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Health and Fitness Update 04

I want to make these blog posts regular, maybe every 7-10 days or so to allow me to check in on how I'm doing and share progress and news.  My problem so far is how to check in and talk about progress if I haven't specifically lost any weight, and how to do that without feeling like a little bit of a failure.  I've been thinking of tying the update to a specific day, like a 'Fitness Friday', but I think for the moment it's better to just keep them sporadic but regular.  I hope people are still enjoying them, I know it's a relatively new theme for my blog but it's becoming a bigger part of my life so it makes sense for me to give it some airtime on here.

I guess I should give myself a little bit of a break from being disappointed about having not lost any weight this week in that I've actually been a bit poorly; I've been off work for a couple of days with the mega-lurgy, i.e. bunged up with cold, fuzzy head, sore throat, feeling like walking to the top of the stairs is an effort akin to running a marathon.  So it's no surprise that I haven't been out pounding the streets in the morning or going to exercise classes (though I did manage one run on Tuesday).

I have been doing what I always do when I'm not up to running though - reading running magazines, buying new running gear (bought an awesome Nike running vest from Sports Shoes ) and generally resolving to get out there as soon as I'm well again.  I've even subscribed to Women's Health and I'm determined to join the gym and fit in a few Personal Trainer sessions to help with my other fitness goals.  I just need to kick this cold out and for my ankle to be a little stronger than it currently is.  I have a 10k (Bournemouth Bay) at the end of March so I want to make sure I'm ready for that.  I keep looking back on when I was running longer distances last year and getting so cross at myself for spraining my ankle.  This run in September still remains my longest run {below photo} but if my ankle agrees, I'd really like to try running 10 miles sometime soon.


The other thing that's new is that I've decided to give up refined sugar for lent.  This week I decided to try and 'wean' myself off it so it's not such a shock to the system come next Wednesday.  I've also decided to keep a diary of everything I eat so that I can identify where my slip-ups are and keep trying to improve it. On Monday I was so shocked at the sheer amount of things I actually put in my mouth! It seemed like a lot.  On Tuesday night after only 48 hours with no sugar (except for there may be a little bit in the rosé perhaps?) I had such a bad headache and could not sleep all night - it made me wonder if that was my body getting withdrawals from sugar! My headache lasted all the way until Wednesday morning when I couldn't resist some cupcakes someone had brought in for their birthday.  Hmm.

I've italicised the items with sugar in that I've eaten so far this week, and underlined the one bit of exercise I've done.  You'll see on the Thursday diary that it wasn't really a great day all round but in my defence I felt really poorly and was craving stodge! (Just a quick note by the way, I've tried using My Fitness Pal but it really doesn't work for me as I find logging lots of fresh ingredients a pain in the bum! Logging things in my notebook however really is working for me!)



Monday: B: Smoothie with peach, pineapple, coconut milk and frozen banana / L: Avocado on onion and chive bagel / S: Skinny Popcorn, salt flavour / S: Apple / S: Handful of pistachios / D: Haddock chowder with prawns, sweetcorn, haddock and matzo crackers / D: 1/2 glass of sparkling Rosé with 1/2 glass Sprite Zero

Tuesday: B: Fried egg on rye bread / L: Salt beef and mustard sandwich on brown bread / S: Apple / S: Handful of salted cashew nuts / D: Homemade burgers with salad and wholemeal pittas / D: Small glass of white wine

Wednesday: B: MyProtein pancakes with blueberries / S: Cupcake / L: Avocado on seeded toast / S: Handful of cashew nuts / S: Banana / E: 3.7km run / D: Pie Minister low calorie chicken and ham pie, small portion of mashed potato and onion gravy / S: Small pot of lemon cheesecake

Thursday: B: Fried egg on rye bread / S: Creme egg / L: Avocado on onion and chive bagel / D: Fish and chips

Friday: B: Protein shake/smoothie with banana, almond butter, wheatgrass and flaxseed / {So far at time of posting}

I would really welcome any feedback on my diet as I am trying to understand more about how to lose the belly fat and improve my nutrition so any thoughts would be great.

I'm hoping that the refined sugar-free diet will improve my health and that the cravings won't last for two long (is this going to be me....?)


I've also heard that white bread and alcohol is metabolised in the same way as sugar is, so maybe I should give those up too? It's a bit of a minefield to be honest, I need to decide on whether things like sweeteners are okay (if not my protein shakes and Sprite Zeros are out) or things like Agave Nectar, which I put in smoothies but apparently is not actually very good with you.  One thing that I do know for sure is that I'm going to continue eating fruit, as any diet where you can't eat fruit seems a little crazy to me.

In terms of fitness, I do really want to get focussed over the coming weeks - I have a lot of fitness equipment at home like my spinning bike, kettlebells, hula hoop, resistance bands and so on, that need to be used more. I was doing some research on DDP Yoga this morning after seeing a friend that looks amazing after doing a lot of it, and I found this video.  If that isn't going to get me motivated to meet my goals, I don't know what is (SO worth a watch).



Your thoughts and support on any of what I've posted today would be massively appreicated - have you tried a sugar-free diet? Do you have any advice on my diet - what can I change or add? Or any great recipes? And do tell me about your health and fitness goals and what you're doing to get there!

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20 comments

  1. Very inspirational video...maybe that will get me out of bed to do exercise in the mornings!!

    Emma S :)
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    1. Thanks Emma :) Really glad you liked the video, it made me a bit teary! xo

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  2. Hi Rosie, I have intolerances to sugar so have to try and keep a sugar free diet (although it is so hard with all those yummy things tempting you!) I had to cut out bread, rice, potatoes, bananas, alcohol as well as anything that's obviously sugar (cakes, biscuits, chocolate etc!) I do eat all other fruit and beg though... and fill up on sweet potatoes and quinoa! Good Luck! And I love your blog too! x

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    1. Thanks Natalie! Wow, that's really interesting, that must be so difficult but I bet you are much healthier for it! I saw that bananas are high in fructose so I might have to cut them out too, I eat a lot of them as they are such an easy, quick snack and good for energy pre-runs. I LOVE sweet potatoes and quinoa so they will definitely be making more of an appearance over the coming months! :) xo

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  3. I try to eat low GI foods because of my PCOS / insulin resistance. Sugar is basically the enemy for me. Makes me feel massively poorly if I have too much and if I have a little bit it makes my cravings out of control so I have to work really hard on watching what I eat.

    When I found out I had PCOS I made changes like:

    - stopped having breakfast cereals and switched to porridge (with a little bit of fruit and some flaxseed)
    - cut down on potatoes and switched to sweet potatoes
    - cut out (most of the time) white bread and white pasta. Switched to wholemeal.
    - cut down on fruit (coz I was eating a lot) and increased my veggies.

    It might be worth looking into which foods are high and low GI because that's all about avoiding sugar spikes and eating food that digests slowly.

    Good luck! x

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  4. I was told years ago to cut out refined sugar coz my body finds it hard to digest it and I managed to do it for a while but now im back out of control-i almost reach for it or buy it without thinking. Im trying to replace my cravings by making date brownies/protein balls etc. Apparently cereal has high sugar but oats on their own hurt my tum, so ive been putting them with prunes and yoghurt which has been much better.

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  5. Hey Rosie, nutrition and diets are a total mind boggle for me, too many contradicting do's and don'ts make me feel like I have failed before I have even started. Even though I am not vegan or even vegetarian I find that raw food sites and blogs speak the most sense to me! Things like oopsimavegan.com or 100daysofrealfood. I'm just trying to eat as much natural food as possible! Stephanie x

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  6. So inspiring, I've just started getting back into my running I'm doing a 10k in September, I've recently changed my diet too trying to eat healthy through the week and I'm allowed a treat at the weekend, where did you get your running watch from? Struggling to find one that's not super duper expensive, would be super helpful :) x


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  7. Hi Rosie, I think you are doing great! - a few tips though, although the bread you are having is rye / wholegrain / brown etc, it's still quite a bit (when weight loss is your goal). Maybe try reducing bready things down to once a day? Maybe adding in more veggies and lean protein could help too, I sometimes replace things like bread / rice / potatoes with more vegetables, particularly for the evening meal when I'm trying to lose some weight. Hope that helps and feel free to stop by my blog!

    www.keepinghealthygettingstylish.com

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  8. Im so jealous that you have a spinning bike at home. They are my favourite classes at the gym at the moment for a fabulous fun workout! Keep up the good work :-)

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  9. Hi Rosie,
    I love your sugar for lent idea. We switched to a Paleo diet in November and I lost a dress size. To start with it was hell, but I think that's because we gave up carbs, sugar, caffeine (and taste).
    One of the parts of it is to cut out bad sugars, so we switched to Agave Syrup. I thought it would be hell to start with but the agave is great. I have it in the morning on some oats in almond milk, or I've made granola with it. Jim uses it in tea (with almond milk), we've used it in cooking in place of honey. Its great stuff.
    There are a couple of recipes here of things that I've made with it that are super tasty and almost good for me - http://www.ohgoshblog.co.uk/search/label/recipe xx

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  10. I love this - I'm also trying to cut out sugar, but the headaches are pretty hard to deal with. I think it might be worth it though. Good luck! x

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  11. DDP Yoga looks very interesting. Also heard some great things about CrossFit recently.

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  12. I like it when bloggers do health and fitness posts. They inspire me so much so thanks =D x

    dreamingofblossoms.blogspot.com

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  13. I love hearing how people are doing with health and fitness so please do keep sharing these posts!

    Maria xxx

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  14. Hi Rosie! Have you ever heard of the keto diet? I did it to lose weight for my wedding and it works SO BLOODY WELL. Not even kidding. It is a more extreme version of the diet you seem to be doing now, except you eat less than 15g of carbs a day. For me, the second day of the diet was the worst because I had what they call the "keto flu" (kinda sounds like what you described in your post, bad headache plus you feel all tired), but it only lasts a day. Also within a week all bloatiness is gone. Anyway good luck on your health/fitness journey!

    Kirsten :)

    Kirsten Learns

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  16. Hey Rosie, great post! I'm cutting out all the naughty things for Lent too and I'm right in the middle of a caffeine and sugar withdrawal headache that sucks big time!
    You're diet looks pretty good, I'd only agree with one of the other commenters and cut down on the carbs and eat lots of veggies and make sure there's protein in each meal.
    Just discovered your blog and I'm really loving it :)
    Rosie xo
    www.aredlipandanudeshoe.wordpress.com.au

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  17. Interesting post Rosie. I think I must be pretty nosey because I'm always intrigued by that other people eat! I've been thinking more about nutrition lately and reading quite a lot of stuff around whole food/paleo/primal eating. I've got quite into the Balanced Bites podcast which is by two female whole food/paleo nutritionists who I find easy to listen to. The 'whole food' thing really makes sense to me, and it's made me think more and more about whether grain-based carbs are actually good for us, even in their 'wholegrain' form, and whether well-raised, unprocessed red meats/animal fats are actually bad for us. Anyway, I haven't quite ditched the bread yet (or, aherm, the chocolate, or the beer) but it's definitely made me think more about some healthy eating 'wisdom' that I'd previously taken for granted. Good luck with your health and fitness stuff!

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