Best laid plans.

I’ve been a busy bunny!

I mentioned in my last blog how I’d downloaded a training plan, bought a new sports bra(essential believe me!) and joined a slimming club.

The next weekend I tackled the garage, a bit of a clear out and got Buddy all set up – facing a counter on which I’m planning to put a TV set, ready for my winter training.

The slimming club is going well. I’ve joined weight watchers and I’m doing a programme called ‘flex’  where I get 23 points to spend per day and and extra 23 that you can use at any time during the week.

Foods like fruit, vegetables, fat free yoghurt and lean meat have zero points, so if you are hungry you can always have a chicken salad or some yoghurt and fruit, so there’s no need to be hungry. The points are to use for basically carbs and treats. So a slice of wholemeal bread is 2 points, a teaspoon of butter is 2 points, a slice of M&S carrot cake is 27 points……! So you get the picture! You can save up all your points if you want that piece of cake – you just can’t have one every day! After a slow start I have started to lose weight in a slow steady way, and the body fat % is coming down too.

The running has been a bit up and down – and I’m not referring to the hills! Highs have been enjoying the beautiful countryside and good weather! Sometimes though I just go out for a little one and I don’t take my phone, so no new pictures.

Lows? Well last week I had an attack of BPPV ( benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) whilst out running. I had the strange experience of my head and eyes trying to run down a path but my body veering off to the left! My first though was ‘oh no I’m having a stroke!’ But a quick check of waving my hands around in front of my face assured me that I didn’t have a hemianopia and so I turned around and staggered back home.  When I was no better the next day I finally got around to googling  Epley manoeuvres and after a bit of rolling around on the bed it subsided.

So today will be my first run for a week.

Other good news?

My teenage son has been strong armed into the school cross country group. Yeessss! Of course he wouldn’t volunteer. He opted out of rugby and his idea of playing cricket is sitting somewhere near the boundary pretending to be a fielder. Fortunately his teachers have worked out that offering him a choice is no good and that my boy, loves physics and lives by Newton’s first law ‘an object remains at rest unless acted upon by a force’. Hence he was told that he was doing cross country and although he won’t volunteer to say so I can tell that he loves it. They take them out and about in the minibus and they go running up the local fells, so he’s already done beacon fell a couple of times and last week they ran up Pendle hill. I know he loves it because he actually tells me about it😊 I’m so pleased because I know now that he will be a runner for life.

Preston Parkrun may 31stThis is 4 years ago now! He’s a lot taller than me now, maybe now he knows that he could thrash me at parkrun he might be willing to go!


About mawil1

Hi my name is julie and I took up running at the age of 46! Hence 'mawil' Middle Aged Woman In Lycra. I did it at first because someone asked me to do a charity run with them. I couldn't run at all, but pride wouldn't let me be seen to be unable to run so I started a walk run programme. I stuck with it and to my surprise I found that I liked it- after a couple of weeks of progress I was hooked! My blog is about my progress in running and how I fit it in with the rest of my life.
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10 Responses to Best laid plans.

  1. CJ says:

    Just LOVE that photo!!!!!
    Envious of your Buddy set up… I miss Roger, my ipad movies and my fairy lights in my garage…
    hope the vertigo is over… omg it’s a bitch!!!! I’ve had it! Sends me to bed for days!

    • mawil1 says:

      Yes, what a win win – running and tv watching at the same time! What’s not to like? 😆😆 no plans for a roger replacement?

      • CJ says:

        hmmm… I would LOVE another Roger… but our new house hasn’t got a garage or shed at the moment… and the basement is packed full with stuff that WAS in our garage and shed 🙂
        Big shed (double) is being planned, one side will have bikes and garden stuff in it, the other side is going to a home gym/yoga room… thats the PLAN… but as for time frame… hmmm… just don’t know.
        But yah, a home yoga room and treadmill is the dream…

      • mawil1 says:

        One day.. dreams come true!

  2. Gareth says:

    Bit of rolling around on the bed eh? Its a great cureall! How many points is a pint of guiness? Im curious

  3. I have friends who’ve had vertigo — it makes everything so difficult!

    That’s great that your son is enjoying cross country (even if he was strong armed into it).

  4. oscardiamond says:

    Ah…. the tyranny of the points and the giddy delights of the free ones. Its a good system and you will lose weight if you stick to it. No luck involved!
    You should carry a mobile whenever or wherever you’re running if it’s relatively isolated. Just in case.
    Glad your son is running. I was never a team player, particularly in sports. Many people are happy to be individualists.

    • mawil1 says:

      Yes, there’s a lot to be said for being individual. Of course you are right about the phone. A couple of weeks ago I had a nasty fall (tripped over a rock on a trail) and for a few minutes I thought that I might not be able to walk home….but hubs was in bed and I needed to walk to the road any way so I womanfully started limping back and then recovered sufficiently to run home. But my phone was essential- for taking pictures of my injuries if not calling for help!

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