It’s Week 6 for Reboot body blogger Caroline Williams, and despite a shakeup in her routine from half-term with the kids, she (kind of) stayed on track. Isn’t she looking amazing?
Last week was half term for my children which means that all routines go out the window. Since starting the Reboot body makeover challenge six weeks ago, I had started to get into a routine where the food and snacks didn’t take up too much time or thought and had begun to feel like a part of my life.
I find it easy to stick to a schedule when I am at home, with exercise in the morning, a salad or soup for lunch, a mid-afternoon snack and a healthy dinner. I am lucky that I work from home so I don’t have to plan too much about lunch normally. But half term week really threw me. I took the children on outings a couple of days and found it hard to get healthy meals in the cafes and restaurants. Often at child friendly places they serve rather unhealthy food – think fish and chips and every variety of white carb imaginable. Looking at some of the menus I could picture my nutrition coach Alli Godbold’s head shaking with the simple words: ‘No, no, no.’
My daughter Ebba danced at a festival three of the days which meant long, stressful days. I knew they only serve the likes of paninis and chips in the cafe at the dancing venue so I brought my own salads each day. That worked fine but what I missed to keep me going was caffeine! Up until then I hadn’t really missed it since the first week but I found myself looking longingly at the other mums’ frothy cappuccinos and cold diet cokes. I didn’t stray outside the plan though so I am happy about that.
Half term also meant that I could only fit in four exercise sessions last week and on top of that my personal trainer, John, was off sick so I was on my own. I challenged myself by extending my jogs and did 10k runs two of the days, which felt surprisingly good. I was also strangely drawn to the playground where I normally work out with John so I ended up doing a session there on my own, trying to remember the different exercises John gives me to do.
Food wise this was the first week we could choose our food from the previous menus as we wished. I wanted to try a couple of the recipes that I hadn’t managed to do before, and made Ali’s pear and fennel soup for lunch one day (see video below for the recipe) and a roast chicken masala when my friend came over for dinner on Friday night. I had a couple of glasses of wine with my friend as well and got told off by Alli… She explained one glass is okay on the weekend but the danger with having more than one is that the willpower fades. I can definitely see the reasoning behind that so will stick to just the one glass this weekend. Promise.
I had lost 0.6 kilos this week, which I will have to be happy with seeing as it was a week with quite a few days away from home.
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
Breakfast: Coyo yoghurt (a lovely rich coconut yoghurt) mixed with a bit almond milk, a table spoon of oats, a table spoon of flaxseeds, and raspberries
Lunch: Salad with tuna and avocado
Snack: 2 oatcakes with almond butter
Dinner: Roast chicken masala with spinach and raita (below)
THIS WEEK’S EXERCISE:
Monday: Run 60 minutes in the morning
Tuesday: Run 40 minutes in the morning
Wednesday: A short session of crunches and push ups and a few stretches in the evening
Thursday: Run 40 minutes in the morning
Friday: Run 60 minutes in the morning
Saturday and Sunday: nothing
THE EXPERTS LEADING CAROLINE’S BODY MAKEOVER:
Diet A total nutritional overhaul (no less) at the hands of Alli Godbold, nutritional therapist who has worked alongside chefs Charles Amos and Alan Wichart at Divertimenti Cookery Schools in Knightsbridge and Marylebone and author of Feed Your Health (HotHive Books, £13.99)
Fitness John Orum is a sports scientist with 20 years experience training ordinary people and celebrities and was head trainer at In:Spa retreats for four years. John’s focus is on the whole person and he incorporates fitness, psychological motivation and other body work technique to bring out their best and make the changes last. Contact John at email@example.com
More of Caroline’s Reboot body makeover challenge diaries: