It's Check-In day! F3 Challengers, please either leave a comment on this post, or email me your spreadsheet, or both.
For me, week 4 started with a rush of enthusiasm and ended with a whimper due to getting a little bit sick. I've still got it. It's not a full blown cold, just a headache, slight sniffle, stunning lack of energy. It seems like a 'lite' version of the nasty that The Programmer has.
Exercise this week was three yoga sessions. I'm really loving yoga right now, and it feels right to just go with it. After a day at the desk, it feels so good to just stretch everything out. On two of those days, I had no motivation for jogging or weights, and rather than just skip exercise, I gave in to the glow of my pink yoga mat. That's a promising development for me. Throughout my health career, it's been hammered into my brain that if you are not working with weights and doing some cardio, you'd might as well not bother because you won't get 'The Result' (lean, muscled physique).
I feel like such a rebel just doing yoga all week. It's like saying 'ha! look at me do yoga! I'm doing yoga, I haven't picked up a weight for two weeks, so there!'. Maybe I really don't care about chinky abs anymore and just want to be healthy and have fun. What a thought.
Eating-wise, I put in a bit more effort, snacking on activated almonds and apples, rather than dried fruit.. and chocolate. As I mentioned yesterday, breakfast was a fermented buckwheat pancake with fruit and yogurt (coconut or sheeps milk). Lunches and dinners were protein, veges, salad, with some starches (kumara, chickpeas). I was inspired by Charlotte, who is blazing the F3 trail over on her Food and Fitness blog. If she can be all organised and perfect, I can be too.
After several months without caffeine, suddenly I had the urge (probably because I was feeling blah and headachey and totally 'over it' with the fatigue), having five espressos throughout the week (two yesterday). Alcohol consumption was.. erm.. not exactly nil either. So, that's something to tighten up on for week five. I've got to watch that tendency. Once I get to the stage where something feels easy, I get slack and let the old habits slip back in.
I was hoping for some scale love, and I got some. I'm down to 58kg, which is a scale loss of 1.4kg since starting the F3 Challenge.
I'm planning on even more focus in week five and that means it's time now to rush off, make an organic shop haul and get organised with vege prep and ferments (standard Sunday relaxation, yes?).
F3 Challengers, how are you doing? Just three weeks until the big Christmas Cake showdown~!