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

My Running Socks

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Yesterday didn’t work out so well, I tried to do a beep test but I think my legs were fatigued so I didn’t get as higher score as I would have liked. I sat on my bed and was feeling a little sorry for myself and then I thought to myself what is good about today? At the moment I have a friend doing the 100 days of happiness posts on Facebook, she told me about a week ago to give it a go. I have hummed and hared about it but haven’t really wanted to start it because I thought this blog would be a better medium for me to try. Anyway, I sat on my bed and had that thought and then I realized that even though the beep test didn’t go so well I really felt comfortable, comfortable?!- you might be thinking to yourself… Yes I was comfortable because the socks I wear when I run are so damn comfy. These aren’t just any socks, these are socks by Asics (I might point out I am not one for brand names),so one day I was shopping for some workout gear( this was a wile ago now) I bought some socks, not thinking anything of it other than the fact that they were pink and looked like the kind of socks you should wear when you exercise. I tried them once and I was instantly hooked, they have a nifty pattern sewn into particular parts of the sock so they are tight in the right spots and breath really well.

Your next thought is probably ” why am I reading about socks” but your reading about socks because I am going to explain to you that I now own 10 pairs of the things on top of my work socks, fluffy winter socks, socks I brought when I was on holiday so I could participate in bowling, the socks that just cover your toes when you don’t want to show that your wearing any socks, stocking socks and some that I don’t think are mine. I think now as I am writing this that it is a lot of socks. but they all kind of have their own purpose, do you have that many? or am I the strange one here?

I find it amazing how the media and retail stores have convinced people so subliminally that we need all these different kinds of things to survive or have a functioning life; speaking from experience I am an owner of many socks as you have just found out but I also have things like, A mobile phone, a watch that connects to my phone, an alarm clock that connects to both of those things and a computer that connects to all three. WHY do I have so many things that can do almost the same job but in 4 different sized devices, I don’t really need these things, but having them makes me believe that at any point of the day I am connected to where I need to be connected to. Good job media and advertising you’ve won me over..as much as I dislike to admit that!

Anyway back to the socks, as much as I like technology and what it can do for me I have just come to the realization that my socks are an unsung hero. I never notice they are on..again just to recap they are so damn comfy, they haven’t stretched (surprisingly, because nothing seems to last anymore), they don’t dig into my skin, the colour hasn’t faded which is fantastic because I own every colour I can! and they feel like wearing clouds on my feet when I run. They are perfect.

I think I felt it was noteworthy to mention these socks because they are a truly good product out of the many thousands that I and I assume many other people have in their lives. I think it is rare in modern society to buy ‘things’ that last and do their job efficiently. My picture today is my socks just to prove that I really do have all the colours 🙂

Yesterday may not have started how I was hoping but, I started thinking about the good things that where going to happen in the day. It wasn’t just my socks- I swear 😛 I’m not that much of a wierdo. The rest of the day was looking pretty good because I also went to the gym with the boyfriend and later that night I was basking in some culture watching the Australian Dance Theater perform their new choreography called Multiverse. It was overall a good night and the performance was quite good however not as good as their last one that I saw which was called G, that was phenomenal! I also at dinner at my favorite restaurant, the dessert was amazing it was a Orange, Allspice, dark-rum panna cotta, with salted caramel and a macadamia nut crumb. Delish!

I thank my friend who has told me to pick out the good things in the day, It helps you forget the bad things and changes your whole thinking in just a matter of time. I dare you to give it a go. I also thank my partner for the words of encouragement to try harder and do better next Saturday (another beep test).

Have  a great day everyone, I hope you enjoyed reading about my socks.
 

 

Good Day, Kind Sir!

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Hello everybody! 

This will be a short post, its just to outline that today is a rest day, but I also have volunteer commitments. These volunteer commitments added a whole new dimension to my life, being able to help those in need is just so much fun, I’m providing food for families that wouldn’t normally be able to buy anything. 

The first activity of the night is the soup kitchen, the local community which is in a demographic that is quite poor, come together and are fed fresh hot soup, drinks, and sweets.

The second activity involves receiving donations from companies such as OZ Harvest, these companies pick up food from various business’, these business’ donate their left over food that hasn’t been sold (Providing its fresh or long life) as well as donations from organisations such as TAFE whom donate all the cooking the students make, this food is then dropped of to the various Fred’s Van locations and I assume other volunteer networks.The food that has been delivered is then packaged up into many bags FULL of fresh and long life food, these packages are given to each of the community members who turn up. I think that Fred’s Van is a fantastic initiative, one that provides for families for not just one night but food for the whole next week. 

The volunteer work that I am doing now was introduced to me by a colleague from another department in my work,  I had been looking to take on some volunteer work for a wile and she said to me to come along one Friday night… so I did and I love every minute of it. I have also been looking for another organisation to start with, one of which is the Guide Dogs SA, I hopefully will sign up with them if i can work out the days with my own workplace. 

Anyway if you have some spare time please look at the links provided. It only takes a few moments but even if it adds just one more person to volunteer network or even a small donation of food, It makes it all worth wile. 

 

Have A Great Day!

Photo is taken from SA Gide Dogs.

 

I [ insert adjective here ] Math

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Do you like mathematics?

I have a love hate relationship with maths..

I Love it because when I complete questions involving maths I feel accomplished and like some part of me is a little bit intelligent, you know..I get a big head, for doing things that are probably considered easy, not really. 

AND 

I Hate it because sometimes I look at the problems on a practice aptitude test and think… OH DEAR ME, I haven’t done this since high school. #brainmeltdown #howamIevergoingtodothis

Lucky for me my partners father was a teacher (in his previous career), and he has helped me to understand a lot more that I thought I could. I understand why he would have been a good teacher; because he has the right temperament and patience. 

The books I received yesterday are quite difficult,  the math inside of them isn’t as easy as I expected, even though the math located on the SAPOL aptitude practice sheet is no where near as difficult, I am still doubting myself. This just means A LOT more practice. 

I did manage to go through some of the reading comprehension tests and managed to get 41/50 right so that made me happy, I know I can do even better on that because at the time I was also making dinner.

Anyway, math has always been an issue for me, I have always tried my hardest at it and it just doesn’t seem to click with me like it does with some other people, which is okay because I still can understand some of it but I also know I have strengths in other areas that other people aren’t so strong in. 

If anyone on here has some tips, by all means send them my way! I am open for any help I can get.

Today I also have my next PT session, so I’m ready for a hard day, I am hoping to get in another 10 minutes earlier on my usual time to do an extra activity that my PT has asked to do before I start with him.

My session will look something like this:

3:50: arrive and spend 15 Minutes on a treadmill or cross-trainer to warm up, 

4:05: Start stretching for 15 minutes (full body stretching)

4:20: (New) add in a grip strengthening activity, which is going to be a roll of bamboo with a long string tied around it with a weight on the end that you roll up and down, this also works my forearms and it burns!!

4:30: PT session, is a full body weights work out.

5:00: Cardio, I am aiming to beat the 26 minutes of fartlek I did last session and do the whole 30 minutes or more If i can, However I won’t be disappointed because some days I don’t run as well as others because I think? that my legs are still recovering from weights and what not and being fatigued. 

5:30/5:40: Stretch for another 15 or 20 Mintues

6:00 Eat protein or drink a Chocolate milk. 

AND Drink lots of water, My trainer advises to drink at least 2.5Lt of water a day, and If im doing a work out to add an additional 500ml. There was an equation he said to use which was something like for every kilo of body weight you must drink 0.05lt of water. That’s not exactly right because I cant quite remember but it was similar, does anyone know it? 

The picture I have on this blog today is a image of one of the maths questions, I feel it is appropriate for this post. The book is Norman Halls, 2nd Edition, Police Exam preparation book, revised and updated, 2003. 

 

Have a great day/night everyone 🙂

 

 

 

The changes to me

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Good Morning Folks,

Today I am going to write a bit a bout myself, I have previously written about the events leading up to my decision to join the police force, but today I feel it necessary to tell you the stats of which I started at and where I am at now. 

Me, Myself and I, started this journey weighing just over 62kg, I am 152cm short and I was feeling tired a lot and I couldn’t be bothered with wanting to do general activities. I have never been majorly over weight but enough to feel sluggish and heavy. I knew when I made the decision to join the police it would mean a big change if it meant achieving the 6.10 beep test score (Also, does anybody know if on the day of the fitness examination do they stop you at the 6.10 or keep you going until you conk out?). I had previously been fit, at one stage I applied for the ADF (about three years ago) I passed everything except the Asthma test which I failed by 2%, I tried for a year to re do that test on numerous puffers that I was prescribed, until one brought on a sort of asthma attack, so it scared me a little and I stopped trying. It was almost a blessing because I enrolled in an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality which pushed me to my limits, it originally was a three year course which has been condensed down to a year and a half, I was doing 16 subjects a semester and it was one of the hardest studies I have ever undertaken. I am much better of for it though it completely re opened my brain up :P. 

I currently am 58kg, still 152cm short  but I don’t think that will change any time soon, I’m turning 23 this year, and now when I wake up in the morning I generally have more energy and have a new found confidence in the future. I know that if i stick to what I am doing it will get even better I just wish It would happen faster, but in reality It will take time. I believe someone once said Patience is a virtueI am still learning this. 

I hope everyone has a great day! I’ve been thinking of doing another run today, however i wanted to run outside instead of in the gym, but there is severe weather warnings… still contemplating it though. Ill see how i go.

Goodbye for now. 🙂

P.S. The Photo attached with this blog, is what my police prep book looks like, it is very useful!