I forgot to mention in yesterdays post that I cook an extra half portion of dinner for my lunch the next day, this way I avoid shop bought stuff and control the nutrition. So it was left to cool on the worktop while I went off to eat. When I went to kitchen later to put lids on and put in fridge, there, on the floor , was a plastic container that had held my lunch share of the delicious cabbage mix.
I picked it up and turned around and there was a very pitiful sight, the dog sitting, head down, looking so guilty. Was quite comical really. So this morning I cooked a similar side dish, leeks, bacon and tiny pieces of spud, garlic and black pepper and a little butter. mmmmmmm
Not my dog – but you get the idea
I have been trying to avoid carbs for a couple of weeks, bread and spuds are one of my pitfalls, however doc wants me to eat bread so i can be tested for wheat/gluten intolerance. I have managed to avoid any carbs with dinner and lunch though, filling the gap with veg.
Tonight though I fancied some spuds and sausage toad, God knows why, but I really wanted it so off I go and make the stuff. The sausage toad bit quite easy. garlic and herb wedges (plain spuds cut up chucked in oven, some olive oil, garlic, salt and mixed herbs. In Morrisons on way home yesterday I got 2 bags mixed veg, (cauli, broccoli and carrots) for 9p each, so made a gigantic veg stew yesterday. At the same time there was a sweetheart cabbage for 15p – not a lot of money to waste if we don’t like it and green stuff is good for you.
Not being keen on cabbage I thought I would spice it up, fried a couple of rashers of bacon (cut up tiny), one small white onion and a handful of mushrooms, tiny bit of butter. Sweated the cabbage til just turning soft, drained it then fried with the bacon mix , knob of butter to serve – it was ace, really really nice, even my son liked it! And………………….. not too naughty, in fact quite nutritious I think, I ate cabbage and am pleased with myself for that.
Been doing the hiit on the treadmill and the rower, some swimming and general walking about, but no fartlek or big sessions since November.
So Sunday was the day and I really had to force myself to do it. Decided to go somewhere new and climb the hill to the castle on top, which I have never been able to do in the 22 years I have lived in Wales.
Part of the hill to the castle – I ran half of it
Ruins from the turret, the bay and Ferryside in the background
So I walked the mile up to the castle, mooched around a bit, walked back down, then for a quick spin on the beach and home. Woke up really achy this morning.
Gym after work and did a hiit with gradients on the treadmill, sustained 5 minutes at 10% gradient at 4.2 kmh, then down to 4% for a bit and back up to 8% to finish – ouch. So, being a fool I jumped on the rowing machine and did a solid 15 minutes of rowing until my legs were screaming.
So now I am sitting here ouching and dreading tomorrow – but I had a lovely day, peaceful and exciting at the same time.
So far I have managed gym 2 days a week for a couple of weeks and am feeling better, weight is yoyoing about quite a bit. The last two weekends have just been mum emergency dominated so no chance to do the long fartlek workouts that I love, weather has been cold, foggy, stormy and just nowhere to exercise in safety (rural area no street lights or pavements) except the gym.
I try and do something different on treadmill and rower on every visit. last night I thought I would give gradient a go on the treadmill – started at 0 and 4 kmh increased gradient by 0.5 every 30 seconds for 10 minutes, was all OK began to feel it at around 8 minutes and struggled for last 30 seconds.
Always have a feeling of instability on the treadmill so last night I tried wearing normal old comfy trainers and not running shoes, it felt so much better, must try that again see if it was just an anomaly, I always use the same treadmill so that is a constant factor.
As my poor little legs were tired and achy I did a straight ten minutes on rower 1250m, these are all benchmarks for me to beat in coming weeks.
Big sudden inexplicable weight gain yesterday and a big sudden inexplicable weight loss today – I weigh daily in order to get statistical data and a decent trend line – ask Steve lol
Monday I was aching after the gym, Tuesday I felt fine, this morning (https://fatnessnowfitness.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/old-age-or-doms-tj143/?preview=true&preview_id=3434&preview_nonce=34a8c4d6ca&post_format=standard) I felt that I may have had DOMS.
Gradually during the day the ache went – old age and arthritis then says the jury! So off I go all happy to the gym where the treadmill awaits.
Just done a minute on treadmill and laces come undone, I stop the machine and then it won’t restart, not keen anyway so rather than wait for an instructor I jump on the rower. Instead of a hiit I think I know I’ll do 5k I have 38 minutes before I have to leave to collect son from work!
All I can say is ouch ouch ouch, and yay that feels great – I did it. Was flagging a bit and two guys came along and were racing each other so I joined in got the 5k done in 36 min 10 seconds – was very pleased with that and I could feel the sweat despite the arctic air conditioning. I may suffer more tomorrow but that is apparently good, so Steve tells me!