Life style changes over short-term diets

Today is rest day meaning no exercise! I love exercise but not 7 days a week, I also love to eat and watch mad men, eating the most, I’ve eaten more sausage rolls than I should today…I hope the January revolutionists/heroes are still at it with their fitness/diet goals whatever they may be!

I have to get this out: I am a big non-believer in short-term diet plans/detox juicing session the kind where you have to cut something out of your diet or just eat one thing. In my mind it’s rather simple, whatever your food habit/lifestyle was, it wasn’t working in helping you to be at your desired weight or physique. Any radical change, as is with a lot of diet plans, will get you to loose the weight.

Going off the diet isn’t the thing that is making you put back on the weight, it’s the slipping back into the bad routine that does it. Instead of going back on [insert diet plan], you need a new plan of action, one that you will stick to FOR LIFE, that you are going to like to do, there is no short cut.

In 2014 I became very depressed, for numerous reasons and factors. I gained 9 kgs unknowingly. It wasn’t until I couldn’t button my “big” jeans up, that I realised what had happened. Something had to change, and some things had changed, I was eating more than I needed, not exercising enough. I wasn’t running like I used to, knee problems put me off.

I started my work slowly but determined in the gym on the treadmill, limiting myself to 30 mins to avoid any knee pains, then RICE as a preventative measure. It worked I was getting fitter building a good base. But that wasn’t enough either; with the advice from a personal trainer I changed my diet too. Not too radically, I am constantly making changes and tweaks. It was hard at first and I have “cheat days”. I keep track of myself by using a spreadsheet writing down everything I eat and the nutrition values, and then I add them up at the end of the day. With that I am able to tell if I am eating too much of something and as a result I find myself eating more veg and getting my 5 a day!

I eat what I want in moderation. I eat full fat sausages on rare occasion; I actually prefer the low fat kind after a year of eating them. It is a trade off; I don’t see what’s so bad about it.

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First miles in the challenge done!

2.88 miles (It was suppose to be a 5 k but I turned in a road to early!!)

First miles clocked not sure how to gage it; I kept jogging at a slow pace, non-stop. Developed a stitch but just kept on going even if I was probably more close to walking pace at its worst. This is probably one of the hardest things to do keep running with a stitch, which can get painful. It has taken me a very very long time to push through it. Many more stitches to come, and it isn’t so bad, I have no idea if this will ever go away though?! We will see.

I did a full body work-out yesterday which left my triceps, lats and glutes aching- a sign of a good work out, didn’t hinder my run too much today. Kept it as slow as possible. Tomorrow is rest day. I’ll probably invest in a nice bag of frozen peas.

Running under the stars

It’s cold, a little bit wet outside, the temperature is somewhere around zero degrees Celsius and I can hear the wind battering the house. I think of every excuse not to go out for a run. For a few days it works and then I start feeling weird, withdrawal sets in.

So I head out one evening. Throughout the first mile I’m cold, the wind cuts through my clothes and I can really feel it. I breathe out extra hard into my neck gaiter to keep my face warm. “SIGH why do I do this?!” is something that crosses my mind often in the beginning of my cold runs in the winter.

Somewhere around mile 2 my body starts to warm and I am settling into my natural stride. I stop skipping tunes on Spotify and just run with it. I look up and I remember why I run. There is just something spectacularly awesome running when the sky is covered in stars. There are not a lot of people around and hardly any cars, the world is my oyster and I can run to wherever I want. There is no pressure, I don’t have to be anywhere, do anything, I just need to run.