The Summer Challenge Update: Week 2
It’s weigh in Wednesday. So let’s get down to the heavy!
TIPPING THE SCALES:
No changes to the scale this week. Although my clothes do feel better on my body so that’s a win in my books!
9 more to go.
Week 2 went by much the same as Week 1 did. That is to say, it was jam-packed and busy. I’m beginning to think it’s my M.O. And so Week 2 was tough.
Question: Did anyone else find it hard to resist all of the Halloween candy that was lying around for days? … slow going that’s for sure!
Week 2 has been all about getting back into being active again, getting out and about to enjoy the day. I managed to get my lazy self into gear and start building towards a habit of walking to work. It’s going well. I even managed to run to work a couple of times. Not a bad effort considering it’s no secret that I love my sleep and would rather go to work with ratty, dirty hair and no make-up if it means that I can snaffle an extra 45 minutes of snooze time. Self-maintenance, what self-maintenance?
I’ve also been focusing on stocking the fridge and cupboards with healthy, good, whole foods. Well to be honest I’ve always done that. But I’ve now made a deliberate effort to combine all of the BF’s bad food (i.e. chocolate, lollies, biscuits etc.) to the highest shelf in the pantry. Out of sight, definitely out of reach and far out of mind. Success.
THE WEEK IN EXERCISE:
10 Minute Abs.
oh. my. god. the pain. We definitely have a love/hate relationship going on. Right now I’m still leaning towards the hate. I know, it’s bad to hate. But it makes me feel better, OK!
GOING THE DISTANCE:
Total Distance: 36km
THE WEEK IN FOOD:
- Chia Seeds
I’ve been loving Chia Seeds for a while now. They’re great to sprinkle on my morning muesli & yoghurt, on toast, in salads and even added to smoothies. Chia Seeds are native to South America and have been a staple in the Mayans’ diet for long, long time.
Here’s a couple of reasons why I’m loving them (they’re probably the same reasons as you!):
- they’re gluten-free
- they’re high in dietary fibre
- they contain 8 x more Omega 3 then Salmon
- they’re high in antioxidants
- they’re a complete protein with all of the essential amino acids, and
- they’ve also got loads of iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and a heap of others!
For me, the best part about including Chia Seeds into my diet is that they have great influence on satiety, leaving you feeling fuller quicker and longer (of course the combination of protein and fibre also help with this). This is because the outer layer of the seed swells to form a gel when mixed with a liquid. Note: the gelling action of the chia seeds means that they can be used as a great substitute wherever eggs are required for their coagulating effect. Meaning they’re the perfect egg substitute! Just mix 1 tblsp of chia seeds with 3 tblsp of water and leave to rest for 15 minutes.
For anyone looking for a home alternative to the off-the-shelf energy gels, check out this Chia Seed energy gel recipe.
I enjoy Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) as the perfect substitute to rice based dishes. I find that Quinoa is more durable than Couscous yet not as heavy and filling as Barley and Freekah. It makes the perfect addition to salads, your classic meat and veg, biscuits and slices and even in desserts! Although referred to as a grain, and you’ll most likely find it in the supermarket aisle alongside the rice,Quinoa is actually a seed that comes from a vegetable similar to Swiss Chard.
It’s rich in protein and contains the essential amino acids, high in fibre and a good source of iron and magnesium. Also, quinoa flour can be used as a substitute for regular flour for gluten-free cooking and baking. Winning! Right now I’m loving Quinoa for its anti-inflammatory phyto-nutrients and lysine which the body uses for tissue growth and repair.
Tips for cooking: Always rinse it thoroughly as it is coated in a soapy residue called Saponin. Check out my modern alternative to your classic Rice Pudding here.
- The easy Mid-Week dinner
Basil pesto and avocado wraps. Too easy. Too delicious. The perfect mid-week throw together.
This week I’m feeling good. Lots more energy, happy and positive and enjoying the process. Now to see what Week 3 has in store. And remember, “Slow and steady wins the race!”
I’m doing this to be healthy. Not to be skinny. Kate Moss is not an icon. Being happy and fantastic, that is!
Wish me luck. xx