Looking back through old blog posts is agonising. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally not ashamed of anything I’ve written, but a few old posts enthusiastically blabber about starting a new leaf and getting fit and healthy and then… nada. Did you hear that?
If you’re a fan of Orange is the New Black on Netflix, you may have picked up the Four Hour Body references. You may also have wondered what they’re all about. If so, you’re about to have your mind officially blown.
The Four Hour Body is a book by the legend of time management Mr Tim Ferriss. The book contains everything from how to perfect your sex life, to the ins and outs of ice baths. Dang! But for the majority of people who read this book, they do so for the infamous Slow Carb Diet.
This style of eating is mind boggling. I’ve used this diet on several occasions. Usually when I have limited time to fit into a bikini. In a nutshell, the Slow Carb diet requires you to eat low carbohydrate vegetables, lean protein, eggs and legumes for six days. No sugar whatsoever! This is followed by the elusive and all important cheat day. A day where you can eat chocolate for lunch and cake for dinner. This is then followed by another six days of hardcore bean action. You get the idea.
But is it a diet which can be a lifestyle? Or is it another fad?
You know when you waken in the morning and the sun is beating through the windows, and it gives you the urge? You know, the urge? When you wake up feel that… feeling. It’s so overpowering, the need to just do it. You know…?
No; not that feeling. The feeling you get when you wake up and you want to be healthy.
Today I woke up with that feeling. I was bouncing off the ceiling, scratching round the fridge for some power food which would make me radiant! Unfortunately we haven’t done a shop for a week so I settled on a small wholegrain roll toasted and spread with Coconoil and peanut butter. Not terrible…
I’ve been so bad this year. My job is manic, and working close to fifty hours a week takes its toll on your energy levels. I find it so difficult to fit in exercise and find the time to make healthy foods. But this morning, I decided that I’m not happy wearing leggings every day because my jeans are too tight, and I don’t like the new tyre around my middle. My shape is still there, it’s just got some extra padding which seriously needs to jog on.
I failed when I put my gym gear on. I hate the way I look. I used to be taut and, not slim, but you could see the definition. Right now I look soft and squidgy, like a nectarine past its use by date. Not a good look in lycra. But it was seeing myself this way which was the first domino in the fall. I decided that because I was so horrible looking that I needed to punish myself, therefore I flipped through my little book of workouts and picked out a challenging one; a 500 rep kettlebell strength number. I grabbed my 20kg and got to work. After my first 50 double swings I dropped to my 14kg to do 25 single arm rows on each arm, and 50 goblet squats. After this, I gave up. 150 reps in and I gave up. I sat down and felt useless. But then I realised I had set myself up for a fail. I haven’t properly exercised in a few months and I set upself up to do a pretty challenging workout with a heavy kettlebell. It was really never going to happen. If I had I set myself up to to 50 double swings, 25 single arms rows on each arm and 50 goblet squats and leave it there, I would have ended on a high; proud of myself for setting out to do something and achieving it.
I guess the lesson here is to set yourself up to succeed. Set realistic fitness goals and when you achieve the goal you’ll feel fantastic. In other words, don’t pull a Lissa.
Until next time.
Pre Diet Jacket
Something we are all guilty of is keeping old clothes at the back of our wardrobes for years, even decades
Of course, everyone does it for different reasons. Some do it in case Burberry style printed skirts from Internacionale come back onto the catwalk. Others are terrified to part with silk shirts which house shoulder pads that would make Joan Collins cringe, just in case their ever longed invite to the Dynasty set comes through the letterbox postmarked 1985.
Then there are people like me. Whose wardrobe at my childhood home plays homage to my formerly fat self. Or just now, my formerly fatter self. Size 24 coats and my sixth year prom dress which now sits perfectly around my ankles. As I’ve put on a bit of weight in my new job, a trip home was a perfect excuse to remind myself of just how far I’ve come in my body makeover. Unfortunately I didn’t account for the fact that I might just come across my lovely Topshop size 12 red winter coat which I got for Christmas two years ago. Ohhh, I immediately wondered if I could squeeze it into my suitcase to take back to Leeds. Now, the last time I tried this coat on it was too big and I had to wear a really thick scarf to make it look normal on me. But nothing prepared me for how tiny it was when I eventually got it on. And that was my eureka moment. I can’t keep being this ‘comfortable’ with my life, because if I’m not careful I’m going to turn back into the lifeless girl I used to be and I don’t want to be her anymore. Tomorrow, on the train back to Leeds, I’m going to devise a training and diet plan for the run up to Christmas.
I’ll post details and keep you updated. But for now, stay healthy and don’t give into the smell of Greggs sausage rolls.
You know when you have the urge to sink your teeth into something meaty but the thought of cheating your diet with a greasy Maccy D’s makes you seeth with guilt? Well this recipe for Asian inspired turkey burgers gives you some of the same meaty satisfaction but with a much leaner and healthier protein. This is great for muscle repair after a workout and it fills you up a treat, plus they’re dead simple to make so you really have no excuse. Although, I would strongly advise that you don’t substitute the fat from the meat by smothering it in melted cheese. My partner, Chris, is not guilty of that at all.
For a healthy meal, serve with a mixed bean and vegetable salad. The beans are full of fibre which is essential for maintaining a healthy digestive system and they also release their energy slowly helping to keep your fingers out of the biscuit jar during the Coronation Street ad break. Alternatively, if you can’t stand the thought of a burger with no bun, have the burger inside a warm wholemeal pita pocket and serve with a crunchy vegetable salad.
500g lean turkey mince
1 egg yolk
1 finely chopped spring onion
1cm grated root ginger
1 teaspoon of lazy chillis (or finely chopped fresh chillis)
salt and pepper to season
1 tablespoon olive oil
1. Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix it up with your hands until its evenly distributed.
2. Shape the burgers into 4 patties (of two if you’re both mega hungry) and place on a dinner plate before putting in the fridge for 30 minutes.
3. Once the patties are ready, heat the olive oil in a pan and cook the burgers slowly until the juices run clear. A great tip to keep them moist is not to press them down with a fish slice when they’re cooking as this can dry them out. You can also grill the burgers but, in all honesty, they are not as tasty.