Wednesday, 5 September 2012

7 months later...

It's been seven months exactly since my last blog post. Seven months of highs and lows, and more lows.
The rollercoaster of life never really stops long enough for me to adhere permanently to a healthy mindset.
The desire is always there - but the confidence, time, and fortitude to see it all through has been sojourning too long in the valleys of my life.
Even my heart scare did not have the long lasting impact on my health regime that I'd expected.
So I did what I always do, and turned to food - the naughty, sugary, doughy kind - for comfort.
Those 9 kilos I lost? 
6 of those kilos have found their way home and are dwelling happily around my sadly spongy torso once again, like an ever returning wayward child. 
It's not easy for me to sit here writing this. It's humiliating and scary...but it's necessary.
Often I have heard the expression, "Man up, and face it!"
Well, I am "woman-ing up and facing my weight issues" as well as the insidious habit I have for turning to sweet comforts when life gets busier that I can handle, and too many people 'need' me.
This will not be easy. I have no intention of kidding myself or you, my reader, but every step forward is a step towards being the healthier me.
Every step forward signifies I haven't taken a step back...there is great joy in that alone!
Today I will read through everything I've written on this blog since it began - I know I'll see some lows, but I want to be re-inspired with all the positives so will focus on them. Already, just scrolling through the photos of all the lovely foods I prepared when losing those 9 kilos has stirred my hibernating healthy self to start over....
I hope you'll encourage me on the next leg of my healthy journey.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Back on the wagon...or should I say back to the juicer?

It's been months since I last posted. Sickness, my husband's new job, his loss of that job, another new job, a new year, a new town, a new home - life has a habit of standing in the middle of my health road, and the worst thing is that I let it.
But there is nothing like a big health scare to push life to the side and force you back to the middle of the single lane healthy living highway! 
My heart is not happy. 
I have lost 9 kilograms (about 20 lbs) in the last six months, and I have kept it off. It wasn't difficult, but it did take determination and a mindset of not being tempted by what those around me chose to eat. I am half-way to goal weight now, so another 9 kilos to lose and I can honestly say I am in the normal weight range for my height and age.
Over the last couple of weeks this goal has taken on new urgency, so I felt a boost to my enthusiasm was needed. God heard, because I saw this dvd amongst the apples in the fruit & veg section of my local supermarket and didn't flinch at placing it right into my trolley...
Mr E and I spent a good portion of this afternoon watching it, and believe me, it was worth the $20 I paid for it!  Visit the website HERE for more information.
So here I am about to get back to documenting my healthy living journey once more. The stakes are higher now, but the outcome will be the same - a healthy, fit body, able to handle the remaining years God has given me on earth.
Tomorrow I will be stocking up on greens for juicing, and menu planning based on the DASH diet for a healthy heart. I'm also using the CSIRO Healthy Heart Program book as that is pretty similar and more relevant to Australian resources.

Have you seen the DVD, or tried the DASH diet?