Monthly Fitness Roundup #2

Well, the second month of working out is done and dusted and I've recently entered month number three. I can tell you that I've experienced a lot during the second month and I've managed to overcome certain hurdles. For one, I've injured my ankle, ligaments and shins altogether (on both legs!) whilst running on the treadmill. Apparently, I didn't know how to run – regardless of how ridiculous that statement sounds. There really is an art of cleverly distributing weight whilst running and not to thump with the entire length of foot – toes give bounce and tighten calves. I've learned the hard way as I've encountered three weeks of pain whenever I tried to walk – and I walk a lot to and back from work so you can just imagine what a lesson this was for me. This was also one of the reasons behind the purchase of my new Nike Kaishi Run Print sneakers – fat, flexible marshmallow soles help me out so much and I'm very happy that I've made the purchase. During my shin and ankle injury, I've continued to workout in very light intensity, working my way up as the pain subsided. Now I'm working on further upping my game on the treadmill with high-intensity interval runs. I love running, it frees my mind, I enjoy it beyond belief and I cannot wait for warmer weather to set in so I can run outside because nothing beats that. I've also worked on another thing during month number two – upping my water intake. I think the 7 Day Water Challenge went amazingly well for all of us as I've received many comments, messages and e-mails with your positive experiences. The thing is I'm super, super busy since the start of this new lifestyle change so I always don't find time to write about everything I'd like. Main thing is that we've all benefited for hydrating our bodies and minds. And yes, clean eating and regular visits to the gym have definitely shaped my everyday life. My days are scheduled differently than before, I have a completely changed daily schedule which was kinda hard to grasp at first – now I love it. I feel more organised and it's like I hold all the priorities under my control which feels amazing. I've received many inquiries regarding my new eating habits – again, unfortunately, I don't have enough time to write about everything as I'd like to but recipes are scribbled down for future posts. For now, I've just wanted to mention main things roughly. I mostly eat poultry with chicken being my main source of protein. Chicken fillets quickly fried on canola cooking spray and seasoned with chilly and pepper are the backbone of my foodie inclinations. I have them with rice, chickpea pasta, tons of fresh salad, sometimes with Greek yogurt, sometimes with pickles, fried peppers, broccolli, potatoes etc. I also like to make tuna salads a lot – again, with rice, chickpea, bulgur, quinoa, some chopped onions etc. Mornings are mostly reserved for eggs. I also like to indulge in a delish protein shake after my workout but those are only supplements, not something I rely on or base my foodie habits on. There's a lot of banana involved as well. Oh, I've purchased 100% peanut butter (no salt, no sugar, no additional oils) and it's amazing whether I add it to protein shakes with some chia seed or if I eat it on my toast with some milk. I've found a cocoa/peanut butter mixture which is to die for and it probably deserves a separate post for that matter. Oooh, I cannot wait to see what month number three has in store for me!

Nevjerovatno brzo je prosao i drugi mjesec otkako treniram – uspjesno je protekao i vec je mjesec broj tri nacet. Mogu vam reci da sam iskusila dosta toga tokom drugog mjeseca tacnije, prevazisla sam odredjene prepreke. Prije svega, uspjela sam u jednom mahu da povrijedim clanak, ligamente i pokosnice (na obje noge!) dok sam trcala na traci. Ocigledno nisam znala kako se pravilno trci – koliko god apsurdno ova recenica zvucala. Zaista postoji umjetnost u ispravnom i pametnom rasporedjivanju tezine i pritiska tokom trcanja i odgovor nije nespretno skakutati cijelom duzinom stopala – prstici dopustaju da tijelo lezernije i sa manje napora odskace a ujedno dodatno angazuju i listove. Kako se pravilno trci sam naucila na tezi nacin nakon sto sam tri sedmice hodala uz prilican bol i nelagodu a ja dosta pjesacim samo kada pomislim na dionicu kuca/posao i natrag. Ovo je bio jedan od motivatora iza odluke o kupovini novih Nike Kaishi Run Print tenisica – deblji, fleksibilniji djon poput sljezovog kolacica mi je mnogo pomogao i ponovo sam se zagrijala za trcanje. Tokom blage povrede pokosnica i clanaka sam nastavila trening sa blagim intenzitetom, povecavajuci ga postepeno kako se bol povlacila. Sada sam fokusirana na usavrsavanje tehnike trcanja a ponajvise se koristim naizmjenicnim high-intensity intervalima. Vremenom sam se zaljubila u trcanje jer mi ‘procisti’ um, zaista u njemu uzivam i nestrpljivo ocekujem toplije dane kako bih trcala na otvorenom jer to je ipak najljepsi nacin – na cistom zraku. Ono na cemu sam jos radila tokom drugog mjeseca jeste povecanje unosa vode. Mislim da je Sedmodnevni izazov hidratacije za sve nas jako lijepo prosao. Dobila sam mnogo vasih poruka, komentara i mejlova u kojima ste sa mnom podijelili svoja pozitivna iskustva, sto mi je jako drago. Nisam bila u prilici da ih sve objavim jer sam zaista u stisci sa vremenom otkako sam uvela promjene na putu ka zdravom zivotu. Nazalost, nekada nemam vremena da pisem bas o svemu o cemu bih zeljela i nekada se cini da 24h u jednom danu naprosto nisu dovoljno vremena da se stigne na sve. U svakom slucaju pocinjem uvidjati da ideja zdravog zivota jeste sveobuhvatna i ne preskace se niti jedan aspekt zivota. Dani su mi potpuno drugacije organizovani u odnosu na ranije. Na pocetku nije bilo lagano prihvatiti i inkorporirati promjene ali sve je stvar rutine a u novoj bas uzivam. Osjecam da sam mnogo bolje organizovana kao osoba i kao da drzim sve prioritete pod kontrolom, sto je divan osjecaj. Dobila sam dosta upita glede promjena koje sam uvela u ishranu. Ponovo, nemam trenutno vremena da se posvetim tome koliko bih zeljela ali recepti u ovom segmentu su u planu u buducnosti. Ono sto trenutno mogu uciniti jeste spomenuti neke osnovne stvari. Ishrana mi se bazira na peradi sa time da je piletina glavni izvor proteina. Pileci fileti kratko isprzeni na kanola ulju u spreju i zacinjeni sa malo cilija i bibera su okosnica moje ishrane. Kombiniram ih sa rizom, tjesteninom od heljde, dosta svjeze salate, nekada sa grckim jogurtom, nekada sam kiselim krastavicama, przenim paprikama, brokulama, kuhanim krompirom itd. Takodjer volim i tunjevinu koja je cesto kombinirana sa rizom, tjesteninom od heljde, bulgurom, quinoom, malo crvenog luka i sl. Jutra su vecinom rezervisana za jaja. Takodjer se volim pocastiti dobrim proteinskim sejkom npr. nakon treninga ali to je ipak samo suplement tj. dodatak ishrani i moja se ishrana ne zasniva na prasku bilo koje vrste. Takodjer konzumiram dosta banana. Nabavila sam i 100% kikiriki puter (bez dodatih ulja, secera, soli) i izvrstan je bilo kao dodatak sejku (i sa malo chia sjemenki) ili kao namaz na tostu uz casu mlijeka. Jos je bolja mjesavina kakaa i kikiriki putera – delicija je koja zasluzuje zaseban post. Oooh, potpuno sam ‘zagrizla’ u sve ovo i radujem se svemu novom sto za mene priprema treci mjesec!

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