Almost Vegan but feeling better


After a couple of weeks without lactose I’m starting to feel a bit better, my stomach has settled a bit and more importantly I haven’t feel so tired and malnourished for the last few days. As a vegetarian for almost 20 years I’m used to being picky about what I eat, but avoiding lactose (chocolate!!) has been very tough.

Things still aren’t perfect, I won’t go into the details, but at least my general outlook has improved and now I feel like I can start training a bit. It’s probably too late for the Gothenberg Half marathon which I have entered, that’s on the 17th May so doesn’t really give me enough preparation time. Last year I only gave myself about 2 weeks of training before doing the race, but I had been much more active in general back then so it didn’t go too badly.

The orienteering season has just started, and the weather is looking better and better so there will be opportunities to climb soon too – so I need to get my ass into gear, as my fitness level has taken a steep dive since I came to Norway.

I hope that by recording my training plans and progress online, it will motivate me and give me realistic targets to chase. Also anybody that wants to join me will be more than welcome.

Since this is the first plan – it will include tomorrow (Sunday) but future plans will be Mon – Sun as I don’t want to get accused of being one of those “week starts on Sunday” types πŸ™‚

Plan for week 5th May 2008

  • Sun – Fixed orienteering course in Østmarka (details in this pdf) or if the weather is bad – climbing
  • Tue – Cycle to work, volleyball training
  • Wed – Cycle to work, cycle from work to norskkurs in city centre, probably train home πŸ˜‰
  • More to come… (Mo has friends visiting so not sure about the weekend)

3 Comments so far

  1. Squirrel on April 26th, 2008

    You not eating chocolate! And how about cheese? How are you surviving?

  2. Russ on April 26th, 2008

    It’s not easy! I keep getting tempted by all the chocolate kicking around at work, and the severe lack of anything for me to eat in the canteen or local shop, but I’ve managed for a week!

    It does mean I’m eating loads more fruit to try and stay full, and drinking a lot more water which is good πŸ™‚

    As for cheese, yeah that’s a sticky one πŸ™ Can’t even have pizza now which pretty much rules out eating out in Oslo for me! There is a company in Ireland that makes lactose free cheese but they don’t export to Norway…

    Oh well… lets see what happens in the coming weeks.

  3. Squirrel on April 27th, 2008

    I hope you’ll figure it out though! Will have to dig out some recipes and teach you to cook food you can eat πŸ˜‰ How about starting to eat food you don’t like (think you like)? Sweetcorn, onions etc :p

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