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January Blog Challenge – Day 2 – Name and explain a diet habit you will change this month

As I briefly described in yesterdays post I want to start following the 80:20 rule which my friend recently introduced to me and said that it worked for her. Basically all you do is eat super strict healthy 80% of the time, but allow yourself to be a little naughty 20% of the time. Why? Because eating super strict healthy all the time is boring and impractical and secondly eating pretty healthy all the time is ineffective and always sets yourself to feel guilty when you do treat yourself. If you go into it with a set rule to allow yourself to have indulgent food occasionally then you remove the guilt factor and still get to enjoy life while looking and feeling better!

As I also said yesterday, I’m taking this a step further by adopting a paleo-style diet for the 80% of the time. The reason I say paleo-style and not just paleo is because I am not doing the diet because I necessarily believe the whole paleo-diet reasoning. From what I’ve read so far, strict paleo dieters do it because they believe reverting to the food that ancient humans ate is better for us because that’s what we would’ve eaten in our “natural habitat”, however there are now lots of people saying that actually our bodies have changed and adapted since then to suit our current eating habits and that it is still healthy for us to foods that weren’t originally found in our cavemen days. I’m not quite sure where I stand on this debate however I have noticed that I feel better when I eat less processed food, therefore when I say paleo-style food, what I really mean is cutting out processed foods and focusing on natural products that are fresh and essentially unaltered. This, to me, means fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, eggs and meat (fish, red meat poultry etc). You could argue that to some extent all these items are “processed” too, but where I can I will try to buy the most natural form of the product. So fresh fruit, not canned or dried, natural nuts that haven’t been salted or roasted etc. I will try buy organic produce where I can afford it and opt for products that have been less genetically altered and manipulated, good thing I like purple carrots eh? 

I will allow myself to do some “processing” at home (e.g. cooking) but at least then when I make a pasta sauce and eat it on my boiled zucchini strips I will know exactly everything that is in the food on my plate rather than reading the ingredients on the jar label and wondering what the hell MSG and ascorbic acid is and whether or not it’s good for me. 

However during the 20% I will probably go nuts, and no I don’t mean eat natural unsalted and unroasted nuts, I mean I will eat heavily processed foods like cake and hot chips and gingerbread spread on chocolate covered cookies! But at least I will enjoy it, I will not feel guilty and at the end of my rampage I will go back to my paleo-style diet again and my liver will cry with relief…. until next time.

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January Blog Challenge – Day 1 – What are your health-related New Year’s Resolutions?

Firstly, HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE!! I hope everyone had a fantastic night whether they were out parting or just had a quiet night alone or with loved ones. I reckon 2014 will be epic (I can feel it in my bones)!!! I had a great night at a gathering with some good friends, lots of alcohol and a delicious BBQ, what more could you want? This morning, to start the year off 5 of us who slept over went for a run. Two of us turned back half way and the fitness freaks continued to run about 8 or 9km. Perfect way to start the year! We chilled most of the afternoon just mucking about, cleaning up and having fun in general. Now here I am living up to my first resolution of posting every day this month and hopefully even after this blog challenge is finished. 

So to answer the first question: What are my New Years resolutions… the health related ones only otherwise I’ll be here for hours (I always have a lot of resolutions)! 

1. Follow the 80:20 balanced diet rule. I’ll explain in detail about this in tomorrows question but just briefly, I want to try maintain a paleo-style diet (basically no processed foods, primarily veggies fruit and meat) for 80% of my week, but allow myself to be naughty 20% of the time so I don’t feel like I’m completely giving up things I love like oreos and ice-cream. 

2. Train for a triathlon. I don’t think I’ll can train enough to feel comfortable doing a triathlon this season (2013-14), especially with how much other stuff is going on at the moment (moving house, new jobs, new relationship, financially broke etc). Plus the season finishes in less than two months so I think I’ll aim to train and do one towards the end of the year for the 2014-15 season instead. 

3. Be more strict on my sleeping habits. This may sound a bit unrelated, but people sometimes forget how important sleep is for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and I’ve noticed in the past that when I’m sleeping well I’m much more likely to exercise more and be motivated to eat better, plus I just feel generally happier because it’s no fun feeling tired and exhausted all the time!

4. Save alcohol for special significant occasions only. And special doesn’t mean every weekend at parties. To qualify, it has to be a pretty important event. Like the night I move in to my first own place, or when I first complete a triathlon, birthdays can count too but only if they’re birthdays of very close family members or friends like my parents, boyfriend or best friend. Other than that, no drinking! I’m sure my insides will be happy with this decision and I’m hoping it shines through. I’m a firm believer that you can definitely still have fun without alcohol and have banned myself for drinking for a number of weeks in the past, not only have I succeeded in not drinking for my goal amount of time but I also end up feeling really good for doing so and have found that I don’t really miss it, so I don’t think it’ll be a particularly hard resolution to stick to!

That’s it for now, talk to you all tomorrow! Hope you all have a great 2014 and may you all succeed in sticking to your resolutions!

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Sorry again… although this time it’s not my fault! My laptop has been infected with a terrible virus! It has a high fever and has been in bed covered in itchy red spots for two weeks! Just kidding, well, kind of. It has got a really bad virus, but not that kind. It just crashes a lot and has a gazillion popups every time you go on the internet. My mother, who sadly knows more about computers than I do despite her generally techno-phobic generation, has been trying to sort it out for me, to no avail. I’ll have to take it in to a true nerd once my bank account has more than 2 cents in it. (That’s not even a joke, don’t laugh at me!)

Anyway, I’m borrowing my mums work computer at the moment, which is happily virus-free. My training schedule hasn’t exactly gone to plan so instead I have just been trying not to eat as badly or as much. In my defense though, I have been incredibly busy with my new PA job, signing a lease for my very first and very own rental property, trying to find another job so I can afford it and also gained a beautiful boyfriend (yay me). Not to mention it’s 2 days before Christmas so I’ve been planning gifts and trying to figure out how to afford it. My pay still hasn’t come through so I had to borrow money from my mum to buy her present, and everyone elses! Promise I’ll pay you back mum!

This post so far hasn’t really lived up to my promises of topic purity (if you have no idea what that means read previous posts), but I’ll get to it eventually. I’m very excited to be moving into my first own place. It’s a 1 bedroom unit with a little bathroom, kitchen and lounge-room in a block of units with a shared laundry, which I actually worked out is more cost effective for my needs anyway. The entire place is painted a deep yellow, which I’m tipping most people would hate but I surprisingly like it… maybe that’s why I got it, maybe I was the only one who applied.. ha ha probably. But who cares? Suits me! It has a huge window in the lounge area that lets in heaps of light which I love and a gas stove-top and oven, I can’t stand electric stoves! It’s not big, it’s not fancy, but it’s all functional and clean and in an awesome location. It’s literally across the road from a shopping with everything you need, 5 mins walk from a tram that takes me to the door step of my uni, or if I stay on it, it will take me to the door step of my parents house or in the other direction, my best friends house. It’s walking distance from Melbourne’s CBD and the famous MCG so I better get myself a footy membership. And 5 mins walk from a street that has a farmers market every Saturday morning! Probably best of all I can walk (or run) tp my old gym/recreation centre which I’ll be rejoining as soon as I have the funds, 6-pack abs here I come!

In other news, I decided that the best way to stay faithful to my promise of posting everyday would be to do another 30-day blog challenge… but this time with a twist! To uphold my other promise of topic purity all the questions for the blog challenge with be health, fitness, diet and exercise related! I’ll start it on Jan 1st because I know I’d just be lying to you if I said I was going to start now cause I doubt I’ll have the time to post on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day with the list of family parties I have lined up. My first blog challenge post on Jan 1st will be a struggle for sure as I will most definitely be hungover. Not a great way to start the year from a health perspective, buy hey, I’m Aussie, it’s tradition and YOLO.

Merry Christmas everybody!!!!

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December 23, 2013 · 9:21 am

It’s Getting Better All The Time…

As the famous line goes from the great Beatles, it IS getting better all the time!

 

Today I got an unpleasant wake-up call when I stepped on the scales this morning and found that I’d put on half a kilo! I know it’s not much but an increase is an increase and that is not the direction I want to be heading. I briefly entertained the idea in my mind that it may just be muscle mass… muscle is after all heavier than fat. But then I gave myself a reality slap and had to face-up to the truth: It’s really all that bread and brownie I’ve been munching on! 

I can still be proud of the fact that my exercise habits have improved but that’s only part of the story, I really need to start tackling my diet. I’m proud to say however, that after my morning misery I decided to work extra hard today. I did Aqua class at 9:15am and then went straight into 15mins of flat out freestyle laps going as fast and as well-formed as I could. I would’ve even stayed longer but I had to get ready and changed, have a quick lunch which I proud to say was too unhealthy: stir-fry chicken and vegetables with rice, and finally head off to my other nannying job which I do part-time. I took Brodie to a park which was a good 20mins walk away which got him exhausted (not such a bad thing!) and added in another little bit of exercise for me. This evening dinner was semi-healthy (fish, sweet potato and corn) which I’m ashamed to say was followed by an orange, brownie and cup of tea but to end my day on a high note I then headed back to the gym to meet friends for the 8:30pm Pilates class. By the end I was begging to go home and am now utterly exhausted! 

Hopefully if I keep up this exercising, and start improving the diet, the numbers on the scales will soon be turning that frown up-side-down. 

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Disappeared now back!

Well it’s certainly been a while but I’m back. Since my last post I moved house which was a big exercise and have joined the local gym and an online fitness program called Michelle Bridge’s 12 Week Body Transformation. 

So along with my usual spiels about Nannying and teen drama and the general life of me, I’m also going to use this blog as a bit of a diary page and progress tracker of my journey through the program. Hopefully it’s successful because as of right now I’m truly putting myself out there for everyone to see which makes me nervous and excited and will surely be a good motivator for me to stick to the program!

Today was the first day of Pre-Season. The 12 weeks officially starts on August 12 but during the next 28 days we have a number of tasks to get ourselves warmed up and in the zone for the challenges that lie ahead. Today the first task was set which was pretty easy but also quite useful. We had to write out and categorise all the excuses we often use to avoid exercise or healthy eating. Then we had to write solutions to these excuses. 

My favourite and number #1 top of the list excuse is “I’m too tired”. You see I have an uncanny ability to fall asleep at the drop of the hat. I could be anywhere at anytime and if I want to I can fall asleep within minutes. I know plenty of friends who complain that they can’t sleep and spend hours awake and can’t nap because it takes too long to fall asleep. I on the other hand can fall asleep as soon as I put my head down… in fact it doesn’t even have to be down for my eyes to close and me to be lulled in unconsciousness! I have a terrible habit of napping multiple times a day for 10-15 minutes. I even used to use my lunch break during uni to run home, nap for 8 minutes on the couch and then run back to class! Anyway this habit has got to go! I need to stop wasting my life not being aware of it and instead be living it in waking consciousness! I also need to stop using my constant tiredness as an excuse to get out of doing exercise. In fact I’ve been told many times that my energy levels would surely improve if I did more exercise. So from now on NO MORE NAPS. And no more of those other pesky excuses like “I’m too busy” or “I’m unmotivated”. Please hold me to it people. From now on I shall exercise like its any other habit, like showering, brushing teeth etc. First step to success, here I come! 

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Scaling on up!

Sounds like a positive title right? … It’s not. Not when you’re talking about those bathroom scales that you step on vulnerable, naked and full of false hope each week only to be disappointed that you’ve failed yourself again. 

I’ve struggled with my weight as long as I can remember. I even remember my new years resolution at age 11 going into grade 6 of primary school was to be in a normal weight range for my age by my primary school graduation so that I could go into high school without feeling so ashamed of my body. No such luck, even with considerable effort, now I am even out of high school and working as a nanny, but I still make a similar resolution every year. 

Over my high school years I didn’t grow much in height or weight, but lost a few kilos in year 10 which put me in the upper end of the normal/healthy BMI category. I maintained this through most of year 12 and felt semi-decent at my year 12 formal to which a wore a beautiful flowing navy blue dress. However it took a turn for the worst over the 2 weeks leading up to final exams in which I put on 6kg! I haven’t been able to shift these since then partly owing to my post-leaving-home-financial-depression which has meant I can no longer afford a gym membership. So I now rely self motivation to go for a run (I cannot describe how much I dislike running in the city streets near my house where people look at you). I’ve been slightly ignoring my bulging tummy, but a few hours ago it stuck-out (literally) like a big red pimple on your nose and laughed in my face when I tried to squeeze into my old formal dress which I haven’t worn since. I wanted to wear it again for my mothers engagement party tonight but have opted now for a more stretchy dress as the clasp would physically not close.

This latest turn of events has given me a new boost of motivation to suck it up and sweat it out in the hope of losing enough blubber before my mothers big day in November this year!

Anyone have any suggestions for how to lose 10kg in a healthy way? No fad or extreme diets and no gym/pool membership (can’t afford it).

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