Monday, 2 January 2012

2012 Boot Camp

One day...
Woohoo, a new year has sprung and boy am I glad to have got through the last one! There were some pretty hairy moments in the last year, not to mention a few too many 'things' to be coping with. This year, I hope, will be much more positive, relaxed and focussed...

To start it all off with a bang I am entering myself into my very own boot camp: Camp GiveanEarthly, if you like. I need kicked into shape in so many ways and over the last year I've found too many (however viable) excuses to keep me from being on top form. 

I don't do New Year's resolutions. But the Christmas period excesses did help to cement my feelings on aspects of my diet, exercise needs and day-to-day habits.

So, to kick it off? I am going raw.

Oh YES sireee. Despite being really fascinated by all the raw literature and recipes out there, I have never really done more than dabbled. But my body is literally screaming for fresh, living foodstuffs - particularly since I've been cramming it with rubbish over the festive season!

I'm making it easy for myself too. I am not going for a high raw diet, not straight away anyway. Basically I am upping my intake of fresh (preferably organic) fruit, veg, salad, sprouts, seeds and so on, so that they are the main bulk of any meal. The rest will be some of my 'usual' foodstuffs - wholegrain bread, pasta, rice, eggs etc. But these will be the minority on my plate, not the majority!

The Raw Food Pyramid
It's easier than it sounds too. Today I had a smoothie and some fruit for breakfast which were more than substantial for me, though I can see that on some other days I might want some raw granola type affair or similar. For lunch I made a yummy salad with a carrot and apple slaw, some pumpkin seed mayo, baby spinach and tomato, grapes and a boiled egg with a couple of regular crackers (I don't have a dehydrator and can't see me bothering with such recipes unless I get really bored in all honesty). For dinner I'm thinking of having soup - either part warmed or steaming hot depending on how I feel :)

I've already got a pile of seeds, nuts and legumes soaking in the fridge ready to make things tomorrow (like hummus and an almond pâté) and I reckon as long as I can start to try and think of things in advance (at least until I get used to eating this way) then I'll be ok!

Next up? Couch to 5k!

Get off the sofa girl!
This one could not have been less likely. I do not run and never have. But weirdly, over the last 4 months or so, I have had SUCH an urge to do so. Every so often It'll just burst out of me and I'll be sprinting down the road, limbs flailing, like a crazy little 5 year old again. Goodness knows where this has come from, but I've been impatient to start this program since well before Christmas. And now I finally have the time and space. First run, tomorrow morning :)

Did you say 'Morning'?

Yep you heard me, morning. The only realistic time for me to go running is first thing before the kids are up - or at least while they're having breakfast with Father Earthly. Having never been one to willingly roll out from under the duvet when it's still dark (and cold), this is going to be a major challenge for me. Not least because my body is still catching up on a few years' lost sleep! But I am convinced that it needs to be done, for a whole host of reasons. I hope that in the longterm it will give me the boost I need to start the day properly and positively. And I've told myself that at least I can go for a nap with the kids later on if I really need to!! WIsh me luck...

On top of all that? Yoga goes hardcore!

Not satisfied with a weekly astanga practice, I am planning to go to twice-weekly practices, one of which will be the traditional Mysore style. I hope that this will help me to develop my own personal practice as this has always been a sticking point. I also hope it will really improve my strength much more quickly. And later this year I plan to start teacher training! Eeek!

Welcome to Boot Camp GiveanEarthly. Anybody fool enough to join me? 

There's safety in numbers... :)

Happy 2012!


  1. I feel inspired by your energy! all sounds fabulous. We too are going to try and embrace more raw food - we are always amazed by how quickly you start to notice the difference (and boy do I need it at the moment!) For me I want to focus on meditation this year and steadying my mind and then of course there is the VW camper we're picking up this week (all things being equal) ;-) which is hopefully going to lead to lots more exploring and volunteering - email to follow about whether or not we can really come see you! x

  2. Woah mama - you go girl! I shall be cheering ---from my sofa xx

  3. Energy is exactly what I'm aiming for!! I'm (literally) tired of feeling exhausted constantly and my body couldn't make it clearer that it wants a change, so that is my gift to myself this new year :)

    Woohoo! Camper and adventures sound great, and we would LOVE to see you - will reply to you asap :)

  4. Haha, well thank you and I think you quite deserve some sofa time my dear! It's taken me quite a few months to recover from the long sleepless nights and all I've wanted to do is sleep and vegetate in order to try and let my body catch up.

    Your time will come ;) x

  5. Hmm, not sure I'm ready for all that just yet... My body is in a very bad state right now. But I do wish you luck!
    PS We had this fabulous raw chocolate cake for christmas pudding, based on avocado!
    In case you get cravings, is is to be found here:

  6. Ah yes, I can totally sympathise. Although I could see the benefits of raw early last year I just wasn't ready to go there - there was too much else expected of me, my body and my soul energy! I'm not saying it's easy now, but hopefully it will be worthwhile... watch this space ;)

    That tarte looks delicious. I've dabbled in a few raw choc desserts and my god they are good! So I do have to restrict myself, or I'd just eat them all the time... ;)


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