Well hello again, is it that time already? I know you guys obviously don’t live for my weekly healthy lifestyle update (but you totally should) but as I’ve been writing them for 62 weeks, there’s no point in stopping now!
So, let’s get into it.
I’ve had an up and down week. Do you get them? Where one day things can be great and you’re feeling ALL THAT, and the next day you just feel … off, and you don’t know why. That’s how my entire week went. Work is stressful, I need more money so I’m looking around for extra, so that’s irritating to say the least, then I had the dentist, which was fine but y’know, it’s the dentist. Then I walked into town for my doctor’s appointment, after psyching myself up with a long list of things I wanted to talk to him about, only to find out they’ve booked me into a different surgery, the other side of town.
So just meh, meh, meh.
On the positive side, I went to London on Thursday for the most amazing blogging event at The Times building, next to the Shard (more of that to come in a separate blog post), but this was my random dinner on the way home:
… and I had the loveliest Wednesday evening and weekend with my man-friend. We had a curry on Wednesday, but we shared everything, so my portion (stop sniggering) was a lot smaller than usual and it was a posh curry house, so nothing was swimming in oil. And in fact, I’m still on a massive high with it all. (Although at the same time clearly waiting for it all to come crashing down, because that’s how my brain thinks. But hopefully it won’t.)
I’m still struggling with no caffeine and I’m wondering whether that has anything to do with my funk. I do still feel a little lacking in energy, although not nearly as bad as that first week, so perhaps that’s why I’m so bloody miserable. I don’t know. I have, however, had enough energy to work hard(ish) in the gym this week and tried out a new type of interval training on the treadmill. Instead of running at a medium pace for three minutes, then walking for one, I did what I saw a fitness YouTuber do – and I’ll be honest, when I saw her do it, I thought there was no way at all I could do it – but it’s running as fast as you possibly can for 30 seconds, rest for 30, and so on. And would you Adam and Eve it … I managed it for 16 minutes!
The interesting thing is that I burnt more calories in less time.
I was running at a 10.5kph pace which was pretty fast I’d say, and the whole thing was pretty surreal because in that moment, as my feet were pounding the treadmill, I couldn’t believe it was actually me doing it. ME? A year ago I would be in pain if I stood still for more than a few minutes, and that’s no exaggeration. But it’s times like that that just make me realise what a journey (I know I know) I’ve been on, and continue to go on. I keep surprising myself, which is a fantastic feeling. I feel I could achieve anything I put my mind to.
The other thing I did differently this week was walk more. There were two occasions I didn’t quite get to the gym but I walked into town instead – 25 minutes each way – and I know it’s not as good at burning calories, but the sun was shining and to be honest, it was just good for my soul. You must feed your mind, your soul and your heart … and then I reckon you’ll be alright. I’m trying to listen to my body more and understand what it needs – that goes for food and exercise. So some day, I feel like running (it’s true!) and other days I feel like a moderately paced walk in the sunshine. Just do what feels good. That’s a great motto to live by isn’t it?! (Unless you’re into heroin. Don’t do that.)
Food-wise, a little over calories each day this week, but I’ve concentrated on improving the quality of my food this week. So I’m back to salmon and salad, steak and veg and just a low-carb, high-protein diet. It’s not perfect, and I need to keep working at it, but I definitely felt better for eating better quality food:
- Monday: 1532
- Tuesday: 2246
- Wednesday: 2304
- Thursday: 1572
- Friday: 1760
- Saturday: 2822
Total: 9422 / 6 = 1573 calories per day on average
So you will see I went considerably over my 1900 calorie allowance on several days because curry and gin, but under on others. It wasn’t intentional, and it’s not ideal, it’s much better to have a steady intake but like I mentioned, it was an up and down week for me. (Saturday was due to about 10 gins and a big bacon sandwich.)
I’m still doing my own Spinning, lifting heavier weights and doing Pilates … (I love this photo):
And on Monday, I have a session with a PT who’s going to help me learn how to use some of the weights/machines I’m too scared to use (see my blog post about GYMTIMIDATION) and write out a bespoke programme for me, so I’m excited about that. Not so much excited about seeing the doctor beforehand – if I go to the right place that is.
I lost 1lb this week. The PT I speak to at the gym says it’s really good just to lose between 1-2lbs each week as I’m also building muscle, so I’ve got to be happy with that. My diet hasn’t been perfect this week but I’m still figuring it all out, so I’m taking this week’s weight loss as a big win. That brings my total weight loss to 3 stones and 13lbs. Hopefully, I’ll reach that very elusive 4 stones loss next week. But right now, I am fighting for every single pound I lose. I know how hard I work at this healthy lifestyle thing and I respect every pound that comes off because, as most of you know, it really isn’t easy.
Work aside, I’m in a very good place at the moment and I really think that the gym is helping with my mental headspace. As you know, I don’t have many people I can talk to about my thoughts/concerns/worries and all that jazz, so I find the gym very therapeutic. Do you?
It’s an early night for me, I’m not as young as I once was (I just look 24), so I’ll sign off now. Have a lovely week and please do follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and I’ll see you the same time, same place next week.