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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.

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.

 

Wednesday Post It

Hi to one and all, I have been missing in action, I have been really lost of late, I am sure we all get like that at times. For 3 years I have studied, for 5 years I have worked with my son, I have done a lot of researching I have been busy and full on for such a long time and lots have come to an end. No more study, I have things in place for my son, I have good plans in place for the running of he house. I have balance. But I felt lost, I have come to peace that life does not have to be full on. I am allowed to rest take nana naps and all be ok. I am still the same size I was this time last year, and I have gone back to using myfitnesspal.  http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ very easy way to log food and keep track. I can see how far I have come in knowing the importance of writing your food all food every morsel that goes into you is written down.

I am looking forward to Tough Guy Girl again that is in June, I am now bench pressing 26kg, my shoulder is better and I am aiming for 50kg, I have clocked out the bike at the gym, I did 100mins 135ocals 33 km.. was stoked, as I have been feeling bit blah and only been managing grade 5 on the bike and somehow from some where I pulled that out of the bag.. I am back .. full force like a steam roller, feel great to find that spark,

We all have time in our lives where we wonder what we are doing, it is good to rest reflect and refocus on who we are and what we are doing, we can get so caught up in life and it passes you by before we even realise. This has been to true for me of late.

The age-old go and smell some flowers, go for a walk, kick ball with the kids or read them a story, make a picnic and go find a field.. these moments in life are really important,

The children and I went for a walk to get an ice cream, we set out and 11km later we found a shop we walked long the river walk way across town. We were all tired at the end, but I have made a memory, go forth and start making memories.

Oh by the way my vegetable garden is producing well again this year, and list is longer than it was last year,  Have you started your garden yet and hows it going??

 

Where Have I Been and Christmas Is Coming

Sorry I have been missing over the last few weeks, life has been a bit hectic and I just needed time out from well LIVE..

I have been feeling blah because I have spent the last year and a half getting fit losing weight and learning to eat clean but I still felt fat and bloated. I decided to try going gluten-free and see if that made a difference. WOW.. what a change my tummy is not looking like I am about to give birth. My head has stopped. When I went on anti depressant last year for a few months it stopped all the noise going on in my head. Well the same thing happened when I went gluten-free. I also have a lot more energy.

One thing I did do was have a take away here in town and found my throat felt like it was closing on me and I felt like I was hung over the next day. It really showed me how clean my body has got.

SO where to next. I am going to continue this gluten-free diet as it is making me feel great.

I wont be continuing my weekly  meal planners but I will continue to put photos up of food I have tried and websites to where I have found information.

Now I have found a couple of Facebook pages I have found them great so will share them here.  https://www.facebook.com/JustEatingRealFood

https://www.facebook.com/NZGlutenFreeChef?fref=ts

I have been getting great advice and ideas from them.

I have gone back to working out once a day it is all about finding the balance in life and I was trying to do way to much. So have decided to work out once a day during term time and twice a day during holidays. When time permits.

My garden is looking great and will try to get photos of what is happening but my garden is abundant with food for the summer.. It is great to see everything producing so much.

I did not do the Whanganui half marathon as I am not fit enough and I am still working on this shoulder it is getting a lot better than what is was. I hope to get back into it soon I am also going to have to relearn how to walk with out getting tense as this does nothing  for my arm

Well It is nearly Christmas, all the family gatherings, work gatherings, friends gatherings,  just cause we can gatherings.  How do you manage to get through all these gatherings, I have two committee dinners to go to this is all new to me I just to go and just get what ever but now I have to really think about what I am going to do.

A) I have worked to hard to destroy all I have done.

B) I have got my body clean for the first time ever

C) I am now gluten-free and feeling way better for it.

So steps I have put in place are.

To

A) Know that yes I have worked hard but to have a few days now and then to let my hair down is ok. It is ok to be human to go out and have fun. Sometimes we get to entrapped in our new life style that we forget to have fun.

B) Yes I have body clean, If it gets dirty I will clean it again just like I have a shower. But I will make sure that I am prepared before I go  to anything like having something to eat before I go so I am full and wont need to eat so much. Drink water when I am there. As that is what I drink and I am not going to drink other stuff for the sake of it. I know I can have a great time on water done it before I can do it again.

C) I am going to go and check out the restaurants before hand so I know what there is so I can have something so not to compromise my health.

With a little bit of planning your able to go out have fun and enjoy your Christmas and still have fun..

When you are out and about try to socialise the point of being there is to see friends and family that you might not of seen for a while. Try and chat to people away from the food table. Try and size what is on the table and if there are lots you like take small portions of thing to be able to try each if you desire.

Last Thing

JUST HAVE FUN…

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.

Weekly Food Planners

I have recently started adding food pictures of different meals and the website, what I have decided to do is to put our weekly evening meal plan up on here. My daughter and I sit down once a week and make a plan for evening meals so this makes shopping so much easier, and with portion control we are able to see exactly what we need. Now everybody is different on the way they do their groceries and buying of food. For us it is planned and lists.

I will continue to put up worthy meals that I feel that tastes good that are easy to do, and are well just worth you all giving it a go.

I hope to inspire you to try something new, to think outside the square, and to really enjoy your meals.

 

 

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