In the same week I started a new job and bought my first ever monthly travelcard, I’ve gone a whole week without having a social life. I’ve mastered the rock and roll lifestyle with 6am starts and 9pm bed times and the novelty of adult life has worn off very quickly!
For those that follow my fitness instagram page (kcfitness_) you’ll be aware of my current back situation. Just over a month ago I trained legs at the gym as usual and finished with some glute bridge raises – I think it was this exercise that resulted in me not being able to move the following day. After 3 weeks it still wasn’t feeling okay so I went to see a physio – who is also a chiropractor. He told me I’d sprained a ligament in my lower back and needed at least another 2 weeks’ rest before I can start weight training again. I’m still resting it but went for a very long walk yesterday and a short 15 minute run today to test the waters. My fitness has clearly diminished as I struggled to run 3km, but my back held up and that’s all I’m concerning myself with at the mo.
I have lost more or less all of the definition in my stomach *sobs*. I can hold my hands up and say I have been pretty slack with my diet since coming back from holiday – dinners out 3 or 4 times a week and quite a bit of alcohol. But that will be put on hold now until at least the beginning of December – that’s the plan anyway…
I saw the #oneperfectweek hashtag on instagram and thought I’d join the bandwagon. As it suggests, it is a week of a perfect diet. So for the week I was starting a new job & a strict diet – because Monday’s aren’t stressful enough – I was cutting out the following:
Processed meats & foods
It also suggests you drinking at least 2.5 litres of water a day, as well as getting in around 8 hours of sleep a night. Doing this challenge on a first week of a new job actually proved to be a blessing as I was so busy I didn’t actually have time to pick on foods and therefore just ate the foods I had prepared, and kept to eating clean dinners. I was having my standard high fibre bran for breakfast, a superfood salad for lunch and then chicken or turkey steaks with vegetables for dinner. Snacks consisted of fruit and yoghurts. I found the ‘challenge’ quite easy, as I said being so busy made it easier, but it did make me think twice quite a lot about the foods I would usually pick on e.g. an odd biscuit with my morning coffee, or a handful of crisps. I lost 2lbs this week which I feel great about having put on a bit of weight since injuring my back.
While following this kind of diet is doable, I don’t think I could do it constantly. When a diet gives me too much restriction I tend to boycott it very quickly. While if I stick to general healthy eating and have a few cubes of chocolate if I fancy it, I’m much more likely to stick to it. ‘Everything in moderation’ is my moto when it comes to my diet and I think it’s the only long-term sustainable way to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
I have successfully survived my first week as an implementation consultant – GO ME! It felt very much like the first week of lectures at uni. Information being thrown at you left, right and centre, all the while trying to settle in to a new office and making a good first impression. My job involves a lot of hospital site visits which means travelling in and out of London; they wasted no time in introducing me to this novelty and I went to St George’s Hospital in Tooting once, as well as East Surrey hospital twice. It’s nice being out of the office but extremely tiring – hence the 9 o’clock bed times! I’m enjoying the new challenge though; all I need now is for my back to heal and to get myself back in the gym lifting weights, where I belong. I’ve lots to look forward to over the next few months in the run up to my birthday and Christmas. In the meantime, it’s back to fitness and enjoying pumpkin spiced lattes (which are amazing, by the way!) and shopping trips stocking up on winter woolies!