My Journey Back

Week 1 2023

Happy New Year, hope you are still keeping your new year’s resolution. Unless you are like me and have none.

So, this week I decided to try intermittent fasting for a month. IF is reducing your intake of food at a certain time of the day. There are many types. Needed to detox my body from all the festive eating and baking. I did both the 16:8 and 12:12 methods.

16:8

I start my fasting at 6pm and open my fast at 11 am.

I have done this for the last five days and I feel good and have drunk loads of water during the day,

I track my food to make sure I have at least1 000 calories in a day.

I have four small meals, at 11, 2, 4, and 6.

I make sure my food is high protein and less in carbs.

I have to eat a balance meal and not eat the wrong food or overeat.

12:12

I start my fast at 6.30 am and open my fast at 6.30 pm,

I do this on days when I have to be active the whole day.

I have breakfast and do not eat until dinner time.

I have a snack and dinner.

I also track my food.

Make sure I have a balanced meal as well.

My result for the week

So, I decided to check my weight and I did lose weight. Yeah. I will continue for a month.

Article

Intermittent Fasting 101 — The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/intermittent-fasting-guide

10 Essential Intermittent Fasting Do’s And Don’tshttps://21dayhero.com/intermittent-fasting-dos-and-donts/

Videos

Week 52

That is a wrap of 2022. Before I write my last post of 2022, I want to say thank you for joining my journey. Thanks for reading my articles and hope you continue this journey with me in 2023. Thank God for keeping me healthy this year and safe.

Here are my 22 tips for 2022.

  1. Wake up every morning looking forward to exercising and you will enjoy it.
  2. Do both strength training and cardio.
  3. Warm up before starting and stretch when you completed your run.
  4. Drink water before you exercise, after you exercise, during the day.
  5. Know what time you prefer to exercise. Are you a morning person, afternoon or night?
  6. If you are exercising again or starting something new, always start slow. Do not overdo it. If you are lifting weights, start with 1 kgs first and move up. Start with a small walk if you are running or jogging. Follow a training guide to help you.
  7. Track your food on days you are exercising and on days you are not exercising.
  8. Eat right and mindful.
  9. Rest when tired or injured and have a rest day in your exercise routine.
  10. Have a recovery week when injured or exhausted.
  11. Listen to your body, it is trying to tell you something. Don’t go for a run if you have a headache. You should rest if you hurt yourself. If you fell hot, remove the jacket.
  12. There is a perfect day, but not every day will be a perfect day and you need to motivate yourself to exercise.
  13. Embrace unexpectedness. There will be days where you cannot exercise, because something happened.
  14. If you wake up in the morning and your mind makes you procrastinate because it is Monday or Saturday, ignore it, get out of bed and go for your jog.
  15. Challenge your body, try something different. I completed 100 kms in a month by doing 25 km in a week.
  16. Have a cheat day but do not overdo it, or better have a cheat meal instead.
  17. Enjoy sweet things like ice cream, cakes and chocolates, if you’re worried track the food. Always follow the serving size, if it says two pieces of chocolate have two pieces of chocolate.
  18. Everything in moderation weather is meat, chicken, vegetables, fruits or anything.
  19. Wear the right clothing for the right weather.
  20. If it is cold, rainy, or too hot, exercise indoors, follow a YouTube video to exercise if you do not have a treadmill.
  21. Every exercise will be different, every day will have a new story. A dog will follow you today. Tomorrow, you see kids riding bicycles. Every day there is something new.
  22. Celebrate your little weekly goals, if you lost a kilo, or if you ran an extra mile or you feel lighter than last week, congratulate yourself. Little progress is better than no progress.

Week 46

This week was the fourth week of my November Challenge, and I completed 103 km out of 100km. I did it, did 100 kms in a month. I still feel good, not exhausted and no injuries, yeah.

10 Things I learnt from doing 100 kms in a month

  1. Plan, 25 kms in a week will add up to 100 kms in a month.
  2. Prepare for the unexpected. There will be rainy days, tired days, shin hurt days, busy days, hot days, etc.
  3. Rest, Rest, Rest
  4. Interchange your distance, some days stick to 5 kms, other days, go over 5kms, or under 5kms.
  5. Some days you will jog, other days you will walk, and other days you will do both. Listen to your body.
  6. Wear comfortable clothes.
  7. Drink water before you leave the house.
  8. Track your food and eat right.
  9. Sunscreen on hot days.
  10. Enjoy yourself and have fun

Week 45

It is the third week of November and my one month challenge of walking/jogging 100 kms to raise money for sick children continued this week.

Have done 76 kms out of my 100 kms for the month. My week started with a 9 km walk around the city. On Tuesday I did a short walk of 4kms and rested on Wednesday. On Thursday did a 6km walk and completed my week with a 7 km jog on Saturday.

Thought by week three I would feel exhausted because I do cardio for four days. Think taking a break has helped my body recover. Another thing is I have been exercising for a while and my body is used to it.

What have I learnt this week

  • Increased my distance for two days
  • Rest is still important
  • Feel lighter and more energized
  • Have the determination to keep pushing

Came across two articles that spoke about keeping your mental strengths through workouts and I agree with the points.

  • There will be days when you don’t want to come out of bed but you need to remember your goals and slowly get out of bed and put your clothes on and remind yourself why you are doing the challenge. I am doing this challenge to run 100 kms to raise funds for sick children.
  • I need to be consistent in reaching my 100 kms, that’s reaching my goal that is 25 kms per week.
  • Embrace discomfort. There will be days you will feel sore or still sleepy because you didn’t sleep well the night before. There will be days you need to rest because your shin hurts or you banged your toe.
  • Facing the elements, there will be days when it is too hot, and days that will be perfect. I have jogged in hot conditions, cold conditions and the perfect conditions.

Article

11 proven ways to build mental strength for better running https://www.runnersworld.com/uk/training/a773966/9-ways-to-boost-your-mental-strength/

9 Ways to Build Mental Toughness for Running https://runninforsweets.com/mental-toughness/#:~:text=9%20Ways%20to%20Build%20Mental%20Toughness%20for%20Running,flexibility%20…%208%20Stay%20consistent%20…%20More%20items

Week 44

It is the second week of November and my one month challenge of walking/jogging 100 kms to raise money for sick children continued this week.

This week I did 26kms. Monday began with a 5 km walk, on Tuesday and Wednesday I did a 6 km walk/jog. On Thursday I walked for 5 kms. I had planned to finish Friday with another 6 km, but I woke up with a sore shin and exhaustion and took the day to recover, I think because on Wednesday I did a hill, and Thursday I did couple of stairs. On Saturday I was okay and did a slow jog of 4 kms. I rested om Sunday.

So in the month of November, I have completed 49 kilometers out of the 100 kms.

Funny thing happened yesterday when I walked home after my jog. A lady at the bus stop asked me for the time and I gave her my kilometer number.

What have I learnt this week

Recovery is important when you feel sore or exhausted

Stretching out is good on recovery days

I did more kilometers this week than last week

I still feel good not exhausted or burned out

Always give someone the correct time or double check your watch

Articlcles

The Importance of Recovery After Exercise https://www.nifs.org/blog/the-importance-of-recovery-after-exercise

10 Tips to Speed Recovery After Exercise https://www.verywellfit.com/ways-to-speed-recovery-after-exercise-3120085

Why recovery is important https://worldfitness.com.au/blogs/health-fitness-blogs/why-recovery-is-important

Videos

This is a very educational video.

My Journey back

Week 43

It is the month of November and my one month challenge of walking/jogging 100 kms to raise money for sick children began this week.

I did 21.45 km this week and raised $158 dollars for the starlight children foundations. My week started with a tummy ache and I missed my day 1. But felt better on day two and began with a 5km walk. On Friday I jogged/walked for 7km and on Saturday finished my week with a short relaxing walk of 3 km. I took today as my rest day.

What did I learn this week

  • Have the strength to keep pushing
  • Completed four days of cardio and have slept well
  • Have to wear lighter clothes because it is getting hot and walking/jogging in the heat isn’t fun. That means I need to start earlier.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and more sunscreen
  • Listening to the body, some days you will walk fast, other days you will want to jog and other days you need to take a relaxing walk
  • I know I have to do 5km for five days, so I avoid looking at my GPS too much, some days I have gone over and other days under 5 km. On Wednesday I thought I had done 4 km and walked home when I checked my Fitbit. I had done 3 km. So, I had to walk for another 2 kms.  

Articles

What To Do On Rest Days: 5 Best Ways To Stimulate Active Recovery https://betterme.world/articles/what-to-do-on-rest-days/

The 11 dos and don’ts of rest day https://www.exercise.co.uk/learn/the-11-dos-and-donts-of-rest-days/

How to exercise in the heat safely. https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/blog/fitness/exercising-in-the-heat

Video

The tips in this video are helpful in exercising in summer.

My Journey Back

Week 41

This week I practiced my 100 km in a one month challenge which will begin in November. I am jogging and walking to raise funds for sick children. So this week I had to come up with a plan on how to do 100 kms in one month. Decided to do 5kms for five kilometres for five days. The last time I did five kilometers every day was when I was way back in my twenties. Remembered every evening I ran five kilometers, but now I have Mondays as my short run days, 5km. Wednesday was medium, not over 15km. Fridays/Saturdays are long run days.

The week began with a five kilometer walk on Monday, on Tuesday I did a walk/jog for another five kilometers, I made sure I stretched after my exercise, repeated my jog/ran again for Wednesday and I thought I will get exhausted but I was fine. On Thursday I walked and out of all things to do I stubbed my toe against the bus pole when I alighted from the bus. I limped home in pain and thank God I didn’t break a nail. Rested my feet. Couldn’t do my last 5 kms on Friday because my toe was still hurting and swollen. Rested on that day. Did 21.3 km instead of 25 km. My toe is much better and on Monday will do it all over again without stubbing my toe.

What I learnt this week

  • Planned my workout
  • I can do 5 km for four days
  • Warm up before starting and stretch after exercise
  • Listen to your body when you have injured yourself
  • Have a rest day
  • Be prepared for the unexpected
  • Drank loads of water

Articles

Running 100km in a Month and How You Can Do It Too https://www.lifefullifestyle.com/single-post/running-100km-in-a-month-and-how-you-can-do-it-too

Things I learned from running 100km per month for 6 months https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/things-i-learned-from-running-100km-per-month-6-luke-williamson

The journey back

Week 19

Winter has arrived early here in Perth. Cold mornings, rain and wintry days ahead. I had flu-like symptoms last week, so I didn’t exercise. I prefer resting when I am under the weather. This week I moved my exercise to warm afternoons instead of chilly mornings. I did loads of walking this week. There are more people on the road. Walked for an hour at a fast pace. Walking has the same benefits as running, jogging, or any other exercise. Weight loss, enhance creativity, sleep.

It was my birthday month, and I had cake. What’s a birthday without cake? Don’t worry; it was a marble cake with no frosting or icing. It’s okay to enjoy cake or cookies or anything sweet. But in moderation. Check for the serving and track your calorie intake. Don’t punish your body by going for a long run to burn the calories or feel guilty the next day. ENJOY YOUR CAKE.

Articles

12 Biggest Benefits of Walking to Improve Your Health, According to Experts. https://www.prevention.com/fitness/a20485587/benefits-from-walking-every-day/

What Are the Benefits of Walking? https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-walking

Video

A great video for walking indoors when it’s cold.

My Journey back

Week 17

I thought last week was an interesting week but no; it wasn’t. This week my dad tested positive for COVID-19 and I was a close contact, despite having a negative result I had to isolate for seven days. Couldn’t leave the house and do my usual out door runs or do weights. So I went on YouTube and downloaded strength and cardio exercise to do at home. My strength training exercise did not involve weights. Used my own body weight. My cardio exercise involved dancing, and I had a good workout.

What did I learn

•             I have done weights for months, lifted heavy weights and not once have I pulled a muscle, but when I did home exercise, I pulled a couple of muscles.

•             When I go for my jog or do weights, I wear my gym clothes but at home I worked out in my pyjamas, no shoes, just socks, didn’t have to worry about my hair.

•             Another great thing about working out at home is, you can wake up late because you don’t have to get dressed to leave the house or worry about rain or anything.

•             You don’t have to worry about stopping to let cars pass, or overtake people while running, tripping over a cracked pavement or the sun blocking my eyes.

Articles

31 Advantages and Benefits of Working Out At Home. https://shapelyways.com/benefits-working-out-at-home/