Its almost self sabotage when you go out for lunch and your order something 'healthy', the issue being is that what you think is healthy is usually been cooked in butter or vegetable fat. The dressing are usually what add on the calories. You just need to remember, there is nothing wrong with asking how something is cooked, or to ask for something on the side, but not everyone likes doing this, including me.
I thought I was going for a healthy quinoa chicken salad yesterday, and the most I tasted was the butter the quinoa had obviously been cooked it. I thought I was being good - but because I was too afraid to ask and to naive to realise I sabotaged my own diet through choosing a healthy option. Lesson learnt - next time ASK, how is the food cooked for example is it baked or fried (can you take it home), I like did with my second attempt at chicken quinoa salad today (I only ate half and then asked if I could take it home). No point wasting food, and I had it for dinner instead which was so yummy.
You can find healthier options in restaurants and coffee shops, and you can still enjoy going out with friends and family, and still keep to a good diet, as long as you are aware that you can ask for things on the side, how is it cooked, swap items such as chips for salads.
Yes, it is a crazy thought to actually get up at some extremely stupid time and do a workout, whether you are heading to the gym or just going for a run, but I will tell you the reason why I do.. Because, you roll out of bed get your gym clothes on, brush your teeth, brush your hair and your out the door within 15 minutes. Well not all of you are as lucky as us, and have a gym literally in our back garden, so it takes probably less than a minute to get to the gym, however the other gym does take 15 minutes, and if you go for a run its even closer. Not to mention you can workout at home (so its even closer than close).
Anyway back to the point of getting up at some stupid time to go to the gym, it basically there are a couple of reasons:
So based on this, yes I do have the alarm set at 5.15am every morning, but by 7am its all done, and that also includes this morning, which for me, I had to push through some serious barriers. Doing 3 1km rows with only a minutes break was both mentally and physically challenging, there were times that I was seriously considering giving up and walking away, and there were times were I actually wanted to break down and cry, which to think that wasn't that long and somehow we have to pull through mentally for 24 hours! That will truly be a test.
The great news is I got through it, and surprising managed to carry on with the next part:
Now at 9pm, I am feeling a little tight but it does seem like a lifetime ago, and seriously it really does set you up for the rest of the day.
Thought I would attempt to make some protein balls, since I made them a few times before, they are a quick easy snack to have on the go, somehow along the way - they sort of turned into this gluey sticky mess, then I just lost and throw it in the bin!! Probably won't attempt a second batch tonight and leave until the weekend, and annoyingly I was on a high after my workout session.
Think it has been one of those weeks, it feels like it has been a really really really long week, and the end of Friday really can't come quick enough. Even the thought of my usually Thursday night class brought tears to my eyes, a high intensity class was the last thing I wanted today. The idea of an early night was just so welcoming.
But, I have to say there is always something so fantastic when you finish a class, you can't beat that feeling. It just re emphasises the fact, when you really can't be bothered to go to the gym, the feeling afterwards is always worth it.
Even after feeling so exhausted, somehow managed to get my PB on my shuttle runs!! 38 seconds!! New objective is to get it under 35 (one day maybe).
Then it was another 3 sets including a sled run and pull-ups.
Next sessions 5.45am tomorrow ;)
Muscles were feeling tight today, and after a 1/2 hour boot camp sessions and stretch, my muscles still seem to loosen. I was hoping to get for a run afterwork, but thought that it would be best just to give it a rest and concentrate on the foam roller, so at least i managed to get back into the gym.
Its always best to get your body moving even if it's not what you initially planned to do, and at least I did something. Hopefully get will go out for a run tomorrow morning, after giving my body a little rest.
Bootcamp training consisted of:
Doing 1/2 hour of stretching, has to be one of the hardest things to do especially when your body is just full of knots. The concentration and the pain, is so much harder than any obstacle course run. Would highly recommend doing a stretching class as part of your regular routine, trying Pilates or yoga will help loosen, lengthen and strengthen your muscles.
The challenge will be getting the right balance with doing too much and burning out, or just sitting down and not being bothered doing anything. Of course being careful to ensure that no injuries occur theought the next few months. The first test will be Spartan in a couple of weeks.
With much concentration, I actually made it to the gym - but then there were two problems that then arose:
After getting all excited about Hunter the Huntsman spider, I nearly forgot to include the second session after workout. This was more a strength based programme, and included:
As we have announced on Facebook earlier today, we are both participating in Max's and Maxine's Challenge, this will help us keep focus on our progress up to our event and beyond. Of course by announcing everything, we can't really back down (we may look kinda stupid), so now we have officially declared our intentions we have to keep going.
The first day, apart from being an extremely long day has now been conquered. A PT sessions which included some HIIT training thanks to Megan at Fernwood 6am this morning. It most definitely got the sweat going it included:
x 8 1 legged TRX rows
x 8 Kettle bell clean and press
x 10 TRX squat jumps.
x 8 Slam wall ball throws
x 8 Lunge with row
x 10 TRX plank pendulum swings
x 6 Single armed kettle bell swings
x 6 Side slams with medicine ball
x 2 each side Single legged walk outs
This is how seriously we are taking this, today is the first day without coffee (to be honest I am not surprised today was a really long day, and I actually don't know how long that aspect will last, and will probably cave tomorrow during a meeting, but I guess embrace one thing at a time).
Knee exercises as prescribed by Ben at Mosiac Health, ensuring that I do not encounter the same knee issues as I did last year. Then spent some time on the rower and treadmill.
10 minutes on the rower - 90 seconds 30 seconds off (aiming to keep under 2.05)
10 minutes on the treadmill - 15% incline, 9.5km 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off
The aim is to progress this, and eventually increase running time and decreasing rest period.
To keep track of the our progress, we both conducted the fit test as offered by Maxine / Max.
Keeping you posted on the OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) journey. Letting you know about courses, events and general health and fitness.