July 23rd, 2014.

This morning I had an early appointment with the dentist, so I didn’t manage my usual walk in the park. I did, however, walk home from the dentist (CBD - Richmond) and sneak in three laps before picking up my eldest from school. If both children are content with entertaining themselves then I’ll workout once we’re home, or I’ll try and get out again later this evening for a few power laps!

Loaf of sugarless, vegan banana bread that I made! Find the recipe by clicking here. I don’t think this photo does it any justice as it looks really dry, but I can assure you that it’s gorgeously moist, and soft inside. Excellent for those that have a sweet tooth but are trying to avoid chocolates and lollies! I eat a slice for breakfast or as a quick snack in the afternoon.

Loaf of sugarless, vegan banana bread that I made! Find the recipe by clicking here. I don’t think this photo does it any justice as it looks really dry, but I can assure you that it’s gorgeously moist, and soft inside. Excellent for those that have a sweet tooth but are trying to avoid chocolates and lollies! I eat a slice for breakfast or as a quick snack in the afternoon.

July 20th 2014.

I’ve been going for a walk every single day this week, and I’m loving it. I feel fantastic, and it’s just something that I feel like I should have been doing anyway? I’ve only been for a run once this week (2 miles) because I injured my knee, but I’ll definitely be getting back out there again. For now though, I’m allowing myself to recover, but obviously still walking, and being sure to stretch, and warm up properly. 

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I managed to dig out my Nike+FuelBand from the back of my cupboard and I’ve been using that to set daily goals for myself. Using both the FuelBand and the Nike Running apps (Apple & Android, pic preview above) I’ve found that I’m more inclined to get out every day. The element of competition is a big factor for me, and ensuring I exceed my goals is a challenge that I’ll always enjoy. I really feel like the FuelBand is going to help me push myself further than I otherwise would have, so I’m really glad that I remembered to hunt it down! (Message me if you have one and we can compete!)

In terms of diet, I’ve still been eating really well, and when cravings have hit I’ve turned to sucking on squares of 85% cocoa for comfort. I’m loving fruit juices, and pretty much anything that involves Butternut Squash/Pumpkin or sweet potato! The entire family has substituted most meat for Quorn as well; Not because we have any real, conscious desire to switch to a vegetarian diet, but because it’s cheaper, and quicker, and subsequently fits in easier with our hectic lifestyle. I have to be honest and admit that I also love not having to be mindful of any lingering bones, fat, or gritty bits. (Ew.) 

Basically, so far so good. The lifestyle changes that I’ve made have been small, but the impact has been astonishing - and in such little time, too. I’m not panicking, suffering or feeling like I’m missing anything, and I’m really excited about my uplifted mood, my (already) slimmer body, and how easy my kitchen is to clean now there’s not so much packaging to throw away! 

July 16th, 2014.

I managed a measly 2K walk before Tyler woke up to be fed and changed. I’ve been going for a walk around our local park every morning and then working out at home in the afternoon. I’m on day 3 and really enjoying it, and I’m already reaping the benefits. It’s miles (no pun intended) better than festering at home, and gives me some time to put my headphones in and just be a small part of the world. I’ve been using a Nike app to track my distance and time, and with any luck I can make some improvements and then move on to running. Train to run, not run to train!

1. Apple, Banana, Chia seed & Cinnamon smoothie, Thomas Dux.

2. $1 Bananas, reduced in Thomas Dux.

3. Green beans, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Zucchini/Courgette, Butternut Squash/Pumpkin, Sweet potato, all from a local farmer’s market.

4. Dried Goji berries, from Pana Chocolate.

I’m really excited to taste the Nudie smoothie as Cinnamon is one of my favourite flavours! I’ve even had Cinnamon toothpaste before because I’m that obsessed with it. The Goji berries were a lovely treat from my fiance, and I plan on using them as a cereal topper for my muesli! As for the fruit and veg, well, those are just necessities, and visiting the farmer’s market was a fun, new experience for all of us.

*edit: The smoothie tasted exactly like a McDonald’s apple pie, and it was honestly just divine. I’m definitely going to grab for it when I’m after something sweet!

So, instead of braving the outside world I decided to just work-out at home. Luckily, Tyler went down for a nap so I was gifted a full 30 mins of intense cardio combined with a little bit of strength. Although I’m not currently doing the 30DS, I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from it. Hopefully I can manage 30 mins every single day, and then an hour on Saturdays and Sundays! 

So, instead of braving the outside world I decided to just work-out at home. Luckily, Tyler went down for a nap so I was gifted a full 30 mins of intense cardio combined with a little bit of strength. Although I’m not currently doing the 30DS, I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from it. Hopefully I can manage 30 mins every single day, and then an hour on Saturdays and Sundays!