Vacation is over, first workdays behind me and time for action. I’m out of shape and I’ve gained 4 kg / 8.8 lbs since my lowest weight at the beginning of this year.
If I continue like this I will even gain more. I have been careless about my health the past months. Time for action!
First I’m not going on a diet, been there, done that and never again. My action plan has 3 steps I’m going to focus on till Christmas. I am not setting a goal for a number on the scale, I need to lose weight and how fast I lose it, even how much, isn’t important. A healthy body is what I’m after.
I will plan 6 days a week but will listen to my body. If I need an extra day of rest, I’ll take it.
My rest day will be Sunday.
- Walk 30 minutes or more every day with Bella.
- Eat healthy
- More fruits and vegetables, especially at the weekend. I have something that might help with that but save that for the next post because then I can show you what it is.
- No alcohol! I’m used to drinking a glass or 2 of wine every day, especially during vacation. Going to stop doing that and only drink 1 or 2 glasses on Saturday night or special occasions.
- No fast food. The past months we got fast food every Friday night. Besides that it’s high in fat, my body doesn’t react very well to it either.
That’s it in a nutshell. Should be totally doable.
I have told you a couple of times about my IBS problems. I haven’t talked about it much the past months but it was still there. I did some research on the internet about trigger foods and tried some suggestions. I stopped using diary and whole grain bread a couple of weeks ago and I can tell you that my problems are as good as gone. When I eat food that’s high in fat, I pay for that immediately, that’s also one of the reasons I don’t want to eat that anymore.
I replaced the diary with soybean products and use almond milk in my coffee. The whole grain bread is replace by spelt bread.
First run in weeks at around 5.30 am and although I kind of expected it, I was disappointed that it was dark. I had put out my yellow safety vest the night before but still, it’s too soon to already run in the dark in the mornings. I didn’t bring a light but will next run this week. Now it’s about 7 months running in the dark on weekdays: sigh!
The run itself went so much better than last week. I did the 8-10-8 minutes training again and this time I could run them all without walking. I did still have the 2 minute walk break in between. Very pleased with this run.
Distance: 4.4 K / 2.7 miles
Running: 8-10-8 minutes.
Paces: 6:46 – 6:40 – 6:49
Weather: dry, hardly any wind, 14C (57 degrees)
Last song on Ipod before finish: The Script – Breakeven
Turbofire, Fire 30 + Abs 10, 41 minutes.
Finished both workouts. The abs workout was only 10 minutes but hard. Think I will feel that tomorrow. Good workout!
Sunday September 1
I made a vegetarian pasta dish from a recipes out of one of my cooking magazines. Whole wheat pasta with eggplant, tomatoes and feta cheese. Very tasteful.
Monday September 2
I grilled some left-over meat from a bbq party that I still had in the freezer, baked potatoes and made a recipe from Bill Granger: green beans with garlic and bacon. This was very good and a nice variation for the regular green beans.
Tuesday September 3
Recipe from the book Jamie’s 15 minute meals: beef chimchurri with baked potatoes and salad. The original recipe said cooked potatoes but the ones I bought were rotten and I couldn’t use them.