Hi all… Well, I’m just finishing up week 3 of my new healthy lifestyle. So, how am I going?
Seeing I didn’t own a working set of scales when I started, I can’t actually say what I have actually lost kg-wise, but I would guesstimate about 3kg. However, what I’m learning is that it’s not all about the number on the scales. My body is going through a process of changing it’s likes and dislikes too. I do remember this from last time, but it does seem to be happening quicker this time, which can only be a good thing !!
Not that I have a known diary intolerance, but I have noticed over the years that if I had a milk drink out (more often than not it would be a skinny iced mocha… my ‘coffee’ of choice) for morning tea after having had a bowl of cereal & milk in the morning, my tummy wouldn’t like it so much. So, with this in mind, I decided to cut down on my dairy intake (mostly milk). All that’s been required to do this is changing my cereal breakfast into a cup of green tea (so gross it’s not even funny) and a couple of cooked eggs with some avocado. If I’m out of avocado, then I have a banana or kiwi fruit with my eggs. The green tea is for assisting the weight loss, but the cutting down on the milk was more for added comfort in my tummy. I do add a little honey to my green tea which does make it bearable. I also just purchased some green tea with peppermint and while it doesn’t particularly had anything flavour wise, it does seem to be more refreshing.
I found this decrease of dairy to have been a very good decision when DH and I went out for a quick ‘coffee date’ this week and I decided to ‘treat’ myself to a skinny iced mocha. Well, I didn’t even get a quarter way through it and couldn’t drink anymore. I just couldn’t take in any more milk, as well as the overall sweetness of the drink. My body has clearly changed in how much it likes sweet things. How cool, right !!!
My excerises of choice have been sit-ups (I’m now doing 80 per day and upping it by ten each week), skipping, weights, walking and leg lifts (to get a nice butt..LOL). I do have a x-trainer and a rower but actually haven’t got to using them as yet as it requires me finding a good half hour to get in there and get on them. I do really enjoy using them though, so I’ll just need to improve my time management.
Having ‘coffee’ out was a little boring in the first two weeks as I’d sit there with nothing while the person I was with might have a big ‘ole slice of mud cake or something equally scrumptious, but I seem to be getting quite ok with it all. I take my water bottle along and just think of all the money I’m saving. LOL. Also, what I’ve found to be a great idea is instead of going out for ‘coffee’ where the food choices aren’t that healthy at all…. Going out for an actual meal is far better, as there are usually semi-healthy options available For example, I went out for lunch today and ordered a chicken, spinach & quinoa salad. It was soooooo yummy and coming in at only 2449kjs… not too bad for lunch. I did plan to have water with it, but actually forgot to get any.. whoops. My sister let me have half a glass of her diet coke, so all was good in the world of good eating/drinking.
Speaking of water intake though… I have hugely upped my water intake on a daily basis. I try to achieve 3lts, but realistically I’m only getting in 2ltrs per day. I was drinking one can of coke zero per day, but have now gotten it down to one can per week, if that. Not a bad achievement me thinks.
I’m also being a lot more disciplined with my vitamin intake, making sure I take my women’s multivitamin each day, as well as fish oil (to assist in me continuing to be a super clever homeschool Mum.. ha ha), as well as Olive Leaf Extract. My vitamin & minerals would also be increased since I began this journey simply because of the wide rang of fruit & veg I’m taking onboard.
I’m also wanting to start having a detox drink prior to going to bed which is supposed to be super fab at combatting tummy fat. Normally I’m not a fan of these detox drinks but seeing as this one only has a cucumber, grated ginger, half a lemon, some parsley and 1/3 cup of water, it seems pretty good to me. Nothing weird in that lot. My sit-ups are certainly helping with this problem area of mine, but anything to help along the way would be great.
The sit-ups issue has been a surprise to me as it started out as a little challenge to myself as I find sit-ups so hard to do. Well, it’s a gross understatement to say that I underestimated my own ability. My original plan was to start at 20 per day and increase it by 10 each week, with the long term plan that by summer, I’d be doing 170 sits per day (sounds crazy right). Surprisingly I’ve been able to up that number quicker than I was anticipating, with my daily rate at the already stated above amount of 80 per day. When I first worked out I’d be doing that kind of number per day by summer, I was like… yeah right.. like that’s gonna happen.. LOL… but now that I’m pumping out 80 per day, I can easily see myself achieving those big numbers.
I am constantly reminded the I’m only doing so well on my journey because I’m being carried by the grace of God. I am surprised over and over when I can so easily have my water over a fancy drink, or eat nothing when others enjoy something super yummy. Or when I can pump out those last 20 sit-ups late at night when it was so hard even walking up the stairs to get to my room to do them. When I am weak, HE is strong !!!!!! Not just physical strength when I’m tired, but emotional strength when it comes to self-control over right choices.
On the tiredness issue, man I’ve been feeling it. There were a couple of days this week where I actually didn’t like being in my own skin I felt so tired and achy. But I was once again blown away by the strength God gave me in those times to still stick to my exercise plan. It is beyond comforting going forward to know that He is there for me ALL THE TIME!!
OK… so there’s my update for now. I’ll keep you posted along the journey…. which will be a long process seeing as it won’t end until I get rid of this frustrating earthly body and gain my new heavenly body… the way the world is going, it seems like maybe it could be sooner rather than later, by hey… that’s another blog entirely. :0)
Blessings Peeps xox