Friday, May 27, 2011

Sheep/Goats Milk

Before I went off to do next weeks grocery shopping this morning, I did an hours Kettlebell workout while watching the morning tv shows.
I still have to watch American Idol...all recorded!

My neighbor sent me a sms earlier to ask if I would do a short run ( she calls it * tour * ) with her this evening at 7pm, I told her, my hubby is getting back from France this evening and I'm not sure when and want to be home when he gets back.

I've discuss how I have changed my eating to fight the MS I was diagnosed with. Well with all my research I see that dairy products and calcium are two things that are not good for MS suffers and should be avoided at all costs. I've not made these changes to my eating as yet, in the back of my mind I know this is my last resort, if I have a relapse then I will remove dairy from my diet but not right now. I feel I've given up so many foods I enjoyed and still want to hang on to dairy for as long as possible, specially as I have no MS symptoms at this time.

Anyway, back to my story and the photo with this entry. I saw goats and sheep's organic yogurt yesterday, so bought as thought I would taste and see if I liked...then slowly stop cows milk yogurt and make the changes over a month or so....This morning I had the yogurt with my muesli and fruit and must say the taste was * so, so * will take a period to adjust to it, its not the worse tasting yogurt, nor is it the best....I didn't buy anymore today when I did my grocery in no hurry to make the switch over.....but it was good for me to know there are other alternatives out there, that I can still have * yogurt * with my muesli for breakfast if I desire.....In a way its made me feel a lot more know it will be okay...but now what will I do when it comes to the ice cream I enjoy from time to time....I wonder if there is goats or sheep's milk organic ice cream out there for sale.....:)

The way I see it, isn't necessarily the way you see it.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Lunch ~ Kettlebell

Today I met a friend for lunch in a few small towns a way from where I stay...
Our next BIG town...
It's also the only town in our surrounding area where you can get fresh sushi.
As my hubby is not fond of sushi, its my choice when we meet for lunch always, as I love, not all sushi, but the few choices I like, I enjoy to eat.
I ate 6 California rolls....
My friend had a mixture of different kinds as she is a lot braver than me.

I did a 45min Kettlebell workout this morning before showering and heading off to meet my friend...I wanted to do something yesterday I ran 12 km ( 7.45 miles ) and taught Kettlebell class.
Talking about Kettlebell, I taught the class outdoor last night.
It was a perfect evening, so one of them suggested we do it on the lawn instead of indoors as we usually do. What a great idea...firstly, you had no fear that should the Kettlebell slip out of you hands it would crack a tile, and we never got overly hot and sweaty like one does indoors.
Last night I made them work with heavier weights...and it was amazing that they both noted their calorie burn was a lot more with the heavier weight...
They all bought 4kgs ( 8.8 lbs ) when we started 8 week ago and now are going to buy the 6kg ( 13.2 lbs) Kettlebell as they felt the difference last night.
I'm using a 7.5 kg ( 16.5 lbs ) and want to get a 9kgs now ( 19.8 lbs )
Remember you swing the kettlebell so much easier to lift than a dumbbell of the same weight.
Kettlebell is all about the swing...
My one neighbor mentioned she can see a big difference in my upper body over the last month, it was not a compliment as she went ahead and said
* You have too much muscle now Marcelle *
I don't want so much muscle, I want to look like a woman, not a body builder!!
I didn't bother to reply as that's her taste in body shape and mine is the fitness body shape...thats the one I am striving for, yes, even at my age!!!!

The way I see it, isn't necessarily the way you see it.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Comment that I got!

I want to share a comment I got from one of my special blogger friends, Syl....what she wrote to me had made so much sense. I lay in bed last night reading her comment via my phone.....and fell asleep with her words going around and around in my head...what she said spoke to me...

Today while running in the forest, her words came back to me again....I was didn't matter what time I finished the 12.35km's I was running...the fact was I was running....I am fighting to keep my body as fit and healthy as possible...I'm not going to give up, like the poor lady Syl speaks about and so many other's that do when they are diagnosed with something that is potentially life changing...I was going to make sure I was on the opposite side of the scale to that woman, as Syl says I already am.

Syl, I laughed at your writes cramp story after that comment
But you have NO idea how sitting down and sharing those words with me has effect me in a positive way.
The fear of the future can get a grip of one and people's thoughtless words about my future when they speak to me....and I know most are only cause they care, but they thoughts I don't want in my head...I only want positive and happy thoughts there.
You have added even more sunshine to my life and I thank you for following your intuition to leave me that comment yesterday!
I'm going to share something with you that I am hoping will send you the message I am trying to get across.

A few years back when I was working a lady that was my superior was a runner. I was in awe of her because I would of never thought I had what it takes to do what she does. She would talk about it and it meant nothing to me, my fat self told me "good for her". and that's as far as it went.

Few months has passed and she started talking less and less about running. She seemed really sad and her food choices changed. She was eating more processed foods and no longer spoke of running.

After that we had a staff meeting where she informed us that she has been diagnosed with MS, and that is where the "pity train" started. I am not making light of the disease however she used it in her favour to be a reason to give up.

Years later she is in a wheel chair, as you described above.

When ever I read your posts on MS I am in awe because you Marcelle are the complete opposite of her. You have taken this illness and embraced it made it into a reason to continue to get into the best shape of your life, and not only that but to keep fighting for what's important.

We never know where our path will lead us Marcelle, but if I could put myself in your place for a brief moment, if this is where your illness lead me I would think that you did EVERYTHING possible to fight it. You have not given up, you have flipped your whole eating, working out and spirits around to fight this until you can't fight no more.

Marcelle you inspire me everyday to be a better me. Keep fighting and hold your head high because you are amazing!

The way I see it, isn't necessarily the way you see it.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday ~ Getting back on track

The South African food products we ordered last Thursday from a website here in Germany, arrived this morning...
Very excited to see foods from my home country in my kitchen cupboards.
Not that any of the foods besides the plain Jungle Oats falls under Clean Eating!!

Today I decided to write down the sugar in all my meals I ate...all meals to me are considered healthy...and by my afternoon snack the sugar was already 40g's... this depressed me so, I ate chocolate and had a mini ice sugar went up even more. ( hahaha, typical me )
I have no idea why with all my healthy eating the sugar is above the suggested 40g per day, where as from * get off sugar * plans that suggest 15g a day. ( I cant do this )
My Green shake with spinach,1 orange, 100ml plain yogurt and pro biotic drink was a problem as well....One orange has 13g of sugar....Crazy!!!
I'm really going to have to read my Clean Eating books by Tosca from cover to cover again and see where I'm going wrong.
My Training for last week

Taught 1x Aerobic and 1x Kettlebell class
Ran 32 km ( 19 miles )
6 Days I did a morning upper body Kettlebell workout
Sunday was my OFF day
I'm happy with my weeks training and want to add more time to my KB sessions.

Today I did one hour all over Kettle bell workout
Then this evening I ran for 8.35 km ( 5.1 miles ) with my neighbour
Struggled for the first 4 km as was hot and tired from the KB workout, my legs felt a little on the heavy side....but kept thinking positive thoughts and told myself that I'm doing great!!!
So in all it was a good day for me, besides the few balls of chocolate and mini ice cream I ate...

The way I see it, isn't necessarily the way you see it.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I'm Back....Yes, I am

I'm starting to feel my old self again....
I will be blogging back on this page of mine as from NOW :)
Have really missed this blog where I can speak to those who understand...
To those who are on the same journey as myself, no matter which part...beginning, middle and....on going like me!

ONE of the reason I stopped blogging here was because I was struggling with fear...
This fear took me into a black hole, but I've spent days looking at things and have crawled right out of that dark hole and back into the sunshine....
That's where I'm the sunshine.

I watched a program a short while back about a woman who suffers from MS
She was diagnosed over 35 years ago, in her 20's
Slowly over time she lost all movement and is now in a wheelchair, unable to do anything for herself...
She battles to speak, she cant use her hands....
Seeing this and knowing that this is where I could end up
Knocked me terribly...

Now more than anything else, I know I want to fight this...
and fight it I'm going to do with every cell in my body.
I will do whatever it takes
I will stop eating foods that are not good for me
I will make sure in the end I can say...
And then accept what the future holds for me.