It’s the end of the
world week as we know it.
It is the end of the
world week as we know it and I feel F.I.N.E*
Okay, lets clear one thing up.
The main picture.
Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence Of Memory” 1931
I’m afraid it was just TOO good of an opportunity to pass up when I had the same word in my title even if the two things are completely devoid of any other link…!
Hope you forgive me 😉
So onto today’s blog.
Persistence and Perseverance Pays.
After this week I am honestly beginning to believe that it really does. As you know I’ve had a shocking time with my exercise and energy levels and have tweaked and shuffled things around so many times since getting back to the healthy exercise regime, that todays exercise doesn’t resemble my initial workout in anyway at all. However, I am happy with this because I have gotten to the end of the week knowing that I have enough energy to go the gym today without having to psyche myself up and spend time pre-session visualising my completed workout!
If I think back to how I was at the beginning of the year. I was able to walk once maybe twice a week after which I would be absolutely finished and not able to do anything for a few days. I then built this up to a gentle daily walk of about 1km after a week of convalescence post surgery. I did this for about three weeks and by the end of the third week was able to manage about 3km each walk. I decided around then that it might be time to look at joining the gym and after the “all clear” from the surgeon, I renewed my (very) out of date membership at the gym and had a program designed for me.
I started the program and was happy with it only taking me about 25 minutes each visit and only going three times a week but as ever, after a while I started to want to push myself and increased my weights and sets and reps in my strength training. This was proving to be a success along with the walking so we decided that I should add some cardio vascular exercising into the mix and over a period of a couple of weeks I increased this to a point that I was unable to happily keep up. Yes it was great that I was at the gym all of the time but to what end? I would ruin myself and be out of action for sometimes up to 4 days. This was when the issues began and I noticed that I had no energy and thus the tweaking began with a dropped set here and a rest day there until we are now (and I honestly feel this) at a level that can be sustained by a body that is only 18 weeks post major surgery. By a body that only takes on HALF the daily calories and carbohydrates as recommended for someone who actually does NOTHING let alone walks and trains as much as I do. And finally, by a body that was until seventeen of those eighteen weeks ago, classed as completely sedentary.
So as the title says I persevered and persisted and I reckon it has finally started to pay off, until I take it to the next level that is…. 😉
FOOD DIARY:Wednesday 22nd July 2015
|Qty||Measure||Food||Calories (gr)||Protein (gr)||Carbs (gr)||Fat (gr)|
|Breakfast||1||175mls||Phd Diet Whey Protein||91||17||2.75||1.4|
|1||70gms||Six Seed Brown Batch||140||8.4||18.2||6.5|
|Lunch||1||400mls||Very Berry Recover Drink||290||23.04||46.01||0.96|
|1||250gms||Chilli Prawn with Quinoa Greek Feta Salad||244.5||32.1||16.5||9.45|
|Dinner||1||Small Bowl||Thick Spicy Chicken And Vegetable Soup||220||19||21||3|
|Water||2||500mls||Plain Mineral Water||0||0||0||0|
This diary was for a exercise day (those being Monday, Wednesday and Friday) so to be honest a higher than usual carbohydrate total of nearly 150gms was not really a problem for me because it was easily consumed as fuel as I walked first then smashed it in the gym. Obviously with higher carbohydrate foods we will get a higher calorie reading so as that goes hand in hand it isn’t much of a surprise.
Yesterday however was a rest day with the dog walk being the only activity I was expected to undertake in my new schedule. This was quite a slow affair as I had left it until later in the day so it had cooled significantly enough so as to not affect the dog, however after just one lap he was struggling and we were forced to cut the second one short which was quite a surprise. Still, I managed achieve a decent reading with him at the end of the activity as shown by the Map My Walk screenshot:
And if we add this into a busy day of walking, my Jawbone reading shows I broke my daily target by over 1500 steps 🙂
Today will see me back to a morning walk with the dog, perhaps a time of day when hopefully he has a little more energy, followed by the weeks final trip to the gym. As I said earlier I am feeling good about this new regime so perhaps my perseverance has paid off after all….
Stay out of the fridge.
* It’s The End Of The World – R.E.M (well nearly 😉 )