Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Day 3: Tuesday 6th May

Early morning run: (7 miles) to Meyrick park, pier to pier up to Boscombe then home; faster pace than usual.


Self score for day:   Exercise: 7/10       Food: 6/10

Monday, 5 May 2014

Day 2: Monday 5th May (Bank Holiday)

Today I ran from my house to Castlepoint to Queens Park and then my gym (3.56miles), where I did some arm and chest exercises. I then walked down to Boscombe pier and then Bournemouth pier looking to rent some Kayaks. Found a cheap place to rent surf boards and wet suits.

Breakfast:   -2 slices of toast with a little blackcurrent jam, one mouthful of orange juice
Lunch:          -A pot of fresh noodles and carrots in curry sauce (399 Calories!), bag of fruit and strawberry smoothie
After exercise snack: -bag of celery
Dinner:        -home-made chicken curry with steamed rice
Dessert:      -An orange

Self score for day:   Exercise: 7/10       Food: 7/10

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Day 1: Sunday May 4th 2014

 A good start: Today the sun was out and shining so I ran 10.6 miles (Home to Cemetary Junction to Meyrick Park to Bournemouth Pier to Hengistbury Head (picture one) and then back as far as Southbourne High Street (Picture two)

 I run to Hengistbury Head about once a week because at 7 miles away it is a good distance and has beautiful sights:

I also went to the gym on my way home but spent as much time in the sauna as I did working out!

I expect that eating healthily will be far more of a challenge for me than exercising...partly due to my own will power but also because my dinner is prepared for me each day and therefore largely out of my control. Here is a list of what I ate today:
Breakfast:   -2 slices of toast with a little blackcurrent jam
Lunch:          -A duck and lettuce wrap and small bag of grapes and sliced apple pieces (both from      Sainsburys)
After exercise snack: -one carrot and half a cucumber
Dinner:        -Small chicken pie, plain boiled potato and steamed green beans and carrots
Dessert:      -The other half a cucumber

Self score for day:   Exercise: 8/10       Food: 7/10

Intro: May 4th to June 4th

Yesterday was 3rd May: the day Millwall maintained their championship status. Of course, not only did I go to the game but I also went to a bar in London Bridge before the game and bars all over Greenwich afterwards...ate a pub lunch and generally did unhealthy things...however, this was carefully orchestrated as it was also going to be the last day before my 1 month detox started! I even had a 11:45pm Kebab so I could start my new clean living from midnight.

Why am I Detoxing for a month? Well I have a lot of reasons: I generally live a pretty healthy life: I run at least 25miles a week, rock climb, go to the gym and can easily run 15miles without stopping but my eating habbits and alcohol consumption let me down a lot. Every year I arbitrarily nominate a dry month and stick to it and this is a natural extension of that. I was also really inspired by the recent visit of my good friend Corinne Luescher...she had just returned from a meditation retreat in Thailand and it spurned me on to do something similar

On a night out (after a few to many) we sat down and hammered out our plans for a Detox Month and here are the rules we finally agreed to stick to:
1) No Booze...full stop!
2) No Sweets
3) No Coffee/Milkshakes*
4) General healthy eating
5) Do sport everyday
6) Daily update to each other on progress (this is my first blog and should help)
*We can break rule 3) if we perform an exceptional exercise (eg. half marathon race)

Wish us luck, please! Corinne, I know we can do this :-)