Today is the last day of my Easter holiday, I took an extra day off to make it a 5-day break since Good Friday and Easter Monday are holidays in the UK. In my last post I talked about using this staycation time to reset my exercise and diet and if you followed my Instagram stories then you saw that I went to spin classes at Psycle every day from Thursday through Tuesday, except Easter Sunday when they were closed. I also walked a lot over the weekend, almost 20 miles.
In addition to the exercise, I also made a concerted effort to eat consciously by preparing healthy meals instead of grabbing unhealthy options out of convenience. I wasn’t perfect, I did have the crispy fried duck at my favorite local Thai restaurant, but I also cooked and ate a delicious fresh sea bass courtesy of a recipe that I found on Epicurious and made my favorite seared tuna, mango and avocado salad (several times). I also ate lots of fruits and vegetables and refrained from meat, caffeine and alcohol. While I spent more time at the grocery store than usual, I discovered these no sugar added cold pressed juices and smoothies that I love. This was not a diet per se, but I was thoughtful about the foods and portions that I was choosing and I feel better for it.
In my previous post I told you about the Psycle challenge to take 12 classes before May 3rd and I am half way through. I have 2 classes booked for Thursday and Friday so I should have no problem completing the remaining 4 classes by the deadline in order to get 5 free classes to take in May. The classes have been a good way for me to get my high calorie burning, cardio workouts in but I do need to add in more targeted strength training. Next week I will focus on shorter interval workouts that target my core (my favorite) and upper body (my least favorite area to train). This will help me keep up the momentum when I’m back at work and have less time to devote to my workouts.
It’s only been a few days and am not seeing any measurable difference yet but I do feel better and that is important. My energy levels are getting back up and I’m falling asleep quicker and waking up naturally before my alarm and not feeling tired. These are some of the ways that I know that I’m getting back on track. I will continue to share my updates on my Instagram stories as I countdown to thirty-fine and keep the encouragement coming; I really appreciate it.