Health Journey: 1 Month In

I have officially hit the one month mark,  yay me! It hasn’t been easy and I haven’t always stuck to my eating plan but here I am.

I didn’t post my week 3 results because it was not a good week. After making such good progress in my first 2 weeks,  I gained back 1.1kg of what I lost. Boy was I ashamed, i was so ashamed that my gain was the best kept secret, not even my tonga bull (for my international readers, this is what we call men of a certain tribe; Tonga, in Zambia) knew, infact not even the CIA could have hacked this one. It also affected my motivation and my overall mood, but looking back, I shouldn’t have been surprised.   I did not stick to my eating plan because I did not plan my meals (that saying about failing to plan and planning to fail- its true), I over indulged at the ladies lunch that one of our Pastors invited us for, in hindsight I should have prepared a more healthy alternative for myself.

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So now the cat is out of the bag and I am at the end of week 4. This was a better week for me because I worked hard, exercise-wise and my eating was better, not 100% but better. This is something i need to work on. Oh! I nearly had a breakdown mid-week but a picture posted by a friend of his transformation helped me get back up. I am more motivated and more mentally prepared.

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So 1 month in and my total loss is 4.2kgs.

All in all, my failure in week 3 did me good. I now know that this journey will be challenging. I also know that exercise without clean eating means NOTHING and vice versa. I know that even when I fall, I can still get back up, dust myself off and try again. Most importantly I know that His grace is sufficient for me, for His strength is made perfect in my weakness-2 Corinthians 12:9

Week 5 Plan:

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Love,
Team Curvy and Fit

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Health Journey: Before Stats

Just a quick post with my body measurements or ‘Stats’ as I will refer to them going forward.

It’s important to get your stats done at the beginning of your journey as well as your ‘soon-to-be before’ photos to keep track of your progress and keep you motivated even when the numbers on the scale don’t.

Here’s what I’m working on:
Bust: 42.8cm
Waist: 41cm
Hips: 55.2cm (I foresee a LOT of squats in my future)
Cheeks (on my face that is!):  20.5cm (it was my man’s idea lol)

And here are my before pics:
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Looking forward to seeing my progress so I better step up my game!

Love,
Team Curvy and Fit

Health Journey : Week 2

Week 2 done. It has been a tough one for me but im still standing (barely).

My biggest upset this week was falling ill with the dreaded flu which affected my exercise, my appetite and my overall motivation. I only managed to get to two aerobics classes this week, I had to sit out on dance rehearsals and slipped back into my old habits of skipping meals.

On the upside, the highlight of my week was the ‘green machine’ smoothie from Lush Smoothies at Manda Hill, a tasty and healthy meal on the go.

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The 'Green Machine '

I’m also proud of myself for sticking with my ‘no elevators or escalators’ rule *thumbs up*

So my results for this week….
Week 2 loss: 1kg
Total loss to-date: 3kgs

Can’t be sad about that!

I also had measurements of my body done this week which I will be posting later in the week (only because I forgot my diary). It’s important to measure yourself, firstly so that you can keep track of your progress,  but also because what the scale doesn’t show, the changes in your body will.

Week 3 Plan
1. Walk home from work on Thursday.  Need to make up for the class I missed on Monday. Note to self: wear comfortable clothes to the office. 
2. Weigh my food.

“Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received (as a gift) from God? You are not your own, you were bought with a price (purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own). So then, honour God and bring glory to Him in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Love Me 🙂

Health Journey: Week One

Yay! I have made it through one week and I am over the moon. Its been a good week and I managed to keep to my eating plan (almost perfectly…almost)

My chosen eating plan is something i picked up whilst i was on Jenny Craig and consists of me eating 7000 kilojoules a day; 5 fruit, 5 vegetables, 7 grain, 6 meat, 2 milk and 3 fat serves. I like this plan because it means I don’t have to starve myself or deprive myself of foods such as bread (one bread roll = one grain serve) and this is something i can keep up with even after I have reached my goal weight (which is 75kgs btw).

So here a few snapshots of what my meals were like this week:

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Breakfast. Muesli and low fat milk with yoghurt and or fruit for variety

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Lunch: mainly a garden salad and a sandwich. Or a roast chicken salad or a wrap...something light

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Snacks: mainly fruit

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Dinner: whatever goes as long as it's within my servings. For my fat serves I use 1tbsp of olive oil for cooking

I had one slip-up though….hubby and I went out for dinner at Mugg and Bean last night and I ordered a chicken sandwich which came out with melted mozzarella (hides face) and on top of that I had a coke zero..well half of one anyways because I felt guilty about the sandwich (I was too guilty to even take a picture of it).

My week also included some exercise. I joined an aerobics class that meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for one hour of fun, sweat and fellowship (its Christian based and I just love that about it). Apart from that, I challenged myself to walk from Levy Park to my house which took me about  17 mins and I have stopped taking the lift at the office (every little bit helps)! Oh and lets not forget the dance rehearsals for my friends Koni and Jane’s wedding on Sunday afternoons! 

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So how did I do? *drumroll please* Week One results: 2kgs lost 😀

Plan for Week 2
1. Plan my meals because if you fail to plan, you plan to fail (its true)
2. Step up my exercise. Walk whenever I can, start the 30 day squat challenge
3. More water!

Week 2, I got this!

Love,
Team Curvy and Fit

Ps: You can do all things through Christ who gives you the strength (Phillipians 4:13)…and so can I and the great support sysyem I have is a Blessing (hubby is buying me a fish to celebrate my week 1 loss hahaha)