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Gluten Free..

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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..

 

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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 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.

 

Welcome to Wednesday, and the week that was..

Wow what a week, as we all know I am not a great fan of scales there are so many things wrong with them, but this week I went and brought me a cheap $10 set. They are just as good as any. Stand on and weigh sounds good to me, now you’re probably wondering why am I am using scales.

For  19 months I have been on this weight loss journey and I feel I have come to a standstill. I know that my weight has gone up I feel it in my trousers. I need not motivation but a way of keeping me on track.

So once a week for a while any way I will weigh myself.

Also I am using Myfitnesspal to track my food, I am not using anything else in there but for tracking. You can easily get caught up in that site. But is a quick way to keep track I am not putting the exercise in as I know the amount of calories to my works outs is right.

I have now got a friend of mine using the site also for tracking.

My son has been sick this last week. I have been really tired and not eaten well at all I have even succumbed to drinking coke to keep me awake. When you have a child with special needs and sick you don’t tend to sleep much. So this is where “bad” foods are required. If I had more support around me life would be bit easier. But I cannot always do that.

Well I have been having a lot of smoothies,  using blackberries, raspberries, strawberries from the garden.

Zucchini’s are abundant also at the moment, and made some tomato relish, onion from was from my father’s garden.

http://gegeblog.com/top-10-worst-processed-food-you-should-never-eat/3/  here is a website to check out.

Gym.. please look at this link, it show good etiquette for the gym. We all go to the gym and there are people out there that are just well rude, leaving stuff around, no patience waiting for machines and equipment etc, so please have a look at this link so we all can improve to enjoy our gym time.

http://www.dangerouslyhardcore.com/3951/the-dh-guide-to-gym-etiquette/

 

A high-risk waist circumference is:

A man with waist measurement over 40 inches (102 cm).

A woman with waist measurement over 35 inches (88 cm).

 

Here is a link on how to measure your waist properly, http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.3876195/

All these years I have been doing the BMI way but they now believe this is a much healthy way this shows that if you are over the cm you are in risk of heart disease and other diseases. Being in this cm area you will have lower stored fat and so healthier for you. Please go get a tape measure, watch the video.

I will let you all know I am at 93cm If I was male I would be fine but I am female so I still have 5cm to go.  This to me seems more realistic. The BMI has me at 5’9 being between 56-71kg. I am currently 92kg I know my body well and I know that when I get down to 80kg which I was quite a few years ago on one of my not so good   stints I look unhealthy. So I am going to go by the measuring and get between 80-85kg. If I can be in that range and have a 88cm tummy then I know I am healthy. Taking into consideration I do a lot of strength training also.

Talking about strength training, my wonderful personal trainer has found a great system to encourage strength training. I am now bench pressing wide grip 26kg and close grip 21kg next week I will go up again. Aim is 50kg. I am now doing 10kg pec fly first time yesterday. So I am back going forward at a nice rate.

I do have Tough Guy Gal again this year there is a wall you have to walk along, I am now working on combating my vertigo. Last year a man held my hand I hoping to do it myself. I take the kids to gym. There I have walked up a bench on an angle got half way up and walked backwards a couple of times, I stood up on the beam but could not move, I was at the park the other day and have wooden logs for fencing and my daughter and I were walking a long it. It was only about 2 feet off the ground but fact I was able to walk along it was good.

Well that is me for another week. Please have a look at the links.

 

Meal Planner Better Late Than Never

Lemon Pepper Chicken, http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Ginas-Lemon-Pepper-Chicken/Detail.aspx

Chicken Nuggets http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Herbed-Chicken-Nuggets/Detail.aspx

This is your way of having something that most people love but in a healthier way you could make your own oven chips out of potato or kumura ( sweet potatoes). Make a nice salad  to go with.

Kebabs are a great way to get vegetables into you. also kids love to help you make them. http://www.pork.co.nz/RecipesTips/RecipesSearchResults/Recipes/tabid/69/cutID/0/methodID/0/recipeID/136/recipeTypeID/0/RecipeSearch/kebabs/Default.aspx

This week I have put in a soup recipe for you all. I got inspired by a friend of mine who had a Moroccan soup and said it was nice so I found this one which is similar http://www.areaderz.com/7-refreshing-summer-soups-recipes-moroccan-vegetable-soup/

Now that for most the weather is getting cold there is nothing like hearty stew. Try and get other vegetables into stews also or have some on the side. http://www.recipes.co.nz/spanish-beef-and-potato-stew?pid=f7d9d9fb-3ac5-4c6b-85b8-e25b4a36da18

Pork goes so well with apple this is one of the few foods I am happy to put meat with fruit with. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/applesauce-pork-chops/detail.aspx

 

Last meal is my off night meal this week is nachos. you will notice that once a week there will be something in the weekly planner that is not what “dieters” would recommend. But for me once a week I have a meal that is not as  healthy, but in saying that most of the time it will be a meal that I still add veges etc to it. If I want to of course.

Putting fruit with vitamin C with meat is great, your body is able to absorb the iron much better, Iron requires vitamin C to work efficiently. If you are like me and think fruit is for snacks and pudding etc, then try eating something after you have eaten your meal to try to get that iron absorbing.

Meal Planner,

Hi all, well what a busy week it has been, my children had Home and Country show in the weekend so we had lots of activities to prepare. It has been an emotional week, with things happening in my life, I have been reading other people’s comments on different pages saying they are having a bad week, not eating well, not going to the gym, having real emotional time. I am putting it to the change of seasons, daylight saving and then of course anything in their lives that are assisting to what is in the air.

I have had a real emotional time to the point I have not been doing my food journal, I have lost my mojo, I am sure I will find it again. As I know I have done in the past we all go through imbalances. We all go emotional moments that throw us out, for we are only human and we all take on life in our own way. We are all special to our own unique way in how we handle life, some people get stressed and eat, (that is me) some people get stressed and can go and relax, paint, go for walks, work through what is happening. But what happens when you are stressed but all you can see is that life is great, that there isn’t at this point in time anything that should be stressing you, or making you feel really unbalanced in life. This is really hard position to be in cause there is not one specific thing that you can see that you can fix. Now I am sure there are ways that councilors or psychologist can tell you why you are feeling like this. But I am not one to go and pour my heart out to some stranger. I for I just have to keep going, and every day gets better than the one before and before I know it I am back to where I was.  I can see tonight things that are triggering my unbalancing when you find them you can learn to move forward.

Well I have cooked meals last week but have been slack in doing the photos.  Here is this weeks meal planner,  hope you try one of them. I am looking forward to doing the spinach cannelloni. I am using spinach from out of my garden. Remember if I put something up look and see if you can make it healthier, that is your challenge do you need that butter or oil it asks for, can you add more vegetables what about salt can you replace with herbs for more flavour.

Enjoy your food appreciate what it is doing for you.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Stuffed-Peppers-4/Detail.aspx

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pasta-recipes/awesome-spinach-ricotta-cannelloni

http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000001063311,00.html chicken cacciatore

http://lowfatcooking.about.com/od/meatdishes/r/beeffajitas1104.htm

http://www.pork.co.nz/Recipes/RecipeBook/RecipePage/tabid/69/cutID/0/methodID/0/recipeID/23/recipeTypeID/0/Default.aspx  Apple and Pork chop bake.

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/25739/mexican+salad

and don’t forget a nice bowl of your favourite Vegetable or other kind of soup that you like.

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