Sceptically Fit

30/12/2011

Post-Xmas DeBrief

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , , — Sceptically Me @ 21:57

Travelling – that’s the hardest part. I spent five days with my boyfriend’s family for Xmas. We had an almost nine hour journey by train. And considering the state of my diet in the last month, I didn’t really feel like pushing for something approaching healthy food. In fact, I was happy to indulge.

We made two sandwiches each with lovely chewy ciabatta which I don’t regret (mozzarella and rocket with either salami or parma ham). Sandwiches are the easy travel food. We also bought a ham and cheese quiche. And the big downfall were the Mr Kipling cakes that he spied at the supermarket. I will say that the French Fancies turned out to be too sugary for either of us to eat more than one each. But the mini Battenburgs were lovely – I need to invest in quality marzipan for future treats!

So the first day down south, I already woke up feeling bloated. But its Christmas, I’m going to enjoy myself. I’m glad I didn’t bring any particularly body-conscious clothes, but otherwise I managed to not feel too crappy (aside from alcohol consumption) the whole time. In an attempt to negate some of the ill effects of eating so much wheat and sugar, I did take fibre capsules with me. I think perhaps starting them a few days before the holiday may help more by giving yourself a bit more time to adjust. But I think it did make a difference – at least I felt better (though not great) than I did last year.

Several Christmas dinners with turkey and trimmings – which made me realise that if I’d had the willpower (or more accurately, the desire) to say no to stuffing it would have been a pretty healthy meal – roast potatoes, swede, parsnips, carrots, peas, broccoli, turkey and gravy! There were Yorkshire puddings with the second Christmas dinner, I had one and realised once you are used to not eating that kind of thing, they aren’t that tasty. I’d rather mop up the gravy with roast potato.

Holiday-time, there was plenty of desserts (sherry-soaked trifle was my favourite!), chocolates and crisps at all time.  Other meals tended to be of the very easy/comfort food variety – takeaway fish and chips, and roadside Cornish Pasty. Breakfast is often held up as the hardest meal to adjust to on paleo/low-carb but on holiday its the easiest. Everyone is happy to see someone eat eggs and bacon, and no one is shocked at someone saying they are still full from the feast the night before.

I do wish I’d been a bit healthier leading up to Christmas, though maybe then the bad diet would have felt worse. And I do want to come up with a better travel food – sandwiches are a bit just so easy but low on both vegetable and protein count. When we made them ourselves that was fine – it was a treat because all the ingredients were worth it. But buying them from the railway station between changes – they were not tasty enough to warrant the bloated feeling.

04/10/2011

Falling Seriously Behind…

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , — Sceptically Me @ 17:41

Oh how I fell off the wagon.

My parents were due to be having a big holiday in my part of the world – visiting me several times overt the two and a half month period. Of course I’d be taking the time off when they were in town, but the only extended period was to be  the last ten days when a week of that time would be spent on a driving holiday.

Unfortunately my poor mother fell very ill in the first week and had to be hospitalised when she didn’t respond to treatment. And of course she doesn’t get that ill in the city that I live in. No, that happens in another country – it would be too easy to be able to just visit from home. No I spent the week in a little (nice) hotel on the outskirts of Dublin until Mum was well enough to fly to my city.

That first week, I managed to cope reasonably well health-wise. I went a little too short on sleep but I did manage to go for a run before breakfast most days (gentle 8km runs, and sprint intervals). The classic full breakfast meant I could fill up on eggs, bacon, mushrooms (and just a little bit of black pudding), and go through till dinner where I managed to make pretty reasonable choices (except for beers with Dad but that was on compassionate ground so ok!).

When I got home, Mum and Dad stayed in an apartment nearby. Which meant I was heading there after work. While I could keep my food choices pretty healthy I was already starting to notice the lack of exercise. I can’t face going for a run before work and actually being able to function and my gym doesn’t open early enough to go before work either. So I’m now looking at almost a month of not lifting heavy things. I actually feel weaker and like muscle imbalances are slipping back in. At least I was cycling to and from work.

Now we’re on the road – no time for any runs (and its pouring most of the time), no gym, barely any walking. And I’m making terrible food choices. I’ve eaten more wheat in the last five days then I’ve eaten in the last two months (and feeling the bloated sluggish effects). Unfortunately, now that Mum has her appetite back, filling up on breakfast isn’t working (although a lot of the hotels are a bit stingy with their eggs and bacon anyway…) as we stop for lunch and/or afternoon tea. And I’m weak. Weak enough that I ate the shortbread that came with the coffee I ordered.

Now, I do agree with the 80/20 rule, and I do agree that some things are exceptional moments that one should enjoy. So I don’t mind breaking my attempt at healthy eating if a)its really necessary (but how often is that really true?) or more likely b)its something I want to do. So I don’t mind that I’ve drunk more than a sensible amount of wine, beer and spirits over the last month. Nor do I begrudge the delicious sticky toffee pudding that I had for dessert on that first night. But I do begrudge eating not-good-quality bread products to pad out my meal. So trying to skip the sandwiches and find some kind of salad alternative. And I’ve now accepted that the sausages being served with breakfast are clearly far from the 98% meat products I’d buy for myself so they will remain on the plate.

Still a few more days to go, and I don’t plan to make an issue of it for the rest of the holiday. I will attempt to eat better and make sure its worth it when I don’t – today the place we stopped for coffee and cake was awful. The cake tasted at least two days old, and was clearly bought from a supermarket commercial bakery – two mouthfuls and I decided that bad cake isn’t worth it.

Due to Mum’s convalescence I don’t see my getting more exercise for a while, but I am going to try eat better when the options are there, and skip the bad options when they are only a snack.

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