Sunday, 29 March 2009

Day 1

Ok so Day 1!

My oh my here we go

Got up at 11am - early for a Sunday, but if I oversleep then I cant get to bed before midnight and then Mondays are oh so very painful. :s Urgh mondays

Had a nice little Sunday breakfast (2 slices of granary toast, with light butter, and thin slices of turkey ham, sorry no picture, i was sleepy :S). Gooffed around online for a while, had a small cup of instant coffee - no sugar, sweetener or milk, just plain. And then debated what time I should be hitting the road...

Had a medium banana, and a cup of green team at 2pm, folded my clean laudry, looked for my fleece for 10' - and found it!, put my gear on and hit the road around 2.30pm. I'm lucky enough to live in a residential area, and I often see runners around - didnt feel like too much of an alien... So my route today will be my house to the 2nd nearest tube station - this is normally a 12' walk (I walk quickly). The book said:
60sec run
3min walk
and repeat 5 times

As I run to the station and back, I'm not sure how many time i repeated, I guess it was 5 or 6. The first 5' passed quickly and then the pain set in. The back of my throat hurt like I wouldnt break, the underside of my feet hurt like I'm getting blisters under the arch of my feet, my hands were cold.... oh I so wished I was sitting on my couch watching Lost (mmm sawyer.... )

But I braved through, and made it to the station and back, took me around 30' net time. Twas ok and not too painful in the end, even though the underside of my feet is now pink and feels blister-y (not sure if that's a word!). Had a nice long shower, heated up some of yesterday's lentil soup (hmmm soup :D) and on the couch I hop!

For dinner I had about 2 schoops of unbaked cookie dough - oh god it's sooo good and yummy. I make these soft cookies to bring to my colleagues, and they go like hotcakes literally, I dont always manage to get any, there are none left by the time I'm hungry!

Watched some bad Sunday TV (even with Sky, there doesnt seem to be much one, except a couple of episodes of CSI and Law & Order, which are repeats from the week).... Bed, my darling bed here I come, good night

PS. My feet hurt :(

Saturday, 28 March 2009

The beginning...

Reason for blogging #1: Discipline!

I wanna get fitter, stronger, be less of a couch-potato and more of a i'll-have-that-in-a-smaller size-tato :) so I need all you nice folks out there reading my efforts, commenting on them and encouraging me to go on!

But lets start from the basics...

I'm a 24-year-old Greek living in London. Been here for 7+ years and I'm loving it. Well... mostly loving it. I miss Athens's sunshine, the fact that I wouldn get coffee at 11pm and food at 4am. But oh well, 9 out of 10 times London's worth it. This town makes you feel alive, like anything is possible, like your big chance is right around the corner. This is pretty much the way it's been for me since 2002 when I moved here.

And now 7 years later, after getting my degree, some work experience, my masters and now my first graduate job, some of the magic has worn off but the allure remains. Few things can compare with walking alongside South Bank at sunset, the view from Canary Wharf Tower, moving through the crowds at Saturday's Portobello Market... oh I could go on.

Instead I'll come right to the point, the reason behind this blog. My weight. Like I said, I'm Greek. And that comes at a price. Yes, I have (what my Brit friends call) a natural tan. Yes, I have a great immediate and extended family, i.e. more cousins that I can count (I'm sure you've all seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding so I neednt continue...). However, I got a very Mediterranean body type, which needs regular exercice to remain slim (or slim-er). If I let go, it lets me let go too :(. I never was a could-eat-whatever-she-wants-and-is-as-slim-as-a-string-bean type of gal, but this isnt right either my physique at the moment, it doesnt feel good either. And as I am an obsessive person, with everything, including foods, places and people, I'm really keen in making this work!

Since I started full-time work, a desk and pc job, exercise seems to have taken the backseat, or no seat at all! Recently I discovered I have put on a full 10 kilos (!!!) - as I discovered today that is 22 pounds aka A LOT - since the summer of 2006 and if that isnt dreadful then I dont know what is. My goal is to lose that, return to my natural weight and that's where running comes into the equation (I hope!). I was hoping to post some current pictures and show the differences week-by-week, but Im a bit camera shy so I guess that will have to wait.

So today I went out there got myself some great running shoes (maximum support as I have feet that are as flat as a pancake), a decent sports bra, 2 booking on running (insert title here), packed my fridge with fruit, veg, nuts, seeds, lean meats, and determination, and off we go!

I intend to publish my daily routing (both running and eating) and let's hope this will get me somewhere! Looking forward to your comments and I promise most blogs will be shorter than this!

xx Kiki