My Next Challenge: Sugar Free Steptember

You may or may not know by now that I love a challenge.

I regularly try to do new things, things that scare me and things that challenge me to better myself.

An example of this would be; I went Go Karting the other night, after much hesitation what felt like months of saying no I finally said yes. I was incredibly tired that day from a few back to back nights of interrupted sleep. As we waiting for our turn on the track I could feel myself growing more and more anxious. I never liked to be in control of small vehicles even as a kid I always wanted someone else to steer or to drive so the thought that I was supposed to drive this little kart as quick as I could around a winding track made me feel so anxious I thought I was going to throw-up in my helmet. But I did it, I put my foot down (not very fast mind you) and made my way around the track. It felt like I was on that track for hours (actually only 15 minutes) but I did it,  I am now confident that if for some reason I get talked in to Go Karting again that I can do it. Put the fact that I was a Grandma driver aside, I was proud of myself.

So for my next challenge not only have I agreed to participate in Steptember which is a challenge to walk 10,000+ steps a day for the month of September in order to raise funds for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. I have also decided that I would participate in Sugar free September.

If you are interested in supporting me through my double challenge this September, you can donate via this link: https://stept.io/vsd1ipG all monies raised will go to children and adults living with cerebral palsy.

I would love to hear from anyone who has done a sugar free challenge or who lives sugar free. I am super interested to see how I feel after the month and will be sure to get back to you with some details.

Also if anyone would like to join in with me, please hit me up. Comment, message or email me I would love to talk about the process, the ups, the downs and be of support to you throughout the 30 days.

The only way I figure I can get through this challenge is to be organised, so I have drawn up my meal plans for the month which I am more than happy to share with you as I go.

Week 1:

Type/Day Mon, Wed, Friday, Sun Tues & Thurs, Sat
Breakfast Omelette with Smoked Salmon, Spinach and Capers

Black Coffee

Scrambled eggs with Zucchini and tomato

Black Coffee

Morning Tea Carrot, Celery and Cucumber sticks

Green Tea

½ an Avocado

11 Almonds

Green Tea

Lunch Grilled chicken breast with Green Beans and Sweet Potato Tofu w/ Broccoli, Green Beans, Corn and Brussel Sprouts.
Afternoon tea 1 A Green Apple

Rooibos Tea

100g Chicken breast w/Hummus

Rooibos Tea

Afternoon tea 2 11 Almonds Carrot, Celery and Cucumber sticks
Dinner Lamb Cutlets w/Cabbage, Onion, Garlic and Zucchini Tin Tuna and Mixed Salad
Dessert Protein Shake Protein Shake

I would say that I am a healthy eater generally. I write meal plans and do my meal preparation fortnightly. I will admit this year I have become quite a fan of cake, my taste-buds shifted from being all about the savoury food to all about the sweet food, but hopefully after Sugar Free September this will not be the case anymore.

So wish me luck and again reach out if you are interested in participating with me or if you have any advice for me to get me through this coming Sugar Free Steptember

Kristy

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March Challenge – 24th of March 

Today I challenge you to start thinking about/planning your meal prep for next week.

It’s Friday most people don’t bother thinking about their meal prep until Sunday if they even think about it at all. I suggest you start drafting your meal plan on a Friday so you have a fair idea of what healthy foods you are going to cook and what items you may need to buy on the weekend so you can be organised for the week to come. 

I have mentioned before how my meals are throughout the day: 

  • Breakfast 
  • Morning tea 
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea 
  • Dinner 
  • Dessert (sometimes) 

So have a google, find some recipes you might like to whip up. Choose your daily snacks and start prepping now, you’ll thank me next week when your food is perfect. 

Don’t forget to carry out your plan on Sunday! 

If you want some meal prep ideas feel free to email me kristymcnairblog@hotmail.com 


 

March Challenge – 22nd of March

Good morning friends,

I was thinking back over my daily challenges thus far for the month of March and have decided that there have not been enough active ones.

So, today I challenge you to:

  • 50 star jumps 
  • 50 squats 
  • 50 sit-ups 

Now depending on your fitness and activity levels you can do these however is best for you. I personally will get them over and done with in one hit. I will do this set 4 times. You can do it as many times as you are comfortable with.

You can split these activities up throughout your day, so maybe 50 squats when you get out of bed, 50 star jumps at lunch time and then 50 sit-ups in the evening. Whatever works best for you. If you aren’t used to any of the activities then  I suggest breaking up your 50 into blocks of 10.

It doesn’t matter how you do them, just get them done. Moving regularly throughout the day is important especially if you are an office worker, so take 15 minutes have a break and do some squats!

Have a glorious Wednesday and stay tuned for tomorrows challenge.

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March Challenge – 19th of March

Hello friends, happy Sunday! I trust this weekend has been wonderful. Mine has been very quiet; rain, food, exercise, netflix and my dog Rusty.

Today I challenge you to sit silently for at least ten minutes.

This may sound strange or boring but it can truly be beneficial. Pick somewhere comfortable, put your phone away and rest your mind and your body for 10-30 minutes. If you can’t sit somewhere I suggest taking a walk  by yourself in silence for this time.

Benefits of sitting in silence:

  • helps to relieve stress
  • re-centers your focus
  • Allows your body to recharge
  • gives you time to think and reflect on your life
  • gives you time to appreciate things
  • can keep anxiety at bay

Pick your time and your space and sit silently, you will be interested to see where your mind wanders during your quiet time.


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Breaking routine without the side effects

For anyone who is focusing on their exercise and healthy eating goals there is nothing more difficult than breaking your routine, maybe with a holiday or weekend away. As much as you want to enjoy your break, time away from your normal reality can be very difficult for your mind and body to handle, a sudden change and it can often leave you feeling worse for wear. 
I recently had a short 5-day trip away to help some friends of mine move into their new home and since returning I’ve been feeling quite flu-ish, bloated and weak. What I put this down to is the change in my routine for those days that I was away. I exercised less than usual, I ate less vegetables than usual and I ate more carbs than I usually would. 

Hopefully I will be feeling better soon and back on track with my health goals but I thought I’d share my newly realised tips for breaking routine without the side effects. 

  1. Do your best to exercise every day. Even if it’s only a 30 minute walk. 
  2. Continue to load up on veggies
  3. Try to keep eating your meals and snacks at roughly the same time as you usually would 
  4. Stay hydrated! If you feel weak try adding a little salt to your water this I’ve learnt will spike your blood pressure 
  5. Keep happy and enjoy your time off! 

Keep these tips in mind next time you break routine and I hope you will stay on top of your game! 

This photo I took on one of my morning walks whilst I was away, it’s of Wallarah Creek, Blue Haven, NSW.