Blast From The Past – Spice Up Your Life

“Sugar and spice, everything nice…” Somehow I can’t stop thinking this. Spices play a big role in my cooking although I have to admit that I’m not the most adventurous cook ever. But there are definitely spices I use all the time and love in my dishes but also love what they do for you. I’m still learning in this regard on a daily basis and just read an article about spices and herbs and their health benefits again. So I thought I share an oldie with you as a Blast From The Past…

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Broken Scale?

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A bit over a month ago I decided to tackle it, to get on top of it and to stick to healthier eating and a workout schedule. I made a plan to use the remaining 13 weeks of the year to reach the weight I want to have, made a plan and dove into the adventure.

Thanks, Danny, for inspiring me!

I figured an update is overdue. Over the last couple of days and weeks I had Willow’s comment in the back of my mind, who mentioned that you need to get there first before patting yourself on the back. Totally agree with her. As she stated often we make a plan then tell people about it, try to achieve it, fail and then explain why we have not reached our goals using many excuses. Bottom-line: It’s better to keep it all to yourself until you have reached said goal.

You might ask yourself where I’m going with this. Well, I’m definitely not about to find any excuses or tell you that I have failed. Nope. But I’m also not where I wanted to be and frankly, I have no clue why. I have stuck to healthier eating. I have stuck to the workouts, even on my resting days I’ve been active. Knowing how my body has reacted in the past I should have dropped at least 3-4 kilos by now. But I haven’t and it’s frustrating. I have dropped just about 2 kilos (on a good day…).

Over the last week I analyzed my approach. I checked what I ate, I took the full moon into consideration. But nothing really explains to me why the scale does not show a lower number. Maybe I’m simply not patient enough. But if this continues like that I will be far from the goal I set by the end of the year.

As I said, I’m not giving up. This all is about being consistent and that’s what I’m planning to do. My body might have changed, its metabolism might have changed. The explanation might be as simple as that. I will keep my eyes on my original goal although I know that dropping about 6kilos in about 6 weeks will be a lot, probably too much. I know I can lose it but if I lose weight that fast I usually put it back on again in a similar amount of time, at least some of it.

I was really hoping that this update will be a success story. But hey, this is life and sometimes it does not do what we want it to do, right?!

On a good note: I also mentioned that I measure myself too when starting a diet (or better changing eating habits) and I have lost almost 4cm around my tummy since I wrote my first post about this journey. So that’s a good thing!

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Where I’m At

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A week ago I “signed” up with Danny for a little healthy challenge. The aim is to get back on track with a healthy lifestyle (read here) with workout, healthy eating and a positive outlook on life. While I sort of missed out on getting my summer body ready during winter, I still have spring and early summer to do so. What good is it to make a commitment and not sticking to it, right? And how can you stick to it without giving updates.

So here is my update.

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Let’s Tackle It

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The meme actually says it all. It is a great feeling. But it’s also a frustrating feeling when you are on the other side of it. I know both.

Those of you who follow me for a while know how much exercise means to me. I need my daily sweat. Yep, totally. As with so many things in life there are ups and downs and obstacles that get in your way when it comes to your plans in regards to a healthy lifestyle. I’ve touched on that subject a couple of times, which you can see here.

Danny, over at Dream Big, Dream Often, has mentioned it before: Healthy eating and exercise are key factors in a happy healthy life. So he put it out there: Join in if you are ready to change your approach to eating and exercising and if you want to finally get yourself to a healthier self. I signed up. And I tell you why.

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Ever wondered why there are massive spikes in allergies? Don’t you think that it’s all about what goes into our food? All the chemicals we are not aware of putting into our system?

Struggle and Control

I’m back at the point where I struggle. I struggle with keeping on track with my healthy eating, although I approved again (and if only a little bit), I struggle with not being able to workout due to throwing my back out end of last week in the last exercise of my workout. And I struggle with the fact that I got slowed down once again.

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Hello Mindful Monday…

… or maybe not just yet!

A couple of weeks ago I decided to join Silver Threading on her mindful journey to a healthier lifestyle. I chose probably the worst time to do so. Not only were the Holidays coming up, but we were also about to move house, going away and I was getting ready to work full time on a casual base for the entire month of January. How’s this for not being able to stick to your normal routine?

Perfect, to shake things up, right?

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Not The Easiest Time

Definitely not the easiest time of the year to start a diet. But then, what time of the year really is, right? You always find an excuse to only start next week. You always find an excuse to have that additional treat. You always find an excuse for that second or third helping. Some people even find an excuse to eat ice cream combined with chips (or crisps) for breakfast (I know… shocking!).

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