Howdy readers! How can it be the end of January already??!
Good news, I have a draft version of a maths assignment! Yay! Worked my little tush off to get that done. Cracking on with my art assignment from tomorrow 🙂
Went to see my wonderful physio on Saturday for a check-over before I start really increasing the miles for marathon training. Boy am I glad I did! I thought I felt tight in my quads and calves and they really needed seeing too, especially my right leg, which he did a bit of acupuncture on. My glutes are not firing at all, dead as a dodo apparently! Not good, but not totally abnormal. So got some exercises to work on that. I need to work on my ankle strength as well, in both legs. So work daily on the old wobble board is needed! Sitting for many many hours a day is causing me problems with my hips, resulting in tight hip flexors, so got some isometric contractions to do for that. And finally got some daily stretches to do for my psoas muscle. See here for more info about where this muscle is.
We popped into town and we bought some fabulous brightly coloured bits and bobs for the flat! Got to brighten the place up now it’s heading towards spring 🙂 Got these cushion covers
and thisawesome bicycle cushion.
Got these great green voiles for the lounge window.
The cat approves!!!
Got these cute pictures for the kitchen along with some tea towels.
We also got a bright blue bath mat for the bathroom. Looks so bright and fresh now!
Check out our humungous lunch from Saturday! Half a chicken each, mashed mint and chilli peas, garlic and basil tomatoes, and brown rice.
We ate that while watching the athletics. Awesome! How amazing was Mo Farah. Totally awe-inspiring.
So, gotta start thinking of goals now that we’re heading in to February, and I’m likely to have a little more free time on my hands. Where better to look than Stuart Amory, from In Kilter Fitness. He is a personal trainer who is kicking up a storm on Twitter. He put together an Advent Challenge for the month of December, has come up with a challenge for January, and now February. His aim is for 2012 to be people’s fittest year yet. This coming month’s challenge is here and involves a water drinking challenge and a press up challenge. For the January challenge and leg challenge you can find the video here. I personally have been ‘dry’ for the whole month of January and aim to do so for the month of February. I am particularly excited about this month’s challenge as I want to get back into my press ups. Last year I got up to 6 full press ups in a row, so I want to beat that this year!
Had my blood tests this morning for iron levels and thyroid function, should get the results for these on Friday afternoon. Also had a dietitian appointment this afternoon. She was really pleased with my progress and said that I should continue with a gluten-free and dairy-free diet. She complimented me on my attitude to this, as she said some people will just say it’s impossible, whereas I have been very positive about it.
Foods have been delicious and I have been trying to eat as much veg as I possibly can without turning into a piece of kale or spinach myself. Lots of smoothies with spinach have been consumed with berries or bananas.
At the weekend we made a delicious apple crumble which was a bit different to the norm… we peeled and chopped some apples into a dish, then mixed up some ground almonds (about 2 cups) with some coconut oil, loads of cinnamon and a bit of agave. Sprinkled it all over the apples and baked, covered with foil, for nearly an hour. It was amazing!!! I would definitely recommend this. And it was gluten and dairy free- bonus!
Breakfast today was a bowl of porridge with coconut and protein powder.
Today’s lunch was this veg-tastic salad with chicken, avocado, beetroot, cucumber, tomato, rocket, spinach. Had it with a mug of miso soup.
Dinner was a pizza made with ground almonds from this recipe here (totally lush by the way!!!) and topped with tomatoes, peppers, onion, olives, mushrooms, rocket, served with sprouts, asparagus wrapped in parma ham and kale chips. Drooooooool!!
I have made it my mission to ensure I drink between 2 and 3 litres of water today, and have managed 3.
As well as ensuring optimum food intake, I’m also going to be working on my mental/emotional wellbeing as well. It has been highlighted that I spend rather a lot of my time stressed out, what with one thing or another. And that I take inadequate ‘chill time’, either none, or what I do take isn’t spent adequately de-stressing. So am going to work on this, and I urge others to do the same. We need to learn to relax for our own health. So, last night I ran a bubble bath, lit some candles and lay in there for an hour listening to the Bon Iver album, concentrating just on the music and my breathing. It was very strange as I’m used to working at 100 miles per hour, but it was good. I felt almost drunk when I got out the bath, I was so relaxed. Slept really well and haven’t been that drained today, which is how stress often makes me feel.
Having my roots done tomorrow, it’s the little things hey! And into uni to return some books, and get some more out. Then more reading and writing!!
Is it snowing where you are? We had a little attempt, but nothing major!