WRD Week 31 – Failing and Succeeding at the same time

So what could I mean by that? Well I can elaborate slightly on the failing part:

I am failing at being online, blogging consistently, responding to comments, keeping up with everyone, and that is simply because I do not know how to do “all the things”. That is work, work out, eat, sleep and repeat. Throw in social media for myself (which, by the way no idea why I bother except for the 1 or 2 people who are interested) and social media for Sonsbeek, I just don’t have a lot of time anymore. And those of you doing all those things I am certain you know what I am talking about, but you are probably better at managing it all.

With that, I’m going to do the WRD and mention the “succeeding” bits, talk about a few plans and give you the scoop on July. And then I’m going to focus on the rest of this months activities before my holiday.

First of All: JULY STATS

Normally I would talk about this and other topics in the Coffee Date, but I missed that this time around.

All in all I’m not unhappy with my stats; running went up slightly, definitely cycled a lot, walking was down but still well over 1KM per day and gym was 1 less time, but I was also on a short holiday last month and missed a couple times due to feeling quite unwell last week.

Shall we get into the WRD?

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Plan vs. Actual

Monday – 3.25KM walk, GLI gym 1 hr intake – no workout (appt w/different PT), 3.5KM biking
Tuesday – 3KM walk (office day) to and from train station
Wednesday – 3KM walk, W6R1 run, 6KM, GLI 1 hour, gym 55 min
Thursday – 2.22KM walk, gym
Friday – 2.75KM walk, W6R2 run , gym 55 min
Saturday – 2.5KM walk, parkrun in Alkmaar 5KM, 17/17 Dutch parkruns done!
Sunday 2KM walk, long run W6R3, 1.4KM w/u walk, 10KM run (!!!)

OK so just quickly to explain:

GLI is gecombineerde leefstijlinterventie or in English this is a program which includes multiple professionals to help people who are overweight or obese to change lifestyle habits to lose weight, get fit and give them the tools to sustain weight loss in the future. It’s a 2 year program. Most people participating don’t already have a fit lifestyle, but I am eligible because I’m overweight based on the archaic BMI system that never took anyone into account except for white men, but here we are – HA! Since it’s covered by insurance and my GP recommended it for me, why shouldn’t I participate? Anyway, there will be an overlap with the GLI gym and my normal gym until October. From here on you’ll see either GLI or Gym and then you know what is what.


Somehow the stars aligned this week and even though I feel slightly nauseous I decided that the only thing I could do was get out there and try to run relaxed rather than worry about tempo.

And voila! 6KM on Wednesday (5.5 I think it was running and then a 500m cool down), my fastest parkrun since August 2021 in Alkmaar and a Sunday long run that I’m shocked went the way it did – the running portion was 75 min; I ran 60 min and then stopped to take a photo and do a quick check on where my husband was. 75 min I almost had 10KM so I ran another 700m in the cool down (already programmed in the watch) to make it so. 1 hour and 20 min. I feel quite emotional about it because I actually felt like the old me running today – how I missed that!!

a parkrun finish – I don’t love this photo but Ron does, he thinks I look strong and in good form so I will keep trying to see what he sees.


GLI is a bit of a circuit – there is cardio, body weight, mobility and 1 weighted exercise on the program. I went once this week, goal is two times, but I just couldn’t fit another session in this week.

I made it twice to the gym this week and have now planned in both GLI and Gym up until I go on vacation. Nothing exciting except on Friday evening I was really pissed that someone left 200KG on the leg press. In total I had to remove 275KG from machines. I took a photo and sent it to them via Facebook (since no one was really around to complain to when I left) and told them I’d had it and why wasn’t ANYONE walking around checking, monitoring that things were going well in that area of the gym? They wrote me back and profusely apologised and claimed they will do better. We shall see.


No major cycling going on. Only to feed the cat last Monday. Getting out and cycling is definitely something I want to do but WHEN??


Still walking and still committed to not only the walk streak (today is day 218) but to walking in the morning (before starting work) on work days.

Coming up Next Week


Monday – walk, gym
Tuesday – walk W7R1, GLI — day off switched to Tues for 3 weeks
Wednesday – walk, gym
Thursday – walk, W7R2 intervals, GLI
Friday – walk, gym
Saturday – walk, parkrun in Den Haag (not sure yet if running or volunteering)
Sunday – walk, long run W7R3 (or 4)

Basically this will be the schedule with a few exceptions until the end of the month. On the 16th is the last SocialMile run (I will join on the bike) and on the 18th is Expat Cafe Quiz Night (that I help organise). On the 19th I’m going to a “We love the 90’s” Festival with some friends so I don’t even know how I will do that with parkrun in the morning as well … On the 26th I probably will switch out my long run (on the 27th) because on the Sunday, Arnhem Together is collaborating with Indigo Volunteers for a charity 5KM and I am also helping with that!

I may or may not be able to do WRD’s, but in any case if you are (or aren’t, please do) following me on Instagram or Facebook (or even TikTok), I do post daily because that helps me be accountable – I would love the support there in the meantime.

That’s a wrap!

I still need to get to comments and I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but I read all and really appreciate everyone taking the time to read and comment!

12 thoughts on “WRD Week 31 – Failing and Succeeding at the same time

  1. Sounds like you have a good plan for you in place moving forward. I bet that did feel amazing to have a great run. It is so hard when you feel like your body is not cooperating with you the way you are used to. I get that. Hope you have a great week ahead

  2. I agree — since the plan is covered by insurance, DO IT! Let go of any attachment of outcome. Just see where it leads.

    As to fitting it all in — you know, there’s no reason to fit in things that don’t feed your soul. Well, maybe the cleaning thing (unless you’re one of those weird people who LIKE to clean). No one comes into our house except us and let’s just say it’s really in need of an overhaul, but ahem, I can’t always be cleaning up after somebody (not Bandit!).

    Remember SM makes it look like it’s easy to do all the things. It isn’t. That’s why I’m generally only doing the WRD these days, although I enjoy catching up with the bloggers, there are other things that feed my soul right now.

    Good luck! Glad running was better!

  3. I think that photo of you finishing the parkrun is lovely! You look happy, strong and energetic. I’m sorry to hear about the experience in the GLI gym, how annoying!
    I totally understand the thing with not being able to keep up with things. Sometimes you just don’t have the time or interest. I’m totally uninterested in social media these days and have basically neglected my accounts recently but now I’m starting a business and HAVE TO post stuff on my business accounts. Just eew!
    For online social stuff I prefer blogs.
    I think your July stats look amazing, and happy to hear about your successful run – what a lovely feeling that is!

  4. A very huge YAY and a congratulatory Well Done on that 10K! I think your pic looks very strong, focused and happy ;-) All the SM stuff can be overwhelming and suffocating at times; it’s a lot of pressure we put on ourselves and I know I am guilty of feeling stress with it as well.

  5. I was so happy to see you had a good run this week! And you’ve been great with your walking streak.

    I’m interested to know your thoughts on the GLI program and if you learn/do anything different from what you’re already doing?

  6. You have nothing to lose joining the program, although I do agree… the BMI component is so stupid! When will they learn??

    I am so happy for you how strong you felt in your running this week and you should definitely listen to Ron: this is a great running picture!

  7. I also have to say that I like that photo. Your form does look good, and hey- a lot of people don’t run at all and will never have a running photo. You should be proud of it!
    I know- it’s really hard to fit everything in. I’ve mentioned this before, but one area I let slide is keeping up with the housework and it’s NOT GOOD. There are many people who would refuse to live in a messy house (but not me.) Right now it’s especially bad because we’re still recovering from taking the kitchen apart. So I’m sitting here reading blogs instead of cleaning… oh well. We all have our priorities!
    Yes, people leaving REALLY heavy weights on the machines makes me angry. So inconsiderate. I’m glad you told the gym- they should definitely be monitoring that.

  8. I wish we lived closer. I would be so happy to give you regular pep talks about how you are doing great.
    It’s hard to do it all. I miss comments and replying so much, not intentionally, but because life. it happens, and we get it next time.
    PS. Ron is right. You do look strong and I am proud of you.

  9. Great job on the 10KM! You do look strong – but I get it about not loving the photo. I am always judging photos of me and seeing things that others tend not to. And yes, if it’s covered by insurance, that’s a great resource to take advantage of! 2 years is a LONG time for a program, hopefully you enjoy it and find it worthwhile. What’s to lose?

  10. That GLI program sounds great! While it is a long program, we all know those big changes don’t happen overnight. I hope you stick with it. And yes, it is SO annoying when people don’t unload their weights from the machines or the bars.

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