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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Eggplant Rollatini 

I whipped this up last weekend as part of my fortnightly lunches meal prep and I had a few people asking me what is was and how they can make it so here’s the recipe friends. 

You will need:

  • 2 large eggplants 
  • 250g spinach (I used the frozen kind) 
  • 1 jar organic tomato pasatta   
  • 1 large garlic clove 
  • 1 1/2 cups light shredded mozzarella 
  • 1 cup reduced fat ricotta 
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmasen
  • 1 egg 
  • Pepper to taste 

Process:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees 

Cut the ends off your eggplant then thinly slice your eggplant longways 

Pop these on a baking tray/paper and cook in the oven for 10 minutes 

Whilst these are cooking in a large mixing bowl combine the spinach (thawed), ricotta, 1/2 cup of mozzarella, finely chopped garlic, egg, and the half cup of Parmesan. Mix well. 

Line a large baking dish with baking paper 

Pour half of the pasatta sauce on the baking paper. Season with a little pepper. 

Remove your eggplant from oven 

Scoop a large tablespoon of your cheese mix onto the cooked eggplant and roll it up. Place it face down into your baking dish. Repeat with all of the eggplant. 

Next you can pour the remaining passata sauce over your eggplants as well as the remaining cup of modzarella cheese. 

Pop this back in the oven for approxietly 35 minutes. Serve. 

Serve this with a protein of your choice. This is perfect with dinner or as a side to your lunch meals. I had my Rollatini with spicy chicken breast. Enjoy. 

Spicy chicken breast and eggplant Rollatini. Delicious. 

Time for change 

It’s been a little while since I wrote my last blog post, this is mainly because I have been focusing on finding my next full time role and I can happily now say that I have. 

Last November my role was made redundant, this was the second time I had been through a redundancy in the space of a year. What a joke right? Anyway, since then I have been working casually for two companies which has been great and given me some income but not enough to continue progressing with my life goals. 

Today I am more than pleased to be heading off to my new full time position in Sydney. I was originally trying my best to find a role closer to my home (lower Blue Mountains) as I have travelled to Sydney and North Sydney for over ten years and I know it is exhausting but sometimes things just don’t work out the way you would like. Nevertheless I am incredibly grateful and so, so happy to get started. 

The biggest challenge for personally will be adjusting to my new routine. This position will mean early mornings, late evenings and a lot of travel in between. So being organised will be the most important thing for me. Organised enough to continue hitting my health and fitness goals as well as my career and life goals. 

Yesterday I organised my meals for today, sorted my outfit and checked the train times. I’ll post my meal preparation for you below. I will purposefully be getting off the train one stop further from my work so I will get extra steps in before and after work. As an office worker it is often hard to get in 9000-10,000 steps a day so this extra 12 minutes either side of my work day will really make a difference. The second change that I will look at making next week is my gym. Currently my gym is close to my home but they don’t have one near my work so it’s time to change gym. I’ve already researched the gym closest to work and will get my free trial there next week. Most likely I will be going from work of an evening to the gym before I head home. I’ll test that out first and see if it works for me before I join. 

I am very excited for this next opportunity in my life and grateful for the chance to try something new. If anyone has any tips or advice for me I’d love to hear it.

Here is today’s food that I prepared yesterday to force myself to stay healthy throughout my first day. 

  • B: Blueberry & cinnamon Oats 
  • MT: 2 x boiled eggs 
  • L: Tofu & veggies 
  • AT: Raw almonds & a mandarin 
  • AT2: Protein bar (for my train ride home) 

Have an awesome day everyone. 

Chocci Weetbix Slice 

This Chocci Weetbix slice is easy to make and super tasty.

Makes 16

Approx. 5.8g Carbs _ 5g Protein _3.7g Fat

You will need:

  • 1/3 cup sultanas
  • 6 tablespoons desiccated coconut
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter (Smooth or Crunchy – preferably natural)
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil – melted
  • 2-3 tablespoons of Rice Malt Syrup
  • 6 weetbix – broken into crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Cacao
  • 2 tablespoons Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 80-100g dark chocolate (for the top layer)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (for the top layer)

 

Process:

Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl (except those for the top layer), mix well. If the mix looks a little dry add extra rice malt syrup.

Line a brownie tray with baking paper and press the mixture into the tray.

In a microwavable bowl add the top layer ingredients, dark chocolate and coconut oil and melt in the microwave then stir.

Pour top layer mixture over the rest and smooth out with a spoon.

Put in the fridge to set. Once set use a sharp hot knife to cut into 16 slices.

The slice is best kept in the fridge and will last about a week (5-7 days)




March Challenge – 31st of March 

Good, good morning,

Today is the last day of March which means my month long daily challenges are just about over.

The last challenge I put forward to you is about reflection. Today I challenge you to think back over the month of March (or 2017 thus far) and pick the following:

  • 3 things you are grateful for
  • 3 times you’ve been proud of yourself
  • 3 times you challenged yourself this month

3 things I am grateful for this month: 

  1. My best friend married her awesome partner. I’m proud and happy to know they are safe and their little family is flourishing.
  2. I started a new job (thank gosh because well being made redundant sucks)
  3. I had a two day trip to Adelaide (I haven’t been to Adelaide since I was 11 so that was cool, I need to go back when the weather is better however)


3 times I’ve been proud of myself this month: 

  1. When I built my new computer desk from scratch (I learnt what a cam and a cambolt  is and how they work)
  2. When I cleaned my wardrobe and filled two bags to go to Vinnies (I hold on to things for far too long, especially clothes)
  3. Only last year I started flossing, it was my goal to floss once a week but from the beginning of march I have smashed that and I now floss twice a week (sounds boring as all hell right but I’m proud and my dentist would be proud)

3 times I challenged myself this month: 

  1. I have been working on running because well I’m not a good distance runner, I frankly hate it but by challenging myself  I beat my 2km run time. I was super happy with myself. I won’t share my time because I’m not a runner but at least I try.
  2. I challenged myself to do this march Challenge on my blog. I dedicated time to posting each day which I was not used to but I gave it a shot.
  3. I challenged myself to start stretching each day, even on the days where I don’t workout and I achieved that this month.

Just from listing nine small things that happened for me throughout the month of March i feel happy and positive about the year ahead to come. So have a good think about your nine things for March and start listing! Reflecting on personal achievements is motivating (no matter how big or small they may seem) i might just challenge myself to do this at the end of each month.

Peace and I hope you found some of my March Challenges worthwhile ✌🏾

March Challenge – 30th of March 

Good morning friends, 

Today’s challenge is a workout challenge again. 

This is inspired by the little workout I did last night after dinner and in my hotel room. Being interstate can be annoying because not all hotels have a gym and mine didn’t so I had to improvise. 

This was my quick workout last night I challenge you to do it today. 

  • 30 minute quick walk (I took a trip around the streets of Adelaide last night whilst the rain mostly held off) 
  • 60 squats (in increments of 20) 
  • 40 soccer run (my room was a decent size) 
  • 100 sit-ups (no weight because I didn’t have any) 
  • 20 lunges (only 20 because lets face it I was exhausted yesterday) 

So above it my challenge to you. 

Happy Thursday- make it magical.

March Challenge – 29th of March 

Today I challenge you to start reading a book. 

Old school I know, ha. But there is something about reading an actual book, holding it in your hands and turning the pages. 

I used to love reading when I was younger but I just stopped as I got a bit older, now I’m back on the bandwagon reading at least a chapter or two a day. If it’s interesting I can sit there for hours. 

I’m currently reading what appears to be a bikie romance story and I’m hooked. 

So find something you are interested in and start reading. 

Happy Wednesday!