I am sore in places I didn’t even know could get sore.
Did you know that your belly button can get sore... apparently it can.
Seriously, everything at the moment hurts. I feel like a 90 year old woman who fought for the last seat at Bingo and came off second best.
BUT its a good type of sore, if there is such a thing.
Not the "i’m so sore because Ive been lifting my arm to my mouth continuously feeding myself wine kinda sore."
The 2 year old is not enjoying my soreness either. This is because the 2 year old likes to be carried and thrown around. She likes to jump on me and wrestle me and play this game where she is the mum cat and I am apparently the “baby cat” who gets attacked by the mum cat and has to lift her off me with her legs and kick her onto the bed. I insisted that a so called "baby cat" could not do this and that I should be the “mum cat” but she just hissed at me and scratched me on the shoulder for getting out of character.
Yesterday, the 2 year old demanded that I carry her across the wet dewy grass because she didn’t want to get her shoes wet. This is because they are her princess shoes (they are pink joggers). Usually this is not a problem because I know dem feels when you don’t want to get your princess shoes dirty. So I squatted down to pick her up and it was as if she had put on 20kg over night. I half dragged her/carried her across the grass to her screaming “higher, higher”. Baby girls these arms have been pumping 5kg weights (yep I’m a beef cake) and apparently they don’t feel the need to work any more!!
I am going to put it out there, that I literally have no upper body strength. That is not a comment so someone says “oh yes you do and your incredibley good looking too”… No this is a fact.I can’t even do 1 push up on my toes properly like chest to ground. I think I can do 5 in a row on my knees, but then I need to stop because my arms are about to give way so my face can meet the ground and get to know it better.
I also have no core strength. You would think that those fat rolls would want to go bad enough, to get their sh*t together and make me smash out some sit ups but NO they insist on making me look like an intoxicated drunk man trying to roll his way off the ground.
The only thing I have going for me fitness wise, is I do have some strength in my legs and I can run (well when Im fit enough). My legs have to continuously take one for the team and try and get me through my work outs… All I need if for my lungs to get their act together and I might be able to run harder.
At the moment I also have a terrible head cold and sore throat and actually sound like a transexual. 100 percent serious.
If I was too put an add in the paper tomorrow for some phone loving and advertise as a 21 year old man, I would be raking in the cash.
I have answered the phone on 2 occasions, where people have rung ME (so they would be expecting me on the other end) and the caller is like “who is this” “I think I have the wrong number”. I honestly sound like a husky man and my husband is slightly terrified, especially when I start whispering sweet nothings in his ear.
The 8 year old thinks its fantastic and he is slightly to blame for this man-voice due to his behaviour in the last week being way off. Apparently he lost his hearing because speaking to him in a normal voice wasn’t working and I think I spent my whole week yelling.
The 2 year old doesn’t know what to think. She has insisted I play the role of the mean dragon, the mean doctor, the mean cat, the mean baby chicken and the mean police in our games… so I’m assuming she thinks my voice sounds delightful.
As well as training my ring off I have also been really strict on my diet.
This was pretty hard in the first week when I was detoxing because my head was pounding, I was so irritable and drained, I was having trouble sleeping and I was craving sugar badly.
However today I start week 3 and all my detox symptoms are gone and I am feeling fantastic.
Last time I started this journey I did it without exercise which was a huge learning curve for me. I will be the first to admit the thought of being able to eat without exercising really appealed to me, especially when I started to lose weight. However when I went through my original eating plan from when I first started this, I think I was eating barely anything. When I started to try and start over about 2 months ago after having a break from the sugar thing, I was getting no results and was actually putting on weight. I couldn't figure out why but I think it was due to me eating less when I first got into the fructose free lifestyle.
I know that eating fructose free is often associated with limited exercise, but the results I am seeing and its only been two weeks in phemonimal!!
My husband hugged me yesterday and his exact words were “holy sh*t” you already feel smaller” lets not forget the last time my husband hugged me his words were “your skin feels really tight like your too big for it”… (thanks a-hole).
I am not going to lie, I do train hard and push myself hard and as mentioned in my last post, I am doing it with a group of people and am participating in a 12 week challenge.
I needed this to motivate myself because I was at that crossroad stage where I was feeling depressed, un-motivated and telling myself I was going to start Monday or tomorrow was just not working.
I am really excited to see where I end up at the end of the 12 weeks because my weight was at pretty much the same (maybe a kg more) as to when I first started my journey a year ago.
Typically for breakfast I have been having the following
1/2 a banana, banana muffin, eggs.
This was a bit hard for me with the fructose mindset to go for that banana because it is on the higher scale but I had to convince myself that it was half and it was my fruit serving. Having it in the morning, meant I was able to use the energy to burn off for the rest of the day. No fruit after 1pm is the rule in this challenge.
My lunches have typically been leftovers from the night before or salads with roast chicken or boiled egg.
My dinners are steamed vegetables, roast chicken, pork, lamb etc. I have been meal prepping ahead of time because one word “KIDS” those loveable little bastards who suck the time out from under you. One minute you feel like you have a thousand hours left in the day to cook dinners and the next its midnight and you're a bad parent cause your kids are eating a cookie they found under the fridge.
My go to snack and pick my up is:
No-Bake Chocolate Protein Bars
1 square = 1 serve
2 cups of nuts (almonds, macadamia, cashews) c
2 big handfuls of shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup nut butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup vegan protein powder (I use prana)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1-2 tbsp rice malt syrup or liquid sweetener of your choice (I use rice syrup as it’s fructose-free)
Blend the nuts in a small food processor or blender until finely chopped – as opposed to ‘roughly’ chopped. See below for a pic. I find if the pieces are too big the bars won’t stick together. But don’t blend for too long otherwise you’ll end up with nut meal. And if you blend even longer it will turn into nut butter, which is delicious, but not quite what we’re aiming for here…
Pop the blended nuts into a mixing bowl, add the rest of the dry ingredients and mix until combined
Melt the coconut oil and syrup (if using) in a small bowl in the microwave
Add to the dry ingredients, and mix around until everything is combined. Have a little taste, and add stevia and/or extra sweetener to reach your desired sweetness levels. If the mixture is really wet, add some extra chia seeds (or almond meal, psyllium husks etc) to thicken it up. If it’s too dry, add some extra coconut oil.
Line a small square (about 21 x 21cm) baking pan with baking paper (no need to grease it). Tip the mixture in, press it down and smooth out with the back of a spoon. Pop in the fridge for 30 minutes or so to set.
When set and hard enough to cut, lift the whole lot out on to a chopping board. Cut into 6cm x 6cm squares.
Recipe Credit to Griffin Personal Training
Seriously these are the bomb!! So much so that I have had to make them twice. Apparently the kids feel that they need this in their life constantly and then when people have been visiting, they also feel the need to go back for second and thirds when I put a plate on the table. I adore the hell out of them because they feel naughty but they aren’t.
If you are not a cacao fan then swap to cocoa but I’m cacao all the way baby!!
I hope you all have a fantastic week and that your Monday is better than your weekend…