Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Exercise Diet part 3

Well, I still haven’t lost any weight but I’m not unhappy with that. If you knew how many bags of crisps I’ve been eating then you’d understand! I’m happy because I can now eat when I’m hungry and I can eat lots of nice things, I’m not restricted to vegetables and salad. Never being able to eat something you love just isn’t sustainable and it makes you unhappy. In fact I once remarked, whilst taking a stroll in Paris, how wonderfully slim Parisian women are and my husband noted that they also looked unhappy! Could it be that they were suffering from a repressed desire to eat more? Only joking, but maybe you see my point.

Last week I saw a twitter post by Jeffrey Zeldman about exercising to lose weight: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/12/exercising-but-gaining-weight/?smid=tw-share&_r=0

Exercising but gaining weight

I thought it was interesting that a study showed that exercising does not help you to lose weight, in fact some people gain weight! I think that is true, I mean I haven’t lost any but I confess that I’m not actually trying to lose weight at the moment, I’m happy just to keep my weight from increasing.

In the study, the women took up regular exercise for the first time and began exercising for 30 minutes 3 times a week. The comment was that the lack of weight loss for some was probably down to an unconscious increase in food intake. But I would also say that you need to exercise more than 3 times a week and for longer than 30 minutes, after all you eat every day, right?

So back to my exercise diet…

The good thing about running is that you can discover new places and enjoy some great views so it’s not all misery!  The latest app I’ve been using (Endomondo) is good. I’m using the pro version but I would say that it is overpriced. The free version is good enough.

But wait, now you are going to laugh. I’ve had this idea that I could attempt a triathlon, the shortest one of course! That makes me laugh, I’ve always been so unfit and hated sport so it’s weird to imagine me in a triathlon!

Freedom Tri

I’ve tried out a couple of coaching sessions with Freedom Tri http://www.freedomtri.org.uk I must be the slowest ever but the people are so friendly and encouraging. Went to the swimming session on Friday night thinking that I should be able to hold my own, after all, it’s the one sport I’ve always been good at. Yikes! I was again the slowest there.

I shouldn’t give up so quickly, I’ll keep going at it, maybe I could do a triathlon?

The Exercise Diet Part 2

OK so now I have been swimming 5-6 times a week doing 64 lengths (25 metres per length) for the past few months. I’ve gone from taking 50 minutes to 38 minutes to do that mile so that is success, even if it wasn’t my goal.  Well actually I started to yearn to be able to swim faster because swimming takes up so much time by the time you get there, get changed, swim, shower, get dressed…

I’ve become so envious of those swimmers who skim along the surface like they are wearing flippers! Still I’ve met some very lovely people who swim every morning.

So? Did I lose weight? Well, no, I didn’t!

Running

Now this is a biggie, I can’t run to save my life!

But maybe after all this swimming I could try to learn? You might ask why. Well, for one thing, folks tell me that it’s very hard to lose weight by just swimming. I presume it’s just not strenuous enough.

But I don’t own any trainers

Or

Jogging pants!

So I bought some hi-tec silver shadow trainers for £30. If they are good enough for the British army, they are more than good enough for me.

I needed to know how far I was running: how can you measure your success without measuring something? So I downloaded an app for my phone: “Couch to 5k” sounded like my mind of thing. I mean, I’m not exactly Ms fitness champion so I decided to ease myself into it.  Here’s the URL for the app:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.active.aps.c25kk

http://www.active.com/mobile/couch-to-5k-app?int=mob-homepage-couch-to-5k-app-03couch to 5k

Well I loved this! Walk for 5 minutes to warm up and then jog for 1 minute, walk for 1.5, run for 1, etc. Easy peasy, even I can do that! I loved the way I could compare my runs, the routes and the times and it was reassuring to have a voice telling me when to jog (and especially when to walk!). It’s better than swimming as you don’t spend most of your time looking at tiles at the bottom of the pool which is soooo dull.

Trouble is, although I’m now exercising every day, I’ve put on weight!!!

Horrors!

I think the reason must be that the workout program for running was just too easy going compared to my swims.  Also I have to admit I’ve been gorging myself on biscuits, crisps and various other unhealthy snacks!

Then I realised that the app was very inaccurate when measuring distance. Some sort of bug in the program. Quite a major bug if you ask me!

So I’ve swapped to using Endomodo https://www.endomondo.com/features and I’m aiming at doing 5k per day.

Endomondo

What will this do, apart from making my knees hurt and my sleeping even better?