Bored or Hungry?

Its been over a week!

I thought I had more time!!! But once again I have failed to find the Amaranth and Spelt.  this last fortnight has seen me search high and low in every supermarket ever!!  The only thing I have found is amaranth protein crackers…not sure if this counts.  Looking online, I have found spelt pasta, breads, and flour!! WOOHOOO I love pasta!! Why cant they provide these in normal stores.  However I will be definitely looking at purchasing the flour and pasta to try. Yay for online shopping!! Also I found a recipe for spelt pancakes. OMGoodness, they look amazing!!!  Another week on this challenge until I can move on I think.  But I promise that by next Monday I will have made these babies and I will have some pics to prove it…I may have to give those amaranth crackers a try.

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So this weeks weight loss was only 200g.  But Im slowly getting back on track.  I WILL NOT GIVE UP!!!…queue the inspirational meme…

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One thing I have noticed is that I am more prone to binging when I’m bored.  There is a very fine line between boredom and hunger.  Especially on Sunday night.  You don’t want a late night because you have work in the morning, so you spend the time traipsing between the fridge and the pantry.  Unfortunately the fridge isn’t like Facebook where every time you log in, there is something new to look at. So I am finding that I am needing something to do during these times.  Keeping busy or occupied with something tends to do the trick.

I’m sure most of you know about the adult colouring books which are hitting the market.  Its probably just a phase but let me tell you, they work!  It helps me to just chill for a while.    For a moment I am brought back to my days in school when choosing which colour pencil to use was my biggest challenge.  It definitely helps me to avoid food as way of coping with boredom and life problems.  Yes I totally recommend it.  You can find them at your local newsagent or in major supermarkets.

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This was a seahorse I did.  I love it!!!!  So find your inner child and get on the colouring bandwagon.

This week will also see me return to the gym.  It has been a few weeks due to some unforseen circumstances, and I would have to say this has greatly impacted on the success of my weight loss. One does not simply lose weight and not do exercise. By gradually integrating it into my routine, I hope it will become a permanent lifestyle change.

I’m actually a little excited about it.

Ciao for now

A xo

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Falling off the Wagon

Good Morning Sunshine!!

What a hideous week it has been in terms of weight loss.  Normally when I try to lose weight, I would pick a diet and try and stick to it.  If for whatever reason I decided to eat something not incorporated in said diet, I would throw my hands in the air and buy a bag of chips.   Diet gone.  Lots of junk food, gain all the weight back, plus interest.  This last week would normally see me do just that.   But I have vowed and declared that this is not some temporary fad.  It is instead my new PERMANENT healthy way of living

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This last week started to go downhill on Tuesday.  Mum told me she would like to have dinner with the family and so we all trundled down to Hungry Jacks.  BAD IDEA.  I admit I was hesitant to order anything, but settled on a Whopper Burger.  ‘Its just one whopper’ said the devil on the right hand shoulder.  ‘You dont need it’ said the angel on the left.  The angel didn’t put up enough of a fight and I found myself with the worst nausea the next day.   I spent that day in so much pain, I vow and declare I will never again have another whopper from Hungry Jacks.  I must not used to the processed foods.  I seriously just spent all of the last week trying to eliminate it from my diet.   OH DEAR MANDA.el-meme-latino-una-pequea-diferencia600-x-646-101-kb-jpeg-x

Wednesday lunch at work.  I wondered over to the local IGA Supermarket and decided to buy a pack of Chocolate Freddo Frogs with the intent to snack on one every so often.  I thought it would be okay to have one a day or so.  So I came back to the office where I work with the best of intentions, and plopped the bag of Freddos on my desk.  A shout out to my colleague Emma who saw the bag of Freddos and whipped them away faster than you can say ‘I’m craving that.’  She told me ‘NO! You have worked too hard to get where you are.’  She then proceeded to hide the bag of Freddos somewhere in the staff room kitchen.  I still haven’t found them. I asked her WHYYYYYY  and she told me ‘I’m helping you get another charm on your bracelet.”  I really am very thankful for her support.

Unfortunately her efforts were in vain.  Even though she has still successfully hidden the freddos, it did not stop me making some pretty bad choices over the course of the week.

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Saturday came and I spent the morning getting my laptop fixed…and having lunch at the ‘All-you-can-eat Sizzler restaurant.  So the whole point of this restaurant is the amazing variety of food and I can eat as much as I want.  I decided to keep with smaller portions…which meant a little bit of this, and a little bit of that…and a little bit of EVERYTHING!!!!  There was no control.  I did however manage to keep off the Pepsi and have orange juice instead.  Of course that night I indulged in some pizza as well.  4 slices, not to mention the garlic bread and glass of Sprite.  Can you believe I still had room after that massive lunch?  I confessed to Emma what I had done on the weekend and she was so horrified.

So I began my day with my ritual Monday weigh in.  And I have gained back a whole Kilo. (2.2 lbs)  No surprises there (so much for that 700g).  2 steps forward, 1 step back.  I will have to try double hard this week to get back to where I was.  This definitely means upping the treadmill times.  Fingers crossed I can get back to the smaller me I was last week.

Today I am back on the clean eating bandwagon.  I am back to drinking water all day, breakfasts, veggie lunches, and small protein dinners.   I guess everyone has those days…or weeks where they splurge.  As long as you get back on the horse.

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To everyone reading this who is trying to make a change.  It’s okay.  It will probably happen to you too.  Sure its disappointing to get back on the scales and see a kg added, but you can’t give in.  You deserve this.  You deserve to feel amazing.  Get back to it!

I never got a chance to complete my weight loss challenge this week.  So I will give it another go.  Anyone have any tips of how to find Amaranth and Spelt flour??  I will definitely keep an eye out as I walk through the health food aisles in the supermarkets.  I am hoping that this week will be a heck of a lot better than this last week.

Ciao for now

A xo

Just a lil more…

Well I can honestly say I have had a great week!  And my new total weight loss….6.6Kgs (14.5 pounds). This means only 400g more to reach 7kgs!!!  Just a lil more.  So on the weekend, I bought my first charm representing the first 5 kgs that I lost.  At this rate I will be looking to get another charm relatively soon.

I thought it looked like a running shoe, but my lovely cousin corrected me and told me it was a football boot…its a sneaker because I said so.  I am so proud of my achievement, I have decided to wear my bracelet all the time as a constant reminder of the changes I am making.

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Last week I found a great recipe idea.  Its worth saying that I am totally in love with sushi.  I love every aspect of it.  I still eat sushi and I love to make my own, but I have now found a healthier alternative.  Quinoa Sushi!!!!  The recipe uses Quinoa instead of rice.  It turned out pretty good.  The only suggestion I would make, is swap the vegetable stock for water when you boil the quinoa.  I found the sushi a little on the salty side.   PS. the end pieces of the sushi roll almost never look nice.

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We filled the sushi with carrot, cucumber and avocado.  But you can include tuna, salmon, or chicken as well.  It’s almost the same as regular sushi.  As part of our healthy lunch, we also had veggie sticks with a home made avocado dip.   So just chopped up carrots, cucumber, and celery.  Mum had also made some rissoles/meatballs so we had those as well which surprisingly, went really well with the dip.   The dip I kinda just threw together on the spot.  It was a bit of a gamble, but it worked out pretty good.  So it was 1 and 1/2 avocado, about 2-3 tablespoons of greek yoghurt.  I didnt want to put in too much, as it may have taken away from the avocado flavour.  Also a pinch of cayenne pepper and salt to taste.  Blend it all together til thick and creamy.

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We also put together a few fruits to make fruit skewers.  Pineapple, grapes, banana, rock melon and strawberries.  If I could do it again, I would have added kiwi fruit.  How did I forget kiwi fruit???

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So we had a great healthy lunch, and it was a nice way to share my healthy eating with the family.   One day I will find a camera with a high enough definition.

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Weight loss challenge time!

Week 4: No fast food or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil.

No problems here.  No problems at all.  This just goes to show how far I have come.

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 Week 5: Try two new whole foods: Try a minimum of two new whole foods that you’ve never had before.

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After Googling a list of wholefoods, I have settled upon Spelt, and Amaranth.

I have never heard of Amaranth before, so this is going to be interesting.  It seems to be some kind of grain.  This is a recipe for Amaranth that I have found, I am looking forward to using it as an alternative to my usual blueberry and almond oatmeal breakfast.

Spelt I have heard of before but never actually used.  I have found Spelt flour and a recipe for spelt flour pancakes.  I am definitely looking forward to a bit honey or maple drizzled over those.  Fingers crossed it becomes a staple in my new healthy lifestyle.

This week will make it 2 months since I have started my weight loss. …6.6kgs in 2 months…It is quite slow. But even at this rate, I will make a considerable dent in my weight loss in the next 6 months.  I am super stoked.   In the next few weeks I will be considering a gym membership.  I definitely want to slowly incorporate more vigorous exercise into my day.

To all my family, friends and readers, thank you for your ongoing support.  Its hard slog, but its well worth it.   I am dying to see how much I will lose by next week.  Each week is a smaller me!!

A xo

Rewarding Yourself

FINALLY!!! Plateau over! I feel like its taken FOREVER just to lose 5kgs!!  I started this blog on 14 August.  Its been nearly 2 months.   But all the hard work is finally paying off.  You know what this means??  REWARD TIME…yes I’m using capitals because its completing the first short term goal…and its a BIG DEAL…for me.

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So I began thinking about the different ways I could reward my success.  The one thing I definitely do not want to do, is reward myself with food.1343786240148_9853049

This is one of the worst things ever!  When I was growing up, being good at something or achieving, meant a trip to Sizzler, Tim Tams, a McDonalds ice cream.  While at the time our family enjoyed every mouthful, it was teaching that food is a reward.  Don’t get me wrong.  I loved spending time with the family and I dont see anything wrong with doing it occasionally.  But families should focus more upon having fun together doing activities going to the pool, trips to the beach, bowling, flying a kite, kicking a ball at the park, watching a movie.  Food should be the last thing to consider.  If you do decide upon food, it should be healthy and clean.

When something went wrong in life, a failed relationship, missed job opportunity, it was easy for me to eat because it felt good.  It was a reward for the effort I put in, or a reward for the sacrifice I had made for trying to accomplish something.  I would stroll down the shopping aisle and grab whatever was chocolate, fried, or sugary.  I would have the best time bringing home all my spoils, sitting in front of my favourite TV show, and binging on the best crap money could buy.

I would do this for a few weeks.  I didn’t regret it until a few months later I would be trying to button my jeans and they wouldn’t fit.  I didn’t have enough cash to buy more, because I had spent all my savings on junk food…then hits the depression.  

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Of course now you are overweight, have low self-esteem, cooking good food becomes hard work, you don’t ever go on a date, you start to feel uncomfortable in public, you become a social recluse…GAME OVER YOU LOSE.  At least that’s how it felt.

When I first completed this goal, I Googled all the different rewards people use for weight loss.  People said things like spa day, a nice hair cut, new kitchen appliance, etc…these things can be quite expensive.  I have a lot of weight to lose, and I dont want to be spending $50+ dollars every time I lose 5kgs.

After much searching I found nothing still!  And then the other day, I happened to be speaking with my mum, and she suggested a fairly inexpensive way to acknowledge every 5kg goal.  A charm bracelet.  I have many silver bracelets and one of them is perfect to use!!  Charms are pretty cheap too, I have found them from $5.  So this week I will have to go out to some jewellers, and find my first charm, I’ve earned it.  I think I will wear this bracelet constantly as a reminder of the hard work I am doing to achieve my goal.

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While this week has been full of accomplishment, lets move onto the challenges.

Last Weeks Challenge:

Week 3: Meat – All meat consumed this week will be locally raised (within 100-miles of your hometown). Meat consumption will also be limited to 3 – 4 servings this week, and when it is eaten meat will not be presented as the “focal point” of the meal. Instead meat will be treated as a side item or simply used to help flavor a dish.

This was probably the easiest challenge so far.  I am not much of a big meat eater, and I find myself eating a lot of soups, and veggies.  However I have been eating a bit when it comes to spaghetti and chicken.

With spaghetti, I usually have a small bowl and fill the rest up with Mum’s homemade pasta sauce recipe. I know what your thinking…PASTA?!!! you eat PASTA?!!  Yes, Yes I do.  Not often, but I do.  I LOVE pasta in every shape and form, so to come off of processed pasta is hard work.  Fortunately I can get the wholemeal pasta.  Which isnt the same but its a pretty good substitute.  Certain members of my family refuse to eat wholemeal pasta so I compromise and get the high fibre pasta instead.  Of course I only eat a small bowl.

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With chicken, beef and the rest, I usually have these for lunch in a sandwich, salad, curry or stir fry.  I love having tons of veggies in the mix so that the meat isn’t the ‘focal point’ of the meal. Beef brawn is sooo yummy.  I love to have this in a sandwich or sometimes as part of a snack.

This weeks Challenge.

Week 4: No fast food or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil.

Easy Peezy!!!!  How did I lose 5kgs if I was eating fast food?  I have been doing this now for  almost 2 months.   Though I have snuck in a whopper once or twice, it was few and far between.  It wont be hard to eliminate it completely…bahahahahahahahaha listen to me.  A year ago NO FREAKING WAY!!!!!  I would have struggled and struggled and given in and then felt so guilty…
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A year ago I would have thought I was nuts.

Look how far I’ve come in almost 2 months.  Very slow weight loss, but I’m glad I’m taking the time to learn new habits that will last me the rest of my life.

Signing out

A xo