Trying to like Salad!

We’ll the healthy eating continues, although I’m not necessarily enjoying everything I eat! I find that I like the salad items separately but am less keen when they are all mixed up. I much prefer mixed leaves to simple lettuce and need some type of dressing on it in order to enjoy it. I’m going that as time passes I will get more used to it …

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This salad is one of the better ones – cherry tomatoes, yellow pepper, cucumber, green olives and avocado. It’s very much one day at a time at the moment but I will get there!

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Trying to like Salad!

Healthy Starts and a Sneaky Treat

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Well Week 1 of my new fitness/clean eating plan has been good overall. I’ve tried hard to move more, eat lots of healthy fruit and vegetables, and made a conscious effort to run regularly.

It’s amazing how you can do it when you have the time and energy to try – I’m in the middle of a 6 week summer holiday now, so it’s much easier to find time to run and cook meals when I’m not at work from 7.30am to 6/7pm. I’m hoping that by getting myself as prepared as possible – learning new recipes, freezing portions of food and getting into a new routine of healthy snacks, I’ll be able to stick to it come September.

I’ve also followed lots of different #cleaneating / #healthyeating tags on instagram. The photos of so many delicious meals make me want to try a bit harder in the kitchen. I’m a fairly plain eater and don’t enjoy cooking, but I’m really aiming to change this in the coming months!

So, Week 1 is done, and it went reasonably well. Hmmmm well apart from one glass of red wine and a piece of cheesecake when I met up with friends for lunch … but life is for living and I ran afterwards!

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Healthy Starts and a Sneaky Treat

Getting Back Into Fitness

Today

Today I am feeling rather pleased with myself as, despite not running for a few months, I’ve completed a 10k through the beautiful city of York. Having dreaded the the idea of running this distance its a relief to be wearing the finishers t-shirt and holding the medal.
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The Backstory

I’ve been running for 20 years, since I was a teenager. I’ve competed lots of races – 5km, 10km, half marathons. Yet despite this, I was really dreading the race today. Instead of spending the past few months doing training runs, I’ve sat on my sofa, lazed around in bed, enjoyed my garden. for 6 months I’ve done everything short of lacing up my trainers and running out of the front door. Suffice to say, this annoyed and frustrated me yet I failed to really do anything about it. With a few days to go until the big race today, I managed 2 gentle 5km jogs around my local area and one painful 10km jog/walk in driving rain and miserable winds.

The main problem has been the disappointment I’ve had in myself. From being super fit and healthy two years ago, I have gained weight and become lazy. A year ago I started to address this by moving to a place where I could spend more time outdoors – ditching the car and cycling to work each day in the fresh air (ie – rain/ice/snow…). Yet I still lacked the motivation to go to a gym or take up regular jogging again. I was kidding myself that I didn’t need to, didn’t enjoy it, didn’t have time … I could go on!

The more annoyed I became at myself, the harder it seemed to become to actually DO anything about it. I was frustrated about how I had lost my fitness. Exercise seemed difficult and the gap between what I could do and what I USED to be able to do seemed unbridgeable. Today I saw a quote that said “Don’t be put off by the time it will take to achieve your goals. The time will pass anyway.” This quote really reasonated with me. It struck a chord. What am I waiting for? Why am I putting it off? The time will pass anyway, so why I don’t I spend some time getting closer to the fitness I used to have?

The Future

This week I have decided to make a more permanent change to my attitude. Starting a blog is my own personal diary of the changes I want to make – in fitness, in diet, in lifestyle. By writing them down I hope to keep myself on track and log my progress. At the moment I don’t mind if anyone else reads it or not, it’s for me. If anyone else is interested then that’s a bonus.

i am a teacher, so I am lucky to have weeks in summer where I can spend time working on myself – time that in the rest of the year sometimes feels woefully short. I’m hoping that by laying down some good habits over the next month I will feel fitter and healthier for the new term, which starts in September. Clean eating, regular exercise (running, cycling and hula hooping, as recommended by one of my closest friends!) and balancing my time between work and home. Purposefully and meaningfully, not just shoe-horned in to a spare half hour!

The only way is forward!

Getting Back Into Fitness