So now then, I thought it prudent, especially in the run up to Christmas, to update you with my progress (read ‘lack of’) with regards to my keep fit/weight loss regime. I say regime, more a dipping in and out of, now and again thing really.
I could make this a very short blog and say I haven’t lost any weight, end of, but, of course, things are never that straightforward.
I mean, OK, I haven’t exactly lost any weight lately, but sometimes that’s not always the point. Right? Right.
Aaaaaaaaanyway, last night it snowed. It snowed and I decided in my infinite wisdom that I would pick that time to go running. To clarify – my definition of running may be slightly different to yours but in my opinion, anything faster than walking equates to running.
Oh, and I should point out, that I was a little high on boxing adrenaline after pummeling the shit out of the 4ft punchbag beforehand – always leaves me a little bit whoa, a little bit wey …
Back to the running … I’ve been power walking every night for the last month and it just seemed like a good idea to step it up last night. Ha! Step it up! STEP it up! See, cos ‘step’ … oh, never mind. I’ve been walking for nearly an hour a night and quite frankly, I was getting really bored. Also, I have to walk past twelve takeaway shops (yes, I counted) and when you walk its more tempting to ‘walk in.’ I figured, if I’m running, I’m less likely to be tempted by the wafts of Kung Pao Chicken and Lamb Dhansak. That was the plan anyway.
To cut a very long story short, I’m back into boxing (although being called a ‘big girl’s blouse’ by my teenage son is not helpful,) and I’m now doing this intermittent jog/run thing. The signs are positive. The pain that I normally get shooting down the back of my right knee wasn’t there last night as my Other Half was teaching me how to actually run properly. I know that sounds mad – everyone knows how to run surely? (“They do – and don’t call me Shirley.”) However, being a woman ‘blessed’ with mahoosive boobies, running has always been a pain. Literally. As a teenage girl, I just found the whole thing, like SO embarrassing that I had developed bad habits. Running heels first, one side of my body compensating for the other, ensuing bad back, bad knee … etc, etc! So to actually begin to understand how my body works and the biomechanics of it all was brilliant fun! I say ‘fun’ … I know of much more fun ways of burning off calories … nudge, nudge.
Suffice to say, I’m in a catch-22. I know that if I shed some weight, it’ll help my joints and I’ll find exercise easier. But to shed the weight, I need to exercise. So that’s the plan. At least I’ve progressed from walking – it’s a start.
Yes, I know eating Quality Street doesn’t help ‘the cause,’ but orange creams contain fruit – so actually, that’s part of my 5-a-day right there!