Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Bandwagon

Remember at the start of the year I promised myself that I would get fit and healthy and would write about my experiences every Wednesday on my blog, you have probably realised that I didnt last for very long and have been to polite to say anything.
But now with three months of uni holidays looming (I still have to go to work) I have decided that now is the time to get stuck into it. I cant make excuses about not having time and/or too much uni work, I just have to get in and do it.
I have found a great new gym which is $50 a month for the use of pool and gym. And it seems to be quieter and a little more female friendly then my last gym.
I am also hoping that with so much free time I will be able to prepare healthier meals instead of resorting to takeout too often. I am really interested in trying some vegetarian and organic options so will hopefully be able to play around with that. I also have a slow cooker that has only been used once so it would be nice to be able to learn to use that properly too.
I would really like to be able to jog so instead of making my goals related to weight, my first goal is going to be able to jog consistently for 15 minutes. I know its not long but for me who cant jog to the mailbox it will be an accomplishment.
At the moment I can swim about 1km so will try and get that up to 1.5kms.
I feel really excited about getting fit this time around and hope the enthusiasm lasts. I wont promise to blog about it once a week but I am sure I will keep you updated.
My other goal this winter is to learn to knit I am just not sure how to achieve this at the moment as I dont know anyone who can knit and cant seem to find any classes, but where there is a will there is a way.
How about you? Any goals for this winter/summer depending on where you are?


  1. love the slow cooker! i have a great low fat slow cooker recipe for chili. it's great with a baked potato, rice or in a red pepper.

    1. line the bottom of your slow cooker with browned beef or chicken or some frozen chicken breast. if using frozen chicken breast, you can ccok it from frozen or let it thaw and cut it into small pieces.

    2. next layer is one bottle of salsa which you pour over the chicken.

    3. next layer is a can of mixed beans or any kind of beans that you like.

    4. lastly layer on a package of frozen corn.

    cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

    mix it all up when you are ready to eat it and pair it with the stuff suggested above or eat it as is. YUM!!

    don't forget to add whatever spices and seasonings you like including some delicious Parmesan cheese.


  2. i totally need to work out too! if i want to have any hope of being seen in a swimsuit i need to go to the gym or at least do my own workout routine during the week.

  3. Well done on making the first step to go back to the gym though. That's great! And having small goals will help you too! I must get back into my little routine.

    I'm learning to cook more as well. And having a slow cooker is fantastic. You can make soups too! Which I want to try with mine.

    For your knitting...I want to learn too and have a few beginners articles but I find them hard to follow. I was thinking of trying youtube for some beginner tutorials. I want to to crochet as well.

    I have a hugggeee list of things I want to accomplish so hopefully I can get motivated enough to do it :)

  4. Arrggghhh I wrote the longest comment and then poof... gone.. deleted. Long post short, I'm recently in my 3rd week of my 6 week challenge through my gym. They weigh you at the start and at the end and only measure you each week. I'was doing really well the first two weeks, but I am slowly slipping back into old food habits. I wish I could jog for 15 mins too the most I can do is 5 max! Hahahaha. Good luck and don't give up.

  5. I love your motivation, Megan! There's nothing quite like a vacation to get going, right? I know that I eat the healthiest and work out more when school is out for the summer, too!

    I don't cook at all, but my hubby and I were inspired by Jamie Oliver's "Food Revolution" and I swear we eat nothing but veggie dishes (when we can help it). It's made such a difference for both of us - and he's lost 10 pounds. Also, if you are interested in more running, I know a lot of people really like the Couch to 5K program!

  6. I would absolutely love to get fit by swimming every day. I wish there was a pool nearby. I'll have to look into it. Maybe there is. I was a born fish. Lived by the lake my entire life (until now). I can't swim better than everyone - but I absolutely love to be in the water.

    Best of luck to you on your working out :) I took 4 weeks off and it's very difficult to get back into it! I did 15 minutes yesterday and 23 today. Overdoing it too quickly often leads to muscle pain and destroying your motivation...so I'm doing my best to listen to my body.

  7. I wish you the best of luck with your goals Megan. I think you have been sensible and made good reachable goals.

  8. good for you for picking it back up again! i hope you reach your fitness goal.

    i had intended to learn to knit this year as well, but so far i have not gotten going on it. it might be time to get a knitting for dummies library book!

  9. I'm tryyyyyying to muster up the motivation to jump back on the fitness band wagon!


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