I'm a work in progress... trying to get fit and get healthy, by eating right and exercising. I have lost weight, but the biggest bonus is the energy I have now, and how I have a focus in my life. I like to blog, I'm inherently lazy, and I get paid to be fit- it's in my job description. I live in Darwin, Australia, and I'm a waddler. I run because I enjoy it. I like to be a bit faster than I was 12 months ago, but I'm not a racer. I would like to run 250K through the Gobi desert before I turn 50, but after only 100K in 1 months (as opposed to 2 days!), I realise my feet will probably snap in the process. *sigh* Facebook: hinuk shines email: email@example.com wordpress: hinukshines.wordpress.com (and no, it's not my name - it's two random words) Peace out.
What I should be doing:
Finding out if I can access the classes online so I can start studying tomorrow.
What I am doing:
Looking up Pilates online.
Ahhhh… The art of displacement activities. Oh how I missed you!
No wonder mine look like a crazy cat lady.
And how on earth to keep track of it all?
I ask because I was having a bit of a flat day today - as you’re always invited to your own pity party, and I must be the only person on the planet that eats well and exercises and doesn’t shift fat, and just waaaaaaaaaaaahhhh - so the lush of my life and I went for a drive in the countryside, and listened to Some of Able James’ (aka The Fat Burning Man) podcasts, including one by Denise Minger, whom I shall be stalking on the interwebs very quickly, as she had some very interesting things to say.
Not least of all was that some women can gain weight on paleo, despite how dedicated and strict they might be. Because, and I know that you know that I know this:
We’re all different.
And while I’m not 100%, I don’t think my Xmas break was an extra 5 kilos worth of ‘good times’, and if drinking alcohol packs it on that much in 6 weeks, then there’s no hope for me. One of the things that got my attention (and the trouble with podcasts I find is they impart a lots of thoughts and ideas in a very short space of time, so if your ears blink, they’ll miss it!) was that women can process fat differently - perhaps due to hormones - than men.
So the fabulous idea of eating extra fats (albeit healthy ones) may not work for everyone.
And what was the tweak I took up at Christmas?
Butter in my coffee.
Coincidence? There’s only one way to find out. However, I am only one week into my giving up fruit and dairy tweak, and I was thinking that the coconut oil substitute may not be so good either. How can I tell if it’s fruit and dairy that’s not good, or the extra fat? Do I trial things for two weeks, or a month? Or do I accept that the answer is possibly staring me in the face and cut it away now?
Personally, I do not believe getting rid of dairy or fruit has been the earth shattering fix I was hoping for, although I must admit I don’t really miss fruit much, and it does make grocery shopping cheaper :) So I shall continue leaving them out for another week at least - but I think the coconut oil is going to have to go at the same time. We’ll see in a week if there’s any difference, physically, mentally or emotionally!
dresslove said: A couple of times I’ve thought about it but then hesitated… You’ve got me curious though.
This time, I’d say “You gotta try this!!!!”
And did what I said I wasn’t going to do.
I put coconut oil in my coffee because I was missing my butter so much.
And it was surprisingly good. In fact, I may even go so far as to say it is BETTER than butter in my coffee!
(And in other news, it’s FRIDAY!!!!)
Something still isn’t right in my diet as far as weightloss goes. I consider this a lesser evil due to the fact I feel fine, but it’s annoying me.
I have a sneaking suspicion I’m just eating too much good food, so I’m going to check that this week, but I also want to try laying off dairy and fruit for two weeks and just seeing if it makes a difference. I know it really should be a month, but I also know that I have the will power of an amoeba, so I’m going to attempt to kid myself its only two weeks. And then another two. And so on and so on and so on…
I’m not a big fruit eater anyway, but I notice I’m working my way through a big bag of figs and prunes (one to counteract the other, if you get my drift!) pretty rapidly, plus stone fruit are everywhere down here, and I haven’t eaten so many plums in years. And yoghurt has been my biggest bugbear as far as eliminating from my diet, yet I remember I did it once, and was five kilos lighter than I am now (and this time, there’s no muscle mass improvement that I can blame it on either.), so I thought I’d give it another whirl.
Which is maddening, because I *just* found a great shop that sells a kilo of the stuff for $4! Fml. It also means bye-bye butter in my coffee, and I don’t think I will EVER get used to coconut oil in it, so I may well be drinking more tea.
But if it pays off, it’ll be worth it.
And to put it mildly, I’m kind of shitting myself.
What if I can’t remember how to write academically? Hell, I don’t even know if I can remember how to study! It’s been 13 years since I graduated, and I’m a bit anxious.
There’s also the cost. I know I shouldn’t moan because its cheaper here than in some countries, but 12 grand a year is not to be sneezed at.
I guess it boils down to “Do I really want to do this?”
Oh HELL YES!
(Just give me strength to get through it!)