Barefoot life

If you follow me on Instagram, you might know that I suffer from an injury (shin splints) for a year now. It all started when I decided to be serious about my running, and started to do interval and hill training last year.

I have literally tried almost everything! From rest, to stretching, to exercise, strength training, physical therapists, new shoes, compression socks, insoles, trying to change my foot strike, compression sleeves, another physical therapist, painful manual treatment, more stretching, complete rest, biking, swimming, another pair of new shoes….. and, still not gone…..

I got really fed up, because I was doing everything the experts say, but I still had a lot of pain. I decided to go a bit ‘alternative’ after reading an article about walking and running barefoot or with minimal shoes. I must say, I always thought that feet needed support, but when you really think of it: we have a perfectly developed body, that has a perfect springing mechanism in our feet and lower leg, but we choose to override it with shoes that will force the feet in a different shape and constricts it so it can’t move like it naturally would.

So for about 3 weeks now, I am barefoot, and I do foot strengthening exercises almost daily. Ok, not completely barefoot, because it’s not really possible at work, I wear Vibram FiveFingers when I can’t walk barefoot. I’ve seen lots of nice minimal shoes, but they’re quite expensive and I don’t want to invest in a whole lot of shoes when I’m not convinced yet πŸ˜‰

In the first couple of days, I felt some pains in my feet and some sole scraping from some real barefoot walks on pavement. But all was fine, I rested a bit when I thought it was too uncomfortable, and I continued with my exercise program I’m currently on (home strength training twice a week, swimming twice a week and bike rides to work). The idea is to eventually start running barefoot, but I’m still getting used to the walking, so I’m not rushing myself.

And now, after 3 weeks, I’m not sure if it’s the placebo effect, but I significantly feel less pain in my shins. Let’s see how it goes from here!

(I did start shockwave therapy last week, but I’m sure it can’t already work after 1 session!)

Dail schedule: weightloss in daily life!

I really love a lot of the fitness profiles that are out there. Great looking women, amazing workouts, flashy workout clothes, great tips etc. But, many of them do this for a living, so it is not realistic to think I can do the same! I still catch myself thinking like that though, and I can imagine some of you do too! So I decided to write down how an average week looks for me. This is not to bitch about my life. I love my life! It’s just to show you that losing weight/getting fit takes time and hard work!

Monday:Β 

5.30 am: the alarm goes off, I jump out of bed, because if I start snoozing I’ll end up very lazy and late for work. I take a shower and have my mealprep breakfast.

6.20 am: I leave the house with my backpack, sneakers on and a hot green tea in my travelling mug in my bag. I start my walk with my headphones on, thankful it’s not raining!

7.50 am: I take the train to Utrecht and walk to my work.

8.30 am: Work starts, it has been a hectic weekend with a lot of new admissions.

12.15 pm: Weekend meeting during lunch (I eat my mealprep lunch), we discuss new admissions and curious cases.

2.00 pm: I rush to finish my things, try to type everything I’ve done, sometimes it’s really stressful because I don’t want to be late for the tutor group and lecture.

2.30 pm: Whew, I’m on time for the tutorgroup, luckily it’s in my building today so I don’t need to travel for it.

5.00 pm: Lecture has ended, I rush to the train station and eat an apple on the way. I’m determined to go to the gym, but in my head all kind of scenarios are making an appearance, seriously thinking about buying icecream and pigging out on the couch.

5.45 pm: I arrive home, grab a nakd bar, take my gymbag and get to my car to drive to the gym.

6.00 pm: I’m so happy I went to the gym, I do my lifting schedule and end up with a bit of HIIT and HIT.

8.30 pm: I arrive home, tired but happy. I eat my mealprep dinner and watch some tv.

9.30 pm: I’m tired and go to bed, ending the day with 17.965 steps, fitbit says I’ve burned 3.250 kcal and I’ve eaten 1.942 kcal.

Tuesday

5.30 am: The alarm goes off but I’m so tired, I set the alarm to 7 am.

7.00 am: Alarm again, I get up, take a shower, eat my mealprep breakfast and leave for work.

8.30 am: Work starts, it’s a busy day.

7.00 pm: Finished at work, I rush to the train station to get the 7.20 train. I make it, yay!

7.30 pm: I arrive at home, eat my mealprep dinner and watch tv.

8.30 pm: I do yoga for 1 hour, ending with some headstands which hurts my neck, ouch.

9.30 pm: I take a shower and go to bed…. Ending the day with 11.255 steps, fitbit says I burned 2.539 kcal, I ate 1.762 kcal.

Wednesday:

6.00 am: It’s my day off but the alarm goes off early to go to the gym. I eat breakfast (smoothie) and prepare for the gym.

6.50 am: I leave home, to go to the gym, it recently started to open at 7 am on monday and wednesday!

9.30 am: I’m finished! I take a shower at the gym, dress nicely and leave to my guy.

10.30 am: I arrive at my guy’s place. We relax, watch a movie, have lunch together and rearrange some stuff in the garden so the boat can go to its winter place.

2.30 pm: I leave to go home while my guy leaves to pick up his son from school.

3.00 pm: I arrive home, I go to my laptop and books immediately. I need to prepare a presentation for tomorrow and have done 0 forΒ it. First I need to read some chapters, watch the mandatory documentary.

6.30 pm: I’m hungry and not done with the presentation. I have some quark with oats, peanutbutter and a banana for dinner and go on with the presentation.

8.00 pm: I’m finally done, there’s still some things to read and write for tomorrow but I’m tired and can’t concentrate anymore. I take an extra quest bar and I’m going to watch some tv and call with my guy because today’s meeting was so short and I miss him.

9.30 pm: I’m pooped, I go to bed but have difficulties falling asleep, finally I fall asleep around 11 pm. I’m ending the day with 12.904 steps, fitbit says I’ve burned 3.006 kcal and I’ve eaten 1.898 kcal.

Thursday:

5.30 am: The alarm goes off but I feel so tired, so I snooze till 6.30 am.

6.30 am: Really have to get up now to go to Amersfoort for tutor groups. I have a shower and eat my mealprep breakfast.

7.30 am: I take the train to Amersfoort and from there the bus to the place where we have tutor groups.

8.30 am: Tutor groups start. I have my presentation and people like it thankfully πŸ™‚

11.00 am: Tutor groups end and I’m happy 1 of my collegues came by car, so we go to work in his car.

11.30 am: I arrive at work, have a quick meeting with the nurses and psychiatrist.

12.00 noon: We have a lunch presentation, 1 of my collegues has a presentation about drug abuse. I have my mealprep lunch while the rest eats the bread that is provided. They look at my broccoli and laugh a little, but I don’t care.

1.00 pm: We have a meeting with my fellow residents.

2.00 pm: Finally I can go to the ward. A lot of things are waiting for me since I wasn’t there this morning. I also need to do a new admission on the other ward because those doctors over there have lectures in the afternoon.

8.00 pm: I’m done and pooped…. I rush to the train station.

8.30 pm: I’m home, eat my mealprep dinner and zone out in front of the TV.

9.15 pm: I go to bed. I end my day with 10.673 steps, fitbit says I’ve burned 2.429 kcal and I ate 1.665 kcal.

Friday

5.30 am: The alarm goes off and I make myself get up because I’ve not walked a lot this week. I eat my mealprep breakfast, have a shower.

6.20 am: I leave home to walk.

7.50 am: I arrive at the train station and take the train to work, walk from the train station to work.

8.30 am: Work starts, it’s an ok day, busy but doable since I’m alone and my direct collegue has his day off today. The nurses offer me cake but I take my mealprep lunch and planned snacks.

5.30 pm: I leave work, go to trainstation to go home.

6.00 pm: I arrive home, eat my mealprep dinner and relax in front of the TV. I walk around in my house some more with my headphones on to increase todays steps.

10.00 pm: I go to bed, I had a good week! I end the day with 20.087 steps. Fitbit says I’ve burned 3.058 kcal and I ate 1.716 kcal.

Saturday

7.00 am: The alarm goes off, I have a shower and have a nice weekend smoothie.

8.15 am: I leave to go to the gym.

11.00 am: I’m finished at the gym, I go home but do some shoppings first. The supermarket is right outside my building, so that’s convenient.

12.00 noon: I make myself a nice post-workout lunch, yum!

1.00 pm: I start some chores, do 2 loads of laundry, dishwasher, clean the floors and bathroom.

3.00 pm: My mom visits, we have tea together and plan her comeback to weightloss!

4.30 pm: I do some shoppings at the supermarket for tonight and tomorrow.

5.00 pm: I start some reading for next weeks tutor group.

6.30 pm: I cook and have dinner. I watch some TV and do some more reading.

9.45 pm: I call to work, my night shift starts. My collegues tell me about how the day was. There’s nothing to do right now so I stay at home and watch TV.

10.30: I get some calls, but all can be handled through the phone, I watch some TV.

Midnight: I try to sleep, but get some calls. I end the day with 12.282 steps, fitbit says I’ve burned 3.066 kcal and I’ve eaten 1.794 kcal.

Sunday

1.30 am: I finally fall asleep

4.00 am: I get called, there’s a new admission. I get dressed, step into my car and go to work to see the patient.

7.30 am: I get home and I’m wide awake, so I decide to already start the meal prepping, making my breakfasts for the coming week.

8.30 am: I call work as my ‘on call’ ends to tell them what happened. I continue the prep and put the chicken in the oven and watch some Netflix.

10.00 am: The supermarket downstairs opens, I go and get the rest of the stuff I need for my mealprep and continue the prepping.

Noon: It was a rough night, but I decided to do a day of intermittent fasting, so I take my first meal of the day. After this I finish the prep.

2.00 pm: prep is finished and in the fridge. I clean the kitchen and put the trash outside.

3.00 pm: I crash on the couch, try to do some reading for the lectures on monday but I fall asleep.

5.00 pm: I wake up from the couch, I start cooking dinner and some other preps like my protein shakes for the workouts next week and vitamins in the week-box. I also prepare my gymbag for monday.

6.30 pm: I’ve eaten and I’m walking around my house with my headphones on to get to my 10k steps. It’s raining outside. When I reach 10k I watch some Netflix.

9.00 pm: I go to bed early to start my new week the best way I can! I end the day in 10.079 steps, fitbit says I burned 2.525 kcal and I ate 2.069 kcal.

 

How I fell from the wagon and how I’m getting back

Hello everybody!

Like I promised on my Instagram account, I’m writing something about what happened in the last couple of weeks and months, so here it is.Β 447391030_640

Technically what happened is that I slowly had more and more difficulty with making healthy choices, which finally ended with being off track for about 2 months. And when I say off track I mean OFF track, like eating junk all day, next to Β no mealprepping, no gym. I still tried to keep contact with some of my fit friends and I was still accepting fitbit challenges. Doing that, I got to the point where I realised what needed to be done.

Now the emotional part, because really, my eating is just a way of coping. What I’m going to write now are reasons why I think it went south, you can also interpret them as excuses, anything that works for you is fine by me πŸ™‚ So at the beginning of this year, I started my residency. It was really exciting and something I worked very hard for. I knew it was difficult and very time consuming, but it is what I really want, so I went for it. In april I started working at a very busy ward, came home late, tired and had to endure a lot of stress at work with very sick people. Around that time, I also met the love of my life. I struggled with the lack of time, meeting him on my day off, where I usually would go to the gym. Slowly, I started to get worse at prepping and gymming and that’s where it really went south. The fact that my guy repeatedly told me that he loves me whatever weight I am and that he doesn’t like skinny women also didn’t help haha! So stupid, I know, but the mind is stupid sometimes…..

So at one point I felt like this is enough, especially when my guy and I were talking about clothes and I felt like I didn’t feel good in my clothes anymore. I talked with some of my fit friends about it and came to the conclusion that I needed to talk with my guy about the fact that I need to get back on track and that I needed his help. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame him for anything, it’s just that I need his support and need him to understand that it’s important to me. So we had a long talk which finally cleared the path for me to get back on track. I have agreed with my guy that he’ll weigh me while I have my eyes closed. Why? I don’t want to focus on weight, but on getting back on track and have good habits. I know when I’m on track/off track and don’t need the scale to tell me that. I will slowly feel better in my clothes, which is more important that the number on the scale.

In the end, I’m very happy that I was able to stop before I got to my old weight, which is what happened throughout my life!

Clean eating

So what is this ‘clean eating’ everybody is talking about? It certainly isn’t cleaning your food really well before eating lol! But I’ve found so many definitions and ‘rules’ for clean eating, it kind of gets a forest of information out there and you’ll not know what to follow. In no way I say my own vision is the right or correct one, I’m just going to say something about how I envision clean eating (aka just healthy eating in general).

Paleo-vs-Clean-EatingWhen  you look up clean eating on the internet, you’ll find a lot of lists of food to avoid, or even worse, food that’s forbidden. You’ll find a 30 day clean eating cleanse or the ‘whole 30’, which is practically the same to me, or the Paleo diet. Personally, I believe in moderation. Yes, of course, I would love to be able to eat clean 100% of the time, but then life happens and social situations occur and there’s also the inner fat girl that just wants to eat pizza and drink wine. So I’ve learned the hard way that by forbidding myself to eat something ‘unclean’ I will end up eating a truckload of it, so that doesn’t work for me personally.

Of course, there are foods that I’d rather not eat and are ‘unclean’ in my eyes, which is to me simply everything that’s been processed. It comes down to: all types of bread and pasta, white rice, all types of dairy, processed meats like burgers or sausages, all ‘diet’ products, anything with white flour or sugar in it, like cookies or nutella, fast food and probably some other things I forgot to mention. I’d rather not eat dairy because it seems unnatural to me to take another species mother milk that’s meant for its baby, but that doesn’t mean I never take it, because cheese is one of my weaknesses. (I know generally dairy is allowed in the ‘clean eating society’.)

So to me, it’s all about that balance, I try to eat as natural as possible, but allow myself to eat certain unclean things on a daily/weekly basis.

So why is this important?

Well, to start, clean and whole foods contain a lot of nutrients. Yes, a nice big steak contains more calories than a skinny chicken sausage, but have you read the labels of those sausages? Most of them only contain 40-50 % meat, they add all kind of things (mostly white flour and other unclean things). In the end, you’ll get more nutrients (protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals) from the steak than you’ll get from the sausage. If you look at losing weight, people might choose the sausage because it contains less calories. I think this is a very important mistake many make! We are surrounded by ‘diet’ products, low fat this, sugar free that….. and they all try to convince us it’s healthy. You might be able to lose weight with it, but at what cost? It’s time for us to stand up to those big brands and say: NO! We want real food and if I decide to take something ‘unclean’, I’ll go for the real deal, full fat/sugar dark chocolate and wine, or a really cheesy pizza.

Basis for a clean and healthy lifestyle:

Vegetables, fruit, legumes/beans, whole meat, whole fish, eggs, nuts/seeds, whole grains (including brown rice) and starchy veg/roots like (sweet) potatoes.