Unbelievable, 3 weeks done and dusted already, how time flies when you're having fun.
As mentioned last week I have been working with an injury, fortunately not a fracture. For the last 10 days I have been avoiding any over-exertion of my right arm due to, of all things, tennis elbow! Incredibly frustrating, but in many ways a good test of my determination to keep going, consequently it's been a hard week psychologically.
For the first few days I avoided the gym, instead working out at home by walking, doing body-weight squats and crunches. Each day I challenged myself to do more, inspired by the 30-day Squat Challenge on the tribesport.com website. The change of routine, however, eventually wore me down and my motivation waned. Thank heavens for a PT session booked in to get me back into the gym and back into a routine.
Giving your body time to recover between workouts actually helps your muscles repair, build strength and endurance. My trainer, and most websites I've read, recommend at least one day off from exercise per week to give your body a chance to recuperate. Taking too many days off, however, leaves you breathless and wishing you'd just bitten the bullet and put in the time at the gym.
The good news is my elbow is improving and I'm back on track.
To leave you with some food for thought this week - literally - I'm going to share some snack ideas that won't wreck the clean eating rules:
Frozen blueberries - delicious and full of antioxidants.
Pumpkin seeds - a great snack if you feel hungry at night, pumpkin seeds contain magnesium for relaxation.
Almonds - also great for magnesium and an excellent heart snack.
And finally, a brilliant quote from the infamous Author Unknown aka Anonymous: 'Dieting is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit.'