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A Pack of Wild Animals

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ava, Christian & Holly
My kids have been like wild animals all day today!  I wonder if there is a zoo close by that will take them?  I'll wait till Hayden comes home from school and he can go with them :)

Ever since they woke up this morning, they have been screaming, fighting and attacking each other with kitchen tongs.  The second I turn my back, they are off.  Does anyone else have kids who think it's a fantastic idea to rip apart a toilet roll (or 2) and soak it in the toilet to make huge 'spit balls' which then end up stuck on the walls and windows?  I can't go to the bathroom without something being destroyed!  It must be so much fun to open a box of Jatz and then ride your bike over them and add water to create some sort of biscuit paste!  Maybe I could use it as a pie base??

Anyhoooo, these are the days that I love to be able to get on the treadmill and shuffle my cares away. Today was NOT that day!!!!


My workout (#8) consisted of  speed intervals.  After about 4 mins I just wanted to cry, I didn't want to be there, it was too hard, blah, blah, blah.  All the usual excuses came out so I decided to look at Pinterest for an hour a minute looking for a mantra that would give me the kick I needed. Heading to my motivation board, I found exactly what I was looking for.......

pretty good advice

I felt this mantra was specific to how I was feeling today so I used it.  I scribbled it onto a piece of paper and stuck in on the Treadmill right in front of my face.  It seemed to help and I pushed myself to finish the workout which took me to 30 mins.  I was happy just to make the 30 mins today, but while trudging along in my cool down I checked my HRM and wasn't happy so I decided to keep going until I burned at least 300 calories.

By the time my 300 calories came round, I was close to 5 kms so I kept going.  Once at the 5km mark I thought well, I'm not far off 60 mins and I kept going.  I do have to confess that I hated every single second of the last 7 mins, but I was so close to 1 hour that I wasn't going to give up.  I refused to give up today and I really pushed myself.  It was more of a mental challenge than a physical one, but that didn't stop my legs from burning.

I felt blah about the workout today, but I am glad that I didn't just give up.  It feels really good to push yourself to achieve something and I burned off another 3 donuts!  Gotta be happy with that :)

*HRM Stats* 
  • Duration : 1 hour 4.57 mins
  • Calories : 572
  • Average HR : 150
  • Maximum HR : 193
  • In Zone : 24.42 mins
  • Distance : 6.1 kms

*Diet Coke Mentality*

It's been 126 days since I have had any diet coke or other type of soft drink which is a huge deal for me.  Diet coke played a big part in my previous diet and it has been fairly easy to do without it.  Some days it's not so easy and I just want to grab a 2 litre bottle and drink it in one go and then do a great big burp like Buddy the Elf and considering my husband is never without his coke, this would be pretty easy for me. 

Every time I get one of those urges to just drink it, I remind myself of how long I have gone without and that I don't want to start at day 1 ever, ever again.  I'm not saying that I will never have a glass of soft drink ever again, but at the moment, it's just not part of my lifestyle.  This is the mentality I want to bring to my fitness / workouts.  

After not doing any exercise for so many weeks, I am struggling with the workouts I had written for the treadmill which shows me that when I wrote them, I had been making progress in the fitness department.  This mornings workout was awful, but I think another reason (apart from my mantra), that I forced myself to keep going was because I feel like I am starting at day 1 again.  Each day I give up and do nothing is just another day of my old fatty-boom-bah lifestyle where the scales don't shift, but if I continue to push myself to keep going and don't look back, in time, it will get easier again and the scales will start moving again.

Good-bye to Day 1's forever :)


  1. What a great mantra and well done on just getting onto the treadmill and doing it !!!! That is so motivating for me to hear - next time I think I'll just sit down I am going to think of you keeping on until you reached your next goal.
    EXCELLENT work on 126 days without soft drink - another great achievement. I have thought about giving it up but, apart from a glass of OJ in the morning - that is all that I drink - Coke Zero or Pepsi Max.
    LOL at the spit balls - gotta love the children. Didn't happen with an only child - probably because it isn't so much fun when you are by yourself !!!!
    Have a great evening.

  2. Amazing effort Jane! Love that you stuck the motivation in front of your face.

  3. Great job to keep pushing on the treadmill!! I love that quote and your mentality of no more Day 1s! Great job Jane!!


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