Friday, 22 April 2016

Healthy Healthy Healthy

I'm at it again.  Showing off my healthy dinners. I gotta be honest though, yesterday is the first day I've actually full on adored and demolished my healthy dinner, and didn't have a slight bit of resentment for it's healthiness. What makes this even better is I did a (very rough) calorie count on it, and it came in at under 400 calories. And I was stuffed. It was basically a miracle.

Here's a snapshot of the dinner I cooked after spending a good half hour at the gym....

This little beauty consisted of my new favourite obsession; courgetti that was seasoned with a small amount of chilli powder and a teaspoon of tomato puree; spinach, cauliflower and salmon. I topped it off with a little bit of mozzarella cheese as well done to myself for being healthy. It was delicious.

In other news, I've been busy busy busy working on my stamina and general wellbeing to try and improve my ability to cope with my condition. It's not been easy, but hey, it's worth it. The gym is going well, I can manage 15 minutes on the cross trainer at a reasonable pace and not be completely dying afterwards. I can even go on to do 10 minutes on the rowing machine if I have a small break between. Both of these low impact exercises are making a difference to my general strength and fitness levels and it's really comforting to know I'm getting somewhere at last... In fact, I've reached a point where I can begin weight training again as repetitive movements aren't the agony they were before. They still can hurt a fair bit, and I'm still having to learn to understand the warning signs that stuff isn't workout pain, it's EDS pain, but I'm getting there.

Give me some time and I might get to look like this eventually
Haha... in the distant, distant future maybe.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Successfully Busy

Things have been pretty busy again lately. I've been working extra hard at the gym, doing over time and catching up with some friends. It's safe to say that my spoons are being pushed to their maximum, but I am finding that the more frequently I exercise, the better my spoons last.

Yesterday was the first day in a reasonable time I have struggled with my pain. Yesterday was the first day in a while that I have sat down a lot. I find the more I sit, the more tired I feel and the more my joints ache. It's very strange but I am at least learning & noticing patterns that I am finding.

In terms of reaching this point, it's taken a fair bit of work. I go to the gym at least twice a week, and also do further exercise at home as and when. I've had to try and sort my diet out as well, and I've found that eating healthier has also made a huge difference to my general well being. I'm not cured. I still reach a point of exhaustion far quicker than a healthy person. And that damn nagging ache has never left. But as a whole, I feel better. I'll never get rid of that constant nagging whine in my joints. It's like a constant buzz that doesn't stop regardless of what you do. But I'll take that any day over screaming pains that I used to get on a frequent basis.

Here's a sample of one of my lunches the other day which includes one of my favourite recent discovery; courgetti (basically long thin strips of courgette that you can use instead of spaghetti, nom nom nom!)

I genuinely never thought I would find vegetables so filling, but this had me stuffed. It's just asparagus, beans, tenderstem brocolli and my beloved courgetti.

I've also been making the effort to make better food choices in general. I went out for dinner at an Italian the other night with a friend, and whilst I could have happily have had a starter to myself followed by a massive bowl of pasta, we instead opted to share a garlic bread starter (because everyone needs a treat!) and then I follow it up with this delight.

Chicken wrapped in prosciutto, with roasted new potatoes and broccoli. Again, it was not the healthiest thing on the menu (I had the option to have a salad), it was still not a massive amount of
carbs and felt like a treat. No dessert for me though!

And this is why... this is what I'm working hard for:
This is me the other night. Slightly less lumps and bumps than I did have. I now have clearly defined calf muscles when I stand on tiptoes... I have slight definition in my arms when I tense. All stuff I've never had before.

I still have a long way to go, and I know that as a side effect of my Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, I will never be ripped (it's common to have problems gaining and toning muscle for some reason; probably collagen related), but I might just get some tone and a bit slimmer, and what more can a girl ask for?