My running (away from food) week (Y2-11)

Having gained one whole stone in weight since my injury, I decided I’d have to tackle this with diet as comfort eating my way through my prolonged recovery wasn’t going to make me feel any better about the situation.  So with a goal to lose 16lbs… why not go that bit lower? through being mindful of what I was eating and when, as well as counting calories on My Fitness Pal I started with a great deal of motivation.

Which lasted about a week.

Probably until the lack of sugar in my diet made me crave sugar!

My great start and 3lb weight loss has almost reversed itself completely, so today I’m back on it.  Starting with aloe vera juice diluted in a pint of water.  I’ve heard a lot of hype about the benefits of aloe, initially regarding it’s hydrating properties and use in beauty lotions, but more recently as a digestive aid.  I’m no expert and I don’t know whether these claims have any substance but as it had 55% off I thought I’d give it a try I love a bargain!

So, as well as taking a long, hard look at my diet, I’ve also been focusing on what I can do activity wise instead of mourning my loss of running and drumming.  And this week I’ve done loads!

  • Two hour long gym sessions with approx 20 mins cardio (bike) and the rest strength work
  • Stretch class
  • parkrun marshalling
  • Yoga class

The last two weeks we’ve had a different instructor for stretch, as the previous one was only covering absence, and because of this the class has taken on a completely different feel.  Stand-in instructor used a Pilates based approach, whereas regular instructor uses a strength based/HIIT approach with lots of planks.  Both classes good but in different ways.

And then there’s yoga!  Having only done yoga once before, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect… but I certainly didn’t expect to be draping myself over a yoga block in a seemingly impossible position and no, I don’t expect you to be able to visualise that!

Yoga was tough, the instructor was very good checking our postures and explaining everything, but it certainly wasn’t easy.  I’m holding off on booking onto next week until I’ve decided that the intensive stretching was ok for my calf as it was quite sore later that day.

So, that’s my week.  No running, no drumming, but plenty of other stuff.

Have a great week,
K x


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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

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