Trying to mix things up

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Hope you’re week’s going well. I’ve been finding it so much easier to get up in the morning because of the light. Obviously when the alarm goes off I’m not leaping out of bed with a huge smile on my face (who does that??), but it’s easier because I’ve already started to wake up gradually so it’s not as big a shock as it was in the winter. Though at the weekend I have this annoying habit of hiding under the duvets when it starts getting light and then I fall back into a really deep sleep and feel so tired when I pull myself out of bed between 8-9am. I hate sleeping later than 9am as I’m one of those people who feels like the day is wasted otherwise.

So it’s What I Ate Wednesday. Check out Jenn’s blog to get involved!

 

I’ve been really trying to do new recipes more often as I’m participating in Megan’s So Fresh So Clean Challenge. Basically it’s a challenge to see if you can refresh your food and fitness routine a bit.

I wanted to take part in this because honestly I am such a routine-orientated person and can get so stuck in food ruts (see below: oatmeal every single morning). It’s really helping to push me to try new recipes and mix up my routine a bit. I love trying new recipes but can find it a bit of an effort at times…So this challenge has helped motivate me that little bit more!

I know I need to work on switching up my breakfast but at the moment I haven’t quite managed that…it’s still oatmeal with almond milk *hides in shame*.

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But honestly, this weekend I really want to try mixing it up. I’m more inclined to experiment with breakfast at the weekend as I have an irrational fear that nothing else will fill me up and I’ll be at work STARVING. Yes a little over-dramatic. So maybe this weekend I’ll step outside my safety oatmeal bubble.

Lunch at the weekend and lunch in the week are obviously going to be different for me as I work in an office during the week and I’m limited by what I can bring or buy. And I hate buying lunch as it’s just so expensive.

Yesterday it was a sandwich with sliced turkey and cream cheese with a side salad.

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I had this with some slice melon and Greek yogurt.

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Throughout the day I also snack on my Graze box.

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The bottom left-hand section were oatcakes with an onion marmalade and let me tell you, they were AMAZING. I opened them fully with the intention to snack on a couple and then save for later. Oh they did not stand a chance. Those babies were gone within minutes.

I also have my usual apple and banana towards the end of the day to stop me keeling over mid-commute back home. Also prevents me from eating the first thing I see when I get home…

Lunch this weekend was something I’ve been meaning to try for yonks.

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Sweet potato roasted in the oven with a blob of cream cheese with two fried eggs (and a side portion of Brussels’s sprouts obviously…) I wasn’t sure about mixing eggs and sweet potato but it went so well together.

I made dinner for Tuesday night on Tuesday morning as I was planning to go to running club literally just after I got back from work and really didn’t fancy making anything when I got back at like 8.30pm. Plus who knows what sort of thing Ben would have made himself?? Dangerous to give him so much freedom Winking smile He’d have cheese on cheese with a side portion of cheese if he could.

So I made One-Pot Moroccan chicken.

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I used THIS recipe. The only thing I changed was instead of honey (of which I had none) I used some regular sugar. Probably missed some of the depth of the honey flavour but I wasn’t too bothered. It was an easy recipe to whip up in the morning and then reheat in the evening.

It was quite spicy, but had lots of bold flavour and was definitely very filling with the chicken and chickpeas. Couscous would probably work well this (though I was a bit couscous’ed out from the weekend).

However, I never made it to running club. I found out it was a timed mile (for progress monitoring) and then some intervals. I really wasn’t up for that. Don’t get me wrong, I love running with other people but I didn’t fancy just doing a mile and the intervals. I know I’m being such a picky runner but I want to just run. Anyway, Thursdays are more for ‘normal’ running so I’m going then instead.

I decided to do a quick 3 miles when I got home anyway as I didn’t want to miss a run. I really wasn’t up for it so as soon as I started in my head I was just like “get this done as quick as possible and then you can have dinner”. This was a BRILLIANT motivator

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When I first started I was finding it so tough and when I looked at my Garmin I couldn’t believe my pace! No wonder I was dying. I am so pleased with this run. I couldn’t have maintained it for long though – I was already slowing down considerably on the last mile.

So I’ve mixed up my fitness a bit by not always running in the stupid hours of the morning. And I’ve also been managing to use my foam roller after runs (OK some runs…not all. Work in progress).

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I have a love-hate relationship with the foam roller. I like following THIS helpful guide of the exercises to do. To be honest, I never do all of them… but the one I always do because it always hurts to do it (so by that perverse logical I know it’s working) is this one:

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Sweet, sweet pain.

And I’m trying to do more planks again. Ahh, back in the day I could do 3 minute long planks, but after such a break since I focused mainly on running I’m struggling to go for a minute a half. Again, work in progress Winking smile

So the challenge is helping me – small steps, granted. But it’s always nice to have that extra motivation!

How do you mix things up when you get into a rut? Fitness or food-related?

What new recipes have you been loving lately?

Do you foam roll?

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46 thoughts on “Trying to mix things up

  1. Girl, you are such a speedster when it comes to running! The One-Pot Moroccan chicken looks incredible and sound so tasty. Will have to check out that recipe.

    To answer one of your questions: I used to get in food ruts, but I do try to change them up. I mean yes I’ll have a salad every day, but I like to try to top it w/ different proteins.. does that count? lol

  2. Man my hips have been SO TIGHT lately, so ya the foam roller and I have been spending quality time together and I am NOT loving it!! My hubby thinks its hilarious when I start making weird dying animal voices, but I cant help it. That thing hurts!!

  3. yum all your eats look really yummy!
    graze boxes are such a great idea; i love them! i havent done planks in ages either; i used to be able to hold one for ages but definitely wouldnt be able to do it anymore!
    i really need to start getting in to using foam rollers!

  4. I know you want to change up your breakfast, but I still think it sounds yummy! If it works it works. I’d rather just stick to what I know and experiment with my other meals 🙂 Sounds like the sweet potato went over well! Sounds delicious.

    And I’ve never tried foam rolling but it’s interesting to hear what you think of it.

    • Pinterest is a total God send in that regard – though it’s a nightmare to look at when you’re hungry haha.
      And yes, definitely signing up to a race is a great way to kickstart the motivation.

  5. Squee! I’m so happy you loved the sweet potato and eggs combination! It’s one of those meals that never gets old for me. I think I could eat it every morning, but I’m not always in the mood to dirty a pan by frying eggs. 😉 As far as your die-hard oatmeal-for-breakfast habit goes, I say, why change it if it works? You love your oatmeal, so gosh darnit, eat what you love! However, I do think trying fancier breakfasts on the weekend is fun.

    I laughed when you mentioned that you’ve gotten in a bad habit of sinking under the duvet and sleeping a few extra hours. That happens to me ALL the time. However, since I’ve been home, my mom has been super pesky about waking me up at 7:00 every single day. It’s annoying, but then again, I asked her to make sure I don’t roll out of bed past 8:00. I’m like you, and feel as though half the day has been wasted if I sleep too late!

    The Moroccan chicken looks delicious! When I’m in a food rut, I turn to none other than blogs or Pinterest for motivation. Or, I’ll ask friends to come over for dinner. That always works like a charm because it provides incentive to actually make something somewhat exciting. Workout ruts can be a problem for me. I usually follow weight lifting programs that offer variety each day, but they repeat every week, and even that can get monotonous!

    Hope you’re having a good week, Anna! xoxo

    • Yeah I doubt I’ll change my breakfast too regularly, I love it too much. But pancakes or waffles at the weekend occassionally jazzes things up. You can’t beat a good stack of pancakes either!
      Hehe love that you’ve got your mum to wake you up! I miss my mum being around to drag me out of bed. Ben just sleeps in worse than me.
      Yeah Pinterest is so good for helping me out and inspiring me. But I tend to just get lost in the desserts haha. They all look so good!!

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