Now I am back from the States, to get back into the swing of things I tried two fasting days back-to-back to see if that might kick me back into my routine. I had never tried it before so was curious to see how it would work for me. My sleeping had been affected due to the time difference and that has led to me feeling hungry during the night, so I wanted to knock that on the head – sleep is so important!
On the whole, the fasting days back-to-back worked in the sense that it got me back in to the routine after the competition, but it would not be something I would regularly do and it made me hungry and unsettled. But it did the trick for my circumstance.
Now I feel that my routine is more settled I am going back to fasting at either end of the week.
I am still keen to make sure that I don’t slip into my regular winter hibernation mode where I am lethargic and tend to move less. To help this I am booking in regular exercise classes such as boxing with an instructor. Having an instructor keeping me going and I just want to focus on cardio at the moment so it’s a perfect sport.
I am trying to have less bread as it makes me bloated. Being a lover of food I do like to experiment – I want to choose foods that will fill me up and bread is only a quick fix. I also want to make sure I eat fruit at least 3 times a day (this has slipped). If you are having a bit of a low, the natural sugars in fruit can pep you up and the vitamin content is great, especially at this time of year. I am also remembering that it’s not always the calories you have to be aware of, it’s the food itself. It might be calorifically low, but not fill you up so you end up being peckish again soon after.
For example I am swapping my rice/couscous and only having cauliflower rice. For those of you that haven’t tried it before, it’s great.
I’ll let you know how I get on and report back soon!
Until next time,