Hey guys, it’s that time of the month where I tell you if I’ve been healthy and active this month. I have mixed feelings writing this one. At the start of the month, I was really looking forward to writing this post; I was doing so well with all of my goals and feeling great. Some of you may have seen that it was my mum’s birthday this month and I made her this cake. Now, taking a couple of days off the healthy bandwagon for a birthday is totally fine and I wasn’t feeling bad about that at all.
But then, last week I got a stomach flu. While that didn’t exactly make me eat badly or drink less water, it did make me not eat at all for a few days. Not exactly the most encouraging thing in a health post. And of course, that also meant I wasn’t working out, which set me back slightly in my goals too. In summary, when this month was good, it was perfect. When it was bad, it was awful.
Let’s get into the recap.
Back to whole foods…kind of
Well, as you can probably tell from the introduction, the answer to this is quite complicated. I said I was going to allow slightly processed but still healthy foods in my diet this month. This was going really well, I was managing to stay away from the chronic bloat inducing bread and allowing myself some Alpro yoghurt. Life was good. My mother had a birthday. I had some cake. My stomach got an ache. We got on with life, moved forward, back to being healthy. Stomach flu happened and I couldn’t eat anything other than Jacob’s crackers for four days and ate minimal amounts for a few days after that. I’m not classing this as a fail as the food situation was very much beyond my control. But it obviously wasn’t a success either. Let’s just pretend this month didn’t happen in that sense….
Run outside at least once a week
I did run outside a few times this month, but I forgot to keep track of how frequently that happened. But April did see a rapid improvement in the weather, so I can see this being more successful going forward. As I’m writing this, I just entered the ballot for the London Marathon for next year (please pray to whatever you believe in that I get a place this time) and I’ve booked my place for a local half marathon later this year. April saw me run less mileage than I’d have liked due to my illness, but I did run my longest run since my ankle injury last year and I’ve managed to rebuild my pace to almost the same speed as pre-injury pacing too. I also bought myself some new running shoes in April which got me excited to get going. They’re the Nike Zoom Pegasus 34s in case anyone is wondering. I have size 2 feet, so mine came from the kids’ section.
Drink 3L water a day
You have never seen a human drink as much water as I have this month. There were a couple of days (literally 2 or 3) that I didn’t succeed, but I still managed at least 2l on those days. Most days this month, I actually drank a lot more than 3L. To the point I found myself googling how much you have to drink to over hydrate yourself. I never thought I’d find myself confessing to the internet my random google searches, but here we are. One day I drank over FIVE LITERES without realising. Firstly, that’s definitely too much for someone of my small stature. Secondly, if you’re trying to drink more, the Kilner jar thing really worked for me. I honestly surprised myself. Having a bottle in front of me, I’m very hit and miss whether I drink it. With the jar in front of me, I felt like I was refilling it every 10 minutes. Definitely try this if you’re struggling. Also, the jar in the photo is lime water, which is delicious.
I’m not doing an official GHWM for May as I don’t think my goals have changed enough to warrant one, but for the sake of accountability I’m going to list a few simple things here and check back in with you guys at the end of the month.
- Continue to drink a good amount of water daily.
- Eat a lot of micronutrient dense meals. Especially important considering I’ve been ill recently.
- Run, run, run. I’ve actually paid to enter a race so now is not the time for slacking.
Have you had a healthy April? Or do you have any special goals for May? Let me know how you’re doing in the comments.
Until next time,
OH and I’m posting a recipe every single day in May. Let me know if you’ve made it all the way to the bottom to see this! Have a great day x