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Good Run This Morning With a Faster Pacing Track

August 8, 2012

I’m thinking of squeezing another short run into my week.  When I’m not running I feel like I don’t miss it, but when I am running I soon realise just how much I do.

Swimming went well yesterday and looking forward to tomorrow’s coached swim session with Leicester Triathlon Club.


Staying (Refined) Sugar-Free

August 7, 2012

I think refined sugar is evil and don’t do well on it. If I’ve eaten foods containing high amounts of refined sugar I get huge sugar highs which make me hyperactive followed by crashes and even sugar hangovers the next day. I think refined sugar consumption is a big problem in society that needs addressing more widely and on a personal level I’d like to get to a point where refined sugar is simply no longer in my life.

I have had periods of sugar free living before I’ve let is sneak back in again.  I’ve spent the last week sugar-free apart from, ironically, a couple of savoury items that had sugar in their ingredients list!

When I am sugar-free living I try not to replace refined sugar with artificial sweeteners.  Instead I’ll opt for using agave syrup, stevia (there is a dark chocolate bar the uses stevia) coconut sugar, xylitol, dates or date syrup, sweet freedom syrup and I’ve just recently found some brown rice syrup in my nearby health food shop (but have not tried it yet).  All these have a lower GI and are less of a shock to the body then refined sugar. 

Of course developing less of taste for sweet foods is the ultimate, I’m just not ready to take that challenge on as yet but it is a future project that’s on the list.

Today I found the most amazing product, a no added sugar “Siesta Carob” bar (I bought the orange flavour one).  What it especially amazing is that is does not use an additional alternative sweetener such as those listed above…the orange oil and the carob together are sweet enough – I’m so glad I found this little beauty!

Other treats free or refined sugar that I currently enjoy are Booja, Booja and Worthenshaw’s Freedom “ice-creams”, Booja, Booja raw truffles, OmBar (probiotic coconut is by far my fave), Happy Kitchen brownies (to die for!) and Nana’s Cookies….and now I can add Siesta Carob bars to the list – yummy!

Oh and since I’m vegan all the products listed above are dairy free too!

Last Week’s Training Log

August 6, 2012

3 swim sessions

2 sessions of kettebells

16km/10miles of gym cycling

5km/3.1 mile outdoor run

A bit of additional core work

A whole lot of walking (if I can get to a place on foot I’ll walk there!)

I’m currently not looking to increase my amount of training sessions.  I would like to get myself a heavier kettlebell for next week.  Most of all I want to keep to this level of training over the next 3 weeks and start to log more accurately (time spent, reps/laps etc)

Coached Swim Session with Leicester Triathlon Club

August 3, 2012

I attended my first training session with the club yesterday which was a coached swim session. Swimming is my weakest discipline but it won’t get any better if I don’t work on it! I was made to feel very welcome and the coached session was very enjoyable.

“Team Brick” – as I proudly named the 5 of us in the training pool were coached on our technique and the lengths did get easier as the lesson progressed and we adjusted to a more correct form, (non bricks made use the main pool).  Of course I have a long way to go, putting in the hours of and going back to the coached sessions again and again and again. 

Today was in the pool of DMU’s new leisure centre today practicing what I had learned and will be back in the DMU pool on Monday.

My 3 Day Food Diary

August 1, 2012

Below is the total sum of what I have eaten over the last 3 days.  Yep, I love bananas!!! I’ll be looking to up the greens and veg.

8 bananas

3 apples

1 bowl of blueberries

1 punnet of raspberries

1 100g bag of dried mango

4 avocados

1 large handful of carrot batons

1 large courgette  

1 small handful of spinach leaves

1 small handful of salad leaves

5 scoops of sunwarrier protein powder

4 scoops of raw cacao powder

2 dessert spoons ground flax

1 level teaspoon cinnamon

1 table spoon of vegan pesto

1 sprinkle of Himalayan pink salt

4 glasses of soya milk

4 shredded wheat cereal

1 Bar of raw chocolate

A Return to Some Street Running

July 31, 2012

I went for a street run this morning, my first street run for ages and of course it was cold and wet!  I found the run quite tough even though it was a short one.  I did want to go for just over 4 miles and ended up running 3.1.  I’ll start timing it soon which means I need beg, borrow or find a bargain in relation to the appropriate timer, and then work on getting faster. I won’t make any plans to increase the distance for the time being, unless I have a day where I feel totally on fire and just want to run for longer.

Dr. J and I won’t be able to train together as he’s soon to be almost on the other side of the world working overseas and doing his own training.  But we are going to be checking in with each other frequently via the power of the internet.  I had an update from him today which included tales of cycle training and falling in sheep poo!

Some Baby Steps Forward

July 30, 2012

Today I paid up my membership to the Leicester Triathlon Club.   I also joined the online Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness forum. 

I trained for all my previous running events on my own but I think it’s time to get involved in, and be a part of, some fitness communities.   I hope doing so will help me win my age old (losing) battle with consistency too. 

I’m looking forward to meeting the peeps at the Leicester Triathlon Club and getting involved in some group training.  I guess my fear is I’m going to be really rubbish at training sessions but everyone has to start somewhere.

Being part of the online Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness forum will help me connect with fitties that understand my vegan choices and there will be people there with a wealth of information when it comes to tweaking my diet.