Thank goodness – so far, Sydney is looking well post-lockdown!
As I walk past, tables are full at cafés, and my favourite retail stores are now open. My very first purchase was a pair of ‘trail’ shoes – I wore out mine walking furiously during lockdown just to keep sane. Speaking of that awful period, I have had my second AstraZenica jab; apart from a slight fever and headache, I was fine from Day 2.
I’ve also recently had my 5-yearly colonoscopy. Thankfully, all’s well. The special homemade bone-broth which I prepared and froze beforehand, and the unsweetened coconut juice and ginger tea made my fasting routine the day prior a breeze. (But I made sure I had 2 large poached eggs for breakfast before the fast – marvellous for keeping hunger away for longer.)
However, I did succumb to certain ‘comfort foods’ saturating the media during lockdown. A modest square of Darrel Lea’s dark chocolate with licorice and a handful of almonds and walnuts was great in the lazy afternoons.
TIP: Nuts eaten with anything sweet stop cravings for more sugar. Carry almonds and walnuts with you everywhere, and have them with 1 or 2 dates if you’re hungry in between meals.
So did I gain extra kilos during lockdown? NO!
Best of all now, we’re going full throttle at Dirk’sHealth on our bikes and treadmills. I missed the gym so much, and that exhilarating ‘high’ after our 45-minute routine was so worth it. I’ve already arranged a lunch date with gym friends, and am excited about spending time together chatting away, sharing our thoughts and experiences.
Next week, you’ll see exactly what I do at DirksHealth – stretch pants and all. (We filmed that video 2 weeks before Sydney’s June lockdown, and it was so frustrating having to wait until now to show it.)