Sport, training

Do do run run

Almost a week into my little private CLA test, I feel fine. No major changes, mood swings, extra ordinary amounts of energy or bad sleep. I have noticed a small change thou – my stomach seems flatter, but that could also stem from a natural monthly occurence. (Female readers will know what I mean).

Training wise we changed things up a bit: All week we’ve run.

And since my monday classes: Hardly any kettlebell for me at my PT session (really need to nurse my elbow and wrist) and unfortunately no muay thai. (First week without thaiboxing in a long, long while!!)

Monday: run 7K
Tuesday – Apparently had a rest day here!
Wednesday: 7.64K (what we thought was 8K, was in fact 7.64K, with two elevations nearing 100m)
Thursday: 7.64K (and Kettlebell)
Friday: 7.64K
Saturday: Distance?? I ran for 1.06hour at puls 148-156 around the landscape in Kerry. Totally blown away by the beauty, happily trying out different running forms, experimenting with breathing and barefoot running (on and off the beach), I’d say coming with Liam to Kerry, wasn’t all bad.

There is a little background story to all the running! Like so many others Liam and I got caught up in the ‘Game of Thrones’ series, and when it ended, we went to the bookshop – as so many others. While we didn’t want to buy two of each books, I bought the book series and Liam bought (and read) running books.

And all of a sudden my ‘Once was warrior’ turned Olympic Weightlifter, now turned ‘running wild’ boyfriend. So for his birthday, I got him a Garmin 410 watch. It arrived Wednesday, so naturally we had to go running! Watch is so cool: features accurate distance, altitudes, heartbeat, calories and could probably also serve up the recipe for a decaf latte.

Meanwhile Liam of course never opened a Game of Thrones book – but I started reading his running books – after I finished all of George RR. Martin’s ‘Songs of Ice & Fire‘ (and still not closer to an ending!). Got well of the start with Chris McDougal’s ‘Born to run‘ and Scott Jureks ‘Eat & Run‘. Both books telling it like it is, and yet – somehow I feel more kindred with Jurek. His story is also more personal, where McDougal’s is more entertaining ala ‘fast-paced-entertain-you-journalism-lingo’. I can recommend both anyway!

Now as for my CLA adventure – I won’t have the numbers until monday – and I of course didn’t bring my Tanita slip or measurements with me to Kerry, but I do remember my body fat percentage read 22% and weight was around 56kg. I don’t expect to have lost any of either – but that’s the saturday statement.

My meals today:

250gr of Digestive
1 banana
5 Strawberries
3 carrots
2 packets of noodles (cup noodles)
1 snack pack crisp
1 Mark & Spencer cookie (double choc)
3 mini packs of Winegum (Haribo)
100gr of licorice
0.5l 7Up
1 cup of bad tasting latte (from a beach cafe close to Skellig Hostel – where I’ve been stuck for the day – hence the horrible diet).

On any other day, my meals do look better!! I’m just cut of from any decent store and just hanging around in the hostel. Reading and enjoying the quiet – and the luxury of a working online connection. Next week I promise: Pics of normal daily diet and readings!

Beach picture from Skellig/ Kerry. Unfortunately the sun had just gone.. but amazingly beautiful here!

Sport, training

Test bunny (me! CLA)

NB. I am no longer doing this class or am a part of Womensfitnessplus in Cork. Big differences in our professional ethics (or lack of same) put an end to our collaboration. I will miss all the wonderful women I’ve met in my classes and PT sessions, but I will not miss being treated with condesenting arrogance for my professional knowledge and/ or as a fellow human being.

Since Womensfitnessplus made it mandatory for their trainers to sell at least 3 Kinetica products on each shift, I had to say I wouldn’t do it. I’d give information about the products, but under no circumstances would I push the products to women, who didn’t need them. I don’t believe in selling useless stuff, or even worse telling lies to make a profit like.
I’m a fitness professional with ethics and beliefs on what’s right and whats wrong – I work for results, not for greed.


As a result our ways departed – and despite I miss the happy women – I would choose to stand by my ethics again.

I am gonna be a test bunny the next month, trying out Kineticas CLA. I’m doing this to try it out, so I can better explain what it is and what it does to people at the gym.

A long time ago, I’ve decided never to ‘push’ anything, I couldn’t put my name and face behind – things I haven’t read up on and studied – or tried myself. After being asked to do more for the Kinetica products at the gym, I had to decline. I couldn’t recommend anything, I didn’t know about or tried on my own body. And so it came to play! Tania – the test bunny!  So if I am to recommend CLA, I needed to try it first – and well – we’ll see in a months time, if I’ll recommend it.

After reading up on it and asking around, I’ve decided it’s not gonna mess with my health and it would be fun to try. Worst case scenario, I’m just gonna stay me, which is not that bad 🙂

It’s been a while since my last blog update – and to be honest, I can’t really remember all what we’ve been up to. But!! I did go running sunday. A little happy 7K in the hills of Clonakilty! (dreadful actually), also Kettlebells & Boxercise at Womens Fitness yesterday, kayaking (and I caught a fish), swimming and thai boxing.

My next blog post will feature my start numbers taken yesterday: Weight, bodyfat percentage (as ‘accurate’ as the Tanita weight can be – which is not that accurate), body meassurements (as accuarate as I could meassure myself).
Every week from the rest of the month, there will be a follow up + details of diets from various days.

I won’t be changing much of my diet, but due to the fact, that we’ll be back in Cork, my training amount is expected to go up, so regardless of the CLA, I do expect to loose a few kg and build a bit more muscles.

Anyway, it’s gonna be fun to try, and you’re welcome to follow my journey over the next month. If you have any questions, comments or own experience with CLA, please feel free to post them.