a Whole30 is in order

I have decided to do a Whole30

Even though I think I will possibly mention it here from time to time, I won’t make this blog a food journal. There are tons of them out there, visual diaries, recipes etc. I don’t want to make my blog another one of those. Not that there is anything wrong with those blogs, I love them, they give great ideas and tips, recipes etc. I am planning to document how my relationship with food changes over the course of the Whole30. I have come a long way already when it comes to my relationship with food. I really need to get down to the fine print, learn how to deal with my emotions in a different way.

For me, it’s a habit thing: Coffee and cake go together (of course). They are nice together but I can have the coffee (black) without the cake. Where I am standing right now, it does not look that exciting, but I need to do something about my habits. Treats seem to be crawling back into my diet quite regularly, making them not a treat anymore but a regular occurrence.  I beat myself up so much about it, I feel like a big failure. Like I am wasting money on my personal trainer because my eating has not been that great. If you look at it, maybe you can tell me that it hasn’t been that bad, but with each slip up, I feel like maybe old ways want to come back.

It is not about perfection for me, it’s about overcoming myself. I am my own worst enemy and I know that.  

So with this Whole30, I want to reset myself. A fresh start. I think the time limit really helps me with focus. So expect to hear from me, I cannot guarantee that I won’t complain about it, but I can guarantee that with every complain I make, a victory will be attached to it. So maybe I won’t complain at all, but celebrate each step I take towards my goal.

ALMOST tempted

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(I said no to those today. The fat girl in me was disappointed. I am learning to silence her a little bit more everyday. It was a very happy moment)

Temptation is a funny thing. To give in to temptation, it requires a process of fighting with yourself about what you should do versus what you want to do.

I am not singularly talking about food – but since this is weight loss blog, I am focusing on that.

I work with a lady, and for the last three weeks, she lost 7kgs. The little green jealous monster that lives inside me poked its head out for a moment, to find out what was going on.

I asked her what she was doing, and she told me she had started the diet and told me the name of it. I was interested and almost tempted to stop what I am doing and follow her advice, giving all the great results she is having. I won’t say which diet it is because I am not here to judge anyone doing that diet. But I googled it and I was not surprised to find out why she is losing so much weight so quickly. Basically, she is eating 500 calories a day.

So, no thanks! I love food, want to eat plenty of it and lose weight. It’s all about choices.

You see, many people are so desperate to lose weight that they do not think about choices, either good or bad choices. It is obviously not healthy to only eat 500 calories per day. There are many side effects to this diet, you lose weight, yes – but you also become a super tired cranky unpleasant (and hungry) individual. I can confirm first hand that that is the case. They also think that perhaps taking a pill will help. What they fail to realise is that, in the long term, these things are just not sustainable.

I will confess that once or twice I was that desperate myself. I haven’t done anything extreme but sometimes I wished that a magic pill did exist! I was tempted to take pills and go through extreme dieting. I think all of us, at some point wished that.

But reality is, healthy is exactly the opposite of any of those fad diets or pills.

So if you ever feel tempted to start an extreme diet or taking a pill, please don’t! Keep doing what you are doing already, eat clean, healthy food, drink plenty of water and move your butt! It takes time, patience and consistency.

This is the secret!

Do not give up because it is taking too long. You will get there and in the long term, your body will thank you for it

PS. To the grammar nazis out there, I write in Australian English, which means words like ‘realise’ are spelled with an ‘s’ not a ‘z’ 🙂

Motivated and ready to go

I can finally say that my motivation is back, after a long holiday.

I never really stopped what I was doing – apart from when I went to New Zealand for three weeks over Christmas and New Year, as much as I tried to be health conscious, after the third day it all went out of the window, too many barbeques invitations and yummy dessert!

I got back home on January 4th, and let me tell you, I have been in Struggleville since.

But you know what? Since coming back, I never gave up. After falling off the wagon, I climbed it back on straight away. I never stopped running, even though I was only running twice and maybe three times a week. I pushed myself through the lack of motivation.

Motivation is a tricky thing, you know. I quote Michelle Bridges when I say ‘Motivation is like a bad boyfriend, is never there when you need it!’ This is so true. If I ever rely on my motivation to take me places, forget about it. I do not wake up everyday feeling energized and ready to smash it. Some days I feel like I HAVE to eat chocolate, some days I am way too tired so I don’t really feel like running. You just have to push through it, not even start thinking about the reasons why you have the excuse not to exercise, or you had a rough day so you ‘deserve’ chocolate.

But I know when you are actually motivated, things do become easier.

What I do to get motivated/excited?

  • Read blogs/articles that give me inspiration. We live in an era when things are so easy, you can easily create a circle of things to keep you motivated. There are thousands of awesome ladies out there in the same journey, a lot of awesome success stories (I love those!) There are normal people, just like you and me and they have a lot to offer when it comes to support and motivation!
  • Join My Fitness Pal or Sparkpeople . I use both for different reasons. I like the food tracker better at My Fitness Pal but Sparkpeople has a lot of awesome resources to keep you going!
  • Look for tasty food that you love, it will keep you interested in what you are eating, so you dont feel like you are depriving yourself. Or if you are like me, lacking time for really elaborate meals, simple meals are always good.
  • Find an exercise buddy. Sometimes my friend being there is the only thing that keeps me going while running
  • Don’t give up! If you are having a bad day, too tired to work out, think about where you want to get. Get back on the wagon straight away and don’t beat yourself up for falling off it. I can guarantee you that 99% of people out there who lost weight, didn’t have it perfect all the time!

Motivation comes and goes. The secret to weight loss is CONSISTENCY, whether you feel like it or not

I hope you find this helpful