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Week 8


Running!  Legs hurting, vision narrowing, breathing hard running.

Well, jogging.

First, it was 10 tricep dips on a park bench at the bottom of the hill, sprint up said hill, then 10 push ups at the top on the fence.  Then 9.  Then 8.  Then 7.

On the plus side, the push ups were absolutely nothing because I’m used to doing them on a muuuuch lower fence so they were super easy.

Of course, everyone else finished before me WAH.  But, as consolation

– I never stopped to walk, ever.

– Apparently (according to one trainer) my tricep dips were better and really low.

Then, to the carparks!

10 squat jumps, 10 lunge jumps, run the entire carpark.   9 squat jumps, 9 lunge jumps, run the entire carpark.

Standing at the beginning of that, doing the 10 squat jumps and lunge jumps it felt like the longest, most impossible task.  We’d just been sprinting up a hill (well, stumbling).  And it just seemed like an impossible amount of running.

Just keep running until...well, forever.

I wish I knew how long it took us to do that second exercise.

But did I stop to walk?


Honestly, most of that is just pure stubbornness.  I decided from the get-go that stopping to walk was unacceptable, and stuck to my guns.  Sure, I was slow (third last).  But I did it! (there we go with that catchphrase again).

Then got home and collapsed, totally zonked.  Woke up an hour later and my stomach was EATING ITSELF SO HUNGRY.

Study time!  Virology awaits!



Week 6


Honestly, just cannot believe that I started boot camp 5 weeks ago and that I’m already feeling so much better!  Today before work I’m going to head to the shops and buy a set of scales (dreaded enemy!) in order to weigh myself nice and early tomorrow morning before doing anything else.  Fingers crossed there’s some changes!

As far as this week goes…well, today has been quite relaxed!  Enjoyed some sun this morning while studying (nothing feels better when studying than having the sun shining down!  On the flipside, there are many more interesting things to do when it’s sunny so that can have some drawbacks).  Now doing a little bit of procrastination (my favourite!) before completing one more lecture and heading to work (late shift, whee).

Yesterday I went for a run and tried to push myself harder than I had been.  Finished it all off with 30 squat jumps, 3o push ups, 3o tricep dips, and a plank for however long I could hold it.  30 seconds and I was out!  (Not that bad considering I’d been running and jumping and push-upping for the last 50 minutes).  Threw a few sit ups in the mix as well.  So, next time, moar plank!

Looking forward to an even better run on Wednesday/Thursday.  =)

I also decided yesterday that maybe, just maybe, I’d like to sign up for an actual run – only a 5k, but it’s a start!  That way I have something to motivate myself, something that I can work towards.  And something I can complete and feel super good about (because not finishing is no option).  My plan for the moment is, once boot camp ends, to get on the couch to 5k plan.  Hopefully, due to all that I’m doing now, I’ll be able to start a couple of weeks in but we’ll see…I’m not going to push it too hard too early for no good reason!

I’m excited to see results.  And a medal.  Teehee.

But for now, should probably get to the next lecture which is, appropriately, drugs for pain.


Week 5


Well!  I changed the ruler on the side to a probably more achievable goal weight…which isn’t the endpoint but rather somewhere in the middle.  So when I lose the next 3kg (and I will, mark my words, I will!) it will feel like a massive accomplishment, rather than a non-event.

And massive accomplishments keep you going!

This week has started with a run in the rain =)  Well, drizzle.  It was very half-hearted rain.  I’ve found that while I run or whatever, I come up with half-hearted inspirational comments (read: platitudes) to convince myself to keep going and not stop and curl up and wail that it’s all too hard.

You know the things.  Along the lines of, ‘If it doesn’t hurt (as in burn, muscles on fire, heart racing hurt) then you’re not doing it right.’  And that something being hard isn’t a reason to stop; that’s the reason to keep going.

I know.  I know.  Really?

But, surprisingly, in my muscles on fire burning state, it actually works.  Being stubborn helps, too.

So now I’m taking a moment or two to drink my SLM shake thing (I know, it just keeps getting worse!  I’m like some sort of gym junkie, only not in a gym) before getting ready for work.

That’s right, kids, got up at 7AM to exercise for an hour before 9 hours of work.  Bloody dedicated!

Tomorrow, abs, in the spirit of boot camp not being on due to a horse race.


Week 3


Wow.  Running in the hot sun is an absolute killer!  That run did not go as well as I had hoped for, but I guess at least I did it!

Boot camp was interesting yesterday.  We had to push cars up hills and a few other things (all in lovely, lovely drizzle) and by the time I finished work at 6:15 last night I was collapsing!  Even today my arms and legs are struggling.

Soup of organic lentils and chickpeas with sourdough was an amazing end to the day =)  I have been naughty and had a couple of chocolate squares this morning (gasp!) but I’ll hopefully work that off running up and down the stairs at work today.

Now to listen to a lecture.

Apologies to my future self for the boredom of today’s post, it’s kind of obligatory.  Will hopefully have more to report next week!


Week 3


Another week dawns!

Yesterday we used an iPhone app (I know, I know) which is apparently fairly accurate at testing resting heart rate.  We used it while also checking neck pulses to see if it was actually being fairly accurate, and it seemed to be (this is what we do for giggles, apparently).  Anyway, mine was under 60bpm, which is a fairly healthy resting rate to have!  I’m going to say that it was 100% accurate and COULD NOT have been wrong.  Yep!

In other news, missed boot camp on Friday morning (alas!) due to wardrobe malfunction and timing issues.  So, later, I got into my workout gear and headed to a nearby oval to complete a lap, aiming to run as much as possible.  Every time I stopped to walk, I also had to do 10 squat jumps (punishment!).

The next day, I did something similar, only as well as the squat jumps, I alternated with doing 10 push ups (on the fence/barrier thing) or 10 tricep dips as well.  Finishing with 20 of all three before stretching and limping off.  The sun was shining, I was feeling optimistic…all in all, both workouts left me feeling pretty good!  But also fairly sore, so I mostly rested on the weekend (along with working and all that entails – standing, walking, and running up and down the stairs!).

Had a couple of slightly naughty but not really dinners – home made pizza (it’s the BEST!  Tomato paste, garlic, oregano and basil on pita bread, topped with capsicum, mushrooms, onion, olives, pineapple, a sprinkle of cheese and then topped with spinach leaves), and the next day home made pasta (very similar to above but also with diced tomatoes and made into a sauce, and with a small amount of pasta).

Now we’re back to official business as usual!  The next couple of days will unfortunately be fairly painful work and workout wise, but by Tuesday night it’ll be all good!

Also, need to buy scales so I can actually weigh myself and the little ticker in the right hand corner isn’t for nothing!


Week 2


Week 2 is definitely more productive blog-wise than week 1!

Last night wasn’t so great, following staff meeting that ended at 8:30 (blargh) dinner still hadn’t happened.  Along with the fact that dinner wouldn’t have been cooked until much later, this left me wandering the aisles thinking, ‘Can’t eat this…can’t eat this…can’t eat that…should eat this…thought of eating that is highly unappealing…’ until I eventually collapsed in an emotional heap, declared there was nothing to eat, and so didn’t.

This is bad, bad, bad.  This is very bad relationship with food that I need to amend.

In other news, today!  Spectacularly unproductive so far, but I’m okay with that.  Plans (for today and in general):
– today: go for jog!  Every time I stop to walk, squat jumps.

– in general: buy scales.  I don’t own any, I don’t particularly like the idea, but I’m going to anyway.  However, there will be rules!
# Weigh myself once per week, and once per week ONLY.
# Same time of day, same clothing.

– in general: buy diary for next  year.  Just…well, just because.


Excited for my points count for uni to come through.  Stoked at the idea of knowing exactly what to do to graduate next year!