My journey through weight loss, fitness and the new me.

Chop off the locks

  

My hair is starting to get fairly long again. Still thick as ever too. 

Tomorrow though, my plan is to get the hairdresser to cut the whole lot off!

Short short hair time!

I’m nervous, and excited, and not sure if I’ll even go through with it. 

I’ve always fancied short hair, but worried I’d look like a man. But my hair is way too much work. It’s so thick it takes forever to just blow dry it. 

One of the big pushes though is that I actually avoid exercising because of my hair!! Crazy isn’t it?

It takes so long to wash and dry it that I avoid getting sweaty so I don’t need an extra shower. A daily run then means an extra daily shower. 

With a crazy full time job, a full time engineering degree running at uni, two kids, two dogs and a partridge in a pear tree I think it’s time the hair went. Short hair time. 

But… my hair…

  

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Fitbit Friends?

Hey everyone, sorry I sort of fell off the face of the planet again! There’s been a lot going on, I haven’t decided if I’ll blog about it or not. 

I got myself a Fitbit Flex recently. I got fed up waiting for the Fitbit Charge HR coming out in plum. I’ll maybe upgrade in a year.

It’s been a real eye opener so far. I hadn’t realised how inactive I was, especially at work. Some days I’m only hitting 4k steps and I average 6k. Days I’m at university I’ll hit 15k though. 

The problem is that I’ve only got one friend with a Fitbit so the friends/challenges section of the app is a bit lonely and unused.

So would any of my fellow bloggers like to be Fitbit friends?

Could we find a whole group of us to link up together? Cheer each other on an offer support in bad days?

Tonight’s workout was Tabata Power again. Last time I did this workout I felt a little guilty afterwards.

Along with the regular evil moves there’s a modifier move. An easier, low impact version. Last time is switched to using that quite early on. This time I was determined not to use it until after I’d maxed out.

I maxed out at 10 minutes 32 seconds

I’m delighted with that. I pushed myself to the limit, as usual though my arms failed me. The push ups were too much. But I managed more than before. Crazy considering how few days it’s been.

I’m already seeing some results though. I have an “anterior tilt” I think it’s called. My pelvis is rotated forward too far and the curve of my spine is overly pronounced. It makes standing up for any length of time painful and I can’t walk for as long as before. I’ve got exercises from my physiotherapist to keep my core muscles tight and support my pelvis, keeping it where it should be. But I tend to forget about them till the hurts. Oops!

Later in the day is when its worst, walking home from work especially. I noticed today though, I was powering home through the snow at a fair speed, and it didn’t hurt. I was standing upright instead of the strange crumpled walk I normally end up with.

I’m standing straighter. It’s just proof that my core muscles are tightening already, I’m delighted.

I’m already getting excited about the first set of photos and measurements at Day 30, halfway!

Getting impatient waiting for the Charge HR UK release day. Hurry up already! Haha!

Exams…

Exact marks have yet to be published, but I heard from both my lecturers today and…

Electrical Engineering Principles- PASS!

Thermo Fluid Science – PASS!

Woohoo!!

I celebrated in true wild student fashion… an hour of peace and quiet with my favourite book when the kids went out to play.

Season of the Witch – Natasha Mostert

Ok so yesterday should have been my Insanity Day 4 work out, but I missed it!

Oops!

To celebrate the end of exams I was heading to a bar after work last night to catch up with my bestie. We’re normally only out a few hours but it ended up a late one.

I came home and my husband was sprawled on the couch with a fever and I was a little tipsy from too much Bacardi. We decided to skip a day.

We’re doing day 4 tonight and skipping the Sunday rest day to make up though.

I can’t stop now, I will do the full 60 days, and it will only take me 60 days.

Wow. After going tonto on day 2 I was really feeling it doing my day 3 work out.

Everything aches from the first second. But I stuck at it and managed to get to 6:52 before I maxed out.

After a quick breather I got back in the game but I definitely had more breaks this time than before.

We saw our neighbour who’s a week or two ahead of us doing Insanity and he assured us that the all over dying ache doesn’t last the whole way. I’m hoping he’s right!

It’s one thing hobbling round the office but I have meetings next week lol.

Exam day

Eek, it’s exam day. Wish me luck!

Thermofluids it’s time to kick butt!

Insanity Day 2

Ouch ouch ouch!!!

Today was Tabeta day. I still have no idea what that means, even after hitting Google.

I didn’t max out today. I was yelling at my TV and grunting like a Grade A Headcase but I didn’t max out.

I’m not going to cheer though, I did have to swap to the modifier moves a few times and the water break saved me at the last second, twice!! Otherwise I would definitely haves maxed out early on.

It hurt, it really hurt. My grumpy husband didn’t like this one, he struggled with a lot of the moves. The push up style moved killed me but I found it easier than yesterday’s cardio.

Cardio is definitely my weak spot.

Tomorrow is my big exam, I’m really hoping I haven’t overdone it and can actually get in and out of my exam chair lol.

It’s going to be interesting explaining the carpet burns on my hands though…

The jokes right write themselves don’t they?

Do any of my fellow bloggers know anything about the Fitbit Charge HR release date in the UK?

I’ve asked for a plum one for my birthday which is three weeks tomorrow but they’ve only just been released in North America with the rest of the world to follow “shortly”.

How long is shortly?!

Do any of you use fitness trackers? Do you like them? I’m a total gadget freak so I really fancy one. Would you recommend Fitbit?

I’m drawn to the Charge HR for it’s heart rate ability. My resting heart rate, even as a child and a healthy, sporty teen, has always been higher than my peers. I’d be interested in keeping track, just to see.

I’d like to plan a few runs based on heart rate as well.

But it needs to hurry up!! You’re missing the Resolution Brigade Fitbit, come on!! Haha!

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