Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Step on

How's 2013 treating you so far, my little daydream believers? I'm feeling pretty chipper despite broken sleep and waking up with a cold. Must be all the exercise and nutrients my New Year regime is providing!


So, I didn't sleep at all well last night and woke up at 5am all sniffly and sore of throat. A Jill sesh just wasn't going to win against an extra half an hour in bed.

I arose and fixed myself a comforting bowl of ground almond porridge with almond milk, banana, black forest berries (from the freezer) and desiccated coconut. I was feeling pretty sorry for myself, but soldiered on to work, chauffered by the boy.

And cheered by this dazzling sunrise.
'Whadya mean straight to lunch?!' you exclaim, 'where's the snackage?'. It's all part of spring-cleaning the regime, folks.
Now, don't get me wrong, I don't see nothing wrong with a bit of snack time. However, I'm doing a bit of self-examination here and know my 10am snack isn't just about hunger anymore - it's a signal to eat. I'm like one of Pavlov's dogs - 'sugar time'! So, I'm giving breaking the cycle a little go and, lo and behold, I didn't collapse before lunch! The Whole 30 emphasises eating meals that satisfy you enough so you don't need to snack. That's gotta be some meal... Here goes...
Leftover curried haddock, red cabbage, kale, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, pecans and dried cranberries with olive oil and raspberry vinaigrette. I ate it slowly and not staring at my screen, as per. Nuts and dried fruit are okay on the Whole 30, but encouraged as part of a meal rather than snacks.
The weather was really dull, but I was flagging so went for a walk with my friend. My cold felt no better but no worse for it and I was thankful for the fresh air and opportunity to boost my steps!
After stocking up on Whole 30-friendly food at the supermarket I got home and got straight to getting my grub on. I'd been craving broth all day and thought I wanted chicken soup, but by the time I got home I was totally sold on this little baby - smoked mackerel salad with boiled savoy cabbage, kale, carrot and samphire accompanied by raw red cabbage, beetroot, celery and red pepper, drizzled with the usual.

I saved the veggie water to go in the chicken soup tomorrow. Nutrients ahoy! Win win.

Oh, and here's some vinegar I'm making. Shockingly, there was leftover champagne yesterday (I KNOW!) and, as we're off the booze this month I didn't want to waste it, so I'm making champagne vinegar. How decadent!

By this time I was still only on 8000 steps, so, only one thing for it - I put on my coat and headed out at 7.30pm for a half hour stroll to the beach and back. There's nothing like the sound of the waves lapping on a winter evening when there's no one around. Gorgeous. And now I'm at 11000 steps. I managed 13000 yesterday. May it continue!
I added another resolution today - to stop worrying so much, particularly about money. I'm not used to being without a safety net in terms of savings, but 2012 was an exceptional year - I went on two transatlantic trips, plus three other holidays and bought a house which needed work! I need to cut myself some slack. The savings will build again!
Time for some R&R and a warm drink to sort this throat. Happy evening all.
Question of the day: Saver or spender?
Saver! But when I splurge, I do it in style!

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