So, what to do when you're forced to spend most of your time resting indoors? For me it's been: catching up on lots of writing and work, eating/drinking some wonderful natural healing things (salmon, ginger, garlic, dark chocolate, veggies, fruits, turmeric etc...), spending time with some wonderful friends, reading, and lots of time reflecting (while resting, of course). I am wondering if this forced 3 weeks ish (fingers crossed it's not more) of not much movement is the universe forcibly putting me on a kind of vacation - as if: I had too many things going on or on my to-do list and some greater power has decided this is unsustainable and has stopped me in my tracks perhaps?
It has taken some getting used - suddenly not having running or daily exercise in my life. I mean seriously, how are you supposed to know when to shower and eat breakfast (post-run fuel) if you haven't been for a run or work-out first?! I feel I am adapting ok though. Like anything: it's a habit, and I'm getting there bit by bit.
As you can imagine, I am itching to get back into the swing of things (marathon training, fiction writing, nutrition ebooks and writing, teaching, learning Vietnamese, travelling to new parts of Vietnam, performing stand-up comedy, and a myriad of other things I was planning on doing). However, I have come to realise that I can't get all of this done at the same time as well as getting enough sleep and not getting mysterious illnesses (I have my suspicions re: my lack of sleep recently being a culprit in getting ill, but who knows), and that's ok! I will get there. Step by step. Instead I am choosing to focus (when I've been given the all clear next week, that is) on teaching and nutrition work / running for a while.
What's inspiring me and motivating me right now, running-wise, are a couple of future races that I have registered for (because there's nothing more motivating than an upcoming race, right?) and my new exciting nutrition program for runners: 'Eat To Win'!!
It kicks off on Monday 3rd October, but registrations are open now! Here's the link for more information and to sign-up: http://lousweight.com.au/main/page_eat_to_win_challenge.html
I am hugely excited about this program (that contains a wealth of information, resources/tools, extra info and bonuses, support/motivation, and weekly prizes - I have packed as much as I possibly can into the 4 week program, and I hope you love it as much I have loved creating it!).
It's very close to my heart, and I feel like I will be starting from scratch again (almost) by having so much time off from actual training. However, really, I know that as long as I'm keeping up my regime of wonderfully healing foods and occasional gentle walking (while I can't run) that I will be fine, and when I can move more I will be back in usual form in time for the races. Following this program (yes, I'll be doing the challenge right along with you! Always good to go back to basics and overhaul your diet occasionally - get back on track, so to speak) will be so motivating and perfect timing for my two races in October (23rd - The Long Bien Marathon) and November (20th - the Bangkok Marathon).
If you have any races/events coming up in October / November / December / next year, then this program would be perfect for you! Or if you are new to running and are looking to improve your times/running performance/fitness, then again: this program is perfect for you too! It is suitable for every runner. I am so excited! Would love it if you can join me.
There will be more information on the Eat To Win program, along with the latest TURMERIC news/updates, future races coming up in the next few months in YOUR area, PLUS my review of an absolutely amazing restaurant that a good friend so kindly took me to the day before yesterday: La Verticale, where there was a wonderful plethora of the most delicious (and yes, healing: lots of lean seafood, dark green veggies, garlic, and turmeric featured throughout the meal - including turmeric mousse and turmeric ice-cream!!) little meals and surprise-in-between-meals tasty treats, mmmmm - all in the next Lou's Weight Online Newsletter - don't miss out!
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Wishing you a wonderful start of your week ahead, wherever you may be! Stay happy and healthy xx
For me, I'm off to have more rest now and lots of these: