39 days and then stuck in the yellow zone

After managing 39 days of hitting the 10,000 steps (often exceeding them) I was feeling pretty smug.

“It’s the beginning of a new me, I’m going to be so strong!”

Then, a cold struck. Viruses are the bane of my life. I catch pretty much everything going and the flu normally knocks me out for at least a month (literally a month in bed doing nothing but drinking fluids and aching). So, at least this is a cold rather than flu.

Even so, it has knocked me for six. The nurse explained that when in the yellow zone I can take my reliever every two hours until I come back into green. I follow the advice and spend 11 days in the yellow zone religiously puffing away every few hours.

My peak flow isn’t that low, but I feel totally wiped out. I’m still going into work but come home and sleep within about 15 minutes of crossing the threshold. I spend the entire weekend asleep. Even TV is too much effort. Yesterday I finally got a  green zone reading, plus two yellows. I’m happily in the top of the zone.

It’s quite frustrating to get knocked back again by another virus. Still, a few more days taking it easy and I can work back up to 10,000 steps and see if I can beat the 39 days and make it to the elusive 66. Sixty six days is the average number needed to make a lasting change in a habit, so that’s what I’m aiming for.


Panache Ultimate Sports Bra

The ultimate sports bra in Neon Pixel sounds pretty good! I’ve lost a cup size (always the weight goes from where you don’t want to loose it, right?) so thought this would open up a whole world of pretty bras for me. I’m still a 30D so although no longer in the ‘big girls’ camp it’s no easier to get my hands on the band size in stores.

Firstly the bra is a bit on the small size, it’s fine on the band but the cups do run tight. This might be why the racer back function was impossible for me, it was so uncomfortable I gave up on it before I left the bathroom. The bra itself is very comfortable and totally supportive, it’s also really pretty and low enough cut to wear under vests and t shirts. I’m so pleased with it I’ve ordered another one this time in a bigger cup and the kaleidoscope pattern. There’s even matching pants available if you like to wear sets!


Krav gamboles 

gamboleskravFor those of you not from Birmingham, UK a gambole is what we call a forward roll.

So, Krav and good weather makes for a perfect Tuesday evening. We were outside on the grass which means it’s time to try the drop and roll techniques.

I cannot gambole. I never could, my beloved grandpa used to sit with me on our front lawn for hours trying to get me to forward roll. I did one once I think, or maybe I dreamt that.

It was hilarious. All the guys look like extras from an action movie and I’m doing sideways sausage repeatedly on the grass. The instructor tried to help and did another demo. Still I side sausage. Glad that I don’t need to do this every week!

Bruised knuckles 

Another week of Krav Maga and the swollen knuckle that goes with it. It’s now turning into a nice scab that bleeds at will.  This led to an amusing meeting on Friday. As I shook hands with a new colleague the scab burst and soon a trickle of bright red was running over my right hand. Luckily the meeting was in a coffee shop, thank goodness Cafe Nero have lots of napkins.

My friendly barista asked how is managed it and I told him in a self defence class. It made a nice ice breaker as then the three of us talked about Krav, well I evangelised they listened, queue a very pleasant working meeting.

I’m sure doing Krav played its part in securing me that illustration deal!

The Body Visualiser Tool

Just discovered this really cool tool to help visualise how much weight or measurements need to be lost to reach an ideal.

So, firstly I wanted to see (without referring to measurements) roughly what I look like now. I put in the measurements (using imperial so I couldn’t cheat) to get my first mock up me.

As you can see totally pear shaped and holding all the weight around the hips. I then added in my actual measurements. It was a nice surprise.

my ideal body size

This is my ideal body, loosing the saddlebags and hips. Unfortunately, it would mean loosing a whopping 15cm off my hips so I don’t think I’ll ever get there short of cosmetic surgery.

It was really good seeing this tool and using it to help me work out where to focus training the muscles.

The only thing with visualisers is that they never add in the lumps and bumps which are normally what makes us so self-conscious about bits of our bodies. I thought I’d make a vector to compare the visualiser using my measurements verses the camera. thighs

The lumps and bumps are easier to see above. I still can’t face any photos showing my fat but even basing an image on a photo of it is progress for me! My pockets of fat and saddlebags do make the thighs and bottom much chunkier than the visualiser. That being said it’s not too far out.

Think this is my new favourite site for checking proportions, I can also image using the body visualiser when having clothes altered or when I’m working on portraits and need a slightly different angle to check the model on. The 360 degree movement is great, it’s a site I’m really happy to see as I’ve been looking for something similar for a long time.