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

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

the newest idea

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Hi everyone, 

I haven’t written on here in a wile so I just wanted to post an update as to where I am. The last time I did the beep test I didn’t do so well, I am still training like usual, for those of you who haven’t read my blog before it usually consists of two days of personal training (full body weights) and then a minimum of 20 minutes cardio. I then try to do cardio and weights another two times a week, on top of a job which is also physically demanding. Lately I have been trying to find my groove, I feel like I fell out of place a little after training so well for weeks and then  not competing the beep test to the score I intended. On top of having a lack of motivation I also had sprained calf muscles which meant I couldn’t run for a week and a half, I am now only just working back into running. Having sprained calf muscles allowed me to try some different cardio workouts like- interval training on a bike and the rowing machine. I found it exciting to be doing different exercises but it didn’t take me long to realize how much I had started to enjoy my running sessions. 

The last beep test I did, my legs felt heavy and didn’t want to go any faster, I thought that doing the intervals on the bike would help- at least wile my calves were recovering but I knew something had to change to be able to move my legs faster. My partner had a brilliant idea of looking up the Km/h to the level on the beep test, I did and the result was really helpful which you can find here. I now know that to reach level 7 I have to be able to run 11.5 km/h for at least 7.5 minutes. I want to be able to go over level 7 which means to do this comfortably I should be running at 12-12.5 km/h for an extended period of 10 minutes or more…am I right?

I put this theory to the test last night- I figured because I was doing fartlek at 6 km/h for two minutes and then 9 km/h for another two lasting for 48 minutes I thought I would start practicing flat out sprinting at 10 km/h for as long as I could last, I only managed to hold the sprint for 2 minutes. I was slightly disappointed but I could feel during that period that my lungs weren’t struggling until the last 30-40 seconds, which meant my lungs weren’t to bad (in my eyes anyway), I figured the time would have been a lot worse if my lungs were giving out straight away. I tried the sprints a few more times with walking in-between, the times looked as followed: 
1. walk for 2 minutes

2. run at 7 km/h for 1 minute

3. Sprint for 2 Minutes

4. walk for 1.5 or 2 minutes

5. run at 7 km/h for 1 minute

6. Sprint for 1.5 minutes

7. walk for 1.5 or 2 minutes

8. run at 7 km/h for 1 minute

9. sprint for 1 minute (I tried to go longer but couldn’t)

10. walk for 1.5 or 2 minutes

11. run at 7 km/h for 1 minute

12. sprint for just under 2 minutes

13. walk for 2 minutes

14. sprint for 1

15. walk for 1

16. sprint for 1.5

and walk to cool down. 

I was impressed with my first attempt at the sprints. I think by doing this for a few weeks and hopefully upping the speed as I go I will be at the level I want to be in no time. I usually like running outside more, however in recent weeks I have found the treadmill to be helpful in the fact that I can monitor the speed closely and guarantee myself that I am running at an increased level.

I hope this makes sense to anyone reading!! I understand It is a little bit of a ramble, but If I don’t get it out I feel as if others might miss out on something they may not have previously thought of. 

Anyway, Have a great day/ night everyone 🙂

 *the feature image is by Alex Pardee, It makes me feel like this is what my writing resembles 😛 

As an after thought, I found this really great website on eating Protein, it dismisses the myths especially for females who are scared to eat it. 

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 🙂