Sunday, 31 August 2014

Day 2: #120toThailand

It's never easy to eat healthily with a hangover, I find, but I think I have done ok, all things considered! Here's today's update:

After a much needed, wine induced lie in, I managed to drag myself out of bed and started the day with a cup of tea and a toasted sandwich skinny with butter and Heinz Five Beanz. My boyfriend kindly made us a late lunch cure of a bap with bacon medallions, pork sausage and a fried egg, I also had two home-grown tomatoes from our tomato plants! Not exactly a salad but apart from the bread it is high protein. I also had some grapes afterwards. In the evening I made homemade chicken and vegetable soup and had a bowl; sometimes you just can't beat good old homemade soup! Not too bad all round, plus a chocolate chip bun that my little sister made! Though I am not counting calories, for curiosity's sake I estimated everything to total around 1600 calories, which I am pleased with.

3 litres today, done!

No workouts today and no cheat meal... also no further preparations for holidays done yet! So that's all for today, please excuse me while I fully recover! Back to work and the gym tomorrow...

Day 1: #120toThailand

So, Day 1 started well. Here is a quick run down of what was happening:

I had a nice long lie in and had brunch around 12.30. I had 3 eggs, scrambled, with about a handful of chopped mushrooms and 2 handfuls of kale, and one toasted sandwich skinny with some real butter. And don't forget some ketchup! I've been reading books on nutrition lately and apparently real butter is much better for you than the processed butter-like spreads and margarine so that's basically all I buy now! Yes it is a fat but it is a totally natural, chemical free fat.

I had a small afternoon snack of grapes and nuts when I felt a bit peckish. Nuts are also a good fat but still best not to have too many. I use almonds as they're tasty and Brazil nuts as they contain selenium, which is apparently good for thyroid function.

Last night's dinner was my cheat meal... I know, hardly seems right to start my 120 days with a cheat meal! However we had been invited to a friend's house for dinner (BBQ pulled pork) and drinks so it was pretty unavoidable; that's life. I don't want to be the one turning down social stuff with friends, or turning up with chicken and veg in a lunch box, y'know? It won't kill me.

Only managed about 2 litres, oops! Should have stepped it up, especially as I was drinking alcohol last night.

I go to the gym on Mondays, Wednesdays  and Fridays at present so no workout on Saturdays, apart from some housework! The gym on Friday night was interesting as it wasn't our usual type of workout; after the warm up we worked on two specific lifts to find out our 3 rep max. I managed 72.5kg deadlift and 37.5kg bench press, and was very pleased with both of those. At some point down the line we will be testing these again to see how our strength has improved so I'm hoping it's before the end of this challenge!

I've actually done ok so far with this! On Friday I went to the Doctor to enquire about my vaccinations, so I now have an appointment to see the nurse about those. I also asked if I could get an epipen as I have a serious fish allergy which, while easy to avoid in every day life, could be troublesome in Thailand. You never know. Food could be stored next to fish or cooked in a pan that fish has been in, fish sauce could be used etc, so better safe than sorry. The nurse will also be showing me how to use this at my appointment.

So far so good, I think! I've been feeling positive about things after Friday night's workout and looking forward to some GAINS.

120 Days to Thailand

So on Friday I had posted an introductory post to my 120 Days to Thailand 'challenge', and now it seems to have vanished?! Rage! Now I am going to have to type a whole new post about it! I will keep it brief for now but update it soon.

Here are the main points of the plan:

A no brainer! I will try to focus on high protein, healthy fats and small portions of healthy carbs.

I will have a cheat meal once a week, so that I don't feel too restricted. However I also must not let the cheat meal become a cheat day!

I am hoping to drink at least 3 litres a day. Water is important for flushing out toxins, and keeping metabolism active.

I am currently training at a crossfit gym three times a week. I aim to increase this to 4 times a week when I'm stronger.

This includes any holiday related organising and preparation, such as writing lists, packing, applying for a new Passport, travel insurance, etc.

If you have any hints or tips that would be useful to my plan, please let me know!