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CTGF - my experiences so far - Carol from the IT Services team



Despite all my best intentions, my commit to Get Fit journey didn't really start until week 3. 

On that day, I put on my gym gear ready for our IT Services CTGF table tennis tournament, went to find my team mates .... and discovered that the tournament was happening the following week on the 20th.

Still, I was in my gym kit, so I thought I might as well go to the gym. 

And that got me started.

On Tuesday 14th, I went to the Goal Setting Session. My primary goal is to build some core strength and upper body strength. I cycle (commute to work) as my main form of exercise and that doesn't do anything at all for core strength. Also, I want to keep my bones healthy with some weight bearing exercise, so a second goal is to get back into running.

On Wednesday I plucked up my courage and went for Beginner's Running. No one else turned up, so it was just me and the running coach Cathy Drew. Cathy took me for a gentle run up to Stanmer House and back round to the Sports Centre. I would have stopped .... except Cathy seemed to think I could do it, so we just kept running. I felt it was an enormous privilege to have one to one training, so many thanks to Cathy for an inspiring session!

I felt a bit stiff on Thursday, but I went off to Circuits and really enjoyed that. It was fast paced, and great fun.

Friday I felt quite a lot stiffer, and on Saturday I was really hobbling around. I think it was over enthusiastic stretching! I had to cancel some activities though.

It's been interesting to see how many of the CTGF blog posts have been about stiffness and pain. Maybe it would be good to have a session on how to ramp up gently near the beginning of the CTGF month?

On Tuesday 21st, I went to a seminar with Terry on core strength, and followed that up with Core Training on Tuesday evening. This felt very good, and I'm keen to keep going with it. 

My next planned activities were for Thursday 23rd (yesterday) and today.

But I managed to cycle at speed into one of the new bus stop islands on the Lewes Road yesterday evening, and came off my bike onto my head. So I think I'll have to take a couple of days off again, and try to pick things up next week.

Overall, I'm getting a huge amount from this program, and am really pleased to be taking part.

Many thanks to the SussexSports team - and to our ITS team leader Steve.


Get that shell off my back



The Core Training seminar on Tuesday reminded me to sit up and straighten out.  Looking like a tortoise is not a good look.  This is where my renewed commitment to exercise comes in of course.  I will keep the tortoise at bay!

I am pleased to say that I have kept up my exercising in to the weekend and have been walking, dancing, and cleaning my house.  On the topic of housework, I must pass on the benefits of hoovering to you all.  After a vigorous hoovering session on Saturday, I now have a clean house, have burned calories, and achieved a healthy radiant glow.  In fact, I would recommend hoovering before a date.

TOP TIP: hoovering + radiant glow = goddess.  Don't doubt it; this tortoise knows!

Commit to get fit Challenge - ITS Group - week 4



Last week was the big ITS Table Tennis competition. An eagerly awaited tournament that had the enterants* picking up, what had formly been know as, a ping-pong bat for the first time since Atari Pong was invented (talking of which go to google images and type in "atari breakout").


Atari Pong


*All but one, Jane is a dab hand with the bat and the bookies had already closed shop and paid out on a win.

Monday lunch time was upon us and we gathered round two table tennis tables. All except Carol, where was Carol and why was Paolo there? In a switcharooney, much the same as Game of Thrones' Imp's Trial by Combat, Carol had a ringer.


Pool one wiiner: Jane

Pool one runner-up: Debs

Pool two winner: Paolo

Pool two runner-up: Angi

3rd place: Debs

2nd place: Jane

1st place: Paolo "The Ringer"


ITS CTFG Table Tennis winner 2013

Thanks to Sandy for arranging the tournament and supplying the winners trophy.


New activities for individual ITS members last week included fencing, life circuits, beginners running, core lecture and core training. One particularly tired team member had tried childcare, Carol had a bike accident Cry, but this week's alternative prize goes to Jeremy who flew out to Italy took on Pisa Baptistery's steps.


Finally, as IT we decided to have a look at some of the health and fitness programs and apps that are available. As that was a bit too time consuming we looked at ourselves and looked at what we were already using:-
Running and Cycling

Route planners (webpage and app) (also with activity monitor and food log)
GPS Trackers

Simply Yoga
Health Checker

From Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies (app also available)
Calorie King

My Altitude (also for cycling and walking)
Ski Tracks

Apps for Press-ups, squats, pull-ups and sit-ups

Youtube has been used for allsorts of instruction and injury management