Get Healthy With Me | February Goals

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Hi everyone, now I know what you’re thinking. I talk about healthy this and that all the time. Why am I posting about getting healthy now? Here’s the thing, I hate the fact everyone talks about healthy lifestyles in January. If you aren’t spending the first few days of January living off leftover Christmas treats, I question your life choices. Most people aren’t feeling their best after the festive season and even if you are, most people fall into a little January slump. So, this is a February reset if you will; a few things I’d like to improve about myself this month and how I’m going to do it.



 

Sleep

I’ve briefly mentioned a few times now that I have an awful sleeping pattern in January. This is down to two things. 1) I’ve had insomnia since the day I left the womb 2) Tennis. I’m a huge tennis fan, and when I say huge, I mean I haven’t missed a single match Roger Federer has played at a Grand Slam since 2009.

That includes the Australian Open, which for those of you who don’t know, airs from midnight until about 10am here in the UK.

As a natural insomniac I very rarely feel tired and can easily stay up all night and feel zero consequences the next day. I’ve reached a point now where I can sleep most nights, even if it’s just for a few hours, but it’s a habit that was very hard to establish. For the last two weeks of January I basically don’t sleep, I catch an hour nap here and there between matches. The day session ends, quick nap, the kettle goes on and I’m back up and ready to watch the evening session. I’m well aware this isn’t healthy, but I do it every year. And I can’t see that changing anytime soon.

While I find it easy to stay up, I find it incredibly hard to start sleeping again when the tournament ends. It takes me no more than a day or two to fall into the rhythm of staying up most of the night, after all that’s basically my natural body clock, but it takes weeks to be able to fall asleep before 4am again.

February goal #1, attempt to start sleeping at around 2am. Which in insomnia land qualifies as an ‘early’ night.

Eat

It occurred to me at the end of January that I haven’t had a ‘normal’ week of eating yet this year. As I said in the beginning, the first few days of January are still about chocolate and Pringles in my house. This was then followed my very much unwelcome monthly visitor, which leaves me with very serious bread cravings. As someone who struggles with gluten this is always a problem. Then I did my grocery challenge, which was fun but incredibly difficult and not exactly what I’d usually eat. Then there was the fortnight where I slept one hour a night, or not at all, and was eating my meals at a very strange time because of that.

I haven’t gained weight or been eating awful foods, but I haven’t been eating in a regular way and my stomach is definitely aware of that.

February goal #2, eat like I normally do. This shouldn’t be too difficult to achieve now that I’m attempting to get my sleeping pattern under control and Christmas is long gone, as is the chocolate.

February goal #3, no processed gluten for the month. As I have a sensitivity rather than an outright intolerance I don’t struggle too much when I eat flours like rye, or oats, but things like wheat pasta and bread cause me problems. I can manage with my lentil pasta for the month. No bread is a harder challenge.

Exercise

I run. Or at least I used to. I was training for a marathon. Hoping to get a place in the London marathon for this April (surprise, surprise, I didn’t get in) and planning on doing the Manchester marathon if I didn’t get in, I was strict with my schedule. Five days a week, without fail.

Then well, this happened.

 

What that tweet doesn’t tell you is that it was a really bad sprain. I couldn’t run at all for nearly three months, then when I could run again I was taking it ridiculously easy because I was afraid of reinjuring myself. I got back up to 5k in an acceptable time, far from my best, but not snail pace either. By this point the only thing that still caused me pain was wearing heels, which was a major inconvenience because I’m just under 5ft 1” and relied on heels to look slightly older than 12 in my day-to-day life. There was a family wedding at the end of August, I wore heels for the first time since my initial injury, and I wore then for 12 or 13 hours. What I shock this ruined my ankle again and I was in pain for weeks, hardly able to walk again.

Recovery

Fast forward to November and I started to run again, on a treadmill so it was softer on my joints, then that kind of stopped over Christmas.

It’s now early February and I haven’t ran outside since last April. I will be entering the ballot again for the marathon next year and I will have the same back-up plan of doing Manchester when I if I don’t get in.

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So, February goal #4, get moving on an actual pavement again and move the rest of my body slightly while I’m at it.  I downloaded the 30 day fitness app to do some other light toning exercises too. As I’m doing this alongside my runs, I’m starting with the easy plan to ease my body back into it gently. And now I’ve shared this with you I kind of have no choice other than to carry on.

There we have it, some February health and fitness goals. Do you have any health and fitness related goals for this month? And how do you feel about the idea of a February reset?

 

I’ll see you tomorrow,

Sophie

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25 thoughts on “Get Healthy With Me | February Goals

  1. Haha I agree that the first few days of January should be spent eating up all the junk food in the house – never been one for a ‘new year, new me.’ How is the ankle pain? I would recommend doing some calf strengthening exercises if it’s still causing you pain to strengthen around the ankle – some heel raises both with bent knees and straight knees to target both the gastroc and soleus muscles. xx

    1. Thank you for the suggestions! It’s all gone now (fingers crossed) I’m still slightly cautious when I’m running and generally moving around. Haven’t worn heels since the wedding. They still scare me . I started doing some lower body pilates moves and that really helped strengthen it again, that involved a lot of leg raises etc.

    1. Thank you! It felt like forever but I was so happy when I managed my first mini run! I think the ab thing must be working because it’s been hurting to laugh, or sit, or bend in general for the last few days x

  2. Love this post. Such a shame about your ankle but I’m sure you’ll be building up again in no time for your London Marathon. I have everything crossed that you do it! My goal is to keep being vegan throughout frebruaru, but weekdays only. I don’t want to deprive myself totally of the things I love. January was really good in showing me that I can live without meat if needed and now I’m going to take as much of that knowledge forward. Good luck with your goals x

    1. That’s great that it changed your attitude towards your meals, even if not full time. I love hearing that people take something positive from veganuary other than just an overwhelming pizza craving! x

    1. Thank you! I’m really hoping I manage to get a place next time. I’d literally never exercised in my life before I did my first run other than maybe a handful of yoga classes. I was convinced I hated all forms of exercise. I was so glad when I realised there was something I could enjoy! x

  3. Good luck with all your goals! I’m the same with the eating habits in January, I just lose a routine completely over the holiday season and struggle to eat at normal times. I really hope you get back into the training as it sounds like you really loved it!

  4. This is such a great way to start a brand new month with such a positive attitude Sophie! Good luck with your goals, the abs workout sounds like a tough challenge but so worthwhile when you start seeing results. I definitely need to something like that! <3 xx

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  5. I think I am the opposite of an insomniac (if there’s such a thing). I can’t function without my 8 hours of sleep. Even during my student days, I would happily hit the bed and catch-up on a minimum of 6 hours before exams.

  6. Haha you poor thing, funny thing is even though I’m in Australia I tend to miss half the matches throughout the day because I’m busy running errands or working lol. Next year feel free to fly over and hang with me and you can watch the matches without compromising on sleep haha! xx

  7. I loved reading your goals and the reasons behind them! It’s so awesome that you want to take part in the marathon and I really hope you can achieve your goals!
    I definitely want to start the gym again and I will be going that soon!

  8. These are really great goals! You’re being realistic while trying to get a few things back under control. And I totally agree – who starts in January, really? January should be a pretend month to get over Christmas without feeling like we’ve broken the resolutions already!

    Best of luck with all of these goals – very inspiring post!

  9. I’m not big into new years resolutions, so this post definitely speaks to me. So inspiring! That ab workout app (ab app? ha) sounds so much fun, it’s satisfying to be to check off every single day. Great post!

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