Day 10 on 3 Weeks to Wonderful

22 Jan

And (drumroll please) we are officially halfway through our 21 days.  I’ve been thinking about all of this today and have some reflecting to share -in

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no particular order:

  • We live in a world of instant gratification and expect to see results after one healthy juice.  Well you don’t.  In fact, while I have felt some adjustments within myself, I am only starting to see results now.  I say only, but if you think about it, this is very quick.  Think about how long it takes us to get out of shape…a lifetime of bad habits and sloth.  So, I’m really impressed with the results thus far!
  • Many people have commented that I have been very ‘disciplined’ in doing this ‘on my own’.  I might be thousands of miles away from Suez Wray, but I have certainly not been ‘on my own’.  The program has been phenomenal in that, through Facebook, all of us have been able to communicate constantly and Suez is amazing at responding promptly. Suez is so organised and keeps in touch with us constantly.  Not only does Suez motivate, she is an inspiration.  Although I have never met the other ladies on the program, it has been so good to meet them online and be a part of a really fantastic group of inspired and real people. My friend, Maxine, who should take all the credit for me being on the program has also been hugely supportive (as always).
  • It is not cheap to eat well in our modern world – and you have to be organised and plan ahead, which is not always easy.  However, by being organised and planning ahead you actually save a fortune.
  • Many people complain that healthy eating is not convenient.  It’s partially true, however, the smallest bit of planning goes a long way.  Once you understand the basics, you can experiment with different things and it is interesting to see how quickly you adapt to a better way of shopping and eating.  It was hard at the beginning, but it is becoming second nature.
  • One of my biggest fears in starting this program was that I would find it difficult to fit into my chaotic schedule.  I dreaded finding time to exercise, in particular.  However I am starting to prioritise my daily exercise which makes everything fall into place around it and it is working so far.  Long term?  I don’t know – time will tell.
  • I have not missed the things I thought I would (wine, beer, coffee) and have found it easy to say no to offers of cake etc.  I have however missed milk, greek yoghurt and cheese.  While I plan to re-introduce these things into my diet eventually, it will be on a far smaller scale than before.
  • The exercise has not been easy for me.  I thought I was a fairly fit person, but it has been an uphill battle.  I have found that I have far more energy in the mornings and also prefer this time of day as it is cooler.  By late evening, when it is cool enough to exercise I am usually feeling a little pooped.   Luckily though, I am starting to get quite a kick out of the exercise now as I start to feel fitter and fitter each day (and possibly just a little lighter).
  • Lastly (for now) I am amazed at the tenacity and drive of some of the other ladies in the group.  Hectic schedules, night shifts, you name it and yet they are all doing so well.  It certainly is possible when you get your head in the zone.

So – just to keep up with my daily eating  and exercise log:  Today I skipped the morning run (doing it this evening) and made a delicious fry up for the family for breakfast.  At 6:15 this morning I had fresh chilli in my scrambled egg, 2 rashers of bacon and wilted spinach.  Was awesome.  This saw me through to 12:30 with no snacks in-between.  For lunch I had my leftover Risotto and tonight for dinner I am going to make the carrot and pear twist juice.  I might have a lamb chop too?  I also still have to do my 8 minute reps as per Suez video.

Here’s to being Halfway to Wonderful today!!

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Day 9 on 3 Weeks to Wonderful

21 Jan

Well this is really starting to freak me out!  Up at 5:00am again feeling rested and energised for the day ahead.

After strolling around my garden for a few minutes, I dived straight into my Sworkit Pro High Intensity workout.  Because the app stops the clocks for any 10 second breaks between exercises, you actually work out for close to 45 minutes, but it is recorded as a 30 minute workout.  This means I had to be really quick in the shower, getting ready for dropping the kids at their respective schools and getting to work.

It was cooler this morning, which made the world of difference, but I also feel like I may be getting a bit fitter.  The workout still leaves me breathless and sweating, but is somehow a little more bearable than the previous time 🙂

This morning I had the convenient rolled oats breakfast again – this time with fresh blueberries and preferred it to yesterday’s version which had mango. Again I had an apple mid-morning, and then for lunch I ate some cold leftover chicken pieces that I had prepared for the children on Sunday.

I drank loads of water again today as it was starting to get really hot again.  Only 1 cup of green tea.  I am not enjoying the herbal teas so much.

For dinner I made the butternut risotto, and added a little bacon.  We ate this with a green salad.  I thoroughly enjoyed the risotto and have leftovers available for lunch tomorrow – such an awesome bonus.

I’m a little confused about the risotto as I would have thought white rice was a no-no for slimming, but there must be good reason.

I had a couple of temptations under my nose today in the form of birthday cake and eats at the office, but had no trouble whatsoever turning it down and strangely enough didn’t even feel hard-done-by.

Tomorrow I plan to make egg and bacon for breakfast.  Hopefully I will wake early enough and get my run in, but it might be a bit of a stretch…

 

Day 8 on 3 Weeks to Wonderful

21 Jan
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It’s a Monday and I’m up at 5:00am and feeling fab – what is going on?

Can’t work out if it’s the detox and exercise or just the fact that I still have that holiday vibe going on.  Probably a combination of them all – long may it last!

I was clever yesterday and set up my bicycle on the stationery trainer so that I could do some spinning.  While I am happy to run on our roads on weekday mornings, I absolutely will not cycle.  There is far too much blatant disregard for road rules and I just don’t want to take that chance.

After yesterday’s 28Km ride, I did not feel stiff, but I did tire a lot quicker on the bike this morning.  Nonetheless I did a 20 minute spinning session.

For breakfast I tried out the rolled oats overnight breakfast recipe and really, really enjoyed it.  I guess it was a welcome change from egg or juice and the convenience factor really thrilled me.  Having said that, I did find that I started feeling hungry again mid morning, but an apple and a few almonds resolved that issue.

For lunch I had tuna and a boiled egg.  Uninspired, dull, boring and not to be repeated but it fuelled me up for the rest of the day.

For dinner, I had second time round success with the burgers and sweet potato wedges and a lovely salad.  This time I added garlic, fresh rosemary, fresh oregano and peppers to the burgers.  They were a hit with the family yet again!

Today I realised that I was missing dairy.  I really do love my dairy and although I have not had any cravings, I did feel that I am starting to look forward to small amounts of dairy in my diet again.

While I also miss my coffee from time to time (note, not craving), I have found it interesting that I have not missed my wine….scary!

Nice early night and a great sleep.

Day 7 on 3 Weeks to Wonderful

19 Jan

Woke up feeling fantastic this morning.  And to make things even better, the morning was cool, with light rain outside.  I packed my bike into my car and headed of to the Lion and Rhino park to go for a cycle. Just before leaving the house, I grabbed a handful of almonds.

I had the most beautiful ride.  It was only 18 degrees, with rain falling from time to time.  I could hear the hyena in the fenced off areas beside me and when I finished the ride I was treated with 3 lionesses lying right up close to the road – a beautiful sight.

I also stopped to take in the giraffe lazily grazing on the leaves of the acacia trees.  The birds were out in full force chirping along the ride.  It was truly beautiful.  Most importantly, I rode the entire way with a huge smile on my face, feeling so grateful to be back to normal again, and even more grateful knowing that the past few days’ low levels of energy were as a result of the virus and not the detox 🙂

I’ve felt myself again today with an abundance of energy.  However, I have to confess to a few moments of weakness and not being as strict today as I have been in the past few days. After the ride, for example, I ate a banana (it was bigger than we’re supposed to have) but I did think I should refuel after the ride.  My Garmin tells me I burned 756 C.  I wonder how accurate that is?

When I got home I had scrambled eggs and 2 pieces of bacon.  Realised afterwards that the bacon was only meant to be from tomorrow onwards…

I also had a square of Lindt dark chocolate (which is not organic, so a big cheat really).

For lunch I ate leftover coconut chicken.  I drank licorice tea again today (haven’t had that for a few days) and Moroccan Mint tea as well as loads of water.

I prepared my breakfasts for tomorrow and Tuesday, which consists of Organic rolled oats, chia seeds, almond milk, goats milk yoghurt, mango and crushed almonds (and for Tuesday I replaced the mango with blueberries).  These stay in the fridge overnight for a quick grab and go in the morning.

For dinner I had 5 prawns and a lovely fresh green salad.

Stomach still not 100% but stoked to have energy levels restored 🙂

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Day 6 on 3 Weeks to Wonderful

19 Jan
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Woke up feeling bleak.  Decided it was time to get me head out of this ‘phase’, so had a veggie juice, this time mixed with coconut milk.  45 Minutes later, went for a run on dirt roads near the stables.  It was just after 8:00am and already 28 degrees.

Did not feel very strong on the run but pushed on.  at 2,5Km I started to throw up, so slowed down and walked the rest of the way back to my car feeling dreadful.

On my drive home I thought about what I had eaten the day before and started wondering if the food was causing me to have less energy, but had to factor in the heat wave too.

I realised by the time I got hime that I must have picked up the stomach vrius that has been doing the rounds at the office.  Had a very lazy day just reading and pottering in the garden.  I had a lovely green salad for lunch and made coconut chicken for dinner.

I had started to feel a bit better by bed time and had a really good night’s sleep.

Day 5 on 3 Weeks to Wonderful

17 Jan
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Yesterday evening I did manage to get out for a run, but was feeling meh!  I really did not have the right mental attitude or the energy and despite running just before sunset, it was still VERY hot.  So I walked quite a bit and only ran 2Km.

We had the butternut risotto for dinner which was lovely and I had enough to save to take with me to work today for lunch.

So I woke earlier than usual this morning and made myself a veggie juice for breakfast. With all the usual running around, I forgot to bring my hard boiled eggs with me to the office, however, I did have a handful of almonds as a mid-morning snack. I found everything I ate or drank today to be very bland and just boring.  Maybe the novelty of the 21 days is wearing thin?

I made my green tea and forced it down because it was just so…bland. I looked with envy at the people drinking coffee and wished I could have a large cappuccino. At lunch time I ate my leftover risotto.  It was just as good cold as it was hot but still somehow felt…you guessed it… bland. When I got home, I decided to try the organic chocolate that I had found a couple of days earlier – it was disgusting, so I threw it away.  Even water just didn’t do anything for me.

I decided to make steak and salad for dinner as that is usually one of my favourite meals, but even that seemed completely boring and unsubstantial.  After eating, I took the kids to a school function where everyone was drinking beer/wine and eating pizza and barbeque.  I stuck to my bottled water!

Unfortunately I did not get any time whatsoever to exercise today, but I don’t think I would have exercised even if I had the time because I just didn’t feel like it.  It’s another one of those days, I guess.

Tomorrow, I am meeting friends for breakfast, so will have an omlette (no cheese).  I really should run in the morning, but if I still feel like I do today, that might not happen…

Day 4 on 3 Weeks to Wonderful

17 Jan
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So the day to return to work has finally arrived – ho hum!  Up early, warm water and lemon and the day begins.

I had prepared two hard boiled eggs night before, which I took with me to the office with an avocado. Unfortunately the avocado turned out to be a little brown inside, so I only had one or two mouthfuls of that.

The day was so busy with so many impromptu meetings, that I had no time between leaving work and fetching my son from school.  So I dashed to the Spar and bought some Salmon sushi for lunch.  A few small bites and I was feeling good again.

Despite drinking loads of water and organic teas, I am feeling a bit lethargic today.  I was also very stiff this morning, but that has eased up as the day has gone by. It has been 38 degrees here today, so that might explain the fatigued feeling?

I aim to go for a run when it is cooler, but I do have an on-line meeting to attend so I’ll just see how it goes.  Dreading Sue’s 5 minute workout that has to be completed today.

I am busy making the Butternut Risotto recipe provided in the program and look forward to that as our family meal this evening.  I suspect my son will not enjoy it, but my daughter and I have similar food tastes and both love rice and butternut.