Monday Motivation – Thank Yourself

On Saturday I broke my #Dry100 and had a drink (or five) and woke up yesterday with a very sore head! 31 days dry and my alcohol tolerance was definitely depleted, and given the fact that I hadn’t eaten anything it wasn’t surprising I’d feel a bit under the weather.

Today I decided I needed to kick it up a notch and went for a run. Well not ‘really’ a run, more a wog (walk/jog), and only 3kms, but it was something – better than nothing, and I ran along the walkway and listened to the waves. It was good, even though it was bloody freezing!

I’m also going to try and get some of my ‘100’ items going too, will try and get out of bed early tomoro but it’s not easy when it’s so cold in the house!

Found the below on Pinterest and thought it was perfect for today’s MM

3 months from now

Wednesday Weigh-In – 15/1/14

Happy with today’s weigh in. I’ve lost a kilo since the last weigh in and have reached the first of my weight loss goals, back to 30kgs lost.

A total of 3.5kgs for the month so far,that’s pretty damn good.

I have been thinking about exercise a bit lately too, I just feel like I need to get moving and I could take advantage of this fine weather. My only hesitation is potentially stalling the weight loss progress as happened last time. I really do want to get working on my arms if nothing else and I know this will be fine, I just need to get motivated to get out of bed a little earlier and do some push ups and planks.

Let’s see if that happens this week, after all it’s only a month until Fashions On The Field and I want to rock my outfit! [Which I don’t even have yet!].

If Jen Aniston can rock arms like this at 44, so can I!

Jennifer Aniston seen on the set of The Bounty in Queens

Fashionista Friday – Race Day Fashion 2014

With just over six weeks until the Silk Spa Fashions On The Field at Pukekura Raceway (my work), there’s little wonder I’m blogging about race day fashion. Ellerslie held their Fashions On The Field on Boxing Day and once again offered up an exceptionally high standard of attire. I’m sure our entrants can do the same!

This was the Supreme Winner

Ellerslie Supreme Winner 2013

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I really like this outfit because the fabric is on trend, as are the shoes which I absolutely adore!, and the outfit is not too matchy-matchy. I wouldn’t say it’s classic ‘race wear’ as generally the arms are covered but on a hot summer day in New Zealand it’s the perfect outfit for the event.

As we’re having more defined categories this year I also wanted to post the winner of the Under 25s as an example of how easy it is to ‘get it right’.

Ellerslie Under 25 Winner 2013

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She looks gorgeous in this outfit and a well deserved win.Again, on trend with the fabric, understated elegance in terms of her dress, and just the right accessories.

Lets see this on the 15th of February! What will I be wearing? NO IDEA!

Weigh-In Wednesday 25/9/13

Last Wednesday of September and I thought it warranted a weigh-in post.

Lost this month 5.4kgs. Total percentage of start weight lost 35% and 97% to goal weight.

No alcohol is definitely impacting on my weight loss in a positive way. I did start drinking again but will stop again after the weekend and keep to just weekends. It really does make a difference.

scale

Clean Eating Challenge – Week 4

Week 4 Day 4

Daily Challenge

No Challenge Today – that doesn’t mean slack off though… Keep up the great work!!

Week 4 Day 3

Daily Challenge

MFP time again! Make sure you log your food AND water. post link to your diary in the comments below.

My reply:

Week 4 Day 2

Static weigh in today, hope it’s no the start of another set of static weigh-ins cause they’re boring! Lol

Daily Challenge

What is something you have learned so far during the challenge? Be it either about yourself or clean eating.

My reply was: I’ve learnt I can go 23 days without alcohol!

Intake has been the usual protein shakes, chia puddings, some beef, tuna and avocado salad, yoghurt, etc.

Have bought the Creamy Cappuccino flavour of the pea protein for a change.

Week 4 Day 1

Have had great results from the last three weeks, and looking forward to hitting goal in the next week or so.

Daily Challenge

Sunday is Saturday in the states so it’s STATurday.

Clean Eating Challenge – Week 3 Summary

The end of week three and clearly I have had some great weight loss results but to be honest I’m feeling a bit disillusioned with the challenge.

It’s not nearly as intense as I was expecting and the challenges don’t really seem that hard.

I don’t want to drop out but it seems a bit redundant at the moment. I guess I’ll stick it out for another week and see what turns up.

Week 3 Day 7

About to start week 4, and week 3 finished with another 200gm loss making my total loss 32.3kgs and a total loss of 5.2kgs for the month.

Daily Challenge

Big challenge today. Get a piece of paper and fold it in half. On one side right your top 3 excuses you find yourself making. On the other side, write 3 reasons why those excuses are invalid. Take a picture and post. =] 

I am absolutely struggling with this challenge. I can’t think of any excuses I am making that might be stopping me from getting to my goal. I’m eating within my calorie and lifestyle limits everyday, and within my macro limits most days. I’m not drinking or bingeing.

I can’t even think of one excuse let alone three!

Week 3 Day 6

Today started with a 200gm loss, taking my total is 32.1kgs.

Intake today was a bit different as Hartleigh’s school had a fund raising event – International Lunch. Parents cook meals from their home country, their ancestry, or just a random country. I chose my quick & easy go to ‘Eton Mess’ a British dish as Hartleigh’s dad was born there. Not at all clean, but it wasn’t for me anyway. I did actually find some food I could eat and had some Vietnamese Spring Rolls that were packed full of veges. Yum!

The rest of the day was pretty standard, although my carbohydrate macros are over by 3gms.

Daily Challenge

I hope you all haven’t been forgetting to drink water. Check in at the end of the day and let us know how much you drank.

I’ve had my 2.5 litres today.

Week 3 Day 5

A 100gm loss today. I’m slowing but surely tracking towards that goal.

Daily Challenge

In keeping with this weeks theme/focus of veggies, let me see those plates! With your vegetables on them of course. 

I have not had one single vegetable today! Must try and get some in tomorrow. Today was another crazy flat-out day and I finished work late.

Seems a bit monotonous at the moment, just working hard both at work and on my diet!

Week 3 Day 4

Static weight this morning. Just super excited anyway because I’ve had my hair cut and coloured and I feel like a completely new person! So nice to have the professionals do it and really happy with how it looks!

Daily Challenge

Post your favorite (or something new you’d like to try) vegetable recipe. It can be a link or your own picture, simple or a little effort required, whatever suits you. 

Mine would definitely be the Aubergine and Mozzarella Bake. Unfortunately the mozzarella make’s it super expensive calorie wise, so to lighten it up you could swap some of that out with ricotta and bake the aubergine rather than fry it. [Low calorie options indicated below] I’ve also indicated how to make it cleaner too.

Aubergine and Mozzarella Bake

Ingredients
Two medium aubergines
Onion
Garlic [clean option freshly crushed]
Tin of tomatoes [clean option 100% tomatoes with no preservatives or added sodium. Super clean is to buy tomatoes and use]
Tomato paste [clean option make your own from scratch]
Mozzarella [low calorie version use a combination of mozzarella and ricotta]

Aubergine
Slice aubergine lengthways about 1cm thick
Sprinkle with salt and leave 30 minutes
Rinse and pat dry
Fry in oil until brown and tender [low calorie version brush with oil and bake in oven]
Drain on kitchen towel

Sauce
Fry onion
Add garlic, tomatoes, and tomato paste

Cheese
Slice or grate mozzarella

The Bake
Put one third or half sauce in dish
Put one third or half aubergine in dish
Put one third or half cheese in dish

Repeat once or twice depending on the quantities you are using

Bake in fairly hot oven for 30-40 minutes

Consume with copious amounts of red wine!

aubergine

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Week 3 Day 3

Yay another 200gm loss this morning which ticks off two more milestones. 70lbs lost, and 95% of the way to goal weight! #happycamper

Daily Challenge

It’s your guys’ (sic) turn! Since we are all here for different reasons/goals, post a challenge below that you either have liked/or would like to see.

I answered “Definitely nothing to do with exercise/fitness for me. I’m here for the clean eating. Losing weight is 90% what goes in your mouth. I’d like a diary analysis with suggestions of different/cleaner food options.”

As far as I am concerned the 8 week challenge is all about cleaning up my eating, and there were plenty of replies about fitness challenges, workouts etc. Not what I joined the group for so even if it becomes a challenge I won’t be doing it. The focus is meant to be ‘clean eating’ and so far that hasn’t been that much so to bring in something completely off-topic is not what I joined the group for.

More to come…

Week 3 Day 2

Yay, a 200gm loss to take me under 2kgs to goal. Really happy to see that scale tick down again.

Daily Challenge

What is the most important part of the nutrition label on a food item to you?

I answered Calories because right now that is the most important factor when choosing whether to buy something. Next is how clean it is, but to be honest, I’m not looking at items that I think might be unclean anyway unless it’s to compare items.

Intake was the usual protein shake, yoghurt & berries, chia pudding, and I had a boiled egg. Not enough to be honest, but my day was so busy I didn’t eat between lunch at about 12.45 and dinner at about 7.15pm 😦

Week 3 Day 1

It’s a sunny Sunday to kick off week three. Weight has been static for about 4 days. Hoping my body has caught up with itself now and tomorrow it shows another loss. 2.1kgs and 13 weigh-ins until Ladies Day. It’s totally achievable but only if my weight starts moving again.

Daily Challenge

To do our stats, again. As per last week I’ve decided not to measure until I reach my goal and start working out. and I’ll continue weighing-in each day.

Intake today is going to be pretty standard;

– Protein shakes
– Chia pudding
– Chicken breast for dinner
– Yoghurt & berries

Happy Sunday everyone!