24 June 2013
So I commenced yesterday, woke up feeling great after a night of bubbles/cocktails and karaoke cooked the birthday boy pancakes & bacon for breakfast and I had scrambled eggs, bacon & avocado with a black coffee. SCRUMPTIOUS. Love a good breakfast like that on the weekend. We then went to the movies, another sugar temptation & I was good and brought my home-made protein balls and some strawberries to have with my 2nd long black of the day. Delicious. Not thinking "I can't have" I was just thinking "what can I replace maltesers with"... the mind is a powerful tool isn't it? Classic.
We went out to Barzura in Coogee for dinner last night to continue the celebration of the Festival of Drew. We have always gone had breakfast at Barzura, but never dinner. They were doing a full moon, love ambiance vibe with no lights and just candles, so pretty nice actually. The dessert menu looked divine but we both didn't order any, I actually had oysters for entree instead & Drew had a bourbon and coke. Delicious. Again simple decision to not make a fuss and get all flustered about "sweet stuff". Oysters with shallots and Worcestershire Sauce, oh my!
The no sugar thing is really easy - it is just saying no to the lolly jar at work and all the pre-made chocolate/desserts that are in the shops. Ordering off a menu at a restaurant is easy and since the birthday celebrations are over, it is time to get saving and shape up for our wedding in 10months time! AHHHH.
So it is all mind over matter at this stage, obviously because it is all new and exciting. I entered a competition a few months ago and today I received my prize - a tub of vital protein, pea protein powder - no dairy, no sugars.... coffee flavoured. Scrumptious. My afternoon snacks are complete.
It will be interesting to see if I have any "cravings" for sugar. Will work out if they are all in my mind or not....... I look forward to trying some of the recipes I got in the plan from Nat. Instagram pictures here we come!!
My body measurements are all done. Food shopping delivered on weekend, menu ideas ready to go & have my training plan for the week all ready to go. Planning is vital.
Check it out for yourself http://www.50daysnosugar.com.au/
20 June 2013
18 June 2013
12 June 2013
In a nutshell if you eat any type of carbohydrate (simple, complex, fibrous) on their own your pancreas will release insulin, causing an insulin spike. What goes up must come down, causing your body to "crave" more of the same to get the levels up again.
Mixing simple, complex & fibrous carbs with proteins/fats will keep your levels regular and allow your body to function smoother.
Another note is that your "pleasure" receptors of the brain know your habits & your mind has already been programmed by you to say yes to want that second slice of cake because you usually do or have those biscuits with your tea etc. That is why breaking the habits is hard - your body dosen't want chocolate like you think it just wants a quick energy boost.... by keeping your levels steady you will reduce cravings.
Being hungry isn't good for you, you won't burn more fat as your body goes into starvation mode. Fuel it properly to function efficiently.
Ensure you eat fresh food daily with proteins at each meal to keep you full & ensure you eat a serving daily healthy fats (avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, almonds etc)
11 June 2013
Positives about knee injury:-
* Slow this gal down just a little, re-group, finally booked in to see knee surgeon (le sigh)
* Upper body will get a great workout, lots of high-intensity training
* Push ups and pull-ups will ALL be proper ones, definitely NO sneaky on the knees when I get tired after doing 30ish....
* Sit ups with legs slightly extended
* Nutrition will be 100% clean (did I mention first bout of wedding dress try-ons in 8 weeks)
* Continue with single leg isolation work (got to keep the VMO active)
* Lower back work continues - switch on glutes, lower back, hammies
* Time to try out the new Alfred pooool near Central station - lots of lateral movement
* Boxing standing on one leg???
Love training in Winter, time to keep it up! Bring it on!
10 June 2013
So now, am sitting on the couch whilst it is raining, hot coffee in hand, downloading pictures of the weekend with a sleeping kitty next to me & thinking my life is pretty good. It has been a while since we both went away (July last year) and really needed some r&r.... I decided that part of this relax and rediscover the Hunter Valley was for me to have a little break from social media.
I am always on my phone reading something whether it is a blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram... amazing how our lives have transformed into "I must just post this"! Wonder how we would all function if we were to (god forbid) leave our phones at home for a long weekend. If I didn't use it as a camera and phone I may have. I was amazed at how little tempted I was to have a look on Facebook over the weekend, I wasn't too fussed really, I noticed that we weren't at dinner on our phones or at drinks on our phones, so that was lovely. No interruptions just quality time together.
Whilst away I read the paper both print and online, I googled restaurants, google mapped our way to our hotel.... still felt like I was connected. Did hear the odd Facebook update from Drew as he checked his page a couple times (more for the Coogee United soccer game he missed) and realised that nothing changes much in three days (obviously). Was quite refreshing to not be online in that capacity and read about other peoples stresses with buses being late, kids, work, sports etc. Was nice to concentrate on my own time with Drew. We have just found our location for our wedding ceremony and reception, so it was nice to just chat about that over a few drinks, discuss our guest list (ahhh how hard is that to get numbers down) and ideas for the most important part - The Honeymoon!
So pictures are posted on Facebook and some on Instagram and I feel organised. Time to enjoy a quiet evening in front of the tv with some red wine. Four day week, bring it on.
6 June 2013
Yes you probably could still send updates/tweets using a scheduler, but what would you MISS by not checking in, updating and posting everyday? Peoples workouts, coffees, pets, motivation piccies, do you really NEED to know all that everyday?
I know I do it without even realising sometimes, go to reach for my phone to text someone and get lost in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a bit and then think, "what was I doing again"!? Or spend ages taking a picture of my food before eating it (even though I am starving) just so the world can be inspired by my version of clean eating or being creative.
So for the next four days I am switching off social media. No access at all. No pictures from our trip to the Hunter Valley or checking in to make people wish they were there. Nada.
Three things I know I will do:* Read the newspaper over my coffee, print version* Enjoy the time away from busy city with my fiance*Eat well and drink copious amounts of wine
See you on the flip side....