If The Shoe Fits

Morning blog readers and welcome to another weekend here on planet earth!

So what do you have planned today? Nothing much? No me neither. I should of course be going to the gym as it is one of my gym session days but I shall probably take a gentle walk and then visit my friends boat otherwise I think I may be scratching around for something to do when the gym is finished which is a shame because I have just recently noticed (and please excuse my brazen narcism) that I am beginning to look okay in comparison to how I once did and me shutting myself away at home could really be seen as a bit of a waste of all of my efforts to slim down…. 😉

Ooh get me!

No, in all seriousness I was thinking I might struggle to find things to do today which is a bit of a waste because other than the gym I believe my options nowadays are a trifle limited. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining, I could probably do with a day of down time especially given that tomorrow I plan to do another good walk along the Ridgeway but I like to be active or at least busy and since one of the reasons for having my surgery was so I could do more, it seems a shame to waste the opportunity.

Like I say, I shall go to my pals narrow boat and probably help him with that as it is currently being refurbished. I shall also take the dog on a gentle walk and try to wear him out. It is weird to think that when I was overweight I never did anywhere near as much yet I never struggled for things to do. Now I am fitter than I have been in many years I struggle to find things to keep me busy. Obviously I would spend many hours the pub and I would generally be happy being sedentary but nowadays that simply doesn’t cut it for me.

I like to be active and doing things but am still in that early blush of fitness where I can still only do a certain amount before I am totally worn out and this amount of activity leaves me with a good deal of spare time on my hands.

I think I wrote before that I needed a new hobby and I thought that Tai Chi may be the way forward. Unfortunately the Tai Chi didn’t work out as the only class I could find that suited my timetable appeared to be focussed at a much older demographic than myself, so I now attend a Body Balance (when my body is in good enough working order that is)  class at my gym which combines Tai Chi with Pilates and Yoga. Very enjoyable but again only an hours work out so very limited when it comes to filling up my day.

Now I know that being active 24/7 wouldn’t be good (or sustainable for that matter) for me but I do wish I could recall a little more of what it is to be fit and healthy and have time on your hands so I might remember what to do with this new found time. You see, when I was last fit and healthy I was working in the Motor Trade and that was almost a seven day a week position because in order to be as successful as I was, you had to be there as much as I was to meet the contacts in order to sell the cars. This was obviously a very time consuming position so I really only had a little time for relaxation – although I seemed to be able to cram that in as well 😉

I am sure it is all about relearning my life, changing my expectations and resetting my goals. Yes it can be a trifle repetitive at the moment and yes it can appear a little boring but I think the changes are most definitely worthwhile. I am no longer the person I was six months ago in both size and mentality and for that I must be grateful and leave the old Cameron in the past where he belongs with all of his old contacts and acquaintances that only sought to keep him static and not help him grow into this new man that he has longed to become.

If this is the way it must be for now then If The Shoe Fit’s I suppose I had better wear it.

FOOD DIARY:Thursday 17th September 2015

Qty Measure Food Calories (gr) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)
Breakfast  1  75gms  Toasted Rye Bread  143  3.7  36.2  1.1
 2  Large  Eggs Scrambled  164  15.6  0  11.4
Lunch  2  83gms Chilli Marinated Salmon Fillet 416  40  8.4  24.6
1  50gms  Wholegrain Basmati Rice  70  1.5  12.25  1.5
Dinner  1  150gms Spicy Mediterranean Chicken 172  33.4  1.3 3.4
1 95gms Fiery Chilli and Almond Pesto  212  4  5  18.6
 1  40gms  Pappardelle Pasta  150.4  6  26.4  0.5
Snacks  1  750mls  Apple Juice with Guava  330  1.2  78  1.2
 2  400mls  Teas  11.8  0  0.8  0
 1  400mls  Latte  105  6  9  4
Totals  1774.2  111.4  177.35  66.3
Water 3  600mls  Mineral Water  0 0  0  0

So the days food wasn’t really that good although it started with the best of intentions. I had absolutely NO idea that a little amount of Pesto would be so loaded with calories simply because there was Almonds added to the recipe. Likewise the Apple Juice with Guava is an absolute crazy eye opener when you consider both the calories and the carbohydrates. These two readings really take the day off of the scale for sure. Still, I suppose it is still more healthy than drinking Cider so as it is helping to keep up my currently bid for a Tee Total lifestyle then I suppose I cannot be too harsh on it. Still, it was a healthy day even if it was a little calorific and carb loaded because I did some miles and smashed my cardio at the gym so I am fairly certain I got away with it!

Exercise yesterday was a bust. I was full of good intentions but have to confess to my knee being very painful and as I want to take a good walk on Sunday, I think it was paramount to be resting it for a couple of days. Yes there was a small amount of gentle walking but nothing in comparison to what I have been achieving recently and there in may have lay the problem so perhaps a little rest will see me right once more.

This means that there is only a Jawbone Up2 reading for you today and a pretty pathetic one at that to be honest at just over 4000 steps…

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‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

5 thoughts on “If The Shoe Fits

  1. New Journey says:

    never pathetic my friend…your up moving and motivated yay…and taking a walk and helping a friend, well there’s nothing wrong with that, and its important to listen to our bodies aches…knees are nothing to quibble about it..if they don’t work, your don’t work….believe me I have a bad one….so I baby the hell out of it….my trainer wanted me try a specific machine just to see if it would hurt my knee…if I can’t stretch it out standing I know I won’t be able to do it on a machine loaded with weight…she acted like I wasn’t giving it my all…I reminded her I hired her to introduce to me exercise machines and that I will say yay or nay t…II know what my knee is capable of doing and some of it isn’t going to happen….she eventually agreed and we moved on…hummmmm I am in charge can you tell…LOL pesto is one of my favorite foods to add to chicken, etc…but I am making my own without all the oil….I use a little water, parmesan cheese and leave out all the nuts….fresh garlic cloves and of course fresh basil… and put it in my food processor….its missing the fat element and that is noticeable but the calorie #’s are better and the taste of basil is there….I could use coconut oil or milk but I am really trying to stay away from the increasing the calorie to my food…good job…love the orange sneakers…..

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    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      Thanks Kat. Nice words as ever.
      TBH I only have the pesto every now and then along with Pasta etc so I tend to use it as a treat and to that end was not that worried if I am honest even if the figures were alarming!
      Regards you PT, you are right to be in charge. Do have them understand that you pay the bills but you must also have them understand that they must make you SWEAT!!!
      Keep up and at it. 😉

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  2. simplysandilynn says:

    I completely get what you mean. I realized during the 4 week of the liquid diet that my new life is going to be different. I couldn’t just got grab a bite or s drink with friends. That seems to be the main thing to do here. Or maybe it was the main thing I wanted to do. It is time for new and better things- whatever that may be.

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    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      That is so true Sandi Lynn. You completely have to reassess your entire lifestyle to begin with which to be honest is good because it helps you deal with the fact that things will never be the same. You then learn to work around it. I am now 6 months out and can eat pretty much what I choose although and I am still VERY careful I allow myself treats and if I go out with friends, I usually go for a small portion or let the chef know I am a Bariatric patient so really only need a small amount.
      There are ways to work around it all but it does take a little while to do so because your number one enemy is still your mind and until you tame that bad boy, you are at it’s mercy.
      Things will simply get better and better though, trust me!

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