16 Feb 2015

Simply sewing and simply sore.

Hi everyone, it's Monday morning and I'm up a bit earlier so I can maybe get this wee blog in while getting people ready for school and lunches done etc.

This is what is looking like outside just now, well, 20 minutes ago. Was watching Stephanie Persons you tube channel yesterday talking about the carcadian rythem and how important it was to be in bed for 10. So I duly obliged and was up at 6.30. I'm now quite wakened and full of beans. I'm usually quite a late bed person, maybe in bed but reading and stuff but last night it was lights out and eyes shut at 10. Which meant eyes wakened at 3.30 but I went back quick enough till the alarm went off.

See what came out last week? Simply Sewing. I've been so excited since I read in simply crochet they were starting a sewing magazine. Thursday lunchtime I went to he newsagents. Not there. Came home and went to Irvine Tesco, not there. Irvine Sainsburies, not there. Irvine Asda, not there. I was pretty pissed of by this time. So one last chance, Stevenston Morrisons on the drive back. Bingo! Loads of them in there. But I haven't opened it yet. I just wanted it there for when I was ready and the weekend wasn't the right time. I think tonight I will snuggle up with tea and the mag once the kids are in bed.

You may think I'm a bit crunchy, gone in the head to have travelled to so many places to track it down. Well you would be right. I'm a bit odd like that. I'm going to get a subscription going to avoid future incidents.

Now, here is the sore bit. I went to my first physical training session at Blades Gym in Ardrossan. Wullie the trainer was lovely. Explained everything really well, made me feel at ease and made me work for an hour which would render my legs sore for the rest of the weekend. Muscles that obviously not been used for a while. Wullie and his wife Louise have a lot of titles in the strongman / woman competitions so I'm really pleased to be training there.

This morning I'm not just as sore. I can come down the stairs a bit better. I've got till Wednesday to recover then it's back in for round 2. I've running tomorrow night as well. They did say I should lay off the cardio for a month till the strength training kicks in but I'm scared to stop for a month as it took me so long to get there with the running. Quandary!

Have a lovely day everyone and I should be able to come back soon with a review of how I found Simply Sewing.


10 Feb 2015

Small victories

Hey blog readers, if there are any left. Long time no see. I've not updated for ages, you know how sporadic my blogging can be. Usual story, I've been busy but just with general life and maybe not anything blog worthy. Not at least till I can cram a few months worth into one post and make it seem awesome!

Spending a few quiet moments before I head off to work. Social services await my wonderful administrative skills. Lucky them.

I've been back to the jog group, since just before Christmas. I didn't post it as a New Years resolution and that puts all sorts of pressures on it with a probability that if it didn't work out I would feel like a failure. So I've kept it under my belt till I felt comfortable. Jogging has been great. First week I could hardly make it round the track. Six weeks (roughly) later I made it round 400, 600, 800 then 6 amd 4 again. I managed every bit without stopping which for me was massive. I was most likely grinning to myself as I completed the 800. Smiling at the random dog walkers who were walking round the outside of the track. Let's not get over excited though, 800m - a 10k in May. Bit of a difference there.lots of work to be done but I'm sure with the encouragement of the other lovely joggers and the coaches it is doable.

Last night after work I took advantage of being child free and was going to go to the gym but I went to the big gym and walked in and bottled it. The treadmills were all busy and run was all I was there for. Felt a bit intimidated so I left. I'm comfortable in my jog group, or up at the smaller campus gym but not in the big gym. So I left and parked down near the shore front. It was getting dark but that's all good, less people to see me. There was a funny smell, pretty sure someone was smoking a funny cigarette.

So that was another small victory for me as I ran from the car along to the church and back, without stopping. Going very slow, but consistent. I went home happy.

So I'm obviously trying to lose weight along the way as five foot and 12 stone, well you work it out. I'm never going to be a big loser (err hurray), I pound here, 1 pound there but that's okay. I know it's a cliche but it didn't go on over night and it's not going to come off over night either. But I feel better. I'm eating less carbs. I tried low low low carbs but I struggled. Then when I started I found it easier to run for longer. It's all about finding what's right. I do love all the low carb recipies though.

I made a smoothie yesterday and after reading one of the blogs, input cinnamon in it. Bad move. I don't think it had hit the bottom when I made a mad lurch for the bathroom, trying not to be sick in the hall. I alsomst catapulted myself into the bathroom and into the bath. You probably can guess the rest. So this mornings smoothie is a bit less controversial. Frozen banana, blackberries, milk and some proton shake. Oh yes and the spinach. Let's not forget the green.

So it's off to work I go, all smoothied up, earphones in and a lunch date with Stuart to look forward to.