Archive | April, 2010

Let’s talk about food, baby!

29 Apr

I get asked a lot what my general diet is like so I thought I would write a little post about it for your blog reading pleasure.

Now, I’m not a doctor (although if googling was a university subject, I’d have a PHD) and I’m not a nutritionist but I do know a lot about food and what’s good for you.  I read a lot about healthy eating and and try to follow a well balanced and low GI diet.

A typical day looks something like this –

BREAKFAST

I have porridge most days with lite milk and a banana.

On Thursdays when I have soccer and boxing I’ll have something more substantial like and a boiled egg, some low fat ricotta, tomato, avocado and a piece of multigrain or peanut butter on multigrain with banana.

It’s important to remember that you need to fuel your body in order for it to burn fat.  Having a nutrionally balanced breakfast is the key to starting the day right.

MORNING TEA

Cup of tea (I’m not usually hungry at this time as the foods I eat for breakfast keep me fuller for longer so a cup of tea usually is enough).

LUNCH

Today I had a tin of soup and a small brown roll (I don’t usually like to go for tinned food as they have a lot of sodium but I’m a little on the broke side this week so… tin soup it is.

Other options are:

Salad with tuna and four bean mix with balsamic vinegar and drizzle of olive oil

Rice paper rolls (I am so totally obsessed with these at the moment!)

Beetroot, pumpkin, feta (small amount!), walnut and spinach salad with balsamic vinegar and drizzle of olive oil

Homemade chicken, vegetable and noodle soup

AFTERNOON TEA

Low GI piece of fruit and a cup of herbal tea

DINNER

Always includes about 150g of protein, ¼ plate low GI carbs and half a plate of low GI vegetables or salad

For example – last night I had steak with risoni (a small rice shaped pasta).  In the risoni I mixed in plenty of baby spinach, shallots, lemon rind, lemon juice and olive oil.  Tonight I have a small bowl of chicken and vegetable noodle soup (with small pieces of angel hair pasta).

I believe portion control is key.  I make sure I am not eating too much  (or too little for that matter!) and I stick to natural and fresh foods.   I steer clear of most pre-packaged, pre-prepared foods and limit my sugar (fake and real) intake.

Good fats  play an important role in weight loss.  They can can help your metabolism run efficiently and by consuming adequate amounts, you can actually assist in weight loss. I choose unsaturated fats like olive oil, olives (6 – 8 is enough), nuts (walnuts are great – 20g max) and avocado.

I choose only lean cuts of meat and trim visible fat where necessary and I eat lots of vegetables.

So that all sounds pretty easy, right?  Basically, fresh and natural foods are in and saturated, trans fats and sugar is out. In other words – I cut out the crap.

That doesn’t mean I won’t treat myself occasionally!  But it’s all within limits and only in moderation.

I hope this has been useful to any that were interested but it’s also important that you need to find something that works for YOU.  Experiment with your diet and remember to stay active.  But most of all, don’t think of eating healthy as a chore, just think of it as just something that you do because whatever you put into your body, you will get out of it.

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Dropping cm’s like they’re HOT

23 Apr

Great news today dear followers!  I am totally dropping centimeters like they are HOTTTT. Got my new measurements this morning.  Another 1.5cm from the shoulders, 3.5cm from the bust (implants anyone??), no change for waist, 3cm from the navel, 1cm from the arms, 1cm from the hips, 1.5cm from the upper thigh (my most hated area!) and no change for mid thigh.

Let’s total that shall we?!

SHOULDER: -3cm

CHEST: -5cm

WAIST: -1.5cm

NAVEL: -5cm

ARM: -1cm

HIPS: -2cm

UPPER THIGH: -1.5cm

MID THIGH: same

I’ve also lost more weight since my last post and am now 600g away from my first goal!!  I’m so close I can SMELL it.  I can’t wait till the day comes (hopefully very soon) where I can look down and see a number I have not seen in YEARS.  It really is going to be one of the best days of my life – besides the marriage to my dear husband, of course!

I am on a high right now.  It finally feels like things are falling in to place.  I have to say I owe a lot to my fantastic trainer who has really helped me stay motivated and think outside of the square (www.newoutlookfitness.com.au – are you happy NAT??).

On a totally unrelated note, last night at soccer I got hit in the same poor breasticle not once, but TWICE.  Purple nurple anyone?  Ouch.

Okay!  That’s about all from me today!  Have a great long weekend everyone!

When the pimps in the crib ma…

Getting closer!

20 Apr

Finally! I’m just over 1.5kg away from my first goal. I feel like everything is beginning to fall into place. I’ve accepted that the weight will come off slowly, that having PCOS means that I’m not like your average Joe setting out to lose weight. So I’m celebrating every kilo I lose because I am appreciating how much blood, sweat and tears went in to losing that one kilo. Okay maybe not blood but you get the idea.

Also, another relevation. No ‘diet’ will ever work for me. Wow. Did I just say that?! This is coming from a girl who has tried every diet under the sun! Meal replacements, atkins, vegetable soup, sure slim, lite n easy… That’s only a few! This revelation is huge for me. It’s all about nutritious, low GI, balanced, portion controlled meals. It’s not that hard. I get to have almost everything I want. In moderation. I find when you don’t exclude certain foods from your diet, guess what, you don’t actually crave them and find yourself binging. Portion control is key. And get moving! I now move as much as possible. I no longer think of it as a chore. It’s important to embrace the fact that you are getting stronger and fitter every day.

Another thing I have been doing, and this is going to sound new age and creepy, but I have been ‘thinking’ myself thin. So lame. But I think it’s working! Everyday I tell myself that I’m getting thinner and I push all negative weight thoughts out of my head. It was quite a shock how much negative body image thoughts were swirling around my head. How boring. They have been banished! The theory is that whatever your mind is thinking, your body will do. Training hard and saying to yourself you can’t do it? Guess what. You won’t do it. Thinking to yourself that you will never lose weight? Hello! The weight will stick. Thanks to Chanel for passing this little book on to me. 😉

So I think everything is going quite well! Will keep you all updated!

Choices

12 Apr

I was having a chat with my other half the other day about how I don’t ever visualise myself being thin or ever achieving my goals.  I questioned, would that be something that makes it harder for me to reach my goals because I don’t ever see them actualising?

Yesterday I had a nap and I was dreaming that I watched a plane fall out of the sky and crash into my street.  There were flames and people screaming and dying – it was really awful!  I looked it up in a dream dictionary and it said:

To dream that a plane crashes, suggests that you have set overly high and unrealistic goals for yourself. Your goals may be too high and are impossible to realize. You are in danger of having it come crashing down. Alternatively, your lack of confidence, self-defeating attitude and self-doubt toward the goals you have set for yourself is represented by the crashing airplane; you do not believe in your ability to attain those goals. Loss of power and uncertainty in achieving your goals are also signified.

That really brought it home to me (and freaked the pants off me too!).  I need to CHOOSE to succeed in my goals.  I can’t just go through the motions, training hard, eating right, but not mentally being in the right place.  Although I am happy with my success so far – I still don’t think I am able to fully see what life will be like when I reach my goals.

So, from now on I choose to be successful!  I choose to visualise my future!  I’m making choices baby and I’m sticking to my guns.

This is my lamest post ever but you get the picture – aight?

Here.  Listen to this.

Another one bites the dust

9 Apr

Hey hey what’s crackalackin’? Not much eh? Well let me tell you what’s happening with me as I am sure you are just DYING to know.

Another kg bit the dust! How sweet it is. So that’s 2kg down, 13kg to go! I think it’s almost time for measurements to be done again so I’ll let you all know the results when I get them. Yessir.

You’re probably very interested to know how my illustrious indoor soccer career is going. Yeah well we are still getting our asses handed to us every week but we came *thisclose* last week to winning with one point difference! It was excitement to the extreme. We actually felt like we were playing a game of indoor not just running around like headless chooks chasing a ball. Last night was a different story. We totally sucked balls last night but hey, every team has off days right? And on the plus side I managed to walk away from the game injury free. Would you believe it?!

Moving house next week. Moving into a semi with two sets of stairs. Think of the burn baby, think of the burn! I can’t wait to get out of the crap hole I live in now so I am super excited. I can’t think of anything else. Sleep has been sparse as all I can think about is all the things I need to box up and all the rubbish I want to turf. Ahhh but once it’s all done, life will be gooood.

Okay that’s enough out of me for one day. Have a good weekend peeps!