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What I ate Wednesday

Food Diary 12wbt

 

I must admit that this isn’t exactly “What I ate Wednesday” – but more a selection of things I ate in the past few days….   I decided to sign up for the Michelle Bridges 12wbt again, mainly to get access to the menu plans – because the Exercise plans really haven’t changed all that much since I last did it a few years ago. They are OK (the exercise plans) but I find some of the exercises fussy and using too much equipment – so I switch them out for something that works the same muscle group.

About two months ago I commenced “Operation Get Andjxx fit again” and I was going really well for the first month and lost about 5kg – I was feeling great and really  on top of things. They I had a crash off my bike, shortly followed by another accident at  home that left me with a big gash on my leg (Which is really really ugly), and well I basically lost all momentum and just stopped exercising and eating well for the who second month. I kept telling myself I would get back on top of it and kept feeling like it was all too hard. But it was all in my head – just the simple act of telling myself it was all too hard was enough to stop me from starting. So after starting to read the book “If not dieting then what?” by Dr Rick Kausman, I talked some of my cognitions and am back on top of things again. The book is actually really good because it helps me to tackle some of my “black or white’ thinking behaviors – and also my tendency to become obsessive about every little morsel I eat.

The bottom line is I know that I feel better when I eat healthy foods the majority of the time… and I still need to lose about 7 kg to be at a good healthy weight for my body…and exercising helps with my Anxiety – all excellent reasons to get back on the wagon!

I have been pretty happy with the 12wbt food choices this week – I just changed up a couple of things to match more with things that we already had in the house. One of the things I dislike about the 12wbt food plan is that it often requires you to buy things that expensive just for one or two meals – so I will often substitute – because frankly I just can’t afford $200 a week on shopping!

This week I have been eating Banana Porridge and eggs (on separate days) for breakfasts; chicken and salad pita pockets for lunch and a variety of things for dinner – Lamb kebabs with Cous cous salad; Lemon and garlic marinate chicken and salad, Roast chicken with Asian vegetables and my favourite – Asian BBQ  cooker chicken with chinese broccoli. For snacks I have been alternating Chobani yoghurt (Coconut or banana) with Hummus and vegetable cruidites or an APple and about 10 almonds.

I will say up front that the food on the 1200 calorie MB plan does not keep me full…in fact I would wake up starving at 3am most nights (and it’s not head hunger – it is real stomach grumbling, anger causing hunger) – so I do actually consume around 1300 – 1400 calories per day on a typical day. I lost weight on this amount of calories and it basically means I have a snack after dinner – I know that if I don’t do this it is a sure fire way to a binge – so I see it as better to eat slightly more than what she recommends and reduce the risks of a binge session.

The other thing that I do to make it fit into our family lifestyle is I often will cook something different for my children – or provide them with an alternative side dish. I have fussy eaters and I would much rather they eat dinner than have the fight with them about eating at all. I will do a post about this next week actually!

Is anyone else who reads my blog following the MB program at the moment?

Andjxx

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So I have to do some work on myself now…

Time for me

Four and a half years is approximately how long I have been neglecting myself now.

Sure there was a time there in the middle of the two boys where I was doing pretty well and it has mostly been all downhill for the past two years in particular. But I have had a little health wake up call of late and it is time to heal and mend from all of the increased stress that has been the past two years. Gosh I am getting all teary just writing this. I don’t even know if my new job is actually going to be less stressful but in a way I think that it just has to be.

The first thing I have done is I have given up caffeine. What! I know …crazy right. But it has been almost a week now and the only time I have missed it was on Sunday morning with our cooked breakfast. A nice pot of plunger coffee was part of the ritual. I have replace it with peppermint tea mostly, with a few other herbals thrown in for good measure and the odd decaf cappuccino at the shops. The biggest thing was the diet coke. I was a can a day, had to have it, drove to the shops especially kind of addict. For the first few days I switched to Caffeine free Diet coke, but it gave me a really strange feeling in my chest, similar the the one I get from Coke Zero – it is such a strange feeling that drinking it isn’t worth it. So that’s gone too.

Why all this? Well I have a feeling that I may have a bit of adrenal fatigue going on  and along with a host of vitamin supplements, giving up the caffeine is strongly recommended.  I am giving it 6 months to see how my energy levels are and try to determine if it has made any difference at all.

The second thing I am doing is giving myself the next 6 months to get back down to my happy weight and back to running regularly. I have also started playing field hockey again for the first time in about 20 years. Having a sport to play every week gives me a bit more motivation to get some level of fitness back again – just so that I can run around for 50 minutes with out feeling exhausted and tired the next day.

So I have signed up to the Michelle Bridges 12wbt again…because I absolutely don’t have a choice but to lose weight. I am six kilos about my previous ‘happy’ point and my ideal weight is around 66kg – right now I am 10kg over that.

So I decided it is time and that this will be my focus for the next six months.

Wish me luck!

xxAndjxx


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This Week in the Kitchen

Here is a little visual of some of the happenings in my kitchen this past week…

My food prep of dinners and Snacks for the week

My food prep of dinners and Snacks for the week

Salad Nicoise

Salad Nicoise – last Sunday’s lunch

Steel cut oats with strawberries

Steel cut oats with strawberries

                            How was your week?