good start to the week.

In preparation, I thought I'd try to run their route tonight to make sure I was up to it. It's way further than I've been before but I made it round with no problem. Well, one problem - the bloody massive hill in the middle of it but, apart from that - I'm alive aren't I? It's 9km and it took me just less than an hour! I'm dead chuffed with myself but the dog's legs look 2 inches shorter, poor little thing!

So, that's another new thing I can do. This diet really has opened up my world.

People are already asking me when I'm going to stop, which is strange. I didn't get much opposition to the diet when I first started which I took as recognition of how much I needed to do it. But now that the weight is coming off, quite a few people are making their thoughts known and saying that I shouldn't "go too far"! I wonder why? Is it because they feel secure with me in the 'fat friend' box and, although they're happy for me to be slimmer, don't want me to be actually slim?? Who can say. I'm sure not one of them has any nasty motives but it seems strange that it's alright for them or for their girlfriends/wives to be a size 12 or smaller but not alright for me!

Anyway, I don't know where I'm going to stop at. I'd like to experience being a size 12 as I've never been that size in my adult life - really, never. But I suspect I will settle at around 14. I'm a sturdily built woman with a curvy shape and wouldn't want to lose that. Also, I don't want to set the bar too high and have to spend the rest of my life starving myself to maintain a slightly unrealistic figure. We'll see.

But, I can tell you one thing - whatever shape I end up, it'll my choice and I'll be staying there!!!


Melanie said...

It's weird really, but when I talk to people at work and explain how I'm drinking 4-5 litres of water and eating 1000 calories per day, some of them say things like:

- Is that much water good for you?
- What are you going to do when you've lost it all, you'll put it back on again!

It's as if to make them feel better, because they sit there eating bacon sarnies every morning and bring cakes in all the while, they have to make out that your determination and willpower isn't as good as it seems.

They tell me that I should be eating more! I just reply that my body has plenty of fuel in storage and I'm just using that up for now.

It's as if some people only want to be supportive when you're struggling.

Anyway, stuff em. We can get down to whatever weight we like, however we like!

(lol..I'll put my soap box away now, been one of those days..)

Take care, Mel x

hopefilly said...

Hi Lesley Your doing great . I started LL today long way to go. When did you start exercising regularly.

SoonBeSlim... It's True! said...

So love your BLOG and can relate to so much of it. Loved your observations about people making comments about that you may go too far!!!!

It's as if they want us to settle for the 'Fat Role' all our lives, I guess so they still know where they fit in.

Fab on the jogging front too.

Go Girl, and yes indeed you decide the boundaries and go for it!

Sam xx

PS thanks for your lovely comments on my BLOG. At least I know I'm not bonkers all the time

Logical guy said...

Opposition to my losing weight would have to be the second biggest problem with losing weight (for the first problem, see my latest blog entry). I put it down to a combination of jealousy and stupidity.

You might get to a point where you keep your losing weight a secret.

Lesley said...

Hi Hopefilly Good on you for starting!!

I was reading through old entries of my blog last night as it happened and thinking about that very question. Mainly because Claire Silverton (who is only a week in) was giving herself a hard time for not doing loads of exercise so I was interested in when I really got into it. I've always done a fair bit of walking and (sporadically) been into gym and proper exercise but I started in a gentle way after about 7/10 days but didn't get properly into the regular swimming and jogging for 3, nearly 4 weeks. Once I'd lost enough weight to feel the difference, ie less wheezy etc.

Everyone's different of course but I think starting slow and building up is a more psychologically rewarding strategy than expecting too much of yourself too soon.

Good luck chuck - it'll be great and I'll expect regular reports!

chrismars said...

you're an inspiration to us all,Lesley.

My exercise regime is almost nil at the moment. I went out for the first time yesterday (wednesday) - that's 2 weeks sat indoors with this b. awful flu. But do you know what, I only walked round the corner to the newsagents, but I felt as though I was floating (felt so light). Of course that could still be the shakes and lightheadedness from this awful bug (lol).


Cath said...

Well done Lesley on your jog - you must be thrilled with what exercise you can now do compared to before you started on Lighter Life.

Re the opposition and negativity with dieting I think this is the time when you see the real person that someone is - the green eyed monster really comes out in some people - you're right, they're happy for you to be slimmer but not slim ... especially if that is slimmer or as slim as them!

You're a sensible woman and you'll know instinctively when you're at the size and shape that you want to be and the way you're going you'll be there very soon!