My Journey Back

Week 23

Half a year has gone by and I’m glad I have been keeping active for the last six months. Winter has arrived. I left the house after a week of rain and strong winds to run.

I know some people say they run when it rains but I don’t like running in the rain. Here are my reasons.
• My hair puffs up.
• When it rains, it is windy and rain + wet clothes + strong wind = a terrible cough or flu.
• I have to look after my hearing aids. Water and my hearing aids are sworn enemies.
• Running with glasses when it rains is not fun, I cannot see clearly so don’t say run without your glasses.

So, back to running. The clouds’ changing colour is one of the most beautiful sights. The sky was red as I warmed up in the morning. When I started my run, the clouds changed from pink to a light yellow colour. Have you ever flown over the reed or orange sky? It’s beautiful from the plane, that’s why I like the window seat. When I was jogging back home, I saw a little girl standing on the walk path watching me. She was maybe two or three. I smiled and waved to her. I remember one time a little toddler saw me running and ran with me and her mother called her, but she didn’t stop, so I had to stop. Her mother apologized and carried her home. On Wednesday and Thursday, the sun was out, but it was cold. Went for my morning walk,

I agree with the points of the article.
• It keeps your blood flowing.
• Your body warms up when you exercise.
• Avoid gaining winter weight.

Article

Six reasons why working out in winter is essential. https://www.macquariecentre.com.au/blogs/health/6-reasons-why-working-out-in-winter-is-essential

Video

Exercising in winter advice and tips

My Journey Back

Week 21

What inspired you to exercise and why did you choose the exercise you are doing? Everyone has a story to share, what had inspired them to exercise reasons could range from losing weight to health problems. Why did you choose yoga or running or kick boxing? Some say to reduce stress, others will say they enjoy boxing? This is my story.

I had completed my studies over fifteen years ago and had gone on a holiday. It was a secured location, and the place had everything. A golf course, a swimming pool, a gym, a little supermarket and a library. You couldn’t leave the location without a driver and travelling on your own was dangerous.

So, keeping myself busy, I started exercising. I hadn’t exercised for over five years. My exercise of choice was running because it is fast. I began my morning with a run, no stretching, no warm up or anything. For an hour, I ran around the neighbourhood, ran up and down the hill. I went to check the pool after my run. The waiter told me I can’t swim in my gym clothes if I didn’t know how to swim. I am a terrible swimmer, but I can swim. Jumped in the warm water with my gym clothes and swam for an hour. Kept myself busy during the day. Went to the library, grabbed a few books to read and watched movies. Couldn’t wait for a good sleep.

I experienced the worst pain in my whole life, my whole body cramped at night from my toes to my head. (The pain started from my toes and slowly went to my head). I was in so much pain didn’t sleep the whole night. I promised myself I won’t put my body in so much pain again, rested for two days, and then went for a walk the following day. I vowed to exercise every year, which I do now. It’s a rollercoaster journey, but I make sure I exercise every year.

What has this experience taught me

  • Start with warm up and finish with a cooldown.
  • Always stretch after exercising.
  • Never overdo it.
  • Always start slow if you are a newbie. Start with a short walk and jog. As the weeks progress increases, distance and time.
  • Do different activities on different days.
  • Have a recovery day.
  • Never swim with your gym clothes.

My Journey back

Week 15

We had got a big bin to clean our shed over the weekend and on Tuesday I woke up early to go for my strength training at 6:45am; I found a bicycle near the bin. At first, I thought the neighbours may have thrown their bicycles, but I saw a couple scavenging through the bins. They saw me and climbed their bicycles and cycled away. They returned the next day and continued scavenging because the bin looked empty.

It’s annoying when you are going for your walk and someone on the motorbike uses the walk path instead of the road. I had to give them way to pass. Wonder why they used the walk path. They had a whole empty road to ride. I found it dangerous they used the walk path.

 During my morning run and strength training, I carry the most essential things in my little belt, no I don’t carry water. I find it annoying. I drink water at home and go out the door. I forgot to drink water today and felt so dehydrated, but I kept going. Anyway, back to my run belt. 

5 items in my run belt.

             Mobile phone: I carry my phone at all times, and I save my ICE (in case of emergency) number on my phone in case of an emergency. If m battery is running low, I charge it to 50% before leaving. Always charge your phone the night before or when you wake up.

             Identity card: I carry for identity, in case something happens to me or if I am stopped. Haven’t been stopped yet.

             Money: I carry a few coins in my belt in case I’m near the bus stop and have sprained my leg or exhausted, or feel unwell. I can always buy a ticket to go home. Or if you are running with someone and they wish to buy something at the shop. That happened once my aunt passed a mini supermarket and remembered she ran out of honey and wished she had carried money. I bought the honey for her.

             House keys: I carry my house keys. The last thing I want to do is wake my family up before eight or arrive and they have gone.

             Food for long runs: When I did the mini marathon, I packed dates for my run and they were great energy boosters. I packed two and munched on one after 17 kilometers.

My Journey back

Week 7

This week I started strength training, lifting weights since I haven’t lifted weights for over two years, began lifting smaller weights and will progress. Woke up the next morning with my quads hurting. Did my morning run, and I used an alternative route, thought I had done an hour of running (I never check my Fitbit tracker until I complete a circuit.), Noticed I had only done thirty-seven minutes, so had to run the route for the second time. On Wednesday, I got my walking steps by getting lost. I walked in the opposite directions, my GPS is to blame.

I came across an article about the benefits of strength training. Strength training helps you lose calories, boost your mood, makes your stranger, builds lean muscles, and it also emphasises on starting on a smaller weight and not overdoing it. I do strength training for an hour. 

14 Benefits of strength training.

https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness/benefits-of-strength-training

Another article I came across explains the different strength training. I do muscle endurance, where I lift weights. They also say you should strength train at least twice a week. So my exercise days have increased, I do one day cardio and the next day I strength train. I avoid doing them both on the same day.

Strenght Training 101: Dos and Don’t for beginners. https://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/a30522035/what-is-strength-training/

My Journey back

Week 5

Completed one month of exercising. I have increased my distance from 4 km to 8 km. I have lost weight and moved from walking to running. My Monday started with my mind being my mind not wanting to run until Tuesday but I came out of the bed, wore my running clothes and went for a 6 km run. I felt better and glad I didn’t listen to my mind. My knee is better today and ran longer. Sometimes you need to rest.

 Something I have noticed ever since I have been running. There are only three times you see the bus. When you begin your run. You don’t need the bus because you are getting started. In the middle of your run, you need the bus because you’re tired, but here is no bus stop or buses nearby. Instead, you walk until you feel like running again. When you finish running, you see the bus again, but you don’t need it anymore. The school term has begun and saw a woman take pictures of her kids near the bus stop.

It was a hot day on Wednesday but I still ran. I completed a circuit around the neighbourhood, ran on smaller hills this week. Ran through someone’s sprinkler. It’s so interesting to watch people who stare at you when you run closer to the sprinkler. It was hot, and the sprinkler cooled me down. People walk further away from the sprinkler, but I love running closer to the sprinkler. 

I didn’t run on Friday because I walked on Thursday. I was volunteering this week, so I walked around a new suburb. The suburb had many restaurants mainly for dinner, massage parlours, clothes shops and other stores. I wanted to run on Friday but I exhausted my body from walking and standing, so I rested. It is good to listen to your body when you feel exhausted.

You should have a rest day, according to this article. I agree with the article, rest to avoid stress fracture, rest your muscles and give your brain time to rest.

6 Reasons Why Rest Days Can Actually Help You Run Stronger.

https://www.runnersworld.com/health-injuries/a20864022/why-rest-days-are-important/

Another article I came across has ten ways to motivate yourself if you don’t feel like running. I did one, that is; I go out and ran. Another motivation I came across is, I change my routes every time I ran.

Running Motivation: 10 Tips When You Don’t Feel Like Running.

https://www.blissfrombalance.com/running-motivation-10-tips-when-you-dont-feel-like-running/

My Journey back

Week 4

Started this week with a long run and a big hill. When I reached on top, the hill I was out of breath but I had to keep pushing. Ran up the hill twice. Why do cyclists have to cycle on the footpath when they have an empty road to themselves? Helped my sister move boxes and hit my knee. Went for a run on Wednesday, which wasn’t a good idea. My knee was okay when I walked but when I ran it hurt, so I didn’t run on Wednesday but had a pleasant walk. Rested my knee this week.

Everyone’s body is different. Some people will lose weight faster than others. I find it easier to maintain my weight, but losing weight is harder. Never get discouraged if you only lose a few kilos in a week. Remember not to compare yourself to other people’s body size and get discouraged. Concentrate on your goal and don’t get discouraged. Don’t always rely on the scale to check if you are losing weight. You can check with your clothes, checking if your jeans are loose or remember that dress you couldn’t fit it, try it on. When you feel lighter or your body looks different.

I came across an article on healthline, 20  common reason why you are not losing weight. I am doing something right and work on the things I’m not doing right.

What I’m doing right

I am losing weight

I keep track of what I eat

I eat enough protein

I check my carbs

I eat whole foods

I make sure I’m not over calorie intake

I eat whole foods

I don’t binge eat

I don’t drink sugar

I drink water

I don’t drink alcohol

I do cardio

I am not a junk food junkie

I don’t have a medical condition

I don’t diet

I never focus on dieting

I am realistic with my self

Thigs I need to work on

Lifting weights

Eat mindfully, I watch television will eating

Sleep better

Read the article below

20 Common Reasons Why You’re Not Losing as Much Weight as You Expected To https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/20-reasons-you-are-not-losing-weight

11 reasons why you should track your food

https://kaynutrition.com/reasons-you-should-track-your-food/