So with the festive season looming the invites are coming in thick and fast for evening entertainment.
This has meant that I have been consuming my body weight in red wine. Not good for my health, physically or mentally. I cannot seem to get home without some kind of blacking out incident and injury. This Saturday night (dinner at friends, five lovely couples from the playground) I woke up to a grazed knee, what feels like a broken thumb (badly bruised at best) and three grazed knuckles on my left hand. None of which are conducive to my kickboxing four times a week.
So as I sit and type I seriously contemplate never drinking again, yet the temptation of a glass or 2 of red wine with my vegan M&S meal is just too much ignore.
The staying on track vegan wise has proven a little trickier. That said only 2 slips. One for my daughters birthday meal, she chose to have her birthday tea in our favourite Thai restaurant and the soft shell crab was too tempting. Then Saturday just passed was a delicious meal of pate for starters and lamb for main course. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Surprisingly for me I don’t feel overly guilty about it. I know that the benefits of veganism in respect of my digestion are proven. I see this two slips as just that, slips in the road. When I gave up smoking it took more than a few attempts. What I do need to focus on is trying different meals.
Back to my BOSH recipe book me thinks!
I used to run to keep fit; I hated it. It was a chore and a struggle get out of the door. I could very easily dissuade myself from running, a constant battle in my head, often talking to myself – hating every step. I did it because I wanted to be healthy and set my children an example. Plus I have had a hatred of my arse for as long as I can remember; it’s too fat, wobbly and covered in cellulite, I thought that running was the answer.
Thankfully I no longer run. For the last two years I have been kickboxing. Initially dragged along by a friend to take up the offer of a 3 class trial for £5.00 with boxing gloves thrown in.
I was immediately hooked!
A five minute warm up of running around followed by six, one minute rounds of burpees, sit ups, hill climbers etc. Then the fun begins. Three minute rounds of hitting the bags following set combos by the instructors. The class lasts 60 minutes and I have never partaken in any exercise which makes me sweat so much.
So, now I go four times a week and love it not only for the physical benefits but mostly for the mental benefits too.
With a Dad going through chemo who has just contracted pneumonia this week and a wonderful mother-in-law who has very recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, two kids, a long suffering husband, and a full time job in sales, I need to keep a clear head as much as I can.
What I have noticed after exactly two weeks of being a vegan, is that I can train harder and gain better results on my Fitbit!
Now, what do I have for dinner tonight?
Any suggestions for a new vegan gratefully received……