February 18

Wednesday – day 16

I didn’t exercise today just because I felt bleurghhh, I felt drained from what i’d been through the day before, and I just thought I would treat myself to some rest. Rest is something in fact we don’t do enough. When we have a goal we think we must work work work in order to achieve it. Little do we know or realise that our bodies need to rest too in order to get us to that goal.

I learnt this when I was on my massive ‘weight loss adventure’ in 2012. I had decided that what I saw in the mirror was not what I wanted to look at and knew I HAD TO do something about it. Not enjoying running, probably because of the jiggling or the shortness of breath (I was a smoker) I needed something else, something to keep me focused. So in April 2012 I started boxing and then in late June I was chosen to fight in a white collar amateur boxing fight in September that year.

I was boxing twice a day, sometimes more and sometimes with other forms of exercise too like cross fit. I didn’t want to rest because I saw it as wasting time. I plateaued in my weight loss and I started getting fuzzy head during training. I guess I also started to get mentally tired and bored. I was told by someone that rest days were as important as work days and should take at least 1 a week.

I did so and my mental state changed, my weight started to go down again and I enjoyed what I was doing more.

So TODAY was one of those days.

I made myself eggs for lunch and a delicious tofu and turkey mince with cauliflower rice for dinner (will post recipe separately) and I felt better about myself and what I was trying to achieve.

We forget sometimes!
We forget sometimes!

 

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February 18

Day 15 – the C day

I’ve been suffering with my tummy for years – a mild IBS i’ve been told and also several intolerance’s, wheat, gluten and dairy. Nothing which in the past has caused more than a runny tummy or cramping, but enough now to start doing something about it as I try and improve my health.

So 2 weeks in and less than 5 trips to the loo I thought it would be time to see someone about it, and not just take laxatives to help me. So off I went to a ‘Colon Hydrotheraphy’ centre a few miles away to try and hydrate my colon and see if things would get better.

The therapist was nice and talked me through the ‘procedure’ – all seemed fine, and actually easier and less invasive than I had imagined. We chatted throughout and although during the ‘procedure’ not much happened, I was assured that in the loo, the ‘glory room’, things would be better.

I scooted myself off the bed and went off to the loo where there was some movement, however when I thought I was done, all of a sudden I started sweating uncontrollably, my hearing went, my vision when blurry and I felt like I was going to be sick. I had no idea what was happening to me. I called out for the therapist and was so embarrassed when she came into the loo and found me drenched in sweat, still sitting on the loo unable to really say much. She gave me a lozenger and some water and within 5-10 minutes I was feeling much better.

What happened to me in that loo was apparently highly uncommon yet not unheard of. Typical.

Apparently going such I long time without movement, my body probably went into a nervous shock.

I write this a week later and I am still not ‘regular’. Very annoying. I guess these things don’t get resolved in one go so I am biting the bullet and going again – a week later mind you, where as most are asked to come back 2 days later…. Let’s see what happens this time, although i’m not sure I could go through that loo ordeal again…

Exercise was good that day – I went to cross fit and then did my run. Ate light more than 2 hours before the ‘procedure’ and then for dinner I was told to have nurturing food like a baked sweet potato which I had with some cottage cheese. I felt very drained but determined!

I will get easier and better
I will get easier and better

 

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February 13

A new start – Monday, day 14

New week, new start
New week, new start

MONDAY MORNING – when the scales looked at me – poked me in the face, the gut, and told me ‘what have you done when you’ve been going so well??!!!!’ I knew I had just 2 options – give up, like i’d done so many times before, or get back into it. And really option 1 was NOT an option.

So I got myself dressed after my little sulk to J about being north of start yet south of 66kg (the heaviest i’d been since I started my weight loss adventure in May 2012 – i’ll show you evidence of what’s happened)

Fat loss adventure TAKE ONE
Fat loss adventure TAKE ONE

I can talk about that later.

AND I went to cross fit. AND as soon as I’d finished cross fit I went to the gym and ran my 5km. I can’t tell you how awesome I felt having done all the exercise i’d wanted to do for the day and it wasn’t even 11am.

I hadn’t eaten breakfast – I know that’s bad, will get better – so got home and made a smoothie. I put a banana, a couple strawberries, a few blueberries, ground flaxseed, a few almonds and a glug of almond milk. It was DEEEELISH!

I had a couple of eggs with tomato and mushrooms and a sprinkle of feta for lunch – a late lunch and dinner was a disaster! Well it was healthy just didn’t taste too good.

Chicken with asparagus and broccoli, just that the chicken I tried to cover in coconut flakes, coriander and chilli flakes all held together by a beaten egg. I’ll get this recipe right and share it, right now it’s worthy of the bin!

I’m happy with my ‘first day back’ – it WILL continue!!

We will continue and be better
We will continue and be better

 

 

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February 13

One of those weeks we all know too well…disaster

The second week of my ‘new life’ was a disaster start to end. There is nothing to say you can’t make the most of a bad situation, but I didn’t. Whether that was because my WILLPOWER failed me or I just didn’t engage or care…I’m still trying to figure it out.

We had a power cut from Tuesday til Saturday – it was -10 degrees outside and there was no light, no heat, we spent 2 nights at home in those conditions and 2 in a hotel. All of our meals were eaten out and I did not chose the ‘healthiest’ options on the menu, ever.

Up til Wednesday morning we ate quite well. I did my runs and also went to yoga. Wednesday it started to get bad….Although I went to cross fit, I ate badly. I had pasta on Wednesday night and probably a few cookies. I definitely had desert and red wine was high on the menu.

It’s these times which test you. Which whittle down the weak and make the strong surface. I embraced the fact I had been bad and carried on that trend. I consoled myself of the bad weather, the unfortunate situation of being ‘homeless’, with food.

So even though I believed in BALANCE, I don’t think I can anymore. I don’t think I can say ‘well i’ve been to cross fit now I can eat a cookie or a bowl of pasta’. It’s just not possible and not healthy, physically or mentally.

How many times have I been told, if you want to lose weight, or SHIFT FAT in fact because I’ve come to terms with the fact that if I am lifting weights then I hope to build muscle and that is heavier than fat, then its 70% in the KITCHEN, 30% in the gym…. I need to start hearing that and implementing it in my daily life.

The weekend was disastrous in terms of alcohol consumption and rice, chocolate. And the SCALES on Monday said so. I weighed myself and walked into the bathroom (we keep the scales in the kitchen so there’s no hiding from them) where J was and sulked. I was north of my beginning weight – south of 66kg. I was MORTIFIED. There was no denying that eating -within reason- whatever I wanted and exercising, is going to get me anywhere other than UP on the scales.

So what did I learn?

  • Even though i’m in a restaurant, I don’t need to chose the ‘yummy’ looking option, I can chose healthy and I CAN keep within my regime.
  • Preparation is key. My snacks could have been healthy, I could have asked for teas in coffee shops, I could have eaten nuts instead of chocolate. All supermarkets sell prepared and cut up vegetables and a tub of hummus – I don’t need a fridge for these when a bottle of water freezes in my car.
  • I didn’t need to open that second bottle of wine or drink the 4th cocktail….
  • Even though there’s no power, it’s possible to do exercise. NO EXCUSES
  • Don’t use a bad situation as an excuse – who is more important – me or the cookie??
  • Remember the end goal – GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL
So I continue and look forward to it
So I continue and look forward to it

 

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February 13

Days 5 & 6 – the first weekend…

This journey will be long and there will be ups and downs, there will be times when I am ‘well behaved’ and others when I just have to embrace the situation and enjoy what’s there to try….this weekend was that.

Saturday started very well, we went to Cross Fit – I hadn’t been to cross fit since I was last here and I loved it, will be returning! The work out was –

10-9-8-7-6-5-6-7-8-9-10

  • Bent over rows @ 55pounds
  • OH Lunges w/25pounds
  • Hollow rocks

AND complete 300m farmer carries before the end of the WOD w/ 25pounds in each hand….

I completed it in 18m31secs – yay!!

Breakfast was yuuummy and true paleo!

Yuuumm
Yuuumm

Then here’s where being good came in. We went to the cinema and one of my most favourite things of all time..popcorn..did not cross my lips! BUT I have found that if I don’t eat for a while I get light headed, apparently this is normal and one should eat to relieve this feeling – PROBLEM is when there aren’t any healthy options, does one eat what one can get hold of, try the healthiest option (I’m in America sometimes that is just HARD) or just eat and then try and be as good as possible for the rest of the day…? I had a frozen yoghurt, plain flavour, small size. NOW writing this up now, would I have been better satisfying my massive cravings with pop corn at 236 calories or eating for the sake of it, the frozen yoghurt at 159 calories?? Obviously the difference is there but mentally, does that have anything to do with it?

The rest of the day was also up in arms with dinner with friends at a ‘spanish / mexican’ tapas restaurant.

The popcorn would not have been so bad in hindsight!!

SUNDAY – was much of the same….a 5.5km run along a snowy track which was LOVELY, first time out in the fresh air for some exercise, can’t wait for the spring, hurry up already!!

Loved running outdoors for the first time in a month
Loved running outdoors for the first time in a month

But then this is where it got bad…it was superbowl night and although we tried to take ‘healthy’ snacks to our friends house – homemade lean meatballs in tomato salsa and freshly made guacamole – there was so much delicious temptation from others… How could we but EMBRACE what is nearly a national holiday here and tuck into dishes specially (and I’m told only) made for that one day?? Needless to say we went home feeling full, sluggish and no where near as healthy as we had been for the week prior.

EEEUUURGHHH!!

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