Sunday, 16 March 2014

another weekend... in the gym #2


FOOD

Another fairly healthy week in the kitchen for me. Friday night involved a takeaway but other than that I've been pretty good. I discovered poached eggs with avocado on toast and I'm in love. It's become my go to lunch on my days off - my poaching skills aren't very good but I'm getting there! The biggest hit of the week was definitely my roasted cauliflower, tomato & goats cheese casserole. Hell yes! I took the leftovers to work for lunch the next day and got some of the girls hooked - at least 2 of them have made it themselves since. Mine didn't turn out anything like the picture but the flavour of the cheese gets into everything and it tasted amazing. Gordon's only complaint was that there was no meat but I'm thinking I could put some turkey mince through it next time or just serve it as a side dish. I also made a chilli con carne, this sweet potato and chickpea salad with cajun chicken and this lentil soup. If you want to see more of what I eat then follow me on instagram!


EXERCISE

Monday - Had a personal training session which involved a lecture on lifting heavy and the usual ass kicking. To be fair that's the whole reason I go but I did 18 minutes of HIIT followed by weightlifting hell. He had me doing a glute/shoulder combo where I had to hold onto a 6kg weight in each hand, in a high plank position, do 10 glute kicks with 1 leg, then lift the weights 10 times, alternating arms, followed by 10 glute kicks with the other leg. And repeat. My attempt was basically a massive fail but I'm determined to master it!
Tuesday - Went to my kettlebell class and moaned the whole way through. I secretly love it though.
Wednesday - My work mates and I went for another run. This time we did about 4k in 29mins.
Thursday - Turned up for EPIC along with 7 others. Nobody was in the mood for it though so we did metafit instead. I managed to get my heart rate up to 194bpm so I was pretty pleased with that.
Friday - Ran 5k in just under 33 minutes! Feel like I'm doing well with the running so far so fingers crossed I can keep it up, at least until my race in May.
Saturday - Rest day. Just a (very windy!) stroll with the dog.
Sunday - Today I hit the gym and followed the plan from Monday's PT session. I got my heart rate up to 196bpm so I'm chuffed with my HIIT attempt! The glute/shoulder thing was tough again but I managed 4 sets, although it did take me a while. I'll get there. I've noticed so many more women doing weights in my gym lately which is always good to see. (Just sayin'!)


This week I also finished reading "I Quit Sugar" by Sarah Wilson. To be honest I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I think the concept is good and lots of what she writes rings true to my own personal life, but I found it fairly contradictory and hard to follow. It's basically an 8 week plan to ridding yourself of sugar addiction, that advises to cut out fruit for the 1st 8 weeks, yet loads of the recipes incorporate fruit. A lot of the advice was pretty unrealistic too - "go for a walk, make a cup of tea". I can see my boss being pleased when I keep disappearing from work just to avoid a chocolate biscuit. Sarah clearly works from home and has plenty free time on her hands - which she uses to make things like "sprouted legumes". I don't even understand what they are! One thing I did take from it is how sugary bananas actually are. Usually I have one in my breakfast every day but I cut them out for a week, and when I did eventually have one I could actually taste the extra sugar in my porridge! I might give it another read to try and get my head around it all. Has anyone else read it?

How has your week been?

Christy xx

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