Thursday, 23 September 2010

Day 31 - Intense Running, Resistance Training, The Kind Diet

I'm taking each day as it comes and each day is a challenge, an obstacle and a gift.  I am spending every day working towards goals and developing myself as a person.  I know I have to go back to university soon and even though it's only one day a week, I'm slightly anxious about it because it's going back to a life I did not like.  I am, however, determined to get this right and do well because after all, in the last month I've become a warrior so what can really stop me?

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Today's Food

On to other things, today I ate really well.  Here is a picture of breakfast - Overnight Oats with Apple and Yoghurt

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Overnight oats were made by soaking organic oats in apple juice over night, and then mixing it with organic low fat yoghurt in the morning, shredded apple (organic :D) and half a teaspoon of Agave Nectar.

This was lunch - a bean salad tortilla wrap

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I used a wholemeal tortilla wrap from Discovery.  The filling is black eye beans with organic lettuce, yellow pepper, onion, spring onion and cherry tomatoes.  Seasoning was chilli powder, pepper and parsley.  I parsley EVERYTHING.

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For dinner it was meatballs because I was away on Meatball Monday.   Today I decided to make the shift of eating meat balls to  a vegetarian option so as there was left over beans I pan fried some bean cakes for myself.  Otherwise the family had turkey meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce, and we all had oven roasted butternut squash, tomatoes and onions with stir fried kale and lemon and butter quinoa.  (meatballs on the left, bean cakes on the right)

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Sausage Fear

Today I actually had this strange and intense need for meat.  I don't know why but I had been holding this craving back since the day before so I finally fried up a sausage to satisfy my craving.  The particular beef and mustard sausage was fried without any oil on a non stick pan.  Check it out:

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Can you see how much oil comes out of the sausage alone?  I have to say that might be my last sausage for a long time because I did not feel good afterwards, both physically and emotionally.  I think it just highlights exactly why I no longer want processed meats in my system - just look at it!

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Running

I went for an intense run today and this time it was early evening around 4pm.  The sun was lowering but the breeze was still present and the sky was beautifully blue.  I did the same 0.08 mile stretch over and over again and today my body was just not working as hard as it was yesterday.  My mind seemed to stop me today but in saying this I ran a good 20 minutes and sweated a fair bit.  The work out included press ups and bench presses against the railings because I wanted to shed my arm weight, tone up and grow stronger. I am now feeling quite broken but very, very alive.

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The Kind Diet, by Alicia Silverstone, finally arrived at my door today!  I am incredibly excited and fascinated by the book and concept.  This is what I've been looking for all along and this book speaks to me like no other book has (besides a few other life changing books I will tell you about another time).  The Kind Diet talks of a vegan lifestyle, of a sustainable, honest, kind to earth, plant based diet and while I don't know whether I can commit to it, I can definitely be a flirt for as long as I want.  Learning about this lifestyle and educating myself on alternative recipes will only expand my palette and love for foods - this is definitely a journey I want you all to join me on. 

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What a fascinating day.  I'm finding that I am procrastinating in certain areas of my life so tomorrow is a day of clearing up odds and ends and facing up to things I haven't done in a long time.  Also I haven't been counting calories properly but have been eating sensibly.  I feel little change in my body as of yet but perhaps by the end of the week we shall see results.  Tomorrow I will try to monitor my calorie intake a little more and make tomorrow's run a good one before a rest until Sunday!

 

Good night x

1 comment:

  1. Hey Helen, well done on your progress. I have a suggestion for you in terms of meat. Asda sell these turkey sausages, which when I grill or fry with nothing added have barely any visible residue in fact I have to add some virgin olive oil otherwise they just cook far too dry for me. They are sold in the poultry isle with the turkey meat and they are very reasonably priced. Keep up the good work X

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