I started this week with really good intentions. I planned all my meals and decided to try some of the weirder sounding recipes just to mix things up a little (tuna and flaxmeal fishcakes anyone?!) THIS is how organised I was:
Monday didn’t start so well. I’d slept badly and was in a zombie-like state. As such, I managed to get two, rather different, things confused:
On the left, curl cream. On the right, lime, raspberry and avocado smoothie. No prizes for guessing which I slathered on my hair.
An additional hair wash and half a day at work later, I got a last-minute invitation to a gin and seafood event at the Gherkin from my friend Janie. So much for getting my mincer out and thai-ing up some chicken, this is what I actually had:
Clockwise from top left: smoked halibut, a 12-year old scallop, blackened mackerel and confit salmon. Not technically on the plan, but it wasn’t very carby, so I’m not sweating it too much.
Tuesday was scheduled to be my first HIIT day for the week. I really wasn’t feeling it after another terrible night’s sleep and getting home late, and yet I did it and I killed it – it’s definitely becoming a little more manageable, although I’m yet to work my way up to 15 rounds rather than 12. Ralphie wasn’t feeling the HIIT either – apparently my exercising induces extreme rage in her, as she flung herself at me and attached herself to my leg using her teeth halfway through a set of boxing punches. Fun times! After dealing with her, I was rewarded for my efforts with 5-spice chicken with brown rice and rather a lot of toasted sesame seeds:
Wednesday was planned to be off-plan again as I had dinner at Brawn which was BRILLIANT. Loved, loved, loved it. I more or less forgot to take pictures, so here are some half-eaten snails and some totally eaten clams:
(Pretty sure that these pictures are the sole reason why I’m not a successful restaurant blogger.) For what it’s worth, the snails with the garlic and mushroom goos were PHENOMENAL, and Marina O’Loughlin was right when she said that Brawn’s pannacotta was the best she’d ever had. Game-changing. Ditto the black pudding and squid. It was a happy-making meal – go, go, go.
Thursday was supposed to be a HIIT day but, frankly, I couldn’t be arsed so decided to shift it to Friday. I was meant to be having steak and sweet potatoes, but I forgot to buy steak and no exercise = no carbs, so that dream ended there. Happily, I had remembered to defrost chicken breasts which I turned into mince and did my favourite spicy chicken mince with double avocado, because I hadn’t fancied my breakfast smoothie. No picture, you’ve seen it all before.
I was in a rotten mood on Friday. Work was manic and in the afternoon, illness in the form of throat, jaw, ear and head pain crept up on me. I left work in a terrible grump and, by the time I got home, there was no way I could do any exercise. I had lost all of my beans. Even more anger-inducing was the fact that the chicken breast that I’d got out in the morning hadn’t even vaguely defrosted, so there was to be no dinner. I conveniently forgot about the fact that I’ve owned a microwave for the last 18 months (genuinely – I’ve only just remembered) and so I stuck two fingers up to the plan and ordered a takeaway. Suffice to say, two hours later I was struck down with terrible remorse, so I shan’t be doing that again, even though the salt and pepper squid was SO delicious.
Saturday started with a liquid breakfast because there was no food in the house other than a now-defrosted chicken breast, which wasn’t appealing much.
Lunch was meant to be the tuna fishcakes, but my sister (who is also doing this plan and is a week ahead of me) had texted me this earlier in the week:
I may be a glutton for punishment, but slimy bloating is a step too far, even for me. Luckily, I had a little more energy than on Friday so I did my HIIT and rewarded myself with something other than chicken. Steak! And sweet potato chips! It was ace.
Dinner was satay chicken – you know how that goes.
Sunday started with some HIIT so I had a giant protein pancake for breakfast. This meant that I wasn’t so hungry at lunchtime, so I tried something from the plan that I hoped would be a little lighter – the tuna salad. It was nice enough but mammoth in size and something wasn’t quite right with the dressing – it just wasn’t punchy enough – and my avocado was rubbish so it was a bit off-putting. Definitely a recipe that needs some developing.
Finally, beef stir fry. This was GOOD:
All in all, not the best of weeks. 3 meals totally off-plan and only 3 HIIT sessions, so I’m a bit disappointed in myself. That said, I think that my shape is changing. My arms look to me like they’re getting smaller, as do my legs. Even better, Janie greeted me on Monday, with: “You’re wasting away!” and when I saw Andrew on Wednesday, his first words were “Where’s the rest of you?” HUZZAH!!! I must be doing something right, right?.
However, something that I’m struggling with is the HIIT. My knees aren’t feeling great and the outside of my calves hurt from the star-jumps and I don’t know how to stretch them. Basically, I just can’t jump. Running on the spot seems to be fine with a knee support on. Boxing punches – fine. But what else can I do? I think burpees, mountain climbers and squat jumps will absolutely annihilate my knees, so I’m a bit stumped. My back feels like it might go any minute. I don’t think I was born to exercise – it really doesn’t suit me much – and yet when I decided to do an exercise video on Saturday morning, I got frustrated because it was just too slow and not exhausting enough, so I abandoned it for my normal HIIT. What’s happened to me??
I could definitely do with some non-knee-ey HIIT suggestions, so if you have any (bearing in mind that I don’t have a gym membership at the moment) please let me know!