Slow And Steady Wins The Race

Good Morning to the Blogosphere!!

How are you today? I’ll bet you’re glad the weekend is finally here and you can spend the day doing what you want and not what your Boss keeps telling you to do!

This week for me has been a week of mini epiphanies.

Each day a penny has dropped and I have understood a little more about myself.

I am one of those who goes hell for leather at the first opportunity and I invariably end up running out of steam which leads to a huge drop in desire to continue and thus yet another “good idea at the time” resigns itself to the bin.

It is the same whether it is my training or my writing. I go at it like a bull at a gate and before you know it, I’m burnt out of energy and burnt out of ideas.

To that end there must be a shift in my mentality. I must learn that the old phrase “Slow and steady wins the race” is the right attitude for me to be using at this point in my recovery because no matter what way you look at it, it was only a matter of 18 weeks ago that I underwent major surgery and had most of my stomach removed so it’s no real wonder I’m not yet completely up to scratch. To this end I have adjusted my training schedule (read about it at the end of the blog if you like) and have decided I need to really be a touch more easy on myself and not feel like I HAVE to smash it EVERY time I go to the gym.

I shall also take a good long hard look at my writing over the next few days. I have realised that with the novel, I fell into the trap of hitting 25k words and stopping (by all accounts there are more unfinished novels of this word count that there are writers this world!) so now I am without motivation to write the next 50k. To that end I shall look once again at a second screenplay I was writing, giving myself fresh ideas and new thoughts and feelings to write about. But I shall not beat myself up if I am unable to get more than a few lines written on a day when I attempt to be creative. I shall allow myself the creative process and allow the creative juices to flow by teasing them out a day and a line at a time.

And perhaps this will mean that slow and steady does win the race….

FOOD DIARY:Thursday 16th July 2015

Qty Measure Food Calories (gr) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)
Breakfast  1  175mls  Phd Diet Whey Protein  91  17  2.75  1.4
 2  Large  Scrambled Eggs  142  12  0  10
 1  70gms Six Seeded Brown Batch Loaf  140  8.4  18.2  6.5
Lunch  1  400mls  Very Berry Recovery Drink  290  23.04  46.1  0.96
 1  250gms Garlic Prawn and Quinoa Greek Feta Salad  244.5  32.1  16.5  9.45
Dinner
 1 Small Bowl Spicy Chicken, Pepper, Potato and Mushroom Stew  235  22  20  4
Snacks  1  400mls  Waitrose Latte  105  6  9  4
Totals  1247.5  120.54  112.55  36.31
Water  3  600mls  Purified Water  0  0  0  0

So you will sad to see that there are no screenshots. This is simply because there was no exercise undertaken yesterday, not even a walk with the dog! I felt as though I had tweaked my lower back a little and thought it best to leave all activity alone. It wasn’t a huge problem because Mum enjoys walking the dog on the rare occasion I don’t feel up to it plus it was also a scheduled rest day yesterday so nothing lost in the way of planned workouts etc.

So today I am walking but no cycling, cross training, stepping or strength training. I am planning to change my attendance days to the gym to a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday, whilst also doing it at a slightly easier pace and reducing my sets on the strength training from three down to two. I shall also bring my cycling down from 19 minutes to 14 minutes. Hopefully with these changes and the use of the recovery drink, my energy levels should become much more sustainable.

Well that’s the plan and it we won’t ever know if it works just by sitting here so I had better bust move and crack the whip on my lazy self (metaphorically speaking of course) As I say I am only walking today with a big walk planned for tomorrow but then back to the gym on Monday.

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

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