Slipping and Falling Off The Bandwagon…

Everybody at some stage will slip, fall, and have a set back in their journey. It happens, the best thing to do it pick yourself up and jump straight back on. Although sometimes its not that easy… 

I remember the first time I had a cheat meal, I hadn’t eaten any junk food for ages. I honestly was so scared and thought that I would gain all the kilos back that I had lost.

Then I read an article on the Oxygen Magazine website about cheat meals – http://www.oxygenmag.com.au/Community/CovergirlSecrets/StaffBlog/tabid/4200/entryid/1099/Its-ok-to-cheat.aspx

Have a read of the article. I would love to know others thoughts on the subject.

What people pull from an article like this is entirely up to the person who reads it. I personally thought it was a great article and decided that I would make some changes to the way I was eating. In the article they talk about someone eating 35 meals a week, eating clean 90% of the time would mean that 3.5 meals would be cheat meals. Simple. I decided to try this.

This was going to change the way I ate completely though. As I had been pretty strict paleo for majority of this time and have not really ventured away from it.

I knew that when I started this cheat meal allowance it would be difficult in the beginning. I was going to have to plan these cheat meals so that I didn’t go too overboard, and I knew that my definition of a cheat meal was going to be different to others.

My Definition: Cheat Meal – A meal consisting of foods that I wouldn’t normally eat. E.g My meal would contain grains, dairy, legumes.

The first couple of weeks were good. I was eating every 10th meal as a cheat meal, usually breakfast. With having my cheat meal at breakfast time, it meant that I didn’t have left over cheat meal to have for lunch, and my lunches and dinners were still 100% paleo and so were my snacks.

Here is where you could say I hit a speed bump… My mind set changed, and I was allowing stuff to creep back in. Chocolate here and there, snacking on cheese and crackers. Then my cheat meals turned into cheat days. And so starts a nasty cycle.

It had become a constant mental battle. I would tell myself, well why shouldn’t I have this piece of chocolate, and I would always come up with an answer as to why I could have it. Or I would tell myself this one piece wont hurt, a packet of tim tams later and my stomach is churning and I feel so tired.

But how and why does it happen… For me it was my mindset, it changed. I told myself that I was happy with the number on the scales, and yes part of me is happy with the number, but another part isn’t.

So how do you find a happy balance? How do you allow yourself to have a treat every now and then, but also stick to your plan and keep losing weight and getting to that goal?

For me the decision means that I have decided to try something else. Instead of 3.5 cheat meals a week, I will have 1 cheat meal a week. I will be eating Paleo 99% of the time, its all about trial and error and finding a happy balance…

Not everyone will be the same, because there are no two people in the world who are the same. You just have to try things and find out what works for you. 

Just Because You Are Eating Healthy…

Doesn’t mean it has to be boring. 

I very much enjoy food. I enjoy spending a good portion of my friday night looking for new recipes to try, planning the fortnightly meals with my husband. I enjoy grocery shopping (yes, even with my husband and almost 2 year old daughter), I enjoy bringing all the groceries in, packing them away in the cupboard, fridge, freezer. I enjoy cooking. I always have. 

When I first started looking into losing weight, I would see a lot of posts on Instagram of meals that consisted of just chicken breast and steamed broccoli. I applaud the people that can eat that every day. As I myself would find that very boring. 

I am lucky that I work from home, so there is no rush to get home and get dinner ready. I spend my down time in the day preparing ingredients for dinner, some mornings when I get home from CrossFit I get dinner ready. It just depends on what is on the menu for the night. Some nights my husband cooks, because I am at school (mind you most of the hard work is already done for him)

Last night’s dinner is a winner in this house. Its simple, takes about 20 minutes in total to get is started, and to the plate. Not only is it easy, its also cheap. 

So here is dinner from last night:

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Ingredients:

-1.5kg chicken wings
-1/4 cup raw honey
-1/4 cup dijon mustard
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
-salt and pepper to taste

Method:

-Preheat oven to 200*C 
-Place chicken wings in a pot and cover with hot water, place them onto boil and cook until about 90% cooked.
-Once cooked place the chicken wings on a rack to dry. Mix all the other ingredients together. Once chicken wings are dry baste the wings with the mustard honey mixture and back for 10 minutes.

Enjoy x

Think Of It Like You’re Climbing A Ladder…

You have to take one step at a time… its not like you are going to start at the bottom and automatically get right to the top. Its a long climb, a slow process, and at times it will be harder, and other times it will be easier. 

 

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But no matter how hard it is, everything is achievable as long as you set your mind to it.

 

When I started CrossFit I had this elusive number in my head of what I wanted to achieve, I wanted to get to a certain weight, and I thought that at that certain weight I would be happy. But here’s the thing, weight loss slows down, sometimes it plateaus and that’s when I found I started to over analyse everything. I made the choice at that point to stop focusing on the number on the scale, yes to a female that number is a big thing. It is the number that a lot of females allow to define themselves. I didn’t want that, so I started planning goals, steps on the ladder that I thought I could work on that would get me closer to that goal weight.

It doesn’t matter how small the goal is that you set, just set something that you know you will be able to achieve… Some of mine were small, some were bigger… Be able to do box jump confidently. String together double unders. Lift heavier. Whatever it was I always tried to make it something that I would be able to achieve. Some goals take longer then others. (I am yet to complete my September goal – Handstands against a wall – I need a crash mat!)

You just have to remember that when the ladder gets harder to climb – It’s one step at a time. Setting small goals to help you achieve those steps is entirely up to you. I wouldn’t let someone tell me what I should be trying to achieve, because ultimately this is my ladder to climb, and my goals to achieve.

So here goes, these are some of my short term, long term, working on it goals…

– Weigh in at 65kg by the end of 2013 – Currently weight is 68.8.

– 10 Legit Push Ups

-10 Strict Pull Ups

– Triple digit Deadlift

-Handstands against a wall

-Be able to string together 5 Toes to Bar

– Pistol Squats

– Finish my Certificate III in Fitness, then start my Cert IV, then CrossFit Lvl 1 Coaching and any other course that is going to make me an awesome Personal Trainer…

It doesn’t matter how large or small they are… Just keep climbing, you will get there.

7 Questions…

The other day I found a post on Facebook from one of the numerous CrossFit pages that I follow and it had 7 questions that someone had answered about CrossFit. So I thought I would take those questions and answer them.

1. Why did you start CrossFit?

I started CrossFit to help me achieve my weightless goals. After watching videos on Youtube about a guy named Gary Roberts and how he had had such a huge success with weight loss from CrossFit, I wanted to give it a go.

2. What changes have you seen since you start?

Since starting CrossFit in February my whole life has changed. I have lost a massive amount of weight, I have so much energy, I have found a love for fitness and health and now have the confidence to pursue that. I have seen not only my body change but my mental state change as well, I was extremely unhappy with the way that I looked before I started CrossFit, but now I am slowly learning to love myself.

3. Who/what is your inspiration to keep going back?

There are a few things that keep me going back. The first would probably be myself, my determination to get stronger and fitter. The second would be my family, I want to be able to do things with my family and not be too tired or feel uncomfortable. And thirdly the WODs keep me going back, just so I can push myself that little bit further.

4. What is your favourite WOD?

I love hero wods. I don’t have a specific favourite, I like the difficulty of them and that they are dedicated to fallen heroes. From a young age I have always been respectful of the people that fought to give myself and my family a free country, with age the respect has grown more. With my husband also a part of the military, there is just something about these wods that keeps you going.

5. What is your favourite thing about your CrossFit Box?

Favourite thing about my CrossFit box is having the encouragement from all my coaches to push myself. 

6. What are your long term goals?

I wouldn’t say that I had any long term CrossFit goals, other then to keep getting better. My main goal at the moment is to finish my Fitness and Nutrition course and become an awesome Personal Trainer.

7. What advice would you give someone just starting, or questioning weather to start?

Give it a go. And give it a proper go. Don’t go to just one session, and don’t let scaling movements hold you back.

Why I Eat The Way I Eat…

I eat Paleo. It’s pretty simple when it comes down to it.  Meat and fish, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, a little starch and NO SUGAR!

There are so many different ‘shades’ of Paleo, and there is no one way of eating that is right for every single person.  It takes trial and error to work out if a certain way is going to work for you. In saying that I was fortunate that paleo worked for me.

I did a lot of reading before I decided weather it was going to be the right way to eat for me.  Seeing words in articles like improve energy levels, sleep quality and attention span were all things that appealed to me.
In the November before I started paleo, I had started a new job, and having low energy levels wasn’t going to cut it in the long run. So when all this popped out at me I thought “hey what the heck! Ill give it a go!”

The hardest part was deciding how I was going to start… Was I going to get rid of the things that weren’t part of this new lifestyle straight away or was I going to gradually phase them out…?

Thinking purely about how I think I would go I made the decision to cut out all the things at once. Cold turkey. Ripping a bandaid off so to speak. The best way that I thought doing this would be to do a Whole 30, (if you are considering doing a whole30 or going Paleo I suggest you check out http://www.whole9life.com, there is a fountain of information, and there are always people on the forum to answer your questions).  I went into my first Whole30, not really knowing a lot about the paleo lifestyle or what it really entailed. I had the basic guidelines and Jenna’s guidance to get me through.

28 December 2012 – Whole30 Day 1… I was on Christmas holidays down at my in-laws house. I was out of my comfort zone, it wasn’t my kitchen, and it wasn’t my house. How do you change the way you eat while you are in someone else’s home? Ill tell you how, you just do. If you want something so badly, nothing will stand in the way of you doing it.  I was so determined to get my whole30 right, I would go out of my way to cook my own food, I would resist all the things that I knew I didn’t ultimately want in my body.

Those first couple of days were HELL! Actually that’s a lie, the first day was easy… It was the following week that was hell. This first week I questioned myself, why had I chosen something that was going to make me feel so tired, so blergh… And then I found this http://www.whole9life.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/.  This time line gave me a rough overview of what it was going to be like during the Whole30. I found it relieving to know that the tiredness wasn’t going to last forever, it was like a hangover and in a couple of days I was going to be feeling great.

When trying to explain to people why I was doing this, I either got intrigued people who wanted to know more, of negativity about why it was bad, but the bad only spurred me on, made me want to prove them wrong…

Whole30 done and dusted I continued on the paleo path, it seemed the best option for myself.  I am now 10 months into this adventure and Paleo is still my main way of eating, yes I have had days where I would rather eat cupcakes and pasta, but I tend to stick with the paleo way of things, because I know that at the end of the day my body responds well to this lifestyle.

The Hurdles – My Mindset, Paleo, CrossFit Session One… (Box jumps 1 – Mollie 0)

I had 3 major hurdles when I started this lifestyle change…

The very first was my eating. The food I was putting into my body, we are talking a lot of refined/processed carbs – Breads, Pastas. A lot of refined/processed sugars – Fizzy drink, chocolate, ice-cream. Take away was my biggest problem. Working in a corporate setting I was buying my lunch most days, and sometimes dinner because I was too tired to cook anything.

 

I did slightly change things though when my husband, Scott, and I were trying to fall pregnant and then I changed my habits again when I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes during the pregnancy with my daughter.

Neither of these though were drastic changes, and  found that I just went back to my old habits afterwards.

 

It didn’t take much reading and research to find something that I wanted to try. I was lucky in the sense that my sister, Jenna, was following a Paleo lifestyle, so not only was she able to point me in the right direction to find information, but she was able to answer my copious amounts of questions.

 

I found that as soon as I had made this decision to become Paleo, it was like an instant weight had been lifted. Making that decision, taking that step was going to be the hardest, but I was determined that I would get it right. From then on (even while I was on Christmas holidays) I chose to eat differently, even starting my first Whole30.

 

Once I got the hang of how to eat Paleo, it was time to take on the next challenge – CrossFit.

 

I met with one of the coaches to discuss options, like when I could start my fundamentals (Fundamentals are sessions where you are taught the basic CrossFit movements – These should always be completed before jumping into a normal CrossFit session), what my overall goals were, when I could start normal sessions.

 

My first fundamental session was squats – After that session, I had to basically teach myself to walk again.  I did all my fundamentals in the month of January, so I was ready to start normal sessions come February.

 

My very first session was intimidating. I didn’t know anyone, I wasn’t comfortable. I remember doing the 400 metre warm up run and thinking I was going to die!!

 

That is one of the two things I remember from the session – The other is box jumps! Never in my life had I jumped up onto a box before, let alone doing it weighing almost 100kgs.

 

I fell. I fell hard. Landing on my back, but that didn’t even hurt. The thing that hurt the most was my pride. I was bruised, and seriously considering giving up… I was embarrassed. Why couldn’t I do these like everybody else, its not like they were that hard…

 

Fortunately enough I was lucky to have good coaches who talked to me about things that had happened to them when they started CrossFit. The other members in the community talked to me, asked me if I was alright, told we stories of stacks they had had. My coaches made sure I rested the injury, and looked after myself…

But most of all they talked me into coming back…

Ninety Nine…

Ninety nine, 99. It doesn’t matter how you write it, it’s a confronting number. Especially when is the number you see on the scales you are standing on…

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The Before Picture..

What could possibly run through your head when you see number like that come up on the scales screen? I’ll throw some out there – Embarrassed, denial, failure, fat, disgusting… The list is endless.

I didn’t want to let it get me down, I didn’t want this number to be who I was, and I will be the first to admit that seeing 99 on the scales threw me off, but only for a split second, then it was time to work!