So I am into my 5th month of being Fructose Free and to be honest I have kinda stopped counting… I'm pretty sure I fruced up the days on this blog because for some reason, it likes to automatically display a date and the date may or not be anywhere near what the true date is… (can I type the words date anymore times).
The first picture is the first day I started my journey and the next photo was at the end of month 1, all the way to the last 2 photos which were taken today to mark the end of Month 4.
As you can see in Month 1 and 2, I was exercising consistently and was very active. I was playing oztag, training for oztag and also bike riding and running.
Month 3 and 4 I have done absolutely nothing fitness wise and it shows by the lack of tone in my stomach. I have also been eating a lot of baked treats that were meant to be for the kids (my bad)
I have managed to stay the same weight on the scales for the last 3 months with no exercise or effort. However I miss the feeling of being fit (toned or not).
This week I have started up running again, even though I swore I wouldn't do it, due to stress levels of running with either a pram, a kid on a bike or both…yet here I am anyway.
I was so close to joining a gym, had the paperwork done and mentally was ready to commit. However being so close to going away for 3 weeks when my husband does his charity ride, I didn't want to start paying for something I was not going to be able to use.
I have only done two runs so far this week. One by myself and the other with the 7 year old on a bike.. My time by myself was actually pretty good for someone who hasn't ran in quite some time and also someone who would rate her current fitness at a 4/10.
However when I did the same run with the 7 year old following me on his bike, I really struggled!! I couldn't get into a good stride or consistent pace because I had to keep ushering him into the right spot on the bike track, or stopping every time we crossed the road to make sure he was crossing at the same time as me and that he was safe. I also spent a lot of that run out of breath because I kept having to yell at him when to stop and to stop running people off the track…My time was also a lot slower due to him asking to stop because his shoelace had come undone and me just insisting that he keep pedalling because we only had 1km to go….30 seconds later and he has stacked it off his bike because his shoelace got caught around the pedal.. BEST.MUM.EVER
I would love to say I feel great from those two runs but I feel a bit run down and a tad sore on the old legs, but I'm not going to get any fitter sitting behind a computer and typing about "how Im going to get fit" (like I have been) and not actually doing anything to meet this goal.
This last week I have also chosen not to have any sweets/baking treats in the fridge. I was finding it too convenient to just grab a biscuit/slice or lamington every time I opened up the fridge. The 7 year old is a savoury boy all the way, so he has not even mentioned that his biscuits were replaced with cheese spread and vegetables to dip, in his lunchbox this week. He did however ask me to make some strawberry jam rolls but I told him that there was more chance of me actually pulling a strawberry out of my bottom then being able to make a strawberry jam roll… Mum ain't got skillz this week….
I have also gotten my mittens on some recipes for slices and biscuits to make that are freezable. This way I can pull them out in the morning and hopefully they would have defrosted in the kids lunch boxes by lunch time. I also can't get stuck into them whenever the urge strikes if they are frozen (why am I just picturing myself sticking it in the microwave as I type this… my brain and belly are obviously not on the same team).
I am tackling this recipe today Custard and Apple Teacake but will substitute the sugar with dextrose and will use a granny smith apple instead of tinned apple. I will also make my own custard instead of a store bought one that is fructose free. Will let you know how we go.
The 7 year old has also asked me to make this recipe for him Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cornflake Biscuits.
Once again if I was to make this, I would have to substitute quite a few ingredients. I would leave out the chocolate chips, as he isn't a big chocolate fan. The sultanas would probably be the biggest challenge to overcome in this recipe. I have decided that I would halve the sultanas used because there would really only be 3 to 4 sultanas per biscuit, which I think is quite fine, especially since his sugar consumption is pretty much non existent most days. I will also make a batch with no sultanas in them and obviously substitute the sugar for dextrose.
A friend of mine asked me if I could recreate her favourite cake without the fructose. This is the recipe she wants me to attempt; Anzac Cake . I am definitely going to give it a try using Rice Malt Syrup and dextrose and see how badly I can screw up her favourite treat….I will not be keeping this little beauty in the house though!!
I'm now off to take two kids to the doctors… 3 weeks of good health and sleep was nice while it lasted.