So this weekend I made the conscious decision to have a break from the healthy eating, exercise regime and no alcohol. After a positive week of sticking to a low calorie, nutritious diet, no booze and regular exercise (2 gym sessions, 1 hot yoga class, a 15km cycle and a 10km walk) my achy body told me it needed a break. When feeling this way, the relaxation tips discussed on 15/365 can come in handy.
My ridiculously healthy food shop for last week:
On Friday night, I said goodbye to my healthy week with a conditioning session at the gym followed by some Mexican food and a well deserved glass of Bordeaux. Both the fajitas and the wine tasted so much better as a treat.
On Saturday, after a very chilled morning, I watched my first premier league match – Tottenham Hotspur vs Sunderland. From my previous experience at football matches in Scotland, I was a tad excited about destroying the ‘my body is a temple’ regime with a pie at half time. However, it seems pies don’t fit with the American-style fare on offer in London – all they had was hot dogs. Disappointed doesn’t begin to cover it.
To make up for this failure, on the way home we picked up some chips and had homemade fish and chips (and a giant pickle onion for me) to line the stomachs before my first proper break with the booze ban – Elaine’s cousin’s leaving do. We also managed to make a dent in that bottle of Bordeaux between the two of us.
Sticking to the red wine, we worked our way through some Syrah at the party – but after a glass my body started to warn me that my overindulgence was a little too much, too soon. Still, after living very quietly since my best friend’s birthday the previous weekend, it was fun to be out socialising, having a dance and meeting new people. Unfortunately, my right eye had closed a little which made me more self conscious, as discussed previously, but Elaine’s family were warm and welcoming.
With a foggy head on Sunday morning, I decided it was time to get back on the no alcohol and healthy eating regime. After traipsing around the shops for a while at the Westfield centre in Stratford, I was tempted by a Costa coffee. My sweet tooth got the better of me and some mini muffins were scoffed. Yet, funnily enough, my nutritional breakdown on Sunday is the closest I’ve been to my diet app’s daily target, My Fitness Pal, since I started using it.
Overall, the break from the linseed and squats has been good as my body feels better rested and ready for the tough schedule this week. After reading about an interesting study, I’m also going to try eating within a 12 hour window this week.
I also found this article , about what the world’s healthiest diets have in common, an interesting read
I think the ‘everything in moderation’ principle is going to be a winner for me over the next year and I must remember that means including some of the ‘naughty’ things I enjoy. Without those treats, life becomes a bit dull.