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Mr Twit's Great Upside Down Monkey Circus Part 2 - Commit To Get Fit Challenge



Well we're on day 9 now and most of the personal challenges have been exploritory and insightful. As someone that has a high cholesterol count I've been avoiding saturates for the past couple of years. A visit to the quack last week and an interesting talk from Terry "Eat Better, Feel Better" has made me re-start the process of what goes in and what doesn't. For now I'll stick with the weekly salmon/trout, the wholewheat breakfast cereal and some sort of greenery with all meals that contain meat/processed food.

TOP TIP: Tinned Tuna - the canning process breaks down the long Omega 3 chain - eat fresh tuna and beware of the mercury!

I'm also trying to drink 4 glasses of water a day (plus anything drunk during exercise) and failing miserably. Back in a mo. Ok I've now had one glass of water today. Walkers have also taken a hit, I'm down from 2 bags of crisps a day to 3 so far this month.

The headstand is heading in the right direction. I had a practice at home (much to my 3 year old daughter's amusement) and found that I could get off my toes without bursting a blood vessel. "Do it again Daddy" - "No". "Do it again Daddy" - "No". "DO IT AGAIN DADDY" - "Do you want a bit of melon?". I've learnt how to distract her when losing an arguement.

I met Karen again on Tuesday, keen to show my slight improvement. Slight improvement shown, what do I do now? Oh the scarey bit. Stick my feet up in the air. I tried, much to Karen's suprise, luckily she just managed to break my fall as I went up and then over.

We moved to the wall. I got my feet up but I've no idea what is vertical. My heel hit the wall. Only one heel, that was promising. As I removed one heel I'd sway and replace that heel with one from the other foot. So there were moments where I was upside down without contact with anything but the floor. I think I stayed upside down for about a minute and I enjoyed it. With my confidence a little higher than it was last week I had a quick go today on my own. I can get up pretty well but I just can't find that balance point, but I remember learning to drive and having to find biting point.




I may have overdone it



I woke up this morning aching all over.  After being attacked by Amy in Admissions in the Kung Fu taster session, I joined the Yinyoga class.  We had to hold each posture for five minutes and I hadn't realised how much I had stretched myself until today.  I have Pilates tonight (more stretching) and Dynamic Bodywork tomorrow, which is a combination of dance, yoga and pilates.  I am also going to try to fit in a couple more classes before Friday.  The question is, can you overextend yourself?  Is it better to work through the discomfort or give your body a rest?

I love yoga



For the past year I have been doing yoga at least once a week.  I’ve felt less stressed now that yoga’s part of my regular routine and it does make a big difference to how I feel. I’m more relaxed when I’ve done yoga that day. The deep breathing helps you to relax, improves your mood and ability to concentrate. If you’re just beginning to get fit, no matter what your size, shape or fitness level, yoga can be a bit daunting. However, everyone  can work at their own pace. It is meant to make you feel good. After a year of going easy on myself and just going as far as felt comfortable for me, I am surprised at how quickly I have improved.  I never thought I would say this as I am not that flexible and of a heavy build.  When I first tried yoga it was to relax me whilst I was quitting nicotine.  I found it frustrating as everyone else in the room seemed to know what they were doing.   It was intimidating to stand in a class  in front of those enormous mirrors and try to feel relaxed at first. I had no balance and often fell over.  As time progressed, I got a little better, and have noticed changes in different areas of my body, mainly my flexibility. You do improve and see results and now I’d recommend it to anyone.



Everybody's free to wear sunscreen



I have very much enjoyed the sporty month of May and made changes in my life which I know will make a difference going forward.  I am now eating more healthily and exercising more.  Indeed, I will be officially joining the gym tomorrow! For me, Commit to Get Fit has been a really positive experience, and long may the positivity continue!

As I endeavour to stick to my good intentions, I have found some words to inspire me from Baz Luhrmann's,  "Everybody's Free (to Wear Sunscreen)" which dispenses some timely advice on well-being.  My favourites are:

"Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone"

 "Enjoy  your body, use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it,  or what other people  think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own..."

"Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room".

"If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be  it."

Rest assured, I will be following these tips, especially the one about my knees - very worrying...As for sunscreen, the fair-skinned amongst us know that sunscreen is not just a freedom, but an absolute necessity!




Sugar Rush withdrawal



For Commit to Get Fit 2014 I have decided not to buy any unhealthy snacks for 30 days.

In the HR office, we have a constant supply of cake and biscuits.  I am used to a daily treat and am also a massive sugar addict.  Using the challenge as an opportunity to lose weight, I thought I could easily give up sugary, high fat treats and replace them with healthy ones. 

Day one, was the Boundary Walk and after a long lunchtime walk, I was more tired than I thought I would be.  So I bought some chocolate. Then I had a slice of the delicious cake that was in the office.  It was 30th April though and I was going to start my new diet in May.

1st May came around and I came up with the brilliant plan of leaving my purse at home so that I couldn't cheat.  The Goal Setting Talk with Mark inspired me and I went through the entire day without any unhealthy snacks.  At 5.30 (when my colleagues had gone home), I raided the biscuit tin, only to find out that there were NONE LEFT!  Pleased that I hadn't cheated, I went home.  I spent the entire train journey dreaming of cakes and chocolate.  Luckily, I didn't have my purse, so I avoided the shops and got to the safety of my flat.

After a large dinner, I thought my appetite was be satisfied.  However, I was grumpy and fidgety and nothing could stop me thinking about sugar.  In the end I treated myself to an ice lolly, which did the trick.  I am obviously more addicted to sugar than I thought.

2nd May breakfast consisted of porridge but without the usual honey that I pour on it.  I think this will be an acquired taste, but it filled me up.  I lasted until lunchtime, when I did trampolining as my first activity.  Without my afternoon snack, I became tired, distracted and had an awful headache.  I must confess that I indulged in a chocolate Hob-Nob to ease the pain away.

I am now on my way home to eat a lovely dinner.  Luckily I have left my purse at home and my friends and family are so supportive that I doubt I'll be eating anything too naughty this Bank Holiday weekend.










Commit to Get Fit Team HR Week 2



On Wednesday, Dizz and I went to a Mindfulness meditation at lunchtime.  I found it very hard to relax in the environment but most benefitted from this break from the stresses of the day.  On Thursday we both went to Feldenkrais.  This involved small movements and was good for relaxation and posture.  I have signed up to do this again. 

This week Claire has spent an hour and 20 minutes playing squash and one hour of badminton.

Dan played doubles badminton with the normal crew (Graham, Claire and Tim)and it was a good game. 


He also played singles badminton against someone that has played for Lancashire. This involved him standing still and dictating every point and Dan running all over the shop like a headless chicken until he collapsed.  He also went for a short jog on Sunday.

Dan wondered whether chasing his son about the living room pretending to be a monster counts towards Commit to Get Fit.  I say it does!

Rachael did Zumba and Lahoona, which she really enjoyed. ( I had to pull out of Lahoona due to a knee injury, but it was good fun).  She played badminton at lunchtime with Simone, who made her run a lot! and she did Aerobics after work on Monday

She will be doing Zumba and Lahoona again this week and Egyptian dancing with me on Thursday, which we are really looking forward to.

Leila has been uber busy, throwing herself into Commit to Get Fit.  At work she has been to Feldenkrais, Zumba x 2 , a Physio lecture, Power Hoop and Lahoona dance.  Outside of work she has walked home twice from Brighton Station instead of using the bus.  Walked home form town twice instead of using the bus.  She has eaten a healthy salad for dinner 3 nights this week and replaced snacks at work with rice cakes and fruit.  Go Leila!

Helen had a cold and injured her back and I had a cold and injured my knee, so we were down on the activities this week.  I did have a lovely 15 minute massage on Tuesday, as did Dizz.  It was just as shame we had to go back to work.  I would recommend getting a massage when you don't have to do anything for a few hours afterwards, to get the maximum benefit. 

Helen cycled in to work this morning which was lovely in the warm sunshine, and she is looking forward to the ride home!