seeing the small gains and running with short legs

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Its been about 6 months since I started my physical journey for my police application. My journey has taken me in circles and squiggles up and down the eventful path of what is now my new normal. GOSH it has gone fast.

I have lifted many weights and ran more kilometers than I care to think about. If I told myself 6 months ago that I would be lifting or squatting or pressing what I am today I probably would have laughed, very hard!  I can’t say that I am where I want to be, that will still be some time away but I am damn proud of what I can do. I have never felt better or stronger and when I look back and reflect on how I was feeling I didn’t realize how sluggish I was or if *touch wood* someone was to attack me I wouldn’t have been able to defend myself, but now, I think I could give most people a run for their money if it came to protecting myself.

When I first started my blog I outlined my weekly routine, I’ve pretty much doubled what I started off with and it’s not easy but very rewarding, especially now that I am at the point where I am noticing physical changes. I am happy to admit that in the six months I have lost 6 kg and am half way to being back to my goal weight; its amazing how hard it is to shift the kilos once you’ve eaten too much chocolate and drank too much coffee.

I haven’t completed a beep test in a while but my last test I did do was one of the best I have ever done, in saying this I can’t stop myself from having a rant about being short and running.

WHY can’t my legs grow just for the time that I am running…I just want to make it that little bit easier to cover more distance. I watch my partner run and one of his steps is at least two of mine so by the time he is running comfortably I am sprinting. It’s not fair! I maintain the theory that, yes it requires more energy to use larger muscles BUT energy can be replenished, whereas little legs stay the same. (I know it’s more complicated than that) Has anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?

Anyway, being the end of the year I am feeling reflective on all that I have achieved and not achieved. I hope that the new year brings new challenges and more fitness gains, but most of all I wish all of word-press and beyond much luck and prosperity.

Feeling Healthy

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Where Does Your Fat Go When You Lose Weight? | IFLScience

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Where Does Your Fat Go When You Lose Weight? | IFLScience.

If there is one thing that I am actually doing a lot of these days, it is working out so one would assume fat burning goes with this right? Except, I have never stopped and asked myself where does the fat go or how is my body getting rid of it..

I’ve watched all the medical shows that there is on television, many showing the obese and the surgery/ complications that goes with having too much fat. I am always engrossed when they show liposuction or tummy tucks because of the sheer amount of fat that is generally removed-followed by being a little grossed out that there is also lumpy yellow fat inside my body.

Out of all the things I have heard on my fitness journey I have never really heard this theory about how fat is burned, the article is interesting just like IFL Science articles usually are, so take some time to see what happens to your fat when it is ‘burned’ off.

Image taken from lafitness-wordpress

Where Does Your Fat Go When You Lose Weight? | IFLScience

Your Pit Bull

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Couldn’t put it better

The Dad Letters

Dear River,

I want to tell you a story about your dog, Zoe. We found her cowering at the pound. She wasn’t barking like the other dogs. She was simply laying there, looking up at us. The tag said, “lab mix” and she was slated to be killed in a week. We fell for it, thinking we were buying a lab.

She is not a lab. She is a pit bull.

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As Zoe grew, we came to realize the pound had lied. I was scared. I felt irresponsible for letting this type of dog into my home. All of the stereotypes, preconceptions and worries filled my mind. Should I take her back? What would people think of us?

She is the definition of disenfranchised. When first time guests visit we lock her in her cage, not because she is dangerous, but because of unspoken fears. She receives wary glances from strangers as…

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Iv’e been quiet in the blogging world for a little wile now mainly because I haven’t had much to say. The last few months have been busy and full of highs and lows. My police applications have been going along and I have ‘failed’ a couple, but there is always more to apply for. I say failed in quotations because I didn’t really fail, Iv’e gained invaluable experience which I can use when I re-apply.

I’m currently applying for Tasmanian Police and will hopefully have a physical date in the new year, If anyone is from Tasmania within the police force- some info would be great! On the plus side i’m running quicker and pushing heavier weights than ever! 6 months ago I would have laughed if I knew the weight that I can bench or squat now, but its just an ongoing process really and I can’t wait to see myself in  year..hopefully with an exciting new career.

This week and for many weeks I’ve been doing my usual routine, work, gym, sleep and repeat. I am pretty boring and I am happy to admit that, during the time off within that cycle I tend to watch movies, TV shows and listen to music, however the last few days I can’t get myself over the movie Jersey Boys directed by Clint Eastwood (Its pretty damn good ❤), I saw it a wile ago but can’t really forget about it…so much so I found myself doing hill sprints (in sand) to Sherry and many of the other great songs by The Four Seasons combined with some 80’s covers and hard rock… of course!

Aside from my boring life, I think lately I have been appreciating life a little more. I had an amazing friend who died a few years ago and he still reminds me to make sure that my life is full of the things that I want because nobody knows what will happen. So today I reflect on the things that I wish, want and appreciate:

Appreciate:

All the amazing people in my life that are supporting my journey into a new career. My partner, immediate family, friends and my trainer!

The animals that wont find a home this Christmas and to the ones who do; thank you to the wonderful people whom take the time to search the shelters instead of puppy farms. I like to visit the shelters to give the animals some love, they deserve attention too.

My food, I am a coeliac and now appreciate how gross food really is, why are there sooooo many additives and fillers to food..eew!! I appreciate my fresh vegetables, fruit and meat that come from local farmers. (trying to decrease my food footprint) #lookaftertheworldandsmallbusiness

Want

I want to eat scotch fingers again with chocolate on the bottom. (can’t there be a delicious gluten free version)

I want to buy Jersey Boys on DVD

I want the modern hospitality award to go and eat itself

Wish

I wish people all the best over the holidays and to be safe, drive carefully and donate something to those less fortunate, it doesn’t have to be much

I wish to meet the entertainers that star in my favorite productions. (and authors). For example Erich Bergen- THAT MAN IS TALENTED!!

I wish training would be a little easier, why can’t weights be easy? 😛

I wish everyone to have the happiest of holidays whether it be a sunny new years or a white Christmas.

Feature Image- Cast of Jersey boys and Frankie Valli