Tag Archive: Physical exercise

12wbt 1st round launched!!!

Today was great. Not perfect, not exactly as planned but great.

First things first. I learned a lesson about my exercise routine today. I need to be a morning exerciser. Leaving it until later offers too many possibilities of derailment! I walked and worked around the house but tomorrow I have a different plan….one involving a friend and a long stretch of beach…..and the next day too. That way, I get the pleasure of my friends’ company AND a good long walk as well, leaving me the afternoon to do more, or not as I please, without guilt. Yay for figuring that out 🙂

I was careful with calories today…too careful as it turns out because even after breakfast (porridge), lunch (tuna salad) dinner (fish, homemade vegetable sauce, broccoli and green beans) and snacks (almonds, peach and a plum), by bedtime I’ve still only racked up 907.3 calories. Part of me, the part that’s still working on the ‘let’s see if starving myself will work’ premise, is doing a happy dance. The other, more sensible part of me knows that it’s more sustainable to actually eat the 1200 calories allotted to me.

Dinner should have been lovely and to be fair, it tasted delicious. Just the right savouriness, veges cooked to perfection….the problem was the spinach in the sauce I think. To make it, I put tinned tomatoes, lots of garlic, thai basil, a little veg stock powder, baby spinach, a carrot and two zucchini. It was a bright, gorgeous green colour……until I cooked the fish in it and it went a sort of indeterminate brown colour, which the kids eyed very suspiciously. To be fair, it wasn’t my finest cooking moment…

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This pre-planning stuff is a good idea! Today, wrested from sleep with offers of coffee, the very last thing I wanted to do was go for an ‘exercise walk’. Luckily for me, I’d already planned our day (with help from the kids). So after making a batch of roasted chick peas with garlic, salt and chilli and dividing almonds into little bags of 75cals each, in case I need a quick snack sometime, I pulled on my trusty (not often used) pink trainers and off we went!

The Koala Hospital was the first stop. It’s small and peaceful and interesting, with slumbering round, grey-furred creatures looped around their trees or stands. We sipped water and read the signs telling stories of koalas past and present and then prepared to leave. On the way out, I noticed (for the first time, and how can that be?!) The beautifully restored house on the same property and it was open! We walked through it and imagined how lovely it must have been to live somewhere so cool and pretty and private.

From there to the beach, munching fresh cool peaches that I’d stashed in the centre console of the car. It’s summer here, so it was hot and breezy and so….alive! I sometimes forget how amazing it is outside.

I left Andy and the kids making their way to the water and began walking up the beach, mapmywalk app set and water in my bag. I walked until I felt my feet starting to hurt and turned around then. Not because I couldn’t have kept going particularly but because this is early days and I want to be able to sustain it, rather than wear myself out on the first day.

Gorgeous beach!

Gorgeous beach!!"Come a bit closer....now just a bit closer"“Come a bit closer….now just a bit closer”

To be improved on but not a bad start :-)

To be improved on but not a bad start 🙂


The beach is officially my new favourite place to walk. Long stretches of sand, with the wind to whip away the sound of my laboured breathing and hardly anyone there, save a few passers-by with dogs or people doing their own walking for the day.

Roll on Monday, I’m ready!!


A Fidgety Meeting

So today I went to a meeting, held in a hotel conference room, complete with men in suits. It was an interesting subject and I was glad to be part of the discussion but I couldn’t help but notice that around the table, for the duration of the meeting, people were clicking their pens, taking off their jackets, smoothing their ties. All signs of restlessness.

It occurred to me then, that since everyone there was fully engaged and it wasn’t that they were bored or wishing themselves elsewhere, that it might be a restlessness born of excitement…or just the need to move as they talk…..and unbidden, the image of this same meeting being held while we were all walking on treadmills popped into my mind and I smiled broadly. The woman sitting across from me was gracious enough to smile back despite her momentary puzzlement.

It seems entirely sensible to me and I’m pretty sure it would have worked beautifully with this group. Sitting still, waiting for your turn to speak, being mindful that everyone is allowed their say, is admirable but if we’d been moving, there’d have been less leaning on the table, bad posture and that clicking….I had to physically restrain myself from leaning over, placing my hand on the arm of the man sitting next to me and whispering quietly “That’s enough now”

Today I went to, gasp, a real shop instead of researching online..


Of course, as wonderful as these particular machines look, I won’t be buying any of them. To start with, they’re HUGE! I mean really, really big. I want something more compact and frankly less expensive. It was interesting though, to look at them and I’m glad I did. The mother whose child was scampering all over them, chuckling with glee obviously hadn’t read this sign;


Since the treadmills were all off, I don’t suppose there was actually any danger to him though and his stream of consciousness chatter was pretty amusing to listen to while I took photos.

In the end, I’ve chosen the Confidence Fitness Power Motorised Electric Treadmill, which is smaller and cheaper and might actually stand a chance of fitting comfortably into the space I’ve chosen for it. 

I found this video review, which gives me the hope that it’ll be just what I’m looking for. 

Now to create a desk of such creative fabulousness that even I can’t believe how awesome it is…





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