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Down on the Prom

This weekend was the ANZAC day long weekend so we thought we would take advantage of the extra day and head off down to Wilsons promontory with the family and husb mum.

Husb mum is really into walking/hiking type stuff and given that she abandoned any plans to train for her coastal walk taking place in May in order to drop everything pretty much last minute to fly across the world (she hates flying) in order to help us out we thought it was our duty to put her to work give her the training opportunities she needed to be ready for her event.

Wilsons Promontory or Wilsons Prom as it is more commonly known, is located in the Gippsland Region of Victoria, approximately 3 hours from Melbourne. Read more…

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From fat to fit Week 17 (14.04.14)

 

My life is a bit like this at the moment but I am beginning to tip the balance (I think).
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Tuesday
Zumba Class
TVA session afterwards

Wednesday
I was very tired and really not in the mood at all but I did manage
10 min side stepper warm up
Bosu balance squats with 3kg weight X10 2 sets
Bosu weights hammer curl 3kg weight X10 2 sets
Bosu chest flys 3kg weight X10 2 sets
TVA Exercises

Saturday
I finally managed to make a *triumphant*!#! return  to parkrun.
For those not in the know, parkrun is a free timed 5km run that started off in the UK and now takes place in many destinations Australia wide as well as other destinations worldwide.

You can find local parkruns in your area by clicking

here for parkrun UK

here for parkrun Australia

here to find out if parkrun operates in your country

It’s been a while so I took husb along with me for moral support as I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to do it and didn’t want everyone to have gone home before I finished.
I thought that this would be a good start to my half marathon training giving me a base to start from.

Now it may *look* like I am standing still but I can assure you I WAS running! Honest.

Now it may *look* like I am standing still but I can assure you I WAS running! Honest.

I found it ok and managed to get round in 35 minutes so certainly not very fast and waaaay off my fastest time BUT I ran it all and that was my aim. At least I have a starting point now and I can work my way onwards and upwards from this point.

We also took the kids swimming in the afternoon (first time for baby Bear) and I managed to fit a sneaky 10 lengths in.

Sunday
TVA Exercises

All in all a pretty great week as far as achievements go I think.

From Fat to Fit – What have I done?

Since the birth of my second baby I have been humming along with my exercise. In the very early weeks post partum I took things very easily, so while getting active, I was also careful to ensure that I was not pushing it too hard too soon.

Even though on some days I felt like I could do more I made sure that I reigned it in so that I didn’t damage my body which was, and still is, healing and repairing itself from pregnancy and labour. This is all without factoring in the broken sleep and extremely demanding 3 year old.

Anyway I have felt for a while that although I am happy to be getting active again I need something to spur me on and keep me going, so that in those times when I really really don’t feel like doing anything, I pretty much have to whether I want to or not.

So I went and found myself a goal.

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From fat to fit Week 16 (07.04.14)

I’ve gone great guns this week and feel pretty pleased with myself (and a bit achy if I’m honest).

So – on to this weeks regime.

Tuesday– Thanks to mother-in-law babysitting I managed to get to my Zumba class again. I followed this with completing my core program with TVA exercises. You can read more about how to exercise correctly post pregnancy from http://www.pregnancyexercise.co.nz

Wednesday – I managed to get to the gym to do an actual gym workout for the first time in months.
Treadmill 30 mins interval pyramid walking/jogging/running training
Core TVA exercises
3kg weighted lunges Rx12 Lx12
3kg shoulder press x 10
3kg chest fly x 10
3kg deadlifts x1 Read more…

From Fat to Fit Week 15 (31.03.14)

I think I am starting to get my mojo back finally as I managed quite a lot of exercise this week. Still eating crap but that’s another story.

Tuesday
5.5K round the lake with baby Bear in the pram 2 mins walk 2 mins run all the way round. I find that this way I don’t feel so daunted by setting out to run 5.5K as that seems too much. If I break it down into 2 minute chunks then I find that I cover more distance than I think I am going to and it doesn’t seem as hard and before I know it I have finished. So I will stick with that for a while and build up my running again slowly  so that I don’t injure myself.

Wednesday
The original plan was to go to the gym in the morning but due to a smashed car window incident (not my fault) I had to cancel. I more than made up for it though by walking all the way (uphill) to the Bears kinder with the Bear and baby Bear in the double pram to drop him off and then walking back home and then doing the whole thing again. There are a lot of hills so it was pretty hard work with both of them.

Thursday
Our car was still unsafe to drive so I had to walk again and catch the tram to pick up the Bear.

Friday
Husbs mum and I took the kids to the park. I ran alongside the Bear on his bike and we then did the zipwire and climbing wall at the park.

Sunday
We all headed out to Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenong Ranges and ended up doing a 7.5k hike round the forest complete with pram. It was a bit precarious in places and pretty steep so it was hard going, but between the 3 adults, myself, husb and his mum, we managed to get the kids round every way we could.

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imageimageI could feel my thighs and glutes burning as I pushed the pram uphill so I had better have buns of steel by the end!

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Think I am going to be aching tomorrow!

My progress so far . . .

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