Ouch ouch ouch

So, I got derailed, fitness-wise. Yet again. I swear, if I had a dollar for every time I’ve had to take a deep breath and start over … I’d have a lot of bloody dollars, I’ll tell you that!

Hindsight is a crazy thing. Now that the exciting adventure of the liver stones is over (and seriously, who the hell gets liver stones? Me. That’s who. Aaarrgghh!) and my stupid slipped lumbar discs have been bullied into their proper place (all praise to the might Michael Dessen, physio extraordinaire) I can look back and go … gosh. I really was feeling very very unwell. Because now I’m feeling great again, except for the ouch, which I’ll get to in a moment.

But I have to tell you, this crap plays merry hell with the writing. Endless stabbing pain makes creativity impossible. Also sleep. And system-wide malaise (that’s such a great word, it’s so completely apropos) kills the imagination stone dead. So really, I’m struggling to get into my proper routine in two ways — exercise and work. And given I’ve had to do this over and over and over again the last couple of years, I am well and truly done. So cross your fingers for me that I really can move on and leave this nonsense behind me!

To that end, I have invested in a NutriBullet. I love it. The thing about conventional juicers that leaves me defeated every time is that they’re big and clunky and messy and you’re left with all this pulp stuff (which actually is the fibre in what you’re juicing and should be consumed, not discarded). The beauty of the NutriBullet is that you’re not juicing, you’re extracting. Pulping. Smashing. Blending but with enormous energy and efficiency. And it rocks!

It’s so easy. You whack in a handful or so of raw spinach leaves, and then add other stuff depending on what you like or what you’re trying to achieve. Then you add water, or milk, or a milk substitute (this morning I tried unsweetened almond/coconut milk and it worked a treat), hook the cup up to the machine and get it going. A few moments later you have a tasty and seriously healthy meal/drink that’s super high on nutrients and fibre.

At the moment I’m doing one for breakfast (spinach, green banana, frozen mixed berries or cherries, a raw egg, maybe some melon or mango or apricot, plus raw almonds or walnuts) and one for lunch (spinach, plus a variety of salad veggies, some avocado, some beans, maybe  a few raw cashews or walnuts). I did try one for dinner the other night but you end up with about 2 1/2 cups of smooshed, liquidy food and of course that woke me half way through the night needing the loo. So ordinary protein/veg deal for dinner, and if I’m extra hungry I add in some more protein at lunch. I’ve only been going a few days, so it’s a bit early to see any major results health-wise — except given the wonderful vibrancy of the colour of what I’m consuming, and knowing it’s all bright fresh seasonal produce, I know already I’m doing myself a favour. And did I mention it’s really really yum? And my insides are loving it too. Let’s just say that fibre really is an intestinal broom, shall we? *g*

I’m hopeful this consistent influx of high level nutrition will aid me in my quest for physical fitness. And this would be where the ouch bit comes in. I’m back working out again, and honestly — how fast do you lose fitness when you’re flailing about on a bed of pain? Turns out really really bloody fast. So tedious!!!!! Right now I’m going through the agony of DOMS  (delayed onset muscle soreness) in my quads, just because of a few squats, which I was happily doing before the liver of doom and the shifting lumbar discs struck me down.

Ah well. Never mind. I’m sure I’ll find a way to use it in the writing.

So, what’s the program now? Swimming, walking and weights. Monday to Friday it’s all three, and Saturday is my pure cardio day of swimming and a long walk. Because I’ve sworn a great swear not to go stupidly overboard ever again (no, I have, I tell you!) I’m going to keep up with that until January, laying down a really solid foundation of cardio and muscular/skeletal conditioning. Then I’m going to start jogging again come the new year. I’m going to aim for our local fun run. Possibly the City 2 Surf if I’m ready in time. Otherwise the local run.

There. I’ve said it. Fingers crossed I can do it!

How about you guys? How are your fitness goals travelling?

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