I love treating myself……..holiday is over…

Hopefully I am not alone with feeling fat after a holiday?  Two weeks of fun in the sun, plenty of food and alcohol and all those wobbly bits have come back, bigger and giggling more than before LOL.   If this is you and you are thinking the same as me, it’s time to get started.  So if you are looking for food or workout ideas, I am going to start sharing what I am doing to help get ourselves back on track.

First I got on the scales and weighed myself.  As you can see I gained 4.5kg during my holiday (just under 10lbs), the next I took a picture of myself.  It’s worth seeing what you look like at the start of a fitness journey/transition so you can look back and see how far you have come.  This is also a great way to keep yourself motivated when you get those fat feeling moments.  Next, I went food shopping and got some fresh vegetables.  As a vegan/plant based eater the meal ideas that I will be posting will be plant based so if you are a meat eater, please do subsitute any tufo or soy protein ingredients for meat.

Then I picked a day to start.  I choose today, 31st August as I wanted to start as soon as I got home as it is so so easy to make excuses…….I mean we love to delay things and wait until Monday or the 1st of the month…..but what’s wrong with today??

Finally I signed up for the September challenge of Race at Your Pace to complete 25 miles within the month.  For me, doing this challenge gives me a reason and a focus to do my own exercise……plus I like being outside jogging and looking at nature instead of being in a sweaty gym all day.

Good luck everyone…..let’s get our bodies moving again!!

Stop Eating late…..

….is my next target.  After last weeks heart attack, finding out that I gained nearly 2 stone, I needed a new focus and my cousin suggested I should sign up for the ‘Get Fit for 2018’ challenge with her.  So the challenge we are doing is to run or walk 50 miles in January which can be done at your own pace.  So far in my first week I have clocked up 15.5 miles and lost 4 lbs which has made my week.

However next week is going to be a bit more difficult to get my mileage in, as I will be back teaching my fitness classes as they all start back this week and I drive everywhere.

Eating snacks late at night is another one of my biggest weaknesses as I have a massive sweet tooth, and it is going to get harder as when I teach in the evenings, I do get quiet peckish when I get back home.

It is said that you gain weight if you eat more calories than you burn and eating crisps, biscuits and drinking alochol like I have been doing late at night will make you gain weight.  These high calorie sugary foods and drinks are calorie-dense, nutrient-poor and more likely to add pounds to your bodyframe which it certainly did for me. Regularly eating late can also throw off your internal clock. When you eat during your body’s normal “sleep” time, you may be more likely to store the calories as fat. Researchers surmise that your body reacts differently to food depending on the time of the day, because of body temperature, biochemical reactions, hormone levels and physical activity.

So planning my meals and going to sleep on time is going to be a priority.  Not just preparing my main meals but also making healthy snacks.  Making sure my meals contain ingredients that will give me enough energy not only to teach and move but also to be healthy and nutritious…….so no pressure.

Thankfully I found a lovely recipe for Vegan Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies by Detoxinista.  Let me tell you for a nut free, dairy free, gluten free, grain free cookies they taste absolutely AMAZING and are filling and satisifed my sweet craving.  Buckwheat is a grain that is not related to wheat and contains no gluten.  So if you are like me an have a number of intolerances Buckwheat is a grain that you should check out.

Good luck to everyone who is also changing their habits whatever it is beacuse every step you take is a step further to achieving your ultimate goal.