Thursday, 27 November 2008
I had a chat last night with a very good Personal Trainer (Thanks Jeff!!) about why I am not getting the results I think I should be getting from exercise.
I have been exercising frequently and I feel my fitness is improving however I am not noticing much movement on the scales. If this was only for a few weeks it would not bother me but it has been for the past year!
So I told him all the exercise I have been doing and intensity etc. and (just as my Polar HRM told me) I have been working too hard. My heart rate has been going too high for too long and I am not in the "fat burn zone" when I am exercising"... He said it has the same effect on the muscles as exercising without air. Hence the lack of progress.
So he recommended I stick to the Polar heart rate program and increase my weights sessions and I should see a difference very soon.
The only thing is, I'll have to tone down the running and, when in events, might have to walk some- but that's ok... I'll keep everyone posted on how it goes!
Posted by Ashley Carr at 9:24 am
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Hey all,Just coming on here for a bit of a brag!I completed the final 8km run for the Spring into Shape Series this morning.
I have done 2 other runs- the first one I completed in 1:06:34,
the 2nd I did the 4km (due to having to be somewhere) in 29:50
And this morning I completed the 8km course in 1:00:35 !!! I have shaved off more than 6 minutes with 3 months of (not even full on) training!!
And, the think I am even happier about is that I jogged the WHOLE 8k!! Only walking a couple of steps to have a decent drink at the drink station! That is the first time I have achieved something like this... I'm on such a high!!
For the first time my brain wasn't saying STOP STOP STOP!!! It was saying YOU CAN DO IT, YOU RAN UP A BIG HILL 2 DAYS AGO, YOU CAN DO IT NOW- ONLY A FEW KS TO GO, ONLY ONE K TO GO, ONLY A HUNDRED METRES TO GO, THERES JOHN, SMILE FOR THE CAMERA! YOU'VE DONE IT , YOU RAN IT, YES! YOU'RE UNREAL!!
It's amazing how different things can be when you're in a good frame of mind...
Thursday, 20 November 2008
After spending half the night in our bed.....
Molly: "Mummy.... let's get up.... let's get up and have lunch"
Me: "Don't you mean breakfast??"
Molly: "oh.... yes... Mummy... Let's get up.... let's get up and have break frast"
Posted by Ashley Carr at 10:07 am
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Check out the comment on my polar heart rate post!! What the??
Posted by Ashley Carr at 10:06 am
I didn't tell you about Sunday did I?
Well, you know that run I was talking about doing?? The spring into shape one??
It's next week!
Gimme a D- Gimme an O- Gimme and O-F-U-S! What does it spell??
Posted by Ashley Carr at 9:15 am
Monday, 17 November 2008
You know how I said I was getting an article published in Runner's World magazine? Did I tell you that?? Yes?? No??
Well, the editor called me the other day to ask if they could do a profile on me! It will be in a summer issue (I will let you know)
I just had the photographer come to my house this morning and take a portrait of Molly and me plus a whole lot of running shots by the river!!
So you all have to buy a copy and see me being all famous and athletic!!! It's amazing when someone else (other than you guys and family) acknowledges the hard work I have put in to lose 30kgs (nearly 40 the first time- then 30 since I had Molly). It's a real boost which makes me want to take this HBC 16 week Biggest loser challenge even more seriously!
Posted by Ashley Carr at 3:40 pm
Saturday, 15 November 2008
I did a work out this morning and realised that I have probably been over-doing it and I should focus more on consistancy (4-5 times a week) at a moderate level rather than slogging it out at max heart rate 2-3 times.
Today I burnt 450 calories in 50 minutes.
I am interested to see how many calories I burn in my 8km run tomorrow and what my average heart rate will be.
Posted by Ashley Carr at 5:11 pm
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Posted by Ashley Carr at 8:01 am
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Up 100g to 87.9kg... but TTOM came today so I am feeling really positive as I usually gain about 1 kilo each month! And I have sucessfully avoided my usual pre-menstrual choccy binge- somehow!
This morning on my home scales I was 86.5kg- that is the lowest ttom number I have seen in.. well.... over 2 years!
And I am feeling really motivated! I had weight watchers last night and I decided to leave a little earlier and ride my bike there. It was just lovely to slow down for a minute and take everything in. The ride there was a little scary with big trucks whooshing past me- but the ride home, I went a different way. I rode along the Maribyrnong river track. The sun was setting and it made the river shimmer pink and orange. There were bunnies everywhere (in Footscray??) and I wondered why I didn't do it more often.
After last night's ride I didn't feel like driving to work today so I left early and caught the train/tram and bus to get here. It was really nice getting out into the crisp morning air and just take my time. I was able to help motorcyclist who fell off his bike (he was ok but needed help getting his bike off the road) and I wouldn't have been there had I driven. I also got a lovely free coffee from my used up loyalty card- which I wouldn't have thought to do had I driven.
And- best of all, I got to work early and was able to ease my way into the morning.
The moral of the story.... just slow down! Plan to have more time by leaving early or deciding not to do something unimportant.
Have a good day!
Posted by Ashley Carr at 9:50 am
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Posted by Ashley Carr at 3:35 pm
Monday, 3 November 2008
Posted by Ashley Carr at 3:13 pm
Sunday, 2 November 2008
I was quite relaxed, had a good night sleep and yummy jam on toast and tea for brekky (I love jam on toast before an event!)...
The ride was much easier than I thought it would be. Last year I struggled and I did the short course so I was interested to see if my increased fitness would help, especially as I was riding with Mayra who is a much better cyclist than me. I managed to keep up just fine! Last year I had ladies whizzing past me and this year I was passing everyone else. The six laps went quickly and were relatively easy- it was all pleasure apart from a bug that went in my eye (which didn't come out till we got home!!!). I now realize just how much fitter I am than I was last year! I am a similar weight but I feel like a different person now! I have been working hard on my fitness all year and it has paid off!
We felt absolutely unreal to have been able to complete the course so confidently. I think Mayra is addicted! We'll be seeing her at triathlons all over Victoria! And I think we'll see her around the forums soon too!
Posted by Ashley Carr at 4:30 pm