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Would You Like Some Food With That Diet?

I’ve been doing the whole ‘Eating Clean‘ thing for 7 months.  I’ve lost 7kg, and quite a few centimetres.  But, I’m tired now, and have admittedly fallen off the wagon a little bit over the last two weeks.  I’m feeling fed up, I get annoyed when I watch skinny people eat all the delicious food while I nibble on my Ryvita and Cottage Cheese.  I need some inspiration, and I need to not give up, but at the same time, I just want to be fat and happy!  I have 3kg to lose still which is not that much, but it is taking FOREVER.  I just cannot shift these last few kilos.  I have been eating so well, and still I don’t lose weight, and so I’ve gotten a little bit over it.  On top of this, I am craving everything and anything.  You name it, I want to smash it in my face. And before you tell me to exercise, I run quite often.  I admit, I could probably exercise more which would involve waking up at 4AM to go to gym, but I’m not a fan of gyms.  Excuses, yes, I know.

These cheered me up, at least..

seafood ants baby icecream noregrets regret rememberdietThese pictures all sum up me at this present time.  NEED. STRENGTH.  Just as I’m about to give up and take another a spoon of peanut butter, I remind myself:

skinnyAlthough, I’d like to categorically state that nothing feels as good as Lebkuchen tastes.

Thai Massage

One of my birthday presents was a Thai Sports Massage voucher which I finally got a chance to use this past weekend.  I’ve had this massage once before and it is incredible.

A Thai massage is also known as Nuat phaen boran in Thailand, which means ‘ancient/traditional massage’, they use a mix of Indian and Chinese massage techniques.  It is a deep, full-body massage moving from the feet upwards while focusing on energy lines throughout the body.

A Thai Sports Massage takes it a step further and is an extensive form of massage using a number of techniques: European massage (kneading), chiropractic techniques (manipulating skeletal parts) and acupressure (applying deep, constant pressure to certain ligaments, tendons and nerves).

Massage is proven to:

  • Improve blood circulation
  • Boost your immune system
  • Relax muscles
  • Reduce the heart rate, as well as your blood pressure
  • Improve your range of motion (especially after injury)
  • Cause the release of feel-good endorphins, as well as the release of serotonin

I love hard pressure massages, and this is exactly what they do (you can, of course, request a softer massage if that suits you better).  I have massive knots in my shoulders which have nearly been worked out.  They are literally the size of golf balls.  When I am stressed out (aka, every day), I tend to get very tense in my shoulders, neck and jaw, resulting in these knots.  I reckon another massage or two, and they should be gone.

My favourite part is towards the end of the massage, as your masseur climbs onto the massage bench behind you, puts their knee gently against your back and then twists you backwards and around them causing a ripple of clicks through your back.  You can literally feel the tension release.  I walked out with a dumb smile on my face, glowing, feeling amazing.

Next time I go, I’m just going to ask for the full 60 minutes to be spent on my back, as opposed to the full body.

I go to Reflexions in the Buzz Centre for my massages, and would really recommend them.  Check them out.  They have many other options, over and above the Thai Sports Massage.  I’m really keen to try out the Thai Yoga Massage next.  They also aren’t badly priced at all.

P.S. Ask for Oai (pronounced Oi).

Crunchies

Seeing as it is exam season, I just have to share this Crunchie recipe with you.  My mom always made these for my brother and I, not only during exam time but throughout the year.  It is a great study snack, they give a boost of energy and these crunchies are delicious.  I made a batch for Ross while he was studying for exams recently and needless to say, they didn’t last very long.

Ingredients

125g butter

250ml brown sugar

15ml golden syrup

5ml bicarbonate of soda

250ml rolled oats

250ml cake flour

250ml dessicated coconut

Method

1.  Preheat the oven to 180˚C.  Grease a rectangular baking tray (24cmx34cm).

2.  Place the butter, brown sugar and syrup in a saucepan and heat over a low temperature until all the butter has melted.  Add the bicarb and stir until mixed.

3.  Mix the rolled oats, cake flour and coconut in a mixing bowl and then pour in the syrup mixture.  Stir until mixed and then place the mix in the prepared tray.  Press it down evenly with the back of a spoon and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

4.  Remove from the oven and cut into squares while the crunchies are still warm.  Allow to cool in the baking tray before lifting out the squares.

 

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Snack Attack!

One of my favourite (fairly healthy) snacks is a slice of wholewheat toast spread with two teaspoons of peanut butter, one banana (sliced up) and a drizzle of honey.  This before a run gives me insane energy and endurance.  Plus, it tastes pretty damn delicious.  Try it!

Deliciousness IN MY FACE
Deliciousness IN MY FACE

 

My Journey

I have always struggled with my weight.  I have been on countless diets, and I have given up countless times.  I am the definition of an emotional eater (except, I eat for any emotions, not just when I’m upset), and my sweet tooth knows no limits.  I also, genuinely, never really feel full.  It’s like my ability to feel full was switched off many moons ago – probably by my own doing.

Although, I’ve lost weight previously, I slowly found that it had started coming back with a vengeance and I knew I had to do something about it.  With this, I took a long hard look at myself, and my bad habits (and why I feel the need to sabotage my body), and I decided to re-join Weigh-Less.  The reason Weigh-Less works for me the most is because it teaches me portion sizes, which I am useless with.  Put food in front of me, and I’ll eat it.  I lose track of how much I should eat, as opposed to how much I want to eat.

It also meant eating really healthily.  I made the decision to stop drinking alcohol.  This has been one of the hardest parts and I have had a really tough time with this as people just don’t understand why you’d want to stop drinking, and feel that you aren’t fun anymore because of it.

It has been a fairly slow, long process but I am just happy that the weight is coming off.  Over the last 6 months, I have lost 7kg, and I am a total of 19cm down.  My BMI has gone from 24.9 to 22.4.  I feel better about myself, I have more energy.

It hasn’t all been sunshine and rainbows, and there have many tears along the way as I would sob to Ross, “I just want to eat chocolate!“.  I’ve still got a way to go – I’d like to lose about 3kg more, despite my BMI being at the right level now.  I’m currently in between sizes (an 8 is a teeny bit too small, but a 10 is just that little bit too big), so I think the extra 3kg will help me drop down to a proper size 8.

I didn’t realize how difficult the last few kg would be, as they are coming off veeeery slowly.  I’ll lose a couple hundred grams, and then put a few grams back on.  It’s like two steps forward, one step back at the moment.  Now, I’ve decided that the only way to beat these last 3kg is to smash some exercise.  Running is my absolute favourite form of exercise – I’m not such a fan of gyms.  I have a 10km race coming up in November, and have devised a training programme that will involve running four times a week.  Bye, bye fat!

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