Tuesday 7th January – New year, new goals

Hello and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all! 
I hope 2014 is treating you well so far. 
I started back at work yesterday after a 2 week ‘break’. I’ve actually come back for a rest! I didn’t stop while I was off. Basically the time flew by and I feel like Christmas never happened! When the alarm went off at 6am yesterday I wanted to throw it out of the window! Thankfully the day was so busy that I didn’t have time to realise how tired I was! It has definitely hit me today though. I won’t lie, I’m struggling, and drinking lots of caffeine with the hope it will somehow help….

So I spent most of December suffering from a virus, which seemed too ironic considering I am technically healthier than I have been in a long time. Well I am still not feeling great, and I am so annoyed about it I can’t even tell you. Anyway, I am determined to get back to 100% health and carry on with my training. 
For those of you who are new to my blog, welcome!, I started a new clean eating and training programme last July with the help of my fantastic personal trainer, Chris. I was initially absolutely terrified of stepping foot inside a gym so the fact that I now happily train twice a week is a little bit like a miracle! I have spent the last six months getting to grips with the concept of lifting weights (yes, I really do!) and even running, which I never thought I would do. I can honestly say that it’s the best decision I have ever made. Yes, it’s difficult. Yes, there are times when I feel like giving up. But that’s when you have to make the decision to either give up or push yourself forward. Giving up frankly isn’t an option for me any more. I have given up too many times before and have pretty much always regretted it. So this time I am sticking at it. I have even spent time thinking of new training goals I want to achieve with Chris and am really excited to get going with them. I am sure that when we actually start working on them I will say I hate it, as they are not easy goals, but that is the whole point of goal setting. It SHOULD scare you a little bit, and push you out of your comfort zone. 
Along with a new training programme, I am now on a slightly different food plan. As my last measurements, which are taken every 4 weeks at the gym, weren’t very good, Chris suggested changing my food. So for the moment I have cut out pork, and am only eating green vegetables and fruit. I am also not allowed any snacks in between meals. They would usually be fruit and/or nuts, but I am trying to not have anything. NOT easy! Here is a photo of the most recent food shop: 
Lots of green vegetables there!
So far today I have had an egg white omelette for breakfast with a tiny amount of mozzarella and spinach, and a venison burger (no bread, obviously!) with spinach for lunch. Dinner is most likely going to be bolognese (made with steak mince and passata) with courgette ‘pasta’. I can have blueberries in the evening as apparently they are good for helping you sleep. I am also allowed a small amount of dark chocolate – 70% or above cocoa. It’s not awful, but as my diet is already quite restricted, it does mean trying to be creative with food. Still working on that one! 
I think that’s enough for now. 

I hope your week isn’t as boring or tiring as mine! On the bright side though: 



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