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Daily check in: what day is this anyway?

Food: Hmmm…had a bit of a slip up when I had M&Ms for dinner, but I did eat them slowly. Otherwise I did ok.

Water: I did pretty good today. Drank quite a bit.

Exercise: I did the second day of week 3 in the Couch 2 5 K and did some resistance training. I TRIED to use a new weightlifting app which helps you keep track of completed sets, but I find it really difficult to use. And I think I’m pretty tech savvy. Disappointing.  I also did Bikram yoga today and had a great class.  I’ve been pushing myself a little harder in class and although it’s really hard I’m feeling really great about it.

I am a bit concerned that I’ve been doing the C25K on the treadmill. I think I’ll try to do it outside next time (i.e. Friday). Since the whole point of running is to be running on the rugby pitch…need to do it outside.

Motivation and affirmation: I haven’t been working the Paul McKenna programme like I should – reading the daily exercises and doing the self-affirmation programme like I should. But I am looking at my body in a more accepting way in the mirror in yoga. I will catch up tomorrow.  I also missed out on listening to the trance over the weekend…and then weirdly didn’t listen to it when I was back on my own.  But I listened last night and will again tonight.

Day 2: Sweat

Food: Today I did pretty well with the food. Enjoyed and savoured everything I ate. I had to modify the Paul McKenna approach a little as I made myself a smoothie for lunch and drank all of it. It’s hard to really eat a smoothie slowly, but I sure as heck savoured it. I was hungry after my morning in the gym, but knew I couldn’t eat much if I was doing Bikram yoga at 4.  Nothing as yucky as Bikram on a full-ish tummy!  And even though I ate late, I made the right choice as just before I hit yoga I was a ‘leetle’ bit hungry. Perfect.

I didn’t manage to quite stop when I was full at dinner. I had a few extra bites. But it was so scrummy. Asparagus, shrimp, peppers and a bit of rice.  Couldn’t have eaten way too much as I think I’m hungry even now.

Water:  I drank tons of water today and electrolyte supplements. But I need to drink more. I sweated TONS today. I’m thirsty now!

Exercise: I finished the Couch to 5K Week 2 today!!! Yee-haw! And I did a good set of resistance afterwards. As a big girl but not a tall girl, I know if I’m gonna play rugby, it’s probably gonna be in the front row. I need to have that strength and power. So time to start working on that strength.  I know I need to start working on biceps and triceps but vanity and the need to put my arms through sleeves have held me back – as my arms are ridiculously fat.

Then I took a Bikram yoga class with my favourite teacher today. She’s always so laid back, telling us not to push ourselves – yet I always end up making some kind of really (small, but) amazing progress in her class.  I started off class quite rocky today, muscles feeling shaky after the running and weight-lifting, but finished strongly.

Motivation and self-affirmation: I tried to look at myself with acceptance and I tried to (with the guidance of the instructor) use a series of mantras to keep my mind focused during the class. I used visualisation techniques to see myself as slimmer, healthier and muscular.

One really awesome thing that happened today was I got praised in yoga for my improvement and for how much weight I’d lost. She said it was an incredible amount.  I got to hide my smile as we went into a deep bend.  I’ve gained 2 pounds since starting yoga six weeks ago! Tomorrow I’m looking forward to some more exercise and maybe a little dress shopping. Who knows?