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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.


Daily check-in: catch up

Oh dear. I’ve missed a few days. I went off and had a great time in Central London with a visiting friend.  We walked around a lot. We did yoga.  I had a marvellous time and bought a dress I look amazing in.  I ate too much.  But not way too much.

Yesterday I resumed by Couch to 5 K programme with the first day of week 3. Each new ‘week’ I dread the workout, but so far it’s always turned out to be fine.

I had a brilliant yoga session yesterday with a teacher I’ve been wanting to try. It was fantastic. It was probably the best session I’ve ever had where I pushed myself the farthest.  I really wanted to take a class with her because I believed she could help me find the best modifications to postures that I can’t quite do yet and I was right!

Interestingly she didn’t hesitate to touch me in the class. In the cobra position she actually squeezed my legs together with her legs. This was kinda funny because I’d just had a long conversation with my friend I spent the weekend with about whether it’s appropriate for yoga instructors to touch you in class.  I think it can be very helpful.  She’s an instructor and she doesn’t think it’s right.  But she also used words like ‘liability’ – I guess that’s the difference in teaching in America.  To me I’ve found it very helpful every time I’ve been touched in class, BUT…it could easily mess you up, too.

Yesterday I also went for a run. But today…nothing. I did go to Chessington though… which is a fair bit of walking around!

Day 5: stopped up

I’m still sick,  but slept a lot and a feel a little better. Exercise But it means I haven’t been doing much moving around. Which feels really weird right now. However, I did get out the wii-fit board today for the first time. It’s actually not too bad. I did 30 minutes trying out the yoga and aerobic exercizes. But I got that weird clammy sweat you get when you have a cold and not that “Hey, I’m working out” sweat.

I was a bit worried it would tell me my weight and I have 10 more days to go before I’m supposed to weigh myself again. But it tells you your BMI. No less distressing in one way, but still!

Food: It’s also difficult to enjoy your food when you have a cold. But I think I did ok…probably ate a bit past fullness.

 Water: no and no and no…needed to drink more. You know wrap up, plenty of fluids… well I didn’t.

Motivation and affirmation: well, I took some pics of myself today in tight clothes. Hopefully that will keep me motivated at some point in the future.

Day 4/90: cold

Food: Ughhh I have a cold. I did pretty well with food considering. Enjoyed what I ate, stopped when I was full or close to it.

Water: Definitely need to take in more fluids. Feel thirsty.

Exercise: Nope. But I did a lot of cleaning today.  I really wanted to start my week three of the running programme. But I’m clearly not in shape for that.

Motivation and affirmation: well, I stayed positive even though I was trying on dresses that were a bit too small today. Finally found one that looked amazing! A classic little black number. I didn’t buy the one that was a little too small. I bought the one that looks good now. Because I deserve to look great now!

Day 3/90:


I’m really struggling on the food. Under the Paul McKenna plan, you’re supposed to eat when you’re hungry and not let yourself get ravenously hungry.  But when I decided to take a later yoga class than I’d planned it meant that I went into yoga class not just a little hungry (good – really works for me) but quite hungry  (bad, feel a bit faint). The point at which I should be eating.  But eating before yoga is – well, it makes me sick.  I guess I need to find an easily digestible food I can really enjoy.

Water: I did ok. Could probably drink more.

Excercise:  Ninety minutes of Bikram yoga! Fourth day in a row. Meant to get out for a walk, but didn’t.

Motivation and affirmation:  I had a bad day self-affirmation wise.  But I am able to meet my gaze more easily in the mirrors now. One really great thing that happened today was I noticed that someone I had encouraged to come back to yoga was still coming and doing really well! I felt really good that the support I’d given her after that first tough class really worked…even though I was having a tough class.    I’m looking forward to starting Week 3 of the Couch 2 5 K tomorrow and maybe going into town and visiting a gallery.  But I’m feeling a bit coldy. I’m not gonna push myself too hard if I don’t feel great tomorrow.

Day One check in

Starting the blog today and thus a weigh in.


I’ll weigh myself again in two weeks. In the Paul McKenna system and also with the Bikram yoga approach, the scales are not something one should be checking all the time.  But I’m recording my behaviour, thoughts and activities every day.


Today was my first day back using Paul McKenna’s golden rules. It’s basically mindfulness about food consumption. Eating when you’re actually physically hungry, eating slowly and really enjoying your food. Being aware of what you eat.

As it’s Day One…it’s really a struggle. My set points for fullness and hunger are all over the place. And my head is so busy it’s hard to concentrate on just eating, the texture, the taste and smell.  But I think I gave it a really good try. I used the techniques to slow down eating, but found myself reading a magazine at supper. A no-no. And I also found myself eating one bite beyond fullness. As if I can’t quite trust myself to gauge fullness…which I suppose is exactly what’s going on.

One cool thing I did today was cooked some potato dumplings that I really wanted at lunch time, but when I tried them I didn’t like them a lot. They were ok, but I didn’t get a lot of pleasure from eating them, so I didn’t. I just scraped them off the plate at the end of the meal.


I did pretty well with water today. I drank when I thought I might be hungry. But I could do better. I started off the day with a slight dehydration headache….and found it difficult to drink water first thing in the morning.


I did Bikram yoga and aqua aerobics. So 135 minutes of exercise. But that’s pretty much it. I spent much of the day just reading and hanging out.

Motivation and self-affirmation:

A big part of the Bikram yoga is meeting your gaze in the mirror. I find that really, really hard. I don’t like looking at myself.  But of course, in Bikram you can’t really avoid it, as there are mirrors EVERYWHERE. Some days I look in the mirror and think ‘powerful warrior’ and some days I see myself and think ‘fat cow’ .  Today I started off with ‘powerful’ during the first breathing exercise. I can start to see the hint of ribs in the mirror and I can see my tightening abdominal muscles. But by the time I  got to the final spinal twist, where my flab is really on display I was back to fat cow again.  By that time I should be proud of myself for what I’ve done, but I was berating myself for what I hadn’t done.

I did try the Paul McKenna mirror exercises this evening. I looked at myself in my underwear and tried to accept my body for where it’s at and where it’s going to take me.

A good thing I noticed today was that I have a pretty intense and sparkling look to my eyes and I like it. Tomorrow I’m looking forward to completing Week 2 of the Couch 2 5 K programme and trying out a yoga class with a teacher who sounds pretty cool.