So for anyone looking for a way to get a workout in without the mind numbing boredom of the gym, get to a Ketllebells class. They’re my new thing. Now, be prepared to not walk the next day but they’re a really good way to get some cardio and weights in at the same time. I do them in Shoreline in Bray, they do them in Greystones as well and in the Ben Dunne gyms so plenty around! They’re as fun as working out can get…
Tonight sees the commencement of my first ‘Ab Blast’ class. I can plank for 5 seconds and do about 10 sit ups before I get dizzy so this should be fun. In fairness, my stamina has increased a lot over the last few weeks so I hope it won’t be as bad as I anticipate (gulp).
Since last week, I’ve got loads of mails and texts to say well done for starting this so thank you very much. I didn’t really think it was a big deal at all but it’s nice to know there’s so many people in the same boat. The whole aim of this is to keep myself motivated, motivate others and just generally knowledge share. Weight loss and healthy eating is such a huge money maker at the moment that it can be hard to waft through the garbage online. Things that I once thought helped weight loss are actually a waste of time - I learnt this at the weekend when I sat down with Ebube and counted out how many calories we consume each day. (A woman should be taking in about 2,000 per day, 1,500 if you’re cutting.) Well I was consuming 1,300 up until lunch time, leaving myself 200 calories to work with for the rest of the day :o
I wouldn’t be a huge fan of calorie counting but because everything seems to be low fat and healthy these days I am finding myself checking the back of products a lot more now, even to just check the protein Vs carbs intake. A couple of people have asked what I’m eating so this would be a typical day for me:
8am Porridge with milk sprinkled with nuts and seeds
9am Coffee (with milk and sugar)
10.30am Yoghurt (ProBiotic full fat) & Apple
1pm Chicken/Eggs/Salad in some form
4pm Cuppa & 2 Flat Breads with peanut butter
5.30pm Protein Shake
7.30pm Whatever’s for dinner - pasta/salad/fish/roast/lasange
So as you can see I still have a bit of work to do! Coming off sugar, particularly chocolate, must be what methadone users feel like! At that 4 o’clock slump it takes everything in me not to dive into the biscuit drawer in work, literally. I’d hop off every single packet in there! I need to get some more protein in here and there, but that just comes with practice of eating more - I’m still getting used to eating often. Protein shakes are gross with water so I’m gradually lessening the amount of milk I take with them and I’m gradually taking less milk and sugar in the coffee. I’ve done it with my tea a few years ago and now I’d only ever have black tea. Slow and steady wins the race folks!!
Post soon :)