March 7

Pancake day and giving up

Tuesday was pancake day. Any excuse for a binge, for something sweet and yummy. Or that was in the ‘old days’….

What I didn’t realise before was that most things can be made to be gluten free, dairy free, processed sugar free and grain free. All it takes is some preparation and effort. Actually just imagination and thought.

I have, since trying to be healthy, developed a real sweet tooth, needing to have something sweet after dinner in particular. So I have been testing as many naughty recipes as I can with Paleo friendly ingredients; chocolate chip cookies, sweet potato brownies, carrot cake….and pancakes. Pancakes are the only ones which turned out a bit of a disaster, they tasted delicious but were more like a scramble than a cake. However with only bananas, eggs, a little vanilla essense, some cinnamon and a little bit of coconut flour, i’m prepared to keep trying until they are just perfect. No giving up on this journey!

Pancake scramble YUM!
Pancake scramble YUM!

We have also discovered – only for special occassions – coconut milk ice cream. Topping off our scramble – YUM!

Following a number of blogs by amazing people who have been living the clean life for a while makes all this so much easier -http://paleogrubs.com/banana-pancake-recipes

Pancake day – shrove Tuesday – leads to Ash Wednesday which is for a lot of people, whether practicing or not, the start of lent and giving up something for 40 days. My sister has always given up something, or a couple of things – always foodwise – for the 40 days and 40 nights. I have always tried yet never successfully. So now is the question – what do I give up? Is changing my lifestyle enough? Is it necessary to give up one thing in particular for 40 days? I’m going to say i’m giving up processed sugar and dairy for lent. However I hope this to be a longer term change. I guess this will be the tester!

So here goes, to lent, to giving up, to change and to living a healthier better life!

ps – I moved from the thick green band to the thin blue band for my chest to bar pull ups today :) handstand push ups are still very much a work in progress!!

Make a change a habit
Make a change a habit

 

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March 3

Day one of month two

It’s lunch time and I haven’t done any exercise today but the day isn’t over, and although I truly believe that getting it done early is the best way; not only do you have the rest of the day to do whatever you want, but also there’s less time to make excuses, it’s not the end of the day and I need to stop with the excuses!

Get it done early
Get it done early

The last month I have in general been very good about exercise. I get up in the morning and go to crossfit, then I either run or do pilates or yoga. I have made these my routine and what I base my day around. I believe it’s important to have a routine and to know not only when you are going to do exercise but also what you are going to eat and at what time. Month 2 I will make more of an effort with the food I eat and when I eat it.

We’ve been trying to follow a ‘not-fully-strict-but-nearly-there’ Paleo diet and have on the whole been very good with it. I have learnt to substitute noodles with zoodles, spaghetti with squash-ghetti and rice with cauliflower rice and honestly have enjoyed it. But the issue is that anything you want to make ‘healthy’ you can; chocolate chip cookies, brownies, carrot cake. However how ‘healthy’ are they? Yes the replacement of processed sugar with coconut nectar or raw honey is a step in the right direction, but am I substituting one addiction with another? I was never one to snack on sweet stuff but now that I am trying to be healthy I have all of a sudden got these ridiculous cravings for sweets and I have no idea why!

For the next 2 weeks I am going to try and cut out all sugar; so no more baking, cut out dairy; whaaaaa no cheese, cut out tomatoes; and this is a strange one but I think they are part of the cause of my tummy issues and gas…gross. So a 2 week experiment (I know my experiments often get forgotten and as with this writing, I get side tracked, but I am clearing my pantry and will try my hardest!)

At the end of the day I need to remember what I want to accomplish…do I want to continue seeing the flabby reflection in the mirror or do I want to see this…. 😉

Believe you can and you are half way there...
Believe you can and you are half way there…

Right i’m off to the gym for my (at least) 5km and some core work!!!

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March 3

One month down

Day 1
Day 1
One month in
One month in

Complete coincidence that i’m wearing the same underwear one month in. And although the changes are not as easy to spot as i’d of liked them to be, I think they are there!

Measurements today also show that I am cinching in a bit with 2cm off my waist, 3 off my belly and 2 off my bum!! There’s a happy face right here (even though scales say just over a kilo down).

So what’s been the main learning from the first month? It’s all about what’s going on in you head. If you are excited about the challenge, happy with life, keen for change and motivated to make it, then this is ‘easy’. If you have off days, your period, a snow storm, or are unprepared, the task ahead is more like a climb to Everest than what it should be.

I can’t believe it’s been a month and I have experienced all of these emotions. I have given up and started again, I have cheated in my food intake and have not felt motivated to do the exercise i’ve aimed to do. But I know one thing, when i’ve eaten right and worked out, I have felt INVINCIBLE.

So month two – where am I going? No dairy, no sugar, no tomatoes. Carry on the running, keep up with the crossfit, pilates and yoga and keep POSITIVE.

Oh and find something to get rid of that cellulite, EURGH!!!

 

 

 

 

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