Health Diary Week 11: Food, Exercise and a Positive Mind

That Weird In-Between Time

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Hi and welcome to another weekly instalment of what’s on my plate, health and nutrition updates and some positive smile-provoking experiences…

What’s New

…It’s been a weird couple of weeks – hard to keep track of the day and time. Consequently, I’ve slipped into late nights and lay-ins. Despite that, I’ve usually managed to get the recommended hours’ sleep[1], except on New Year’s Eve – I didn’t get to bed until about 3 am (after late night snacking), sleep was disrupted and I was up again (eating crisps!) around 8 am.

Cats: the masters of sleep! (This was my beautiful girl)

Alcohol

Okay, so talking about New Year’s Eve – I should mention this was the only time I consumed alcohol this week. But, I’m ashamed to confess it was a big binge (with everyone else) and the next morning I was ‘hugging the toilet’ and felt terrible! And when I could finally keep food down, I was ravenous – I ate a massive bowl of pasta and a whole garlic baguette! (This doesn’t sound at all good so far does it?):

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Dry January:

However, I turned this unfortunate booze incident into positive action, as it convinced me to do Dry January[2]. I can proudly report that when I went to a couple of pubs at the weekend, I didn’t drink any alcohol (and didn’t snack when I got home). Unfortunately, the alternative drinks were either loaded with free sugars (juice, sodas) or artificial sweeteners (sodas). And, I feel cheeky just drinking soda water in a pub, although next time I must at least include a couple:

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Food and Nutrition

So, let’s have a look at what food was on my plate, the healthy and not so healthy choices and identify any tweaks I could make to improve my nutrition…

Christmas Left-overs:

Food-wise, it’s been a week of trying to finish the Christmas leftovers – I’ve eaten loads of cashew cheese on crackers in various guises! I was craving broccoli, so decided to have the last piece of Wellington and sprouts with broccoli, cauliflower and carrot cheesy bake using some of the leftover cashew cheese. I had my My Typical Salad with the last of the stuffing and coleslaw. Also, I’ve eaten too much of my fudge and chocolate (presents) – my intention was to work my way slowly through it – instead I’m in danger of forming a habit! Disappointingly, I’ve only eaten fruit once – papaya with freshly squeezed lime – it was delicious and I’m craving more:

The last of the Christmas leftovers (well, nearly).

Dinner: Eating Out:

I had one meal out – it’s ‘Veganuary[3] after all, so loads of extra choices for me! I chose the healthiest looking option on the menu ‘Jerk’ – Caribbean black bean and jerk jackfruit with rice ‘n peas, mango salsa and plantain chips – it was lovely! I couldn’t resist the chocolate brownie and salted caramel ice cream, so the compromise was sharing it with a friend – I’ve had it before, it was just as amazing as I’d remembered it being:

Veganuary’ at the Black Phoenix – yum!

Exercise

Towards the end of the week I did three sessions on the exercise bike, totalling two hours – not as much as usual, but better than ‘nowt’. And, I started back at circuit training – it was tough but, felt good to get back on it – I ached loads the following two days though! I was pleased to include the boxing pad work for the first time in ages. But, sadly, it’s off the cards again, as my wrist gave way when I was simply getting a container out of the fridge (ridiculous!) – #hypermobility challenges[4]:

My happy post-circuits face (those endorphins must’ve been flowing!)

Weight, BMI and Fat Results

So, what were the results of this abnormal week? Well, not too bad really. I was dreading getting on the scales – I was certain the numbers had gone up, but as it was, they pretty much stayed the same. Quite frankly I was relieved!:

My week 11 results (very slight reduction in body fat)

Yep, I’m still classified as obese and progress is slow, but I’m confident I can move forward this year, especially after we get through these gloomy Winter months. I’m actually looking forward to the challenge…

Sky over the Galapagos Islands (my favourite holiday destination), 2008

I hope you enjoyed this week’s ‘What’s on Watson’s Plate’. Please feel free to follow my bite-sized updates on Instagram or Facebook. See you next Wednesday for another catch up.

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References

1. National Sleep Foundation, 2015. National Sleep Foundation recommends new sleep times [online]. Available from: www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need.
2. Alcohol Change UK, Ca. 2019. Dry January [online]. Available from: https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/dry-january.
3. Veganuary, 2019. Veganuary [online]. Available from: https://uk.veganuary.com/.
4. Hypermobility Syndromes Association, 2017. What are hypermobility syndromes? [online]. Available from: www.hypermobility.org/what-are-hypermobility-syndromes.

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