Triathon training week 18

This week was a little bit more relaxed for me. On Tuesday I rode 21.4 km for 55 mins. And then Wednesday there was no ride but a run down to St Kilda. It was about 7-8km of a hard run. It was in the after work crowd so of course there was a bit of stopping.

 

Then Thursday and Friday I rode 22km and 20km respectively within that hour. I am slowly building up the speed in my legs which is great.

This week was a little bit cooler and I was at a conference for most of the week hence I was able to work on the nutrition. Here I was able to have more water but as a result of being invited to restaurants, I drank a little bit more alcohol.

I watched the Run for Hope race and it was all fine. Had a hotdog whilst there.

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Sunday’s long run of 20km started out rusty but in the end, it was just fine.  The run started at Flinders st and ended up in Southbank. Here we went onto St Kilda Road, St Kilda, Port Melbourne and back. At 12 pm I was hungry but then I just ran and ran. I tried a Minozone water at 7-11 and it wasn’t too sweet even though it had 18g of sugar. Lunch was at Lentils.

In the end though I was tired from all that running and I sweated a bit.


National diabetes week and what I ate that week

National Diabetes week is on from the 12th of February to the 18th of Feb. This week is in recognition of people living with Diabetes.

Living with Diabetes is no fun as you cannot have any refined sugars. This week suited me perfectly as I am quitting sugar for Febfast.

Many places sell cakes and other sweet things which do not have stevia in them, but refined sugar.

I was at a conference all this week so I tried to stay away from anything sugary or sweet. Instead, I had either savory food or went to Shape up as their shakes are diabetes-friendly (they use stevia instead of sugar)! But everything else had sugar in them so it was no fun watching everyone else eat sugar. And avoiding everything.

Shrove day was on Tuesday and instead of having the usual sugary pancakes at Pancake parlor, I went for plain and had it with bacon and sauteed mushroom.

On Thursday I went for my breakfast burrito at a place called Invita at the market. Here they have no sauces and cater for those that have diabetes. At the launch of a new restaurant and bar, I went for things without sauce. Like the hotdogs where you can add the sauce. I didn’t add any in mine.

On Friday I did not eat anything fried. Instead, I had pasta and that’s it.

And Saturday I had a homemade dessert which did not have a lot of processed sugars.


Priceline health tracker week 4

I have gotten 80% in the lifestyle score. I have put on some weight but that is due to hormonal changes. I now currently sit at 51kgs and with a BMI of 19.1. My heart age is 21 years and I am now 33 years old. My station score is 9.4 meaning that I am in good health. My body fat is now 23.2% which is just right for me. My sleep is still at 47% but that’s because I had a few humid nights last week.

 

This week’s program is all about breakfast and portioning. I always have breakfast everyday and every day it seems to be either bread, cereal, oats or muesli. Occasionally I will have an egg or two. In order to maintain a healthy weight, one must eat breakfast always.

My portions are always small as I eat at home most of the time. I have about 8 to 12 small meals a day as I am training hard.

Then we started to learn about the importance of sleep and stress. Too little sleep and it equals to more stress and anxiety. Too much sleep and it causes disturbances.


Lets move 365: Getting the most out of your membership

Are you always intimidated at the gym? Do you always need to find something to do or a motivation to be there? Finding the motivation can be a challenge for people especially during the winter mornings.

Yes gyms can be very expensive and after one month people will quit going there.

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Do gym classes

They are a great way to get to know people and get to know how to use the stuff. The gym will have a class or two to suit to suit everyone. I love my cycle classes but there are other ones like HIIT and pilates.

Do use the free weights

They are there for all people. Try a lighter weight until you are more comfortable. And if you don’t know how to use them ask someone at the gym to help you.

Do utilize the free days and samples. They are there for everyone and you gym only use companies and brands which they know are good for you.

 

Do commit to a few sessions a week- what is the point of buying an expensive membership if you will not commit to a few sessions. Make sure that you can commit

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make friends with the other goers. The other regular goers can mentor you in best ways to exercise and live healthily.

Talk to someone about your goals and share your successes online. Set up an Instagram account if you need to


How much water do I need to drink per day

Water is important for vital body functions. It is important for runners to be able to take on enough water throughout their long and short runs. Or otherwise you’ll end up dehydrated or bonking.

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Most amateur athletes don’t drink enough water. Most of them only drink about 1L.

You should drink enough water and water is free all over Melbourne. At many major events there is a water tank for people to fill up their water bottles. Whether it’d be at home or at work. Or at uni. Do carry a 1L-2L bottle of water with you everywhere you go.

 

If you don’t like water why not have aloe or Herbalife’s tea? Or you can put fruits in it.

 


Coca Cola and why it is bad for you

The rate of obesity in Australia is about 70% and it is growing year by year. The health industry costs taxpayers a lot of money.

At the Royal Children’s hospital, there are lots of Coke products on sale. Here many patients, visitors and hospital staff all rely on Cola to keep them awake or cool on hot days.

Coca-cola has too much sugar and caffeine and that is not good for you. Why? Sugar is bad for your teeth and body and caffeine can keep you awake at night. Moreso too much caffeine is bad for the cortisol levels in your body leaving you higher and higher to stress. Too much of this with little or no exercise leads to the obesity problem.

Most people got diabetes from drinking too much every day

Experts say that it can cause weak bones. And for the ladies, it makes PMS worse.

If we were to use it for Ironman it would be ok as it gives the athletes a lot of energy and we need that energy. We need that sugar to keep us going. But for a regular, non-athletic person, drinking Coke all the time would be bad.

In short: please skip the Coke at the supermarket and instead drink plain water.


The big SLF

We go here every year and every year it’s at the same place in Birrang Marr. So this year we’d thought it would be more appropriate to have drinks there.

The big SLF aims to educate people about healthy and sustainable living and that is what we do here. It is over three days and there are three days of workshops and healthy eating to be had. And of course, there were prizes to be won.

On Friday that we went it was not busy. It was very quiet. Here they have a bar which is run by Bright Brewery. The beer is amazing and like other festivals, they have their reusable cups. The Kombucha cart had their reusable cup system too and if you bring yours back they will give you a dollar.

The beer went well with Wokking Amazing’s Peking duck. It was $13 per plate but they have big serves. And of course, the duck is vegan. You order and you pay and then they will give you a number. And you wait five to ten minutes for your meal to be freshly cooked.

The zebra dream ice cream is great. Here these ice creams have natural sugar in them which is good for Febfast. Here I had the choc mint and it was very minty. But very expensive at $5 a pop.

Do come to this amazing festival next year and you can learn a lot


Week three of the Priceline health tracker

My results are the same ole 79% for health and my heart age has gone up to 25 years. I wonder why. My weight is excellent but my cholesterol and sleep pulls it down. This week I have been having about 3-4 times of week of eggs.

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This week’s theme was all about eating outside. By that we mean food court food. This week we had to pick a shopping centre and analyze its food court. I picked Highpoint because I have been there many times. Now Highpoint doesn’t have the most nutritious food, but for lunch I picked sushi from Sushi Sushi. I know that they don’t have the best of sushi but I had an Entertainment book voucher so I used that.

Highpoints offerings are often high carb and high in sugar. If I had to pick five healthy places, I would pick Sushi sushi in the fresh food area, T2, Saigon square, Soul Origin and Top juice for their salads. Other than that nothing else.

T2 has these ready to go iced teas which don’t have any sugar.

I was asked to think about some social situations involving food. At a cocktail party I would have two canapes and one to two drinks and then leave after that. I don’t really have a mother in law so I would skip that. As for a coffee with a friend I would just have a coffee with no sugar and maybe share a healthy dish. At a business meeting I would just have fruit or nothing but coffee. Or half a cake if they have. At a conference I would just opt to bring in my own food. That way I can have some control.

 

I went to bed around 11pm didn’t fully go to sleep until 12am as it was so cold. Tuesday and Wednesday nights were really humid and I did not sleep so well. I had about 12 hours sleep in total for those two nights. And then Thursday night I slept alright. I was really low in cholesterol. It takes about a month for cholesterol to improve.

This week on the stress side of things we learnt about resilience and being positive and hopeful. Doing a marathon requires a certain amount of resilience and requires mental toughness.  Can I persevere through any challenges? I can at times but sometimes I get overwhelmed. Do I have a support network for the gym? And the answer’s yes. So far I have been moody due to a bad night’s sleep.

Do I have a sense of purpose and meaning? The answer’s no and here is something that I can work on.


Week 17 of the triathlon

This Tuesday rode 34km in one hour and half and burnt 607 calories. My speed was somewhere between 20-31km per hour. My heart rate is somewhere between 100-172 in the time that I do the ride, but then afterwards it stays that way for about an hour and half. But by Friday it was much better. It went down to 70rpm.

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At North Melbourne I played with the blue bikes for a while whilst waiting for the train. I reckon I need to work on the balance. I sometimes lose my balance.

On Friday I rode 21.1km within 55mins and Wednesday I rode 22km. Friday’s ride was a bit slow as I was pretty tired. But my run on Friday was 8km and it was ok. Had sore legs afterwards. Wednesday’s stretching was fine.

Need to work on the nutrition side of things as I am always hungry and tired. I can’t work out how to sleep well in the humidity and I am a heavy sweater. Therefore I need to work out the water for the summer.


The Danish Girl- movie review

The Danish Girl is such a wonderful and moving story. It is based on a true story. The photography is just beautiful and there are some scenes that make you cry. It stars Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander as the artist couple.  It is set in 1920’s in beautiful Copenhagen. It starts off with an art exhibition and the celebration of Einar’s latest work and being in the top one. They are both drunk. Einar and Gerda are a loving couple of husband and wife with no kids.

“She propositioned me” Einar.

As soon as Gerda gives Einar the dress, the stockings, and the shoes- he starts to become interested in becoming a lady. He watches Gerda undress whilst in bed and takes off the stockings. He touches her in her private parts. “I’m your wife. I know everything” She says.

There is nudity, especially in the bed. They have sex and Einar is wearing lady’s undergarments. They have sex and later on Gerda sketches him in the bed.

Gerda is such a great sketcher. When she showed the buyer at the gallery he was happy and he wanted them.

Lili is so pretty. Prettiness is mentioned a lot in the movie.

Self-identity is another theme as Einar/Lili’s identity is questioned. It is questioned by Henrik and then by himself. Einah/Lili kisses Henrik and he wants her. Lili doesn’t know what she wants and then is confused. Infidelity is talked about here when Henrik kissed Lili and Einar tells Gerda. In my online journalism course, self-identity is talked about.

Henrik kisses Lili at the party and that brought Einar to question himself and get confused about his sexuality.

Einah collapses and is taken to the hospital. Einah has a chemical imbalance. He gets radiation.

The art gallery in Paris wants Gerda and she goes. Everyone loves the paintings that Gerda does. Whilst there he paints and becomes Lili again. And Gerda paints Lili again.

Then one night at the exhibition Gerda feels alone without Einah. “We do these things together”, Gerda. She is hurt and wanted her husband, but Lili could not do that. Gerda falls in love with Hans.

Einah finds out that he is homophobic and is bashed in the street by two guys. He is also schizophrenic and the doctors cannot help him. He is a woman inside. Then he gets a sex change operation which means letting Einah go.

Lili moves back to Copenhagen and she gets a job in a retail store. She is so skinny. And they all get along.

In the end, Einah and Lili die due to complications with the surgery. This scene really moved me to tears.