Tag: walking

NutriBullet and general food news

OK, so I am on a mission now for improved health. You know me, I am happiest when I am on a mission. I’ve done 10 hours of walking in the last four days and I am right on the brink of resuming weight training. I’ve been walking on Hampstead Heath, which is gorgeous, as you can see.

I have finally acquired a NutriBullet, two years after everyone else, and it has been a real game-changer. As we all know, eating healthily is a lot of hassle, especially if you are like me and you don’t want to cook. I have all good intentions and everything and I don’t mind making a salad once in a while but I can’t possibly do that three times a day, it is out of the question. The NutriBullet, which is a fancy type of blender, is the antithesis of cooking. You don’t have to cook anything and you don’t even have to use a plate to eat the results, you can drink it straight out of the cup you made it in. No cooking, barely any washing-up.

I am photographing everything I eat, because that’s a proven method of keeping me from eating junk, so here are a couple of photos.

Spinach, spring greens, strawberries, pineapple, ice, protein powder, nuts. Chuck in blender, add water, pulverise for 1 minute, slurp.

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Kale, spinach, banana, peach, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, protein powder, nuts. A really great way to use up fruit that is on the turn.

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Look at that, delicious.

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I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so healthily and I feel fantastic.

I am dating Harry and we are falling in love with each other. He’s excited that I’m excited about health and I have made a couple of nice meals for us. A simple mixed salad with smoked salmon. Observe my beautiful Portmeirion tableware.

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This was yesterday, I was so proud of myself. A salad made with spinach, red onion, strawberries, raspberries, blue cheese and sesame seed croutons.

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Soon I will start letting Harry cook, because he likes to cook. Score. I am so happy with this boy, he is really lovely and I have cancelled all of my other relationships except for Fyodor, who doesn’t count because of being in Russia.

Rising Heroes

I continue to be concerned about my health because my heart pounds more than it should. I am ready to take action. It seems urgent.

Health and fitness has always been a major theme of TLYW. I look at the Achievements page which was my main source of motivation for the first few years of TLYW, and over half of the 800 points I managed to score are health related.

It’s time for another concentrated campaign of health and fitness and this time around I feel like I need some encouragement and teamwork from other people instead of doing everything on my own. That’s why I’ve signed up for Rising Heroes, which is a self-improvement and fitness programme for gamers, using video game metaphors. Should be right up my street.

There is a new TLYW page for it here, with links and details of what I’ve been eating and what exercise I’m doing. I’ve done 5.5 hours of walking in the last two days.

I have made a character to level up, she is a scout, a character class that I selected because I like endurance sports. I don’t think I’m particularly strong or fast but I can keep going for a long time. I can swim and walk long distances.

I have joined a squad of rising heroes, a squad is a team of five people, I belong to the Shimmy Hips squad, which is all women.

I also joined a division, a division is a team of 30 people. I belong to the Number One Ninja division.

A nice feature of Rising Heroes is that it encourages you to develop one skill that’s outside of health and fitness, so I picked Chinese. I will be super happy to get that back up and running.

That’s all I have to say right now. I’m a little bit overwhelmed with new information and it is taking me a while to make sense of everything but hopefully the picture will become clear soon. My squad members are really friendly.

Wish me luck. I am heavy right now and I want to lose 30 pounds, lower my blood pressure and make my heart stronger. Hopefully, belonging to a couple of teams will really help.

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General Health, Diet & Lifestyle News

Things are proceeding fairly well chez Gloria. I am being responsible and taking charge of some things.

I joyfully reunited with my hot periodontist who rebuilt one side of my face five years ago. I was so pleased to see him. He is much more pro-active than my other dentist and we really like each other. We had a workman-like discussion about what to do with the other side of my face. I feel no fear as I am a battle-hardened warrior now where dentistry is concerned. He is going to do about three episodes of gum cleaning to reduce the size of my pockets and then we are going to see about doing another sinus lift and putting in two more titanium implants. I had six last time, on the right side, so two on the left side does not make me break a sweat. It makes me laugh to think of how phobic I used to be of the dentist. The way I talk to him now, it is like getting the car serviced or building an extension on the house.

I gained a bunch of weight this month for no obvious reason, which I am v unhappy about, but I am dealing with it responsibly by cutting back on my food intake, esp carbs, and exercising every day (mix of outdoor walking, swimming and treadmill). If that doesn’t take care of it pretty rapidly, I will increase the amount of exercise until it starts working. In 2013 I used to go out for walks of 17km on a near daily basis and spare fat does not stand much of a chance against that kind of regime. So I am working back up to that.

I spent 90 minutes cleaning the kitchen today, which means I can cook, because while I am dieting I am also in the mood for thinking about meal planning and food preparation. I’ve just bought a fondue set, having wanted one my whole life and so I will soon make fondue with broccoli and cauliflower to dip in the cheese instead of bread. V excited.

On top of all this, I managed to finish a book, I’ve just read Every Day Is Mother’s Day, the first novel of Hilary Mantel (1985). It was very well-written and frequently funny but also rather dark and depressing so I shall not drag you through a long review. It was like shopping in a particularly bleak and wet corner of Britain on early-closing day.

I could collect a bunch of achievement points for all this but it wasn’t a huge effort so I shall wait until I’ve done something that required more effort, such as filling out paperwork for the mortgage and pensions guy.

You would hardly know it was the weekend.

I have been working all day and I am not done yet. Here are a couple of things to cheer us along.

A photo from my walk to the office. They have a very British sense of humour at that park. Don’t tell me those flowers were planted there by accident.

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And now, some deep, rootsy reggae because we might as well have Church while I happen to think of it.

Scratchylus feat. Kiddus I & Inna de Yard: Reset the Mindset 

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It’s been two weeks, or something like that.

Sorry to be so quiet, everyone. My new life is kicking my newly muscular ass.

  • Loving my work.
  • Am working day and night, around the clock. Still loving it.
  • My house is an absolute tip, it is all I can do to stay in control of the laundry.
  • I appear to be regaining weight but I am not panicking because:
  • I am walking for miles every day and climbing ridiculous amounts of stairs, and
  • I don’t have time to eat, and
  • I can see and feel that I already have slabs of solid muscle in my legs and bum.

My sole ambition is to get sufficiently on top of my work that I can start going to the gym again because I don’t want muscly legs paired with flabby arms, also I like being able to fit into (some of) my clothes and want to shed more fat.

That’s all. It’s Friday night and I’ve been at work for 12 hours. I feel like giving myself two or three hours off and playing a video game because I really can’t concentrate any more.

See you next time.

End of the first week.

I still love my new job.

It is becoming more demanding by the minute, if not the second, and I am still smiling, actually I am beaming, I am awash with serotonin and I love everybody and everything on sight.

I am sure it is helped by the fact that I am getting an average of 90 minutes brisk walking every day as well, to and from work. So obviously I arrive like a chirpy, rosy-cheeked motherfucker and then I get more exercise on the way home as well. It’s great. My diet still needs attention but I am certainly not over-eating because I am way too busy to snack and anyway I’m in meetings all the time.

I feel slimmer. The muscles in my arse are aching, which is a very good sign and I know from experience that I will develop muscles in my legs and bum almost immediately if I walk outdoors every day. I also think I am slightly less rounded in the midsection than I was at the start of this week. Very slightly. Also that I lost a small amount of fat off my face. So that’s good. I am incredibly excited to think of all my clothes I am probably quite near to being able to fit into. Within a few weeks or a couple of months.

Well, that’s it. I have a huge amount of work to do because this is not my only income stream and my weekend is going to be full of other kinds of work, but it is all good, it is all for a purpose, and that purpose is The Life You Want. Keep reaching for that rainbow, readers.

And now for a tune. Looks like TLYW Dance Time might be back in session. Get up and dance, look what a treat I picked out for you.

EMF: Unbelievable (1990)

Changes.

It is Day 2 of my new career.

It is a culture shock, like I knew it would be.

It is fun. They are nice people. I am as cheerful as all get-out and I laugh a lot and people are responding warmly to that and telling me that I am going to have an easy time with their clients.

By local standards I am unnaturally ambitious, which is why they hired me, at the same time this means I am a bossy cow. I am happy to report that I have refrained from telling my boss or anyone senior to me how to do their job for two whole days. Probably we will even make it to the end of this week.

Health: this is great. Go to bed early, get up early. The amount of walking! The journey to and from work involves a bare minimum of 60 minutes of brisk walking and then when you include going out at lunchtime and walking all over several large buildings, I’m walking for up to 2 hours a day. Which is bloody great. I am going to start doing weekly weigh-ins again to monitor the effect on my bloated physique.

This is a big chunk of my daily walk to and from work.

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Isn’t that lovely. There’s quite a lot of nice architecture and sculpture around the park, and of course flowers, so I dare say I will post pictures from time to time. It will be nice to document the changing seasons. I bet that same bit of the park looks elegant when it is covered in snow.

Now I need to go to bed, I’m exhausted. If I go now, I’m in with a chance of being able to get up early and take care of some laundry and domestic tasks. I see how this is going to pan out.