Autumn has truly kicked in, you’ve got no idea when your next trip will be, your energy levels are dwindling and you wake up counting the hours till you can go back to sleep. Sound familiar?
After an amazing time in New York for Fashion Week, plus a glorious long weekend in the South of France I’ve been home for a few weeks now and am feeling blue. I really don’t want to feel this way for much longer. Mainly because going to the gym is literally the last thing I want to do! But after six months of training six days a week I’m not prepared to see all my hard work go down the drain. It’s not just the training it’s the eating too, oh and the alcohol! I know I’m comforting myself with all my favourite foods, but for some reason part of me is not prepared to eat well right now. Food, in my opinion, should be enjoyed – but it is primarily there to fuel our bodies. I notice that most when I consume too much sugar – the highs, the lows, the bloating – it needs to stop. But how?
When you feel as though you’ve fallen off the wagon, perhaps your skin shows tail tell signs of a not so healthy diet, maybe you’ve put on fat and lost all important muscle, feel sluggish, or all of the above – you may well be beating yourself up about it – don’t! The more pressure you put on yourself the more likely you are to develop a tendency for disordered eating and/or over zealous workout habits. In the end these are dangerous and not sustainable, so be kind and make small changes rather than unattainable large ones – don’t set yourself up for failure.
Back on the food prep train…
Don’t you just hate those smug instagramers who food prep #likeaboss! It’s not as easy as it looks. You have to plan a weeks meals, shop and then cook it all – oh and make sure you have enough Tupperware before you start! I’m also not great at being inventive when it comes to meal plans which eventually leaves me bored with what I’m eating.
However, if you don’t want to be left stuck during your busy week for things to eat that fuel you properly than food prep is a must.
I’ve come up with a few hacks that are really working for me. My main hack is taking all my snacks, breakfast options for the week plus two lunches into work on a Monday and leaving them in the fridge. Your colleagues might not like the lack of fridge space (luckily we have a few on my floor), but frankly when it comes to reaching your goals you may well have to be a bit selfish (in the grand scheme of things taking up more fridge space isn’t a big deal). I’m also carrying around two snacks in my bag at all times – a pack of nuts and a scoop of Lomax Nutrition Vegan protein shake.
A typical day looks like this…
9am – Lomax Nutrition Vegan Protein Shake with almond milk, matcha and cinnamon (I have this on the way to work).
10.15 – Overnight oats – 15g oats, a dash of almond milk, 20g desiccated coconut, 15g chia seeds, vanilla essence, grated apple, lemon juice and rasberries (which I add when I eat it).
1pm – Lemon & herb chicken breast and ratatouille.
4pm – Coconut yoghurt, almonds.
8pm – Salmon, sauteed spinach, mushroom and corriander and occasionally 50g of rice (I try to reduce my carb intake just because I was recommended to after getting my DNA tested. But I LIKE carbs so if I fancy some I have it).
I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but I’m trying 8am workouts. I couldn’t do any earlier, nor would I want to, but I can just about do 8am (I start work at 10am). Working out on a Monday morning especially helps set me up for what is not always one of my favourite days and helps me start the week the way I want it to continue. Doing the exercise isn’t my problem it’s how I fuel my body that is. However, I’m finding that if I workout early I seem to make better food choices (when I haven’t done my food prep or when I’m at a work event of which I have many). And I have the evenings to do whatever I like!
Bye bye booze…
I can’t stop drinking! Be it a glass of wine after a stressful day at work or a few glasses of Pimms (I drink this ‘summer’ drink all year round) with friends. Recently I’ve been feeling like I need something to take the edge off. Exercise usually does that but stress is getting the better of me at the moment and the only way to ‘relax’ the knot in my stomach is to drink. The beginning of a slippery slope, I know (I’ve already put fat on around my middle and my face is looking puffy). It’s not for everyone but I’m going cold turkey for at least 21 days. That’s how long it takes to imbed a habit, so I’m hoping that’s how long it will take me to ditch my new habit of using alcohol to calm me down.