So I was up and out the door before 7.30am this morning for a 5.4 mile run.
Early enough to see a buzzard fly gracefully across my path and soar off into the morning sky. Numerous rabbits, squirrels and smaller birds were also scampering around and singing their dawn chorus.
I have never really been a morning person, but since lockdown and getting my health issues under control (see previous posts), it has been a time of day that is more and more on my radar.
What better way to start the day than by waking up with nature all around you.
I wrote an instagram post this morning about how this challenge is less about weight loss and more about building a strong body. Its more than that though. A strong body is only so if the mind is also strong. I’ve always loved a challenge and definitely have that ‘competitive’ streak, but only with myself.
I have no desire to win races, or to be better than anyone else. The only person I want to be better than today, is the me I was yesterday.
Moving one foot in front of the other towards whatever goal I have set for myself is something that gives me endless motivation. It cheers my soul, and I feel strong not only physically, but mentally too.
Looking after our health should be a priority, but sadly many people feel it is too much like hard work. That if you eat a healthy diet then you must be missing out on life.
Personally I think its harder work not exercising and then getting stiffer and less mobile by the day. Getting out of breath climbing stairs or if I have to run doesn’t sound like much fun to me. The food I eat is wholesome and clean for sure (no preservatives, processed or ready meals). But it is also full of flavour and bloody delicious. Better still it doesn’t make me feel crap, so its a win-win in my book.
We are living in strange and scary times at the moment, times when it is all to easy to fall into a funk and think to hell with being healthy. The truth is though that being healthy is what will get you through this. Strong immune systems come from eating well and moving your body. Positive mental health will come from eating well and moving your body. There is nothing by positives to be had from eating well and moving your body.
If you want to chat more about this then feel free to get in touch with me on my contact page. I am offering online 1-2-1 coaching at the moment.
So today’s exercise has been:
20 minute yoga session
5.4 mile run
Shoulder and bicep workout
60 minute step workout.
Food today has been:
Almond milk, spinach, strawberry smoothie with protein powder, hemp powder, maca and ashwagnda powder.
Salad with leaves, cucumber, avocado, tomatoes, spring onions, sauerkraut, pumpkin seeds, vegan feta cheese, olive oil and hemp hearts.
Chia seed pudding with 1/2 red grapefruit. Pudding made with almond milk and coconut yoghurt.
Veggie rice served with brocolli.
2 x 5mg vegan bcaa