Thursday, September 13, 2012

Last update till November

I've not blogged here for a while....I've been receiving so much spam....stupid promotions that I am beginning to hate this space......why I love my private spam what so ever.

I have been following the No sugar plan of eating since I started it a few months ago...
I do enjoy a glass or two on Friday and Saturday evenings...
But not touching Gluten, Grains, Chocolate or lots of sugar...
I'm maintaining my weight....not losing or gaining at the moment...which is fine cause I am satisfied with where I am and that I finally have found a way to maintain my weight after years and years of yo yo dieting and weight loss and gain.

I teach 4x a week and try run 2x.....or do my own indoor training...

Am off to South African in a weeks time, and only return the 12 November, there I am doing the famous 10km Gun Run ( not the half marathon ) with my sister and am taking my running shoes with to keep training for this event.

Will be updating again once I am back .......

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thursday's update

I've been continuing with the NO sugar in my eating plan....
As I said before....this is very much the way I eat....and did learn a few things with this challenge so am  happy to continue eating this way....

So far this year I have lived without Gluten, Grains and Processed foods
Always been aware of sugar...but now even more than before.
This year I have learned a lot regarding foods that are healthy for one's body.

No, its not been a struggle
No, I have no cravings

Its a choice I made in October last year ( nearly one whole year ago )
Because I chose this lifestyle, and was not told I cant have certain foods anymore
I think it why I am managing without struggles to do this.

I have run a lot more this week as our weather has been so good.
Monday - 10km
Tuesday - 9.78km
Thursday - 10km

I have taught 3 classes so far and have one this evening so that takes me to 4 classes this week.

Am not sure if I can run tomorrow as I have a photo shoot in the morning and its suppose to rain at some point.
The weekend I wont be training as got the yearly South African Braai in Frankfurt and Soccer photo's on Sunday....

Am happy with my training this week and my weight is 61kg's

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

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Day 50/50 is the last day of the 50days no sugar challenge.
I can say I did it between 90 and 95% for the 50days.

I did have white dry wine on a Friday and Saturday night....
2 glasses the most.
I did have 2 TSP of Organic Ice cream earlier this week...
But with eating the ice cream I still stay within 30g of sugar allowed.
And that was where I feel I was not on plan 100% as the plan suggest NO alcohol for the 50 days.

Today I broke free.....and am okay with it cause tomorrow I will be back to my usual eating staying within my 30gs of sugar a day.

When I woke this morning I ate a Banana....14g's of sugar
I was going for a 8km run with my friends and didnt want to eat a big breakfast before...
Then I came home and later ate breakfast and see the new Greek yogurt I bought says that it has 4.9g of sugar per 100g....which is fine...but tub is 200g's and the sugar is 9.8g's
Thats's 24g's of sugar
Then hubby said...* LETS WALK TO TOWN FOR AN ICE CREAM *
I said * YES *
it was 38 degrees outside...we were lying in the sun all day...and I was HOT.
WE walked down...
I ordered a scoop of yogurt ice cream and Lemon ice cream
So had two scoops of what I thought would have the lower levels of sugar...
So know with the ice cream I am over the 30g of sugar on my last day.

I lost the 3kg's I gained.
Since that loss I have maintained my weight at 62kg's...
I am satisfied with the weight I am ...
I remember at 40 weighing 72kg's...
So 62kgs at 50.....I like!

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

Friday, August 17, 2012

Day 48/50

I had my daughter with me for the day....
She has lost most of the weight she gained since joining the airline, but not eating till 2pm ( Today ) that's not the way to lose the weight... cant tell someone what to do without it sounding like a lecture....
Each time she tells me about her eating habit, she will say...
* Mom don't give me a lecture please *
So I say nothing....
She will in time realize what she is doing to her body and make the changes....
Right now....I keep loving her :)

I had my usual breakfast...
A coffee while out
I felt so hungry not having my snack...
Got home and had a small chicken salad and almonds
Hubby is not home till after 10pm...he is in the air right now...coming back from a business trip in Russia, so I have been picking on foods I can eat...

I have not trained for the last two days...plan to train both Saturday and Sunday as I don't have to photograph a soccer game...and weather is going to be over 30 degrees!!!

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

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Day 47/50

Day 47 today..

I am going to be very honest right now...
I have been very dedicated to this challenge and have not found it difficult
I have had NO cravings for anything....and when I want something sweet I add Organic Almond butter to 2 Tsp of Greek Yogurt and that would help me.
Yesterday was so hot....31 degrees
Remember I wrote I sat outdoors eating my dinner with a glass of wine...
After my walk around with my camera I came home....and felt like the ice cream that was in my deep freeze...its been there for 2 months.....
Organic Vanilla Ice Cream
I finished the small tub....2 Tablespoons.
Funny but I didnt find it tooooo sweet.
I thought I would.
Maybe being organic and without normal sugar the reason 
I wanted to be honest and let you know that on day 46....I had 2 scoops of ice cream!!!

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Day 46/50

Ive not eaten very well this week....with Hubby being in Russia and not having to cook.
Monday night I made Tuna salad for dinner....
Tuesday I had Pilchards and salad and tonight I cooked a chicken breast....with salad again.
So the area I'm not doing well in is my lunch and snacks.
I feel as if I am eating a lot more yogurt at the moment to before, or eating a handful of Almonds.

I am still very aware of u can see in my photo above, I bought the mini banana's for my smoothies I make and Hubby like a half banana before he goes out to run.

Tuesday I taught The Power Ladies a good cardio workout and this morning we did a heavy cardio and Kettlebell class....I was going to run this evening, but as it was so hot I decided to lie in the sun, have my dinner outdoor, read and later went for a walk around my neighborhood with my camera...

I weighed myself yesterday morning 
62.3 kgs

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

Monday, August 13, 2012

Day 44/50

After my run on Saturday with hubby ( we did 8.60km's ) 
I noticed each time I moved from side to side I would feel stabbing pain across my back where my bra strap is...
Sunday morning I felt it again so asked Hubby to give me a good rub down as had a photo shoot and 2x soccer games to photograph.
This morning it felt quite sore when I woke...each time I moved I would feel as if I would catch my breath from the I cancelled my run I had planned and contacted the lady who organized a new group of ladies for me to teach starting this evening ...I wanted to warned her that I might be canceling but would let her know closer to the time.
After breakfast I took a muscle relaxant and have not had any problems since....
So tonight I went off to teach the new group of ladies...happy to report all went well.

Today is day 44 of the 50 days no sugar challenge.
I will count down to the end of the 50 days so that I know I have completed it well
But as I said in others entries, this is how I want to continue eating.

I noticed that Tosca is now also gluten and grain free.
Interesting how more and more people as seeing that a healthy lifestyle is better without those things.

I'm going to weigh in on Thursday morning.
I have my daughter arriving on Thursday afternoon and as she is only here for one evening I want us to go to the Italian for dinner...there I will have my usual salmon and veggies....with a glass of wine...

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

Thursday, August 9, 2012

40/50 Days

10 Days left on the 50Days No Sugar Challenge....and so far I have had no problems

When I belonged to the FB group regarding this challenge I was amazed at all the cakes, desserts that were on display for us with the recipe on * the how to make  it *
For me personally...eating cake, no matter what kind of cake, or muffins etc is not the way I live this healthy lifestyle.
I don't think its wrong....remember I am not a baker so have never been someone to bake cakes, muffins or fancy desserts.
Not judging those who do love be honest, I admire them...
What I wanted was more about good clean foods.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners
There were a few but not many....

I intend continuing eating this way...
I lost weight in the beginning as I had gained a few kilo's
But now my weight is stable again as it has been for the last 3 years.
I enjoy this way of eating.....
I hope to be able to eat this way while in Cape Town for nearly 3 months...
I will be doing my own shopping and cooking for my daughter and her family while on holiday so sure I will have more control over my foods while away.

The photo with this entry is of my niece...when I felt Cape Town she had just turned 3 and now is 11....time flies!

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Day 38/50

I know I have been away for a while.
To be honest......remember honest!
I feel as if I am writing and sharing to myself 
I know my blogger friend Fran reads cause she always comments
But besides her I feel alone here.
I do feel sorry for Fran as she reads my private blog and then gets all my news twice!!
( Sorry Fran, but thanks for staying in touch via my blogs and FB )

So today is Day 38/50 on the No sugar challenge
I'm doing well...but now am doing this for myself...
I am no longer following the creator or the group on FB of this challenge
Last week I asked a simple question and was totally ignored.
( It was ask questions hour and mine was the first )
I know I'm strong enough to do this alone.
I don't need the creator or the members doing this challenge to keep me on track
I'm a qualified fitness trainer and successful with my own eating plan

This blog has been filled with spam comments as well.
I hate it...
At least on my private blog I don't get spam 

Ok, can you hear I'm fed up today.
Sorry....I am...and just need to get it off my chest
Now that's its off...
I can carry on.

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

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Day 31/50

I'm having a pretty boring day today....and have to stop myself from thinking about food. :)

This morning I had 2 scrambled eggs, mushrooms, spring onions and cherry tomatoes for breakfast.
2x Green Tea's

Snack was....2 Tsp Greek yogurt - 2 Tsp 1,5% plain yogurt
1 Tsp Flaxseeds
1 small banana
6 Almond nuts

Lunch...( the photo above )
Left over chicken from last night
1 Tomato
Feta cheese with tomato and basil
Goats cheese
Yellow pepper

Dinner will be Salmon and veggies

After feeling so flat yesterday I did do a 8.55km run with hubby
This morning I did an hours Interval workout with skipping rope and KB's
Tonight I teach The Power Ladies...

Tomorrow I will weigh in and Friday will be my official weigh in day.

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

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Monday, July 30, 2012

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

Day 30/50

The photo with this entry today was my lunch earlier.
Lettuce, Cherry tomatoes, feta, avo and 2 hard boiled eggs
Plain yogurt was used for dressing.

30 days and I am still going strong.
Really am happy this time round that I am facing no struggles or temptations.

20 days left for this challenge...and there after I am going to continue with keeping my sugar under 30g a day where possible.
Today I struggled to keep it down as I had a small banana with my yogurt for breakfast.
I wanted a banana today as I woke up with fog brain and no energy
Struggled to get out of bed or do anything
I even had 3 cups of small coffee's to see if that would help
I took a shower
Nothing helped 

Around 4.30pm I started to feel better...
While making Hubbys foods for tomorrow I wondered if I should join him
As if he read my mind he walked in and said 
* You going to join me for a run tonight *
I *hmmmmm and haaaaaaad *
And then said * yes *
Got ready and went out with him 

Did a 8.55km run
Was a street run....
We did walk a few times for a few seconds..
Hubby has been away so didn't train for a week,
He needs to take it slow and I was wanting to go, go, go as the whole day I have been lazing around 

Started off a not so good day for me
But ended as a good day.

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

Sunday, July 29, 2012

DAy 29/50

Day 29/50

A quick entry tonight to let you know I had a good day.

Breakfast was a smoothie
Lunch was left over chicken braai with salad
Snack was yogurt with Almond Butter and blueberries
Dinner was Salmon and salad.

No temptations 
Did have hubby offer me a Magnum...
I said * No thank you*

Due to the rain...I have not trained in 3 days...

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

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Da 28/50

I nearly logged off for the day when I remembered I needed to update my blog first.

Today is day 28/50

Last night I got a stunning box of Lindt chocolate from my neighbor. 
A thank you gift for the photo's I took of her daughter which I did free of charge
I knew as I thanked her and accepted the gift that I would not be eating one of these chocolate
Not cause I can't due to the challenge
But cause I choose not to eat the chocolate.
Came inside and gave them to Hubby who loves a block or two before going to gym or running at night after a heavy day at work.
He offered me one and I said * No, thank you *
He's reply got me laughing.
hahahaha, true words.
No one would know....except ME...the ME is the important one in my opinion.

Day 28 was a successful day for me.
I didnt train today
So its two days in a row without training
In my books...thats okay.
Tomorrow morning I have a run planned with my neighbor.
That means this last week I have 


Thats enough for one week.

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

Friday, July 27, 2012

Day 27/50

Friday.....that means I am going to have a glass of wine with my dinner.
My Friday night special....white wine in summer and red wine in winter.
Its so hot at the moment....30 degrees...but feels a lot hotter.
Not been outside today to tan....
When the cooler weather arrives the weekend I will regret it I know
Have been in the sun everyday since Monday for about 3 hours a day.
My Vit D levels are up again thankfully.

I'm on day 27...if I add the 17 DD I did before then I am doing this challenge for over a month already and all is going well.
I still have not sugar cravings or cravings for anything that is considered * bad *
I feel guilty when its so easy for me and I see how others struggle and crave.

Okay so now for the weigh in report as promised.
I didn't weigh myself before the start of the 17 DD, I had scale fear as I could feel on my clothing I had gained a bit more weight than I like to carry.
I weighed myself for the first time the day after the 17 DD
so from that weight to this morning I have lost 3kg's
I'm happy to see the scale moving down
I'm happy to feel my newest pair of shorts (bought before our Italy holiday ) are very lose.
I would like to weight 1/2 kilo's less...not that I need to, its that number I have discussed before.
Will see where I end when finished the No sugar challenge.

Have a good Friday night
I'm going to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics later.

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

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Day 26/50

This morning I decided it was time to run in my Vibram shoes again, its been 3 weeks since I last ran in them. I don't want to run on the road with them as they are trail run shoes and as the weather has been so miserable so my only runs have been on the road...
I decided I had to start all over again as I could feel my achilles were feeling a little sore at the start of my run....
I walked up the hills...a few times with short interval runs and ran the flats and downhills.
Did 8.55km
When I got home the balls of my feet were really sore as I felt every stone today.
A tractor has been up our route to clean the forest which was very over grown...I think the tyres tossed the ground a stones were all on top and not in the group as usual.

Today is Day 26 of the 50 Day challenge
Going well...I do notice if I start my day with protein like eggs I manage my meals a lot better.
This morning I started my day with a smoothie.
As you all know by now I am allowed 30g of sugar a day.
Am managing to keep to this by watching my fruit and dairy intake.
When I have completed the 50 days I am going to join Jorge Cruise on the 15g of sugar a day program.
I want to see if that is do able.
Reading his book
The Belly Fat Diet
All that he says makes such sense.
I am ready as I said before to cut out more dairy from my eating plan..
And I'm happy with Blueberries or Strawberries in my diet.

I did the 8.55km run today in this heat...I struggled...
And soon I am off to teach The Power Ladies.

Today we have 30 Degrees
Monday its 17
Tues its 16
How pathetic is this weather.

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

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Day 25/50 - Half way


I climbed on the scale this morning and was very happy to see I had lost more weight since my Monday weigh in.
My official weigh in is on will wait till then to disclose my current weight and losses

I am weighing in every 2nd day due to the challenge.
Once this challenge is completed and I take with me what I am currently learning I will only weigh in once a week...

Having cut back my sugar intake has really taught me so much more
I am feeling a lot better and energetic as well.

Over the last year I have learned so much.
That fat does not make you fat
That calories in to calories out does not work
I don't need to count points
That counting points does not teach me to make healthy choices
I can live without Gluten and Grains
Cutting back my fruit is very do able
Eating more protein and full fat keeps me fuller for longer and prevents those cravings.

I really love where i am in my life when it comes to eating and training
I know I don't have to train everyday to maintain my weight, this takes away the stress I used to feel when I never got a training session in for a day.
I know weight training is very important for my body as is interval training.

I'm in a happy place.

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

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Day 24/50

I tried my new Gluten free bread with one boiled egg and 1/4 avo for lunch today.
It looked all beautiful for me while I took this photo, but the moment I picked it up to eat, the bread fell was a mess to eat.
I'm so over bread...eating this bread has confirmed that I don't miss bread in my day to day life after 11 months without.
I will finish the small loaf as not cheap, and then not buy again.
I will attempt to bake the Paleo bread sometime....

I had a smoothie for breakfast today
I used half a glass of Kefir and the other half with Almond milk
1 small banana
Handful of fresh Blueberries
2 Tsp Flaxseed
1 Tsp Protein Powder 
Sprinkle of coconut flakes.

Lunch was the sandwich above 
Dinner will be left over Salmon from last night with Salad.

I ate one snack today - i mixed together.
3Tsp plain 1/5% fat organic yogurt
1 Tsp Greek yogurt
1 tsp Almond butter
1/2 Apple

I did interval training for one hour this morning with a skipping rope and kettle bells
5kgs, 7.5kgs and 10kgs
Worked on my shoulders, triceps, biceps, and Abs

Later I am off to teach The Power Ladies an interval workout with Low Impact, Boxing and High impact, with floor work at the end with a stretch.

The weather is awesome at the moment....27 degrees today.

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

Monday, July 23, 2012

Day 23/50

Today is Day 23 - nearly half way with the No sugar Challenge.
Today is also ONE month since I turned 50...time flies...I want it to go slower as I don't like aging... :)

I weighed in this morning...The last time was on Friday where I had gained 800g since my last Friday's weigh in..
Well I am very happy to say that this morning I was down 1kg...
That made my Monday for me...not only was the sun shining and the sky blue after I have no idea how long...I was down on the scale.

I walked to Town today instead of driving my car...
I wanted to be as active as possible..and with the great weather it was perfect to take a walk.
Got home 1hr 30 mins later had lunch and then lay in the sun tanning till 4pm
My friend and one of The Power Ladies I teach arrived for a run.
WE did 10.55km
In 1hr 5 mins.
I was thrilled as mostly uphill the Trail route we ran today and of course HOT
I really have to push when I run with my friend as she is her 20's and fast
Which is good for me...It makes me work harder.

While out this morning I stopped at the Health shop to tell them about the Paleo bread I had seen advertised...the ingredients needed if I wanted to make myself...
When she showed me the Gluten Free breads they sell.
I was like * Oh yes I have seen that bread...its not what I want * 
When she said they had THIS new bread. Had come in over the weekend.
I took it a look and saw it looked like no other Gluten free breads I had seen before 
So bought
Tested when home with Almond butter...
Tomorrow will make a sandwich with eggs and try again
Its been 11 months since I have eaten have to get used to the taste again.
But am excited as it looks good.

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

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Day 22/50

How many of you who read my blog are waiting for my entry where I say I have fallen..
Eating lots of sugar again ...blah, blah, blah
One thing I have noticed after blogging for 6 years is that people only comment when disaster happens..
No one bothers to leave a comment when things are all good in your life.
I always wonder why this is.
Do we thrive on others unhappiness only
Do we thrive when others fail...does it make us feel better with our failures.
Well I have no idea why people are like this...but its my experience in life.
What I have to say today is...
and all is going well.
Nor have I failed
I have not given in to temptations.

I'm doing well.

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

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Day 20 & 21/50 Days

This Greek yogurt I had while on holiday in Dubai and Abu Dhabi 
It tastes DIVINE...such a pity you can't buy in Germany.
At the moment the only Greek yogurt for sale is Greek yogurt made in Germany, all the international countries Greek yogurt has been stopped.
The German's have no idea how good this yogurt is.!!!

Yesterday I weighted I promised I would.
And was really frustrated to see I had gained 800g's in a week where I was 100% on plan.
I cannot explain how annoyed I felt and also re instated why I stopped climbing on the scale 10 months ago.
I feel good....I look good...but yet a gain.
Have got over that frustration and moving on, pointless letting it get to me as I have so much to be grateful for and still under my WW goal weight.

Last night I had two glasses of Rose' and one white...
Besides that...I ate on plan...was another good good eating day.
I skipped for 40 mins...and did abs for 5 mins before going out for a 5.11km run.
I was pleased with my time...( not something I focus on at the moment )
I ran 5km in 30. 47mins...and did walk 3 times...once for a sore side stitch and the other two times for hills. I can run up, but yesterday I didn't feel like pushing myself.

Sooooo TODAY is day 21 with watching my sugar
I bought Coconut flakes, Chia seeds yesterday while shopping...both are new to me so I have to figure out how and when to eat them...any idea's please feel free to pass them on to me. :)

I have been eating a new snack...not much...but a new snack dish for me.
1/2 tub greek yogurt...thats about 2 Tsp
1 tsp Almond butter
6 Almonds
Mix all together....
Have no idea what made me put these things together....but really love it now.
I did add Flaxseeds to it the first time I tried...also good...
Tonight we are going to have a BBQ...
Turkey and Salad for me.

I will be having a glass of wine this evening...

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

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Day 19/50

Day 19/50

I've desperately been trying to find out how much sugar is in 100ml of fat free Kefir
The type I can buy here in Germany
If anyone knows please let me know as I have googled can't find the amount of sugars in 100ml's
According to the challenge its 6 grams per 100g's thats allowed and its only the Kefir I have no idea regarding the sugars.
I can get Almond and Rice milk wondering if I should use one of those for my smoothies every other day or so...( don't do it daily )
Being Gluten free, I think the Rice milk is not good for me...???

Today I woke up feeling * flat *
Not sure what it is that is worrying me...
The * flat * feelings are usually something emotional on my mind
So today will have to watch my eating as I can be an emotional eater.
Going to keep the L-Glutimine close by.... :)

I know this is a boring comment from me...
But so far my eating has been good
Still no cravings for sugar......

Breakfast today was.....
Spring onions
2 Cherry tomato's
slice Goat's Italian herb cheese
2 small eggs scrambled
WAS really loving this breakfast every 2nd morning.

Going to have sardines and salad for lunch 
Dinner will be Turkey mince and veggies....
snack with be half a tub of Greek yogurt and blueberries with flaxseeds

Now back to photo editing a photo shoot I did yesterday
and later I teach The Power Ladies.

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Day 18/50

I'm still going strong....
Having no problems with having given up the sugar
I am wondering why the scale is not reflecting a change in my weight.
I can see when I look in the mirror that I am slimmer now compared to when I started the 17 Day Diet and then the No sugar Challenge
But the scale????
Okay, needs to be said I weighed in on Friday...and again today 5 days later
I did hope to see a better number looking back at me.
So really hoping that this Friday will make me happy.
Other NO sugar * losers * are all commenting on the weight they are losing and I feel I am doing everything and not getting the same joy as they are....I don't believe its my age....

Why is it that we allow the number on the scale to controls our lives.
For 10 months I never weighed in and was so relaxed about my weight cause I knew the foods I was eating was good and clean.
I am gluten and grain free, my portion sizes are sugar was done
And yes, when I weighed in, my weight was in my maintaining levels.
Am happy about this.

Why is it I want that number...?
Why do I allow a number to define me?
Why do I think at that number I will be a perfect weight when I good GREAT at this weight.?

I love how I feel at the moment.
So going to make that my no 1 reason, not that number.
I am going to complete the 50 Days No Sugar Challenge and make it part of my healthy lifestyle.
YES...I want to lose 2kg's
ONLY 2kgs....

I'm not eating sugar less treats or ice cream
I'm only eating clean good foods
3 meals a day with 2 snacks
3 cups of Green Tea

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

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day 17/50

Photo of my breakfast this morning

1/2 small banana
50g Frozen blackberries
2 Tsp crushed Flaxseeds
Was lovely.
Have had this before without the small banana and didn't taste as good.
Banana is high in sugar so only added half to keep my sugar within 30g per day.

Lunch was a salad with Lettuce, half Avo, 20g Feta cheese, 4 cherry tomato's, yellow pepper
Dressing was Balsamic 
Chicken left overs from last night

Dinner will be oven baked Salmon with veggies and small salad.

This morning I trained at home with my weights, Kettlebell and skipping rope
Did a set of biceps, shoulder presses, triceps and side ways shoulders each 20x then skip for 3 mins.
I repeated that 3x...
Did around the world abs with Kettlebell 10x each way, then skip....3 sets
Did pushups and skip......3 sets
Did planks and stretch
That workout took me 45 mins.

Cravings - None
Tempted - None
Energy - LOTS

This is day 17/50 on the No sugar challenge and all is good....very good in fact.

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

Monday, July 16, 2012

Day 16/50

Not a photo I took today, but one I took the day I weighed in....last Friday.
I wanted to weigh in this morning as feeling a lot slimmer compared to a month or so ago.
Lay in bed last night and could feel my hip bones and rib cage again....
But decided to wait until Friday as I had set out 
Today I wore my jeans out and they were hanging on me, not nice at all...
So am feeling very positive regarding this No sugar challenge I'm on.

My energy level is a lot higher than normal as well.
I don't mind cleaning the house, doing ironing, cooking
In the past everything was done with a half heart and I was NEVER in the mood
Now I am actually enjoying it and have so much to do as a lot has been neglected the last few months.

So all in all...
Still no cravings
Still on plan
I need to up my water level...that is one area I'm not good enough with...

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

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Day 15/50

Honestly....I have to be honest here as I hate it when people make things seem so make believe when its really tough.

Even I can't believe it...
I keep asking myself * Do you feel like ice cream, do you feel like a block of chocolate, do you feel like a cup cake...and so on * 
Each time the thought of eating something sweet makes me shiver.

I love sweet.
I was the sweet queen.
I have no idea what has happened to me.
Will this last ( I keep asking myself )

The only sweetness I'm eating is my small amount of fruit a day
I have blueberries and never more than 4 strawberries for breakfast the odd day.
or as a snack with Greek yogurt and 1/4 of an apple.
A 1/4 OF AN APPLE...where ever did that satisfy me.
Well it does now.

Will this last
But while I am here I am going to make the most of it

This weekend I ate on plan
Very much the same as I did on the 17 DD except I added a few Almonds nuts as snacks
And on Saturday I had a glass of wine

Yesterday was an off day for me training wise and today I ran 8km with my friend.
I have read such an interesting article by Dr Mercola on training I will share later this week.

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

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Day 14/30

The photo with this entry was my dinner on Tuesday night before going out to teach The Power Ladies.

Yesterday I attended 2x * Sommerfests * both held by the company Hubby works for but in two different area's

I drank only water!!!!!!
I ate tomato with mozzarella cheese, Sauerkraut and grilled chicken
I did have 2 nd helping but no dessert afterwards.

I was offered wine, but as I was driving home later that evening in the pouring rain ( and I don't see as well at night ) I stuck to my water.
This evening I am planning on having a glass of keeping my sugar low today.

Yesterday I did train for an hour
Did skipping for interval cardio
Then did toning with body weight and Kettlebell, ended with an ab workout. my off day from training, but not eating.
Did our grocery shopping for the coming week all set to continue.

Quickly want to shout out to Pixie
* Ur iPad comments are working *

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

Friday, July 13, 2012

Day 13/50

Today is Day 13 of the 50 days NO sugar challenge

First I need to report in after completing the 17 DD yesterday.
I have to remind you that I did not weigh in before the eating plan as I wanted to do this without stressing about a number.
Today as promised I weighed in.
Still heavier than I like to be...but have more days to lose the extra weigh I want off.

1. Weight Watchers Goal weight for me was 64.4kg's
2.  My personal goal weight is 61/62kg's
3.  My current weight is 63.2kg's

I will be weighing in every Friday and reporting in while on the Sugar Challenge

What I have learned the last 10 months.
Even though I have stopped Gluten, Grains and cut back on sugars.
Trained 4/5 times a week
now that is such a scary thought to me.

All I ever added to my foods * Now and Again *
Dark chocolate
2 Glasses of wine over a weekend
A mini Magnum on a Saturday
THAT'S ITS!!!!!!

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

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Day 17

The last day today....Day 17 of the 17 Day Diet
Day 12 of the 50 Days No Sugar Challenge

I'm on my last day today which means weigh in day for me tomorrow
To be very honest - I AM VERY NERVOUS
I worry that I will be disappointed - I know those feelings so well, why I stopped weighing myself back in October.

I woke up today feeling heavy...emotionally heavy.
I think its hormonal, but its still an emotion I'm having to deal with today
I am down in the dumps...I just don't feel the way I have been the last few weeks today.
Anyway...a Story about today.

I went to the Farmers Market in town this morning
Although the weather was miserable and only 15 degrees, I wanted to go and talk to the farmers about their products, how they grow their fruit and veg and if they inject hormones into their animals and lastly if their animals are grass or grain fed.

 I was thrilled to hear that in Germany there is a law that NO animal may receive hormones 
That means even my shop bought meat is good quality.
All chickens from this farmer are roaming and not caged...
So today I bought Strawberries, Blueberries and Large farm eggs.

While out and feeling so miserable I stopped at the Health shop to buy a few Gluten free things...not many as most are high in sugar...I needed a box of crackers and almond butter.
I noticed I started picking up the gluten free slab of chocolates and looking to see how much sugar was inside.....I just wanted something to eat as thats they way I always react to my bad first reaction is to feed myself.

Thank goodness I recognized my emotions of wanting to comfort eat and walked away.
I reminded myself that I'm on my last day of the diet today and that tomorrow was weigh in day...
I do know if this was not the case I would have given in and eaten....all cause of emotions. ( sad )
But I have am happy!

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Day 16

Day 16 of 17 Days......

wow....2 days left before I weigh in....have been tempted to climb on the scale all days this week...but thought I must wait a bit longer till I have completed this eating plan.
I did this plan 100% so really hoping for a certain number!!
Now you see why I have not been weighting myself...
THAT NUMBER...I want that number and here I go again!!
Will I be disappointed if I don't achieve that number????
Knowing myself...I trying to stay positive about the number that looks back at me.
I'm not going to share that number with you :))))) I'm afraid you will all be disappointed with me.

I taught a Kettlebell workout this morning.
I pushed the ladies to work with heavier weights compared to normal as I can see they are becoming comfortable with certain kg's and wanted them to push their muscles a bit more.
Amazing to see the difference in them doing this...
They sure had to push.....
I love seeing the ladies working out 100% and not playing around.

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

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day 15

Day 15 on the 17 DD today.
I should be saying Day 15 of 50Days :) as that what it actually is.
So I am not even half way - I am still very positive as I know how fast time flies anyway!

Last night I made veggies a different way....well the 2nd time I have attempted this.
Onion, and mushrooms cooked in Tsp Organic Olive oil while I steamed Cauliflower, Broccoli and Brussel spreads.
When veggies were ready I moved them over to the frying pan and put in a scoop of low fat cream cheese ( NO sugar ) and let it cook.
It was delish....did add some herbs and spices as well.
So today for a snack I had left over veggies and one boiled egg. 
A very weird combination, but to my surprise it was very tasty.

Today my calf is feeling a lot better, but I know the moment I run the pain will start again.
This is so frustrating...No idea what I did in that step class to have caused this problem.
Tonight I'm teaching The Power Ladies so not going to attempt running today.

I looked at my diary today and decided on the dates I will weigh in.
My plan is to weigh in this Friday for the first time in 10 months to see where I am ...
Then I will weigh in every Friday till I have completed the 50Days of no sugar...and hoping this way of eating will become a way of life!
I have worked on lowering my sugar but never to keep it as low as 30g's a day....

I feel as if this journey never ends, there is always something else to change.
I remember counting Points, then Calories, then giving up processed foods and my diet soda's
Now its been Gluten, Grains and currently sugar...
One day it will be dairy, but I'm not there yet...

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

Monday, July 9, 2012

Day 14

This morning I woke up feeling thinner...and thought about weighing myself...but decided to wait it out till Friday 13th for weigh in day.

I trained my upper body and Abs for 30 mins using the Kettlebell before breakfast.

My calf was so sore when I went to bed last night, i asked Hubby to rub it down for me, which he did. 
It feels better today, but still tender...will ask him to rub it again tonight.
I did say I thought I should go for a sports massage but have no idea where to go in this country.

This morning for breakfast I had 3 scrambled eggs...mushrooms, spring onions and 4 cherry tomato's with green tea.

Lunch was left over braaied chicken ( BBQ, Grill ) and salad.

For my snack later I am going to have Greek yogurt, flaxseed and Blueberries

Dinner is Chicken and Veggies

When I look at this photo taken on my 50th birthday ( 23rd June ) in Italy, I can see the weight I had gained...
I felt it....I felt the difference...2/3 kilo's I could feel on my body...and I wanted it off.
So when I returned I decided it was NOW that I had to lose the weigh gained...
Excited to see what the scale says on Friday as feel so different already.
Today its my eldest daughters 34th birthday...
Today I am on Day 14 if 17 Day Diet
Today I am on Day 9 of 50daysnosugarchallenge
Today it is Day two of the UW Real Foods Summit

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

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Day 13

Thank you so much to those of you who left me a comment with yesterday's entry to let me know that I do have a few readers and not talking to myself....

To share a little about my journey so far.
I started off weighing 85kg's
Ended at 61kg's ( went down to 59 for a day )
Lost the bulk of my weight doing Weight Watchers but ended up in hospital with Aspartame poisoning as all the diet products I was eating to save on Points was an overload for my system.
All I say is be careful...don't fall into the same trap as I did by drinking diet Soda as 0 calories and eating diet and fat free foods.
Rather eat clean, ( not processed ) and good fats....
Never touch diet products...they are very harmful to the body.

After my 7 days in hospital and on cortisone for 12 days - I started investigating clean eating...
Found Tosca Reno and moved over to that way of eating...
Then discovered Sean Croxton and learned so much from his book called * The Dark Side *
From there I found the Paleo way of eating...

Right now am combining Clean Eating with Paleo
I only eat chicken, turkey and fish...Paleo one eats Red meat so don't follow 100%
I am Gluten and Grain free for 10 months now...
As you know I am doing the 50daysnosugarchallenge on Facebook as this is an area I want to improve more after cutting back on most sugars 2 years ago...

I have not weighed myself since October 2011...
I found that number on the scale was making me obsessive and not enjoying my life.
Yes, I do believe the scale is important when losing weight...but I was in my 3rd year of maintaining and wanted a gaining a kilo to lose it again the next day...was driving me to * drink * :)
I have a challenge with myself...
The 18th morning on the 17 Day Diet.
Am I nervous...OF COURSE.
Have I gained weight....I DID ( 2/3 kilo's ) .... BUT NOW FEEL BACK TO MYSELF AGAIN.
So lets see on Friday 13 if a good day for me?
I will keep you all posted....

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

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Day 12

Is anyone reading my blog??
Or am I talking to myself....:)

So its day 12 on the 17 Day diet today.
Another successful day 
This evening Hubby kept on offering me a glass of wine and I kept on refusing and explaining why I was not drinking wine....that I would again later but not right now.
The Dr does say not to drink wine during the first 17 days.
The 50daysnosugarchallenge says the same, but one can have a glass on special occasions.

This evening I'm drink * Bubble * water with slices of lemon in a glass Sarah sent me from USA for my 50th birthday.
I just feel better drinking water this way tonight...helps me not miss the wine..

Its such a great evening.
WE lay in the sun today for 3 hours, our tans are coming along nicely.
Then this evening Hubby braaied ( BBQ ) for our dinner, we sat outside at the patio furniture having our meal...something we haven't done yet this summer as summer is only arriving in Germany now.

As I have mentioned, I have cut back on the this morning had Greek yogurt, 1Tsp flaxseed, 4 strawberries and a handful of Blueberries with Green Tea for breakfast..

Lunch was...Turkey and salad with Green Tea

Dinner was....Grilled Chicken and salad

Snacks....Probiotic drink and 2nd snack I had more yogurt ( 4 Tsp ) and 2 Strawberries 

Drinking lots of water today.

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

Friday, July 6, 2012

Day 11

I'm pinching myself that I'm already on Day 11!!!!
 Time is flying. 
In the past when I've done the 17 DD I have always felt that time is dragging..
But not this time.
I do think having to continue with this way of eating for the the next 45 days...Is what is making the time I know its a long long way to go still, I want to do this....I do not want to fail...

I went to do grocery's for next week and didn't buy as much fruit as usual as I only want to eat Blueberries and a few Strawberries - I did buy 2 small apples for my snacks with Greek yogurt.
Do you know I can't find Total Greek yogurt in this country anymore...the 2%  was really nice.
The only Greek yogurt I can find is 10g's per that is what I am eating.

Today I have SO much energy...
I got up early to clean and just carried on and on...
Its such a good feeling as lately I have struggled to get myself out of bed or found motivation to do anything.

My calf was so sore last night while teaching The Power Ladies
I had to take a pill for the muscle when I went to bed...
This morning it feels so much better.

I'm off to train the soccer team in the next town in an hours time.
My first time with the team...a little nervous...
This old duck coming to train a team of 18 - 22 year olds...:))

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

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Day 10

Its Day 10 today
Honestly, no craving, am not struggling.
This way of eating has become a way of life for me...
Its while on holiday I relax and add foods like Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Rice cakes, Ice Cream and more wine than usual to my eating ...and from those few extra's I gain weight.
With doing the No sugar Challenge on Facebook I am very aware of sugars and see that in my breakfast every day I have too much this is an area I am busy looking at and making changes at the moment. 
A few Blackberries is going to have to be enough...not half an Orange, Strawberries, Kiwi, Blackberries and sometimes some black grapes with my yogurt for breakfast.
This challenge and app for iPad is teaching me so much about Sugars...and where they hide.

Today I did a 7.35km run in the forest in my Vibram shoes....My little toes is feeling a lot better....its just my right calve that gives me trouble after every run I do in the shoes.
Now am hobbling and have to teach The Power Ladies a class in hour and a half.

I upped my Protein today as yesterday I didn't eat enough and by 9pm I was am feeling so much better.

After my run today I did a short photo shoot with my neighbors daughter..Her photo with my entry today.

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

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Day 9

The photo with this entry was taken last Saturday when Hubby and I attended a friends wedding.
This was the first German wedding I've attended.
It was a lot of fun!

Today is Day I am still motivated and not having anyway cravings, or withdraws after a few months of having more sugar in my diet as usual.
When we were in Italy for my 50th the other day I did eat lots of ice cream, even ate potato's ( which I don't do anymore ) drank lots of wine...
I really thought I would find it hard and suffer...
NOTHING....thank goodness.

I'm also doing the 50daysnosugarchallenge and bought an app for my iPad so I can check the amount of sugars in foods before I eat it.
Honestly.....I'm going to have to be more careful with the amount of fruits I there is no fruit I can find that is idea sugar wise..
The challenge says to not have more than 30g of sugar a day
6g per 100g is the ideal...
I'm really learning a lot more about sugars at the moment with this challenge.

Yesterday I taught a mixed workout to The Power ladies.
Warm up, Low Impact, Boxing, Intervals and then abs toning on the floor, ending with a stretch.

Today I taught a Kettlebell class outdoors as was a lovely day to be outdoors.
Being outside we did Boxing for 20 mins...then toning with the KB and ended with swings and a stretch.

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