Hey everyone, you may have realised there’s something a little different about this post from the title. I’ve only been doing this series for a couple of months now, but I usually do two separate posts for my recap and new goals. This is a two in one. The reason? You’re about to see that March was a bit of a fail not as good as I would have liked, so many of my April goals are the same/ slightly different. So, let’s see how I got on. Last month my goals were all related to beating the bloat too, so I’ll give you a little update on how I got on with that towards the end.
EAT ONLY WHOLE FOODS
With a very heavy heart, I tell you this did not go to plan. I made it to day 16 without slipping up once, then PMS kicked in and it went out of the window. Bloody hormones. I stopped caring about my whole foods plan from that point, then tried to bring it back towards the end of the month. I will say though, for the first half of the month I did see a reduction in the bloating, and it did come back when I slipped up. So, my plan did work. Definitely something I’m taking note of going forward.
RUN OUTSIDE AT SOME POINT
Well, my exact words in my goals post were ‘providing it gets warmer’. It’s April, it is yet to get warmer. It snowed yet again after I published that post. That being said, I said I’d be happy to run outside once or twice. I managed once, for a whopping seven minutes, at the very end of the month. I’d just like to add it was a tempo run that my plan had scheduled, I didn’t go out expecting to run for an hour, get bored, then come back. This goal is technically complete although it leaves much room for improvement.
DRINK 3L WATER A DAY
BIG. FAT. FAIL. I honestly thought this was easy. I usually drink about 2.5l a day without thinking about it, so I wasn’t adding a lot. I don’t know what happened last month but there were some days where I doubt I managed a litre. I got better at this towards the end of the month. Towards the end of the month I also realised I drink more if I drink out of my Kilner jar, so I’m taking that on board for next month.
BACK TO WHOLE FOODS….KIND OF.
As I noticed it made a huge difference, I’m going to try to get back to it. As I realised it isn’t 100% maintainable, I’m going to try the whole foods ‘based’ approach to my diet rather than strictly whole foods. What this essentially means is no heavily processed food and unnecessary additives but the odd slightly processed thing isn’t going to hurt. Essentially, bread is still out unless it’s fresh bakery bread and things like dairy free yoghurt are back in, in small doses. As long as my snacks are whole foods and most of my meals are, I’ll be happy to say this was a success at the end of the month.
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RUN OUTSIDE AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
Hopefully more. It’s now April. It HAS to get warmer soon, right? As much as I’d quite happily spend my life on a treadmill, that isn’t going to get me to my end goal, so I need to readjust to running outside sooner or later. Preferably, sooner.
LEMON WATER AND KILNER JARS
One of the main reasons I wanted to drink more, was that I’m bad at hydrating throughout the day and consume most of my water at night. I thought by drinking more, I would have to drink earlier in order to get it all in. I’d like to start drinking some water first thing on a morning. My body, however, walks to the kettle and presents me with a post of coffee before I’m even fully awake most days.
I’ve been waking up and heading straight for the kettle for decade. I can’t just switch that off. I can however make some hot lemon water first thing THEN coffee, rather than just coffee. This way I still get my hot drink on a morning and more water intake.
As I discovered water apparently goes down much easier when it’s from a jar rather than a bottle, I’m also going to attempt 5 Kilner jars (mine is 0.5l) in addition to my morning hot water. Which will bring the end amount back up to around 3l again. We’ll see how that goes.
Wish me luck! What are your health goals for this month?
Until next time,