Lifestyle or diet? Whatever … Here we go …

Soooo, I’ve started!  Yep, I made a promise to myself that I would begin my fresh, new, healthier lifestyle yesterday and that from now on I’d quit making excuses … and I did it!  Hopefully making that commitment is the most difficult part!

Anyway, I’ve been asked by a few people what my plan actually entails, which diet I’m following, what I’m eating, etc … and I’ll be honest … I’m totally winging it!  I have no idea!  I just made a decision to live a healthier life from now and to improve my fitness, which should actually be easy considering how absolutely unfit I currently am!

Now that day one is done and dusted I’ll run you through my day … apologies of it’s boring!  You’re welcome to stop reading if you like!

Brekkie – I LOVE breakfast!  My weakness is a big bowl of muesli.  YUM!  Especially when it sits there for a bit and goes soggy!  Gross, I know … but oh, how I love it!  Anyway, I didn’t actually change this but I did reduce my portion … and by quite a lot!  I probably had the equivalent of about 1 cup of muesli with some Smarter White milk.  I’m not a fan of lite milk and I figure that the Smarter White is a good compromise.

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Snacks – here’s my problem right here!  Generally I’ll snack on chocolate throughout the day.  Furry Friends … you know those delicious Cadbury chocolates with the Australian animal on the wrapper?  They’re a problem for me.  Maybe a few Tim Tams (those mint ones are divine) And Milo … I can hardly stand to even think about Milo.  If I was on death row Milo would be my final meal! YEP, I love it  that much!

IMG_6224.JPGAnyway, instead of devouring all things chocolate yesterday I nibbled on nuts … and they weren’t Nobby’s!  Well, they were seeds actually!  I had a handful of roasted pumpkin seeds and these amazing Coconut Clusters.  They’re basically pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and chia seeds held together with coconut?  They look like crap but you know what … they tasted GREAT and they were exactly what I needed to get through the day!  I didn’t have many … I think that would likely defeat the purpose.  Instead, just a few (they’re small) to leave me feeling satisfied.

I’ll admit I had a hot chocolate as well.  I’m trying to be realistic.  Not giving up things that I’ll eventually have again would be silly as I want this to be maintainable.  I don’t want to end up piling the pounds back on as I don’t plan on this being a diet, but rather this is a lifestyle change that I can continue.

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Lunch – usually I’d have a sandwich.  Nothing exciting.  It’d likely have ham, cheese and relish.  But yesterday I opted for a smallish portion of salad.  Black bean, corn and quinoa.  Don’t know if it’s great but it sure as hell sounds healthy!  Anything with quinoa can surely be deemed healthy, right? And it was actually really nice!  Not going to lie … I didn’t make it … I bought it!

A few more pumpkin seeds and a banana while I caught up on some TV and I was good!  IMG_6235.JPG

Next up … Dinner – this one was easy!  We get HELLO FRESH delivered and we LOVE it.  So easy and delicious.  Want to try it, let me know and I’ll give you a code for a free box (pretty sure I have some left)!  Trust me, you’ll love it too.  We order it for 4 nights per week for 4 people, even though there are 6 of us.  The best part is that it usually feeds all of us, so I know my portions aren’t too big as they give you the right amount for 4 people!  Anyway, last night we shared Chinese Hoisin-glazed chicken with coconut rice and Asian greens.  Sounds fancy, hey!

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Now for dessert – Usually I’d get the munchies some time after tea but last night I had a small helping of passionfruit yoghurt to satisfy me until bed!  And that’s it!  I didn’t snack on anything that I shouldn’t have.  I’m hoping those coconut cluster snacks are okay because I don’t really think I can give those up at this point.  But other than that I think I did okay for day 1.

Oh, and I exercised too.  I got home from Matt & Ben’s swim training and figured I wouldn’t start making excuses, especially on day 1, and even more especially because I knew I’d be sharing how I went with my day.  I figured I could still do something, even though it was late and even though it was cold (and boy, was it cold) … so I went for a run!  It wasn’t very long … 15 mins max.  And I’ll admit that I walked / jogged / walked / jogged the whole way.  But I did it … in the dark and cold! Yay for me!

This afternoon after school pick up I will go again.  This time longer though.  And this time I’ll take one of the kids.  I think it’s good for them to see that I’m trying; that being healthy is important.

Wish me luck … I’ll likely need it!  And I’m here cheering you all on!

By the way, thanks for all the messages of encouragement!  And to those joining me on this journey … we got this!  If you stumble along the way … it’s okay … just get your ass up and start over!  

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