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Where did the time go???

Time-runningDear me, looks like the intention to keep regular updates here went completely out of window! Work has been busy and some evenings I didn’t even feel like opening my laptop to write something up. And then one day lead to another and before you realize week past by. One week transforms into two weeks and I start panicking that I really SHOULD write something. So here we go (utilizing last few minutes of my lunch break ;)).

The good news, the bad news and the mediocre.

Towards the middle of the last week I was so spread out and rushed that my will power barriers crumbled and I caved into my temptations. In other words I had few normal meals. I didn’t go completely off the rails but I was in desperate need of some comfort foot. So my compromise was to have normal lunch but the rest of the day only juices. I have been doing this for a week and I will be ready to jump back into full juicing mode next week. In a hindsight I think it wasn’t only the stuff at work but also the colder weather and not getting enough sleep. I don’t know how about you, but I can’t do anything about the weather, however I will make it my goal for next week to get decent sleep every day. And I will make sure to stick with it. It is interesting how such simple thing can influence you so much! So this was the bad news.

The good news is that I still managed to stick to juicing for the two meals a day! I think this deserves a recognition as I could have spun uncontrollably food wise and the damage to my healthier lifestyle ‘experiment’ would have been far worse. So well done on balancing on a beam above the abyss.

And mediocre? I think it is the perfect word for my last week or so performance.

So this weekend, I plan to put myself back together and get on with it. Talk soon 😉

Renny x

Relax and enjoy the ride, mate.

imagesYesterday, on my way home from work I jumped on express bus as it is much quicker to travel that way. I usually jump on the last stop in the city centre before the bus dashes without stopping towards the outskirts. As always, the bus driver makes the customary announcement that we are not stopping until the XY stop and who needs to get off before that should get of now and take corresponding regular bus. Run of the mill for most of us who travel this route, but there is always one person who doesn’t listen and consequently is very surprised when his/hers bus stop comes and goes and we are not stopping. The bus was packed! You couldn’t squeeze in more people even if you tried and we all were content with our small spots for next 30 odd minutes.

I was standing right at the front of the bus and surely, 10 minutes into the journey a guy is trying to squeeze through the crowd to go and talk to the driver. You can see all the knowing looks and knowing half smiles from the regulars! Few minutes later the guy is standing next to me and this exchange takes place.

Guy: Hi, sorry, you are not stopping?

Bus driver: No, this is express bus. I made the announcement earlier that we won’t be stopping until XY.

Guy: I was on the phone. Any chance I can just jump of anywhere?

(At this point everyone in the front part of the bus is listening intently, secretly chuckling at each other.)

Bus driver: Not really, everyone here just wants to quickly get to their destination. Otherwise they would have taken the regular bus. Are you in a hurry?

Guy: No, not really. I just wanted to jump off.

Bus driver: Then relax and enjoy the ride, mate!

The whole front of the bus roars with laughter! To be fair, the bus driver was clearly a  nice guy as he let the poor guy jump off near tube station 10 minutes later. But he clearly made few people’s’ day that evening.

On another note – news from my juicing world – days six and seven were pretty uneventful juicing wise and I was going back and forth between juices and smoothies (just needed a change). Interesting observation – I didn’t feel bloated at all before  the usual ‘time of the month’. So thumbs up for me. 

Today, day eight, I am doing smoothies for the day, so for breakfast and mid morning I blended 1/4 of a honey melon, 1 red grapefruit and 1/4 of a small watermelon. As these are very watery anyway the result is more like a juice with a pulp rather than a smoothie. Still it is very nice and surprisingly more on the sour side than the sweet one. It is really refreshing and I can imagine having this in the hight of summer with some ice cubes or just blitz the ice right with it 😉 And for the long summer nights, when you have some people over, it would be a nice cocktail with a shot of vodka in it.

And for lunch I have my classic ‘salad smoothie’ – 1 avocado, 1/2 red pepper, chunk of cucumber, two tomatoes and bunch of  spinach. I usually add some flat leaf parsley (cilantro) but I run out. I like to add a dash of salt and black pepper and it is like summer salad in a cup 😉 Really yummy and definitely  on my top favourites list.

Renny x

And that’s where we are now…

explosionSo many things happened and so little time to give you the run down. To cut the story short, I gave the gym fair run for several months but it just wasn’t up my street. Over all it was a good experience, but I don’t think it was totally suited my physic. The walk on treadmill was fine, most of the weights were fine, but if you put someone of my size on the bike and tell them ‘go as fast as you can’, you will ultimately end up with sweaty misshapen blob bobbing up and down on a tiny bike. And once belly gets in the way of your peddling, then no matter what supper sports bra you have, you just end up with boobs all over the place. And of course it doesn’t really help when people kept obviously staring at you during all this. As if they didn’t have anything better to do. No need to mention, that when you hit the gym in same time pattern, you see the same people staring and that just gets quite creepy.

And so I gave up.

Towards the end of last year, I started to do more walks outside and a bit of yoga. Basically, trying just to move my body bit more with exercise that is more suited to my body frame at the moment. And as I want to shift some pounds so I can do more exercise, I decided to do some juicing. Actually, the idea came after watching the document called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and if the trucker can do it, so can I! And so for the past few days I have eased my way into this by drinking bit of juice and having a little bite to eat, but from tomorrow (well, technically already today…) I am doing full on juicing/smoothies. I hope to get at least 10 days behind my belt, 2 weeks would be good, but ultimately a full month is the goal. I will see how I feel after the few days.

I also try to make short posts every day so you know what yummy juices I indulge and how I feel. For me, this is not about being on a diet, it is more of a life style change.

Are you turning your life around? Fancy a support buddy? Then get in touch.

Renny x

That’s that and what now?

 

As you can see, my determination to lose weight the two and half years ago wilted down just about as fast as my determination to write my first blog… Not a great start, eh? Now that I am revisiting my goals, aims and aspirations it just seemed more fitting to start fresh – new name, new blog and new fire in my belly. In another words – LET’S GET CRACKING AND NO SLACKING!!! Well, that is kind off the ‘ideal world’ scenario, the past few months in real world looked more like this…

July

My brother has been cycling to work for about two years now, but few months ago he decided to shift some bulk and properly trim down. Yep, you can cycle every day and still be big and bulky. Recently joined gym and got really dedicated. To cut long story short, so far he managed to lose between five and six stones. Impressive if you ask me. So now that I saw that this is possible I started toying with the idea in my head that actually I want that as well! Once you decide what to do, it is pretty much straight forward to go and subscribe to the gym and get started. Said that, I had my concerns, I am a big girl, I didn’t want to injure myself or over/under do it and I knew that I will need some support for this to work. Hence I started searching for a gym and found one that offers an hour session with a personal trainer every six weeks for free. That way, I will have my training plan updated regularly and my progress will be monitored. This just ticked all the boxes. All was ready, I was buzzing, the only problem was that I knew that from mid July until the mid August I will not have time to do anything (yep I went Olympic mad…) and why would you pay for something you wouldn’t use? So, the plan was postponed till after Olympics.

August

Olympics came and went and so did my money… Surprisingly it turned out that you can’t sign gym membership just with a gleaming smile and without parting with some hard-earned cash… and so after the payday I stepped into the gym to sign that I will regularly (and willingly) part with blood, sweat, tears, flab and money until a new and improved me walks out of the doors at some point in the future. And where would be the best place to start than a full body check up and assessment to know where we are at, which brings us to September. More about how it went in my next post 😉

Renny x

 

How it all started – Part 3

So, to complete the story, I should include my last post on that said blog, which was posted in March 2012…

Oh well, as you can see from my previous two entries my determination wasn’t strong enough. Actually the two years flew by so fast that I don’t even know how that happened. So I think I owe you some catch up, here are the resolutions and what actually happened:

1) New job
Yay, I got new job back in late 2010 but now I feel like I should start looking again and aim higher.

2) To find more time and money to travel
Well,  it is easier said than done to be honest. So now I just have the time, I hope the money will come at some point too…

3) To lose weight
Erm, nothing happened here so I am aiming to kick start this ‘project’ again!

Anyways, I have recently decided that I should start writing book reviews as I read a lot and I fancy doing something creative for a change. It won’t be posted here but one day I might connect those two blogs. 

Ta ta for now and I will be back with more news.

How it all started – Part 2

Few days after that I posted my penultimate post on (then) brand new blog…

As I mentioned before, I have started thinking quite a bit about things such as – what do I want from life?, what would make me happy? and how to reach that balance. I guess it is only fair to list what actually is not right in my life at the moment or what I am lacking…

First of all I am not ecstatic about my current job. I feel like I am not reaching my potential there. It is the typical job that just pays the rent, nothing more. Where is the job satisfaction? Where is the sense of achievement? Or personal growth? Nowhere!!! So the logical solution is

1) To find job that will compliment my skills and knowledge and that will fulfill me!

Another thing I would like to change is my desire to travel. I love traveling, exploring new countries, cultures, people and customs. I love the sensation that everyday you will find something new and exciting. Therefore second point should be

2) To find more time and money for traveling OR ideally get a job that involves traveling 🙂

There are two more things that I am not happy about and would like to change, but they are more on a personal level – 

3) To lose weight

Why those two? Well, how to put it… For my whole life I was more or less on plump side of the weight scale. When I turned twenty I started to be more and more plumpy and this trend was slowly continuing. The in mid 20’s I moved abroad and in past two years this problem really escalated out of proportions!!! Two years ago I started dieting which had a little effect but after six months I gave up. Don’t ask me why as first of all I do not remember and lastly I am absolutely positive that it was one of my many silly irrelevant excuses… To cut the long story short, yo-yo effect hit home big time and one day I woke up with body that was totally alien to me. It felt like you put on a fat lady costume and now you are not able to jump out of it. So I got stuck and the more stuck I got the less determination I had to do something with. The nice fancy scales that I had in bathroom stopped being used and at some point went to the wardrobe with the intention to be out of sight.

I thought, now that I am thirty I will start again from scratch so I found the scales and it took me two days to be brave enough and step on it. I should mention that in past two years I went two dress sizes up so I knew that what ever the scales tell me will not be the best news but what ever I imagined I was light-years away from what the scales told me. Usually on these fancy digital scales it beeps few times when you jump on them then nothing and then three beeps telling you that now you can read the display and tear your hair. Well this time it was different!!! Few beeps when I jumped on it and then dead silence!!! So I looked down and the display was shouting ERROR!!! I almost dropped dead!!! No need to mention that I repeated the process few times always with the same result. So my next steps went to the Internet to find out what is the maximum weight the scales show and after bit of searching I found out that it was 150kg!!! So now I positively know one thing – I am ridiculously fat and weight anything above 150kg. I was devastated for few days hence the determination to lose weight.

Maybe you are asking why I am putting this in a blog… Well, don’t get me wrong, I have few really good friends but I don’t feel like sharing this with them as it is my personal quest and they have their own problems and in the same time if I put my thoughts out there I feel like obliged to keep my word and really do something about my situation. And even if no one is going to read this blog and just me, it is good to clean your mind and soul and write your hopes, worries and thoughts somewhere so why not here. Maybe there is someone else going through the same thing and would like some support. Or someone already went through this and succeeded and would like to give me some support. Or even if my thoughts just amuse someone then why not, it is ok with me.

How it all started – Part 1

Well, it all started in January 2010 with this post in my (then) new blog…

Hi there, my name is Renny and two weeks ago I turned thirty! I never thought it would be such a big deal but for some reason it really hit hard! When you are in your 20’s you feel like everything is out there waiting for you to discover,conquer or just experience it but when you turn 30 the perspective completely changes. Suddenly you start asking yourself what have you done so far and where are you going in your life. I have been consumed by these thoughts for past few days and came to the conclusion that I have not achieved as much as I could have and that there are few things that I am missing in my life. I knew I want to make some changes in my life but the question was HOW. I am the type of person who starts loads of projects but finishes only handful of them and therefore I started thinking about new ways how to tackle this change and came up with the blog idea. It started as a tiny thought and it grew up on me so much that today I set up this site and thought that tomorrow evening I will post my first entry. Well, that was the plan anyway but I kept thinking about it and could not fall asleep so I decided to bite the bullet and do something useful instead 🙂

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