I decided to do a detox for a few days to get me back into healthy eating habits after Christmas... It isn't so much Christmas Day itself that gets me- usually that turns out to be a fairly healthy day with meat and salad... What gets me is the month of treats in the lead-up to the day! Mince pies, shortbread, my famous choc chip cookies, etc etc etc... That's where I feel my jeans getting tighter!
So yesterday I began a detox (of my own invention) based on veggie juices, raw fruits and veggies, healthy veggie soup, raw nuts and brown rice. I plan to do it for a few days to a week. I'll see how I feel. Yesterday I got the classic 3pm "I need caffeine now!" headache but persevered and have felt good all day today.
My meals yesterday looked like this;
Upon waking- warm water with lemon juice
Breakky- apple, carrot, celery, silverbeet and ginger juice
Morning tea- 1 big apple
Lunch- A big crunchy salad with chickpea and lentil sprouts
Afternoon tea- 2 plums, some grapes and a large handful of almonds plus peppermint tea
Dinner- Lentil, pumpkin and sweet potato soup
After dinner- chamomile tea
Breakky- same juice as yesterday
Morning tea- peppermint tea, a banana and a peach
Lunch- Salad with chickpeas, avocado and lemon juice dressing
Afternoon tea- raw cashews more peppermint tea
Dinner- will be baked brown rice risotto with lots of veggies (minus the parmesan) and lots of herbs and spices for flavour
Tomorrow is Molly's 2nd Birthday! I know I can't believe it either! We are having a tea party and I am making beautiful butterfly cakes and iced tea for all her friends to enjoy! I am also making fruit skewers and mini home made spinach and fetta pizzas. I am sure we will have a wondeful time!
Sunday, 28 December 2008
Posted by Ashley Carr at 3:19 pm
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
.. struggling a lot with food and doing very little exercise... my head is in a pretty bad place body image wise. I have put on only a kilo however I feel really bloated and yuk!
I will get back on track after Christmas- until then... eat, drink and try not to be too miserable...
Hope you all have a nice Christmas...
Posted by Ashley Carr at 9:26 pm
Thursday, 11 December 2008
But not for me!
Weigh in this morning.... 85.6! Ya ya ya!
Loss of 1.3 this week!
Posted by Ashley Carr at 9:32 am
Thursday, 4 December 2008
I weighed this morning (I know I know- only once a week! Shh don't tell!) and the scales flashed up 86.9! 600g down from a few days ago and my lowest weight in a long while!
So I'm going with that and have updated my sidebar. I am so ready to be in the 86s for at least a couple of weeks! And then the 85s 84s 83s 82s 81s 80s 79s 78s 77s 76s etc etc..... It doesn't look that far away when you look at it like that.
On tuesday I ended up playing 2 games of netball, Goal Keeper in the first game and Goal Defence in the 2nd... I kept up! I ran around and you wouldn't have known that my confidence for netball (especially when playing a position I don't usually play) is so poor! I had a good sweat and I am sure my HR would have been at a good spot for most of the game. I also went for a walk/jog with Mayra and have figured out that I need to be exercising in that annoying spot between going easy and going hard... It's really hard to stay there as I need to either jog incredibly slowly or walk incredibly fast!
I think bike riding is the way to go for my cardio/fat burn HR stuff. I will be looking to buy a nice big (I have long legs!) hybrid bike in the near future so I can tootle around Footscray on it but also be able to do serious exercise on it.
Non weight related stuff ahead....
Our community has been providing some meals and support for a family in Footscray- a mum and her 5 kids. Their house burnt down a few weeks ago and they have been living in a bungalow/sheltered area behind their house with no power, phone or hot water. I popped in with some dinner on Tuesday last week and her 3 year old little boy was just filthy. She struggles to keep them fed, clothed and clean at the best of times- so, as you can imagine, this experience has not been easy for them.
She has a support team of workers and she has us as an extra support but I just wanted to ask if whoever reading this could send some positive thoughts and prayers (if you're so inclined) her way and think about some of the ways you might be able to help families and individuals in need over the Christmas period.
If you know of a community organisation who need some volunteer help or money- please be generous. We are so fortunate and have so much (if you're reading this from your home internet connection you are priveledged even if you feel poor sometimes) so please don't spend too much on your family and friends this year. Make/find/recycle some truely meaniful pressies, cook for your family, make a favour voucher book to be used through the year, use your kids paitings for wrapping paper, offer to wash your mum's windows, offer to take your sister out for a meal, find a gorgeous "antique" book for 2 dollars at the op shop.... and give the rest away....
I know it sounds simple.. but it is so liberating and it really helps understand what Christmas is about. Even if you don't follow Jesus- you have to admit he was a pretty top bloke who loved and served others. He set a great example- so Christmas should reflect that.
I hope you are all feeling festive and preparing for a lovely time with family and friends. Just don't forget those who will still be sleeping rough even though it's Christmas.
Posted by Ashley Carr at 7:56 am
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
As someone who doesn't like to complain, it's kind of tough coming on here when things are not going all that well.. although, it's not that it's "not going well" it's more that I'm just a little stressed out.This last week of the challenge has been an absolute write off!
We have been moving house all weekend and my motivation for the challenge have gone out the window. One of my goals for the challenge was to just keep going after setbacks and not give up like I have in the past... I am finding it so so so hard to stay on track. I just want to eat! And the choices I have made this weekend have not been good (Maccas sundae, pizza, magnum icecream, chips etc)... Given, we haven't had a working kitchen to cook in- but there is ALWAYS a healthy choice somewhere when you live in the city... I just chose not to make the healthy choices!
AND... to add to all the dramas, my bro-in-law (who we live with) was struck down with apendicitis on Saturday night and in hospital for 2! So we had to stay home and look after Felix (2.5 yrs) - which we love- but it's hard work... I am so glad we didn't have a full pantry as I think that may have been the only thing to stop me from gaining 2 kilos over the weekend. So it's back on the wagon for me!If anyone wants to buddy up and help me stay on the straight and narrow that would be great!!
B.1 fruit english muffin, strawberries and jalna vanilla yoghurt, tea
L. Beef casserole on 2 slices soy lin toast
D. Chicken and veg stirfry with basmati rice
Snacks. 1 big apple, 1 med banana, some nori rice crackers and a skim latte
Today- Netball- one game (30 mins)
Wed- Pushups and a gentle jog (HR under 150)
Thurs- Pushups and jogging again
Fri- 6km walk, squats, lunges and more pushups!
Sat- noneSun- Sussan women's funrun (5km)
Posted by Ashley Carr at 9:56 am