6-week food and drink reflection (Feb 2018)

Category: Food Published: Friday, 16 February 2018 Written by Butterfly Wing

Food and drink

Today, after 6 weeks, I completed week 4 of my 8-week training programme. During this time, I was also supposed to keep a food log - a meal plan and actual meals had, and a log of how much water and fruit & veg I've had. Suffice it to say, I've been rubbish at doing all of those. I was maybe a little better at keeping track of my water and fruit & veg intake than actual meals eaten, but on the whole I was pretty bad at it. Looking back to a couple of years ago, I was much much better at it. I didn't always stick to the meal plans, but I at least made them for most weeks. I was also religiously keeping track of my water intake and portions of fruit & veg.

I know it may be a little extreme to jot down every instance of water intake and stuff, but you know, I remember it made me feel much better for it. As in physically. I wasn't dehydrated all the time like I am now. Also, making sure I ate enough fruit & veg, even though sometimes a portion count may not have been a full portion, but at least I was more or less keeping on top of it, as opposed to now, when I barely have any fruit or veg at all. So really, I need to be better at remembering to log all this stuff. I mean, I've even downloaded apps to keep track of them. How hard can it be? I just need to remember and be arsed to log them. So, like the training stuff, the past 6 weeks of food logging hasn't been great.

I suspect that part of the reason I'm feeling so tired and fatigued all the time is because I haven't been eating properly. I haven't been making myself eat enough fruit and veg and drink enough water. I haven't been fueling properly before and after workouts. I don't have regular breakfasts and give myself enough carbs to get me through my workouts. I had a much more regimented nutrition regime back September-November 2015 when I was totally buff. Granted, I couldn't do any pull-ups yet, but I was exercising A LOT. What's more, I was giving myself good food. I had breakfast every day. I had fruit, like an apple or a banana, mid-morning and usually mid-afternoon, I had handfuls of nuts, and I had salads and stuff on a much more regular basis than I do now. But man, I was exercising a lot. I was doing strength training 3 times a week, running 3K once a week, doing muay Thai 1-2 times a week, and sometimes even a swim after a morning workout. Right, okay, that was a lot of training, and I can't do as much now. I need to get my bloody work done too. But I sure as hell could do a bit more, like run once a week, say. Also, as this post is about food, I need to do better there too. I just need to be more disciplined. I was pretty damned disciplined then - I remember. I was buff as anything! I can do it again. Just 'coz I'm 40 now doesn't mean I can't get back to being buff and healthy again. Hell, I can even do pull-ups now when I couldn't then.

Right, I'm gonna plan my meals and execute them. I'm gonna eat like I did back in September/October 2015. I'm gonna log my water and plant food. And it wouldn't hurt to cut down some of the meaty meat meats I constantly have in my diet. Starting this weekend: AnooMe (as in Margaret Atwood's AnooYoo - yes, yes, I get the irony).