I can’t say this last week of my #freshstart has been difficult, but I definitely can’t say its been a walk in the park. Well, I really can’t say it’s been a walk in the park cos all it’s done is RAIN in typical Auckland spring weather 😭, making going to the park a difficult task.
So now that I’ve got my weather complaints off my chest, I figure I better update you guys on how I’m doing. As I said in my first blog post, I mainly have 3 changes I need/want to make over the next 3 months.
- Eating Right:
Being a little warmer I’m finding this isn’t too hard for the moment. I managed to stick to a strict low carb way of eating Monday to Friday, with my daily carbs being around or lower than 50g a day. It does take a little more prep than my old way of eating – no more nibbling on what the kids are eating for lunch, no more making a chocolate bar disappear at 3.30 😝I’ve never been a big early breakfast eater so I’ve always had breakfast around 10am, after school drop off etc, when Miss 3 has morning tea. For the last year, weekday breakfast has been a low carb protein shake with a teaspoon of psyllium husk, so nothing much changed there. I chose to have it when Miss 3 has morning tea so I don’t nibble on what she’s having.
Lunch is usually around 12.30 with Miss 3. It’s a salad with leftovers or eggs etc. I don’t meal prep for lunch at the moment, mainly because Sundays are so hideously busy that I don’t have time.Dinners are usually lowcarb anyway, so I just eat what the kids do – sans the carb. The only exception is that I will eat rice once in a while, only because I feel curry is best with rice. Yes, I know there’s cauliflower rice but I’ll leave that argument to another blog post 😂
If you’re interested in what meals I have you can either follow me on instagram, where I post up my lunch occasionally, or my new Facebook group where I hope to update with my daily progress. I promise it won’t be chia seed this, cauliflower & kale that, cos honestly this WOE has to fit in with my family budget & my tastebuds 😝
Eating wise, I’ve also chosen to make a change to actually having the supplements and vitamins I bought regularly. I take a probiotic at bedtime, a vitamin during the day, and a magnesium supplement during the day.
- Drink more Water:
So one of the changes I needed to make, and a change Nikki has on her daily checklist for the Happier, Fitter, Healthier 12 Week Program, was to increase the amount of water I drink to x amount. To be honest, this was one of the easiest changes I had to make. The trick I found was buying 2 750ml water bottles. I fill both in the morning keeping 1 in the fridge, as I drink more if it’s cold (I can’t stand warm water). I’ve set myself goals to finish each bottle over so many hours, filling each bottle and replacing the one in the fridge. So far I’ve managed to drink at least 3 bottles a day, working towards the 4th. The additional unintended positive to this, is that I think I’ve almost chosen a new wall colour for our bathroom cos I’ve spent so much damn time in there 😝 I swear I have the bladder of a mouse.
Whilst the other two goals were pretty simple, this one will be a slow n steady for me. For the last 6 days, I’ve managed to hit my step goal of 10k, which I’m pretty chuffed with 😄 It would have been 7 days, but this dork forgot to put her fitbit back on until after lunch on the first day, so we will never know 😝 It’s not been easy with the unpredictable weather, so much of these steps have been indoors on the spot. As part of Nikki’s program, the goal is to include 30 minutes of exercise, which is the goal over the coming weeks. The great thing with Nikki’s program is that she gives you a large variety of set workouts, so it doesn’t get monotonous.
Whilst it’s been a pretty positive week, there have been some things to work on. This coming weeks focus is to be better prepared come the weekend. During the week it’s pretty easy to keep my water levels up and to eat healthy, largely because I’m home. When I’m out ‘n about I tend to drink less liquids as I hate finding a loo 😝 Not sure if this will change much, but I’m hoping my bladder gets better at this 😝 Eating out & takeaways are also difficult on a low carb WOE, but I’m finding most places are pretty ok with making small changes to meals. I’m also on a mission to find more places with low carb options, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to drop it in the comments below please 😄 The hardest part of last week, and will be this week as well, was going to the movies with the kids. Aiming to be better prepared and have a bigger lunch before the movie this week 😄
All in all I’m happy with my progress this week, and I’m happy to report Nikki isn’t a tyrant 😂 I love her firm, helpful approach to all of this – she’s checking in with us daily, but largely leaving the onus on us to keep it up and get better at it. I like this approach because (1) I dislike being told what to do like a preschooler 😝 and (2) I feel any changes have to come from us for us to keep it up after the 12 weeks 😄
Now, for those of you who read all this way, here’s a little earworm that’s been in my head ever since I wrote that first line 😝 #sorrynotsorry
I’d love to know what changes you made this week, and what you feel you could have done better 😄