Im Back…

So after a lot of umming and aghhing I am finally back for yet another admission post.  I know, I know you all must be sick of them from me by now as I do feel like that is all I seem to do.  So let’s get these damn admissions out of the way and move on to something more exciting and positive.

1. I fell off plan … well actually I hurdled myself off a giant cliff! Christmas came and went, then new years which included two weeks away and then it was one excuse after another with sporadic healthy eating thrown in randomly for guilt purposes.  I wish I could say that I am proud of myself for trying on and off throughout but I really do think I did more damage mentally then anything else.  More on that later 😉

2. This admission kind of goes hand in hand with the first one…. i just quietly may have put back on 5-6 kgs of the hard-earned weight I lost last year 😦 So depressing but I am trying really hard not to dwell on it too much … on wards and upwards as they say!

3. I am a terrible blogger! Yep you read that right… I suck! I have no idea how to make my blog look great and I am useless at being consistent with my posts and following through with my ideas. So why am I writing this post you might ask??? Well because I want to… why not really? When I have the time and I actually sit down and do it I feel like there are people out there in exactly the same place as me and I wont them to know they are not alone (pretty cliché I suppose).

So now that I think I have my admissions out of the way some exciting news.  Things have been pretty hectic in our household.  Our house went on the market in March and sold at its first auction 3 weeks later.  After a few torturous weeks of complete disagreements with the hubby where we should buy we have settled on an amazing house about 1 hour away from where I grew up and live currently.  We will be moving in this coming Friday and I am a complete ball of nerves.  So many emotions seem to have found a home inside me all at one time, excitement and anxiousness being the main culprits.  I don’t really know anyone in the town except for my Grandparents, and will go from seeing my parents and siblings just about everyday to once every 1 – 2 weeks.

So I have mentally prepared myself a little plan for the first couple of months because I know it is going to be tough.  My biggest plan for this time is to make the most of this opportunity to have a fresh start and become a new me.  I plan to walk Mr.5 to school and home every day, and instead of visiting friends and family I will spend my time walking around the town working out where everything is and getting in my exercise at the same time.  We also will have a huge section at our new place (hubby is already worried about mowing it haha) so I plan to finally get a veggie garden going and also have 2-3 chickens. Hopefully it shouldn’t be hard because lets face it… I will probably have a heap of spare time on my hands.

We have also got a wee food plan on the way to us but I might leave that for another post seeing as I have already rattled away for far too long.

So hopefully I will write again soon (but seriously who knows…) and fill you in on the rest of my little plan.

H.xx

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Admission Time

So I decided it is time for me to admit something to you all, I have been so focused on my own eating and making sure I follow my rapid plan that I have been getting really slack with ensuring the two kiddies eat Real Food.  So this will be changing and I am now on the hunt for Family Friendly real food recipes I can start using for the kiddos breakfasts and lunches.  I find these two meals in particular we get slack and stuck in a routine of a piece of toast with Peanut Butter and a sandwhich for lunch.  Dinner is always easy to ensure they eat real because that is what I have, so add a few carbs and they are good to go.  So over the next few weeks you will be seeing some posts focused on real food and eliminating the nasties.

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So far my favourite places to get Real Food recipes have of course been Pinterest and a few other fabulous blog and Facebook pages I have recently discovered which I will be sharing in a post very soon so stay tuned.

 

H. xx

10 Kg Down!

This morning I was super excited to find out that I finally hit (and passed) my first major milestone of 10 kg! I was jumping around and dancing like a mad woman because that is something I have never been able to do before and I am extremely proud of myself. The more I think about it the more I find this whole process fascinating and by that I mean, mentally I don’t feel any different than I did before except that I know I CAN and WILL do this.  I still think about most things the same way but tend to add a positive spin to it without even realising,  and as for confidence I can feel it growing day by day and that excites me so much.  Ultimately it feels like I am gaining so much as I am loosing the weight 😀

So to carry on my steller week I decided to try something different then my usual walk and gave the track up Cape Hill a go.  For those of you from little ol’ Pukekohe who are fit as a fiddle you might not think much of it but for me it was huge achievement.  I puffed and panted my big booty and the pushchair the whole way up that hill and have to admit I was super relieved to (finally) make it to the top!  It was such a satisfying feeling to push myself a bit harder and be willing to do something like that.  So I have decided to add that into my walks at least once a week until it is easier and then I will find something bigger and better 😀

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So enjoy this terrible yet proud photo of me hopefully I will conquer many more mountains (or in this case a hill ;P) very, very soon!

 

H xx

The Aftermath…

So last week my son turned 5 and we had a big party in the weekend.  It was a great afternoon and he had a blast (even if I am still in denial about him being 5 and a school boy eek).

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I spent all off last week tossing and turning about whether I was going to have any party food or not.  On one hand I felt like it was only one day, so in the big scheme of things I should be able to stick to my plan and go cold turkey but on the other its only once that your son turns 5 and I wanted to enjoy the day and stay casual about the whole thing.  In the end the later is what I went for and I am pleased I did.  I was able to make my self a small plate of party food and feel like I had participated without hovering over the food table scoffing my face like the old me! I also decided to enjoy 2 glasses of wine, which I will admit I regretted the next morning after having not drunk in so long haha. Overall however I was pleased with how I had handled the party… the aftermath however not so much.  I let myself muck up my plan on sunday because I was feeling crook (a combination of both wine and the sugary food I think) and although I didn’t get ridiculous or anything I feel that I should know better than to fix myself with food like I used to.  I then went on to have hot chips for lunch yesterday at the zoo because there were no options right for rapid which was uber frustrating but I let it throw off my whole day instead of making the next best option.  So after being quite proud of myself on Saturday for being restrained I ballsed it up on Sunday and Monday but hey thats life and I am writing it here for you all to read to keep me accountable! I do not want to let this throw me off my journey or loose my motivation I am still so very proud of myself for sticking to this for longer than anything I have done previously and have to constantly remind myself that this is a life change and not a quick fix.  I will have slip ups but it is not the end of the world so long as I pick myself back up and carry on… not the next month, week or day but at the very next meal!

 

So to get myself back on track 100% I have set myself a few goals for the week.  I am so close to that golden 10 kgs (I am officially down 9.6kg at my last weigh in YAY) that I want to push myself and make it happen!!

Goal 1.  Cold turkey on all sweets and snack again, I have been letting them start to slide back in in the last couple of weeks and it really is slowing things down.

Goal 2.  Drink 3L of water every day.  The dumb thing is I love to drink water so this should be easy I just struggle to get the quantity in.

Goal 3.  Track all my meals, exercise and water intake so I can keep an eye on it.  Will keep me more accountable for what I am putting into my body.

Apart from these 3 minor goals I set a goal with my Rapid Fitness Coach, the Lovely Greer, to loose 15kgs before xmas (on top of my 7 I had already lost).  Thinking of this being achievable makes me so super excited and nervous that I want to jump up and get stuck into some exercise right now!  Will keep you updated on how I am going with reaching that goal… 2.6kgs down in the first week so only 12.4 to go!

Would love to know if anyone else has set them self some small step goals for the next few weeks also wondering if anyone would like to see a progress post??

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Hxx

Skecher’s Womens 6K Run

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Super excited to do this run (well a walk for me) with my mum at the end of the year!   I decided I needed a good goal to aim towards and 6 km sis a very doable distance, I will hopefully be smaller by then which will make it easier as well.  I have however decided if at all possible I would love it if I was able to run some of it, even if I could only manage 1 km that would be a huge achievement for me.  So I have started walking this week and with my new favourite gadget that I bought yesterday, my Fitbit Zip  (I am going to do a review on this next week), I am going to aim to do 6km walks to begin with and then next month I will start adding in some jogging and see how I go.  I think I am pretty crazy but I am willing to give it a go anyway.

For anyone interested in doing the walk themselves it is held in Auckland on Sunday, November 16.  I would love to see some familiar faces there 😀  Check out their website for some more information if your keen.  http://www.skechers6k.co.nz/

H. xx

My Inspiration Board

So I finally sat down and started my inspiration board yesterday, I have been saying I would start it for the last 5 weeks but good things take time 😀  It is nothing super flash to look at, really didn’t have the time or energy to make it amazing, but it gets the point across and hopefully will be a daily reminder to why I am doing this.

Getting started!

Getting started!

However it isn’t finished yet and there is one major reason for this… it is impossible to find images of women who are healthy and happy at a normal size.  When you Google or do a Pinterest search for inspiring women, weight loss inspiration, healthy women etc you get a a bunch of photos of women with hardly any clothes on, stick thin and absolutely ripped.  Now don’t get me wrong they look fabulous but for a large population of us ladies that is really not a practical or achievable look.  For me I would love to be a healthy size 12, I don’t expect or imagine I am ever going to have a 6 pack and lift weights every day because it is just not me and I am really not that interested.

I want to know where are all the images of healthy young women at a average size, where are all the photos of women having fun with their kids while being fit and healthy? When did weight loss turn into an exercise to become the next big sports model???

So I have included a photo of my inspiration board to show you what I have done so far, I still want to add a photo of my kids because they are one of the biggest reasons I am doing this, as well as a goal outfit, and hopefully i will eventually be able to add a photo of a me 😀

I have also set myself a few little rewards for some major goals, these are:

  • 15kg = New Shoes (I really want a pair of Skechers Memory foam shoes, they look soooo comfy!!)
  • 20kg = 1 new outfit.  I figure after 20kgs I will be down at least 2 dress sizes hopefully so will go and have a bit of fun trying some clothes on 😀

I am wanting to add some more rewards for 30, 40 and 50 but I am completely stumped at this point about what to have for those ( I think my mind is in denial about me seriously doing this) so if you have any ideas or have set yourself some target rewards I would love to hear them.

Would love to know what sort of images everyone else uses for inspiration because we sure are all different!

My nearly finished bard.  Need to add some more personalised images :D

My nearly finished bard. Need to add some more personalised images 😀

H.xx

Rapid Reset

Hi Everyone,

 

Hope you are all well! We have been enjoying a few days with my hubby, who has been in Christchurch for 2 weeks, before he heads off for another few weeks again on Monday morning so things have been a bit all over the place this week.  Hope you are all enjoying your fathers day, I am just making the most of 10 minutes of peace and quiet while everyone is still asleep 😀

So a wee update on how my week has been going… I joined a online program called Rapid Reset which has been going great so far.  The goal of the program is to get your body into a state of Ketosis which basically means your fat burning is at its prime (excuse my very technical explanation).  This is achieved through eating real food and focusing on getting the right nutrients etc that your body needs.  It is split into 12 phases over 12 weeks to ensure you get the maximum result.  I am currently on day 6 of my first week and so far I have been really pleased with how its going.  I have had some yummy recipes one of which I want to share with you today and have felt really fresh and healthy. At the moment I am on day 2 of the 3 day detox, which just gets all the C.R.A.P (Caffeine, Refined Sugar, Alcohol, Processed food) out of your system so that your body will work as naturally as possible.  I will admit that I have found the detox a bit hard because it is a freshly made juice for breakfast, then a smoothie for lunch and then a salad and protein for dinner but man has my stomach been rumbling all day! But only one day to go and then I am back onto normal meals WOOHOO! Don’t forget you can follow me on Facebook your Instagram to see whats being eaten in our house 😀  You can check Rapid Reset out at https://rapidreset.co.nz/ if you are interested in joining.

I also have been working on my goals I set a few weeks ago and have started to make my inspiration board which I will share a bit more about in the next couple of days 😀

Weigh in day for me tomorrow… eek… hopefully I will have a great result to share with you all, otherwise its just back on the horse and carry on!

I will NOT QUIT this time!!!!!

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H.xx