In my last blog I said I would talk about keeping a food diary and running. I started keeping a food diary from 4 July 2016. I don’t think I am going to continue with this for the simple reason that it is taking up a lot of my time. The effort of trying to record everything perfectly is feeling a little bit too much at the moment. I might reconsider it in the future but for now it is not a perfect solution for me. On the bright side however, it has confirmed my suspicions that my eating habits have finally evolved for the better because I still don’t crave large portions of food anymore and my former bad habit of eating really late at night frequently is gradually coming under control. When I was in primary school, I would polish off my younger sister’s unwanted lunch and other items and as a young girl I would take part in food eating competitions with my brothers. This meant that the template for overeating was already in place as a young adult. I have so much respect for people who can put their knives and forks down in between bites because my tendency has always been to inhale my food. I feel like I might be turning the corner for good.
At the beginning of the year when my left glute and hamstring were so sore and tight, I worried that I would never be able to run again. I started jogging in May of this year and I am making steady improvements. Before the last couple of weeks I was clocking at least 25 miles each week albeit on the treadmill. I have had very few outdoor runs as I am still worried about aggravating what still feels like an injury slowly on the mend so I am very careful to plan the bulk of my runs for the treadmill. I have also found some fantastic groups on social media especially the Nigerian runners on Facebook. It has been so lovely to interact with other people who for inexplicable reasons just love to walk, jog and run. These groups help a lot and I have needed the extra push as I have struggled. For instance, I attended the gym on Monday 18 July and thought it was back to the recent norm of regular exercise. Unfortunately it wasn’t and things went from bad to worse over the weekend with me spending it watching catch up TV. I did not return to the gym until Tuesday 26 July but then did not exercise on Wednesday or Thursdays. It got me thinking and I have decided to switch more workouts to morning just to make sure I get them in the bank. Today, I got my workout in early to ensure that I don’t get carried away enjoying Friday repeat my mistakes for the last couple of weeks. I managed 5 miles today plus 20 minutes on the cross trainer and 5 on the stairs which I thinking of incorporating and then stretches.
I remain perplexed about my relatively recent affliction with cellulite. I have it around by belly, bottom and thighs. I would love to blast it way doing speed drills but the stiffness and soreness in my left hamstring/glute has been playing up a bit so I will have to look again at my diet to see what I can tweak to ensure I remain on track. One thing I am sure of, even on my worst days is that I want to keep going. Nothing tastes as good as healthy and fit feels! Hopefully one day I will add slim before the word healthy. If the cellulite has come to stay, then while it is not welcome, I would still prefer to be a healthy slim person with cellulite. At the end of the day, there is nothing that a good wardrobe will not sort out right? I am looking forward to a very special wardrobe edit next week; more on that next time.
Until next time it’s