March Health & Fitness Chat

Time for another monthly roundup of where I’m at with my health and fitness. Guess what?! My stomach issues continue. I’m now on a third change of medication, and this combination seems to be working for me so far. I’m also “on the list” to have an endoscopy to try and see what’s going on in my stomach to cause all of these issues. Fitness wise, I have a renewed motivation after having cleared up most of the stomach pain I was suffering from recently. Onwards we go! Here’s how I did with my goals for February (hint: not very well) –

* work back into an 80/20 style of eating
* exercise three times a week (more like three times a month)
* continue to increase water intake
* cut back on after dinner treats
* increase workout time gradually to 45 minutes

So yeah, not great. I really need to knuckle down now, even if I’m not feeling well. It’s all a vicious cycle but I need to be in the best health I can possibly be to try and figure out what’s going on with my stomach. Here are my goals for March –

* try and get at least 10 stars in my workout diary for the month
* continue to track food on a daily basis
* cut down (a LOT) on sugar intake
* get better at prepping food to take to work
* make healthier meal choices based on food tracking

How is everyone else going with their health and fitness goals for 2015 so far?

April Fitness Chat

Wow, my arm looks gargantuan in that photo. It’s been a while since I posted anything fitness-related on the blog, which is probably because I’ve not been paying much attention to that aspect of my life lately. However, I feel energized and refreshed and back on track, and I thought it might be the perfect time to introduce a new monthly series of posts to the blog. Every month I’ll be checking in to discuss my goals, how I’m feeling, and interesting fitness-related things I’ve seen pop up around the place.

Monthly Goals
We’re half way through the month already, but better late than never. My main goal for the month is basically to get myself back on track, both physically and mentally. This has been a crazy year so far, but things are slowly settling down and I feel more capable of taking control of my health and fitness in general. I want to plan my lunches better (with the aim to make healthy options to take to work every day), I want to increase my weekly workouts to at least 4 a week, I want to keep a fitness diary (my new Lorna Jane planner should work with that), and I want to cut coffee out of my daily diet. I’m going to Bali in the first week of May, and you can bet that’s motivating me to WERK.

Health & Fitness Related Goodies
* I was in Kmart yesterday and noticed that they have quite an extensive range of workout clothes. I picked up a gorgeous green tank (pictured in the image above) for $15. You can bet I’ll be going back for more. ** If I’m ever short of motivation, I search through the #fitfam hashtag on Instagram. There are a lot of inspiring people out there, and there is always a picture of two to help motivate me to get off of my butt and move. *** I’m planning on whipping up some turkey meatballs to have for lunch during the week. I’ve never made meatballs before, so I’m interested to see how they turn out. I’ll keep you posted. **** I need a new theraband.

Eating Clean

Lately I’ve been obsessed with the idea of ‘eating clean’. So this morning I decided to bite the bullet and really get serious about it. I’ve been feeling more motivated than usual lately when it comes to eating well and getting fit, and my sister in law and I have signed up for boot camp/personal training together starting next week. I think that eating clean will certainly help me maintain the energy I need to get through 3 sessions of that a week, plus other general exercise, working full time, studying and generally attempting to live a good life.

So what is ‘eating clean’? There are plenty of websites and books available on the subject, but in a nutshell it’s basically eating the foods we all know we should be eating. Cutting out overly processed foods, refined sugar and alcohol and generally trying to eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. So if you’re eating pasta or bread, stick to wholewheat, rye or wholegrain products. It’s also recommended to eat 5 small meals a day while eating clean to keep your metabolism working. It’s all a matter of common sense really. I’ve set myself a personal challenge to eat clean for a week and see how I feel and how it effects my day to day life. Today was day 1, and I feel satisfied with everything I ate today. I wasn’t particularly hungry throughout the day, but I did find myself thinking more about food than I normally do. I think that was because I was planning things in my head, and making sure I was sticking to my plan. Just to give you an idea of what an eating clean diet might contain, today I ate:

Almond Milk, Blueberry, Banana & Chia Seed Smoothie

Wholegrain Ryvita Crackers w. Fresh Tomato, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper

Tuna & Brown Rice Salad

Garlic Chilli Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries & Salad

I love how bright and appetising everything I ate today was. I certainly wasn’t disappointed by my food choices! I’m sure I could cut back even more on the processed foods that I’m eating, but I want to talk to my personal trainer next week about a food plan and what the best options for me and my lifestyle are. I also need to come up with some good options for meals throughout the day that I can take to work and are quick and easy to prepare. Has anyone else tried eating clean before? If so, do you have any tips for me?