Day 24 – foot turning more purple!

This morning I taught Pilates, as well as homeschooling my daughter due to her health problems and studying for a Master’s part time myself I teach yoga and Pilates. I teach in some genuinely beautiful places and the students are such wonderful people. It’s honestly always a joy to go to work even when life is being sticky. It also reminds me that without exercise and mindfulness I’d probably not be coping at all. It is and has been for many years my sanctuary.

Exercise is rather tricky as my foot is gradually bruising more as breaks often do and rather sore after yesterday’s accidental walk! But I can still do a great deal of yoga and my coach is fabulous at planning around any issue. This is what I did today.

After cooking for my daughter, I did a little pre-reading for starting to teach Charlotte physics tomorrow. I’m not looking forward to that! Biology I’m very comfortable with, Chemistry moderately but Physics will be interesting! Thankfully her dad is a mathematician so any equations are his forte.

I’ve had a couple of people mention how well I look, which as I said in previous posts I’m not feeling any different but that could be due to stress. So perhaps the change in sugar intake and having a zero booze intake is showing on the outside.

Today’s food (only one picture! Sorry still not in the habit)

Breakfast

Berries, goat yoghurt, seeds

Lunch

Loads of veg, olive oil, roasted pine nuts

Dinner

Veg burger, salad leaves, olives, hummus and olive oil

Snacks

Dark chocolate and a banana

Total sugars

Day 23 – More bike erg and an accidental walk resulting in extreme hunger!

I knew I was going to spend most of the morning driving my sons around. To make sure I had time for exercise I went to the gym for 8.30 to get half an hour on the bike erg in. Even if I’m limited in what I can do at the gym with the broken toes it always clears my head.

I was right about the driving too, by the time I’d picked the younger one up from Blyth and delivered him to Alnwick then driven the older one to work and myself and daughter home I’d easily covered 80 miles. Add in a diversion to Craster and I’m sure it was closer to 100. Not bad with two broken toes. Still not as far a my husband who is driving younger son to Peterborough to stay with his Auntie for a week. That’s a rather long way there and back in one day!

About the diversion to Craster, my daughter decided she hadn’t been to Dunstanburgh castle for a while. I assumed wrongly this meant she’d been, well ever. Wrong. Now at this point I’d been to the gym and driven around 80 miles, I wanted lunch. “Let’s have lunch at a pub” I say, “no” says Charlotte “we’ll go to a cafe at the castle”. Which turned out to be a mile and half from the car park. Normally, not a problem, with broken toes I was slow. Really slow. Anyway we finally get there. No cafe, just a shop, filled with chocolate and sweets. Wonderful. My lunch consisted of a packet of crisps and a bottle of water, until I arrived home much later. Thankfully I didn’t eat my daughter or the dog. It did after a few easy days remind me how tricky being sugar free can actually be. It’s not all banana ice cream and cinamon! Gorgeous views though.

Today’s food in words and pictures (yes I remembered to take photos today!)

Breakfast

Oats, cinnamon, small apple a few grapes

Lunch

Crisps

Later lunch

Roasted cauliflower slices, fine green beans, feta, olive oil and black pepper.

Dinner

Strawberries, apple, raspberries, satsuma, kiwi and cacao nibs in a fruit salad with creme Fraiche.

Snacks

Dark chocolate

Total sugars

Day 7 – 1 week down, 1 finished tattoo, 1 wet run and stock cube stress

Morning

Well it’s safe to say my digestive tract has noticed the extra fibre. I won’t go into too much detail but don’t want to be too far from a toilet at the mo. I’m sure that will settle down.

Today is an exciting one, I’m having the tattoo of the Goddess Isis on my right forearm finished off. First I need to run and get some uni work done. Oh please let it be dry on the beach, I’m sick of rainy walks and runs this week, fairly sure Jasper dog feels the same especially after yesterday’s walk where his belly willy spent a significant amount of time in cold muddy water. He’s really not keen on his silly belly willy being submerged, he does this weird arch back to try and pull it out of water which is hilarious.

Later today

Well it’s safe to we weren’t lucky as far as avoiding the rain goes. In fact dog and I were drenched. My coach Hesus wants me to keep my heart rate down as I extend my run time. I’m rubbish at pacing so at the moment I’m doing 2 mins run 45 sec walk to drop my heart back down. Seems to be working ok. Although wet and windy it was still an enjoyable 5 miles up and down the beach. I tried to get a cute photo of me and dog at the end of the run, you know like other people do. I failed entirely so here’s one of me looking wet and drunk (not actually drunk of course, red eyed from the rain) holding an unhappy dog in the rain.

Suprisingly though my recover and heart rate generally seem to have improved vo2 max wise and according to Garmin my fit age is 26 well as I approach my 46 birthday in a few weeks time I’m happy with that!

Later, later today my Isis tattoo is finished and I absolutely love her

It’s also just such a cool little shop

https://m.facebook.com/elementaltattoopiercing

Today’s food in pictures and words:-

Breakfast

Squished avocado with a bit of chilli and paprika on Nairn’s crackers.

Lunch

Roasted chickpeas, quinoa cooked in various spices, salad with apple, cashew nuts and lemon with olive oil dressing.

Dinner

Stuffed mushrooms (adapted from the Deliciously Ella original cookbook). I add spinach leaves and passatta. (Slightly burned today! Oops)

With grated and slowly stir fried veg, kinda a veggie bubble n squeek or cauliflower rice with other stuff if you’re a hipster.

Snacks

Salted popcorn, cocoa with unsweetened almond milk and chilli powder.

100% dark chocolate

I had a really argghh moment when I wanted to use a stock cube and couldn’t. I just wanted to make stock dammit. I need to find some sugar free stock. Then another when my husband brought home jelly beans from working away, I soooo wanted a jelly bean.

He did bring me back some Mandela tea though which is an interesting concept. Can you imagine a Margaret Thatcher tea? Would have to be a very traditional strong with milk. No sweetness allowed, or untraditional milks

Total sugars etc

Day 6- dog walk, CrossFit and struggling to eat enough

I slept for 11 hours last night. I think I needed it too. I didn’t really sleep the night before I rarely do the night before Charlotte seeing the oncologist and there are other stresses going on that I can’t talk about here. But boy did I sleep last night! Partly helped by it being the time of year I need to take antihistamines which always make me a little sleepy. Poor Jasper dog though, it was a clear 12 hours since the last time he’d been let out for the loo. I’m amazed he didn’t shoot straight out of the door!

I had a little extra time this morning so made museli, I found earlier in the week that toasting half of the oats makes a huge difference texture wise, sweetness came from finely chopped dates and half an apple each. I love food which isn’t going to change across this year so I’m going to have to put a little extra effort into making sure it’s tasty.

Speaking of which I bought a new cookbook to puruse, The How Not to Die Cookbook. I am not sure I am entirely on board with the full on message of the original book but I certainly know with these kind of books in going to find some decent veg based sugar free meals. I’m quite excited to look at it later.

One of the issues I’m having at the moment is getting enough calories in, especially on training days. I suspect I’ll be eating a whole lot of avocados and peanut butter this year!

Costa for a coffee with a friend was so filled with lovely smells and tempting things. I am going to miss hot chocolate very much this year but a cappuccino with cinnamon was still lovely.

Today’s food in pictures and words

Breakfast

Home made museli, oats, dates, apple, blueberries and unsweetened almond milk.

Lunch

Curried Cauliflower soup

Salmon, salad leaves and a kiwi.

Dinner

2 boiled eggs, salad, pecans, blackberries.

Snacks

Avocado mousse made with an avocado, raspberries and coconut milk.

Skinny cappuccino at Costa with cinnamon on the top rather than chocolate

Today’s exercise

First a dog walk with Jasper, a fairly slow amble along the old Alnwick to Alnmouth railway tracks which are gradually being restored. It’s a lovely walk especially on a rainy day when quiet. Jasper wasn’t too impressed by puddles up to his arm pits though! My Star Lord jacket is awesome at keeping me dry though. Not sure how someone managed to go home without their underwear though!!

Later in the afternoon I practiced Ashtanga standing series to warm up for CrossFit then it was as below. Certainly a lot to get through but it felt really, really good today. You know when you have one of those workouts that just feel amazing. Pretty rare at times but this was one of them.

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