5 Weeks In

I’m still here! Busy work, busy with the kids. You know how this time of year is. I’m loving it though and feeling so much better than in the early weeks. It’s as though there’s a hump that you have to get over when you change anything about your lifestyle and once there it becomes a lot easier to look forward rather than looking back at what you’re missing. Quick vlog.

Healthy Eating Days 6-8

I’ve saved last weeks food and mood diary as a PDF, which hopefully you can view using the link. The edges are cut off and I don’t have time to sort them out to look all pretty right now, but I thought it might be useful if anyone wanted to see what I am actually eating. My nutrition lady said I did really well in the first week, and that my energy and mood should pick up by the end of this week:

Week1.pdf

And I think things are on the turn. I still have the remnants of a horrible cold, but I had enough energy this afternoon that I actually wanted to go out for a run. I’ve only been once since the GSR and have just not had any love for it, but today it was awesome to be back out. I did an easy 4km and enjoyed it. I’m relieved that I haven’t lost all my fitness in the three weeks I’ve had off, since I am supposed to be doing a half marathon in January (whether I will or not remains to be decided).

Quick vlog update too:

T-5 Vlog

A bit of a longer one today. Getting used to talking to myself, haha!

Actually, I really wish that I’d taken video of myself talking years ago. I think it would have had a huge impact on my presentation skills when I was working in a corporate environment.

I’ve noticed that in addition to the “er”s that I have to edit out (trying not to say them is hard – I must have done it unknowingly for years), I also smack my lips together now and again as a kind of punctation mark (who does that? it’s weird!). And I lick my lips all the time. No wonder they are always dry and peeling. I’ve edited a lot of these ‘ticks’ out to save you the pain of my annoying habits.

It’s funny, because these things are things that everyone that knows me will just know as part of my character and the way I talk, but to me they really stand out as annoying and unnecessary. It’s a quite a shock when you watch yourself talking and you realise that you are nothing like you think you are in your head.

I’ll log once more before Monday, to talk about my food diary. Then it’s all systems go.

I have to admit that I am a bit worried about how hard it’s going to be. In addition to not eating all my favourite food, eating healthier requires:

i. time
ii. organisation
iii. preparation
iv. lots of trial and error, and
v. loads of motivation and persistence and resilience and other things that I struggle with

But all of these are reasons are why I am going to be working with a nutritional therapist on a weekly basis for the next three months. So it’s all under control. Right?