Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Getting there slowly

I managed a 4.75km walk today down at Main Beach - yay. It is a lot easier walking down there as it is much flatter than the area here near my house. I managed a faster speed as well and so far Mr and Mrs Achilles are behaving themselves. It is a shame about the beach though it is a mess. It is very difficult to get down to walk on the sand as there has been about 5 to 6 metres washed away and formed sheer cliffs. Looks like I will reach my goal of 40kms for the month as there are a couple of days to go and I only have less than 2kms to get there. Also reached the recipe goal - probably went way past it as there have been quite a few new recipes made in the last couple of weeks and I have quite a few more to try out. I'm yet to make my chicken soup as Roger made another one of his lamb shank vegetable soups and there is still some left. Not too sure about the losing 5 cms goal as I haven't measured myself yet. However I think the bulge beneath my waist isn't quite as pronounced as it was. I will get the tape measure out on 1 April and perhaps take a few more spots and record them to make it easier. Nothing much more to report so I'll catch you next time.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Yay - 4kms today

I managed to walk 4kms today and it was quite hilly also. Will gradually increase the distance and the speed so watch this space. Both achilles are OK so far but will probably do a shorter walk tomorrow (have to deliver some brochures anyway and that slows me down) and another longer one on Monday.

Also took a pic of my little chocolates made using one of my new Aldi moulds. The other mould is small bunny rabbits which I will make closer to Easter. These have some cashew nuts in them and are yummy.

Feeling a lot better now I have ditched the restrictive diet and am going to be doing some cooking this weekend. I have found a yummy creamy chicken soup recipe, or at least I found it yesterday - hopefully I can find it again.

Anyway enough from me - catch you later.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Totally Over it

Elimination diet is out the window. Way too hard when I don't have a supportive partner. I know what my system does and does not like. I also realised I have another eat out meal on Monday so I pulled the plug and had my first coffee this morning and made some small choccies with coconut oil yesterday. Won't go berserk but will have things with egg in them - that was the hardest. Just about every recipe I looked at up had eggs in them and I am pretty sure they are OK with my tummy but I won't have a lot until the three days are up with the coffee. I guess it was a good detox and could probably do it every now and then for a week but not two. So my plan now is to eat as healthily and clean as possible, a little paleo, primal, low carb, medium fat, minimal sugar, no gluten, soy or cows milk and keep my system as alkaline as possible and see how we go. I'll also continue with the water + lemon juice first thing in the morning but I'm ditching the Apple Cider Vinegar. I nearly gag on it when I drink it. So precious I know but I can't help it.

On a totally different subject I had coffee today with a lady (who is a little bit younger than myself) who has just recently climbed Mt Kosciuszko. Apparently it is not as hard as it sounds as you can get the chairlift to Thredbo and the walk then is on a metal walkway - there and back a total of 13 kms. There were some quite considerably older than her doing it so I'm putting this on my bucket list and plan to increase the lengths of my walks until I can do 13kms effortlessly. Then I'll be looking for some friends to accompany me - any takers???

Well, that's it from me. The sun has finally come out and I am feeling much more cheerful. That stoopid elimination diet nearly had me heading towards the big D and I refuse to go there.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

3 days down and 11 to go

Well, I am three days into this elimination process and feeling a little better today. The last two days I have felt a lot of muscle aches and pains. Some would be a little DOMS from a gym workout and some also from a very hilly walk I did yesterday but for the most part it is the result of the body detoxing itself. I jumped on the scales (first time for at least a month) and there are a couple of kgs gone, however I am not getting too excited about that as I WILL NOT be continuing on this eating pattern after the two weeks is up. I know I can't put the gluten or the cow's milk back in (probably not for a long time to come) but I WILL be having the coffee/chocolate, hopefully eggs and maybe even products made with goats milk. I am finding all things food related very difficult and quite often there are two different meals being prepared as hubby is not following my program. However he did make a "yummy" vegie soup last night which would normally have been made with yellow dried peas and a bacon hock but it was made with green peas and a lamb shank instead. Anyway watch this space for more progress - it is going to be a long ELEVEN days.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Coffee - you can't be serious

OMG - no coffee for two weeks - can I or can't I ????? I have done it before so I guess I can do it again but I am going to wean myself off it over the next two days. I'm actually having one as we speak but it will be my last for the day. Also can't have any dairy, eggs, gluten, soy or corn but I don't normally have the last three anyway. Will be fun - NOT. I have just baked my crunchy granola to cover breakfasts now the eggs are out and will look at some other options too. The coffee, some dairy (not cows milk) and eggs are to be gradually reintroduced to see what reaction I get from each one. Initially she (Naturopath) said I could have one coffee per day 'cos I announced before we started our discussion that I wasn't prepared to give up the coffee. She also gave me a list of websites to help out with recipes (a couple of them I already have on my Blogroll). Anyway I have looked at quite a few and am totally over it at the moment so am going to take a break and do something different for the rest of the day. Some of the recipes do contain eggs so I won't be able to use them for the next couple of weeks anyway. Watch this space for an update. PS I plan to get to the gym tomorrow morning do some (light) weights. Catch you next time.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Recap on February

Hi Blogosphere...well another month gone and only one of my goals met (recipes). I would have come close to the 20km walking but I am going to blame not being well enough to do much in the early part of the month. Have walked every day for the past 5 days increasing the intensity and the distance each day and will continue to do so. I haven't made it to the gym however as there is some more wet weather coming I am sure I will in the coming week. My tummy is a lot better and I am looking forward to getting a more structured eating plan from my Naturpath on Monday. I'll report back after that visit and let you know what she has to say. That's it for me today - have a super busy day ahead. Catch you next week.