So week 2 has been great – the simplicity of the meals and the smoothies have really helped me get the other parts of my journey in check (that and all the extra energy I have as a result of clean eating).
Besides the usual day to day work commitments, I decided to take a leap with my fitness commitments. I’ve signed up properly for Adventure bootcamp (3 times a week) as well as signing up for trail runs near me and taking part in our local park run. (Who is this person!?) – don’t get me wrong, I love getting out, but I am not a gym bunny. In fact, I quite enjoy the couch and the comfort of my warm bed at 5am in the morning..
Things I’ve learnt this past week
Challenges – It’s all mental
If you are doing any challenge – whether it be to cut out sugar and bread or to walk an extra 5000 steps a day – it all comes back to being a mental game. You need to step outside of your comfort zone for change to happen. I met up with a friend last week, and she had lost her motivation. I pressed her about her progress, and what she wanted – what she was unhappy about or what she was proud about. And you know what? She had make progress, she had taken the right step towards her goal – she just didn’t see it right at that moment. All because of mind games and negative self talk. We all do it – we all put ourselves down, all the time.
Your scale is not the be all and end all – A healthy lifestyle is more than a number
So this week, I ate well and moved a lot (way more than I used to). I had energy to do things and motivation to challenge myself. But a week later when I stepped onto the scale, only 300 grams lost (WHAT SERIOUSLY? I WORKED MY BUTT OFF AND YOU HAVE 300 GRAMS FOR ME??? WTF!!). Yupp, that’s how it goes! Any lifestyle change or weight loss journey is not linear – ever! Pfft, dam scale.. But what I have taken from this week is how nutrition changes your day, your body and most importantly – your health.
Food doesn’t need be boiled broccoli and chicken when you are wanting to be healthier
Oh gosh! What this FitChef 21 day challenge box has shown me is so simple but so important! Besides my own perception that any diet (yes and Im sure you have also heard them all – especially being a woman in the 21st century) is that in order to lose weight or be healthy, you will need to eat boiled chicken and broccoli. Well no – you don’t. The meals included in the box have such a range of flavours – from spicy bobotie to thai green curry and basil pesto pasta (honestly, I don’t do this justice!). My taste buds have been through a journey these last two weeks!