The short answer to this is that I don’t think it is for me.
The longer answer is it’s not for me if I want to continue working out in the mornings, doing things that mean I don’t get home until between 8 and 10 pm and dancing for hours on one or two days at weekends.
And I do want to continue to do these things.
These things are the things that make up a large portion of my life.
This is what happened… I tried it as I described here Intermittent fasting experiment, and here a new thing. I was adapting to it, I was even getting used to training fasted first thing in the morning. I kept it up during my holiday, even on days where I went on walks in the morning and the like.
It had its advantages, I was drinking much more water, I was snacking much less late into the evening and I remembered that being hungry is not necessarily a bad thing.
I mean…it is a bad thing if it is for long periods of time and because of lack of food or starvation or some such thing.
What I mean is, we are allowed to be hungry when coming up to a meal. That is the point of the meal after all, to keep us fueled and stop us being hungry. In the world of readily available snack foods we tend to forget that we won’t die from hunger for quite a long time and feeling slightly peckish 1/2 an hour before meal time doesn’t need a snack to keep us going…
SO…just when I thought it was all going well, dancing season started. The first day of dance and the kick off to the season proper is Rochester Sweeps festival which we danced at on 5th May this year. I knew I’d need food but didn’t really organise myself properly so ended up with minimal breakfast, by lunchtime, my legs were shaking and I could barely move them. I ate lunch, but by the end of the day I was broken! I had somewhere along the lines, totally run out of energy!
Sunday saw us dancing in the forest as part of a horror movie. Yes…literally, we were asked to participate in filming a movie. It was fun and reasonably hard work and I tried again with the fast but It didn’t really work…again I totally ran out of energy. I persevered until Wednesday. After a disastrous PT session on Tuesday where I could barely do anything I decided that enough was enough and I should go back to eating more regularly like a normal person.
So my new policy, is the same as the old policy. Eat regularly, workout and dance with enough energy and fuel, and keep an eye on the intake so I am not eating more than I use.
This coupled with generally but not obsessively eating healthily was my original approach way back when I started this. It worked then, it should work now.
I consider this a successful experiment mind you, I did what I needed to when it comes to taking back control over what I was eating (mostly…) and I have discovered that I am most definitely a breakfast person. I am absolutely sure that IF will work for some people, and I still consider that it is a valid way of planning and scheduling your meals, as long as you have the flexibility to plan your workouts/ activities around your eating schedule so you don’t run out of energy because that ultimately leads to overeating…
Now, just because this post is about food, and I haven’t put a picture in for a while, here is a picture of some food we cooked in the van while we were away…
Apparently I got ahead of myself yesterday and labelled day 4 as day 5… oh well it is rectified now 😂
The real day 5 started early in the gym with a deficit deadlift/squat superset and 3 sets on the leg press, short workout again but effective!
The day ended with yoga at midnight… again! I really need to get organised and do this earlier in the evening!!
Anyway… day 4 of Yoga True (the days don’t sync as there was a day 0 in the yoga series…I am finding this more confusing than I should!! Today’s yoga was floor yoga which was nice… and, as usual, not as easy as you think it is going to be!!
I particularly felt the hip bridges (the one Adriene is doing in that picture… these hurt much more if you have done squats and deadlifts earlier in the day!!
Still all done now and time to sleep before I drop off while typing!!
Well…time and otters have stolen some days from me and I am two weeks from my last post…again 😱 but last week I promised a new schedule of Mondays and Fridays for posts on here 🙂 Mondays will be a round up of the last week and Fridays will be about something exciting exercise related 😊
So without further ado… here is the last two weeks in pictures…
some of them are awesome because I spent time in the beautiful Derbyshire dales which should make up for the lack of posts a little bit
I loved Derbyshire! So much beautiful countryside and so many hills! It was am amazing place to walk and (attempt to) run!
I promise more words in Fridays instalment 😊
Wow, a whole week happened without me posting!!
I my defence I was on holiday in a campervan and my nephews who are 4 and 8 were camping next door (with their parents…they weren’t just loose…). This didn’t leave a lot of time for blogging… it did give me a lot of exercise however…
Day 42: Sunday
Sunday I tried to run…I got changed and went out and looked at the time and realised that I had procrastinated for too long and we had a 4 yr old’s birthday part to get to…
So I did that, then did yoga 😀
Day 43 (Monday) Dorset Advanture day 1
Day 43 saw is pack up or stuff and set off in the little red van to a campsite near Poole in Dorset. Once there we met up with Marks brother and his wife and children, our nephews… I may have mentioned above that these guys are pretty boisterous and quite keen that Aunty Sam chase them and lift them in the air (weightlifting finally pays off!!) and play cricket and ball games…
so Aunty Sam did all of these things… for about 2 hours… then we went in a walk up a great big hill to find food… it was about 20 minutes of walking there and the same back… I decided this counted as quite a lot of exercise 😀 and certainly a good lot of activity!!
Day 44 (Tuesday): The one in which I strayed into a horror movie…
Well…not an actual horror movie, but there were several similarities. However, before that there were tanks! Lots and lots of tanks.
No, we are not at war… contrary to what it might feel like when you watch the news.
We went to the tank museum. There were a considerable amount of tanks there!! There was also, completely unexpectedly, my friend Karen who I haven’t seen in ages, so that was nice 🙂 I would defintiely recommend the place if you like tanks. It is very interesting!
After walking amongst tanks, and more of the obligatory aerobie/cricket/etc playing I decided it was time to go for a run.
As it turned out it was about 1 hour past time to go for a run but I went anyway. I happily set off in the gathering gloom, up the hill through the woods and along the path that took us to the road the day before, I turned along the road and went along there for a while hoping to loop back to the campsite…no such luck, the road to get to the campsite was super busy (even at 9pm) and had no pavement so I doubled back along the road and the path to the woods. It was all going pretty well up until this point, I was pleased with my ability not to die running up hills and beginning to wonder if I was possibly starting to improve…then the pitch dark woods happened.
I took two paths, both of which seemed to lead directly into boggy mud which I definitely hadn’t seen before…
Once I had decided that I definitely didn’t know where I was, the glitch in my phone made scary shadows, that is when the crows started!! They were cawing and cawing there must have been 100 of them!! This was when I called for a friendly neighbourhood husband with a torch and a sense of direction!!
That much slower lap was when I was wondering about being lost and worrying if I was going to be attacked by crows…
Still at least I went!
Day 45 (Wednesday): Poole in the rain
That is Poole, not a pool, I didn’t go swimming, although it was wet enough that I could have done…
However, the main activity for the day was walking, along the seafront, around the harbour, around the town and that sort of thing. It wasn’t a very full on hardcore exercisey day, but there was definitely activity some rest because it felt like I was coming down with some sort of lurgy.
I wasn’t…but it did feel like that! So for that day walking was enough, after all there is this thing called common sense…also there is this thing called lots and lots of rain, which is an excuse unless you are in a tiny campervan with no indoor room to do anything…
Day 46 (Thursday): Sunshiny bikes and trains…
On thursday there was sunshine, we could be outside and do energetic things 😀 we had already sourced a local place to go ant take bikes, with trails and such to ride around on…we had just been unable to use it until the rain stopped.
So we strapped the bikes on the van and went…
We did two bike rounds around this forest area which were about 8km each followed by a walk to find a gruffalo…these are intriguing creatures…
This here is a gruffalo, people who are not me read books about him as a child… he seems like a nice enough fellow and I presume that there wouldn’t be so many children going on trails to find him if he was horrible…
After this we went on a little train…because there was one and why wouldn’t you go on a little train if there was one!?
Day 47 (Friday): A day of castles and attempted yoga.
Friday was the last day of our Dorset advanture and we decided to make our way home via Corfe Castle and the Corfe and Swanage railway 😀
I have never been to Corfe castle before, it is well worth a visit, it is ruined but really awesome! It was apparently pulled down after the war of the roses. There is a reasonable 20 or so minute walk up a large hill to get to the castle, but to offset that there is an excellent tea rooms at the top with scones! We walked around the castle and back to the bottom of he hill then went on another walk up a similar hill to get to a railway station and went to sea age on a steam train (or we tried but it broke and we ended up with a diesel train but still quite cool)
This walking up and down hills alone constituted about 15000 steps so could probably be considered a decent day’s activity its self, but when I got home, I decided I was going to try and fix my unexplained aches which I had developed during the week…aches which contributed to me thinking I was getting a lurgy. I wasn’t, I was just achy.
So I did some yoga when we got home, it was very hard! It was a yoga video I had done before…but it was extremely difficult this time…
I tried a different one first… Yoga for when You’re Sore… but I was too sore and I couldn’t do the balancey bits so I switched to Yoga for Tired legs…because I had those! It was hard but I managed it!!
Day 42 – 47 Done 😀
Secret nuclear bunkers don't really count as exercise…but the do have walking around and they are very interesting…so I am telling you about it 🙂
In Essex, quite near the outskirts of London, there is a "Secret Nuclear Bunker" I put it in quotes because it is demonstrably not secret…after all we drove straight to it and there are a number of famous roadsigns pointing the way to the secret nuclear bunker… They could have been an elaborate hoax designed to send the enemy straight into a trap…but it turns out they aren't. They take you directly to the bunker…well directly to the road just outside the bunker 😀
These bunkers were designed and built in the 50s just after the Russians had a successful nuclear weapons trial. The whole thing from land requisition to fully operational underground nuclear bunker took 7 months. This makes you wonder why hoses take so long to build and why the government takes so long to do anything…but that's a different matter!
So this bunker, built in the 50s to be a rotor station then converted to be a regional governmental headquarters for times of nuclear threat, is well worth a visit. It is quite in insight into how the country would work in the event of nuclear war if you want more info on this place have a look at the website 🙂 It is not a flashy commercialised place, and some aspects of it could do with a little bit of an overhaul, but it is fascinating, and a little chilling! I did quite a bit of walking about and I took some pictures…
So, as interesting as that was, it didn't really count as the days exercise. As I (again) left it late, I did a bedtime yoga sequence. Funnily enough, I am really startign to enjoy this yoga!! I am not sure if I am improving in any real sense but I am getting more comfortable doing it 😀
Yoga is beginning to be a thing that I do because I like it and I feel the benefits rather than because it is a stop gap or a thing I do in place of other things…
This is true, even though I always seem to do it late at night…
So in a secret underground way, day 34 is done
Deadlifts and squats were the story of this mornings gym session!
Sarah and I decided to do a superset consisting of heavy squats and heavy deadlifts… well why not do two massive compound exercises in one set???
We did five rounds of deadlifts 1×10@40kg, 2×6 @ 70kg and 2×5 @ 80kg, followed by squats 1×10 @ 40kg, 1 x 8 @ 50kg and 3x 6 @ 55kg.
We followed this up with some 50kg sled pushes and pulls 😀
Day 26 done 😁
This weekend started so well!!
It was Rochester sweeps festival which involves.. well… Dancing and more dancing and some waking about… all with fantastic people! So that was pretty damn awesome and is exactly what this whole fit enough to dance in a mask project was all about!!
First the path was closed then the detour (as with all good detours) left me in the middle of nowhere then a dog attacked some sheep (not my dog…I don’t have one) then it rained for the next 5 hours!
So miserable was it that I stopped after 14miles… still in the plus side I did 14 miles 🙂
Monday involved more dancing…well a long procession and then a little bit of dancing at Hastings Jack in the Green festival… it would have been fun… but there was so much rain!! Still there was dancing and that is always good!!
Despite the weekends wet drawbacks, it has reminded me of something…I am a damn sight fitter than I used to be…I have turned into a person who can sandwich a 14 mile walk in between two days of dance without crippling myself!! this, my friends is progress!! 😀
Or an awesome walk in Northern Scotland…
We are currently mis grand ad-van-ture, and a couple of days ago we went in a walk…over some hills in between mountains to a beach which was inaccessible any other way (apart from the really wet way).
The beach was Sandwood Bay and if you are ever in the area you should go on an expedition!
It was a windy cold not quite raining day in Scotland and it was totally worth it!!! The place was amazing!!
And not only that it counted as 14km of walking training up and down some hills 😁
More grand ad-van-ture news to follow 😁