Fingers crossed I’ll be uttering that on the 9th of June, but in the meantime, it’s nearly bloody June! Jings. I’ve had a busy month, a lot of which has been spent on holiday, woo hoooo! May heralds the now annual trip to Lanzarote to watch my friends beast themselves in the sun and wind to conquer the Ironman triathlon. The Ironman is one of the ultimate tests of endurance, with a 2.4 mile swim in the sea, followed by a 112 mile bike ride up the hills & through the sparse volcanic landscape of the island before cooling down with a little 26.2 mile marathon to finish. Easy. Or not. My one-and-only attempt at the distance ended on the bike course as I missed the cut-off time. Having watched a fair few friends tackle Lanza now, rest assured I will NOT be signing up for it in a hurry. It’s known as the hardest IM on the circuit, and it’s clear to see why. When we arrived 3 days before the race, winds were said to have been gusting at 60 mph on the top of the hills (it was about 40 mph in the town), and it was a scorchio 30-odd degree Celsius. Thankfully it calmed down a little for race day, but the sun was still blazing. Needless to say my holiday was a lot more relaxed, and can basically be summed up with the following collage:
Cocktails, lots of delicious cocktails. Oh and the odd saunter along the beach. It was too hot to sit out for hours, so it was only right that we shelter in the bar for a week. Needless to say my low carb efforts were kiboshed for the week, what with all the sugar I was drinking and the bread that I ate with dinner (it was warm and lovely, hard to resist). I had a fabulous week (and can’t wait for a return trip early next year), but I’m also glad to be back to low carb eating, and I’ve entirely binned the sugar again. I’m definitely all or nothing when it comes to eating well, and already feel good now I’m back on it. While i’m in the adjustment phase from high carb/sugar to the opposite way of living, i’ve felt totally knackered with little energy to spare, but I know that’ll change soon. So now my life looks like this:
Otherwise this month it’s just been the same-old-same-old. I’ve not been spending quite a much time in the allotment (due Lanza, bank holidays and work trips away), but thankfully it’s been raining a fair bit which has helped and the plants are thriving (esp. the bastarding weeds). Sadly however, despite the fact my courgette plants and broad beans seemed to be hardening up well in the shed, I planted them before my holiday and when I came back i found they’d ALL died a hideous death. RIP little guys 😥 It’s all a learning experience though, and hopefully I can replace them with plants that make it!
Money wise all is good. I’d saved up for the Lanza trip so that’s all paid for, and debt repayment is tootling along. By the time my credit card payments come out in June I’ll be into 4-figure debt instead of 5-figures, so that’s pretty good. The next couple of months will be pretty tight with various bits and bobs to pay for including car insurance and what not, but it’s all budgeted for, so it’ll be fine if I stick to my spending plan. Happily summer is here so I’ve plenty to do on the allotment to keep me busy, and keep me from spending money! So we’re almost half way through the year, and I’m almost half way through my debt repayment; i’m pretty pleased to say the least, and it’s amazing what an unrelenting focus and commitment can achieve. I’ve another few months of being selective with what I can do, and who I can visit, what trips I can (or more to the point cannot make) etc., but as I keep saying, it’ll be worth it in the end.
Health wise my back had been giving me a lot of gyp for the past couple of months, so I’m hoping it will improve pronto. Walking around and dancing in Lanza has helped a bit, and I’ve also started a Million Step Challenge (basically 10,000 steps per day for 100 days) which I did in 2014, and that will help with general mobility. I really do think the fact I was eating more carbs in late March / April while studying (i.e. lots of sitting) hasn’t helped – I think it has increased inflammation which has exacerbated the back issues. Fingers crossed reducing the carbs will address this in part at least, and if I work on overall mobility this will help sort my back out so I can start lifting weights again, as I’m missing that.
One step at a time 🙂