Tuesday, 13 November 2012

A healthy balance

Here's how lastnight ended up. Three squares of Lindt Coconut Intense. VERY restrained in the circumstances, I think. So. Good. I snap it in to little bits to savour it longer... sort of works!

This will be a quick post as I have an evening walk with a dear friend to get to. Today has been a hungry day. Arguably, every day is for me, but today especially so!

I started off with the usual almond flour porridge, which held me over quite nicely until my morning apple (note to self: try a new fruit!) and this magnificent mackerel salad:

 Here's the production line I set up to make this feast:

We're talking a bed of kale... What, you say? Raw kale? Why yes! It's tasty, crunchy and much more satisfying and nutrient-rich than a limp lettuce leaf. Iowa Girl Eats, one of my favourite bloggers, gave out the top tip of giving the kale a little 'massage' with your hands to break it down a little. I haven't looked back. You'll notice I go through phases with favourite veggies, and this is definitely kale season. There's also beetroot, carrot, cucumber, pepper, celery, tomatoes, balsamic and extra virgin olive oil.

At lunchtime I popped along to a retirement do at the pub. I wasn't feeling too indulgent at that point, so passed on the free-flowing white wine and plumped for sparkling water. I know! I did sneak a little bacon-wrapped sausage as it was rude not to. I walked there and back - glad to be able to get some fresh air today. The afternoon featured some plums and a Ginger Nakd bar. Unpictured because I'm still learning! The Nakd bar was gorgeous, but could have eaten another!

So, as well as doing Jillian Michaels this morning and a little lunchtime walk, I'll also be getting in some more exercise later while my friend and I walk and talk (far healthier and cheaper than a trip to the pub!). But, yesterday I barely walked at all... These things seem to balance themselves out, so I don't worry too much, but wearing a pedometer every day definitely makes me notice the difference on those days I don't make the effort. I'd highly recommend one if you're not looking to get too active, but need a little nudge.

True to form Jill wasn't such a joy this morning, but I plodded through regardless. As she says, it's only 20 minutes! She has a 3-2-1 system where you do three circuits of 3 minutes strength, 2 minutes cardio and 1 minute abs, with a warm-up and cool down. I love it because it's quick and dirty and keeps me toned without spending hours on it, or spending money at the gym. I've been doing her workout DVDs for about two years now, and have yet to find something better for me.

Right, time for tonight's second helping of laksa leftovers (sooo hungry) and off to get changed for my walk. Toodles!

Question of the day: What do you do to keep fit?

Jill and walking work for me, but it's not always easy, especially the walking in the winter.

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