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I love cheese on toast, I used to eat it nearly every day,, well actually cheese melt, cook toast. smother with butter and add cheese and microwave, I love the feel and taste of the melted butter with the gooeyness of the cheese.

Well I had some yesterday and within a couple of hours my tummy bloated so much my trousers were really tight and I looked like I wanted to give birth to twins..

Because I have always eaten it I have never noticed that most the weight I had on me was cause I was bloated. Now that I am in tune with my body and I can see what affects me.

I also have not had cheese in a while and my flauctuants has  been fine, I eat dairy, and I think I can give dairy a miss also esp. cheese.

I often talk about being in tune with your body it is so important to listen to what your body is telling you when it comes to food.

 

So that is the end of my love of cheese on toast, I really didn’t like the way I felt afterwards. during was fine.. mmmm… but the aftermath lasts way longer..

 

Sugar, Gluten and Milk and How it Effects Me

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I have not been around much lately, I have had a lot of things going on. I am recovering from a shoulder injury from my car accident.  I have given up the gym and I was working out at home. That went good for a while but that has fallen flat also. I have eaten gluten, sugar and all other things I shouldn’t really.. and man did my shoulder injury get worse and my hip also.. thought I was going to have to get a walking cane.  So reality kicked in a week ago that I can not keep going like this. So I have made a change, I have cut out gluten, sugar, and I have continued with the almond milk..and what a difference it has made I still get sore with the cold weather, but the pain has gone from a 9 to a 1-2 which I can live with. I found a wonderful website that was a Dr in a hospital that got sick of top drs saying you can only treat with medication for pain. The dr I read thought outside the box and found certain foods can affect you. So I have cut them out some I should have not been having cause I already knew they effected me.

Amazing how foods can effect  your body!!!!!!!!

I had a cheap pair of scales just a stand on pair.. cost $10nzd well not worth it. I got a better set.. Now I am not one for scales.. but for seen I am not going to the gym I am needing to make sure I don’t go back up. I have put way to much work into my life for me to go backwards. I am also on MyFitnessPal again. If I was going to the gym I would not be needing these in place as I would be killing off calories and plenty of them. But it is all food for me at the moment.

I have a busy life and it has got even busier with my children doing activities after their learning. My daughter does drumming, fencing and St John. My son does cubs and has special needs. So life is full on and with me home educating them also. Life is just go go go at the moment.

I am sure when summer rolls around we will get back in to walking and hiking in the bush we love doing that. But for now with winter, the coldness is hurting my joints. I am 36 years old and I feel 100 at times.. But on nice warm days we get out and about and I feel great.. 🙂 

I have made lots of soup being winter freezer is full which is great. Love a nice warm soup on a cold day to warm me up. I have stepped outside the square and have tried new recipes. I have got a couple of Rachael Ray recipes from her cook book I got out of the library. I crockpot on off the internet. So far flavours have been good. I have tomato, onion, minestrone (w/o pasta). mushroom and vegetable, vegetable crockpot, and vegetable that has fennel in it. Never had fennel before so be interesting… crockpot had cabbage in it never had cabbage in soup before either. I am surprising myself on the combinations and that I am actually liking things.

I have also learnt to do my poached eggs in the fry pan, they are not sticking like in the saucepan way easier and yummy.

Tough Guy Girl rolled around again, I was pleased I was injured looks like plenty of people got out there and did it. Even though it was one of the coldest days of the year where we had major cold front come over us and a bitter southerly I could not get warm at all so was pleased that I was not doing it. I hope to get back into things and see how I go next year. But it all comes down to my shoulder and what is happening with that. As I know there is a rope       hill climb and not sure how well my shoulder will cope.. I do have a year.

I am off to the specialist for my shoulder on the 10th of July. So I will see what he says.

I will come in now and then and write-up where I am at I was hoping to do a weekly Wednesday each Wednesday. I will see how time goes. By time we do schooling etc, and sons cubs. Time is getting short for the things I want to be doing. 🙂 Happy Healthy lifestyle folks

Weekly Wednesday.. Postponed One Week,

Due to a car accident Weekly Wednesday has to wait till next week where I will do my original post and then an up date of what’s been going on..

 

So see you all on Wednesday..

Weekly Wednesday And The Week That Was.

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Hi all… Hope you all survived Easter, I had a friend come and stay the weekend and because she is from Denmark I went all out to show her around and to give her good Kiwi food. We did two trips out and about, and ate lots. But my scales were kind to me. My body copes well with junk food, as I seem to have my body burning calories lots and staying active whilst I was eating poorly all helped.

Well as you all know that I don’t believe in diets as such, but a healthy eating regime that is going to last a life time, I am always fine tuning and always giving my body a chance, I am a bit like my own personal guinea pig at times. Things that are working for me at the moment are,

  • Gluten Free 
  • Clean Eating
  • Working out 

One thing I have realised is that I have actually cut back my routine at the gym, so I am burning fewer calories. Ever since Richard left I have got a bit slack.

I really needed a boot up the bum, I also saw photos of me in the weekend that my friend took and I thought I looked fat in them. My friend said how great I am looking, I also had ‘a friend’s son

ask me what my sisters name is and he was talking about my 11-year-old daughter. So I must be doing something right.

A friend I work out with at the gym told me about Chris Powell. http://chrispowell.com/  There are so many websites out there, Chris has an amazing story behind how he got to where he is today. I looked at the website watched Dr Oz. and I am now reading his book. Wow what an awesome man he is. The book gets you to look at yourself in such a different light. It is a refreshing read. I am going to take my gluten-free and clean eating life style and apply some of his techniques. My body has plateaued and I have tried all sorts but not this way. Carb cycling but difference is his life style is for every it isn’t a start and end like most diets that are out there. But a life long lifestyle.

I have had more energy since starting it and I don’t peak with energy like I was. I am exercising first thing in morning and in afternoon. I am upping my work outs again, and I have a great mental state over my body now I feel like I have opened a new chapter to my book of life. I feel like I have been on holiday and came back but all refreshed.

3 months till Tough Guy/Gal so I want to get fit for that also. So 3 months is my Goal I have been feeling quite lost of late, but have found my mojo again.

 

Any way I didn’t way in last week I forgot but I weighed after Easter and no damage.

 

Hope you all have a great week and remember Keep It Simple.. 🙂

 

Weekly Wednesday, The Week That Was.

Hi all, sorry for the delayed post, has been a hectic week with Easter just around the corner it has come to me fast.

Once again Richard has sent me a weekly task today Mon, Wed, Fri but not there Friday. I did Mon, Wed, both full body work outs. I have also done another task from the wall which got me doing bur-pees I am not a great fan of burpees but I did them. Always important to push past your I don’t likes and this is too hard. The other thing I have started this week is Chris Powell’s plan of eating. My body has being stable now since just before Christmas and I need to shake it up a bit. So I am hoping this will work. But it is also Easter so I will start properly on it next week. I have done a few days this week to get it into practice.

Right Scales, my take on them,

Scales, Measurements, clothing,

As humans we do like our numbers, I see so many people say I have not lost or I have put on but i am doing all the right things, firstly have you plateaued. People weighing themselves every day, the scales can fluctuate from having a glass of water or even not going to the toilet. Scales should be used sparingly, When you first start to diet when you are not going to the gym and using weights, scales are good at the start to find your starting weight, Some people say weekly, some say fortnightly and some say once a month.

Now here is what I have found out over the last 2 years. Well probably more than that as I already know about scales but this next bit has been as eye opener. Oh and I am still learning.

There is a pattern; I am going to show you the process most of us go through.

When we first start the process of losing weight, we go ooh I need scales. We have already said to ourselves oh our clothes are tight we must do something. If our clothes are tight why do we insist on scales and not our clothing?

So you have started to lose weight you have jumped on the scales it tells you x amount. You have been eating well and the scales are moving nicely. Then they start to slow down. You think ooh I need to do something else you jazz up your eating, and also think maybe I should start to exercise. Now at this stage this would be a good time to get rid of the scales well for a while any way and this is why. When you start to exercise and do strength training you are going to tone. Your scales do not tell you that you are decreasing fat and you are making your muscles stronger and denser so thus making them heavier, but what it does do is decrease measurements and that is a good thing.  This is where so many people get frustrated with the scales. I threw mine out, you don’t have to go that far, but change your idea, think of it bit like a video game and having levels. First scales where you are working on your eating, now you have good eating and you are now working out, so now you go to the tape measure as this is going to give you a much better reading. But also when you are going through this faze that you will tone up in areas that you are not measuring, Neck, arm, chest, tummy, hip/butt thigh and you can do calf but I did not worry about that as I know it will go bigger before getting smaller.

But I also noticed that my face, fat around elbows, behind the knees, and a few other places that we don’t measure changing, The idea is to get in tuned with your body get to know all the parts that belong to you so that can see the changes. This level will happen for a while, but during this time you will have all sorts happen, and give your body time to catch up. You will be putting your body through stressors that it has not encountered for a while or never before. I was on this level for about a year; I am taking this process very slowly, losing about a kilo a month. It has taken me 34.5 years to make me the way I am physically and mentally this way so I want to make sure I am learning to change me in a good way.  I am coming up 37, and I am still learning new things about my body what is good for it, trying new ideas.

Eventually your body will come to a slow pace with the measurements, this means you are getting close to your goal weight, you will also know this cause you have probably gone through a few different sizes for clothing. This will be a good indicator that you will be close to your goal weight.

I have two thoughts on this next stage as I am on just going through the process now and it will come down to what you perceive as the right track to take.

First because you have got to the size clothing that you wanted do you really need to bring in the scales? When you have gotten to the size clothing that should be enough now you’re in tuned with your body you might see it that you may want to go down another dress size. Then keep eating healthy, keep going to the gym keep jazzing up your workouts every 4-6 weeks keeping your body waking up and not getting used to the same routine and you will eventually get to the next dress size.

Or are you wanting to lose to a specific number, this is where you bring back the scales, you want to know, but please once a week at a minimum, once a month would be better as the last 5kg are the hardest to lose and can be very frustrating, but as long as you are continuing your body will get there, if you have lost 20kg + your body wants to get to know itself in this new way let it. Take time out every now and then to reassess where you are at, giving your body time is a good thing. But see where your path is leading you.

 

Weekly Wednesday And The Week That Was.

Well this week has been a very quiet week in the way of healthy eating, fitness, etc.

I would like to say I have now lost 20kg on Friday I did weighed in and low and be hold the needle was sitting on 88kg that made me very happy.

I have been under some stress this week, my eating has been not very good at all, I do feel that my 20kg lost is creeping back up. I did not go for a hike on Sunday, but I did go to the cultural festival on Saturday where I walked a lot. I did not go to the gym on Monday but went on Tuesday, where I did a good full body work out and I have found a tread mill work out which each day is quite long but I am breaking them down. When I go into school holidays I will go twice a day and will do the treadmill routine in the morning full and then normal work out in the afternoon. But time restraints mean I must have good time management in the gym. 

Richard gives us challengers, I am pleased to say I have done this week and that was to do two routines off the wall. Which I have done.

The challenge from last week is still work in progress due to my shoulder still plays up now and then and the challenge was to do 50 push ups, very frustrating to think I could do quite a few push ups fully and I am down to doing them on my knees I can do 30 with very straight back and my arms going 90 degrees. when I get to 50 I am going to go back to full ones and start again. I want to get to 50 full.

The treadmill I am doing has a task each day, I am running 2 mins at 9.5km and then 2 mins at 6km. feels good to be running at 9.5km as I used to have to run at 8km and I was puffed. My fitness has definitely gone up another level for certain things. I know I have a long way to go but every day I go is another step forward.

I have also been told that I am an inspiration again. I have been asked information on how to do weights, I have shown one person that there are treadmill work outs etc on the net so she can up her treadmill works and spice it up about. I have encouraged good healthy eating with others. I am becoming a turn to person for seen I am not going through a company but making this a full journey for life and seen I seem to have found a good formula as I have been doing this for years that works for me other are wanting guidance, I never thought I would be guiding others. I have looked into doing a course as a personal trainer but I have to go into course, or be working and get it that way I was hoping that I could do course work and do it at the gym I go to but will look more into this further down the track.

well this is the week that was. Keep it simple and let the world know your alive by bracing all opportunities that come along.

 

 

 

 

Weekly Wednesday And The Week That Was.

IMG_1031 IMG_1029Thursday saw us go and do the Tawa track, didn’t realise the walk down to the slip was extra so we have been dong 5km so today was Tawa track only which is 4.2km. As we were coming out two bus load of children came a long great to see so many people using the track, we had it to ourselves before they came.

Woo Hoo go me. I have achieved a goal. I am now in the 80kg range. Friday is weigh in day, was great to see the needle on the left of the 90kg. My Next goal is 20kg loss, so I have 4.4 go to.

Sunday saw us going for a bush walk, we did the Gorge track for the first time ever, just over 10km as we took in all the look outs.  My 11 year old daughter came with me.  We took 3.5 hours was really nice day we saw mount Ruapehu.

I really encourage you all when the weather is fine to look up walking tracks. Please remember bush safety. http://www.mountainsafety.org.nz    http://www.topomap.co.nz/    Here are websites for New Zealand. Please look for your country. 

Walking is a great way to get fit, and we all do walking around the roads, whether a day out shopping, walking the dog etc,  and often forget about the lovely walk ways that different groups for New Zealand it is conservation,  tramping clubs that look after paths and huts. They are just waiting for you to discover them.

They say that you plateau with food where your body does not change, where you keep going and going and nothing is changing. I have found that it also happens with working out. I was stuck in a rut doing lots and felt like I wasn’t going any where then all of a sudden everything has just become more easier.. (shhh don’t tell Richard). Just keep going if you find your not moving your struggling and getting frustrated jazz it up a bit hit that boxing back a bit harder walk an extra km/mile. I have found doing these big walks have really pushed me past my sluggishness. So please never give up.. keep going.. your worth it…

Today(Wednesday) I graduated from UCOL I did NZIM Management Certificate. I did a Graduation way in. 88.5kg 19.5kg. I will put photo up of what I wore. I wore this dress last year out to a nice dinner thought I looked great.. bahaha. more fool me.. Today I looked great the dress hung how it is supposed too.

I have finally realised that I am skinny I still have some to go but I am getting skinny. Has taken me a long time to realise this. I have had to over come many life long issues to get where I am today. But it is totally worth it. Today I was working out and today I felt like a fit skinny person. I have always wondered what it was like to be like the people on work out DVD’s. I have been hearing comments of how great I am doing and how I am an inspiration I am to people. I feel so humble to be and inspiration. I never dreamed in my life that I would be an inspiration to people. I am just me doing my weight loss my way and sharing my life with you all. I am pleased my life is helping others to improve theirs. Here are

some photos of me, gorge track, graduation.

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Weekly Wednesday And The Week That Was.

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Well what a week,

Thursday was a bit of a lazy day, after dance class the night before, I got really tired, I did go to gym but I sat on the bike having a good chat with Richard.

Friday on the other hand oh my that was a work out and a half, boxing,  did the best work out really pushed myself was great.

I would like to say I have now lost 18kg..

Mini Goals:

Now I am down to my last 5kg I have introduced the scales, I am also breaking it down.

This is really important for achieving your goals, are your mini goals. I have been setting  daily goals or tasks ( call them what you will). It might be cut something out like butter, or to drink ex amount a day. I have reintroduced 30mins of gardening and house cleaning a day. Not only will this goal get my house and garden in order but will also help in my weight loss. There are many parts to me achieving weight loss the other side is where I break down the last 5kg, I am currently 90kg,

So my goals are:

  • To get into the 80kg range,
  • To loose 20kg
  • To get to 85kg

As you can see I am nearly at the 80kg range with will then in turn get me 1kg away from losing 20kg, which will get me to only needing to lose 3kg to get to my 85kg. It is easier to find little goals for these will work up to the bigger goal.

On Friday evening I went to a gathering to say good bye to Richard (personal trainer), and “oh my” because I was not in work out gear I was getting compliments, it was really nice. Has taken me a long time to accept compliments now that I am in a good space I know I can accept them because I know how hard I have worked to get here. Learn to accept compliments it is all part of losing weight and man does it make you feel good.

I have tried many times to do stir fry vegetables but they just don’t work out. So I have decided to stick to what I am good at steaming and boiling. Always good to learn new things but don’t get disheartened if you find it is you’re your thing.

I had white bread, I was craving the old ways, well white bread butter and melted cheese really badly so I ate white bread.. oh how yummy it tasted.. oh how much it has affected me.  Hit depression today over thinking. How gluten affects me really quickly it is horrible. Today being Monday has been a write off for me. So hard to concentrate I went and had a sleep for an hour and I couldn’t I just lay there my mind was in over drive. Why do I keep doing this to myself it is horrible. It is like poison to my body.  We are all human and we all have days. I treat these days as reminders of how far I have come. How much I have learnt about my body. What is good for it and what is harmful.

Well 2 work outs so far and man what a great bunch of people I work out with, we are all supporting each other and making sure each one is ok.  I have done boxing, weights, and today did a various workout. I have also been doing running and walking and biking. I have been going hard out this week, I need to keep motivated.

We went and did Tawa track again on Sunday we are enjoying that track. I hope to get out to Pohongina this weekend to do the beehive track. Been wanting to do it for ages.

Dancing tonight I am sure the new dance will come back to me.. fingers crossed.

Well that was the week that was, what goal are you going to set yourself.

Weekly Wednesday And The Week That Was

Well what a week,

Thursday saw us going for a hike, first part was up, paths and steps but what a view, Manawatu Gorge had a MASSIVE slip, and they have now done a loop track, so the children and I went with other homeschoolers and did this. I can now say yes I am a lot fitter but I still don’t like hills. I struggled at the start, but the rest was easy.  Oh the hike was nearly 2 hours. We would like to eventually do the full gorge walk.. will be good.

There were great views.  See photos.

So we have been upping the boxing of late, am loving it I would suggest anybody that goes to the gym find a boxing class..

I volunteer on a couple of committees,  Sunday just been we were at a family day, but on Friday I spent a lot of time on my feet making 100 mini gingerbread to put on our stall.. So Friday night I was shattered.

I have been working out hard this week last week with PT here, So next week will prove a few challenges for me but I will take each one as it comes.

Well had dance class tonight we learning new routine, hip hop this time was a lot of fun.

This morning I was feeling fat, I never tried my black trousers at the fist of this month so I tried again. Well I put them on and hardly had to suck my tummy in to do them up. Was a great achievement so I am going to keep trying to be able to wear them out and about.  So I now have revisited and spruced up my goal.

My food eating has not been that great and I have to start eating a variety of food I getting stuck into same routine and not that good of a one.  Variety is spice of life they say.

My routine at gym today was,  boxing, am really enjoying it worked out with another lady today, we held the bag for each other, ended up 500 punches doing about 4 or 5 different kinds of punches, and did 200 kicks am getting a lot fitter for it but we stand still no bouncing around.

This week also the reintroduction of the 20 minute challenge.  Oh dear I was 15cal short on the bike.. I you do various things like scissor jumps with weight, step ups, crunches, push ups etc, and then you do 100cals on the bike.. 20min came and went.. I hope to keep it part of my routine as we have not done it for a while and I did do it near the 19min mark. I will keep trying, I putting it down to end of the day, tired, not fuelling myself right.

Please folk make sure you fuel your body for your work outs. I have been slack with food and it has been affecting my work outs. I cannot stress enough about fuelling your body correctly to get the most out of your work outs.

Goals this year are:

  • To wear my black trousers in June I have a family gathering to go to.
  • Chest press 50kg

 

I am sure I will find other goals as I go along.

Well that was the week that was.  Keep it simple folks and see you next week. p.s follow me on twitter, I am going to start writing what I am doing at the gym. I am hoping this will keep me going if

Looking up at the steps.

Looking up at the steps. they go off to the left at the top. 

I am logging.. 🙂

There is a car or a truck down below there

There is a  truck down below there

At the bottom of the hundred steps

At the bottom of the hundred steps where the slip is. 

Weekly Wednesday and The Week That Was

Well what a week, but I have survived another one.

This week I had a blow, my Personal Trainer is moving out-of-town he is still keeping his business but to have his company move forward he needs to keep to his plan.. 19 months I have been with him, I have learned so much from him as he has from me.  I will continue my work outs I have come way too far for them to stop. So that was a bit for me to take in. I am not really one for change but I am slowly improving.

Well I am still chest pressing 26kg but I have gone up in weights for other exercises.  I did one extraordinary thing week I ran to the gym, I was kid-less so now when i am child free I am going to jog to the gym. Asked me two years ago if I would ever run to a gym I would have laughed. Now I can’t believe it I am doing it.

On the note for improving, something happened this week which tested me a bit. But I came out looking at the positives. I have found that I am seeing things really differently and for the better. Being gluten-free and getting rid of the brain fog, and doing a business certificate has helped me immensely. Working out has also improved my confidence.

I am not the weakling that I was in so many ways.

I was at a meeting for an organisation that my daughter is part off and I got talking to one of the leaders there and she mentioned an over something dance class.. Well I went, I stepped outside my comfort zone and I went. They have been learning a dance for the last 3 weeks and I went along tonight and I learned it tonight and kept up with them it was great. Afterwards the teacher asked if I had ever danced before because I did so well. Only dancing I do was with the kids when they were younger and in the nightclubs. So I will be going back LOVED IT. They do dances on stage at end of year with all the ballet, tap, modern, etc for the Christmas show they are also looking at getting this group out in the community more. I need more ways to build my self-esteem and confidence.

As the saying goes as one door closes another one opens. I was walking Tuesday and Thursday but due to my daughter being part of St John (recommend all kids go and join their local group if you have one), my walking had to stop. I did not want to go looking for something to replace I wanted what life had to throw at me next. Well, turns out one of the leaders from St John go to the dance group and she is the one that told me about it that she goes. So you just never know where your next hobby will come from.

Well my vegetable garden is in full swing. I am getting loads of blackberries and strawberries, tomatoes are ripening up nicely. I will be making soup in next few days. zucchini are still coming thick and fast and this year I have managed to get 3 cucumbers from my plant, I am still getting stuff of my dad also to help supplement my garden. So now we have beans to add to the mixture, so just waiting for things to grow.

So nice being able to go out to the garden and pick fresh produce the way Mother Nature intended it.

Cooking tip for the week.. wet a paper towel, take a few layers off corn cob and chop base. Wrap paper towel around and cook for 3 minutes delicious.

Well see you all next week, wonder what this week will bring.

 

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