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Health and Fitness Update 05

I feel like I have a lot to share, as always, relating to my health and fitness progress over the last couple of weeks. But first of all I wanted to start with a thank-you to everyone who has read my updates, commented, tweeted and supported me over the last few weeks.  Even though I feel like I've been on a health/fitness/diet journey for about the last five years, it's really only in the last year or so that I've been really learning more about it and trying really hard to keep on track, and the knowledge I've gained through other bloggers and through chatting to people on Twitter has really been amazing.  I'm also grateful to people who regularly visit my blog that I've been able to slot in this relatively new topic and that (I think!) people have still been reading it and not giving it the swerve!

Those of you who follow me on Twitter might know that I gave up (refined) sugar for lent.  I've always been a total sugar monster, with a huge sweet tooth and the ability to devour multiple chocolate bars in one sitting, and over the preceding few months I'd found myself more and more eating sweets, chocolate, cake and all of the other sugar-y treats, and craving them throughout the day.  I thought this would be a good challenge, and I've always been a bit of an 'all or nothing' person - I somehow find it easier to have the willpower for complete abstinence rather than 'a treat now and then'.  I can't say it's been easy - I have turned into an obsessive label checker after discovering that loads of food items I eat and would never have thought had sugar in them - Matteson's chicken bites, mayonnaise, soy milk, coleslaw, dried fruit, bread, etc - do indeed have sugar added to them and are now off the menu.  I have certainly had to cut out more than I originally planned! I have also found it challenging to decide whether some things are 'allowed' - I have allowed the odd artificial sweetener in (otherwise I couldn't have my protein shake), and Sweet Freedom (a fruit based syrup) but even fruit itself has a bit of a question mark as a lot of people who give up sugar also give up fruit. You will see from my food diary however that I have still been eating fruit as it seems right to include it as part of a nutritious and healthy diet, which of course is the ultimate aim.

So, here is my food diary for last week.  I've also included any exercise I've done, I tried to do something active every day, which I did do except for Thursday.

F o o d  D i a r y

Monday: Overnight oats with soy milk, quark, strawberries, peanut butter, flaxseed // Banana // Avocado on ryvita, salmon on brown bread // Sweet potato and cottage cheese // Peanut Trek bar

Exercise: Rode my bike to and from work (10k)

overnight oats
Tuesday: Overnight oats (same as day before) // Cottage cheese on toasted rye bread // Nakd bar // Homemade pizza with olives, chorizo and sweetcorn

Exercise: 3.5k run

went running with Tom after work - our trainer sizes are rather different!

Wednesday: Overnight oats // Salad with chorizo, sweetcorn, olives, lettuce // Carton of rice milk // Trek Peanut bar // Chinese takeaway for Dad's birthday - rice, shredded chili beef, prawn crackers

Exercise: Rode my bike to and from work (10k)

Thursday: Protein Pancakes and strawberries // Matteson's chicken bites // Apple and raisin Trek bar // Babybel // Fish, chips and peas (at a pub)

Friday: Protein Pancakes // Babybel // Ryvita and houmous // Apple // Protein shake // Haddock crepe

Exercise: Two hour yoga class

Saturday: Banana // Trek Peanut bar // Protein Shake // Tuna baguette and chips (at a pub)

Exercise: 3.5k walk

Sunday: 

Trek Peanut bar // Protein shake with banana and peanut butter // Steak with sweet potato chips

Exercise: 11k run


Obviously there are a few dinners in there that were less than perfect - we went for dinner with Tom's parents on one evening, and had a takeaway for my Dad's birthday on the Tuesday, but my aim is to make good choices at least 70% of the time and allow myself a bit of flex, which I do feel like I've achieved.  As always, any tips, suggestions or help on my diet and food choices is massively appreciated!  I was also chuffed to do an 11k run on Sunday - it wasn't the fastest run in the world (about 1h 15) and I had a pause to dip my feet in the sea (bliss!) but it was a lot of fun and felt like a good achievement.

I've lost a lb this week which is positive but I'm trying to focus on body changes and measurements rather than on the scales as it was really starting to demotivate me going weeks without 'losing any weight'.  I will be away from home for two weeks from next Monday which will be a bit of a challenge but I'm hoping to fit lots of running in in the evenings to keep my fitness up.

Do you have any health and fitness goals? How have you been getting on over the last week?

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13 comments

  1. I'm glad you've decided to focus less on the numbers Rosie. There's no better feeling than realising you've lost an inch here and there. And I actually prefer to see I've lost inches rather than pounds as I know it's muscle gain.

    I've finally entered a triathlon for this year so will hopefully have the motivation to train properly again. I've not done and health and fitness posts for a while.

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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  2. I love reading your health and fitness posts. I like that you still allow yourself flexibility in eating, it's pretty unrealistic to eat perfectly all the time. And as my mum says " A bit of everything does you good"
    x

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  3. I have been SO impressed with your willpower recently, inspiring me to get back outside as well, I have been slacking on the running front recently!

    Maria xxx

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  4. Well done Rosie, you're doing so well! I couldn't give up sugar, it'd break me! I've got 3lbs to lose before I hit my stone and a half off, and then I'm really going to refocus on measurements and exercise rather than scales :)

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  5. You're doing well. It's tough getting past that initial sugar craving. I go through cycles of not being worried about it to having one little thing that just sets off the whole vicious cycle of cravings!

    Jx www.feelinstylish.co.uk

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  6. Ah, dipping your feet in the sea sounds like bliss! I think that focusing on other things like measurements and even how you are feeling overall is important as actually weight loss can naturally be up and down. Having other things to celebrate make it easier to stay on track :-)

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  7. This is such a good post, I enjoy reading about other people's lifestyle changes etc. So inspirational and motivating in some ways :) well done! Keep it up. As they say, losing 1lb is better than no pounds though which I keep thinking about. I have recently just wrote a few posts about my change to a new lifestyle and stuff like that so please have a look at my blog and see what you think, any opinions on what I am currently doing are all welcome as I love reading feedback comments.

    Becka | This Is My World

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  8. Check you out :) Keep it up. I've been tempted to try overnight oats for ages, the strawberries may push me to give them a go!

    Sarah
    www.daisychainsanddreamers.wordpress.com

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  9. I really enjoy your health and fitness update posts! It's something that interests me a lot - always good to read about someone in the same boat as yourself :) You seem to be doing really well, and well done for giving up refined sugar for lent! I think fruit is technically allowed as it's natural sugar. I don't think I could live without fruit as I love my smoothies! Speaking of which, I had my first protein smoothie today using the unflavoured myprotein powder - it was delicious! Just added it to some banana, berries and soya milk. So thick and creamy, can't wait for my next one tomorrow :) Thanks again for the codes! xx

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  10. Well done - you're doing so well! I love these updates and how down to earth they are - it's nice to see someone being honest and 'admitting' to eating naughty at times, sometimes I think blogs who post about health and fitness paint a dreamy picture of green smoothies every day, constant salad consumption and more supplements than you can count, when in reality it's difficult to live that life.

    I'm in awe at how well you've done with giving up sugar. I tried it for a few days but found it almost impossible - it's in EVERYTHING! x

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  11. Oh well done Rosie! You are doing so well. I am having a hard time sticking to a fitness regime (read: I HATE EXERCISE) but I hadn't really considered yoga as an option. I tried to run yesterday and almost died from shock. Hmmmm. Will research. TEAM KETO YAY.

    kirstenlearns.com

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  12. Definitely, definitely focus on body changes more than anything! You will undoubtedly build more muscle as time goes on which always weighs more than the fat you lose. However it will leave you looking & feeling slinky. Numbers on a scale mean jack. You're doing so well & are inspiring me to begin to make changes!

    // KASIA BASIA

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