I have been a little slack in writing recently, and I am supposed to be writing a weekly blog for these work-outs, the 12 week challenge that has been given to me by fellow PT Jon Le Tocq.. It is a conditioning w/o based on Intervals, kettlebells, speed and strength training. I have to say at this point that I have never enjoyed my training as much as I have on this challenge. Last week was slightly more challenging due to the fact that I was quite ill, and struggled to get all the w/o’s in. I was exhausted and had a head cold which was fairly annoying to say the least 🙁
Part of my problem is that when I feel down in the dumps I then struggle with my nutrition.. I have already been tested as positive to candida and allergic to wheat. This means that all wheat based products affect me, and that ALL sugar products including alcohol have a bad effect on me and cause quite severe lethargy, sometimes even causing extreme mood swings.. So, to fill you in, I had been to a hen do at the beginning of week four and the actual wedding at the beginning of week five. We are supposed to be following a clean diet during this 12 week period, so having alcohol is not a good thing. It was my choice to drink the evening of the hen do, and I was aware of the consequences of my actions. When I attended the evening of the wedding there were a few snacks that were wheat based, and as I was quite hungry when I got there (after a 2 hr drive), I ate the bread and cheese that was available. The reason for me telling you these details is because these bad food/drink choices had a terrible affect on me both physically and mentally. I put on half a stone in 2 weeks, and became extremely tired, sluggish, sleepy and unmotivated. It was even more apparent to me by the very notion that I am having to document my w/o’s and take weekly photo’s. I understand fully that I have a difficult relationship with food, and that when one has a food intolerence it is usual to crave the ‘bad’ food which has the awful power of making me ill.
So, this last 2 weeks has been a strong learning curve for me with regards to Nutrition and how I treat my body. My strength, stamina and enthusiasm were all affected by my choices, and I am aware that this may hinder the overall results of the conditioning programme.
We have been advised to start following Brad Pillions ‘Eat-Stop-Eat’ programme. This programme advocates fasting 2 days a week for a 24hr period. When I read the book I was excited by the information in there and it made real sense to me, as a woman who obssesses about food. Most women I work with obssess about food in one form or another, whether they over-eat, or under-eat – I certainly do not know many women who have a healthy body image or healthy relationship with food. I make it my job to explore this issue with the women I work with as I do have personal experience of this all-consuming mind-set. I am just not sure tho, if I have ever given myself the same care and attention.
My challenge for the coming weeks is to explore the ‘Eat-Stop-Eat’ philosophy and progress to encorporate that into my own lifestyle. I did complete the challenges set by Jon, however I am aware that week 5 was rather a write off in terms of my energy levels.
I had my birthday on sunday and I have reached the grand age of 37. I bought myself a little present,a book called ‘Sara: Book 1’ written by Ester and Jerry Hicks who also wrote ‘The law of Attraction’ These books talk about the power of positive thinking and how your thoughts become things; how we can manifest negativity and pain by dwelling on them… My plan is to manifest the positive in my life, focus on respecting my body, complete the challenges and have fun with them, but most of all have fun respecting my own body rather than working against it.
Please do leave a comment if you have experienced any of the issues that I have written about, or if you would like any advice about eating disorders.