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Walking and Dinner

Such an original title for this post. I’m on fire today!

Actually, I’m really tired because coincidentally, just as I finished last night’s post, I got a message from Dawn, inviting me to walk. We decided on today, after work and then walked along the coast together for almost two hours, stopping now and then when I was puffing too hard.

There are hills!! 🙂 Seriously though, a few weeks without a proper walk and I’m puffing again. Far out! Still, it was great to catch up and we talked as we walked and we laughed between ragged breaths (Mine, not hers. She was breathing with incredible ease, even when we reached the tops of hills!).


Today's walk, hooray

Today’s walk, hooray


Tonight’s dinner was jacket potato with mince and cheese. Simple and hearty for a coldish evening. Although you can see kidney beans in the first pic, I left them out of the dish in the end. Also, I added garlic, salt and pepper and basil.



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So that’s it. Day one of this week’s challenge to post every evening’s meal, making me accountable and mindful 🙂





I wish I could accurately describe the feeling of peace I feel right now.

That was…beautiful…. The class started with gentle breathing, the teacher’s voice flowing, calm and restfully through the cool room as we relaxed on our mats. Everything was provided, so there was no preparation to be done. I just dressed comfortably in bike pants and a t-shirt.

Breathing meditation continued for about 15 minutes and then he gave an initial, fairly gentle pose to start with. After that, he moved around the room, giving us each individual poses, asking questions about where we felt the stretch, was there any pain, giving suggestions, tailoring the movements to each person’s needs. I felt relaxed, able, among friendly people.

From there, there were balancing poses, stretching poses and finally a last meditation.

At no time did I feel as though I was overdoing it, or even extending myself too far but I can feel my muscles acutely now. Not painfully but as though they’ve been used and challenged. I wasn’t really expecting that when it all felt so gentle.

I’ll definitely be going back. I really enjoyed it. In fact, I’m thinking now that I might have found the perfect combination for me, at this stage of my process. Walking, swimming, yoga. Two of each and a rest day per week. I’ll try it and see how I go.

If you haven’t done it before, or like me, haven’t done it for years and years, give it a go. It’s lovely! 🙂

Side Effects of 12WBT (for me)

I’m almost at the end of the first week of 12WBT and I’m noticing some side effects.

The most significant of which is that I can breathe again.

I’ve noticed, without noticing (which takes some effort, I can tell you) that, in the last few years, it’s felt as though I have a belt around my diaphram, tightening almost imperceptibly day by day.

I’ve studiously ignored it, though I felt some distress about not being able to sing properly without taking breaths in the middle of words or warbling when the sound should have been much smoother. I love singing, so that’s been a big secret sadness for me.

It’s also embarrassing to be walking and panting, puffing, unable to hide the fact that I’m struggling. That’s lifting too. So is the little moment of panic I had every time I needed to take a deep breath, always accompanied by those tiny fingers of pain that subsided in a second but reminded me every time, how vulnerable I’d let myself become.

Pain in my hips and lower back when I’m sitting or standing or…anything except lying down, have all but gone too and I can’t even begin to explain what a relief it is.

As I woke up this morning, naturally and at six am (!), I took a breath and it was easy….it just flowed into my lungs without effort. It was so lovely. I’ve been taking deep breaths every now and then ever since, just because I can and it makes me smile. Small things but so good….

I’ve been walking every day, drinking plenty of water and staying within my suggested calorie intake, so I feel good about that too. I haven’t taken the suggested rest days, partly because I’m on a roll and partly because I don’t feel as though I’m pushing myself so hard that I need to rest from it.

Today I’m taking our older boy with me to do laps at the pool, my legs will thank me 🙂

My water now has its own dedicated basket in my bookcase

My water now has its own dedicated basket in my bookcase

Letter to myself

Dear Claudia,
I love you. Now and on that day we step over the finish line of this challenge. This isn’t about whether you’re a worthwhile person, you are. This is about feeling healthy and strong and joyous about life, instead of sluggish and trying to stay upbeat. Thank you for having the courage to step up and register in this program, I appreciate it. You know how much.
I’m excited, really excited, for the first time in what feels like a long time and I know there might be times when I feel tempted to skip a walk or eat that extra something but I know you’ll handle it because this is the time. This is our time and we’ve got this.
I’m so proud of you, you prepared, did all the pre-season tasks, set yourself up for success and even though your fitness score was so low, you turned it to your advantage, deciding that it’s a plus because then any exercise over and above is something to be proud of, something to be celebrated.
You are surrounded by people who love you and I can feel their goodwill and their willingness to believe that you can do this. When you made the commitment to someone you love, which was one of the pre-season tasks, to “honestly and courageously do my absolute best in this round”, your 8 year old son’s eyes were full of trust and belief in you. He said “I know you can do this Mummy” and you can.
Sometimes your family will crave the junk food that you allowed more of in the last few years than ever before but your beautiful husband has taken care of that by promising that once in a while he’ll take them out to indulge, leaving you to eat well and to feed them awesomely the rest of the time.
There will be days when you feel tired, days when it feels like too much hassle but I want you to remember this; You are worth every second of movement and preparation, every step, every effort.
You put it out there on your Facebook page that you’re doing this, for friends and family to see and I know how hard that was, how much courage that took….so many of them have seen you try and fail before, years ago now. What surprised me was how many of them came forward to offer love and support, encouragement. So thank you for doing it, for allowing them the opportunity to be with you at the beginning and for allowing yourself the opportunity to accept their support.
Blogging the journey too, and letting it be public, putting your photo up, sharing the minutiae of your days. That’s brave too, be proud.
I thought about what would be a proudest achievement and in some ways, just starting and knowing you can do it, is one. Beyond that, it’s getting under 100kg, just to start with and being able to breathe, walk easily, leap out of bed in the mornings with excitement in my heart again and feel my body straining to get moving.
I love you and we can do this, we are doing this.

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