Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Tuesday - weekend runs!

Well, I've been better at reining in the eating since my last post and my waistbands are marginally looser so that's a bonus. My personal trainer's eating plans are pretty good but I don't seem to be able to follow them at the weekend! He advocates eating little and often, low GI, a bit of fat with every meal to slow the digestion etc. All healthy stuff and I think the extra meals (mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks) will make it easier to avoid over-eating in the evenings which is a big problem of mine. He explained that, if you eat too little during the day, you end up with a calorie deficit in the evening and then feel tired and hungry and overeat at the worst time of the day as a result.

So that's my plan.

I've also put new batteries in my scales so, starting tomorrow morning, I'm weighing myself again - every morning! As Mrs says - knowledge is power.....I'm literally quaking!

On the exercise front, I've been pretty good too despite absolutely atrocious weather. Managed a good long run along the canal towpath during my lunch hour last Thursday, personal training (which is hellish hard) on Friday, a good long run on Saturday monring (pictured above) and a run in the cold and rain on Sunday afternoon. Monday was a break day and I went to personal training again at 7am this morning. So, not slacking.

I also went to a running shop on Friday and kitted myself out with new trainers, long sleeve tops and long leggings , gloves, reflective tabard, head torch etc etc so no excuse of dark or poor weather can serve to put me off now....

The run on Saturday morning was lovely - it's the really steep hill which has floored me in the past. At my thinnest and fittest at the end of the summer I could run all the way up without stopping. It was freezing and very windy on Saturday (into a biting headwind up the hill too) and I had to walk for 2 short sections but I'm pleased with that overall. The cold and wind does take it out of you. I haven't run many hills since it got dark in the evenings so it was a shock to the system but I still kept going and really enjoyed it. Even the dog had fun as you can see. I was even toying with the idea of doing a longer route but when I got to the stepping stones realised that was not an option!

Anyway, overall I'm still clinging on and enjoying life. D has been paying me some pretty good compliments - he said I was the hottest woman in the pub last Saturday night....! So, all in all, life is good. We've nearly finished decorating our bedroom and we might be able to do the kitchen before Christmas too so the house is moving fast....this France plan is really motivating us.

After our last weekend working on the bedroom together I said that I really didn't want to go back to work this week and D agreed and said how he'd been thinking the same thing. The only way we can get what we want, which is time together in the countryside etc etc is to get this house finished and sold and to move to France asap. Can't wait.

Hope you're all well and exercising like mad things in preparation for the Christmas festivities. Keep it up. There's no point starting this January like every other one with extra lbs and a mountain to climb!!! I've taken that thought from Glam Girl - and it's been in my head for the last few days so thank you for that!!!


Mrs said...

Wow, Lesley.

An inspirational post and just what I needed to read.

Well done with thinking about what you want and moving towards it. France...here you come!!

V.impressed with running gear.

Big kiss.

Mrs Lxxxxxxx

Mrs said...

Forgot to say...who is Glam Girl? xxx

Amanda said...

It sounds like your getting the eating & exercising back in check, so well done you.

More fabulous pictures, what a wonderful place to go exercising.

I've just bought (well my Mum has bought me for Christmas) the diet/ portion plate & bowl, which will hopefully keep me in check for when I eventually go to RTM.

What part fo France are you moving to? My parents have a little cottage in the Charante (not sure if I've spelt that right) region. It's such a different/ easy going way of life.

I like your mantra for Christmas and I'll try & remember that.

Keep up the good work.

Amanda x

Glam said...

Great job exercising, despite the crummy weather! Don't you always feel more accomplished when your exercise conditions suck? lol

Congrats on getting back on track! I knew that fat-fighting spirit would be back!

P.S. You're welcome ;)