Body, diet and exercise chit chat #1

I think that I would like to start regular diet and exercise chit chats on this blog… This blog started with a lot of weight loss ( more than 20kg), has had gain ( pregnancy) and loss again ( post pregnancy). Now at 8 months post partum I am, I feel, in quite a good spot.

Body

I am really happy that I did not ‘blow up’ whilst pregnant or gain all my unnecessary weight back. I did try to eat relatively well but there were a lot of treats whilst pregnant. Let me be frank here, although I also suffered water retention, I was certainly not one of those people who only gained 8 kg when pregnant and walked out of hospital in my jeans. I also was not one of those who has ended up thinner from breastfeeding. All this said I have been pleasantly surprised with my body. Until the end of last year I would say I was carrying an extra 7kg from my post pregnancy weight. This was not shifting with exercise and dieting was hard as breastfeeding makes me hungry. I wanted to know I had tried my best but if my body has to hold this, to breastfeeding then so be it.

This year, 2015, is my year though. I have breastfed for over 8 months now and want to work on a path towards weaning by a year. With this in mind I felt I could apply myself more to a diet etc and if my milk suffered so be it… she happily takes a bottle now! So the plan is for diet and exercise as below…. I will keep going. mid year I am going to have a try on of my old clothes. If there are items that just no longer suit my shape, which may have changed for good, so be it. They will be sold as I just don’t see the point in holding clothes which do you no favours. They will only remind me of what I am not, instead of flattering clothes which celebrate what I am.

Diet

Lately I have felt a bit out of control with my diet. I had some habits I knew I wanted to kick, such as sweet treats and diet coke, but felt a bit lost as to how to. During pregnancy I did eat some sweet treats often and also as a new mum they crept in. They were easy and quick and gave that instant energy you crave when sleep deprived. As a result I have developed quite the sweet tooth which needs to be reined in. After a week on my mentor me of sugar program I feel like I am making great strides towards this and can certainly envisage the end game. I think for me the ideal will be to eat from home mainly, with a treat meal or two each week. I had not realised just how much sugar is in so called health food when out and about and how readily this affects my cravings. Making home cooked, wholesome, basic food a priority is key.

Exercise

I have been loving exercise. After months of postnatal fitness I decided I wanted a more sustainable way of working out ( i.e. from home, and quickly), which delivered results. After a few weeks on the pre training I do feel Kayla offers this and am really happy. Instead of her recommended HIIT I will be doing couch to 5km again as I want to run the Perth half marathon. I am committed to both of these things this year.

Overall , I am happy with where I am at, ready to apply myself more and excited to see results.

How do you feel about your body?

Mentor me off sugar- 2 weeks in

I am now around 2 weeks into mentor me off sugar and I have a few observations. I read the literature, joined the Facebook group and have given it a shot. I personally didn’t follow the meal plan, as I don’t like having what I eat specified, but I can see it looks tasty and is so balanced you would only get better results from using it.

I really thought I was sugar aware, it turns out I was, but was using a lot of sweetener namely stevia in my day to day. Baked beans, but with stevia, coffee , with stevia, tomato sauce, with stevia, baking with stevia. Over the last few weeks I have stopped this. Well, actually there have been three minor diet coke incidences, and a chocolate incidence (sweetened again with stevia). Aside from these it has gone ok. I have eaten ,more bread than Laura recommends as it needed using up and I had an Australia Day blow out on crisps ( but I checked there was no sugar) which is far from ideal.

I have had some realisations. Giving up sugar really does reset what tastes sweet. After just one week I was tasting sweetness in things like green curry, chicken wings etc. I read people did and didn’t believe it, so tried some to see, and it surprised me. Coffee without stevia is fine, in fact most meals are fine as long as you are prepared. This has been key, dedicating some time to cooking a supply, and really eating from home is key to my success. So much food, even bread, when out and about has added sugar, even if its just in the sauces. I have found when I eat for nutrition there are no cravings. An ideal meal is protein, fat and veggies ( and carbs if you like) but I need to eat before I am ravenous or I want all the carbs and all the sugar. Luckily for me it seems I don’t suffer to much for emotional eating my junk food lust is mainly associated with unbalanced blood sugars.

Baring all of this in mind, I am so happy I took part of the program, I have learned heaps about myself and am only one third of the way through. I am also pleased with the way I am looking, I feel like I am loosing a bit which is always nice, and a great motivator. For the next four weeks I want to fully commit to the program and have no sugar, sweetener or fruit and to also only have wholegrains. I think this will bring fabulous results. Laura is pretty open about the fact you will slip up, and this makes me so relaxed about it, which is great as you feel no guilt and I almost observed with interest how my coke didn’t taste good, chocolate made me feel sick etc. so I am planning a slip up- it’s my birthday and I know a friend is making me a cake. I am allowing myself one slice, also I am going for a seafood lunch with hubs and I plan to have a glass of wine and some bread if it looks lovely and I fancy it… Otherwise I am dedicated. I think this is ok, the plan is all about putting good stuff in and being gentle, rather than being extreme and crazy diet like.

So what have I been eating… A typical day for me is

Breakfast- eggs, veggie slice, with sprouted spelt bread, or porridge or sweet potato granola on greek yogurt. Coffee.

Snack- handful almonds

Lunch- salad and something today I had a quinoa crust quiche which I made

Afternoon- coffee

Dinner- meat or fish and veg or salad.

Snack ( occasionally) natural yogurt with desiccated coconut sprinkled on.

Other things I have enjoyed are Laura’s almond meal crackers, roast pumpkin, veggie sticks and humous and lots of cinnamon. I drink sparkling mineral water with a lemon or lime wedge, water, coffee or occasionally a coconut water.

What I really like about this is, as long as I am prepped, it is easy. I don’t really think about food. My cravings have gone and I need less. I think the thing that makes the difference is that i am not having the sweet stuff rather than just subbing it out with sugar replacements, this may work for some but, for me it doesn’t stop cravings.

Where do I see myself long term? This may change and I will do a similar post in 4 weeks time. I would like to continue a diet based like this. Perhaps I will Include some berries once or twice a week. I would like to have 1 treat meal per week- whether this includes wine, eating out or dessert ( or indeed all of this) I am flexible and I know it’s nothing a good meal after wont fix In terms of long term cravings. I enjoy eating more from home, as the food doesn’t have sneaky sugar in it,and will continue to do this except for a treat meal. I hadn’t realised how much I ate out- all this money is treating myself to a monthly beauty box in place of it.., and going towards budget 2015!

have you given up sugar? Would you? Do you get cravings?

* I was given a place on this program in return for an honest review. All sugary slip ups, opinions and stevia addictions are my own!

Thoughts of late #3

I really enjoy these mish mash posts about thinks I like/ am thinking

1. The wheels are in motion for finding work/returning to work. Whilst there is no rush the idea of working again and also wearing nice clothes is so exciting!

2. I gave up sugar…. This was my first week and honestly it was easier than I thought. Using the mentoring scheme I have found it fairly easy. I didn’t stick to the food plan but used a lot of recipes. I had a couple of slips, which is to be expected, but these were in the form of a diet coke or meal out rather than sugar. So far I note that I don’t crave sugar, food or anything as much as I used to. Smaller portions satisfy me and I feel less hungry between meals. Also after a nap I used to be almost blind I was so dizzy until I had sugar…. No more! I am doing another 5 weeks and next week my goal is to get it 100% after the 5 weeks I will assess how I feel about sugar and what I want in my regular diary.

3. Millys toys have been having a picnic while she sleeps! My mum gave me this idea and if you set up an enticing scene, a few times a week, you get your coffee I peace whilst they play and destroy it!

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4. We have been so outdoors it has been fab…. Water park, beach, walks, river, garden. I am loving summer!

5. Jessica has written a fab post about decreasing food bills. Ideas I am taking include bulk buying cleaning produce and toiletries (including nappies etc for us), meal planning but with space for shopping local and frequently for meat and veg etc! Also a monthly store cupboard item delivery!! I am starting this month by recording what we actually use and eat!

6. Operation Kayla I have been doing the pre workouts ( to get ready for the 12 week challenge after having a baby) and am loving this. It fits my life so well!

7. I think I am finally getting towards the end of this round of life admin… Granted it’s a big few things left, sorting life insurance with new job roles etc, remortgaging flat, getting work done on flat, sorting job….. Buuuut I feel like we are getting there.

8. Milly is getting more independent and loving time with other family members. What’s a girl to do -NEW HAIR

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The first pic was post salon, second was post nap on second day. I love it and the beauty is it airdries with some product so I don’t even have to style it!

8. Loving reading blogs and watching youtube channels- note to self must comment more!

9. This week I have been putting myself out there, taking time to think and be creative and working on stuff…. I think it’s good for the soul.

10. After feeling quite run down spa tone sachets seem to be really helping… Anyone else have these?

11. Frozen lemon wedges in the freezer- used to pep up water instead of ice cubes

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12. quinoa and sweet potato fritters in mah belly

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13. I caved and signed back to beauty boxes. After using all the testers on my trip to the uk I caved!

14. I am still panning up to 7 items now just waiting for enough for the next post!

what are your thoughts lately?

What I ate Wednesday and Weigh in

Well after a whistlestop week and quite a few over indulgences there were nerves surrounding this weeks weigh in. Although I have stuck to points and exercised the quality of the food may not be as good as you could have wished for. Still a week with friends is worth it.

I have decided to join the What I ate Wednesday which is hosted by peas and crayons.

I feel that a weekly check in of what I am eating should hopefully help me to keep tabs on keeping the diet balanced and will provide a reference of what I am eating whilst loosing. As of next week I will take more pictures but for now on todays menu…

A skinny cappuccino and ham and cheese toastie ( I was running late!)- 9 pro points

A tuna sushi roll set with 5 pieces of tuna sushi ( 5 PP), salad and dressing ( 1 PP), edamame ( 2 PP) and miso ( 1 PP).

Snacks- apple and a freddo 1PP

Dinner – veg and lentil soup and toast 10 PP and stewed plums.

which takes me to a grand total of 29 pro points for the day. I also went to hash club after a quick weigh in and did about 1 hour of moderate exercise for which I earned 6 Pro points.

I am also trying to tick off a few things each day so I remain focused on health and not weight loss ( as long as we ignore the week long party which was last week).

Today has included protein ( cheese, ham, tuna and lentils), veg ( salad, veg soup, lentils), dairy ( cheese and cappu), plenty of water to drink and 2 serves of fruit… so not perfect but not terrible either!

Results of the weigh in have been posted on the tab but for a quick peak the result was…..0.1kg loss, so not fab but given a week of fun and the totm it’s ok.

Happy hump day

Holly

wednesday weigh in

Today is a happy day after a week of counting points like a crazy woman I am happy to report I am down 2.5kg. I have also added a weightloss tab to track this. I have to report week one has not been hard, I have rarely needed all my points and that has included a 3 course meal out and wine. This week I have a friend staying and am now off work until tuesday so it may be a little more of a challenge. For now though I am just super happy and dreaming of all the clothes I shall buy once my goal is met!