Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What I ate today (vegan)

Although I live in a tropical climate, there are times when the weather gets cooler and I find it harder to fit in fresh fruits and veg in my diet. When it's cold outside, or I'm stuck in a freezing office, I usually want comfort food like mac n cheese, fried foods or anything else heavy that can stick to my ribs.

But I've been making more of an effort to eat raw foods and find that when I make my own salads I'm more inclined to get them in my diet.

Here's what I ate today:

Breakfast was yummy baked pears with agave nectar topped with flax cereal and peanut butter. I also had a banana.

For lunch I had a yummy butter lettuce salad with pink beans, organic sweet corn and mushrooms with a homemade vinegarette. (I put it in a pyrex dish to take to work.)

(this is a pic of the salad from dinner last night with a Dr Praeger's kale burger.

Dinner was leftover curried potatoes and corn with batsmati rice.

It was all yum.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014


I think the biggest hurdle to fitness and a healthy lifestyle is that many people can't seem to find the time to schedule it in their hectic lives. I think this is a travesty. We are so busy checking emails, updating social media accounts, taking care of home, work, pets and family that we don't have time to slow down and check in with our bodies.

For a long time I have been guilty of this. My life was a constant stream of go, go, go and whenever I did have time for myself I would zone out in front of the TV or Ipad with wine or food. I disengaged from my true self and had no time for introspection. As a result, I have been feeling anxious, unhappy and have gained weight over the past year.

But I have decided enough is enough.

I'm work at a newspaper and often times find myself working from morning to night. Last night I had an early night (so I thought) and had plans to make lunch for the next work day and work out. As soon as I got home, something unexpected happened which had me working from home until about 11pm.

I thought, there's no way I can work out now and felt discouraged. But I decided I had enough time to exercise before bed, which would probably help me sleep better after such a long day. And I was right. I felt proud of myself for keeping a commitment. I spend so much time working on pleasing others and doing a good job, I didn't realize I was letting myself down by not taking care of myself.

So that's my advice to you, no matter how hectic it gets, schedule time in the day to eat properly, work out and check in with what's going on with you, before it's too late.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Finding time for fitness: 30 Day Shred

I'll admit it, I'm a lazy couch potato.

Even though I generally eat healthy, over the past few years I've become very sedentary, sitting behind a desk at work, driving everywhere, and falling on the couch to watch TV after dinner.

And after too many pizza and take out dinners with the bf (who has a superfast metabolism that I envy) I've packed on some pounds that don't look good on my petite frame. But I'm tired of being frustrated with my weight and decided to do more than just talk about making changes and actually, you know, make some changes.

I've been reading the Body Book by Cameron Diaz (which is a surprisingly good read) and in her chapter on fitness she stresses that a body in motion craves more motion while a lazy, sofa bum tends to just want to lay prostrate on the sofa, chips in hand.

It's early days for me yet but I'm on day three of a really good exercise plan, Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. I've tried this workout before but always seemed to get side tracked and could never get past five days. But I have vowed to start afresh and stay committed.

Level one is challenging, but it's doable. The program is about a 20 minute workout, which has a short warm up and cool down, that focuses on high intensity training with little breaks. In level one there are a lot of cardio moves, such as jumping jacks, skipping and butt kicks to get the heart rate up.

It also requires hand weights for strength moves. The hardest parts for me are the strength moves, such as the front raises with side lunges. But in the few days that I have done the routine, with four pound hand weights, I have found myself feeling a bit stronger and that makes me proud.

Jillian is a good trainer, she's motivating and even though you're supposed to do each level (there's three in all) for 10 days before changing, I don't see myself getting bored with it.

In addition to the workouts, I've stepped up my clean eating after backsliding a few weeks ago. Dairy and fried foods are out, as I recommit to vegan eating after years of being vegetarian.

I will update in a later post how my body changes at the end of the program. Wish me luck.