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: 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



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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! 

March Challenge – 28th of March 

Good morning everyone, 

Today is another exercise challenge for you. 

I’m going to add this in after my morning workout. If you decide to do this at home I’ve listed an alternative just in case you don’t have the tools at home to use.

  • 1 minute Jump rope x 3 (if you don’t have a rope handy I suggest doing star jumps instead) 
  • 15 Weighted lunges 4-7kg weights in each hand x 3 (if you don’t have weights grab a litre water bottle in each hand or a book in each hand) 
  • 15 squats x 3 

Complete this 2 times. 

Good luck and enjoy!

March Challenge – 27th of March 

Happy Monday everyone. 

Today I challenge you to think of a time when you may have hurt or upset someone by something you said or did and I want you to go apologise to the person. 

Often in the heat of a moment we can say or do something without as much grace as we would usually have. We may not mean to offend another but we tried to get something out at the wrong time or in the wrong way and it van cause pain.

So think back over the last year or two and reach out to someone about a moment or situation and apologise, clarify with dignity and move on.

Sounds easier said then done so have a think and give it a go. 

March Challenge – 25th of March 

Happy Saturday everyone. 

Today my challenge is simple; Spend time with your family. 

I spent last night with my niece and it was lovely.  We cooked dinner together (tacos, it’s always tacos when she comes around) , we washed and wiped up, we did some homework, we read s book, she tried to show me what minecraft is and we watched a movie. It was lovely. Exactly what I needed and she had a ball too. 

Nothing like time with your family to ground you and make you happy. Some of the most boring of tasks are made much more enjoyable just by having your family by your side. 

So go see some of your family, go out to lunch or call in for a coffee every second you get together should be cherished. 

Have a lovely Saturday friends.