Yesterday it took me almost 2 and a half hours to work out when it usually only takes me 50 minutes.
It was my own fault.
After work I met up with a friend of mine and we planned to go for dinner and a quick catch up before I had to head home and she headed back for a meeting.
We ended up going to a local restaurant/take-away over Wetherspoons. We should have gone to Wetherspoons.
So I looked over the menu – I didn’t know if there was anything I wanted. I eventually settled on a double quarter pounder burger and fries. Yes. A double.
I can’t remember the last time I had a store-bought burger – I usually make my own, because I know what is them and I can make it a little healthier than I assume that everyone else makes theirs..
A tastier burger made by me.. Ignore the bacon.. I was allowed some fats that day :)
When I make burgers, I will use extra lean mince - usually less than 5% fat, if I want to be a little more filled, I will use less than 12%. I chop up spinach and add that to my mix, with peppers, onions and a whole heaps of other healthy things. I make my own fries.. from potatoes that have been soaking in water before being baked.. With wholemeal store-bought rolls – and that’s if I don’t make my own, sometimes I have bacon and an egg.. But my burgers are healthy.
Our food got to the table. My friend doesn’t eat meat, so she had a fish burger with fries and a passion fruit Rubicon.
The waiter put my plate down and immediately I regretted my decision. The double that I’d ordered looked like it was 4 burgers because they had partially sliced the burgers when cooking them. This was half resting on the bottom of the bun and half on the plate topped with the top of the bun. There was MINIMAL salad in it. A few jalapeños, some relish and 3 pieces of lettuce – at least they were fresh.
I looked at it. I didn’t know where to start. I picked up the meat and bun and placed it back on the bottom half of the bun. There was patty liquids on my plate running into my fries that had been fried to a light brown colour. I didn’t want to eat it.
I added some chilli sauce and ketchup to my fries before I picked up a fork and took the first bite of the chips that were sat on the bottom. I looked at the burger, took the top bun off, removed one of the burger patties and put it on my plate. My burger was now considerably smaller, but more consumer friendly.
I took a bite. It tasted like a greasy takeaway burger. I added some ketchup and chilli sauce to my burger, thinking it would help. It did some.. but not a lot. Part way through eating, I started feeling like I was full. I should have stopped.. but I just kept drinking more water, determined to get my money’s worth.
We finished our meals and sat and talked for a little while. Soon afterward we left headed back to work, where I grabbed my bag and new yoga ball (Yeah! I got a new Yoga Ball for my workouts.. whoop!) and headed to the train station. I was too full to walk so I waited for the bus to take me to the train station. It came, I got off and just missed the train pulling out of the station by moments. I had to wait another 25 minutes for the next one so I went and sat down. I was still feeling terribly full.
Fast forward to 8:00pm.. I thought I’d be feeling less full seeming as we had eaten more than 2 hours before.. nope. Still felt really bloated and really full. Okay. I said to myself.. At 9 o’clock, I will start working out.. I should have been okay by then. 9 o’clock came by and went then at 9:45 pm I decided it was now or never.. I had to work out.
I looked over to the side of my bed and decided it was time.
It was taunting me..
I got up and decided it was now. I lay down on the floor.. Still full and in pain from the weird bloated type feeling. I groaned. This was definitely not going to be the greatest idea.. nor would it be easy.
So I started.. It was the hardest workout by far that I had done since the start of this 30 day Abs Challenge. I resented the burger that I ate.. I resented myself. Urrgh.
After a pathetic 2+ hours, I finally ended the self-torture. I had to stop several times because I felt like I was going to be sick and didn’t feel like choking so I opted to sit up and slow walk around and drink more water.. which I still don’t know if it made me feel better or more full.. hmm.
Anyway, so I stopped and decided that I hated takeaways. I don’t usually eat them.. I cook almost every day.. this evening I am making a roast chicken to have with spinach and pasta for my lunch tomorrow! Not the whole roast chicken mind you! I can’t remember the last time I had a takeaway before yesterday.. I cannot believe that I used to eat them before and thought they were fine.. My body is still suffering from last nights turmoil.. It cannot believe I would do that to her.. I still can’t believe I went for a double.. or a burger period.. *sigh*
I have definitely learned my lesson!
Today marks Day 15 of the Abs Challenge. I am also doing a strength training one combining weights, balancing and other techniques. As the days have progressed the workouts have actually been getting easier (except for yesterday but I was the only one to blame for that!) and I don’t know if my progress has been incredible, but I have been noticing a change. I may have just reversed all that progress with that one dodgy meal though! I think that when this 30 day challenge is over, I may go and purchase the Hip Hop Abs DVD and see how that works for me. I don’t want to be ripped.. but I want to be healthy. I maintain a pretty clean diet and consume a lot of water on a daily basis – which I was doing before, but now I am actively making more of those choices and thinking about what I am going to eat more of and less of.. I love fish.. but am scared to cook it because I love how my mum cooks it.. so I don’t cook it.. ha ha.
I will be going home soon, and she always packs fish for me to bring back so I’m looking forward to that :)
So that’s my update! Abs Challenge is awesome.. fatty greasy burgers are not!
I’ll let you know how it went at the end of the challenge!