My Reading (or rather somewhat healthy) Week

This past 12 months, my husband has been getting really fit.  He forked out some substantial $$$ on a bicycle and goes on long rides (40-70 kms) with his mates.  He’s got a group of mates whom he work out with 3-4 times a week and he’s been really strict with his food.  As a result, he now weighs less than when we first met 12 years ago with massive arms (errr… muscles?).  A few months ago, in his bid to get me along to one of his fitness thingy, we made a deal that if I’d go regularly (once a week) to cross training, he would READ!  Ooh, there was NO way that I was going to turn that deal down.  Unfortunately, while I’ve missed only 1 day in the last 4 months, he’s only read a few pages 😦  I’ll need to remind him more often 😉

In addition to this cross training business -in the first 1-2 months, I was absolutely sore afterwards that I couldn’t wear any heels for the 3 days after training, I now seem to be getting on challenges upon challenges.  I completed the Squat Challenge a few weeks ago (it’s a killer!) and now I’m on Day 11 of the Plank Challenge.  Am really not sure if I’d make the 5 minutes straight plank on Day 30 -that sounds like a crazy loooooong time to plank.

Squat Challenge  Plank Challenge

For the past week and a half, I’ve been getting up early for a 15 min jog on the treadmill whilst eating quite healthily and giving up coffee.  I missed a couple of days here and there (made a point not to miss it more than 1 day at a time) but I noticed that these 2 days I didn’t jog, I felt so tired which meant that I struggled through the day.  So it seems that I’ve replaced my coffee addition with endorphins!  Nevertheless, I’m feeling FAB!  This is going to truly be a lifestyle change; since I’m up early, I’ll have to make sure that I sleep pretty early and this limits, severely, my reading and blogging time 😦 I’m approaching mid-thirties fast though so am really doing this for long-term health or at least, that’s my aim (not sure how I’ll deal with all the Christmas goodies).

On my 7th day of no coffee, I decided to reward myself by going onto NetGalley and chose a couple of ‘Read Now’ titles (isn’t that the best way to spoil yourself? New books for your reader without spending a cent!):

defy  almost girl

Am very excited it’s the 1st of December!  We’ve put our tree up this evening and I’m starting Game of Thrones. Woot, aiming for 30% per week for next 3 weeks so other books, unfortunately, will be fitted in between when (IF) I need a break 😉  sssh, I’m still trying to finish a couple of books I was supposed to read last 2 weeks, oops!

First Dec

What did you get up to this past week?  Have you put your Christmas Tree up yet?

2 thoughts on “My Reading (or rather somewhat healthy) Week

  1. Nish

    You are so inspiring me now. I got off the exercise wagon two months ago (too much work stress), and have been feeling crappy since. Your plank and squat challenges look really interesting. Am going to pin them now, and hopefully actually do them sometime next month 🙂

    1. Tien Post author

      Oh, Nish! It’s so hard to get back on when you’re Off! I know it, the first step is to ‘just do it’ and the rest will be easier.

      Am actually feeling a little exhausted today – stiff from yesterday’s workout and thought I did enough yesterday so skipped today’s jog. Could fall asleep though it’s only 8pm :p

      Let me know how you go 🙂 (am not sure I can make the 1.5 min plank tomorrow morn!)


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