Thursday, October 28, 2010

Heart Rate Zone

Been doing some research and my Heart Rate Zone (HRZ) to lose weight, for my statistics, should be between 121-138 for at least 30mins each day. This means that I'll have to add 10mins to my daily walk time as I can reach 121HB/min in the first 5mins then I'll need 5mins to cool out when I finish. Took the timepiece today and discovered that climbing hills puts me in the 138+Hb/min zone so I'll have to be careful I don't do this for more than about 5-7mins at a time at this early stage or I could stress my heart too much! Think I'll have to check out prices for a heart rate monitor to make it easier to keep track of.

Hillwork

Lol, I missed a couple of walks these last few days and almost missed one last night when I answered the phone to a chatty old friend. I didn't have the heart to hang up on him though as he's recently had major surgery, lives on his own over an hour's drive from us in a remote area and his licence has been taken off him until the cardiologist clears him from future 'incidents'. I think the poor old guy's a bit lonely :(.
So I had to race the dark for my exercise and consequently arrived back in 25 minutes but considering where I walked to I'm curious to measure the distance as I must have been doing a power walk and the last 200m or so is up a bendy hill to our gate. That hill tried me out as I had to slow but not interrupt my 'walking rhythm' I get into. I didn't need to stop though :). Also finding that I'm covering more ground in the same time so I'll stay with 30min exercise sessions and not bother forcing myself to do distances. Any regular exercise is better than none!
I've added long neglected exercises back into my routine too...pelvic floor exercises. Lol, I've discovered many places I can do these exercises without interrupting my daily routine :P. My back doesn't become quite as sore when I've been sitting/standing for long periods now as my abdominal muscles are supporting me more.
I'm into the routine of 2 litres or more of fluids a day so I don't have to think about it any more. Starting to feel quite energetic the last couple of days so something good must be happening :D.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Roadwork

When the paddock is too soggy to walk in, except in gumboots, then I walk along the road. As I can do so safely it doesn't matter what time in the day I walk. Two nights ago I noticed the sky when  I neared the gate coming home and couldn't go inside quick enough for the camera.
The full moon reflected in a dam near the house. It looks more impressive in a larger size but it was gorgeous.

Today I thought I'd take the camera with me and let everyone have a view of what the racehorses see when they do roadwork, *lol* minus the dog as she's just my company when I walk. The first set is going away from the farm. Apart from the 1st photo, taken near the mailbox,  each successive photo is taken from the point where the previous one finishes. Final photo is looking from the road across the neighbour's property.

 This set is going home and some views of our farm on the way. Final photo is the farmyard and the corrugated roof surrounded by trees is the house.
I do hope you've enjoyed your walk with me and please keep the comments coming :D!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

....and walking

Still managing over 2 litres of fluids a day and at least one litre of water. Missed my 30 minute walk today as the weather beat me to it and it started raining again. Lol, if I hadn't been cutting out fabrics I might have noticed the darkening sky! Think I'll have to walk early in the mornings as this afternoon rain seems to be developing into a habit. I have to remember to stop and eat when I craft as I become engrossed in what I'm doing and an hour or so can slip by unnoticed :O.

Friday, October 22, 2010

They're off!!

I started the day with a cup of water. I dislike drinking water, unless it has at least 8 year old Glenfiddich with it and ice cubes, but as thoroughbreds are barred from stimulants in their diet  I 'spose I'll have to refrain as well. He he.
As I'm a heavy tea drinker I made myself a deal today that for every cup of tea I have I must have a cup of water. It worked quite well as I had 4 of each and that makes 2 litres of fluids plus I had a cup of milk through the day, with my cereal and in the cups of tea, and  the last cup of V8 juice in the carton. I know you're supposed to drink 2 litres of water a day but for me to drink 2 litres of anything in a day is almost unheard of so I think I'm doing well. I've also lowered my tea intake so that's good for my liver :D.
The rain was looming again about midday so rather than wait to see if it happened I grabbed Flash, my currently fat Border Collie, and we did a brisk 30 minute walk around the top paddock. I don't know who was puffing more when we finished but she had a swim in the dam and I needed a shower and we just missed being caught in the rain!
Apart from eating regular meals and switching from bread to crackers (rice, corn or whole grains) I'm not changing my diet much as I already use very little butter, and never on sandwiches/crackers, don't have sugar in tea or on cereals and have discovered from past experience that when I try to diet and exercise I am forever feeling hungry. Feeling hungry makes me irritable which is hard on my family and the temptation to cheat and just treat myself to a naughty thing every now and then becomes irresistible and I cheat at least once every day.  I know this because I've kept journals and I reread them when I decided to try this...again.
Lol, nothing like knowing your own bad habits. It's breaking them that's difficult. So I'll exercise and increase it steadily and review my efforts on....you got it....Melbourne Cup Day!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Old Gray Mare.......

well, not quite as there's a long way to go before I'm that gray. There is the problem though of having been in a good paddock for too long. When you're standing around grazing it has to go somewhere and I'm lucky to get up a good trot these days let alone run at full speed :(.
If I was a horse I'd be sent to the doggers (knackery) as my fetlocks (ankles) are stiff, my knees lock sometimes and the sway in my back is definitely showing. So I've decided to follow Lucky's lead and get back on the track.......to healthy eating and exercise. I'm a bit too long in the tooth for trying to jockey in the Melbourne Cup but my own horse will breathe easier when I get on his back if he's carrying a lighter handicap. I know he's a sook but he didn't have to groan when I scrambled into the saddle last time I rode him!
I need to treat this as fun because if I think of it as a chore or a must do then I'll fail again. Like Lucky I need to do something for myself and I've set myself a little challenge that I'll let you in on when I think I've lost enough condition to have a try.
Lol, if I know my daughter there will be photos and I'll post some of them so you can all laugh with me at how it looks.
Tomorrow starts Day 1 of my 'Melbourne Cup' so I'm in the barriers ready to start.