So I have been a little bit slack on the blogging front since my first post a few weeks ago. Life has been hectic!!
I am still in the process of getting together everything I will need for the journey that is to come and I feel like I’ve done really really well on the food front. I bought 2 of Michelle Bridge’s recipe books which have been fantastic (even the hubby is loving the food) and I’ve used those for lunch and dinner everyday. Breakfast is still a pain because I’m lactose intolerant (and hate soy milk with cereal or by itself) so that rules out anything with cereal or yoghurt. I am starting to like soy yoghurt though so hopefully I can stick with that and a piece of soy/linseed toast every morning.
The first weeks warm up challenge was ‘make one small change’ so I cut out all takeaway, sweets, soft drink & juice which I have stuck to, drinking only water and green tea (with 1 soy latte on a Saturday morning only!). I must say that I have been feeling better just from doing that and although I hated green tea at the start, I now have about 10 flavours in my drawer at work and love my tea ritual.
The second week was ‘halve your non-water drink intake’. Well, because I had already changed that in the first week, this was where I started eating only Mish approved meals. I lost 3 kgs just in that week which was nice because I was never hungry and the meals which I chose were delish and simple to make (and the leftovers were perfect for lunch).
Week 3 (this past week) is where the problems began (ie I got overwhelmed and fell off the wagon). The challenge was ‘walk, swim, cycle, row or run 30kms this week’. Now for somebody who does virtually nothing, I was open-mouthed going ‘how is this possible??’ Thankfully, I have sensible friends who quickly worked out that it’s only just over 4kms per day, which off course is totally achievable. I set out with gusto on Monday and Tuesday, going for a 3km walk with the dogs and another 1km on the treadmill and was thinking ‘this will be a breeze’ and being so proud of myself.
On Wednesday I hit an emotionally roadblock when I was told that my cousin had passed away. I spent Wednesday night upset on the couch and ate a picnic bar (not my finest moment). The only shining light was that at least I had the sense to stop at one. Previously I would have thought ‘well I’ve already ruined my diet, might as well have a full blown pigout!’. The rest of the week I was trying to think JFDI but I just wanted to sleep as soon as I got home and not think about my cousin. The funeral was on Friday and I managed to eat really healthily on the day. I took my own healthy muffins so that I could snack on those at the wake instead of on the scones, caramel slice, deep fried food and unhealthy sandwiches (which looked amazing!). On the food side I am really proud of myself this week given the circumstances (and we’ll just forget about the picnic bar!)
I have also found that because I have been really good with the food, even the slightest bit of oily food actually makes my stomach quite upset so that is even more motivation to not go near it! My hubby has been really supportive, until yesterday when he came home with a bottle of coke and 2 bags of chips. Of course he offered me some, and I didn’t even hesitate in turning them down. Today he is feeling guilty (although he doesn’t need to lose weight) and I am taking my refusal to cave in as a small victory for myself.
This week I will be accomplishing the 30km on top of whatever Mish throws at us this week (unless it’s an extra 40km haha). I cannot wait until the 22nd of this month when pre-season officially starts and the game is really on!! I am hoping that because of my start with the food that I will be in good stead to have a successful round, that way I can focus on the exercise which has always been my downfall. I am trying to look at the positives and not punish myself for little mistakes that I make, or using them as an excuse to just throw the whole week in. Although we have a treadmill and weights at home, I am also looking at investing in a spin bike, and maybe some boxing gear down the road. If I have some variety at home, I feel like at least I will feel like doing one of them if I don’t feel like walking or jogging (my current jogging is a normal person’s walking anyway).
Sorry that this time has been a bit of an essay. I am still positive that we can all JFDI, as long as we stick to the plan (or as close to it as possible). Nobody will have a ‘perfect’ round but as long as we get straight back up, we will at least be better off than when we started. By the end of this week I will be under 120kg for the first time in a few years and that makes it worthwhile. I have also set out some mini goals for myself, with non-food rewards at each one. I will post those within the next few days.
Best of luck to you all in your journey this week and don’t forget to make your life worth watching. xoxo