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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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. 

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 – 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 – 8th of March 

Rise and shine today’s challenge is pretty easy and will only take up ten minutes of your day. So get motivated and make it happen. 

Today i challenge you to stretch your body for a least ten minutes. 

It wasn’t until recently that I truely appreciated the benefits of stretching. I always thought it seemed pointless but now I understand the importance and make sure I do ten minutes a day of stretching. Even if I don’t workout I still set aside that ten minutes to have a stretch, not only do I find it beneficial to my body but I find it really relaxing. 

If you are like me and struggle with ideas for stretching or aren’t ever really sure how long you are holding a stretch for I’ve found a handy app (if you can’t tell I’m app obsessed I basically run my life through apps). 

The app is called: Sworkit – it’s a freebie in the App Store. I thoroughly suggest you download it and give it a crack. 

Benefits of stretching: 

  • It’s relaxing 
  • Increased flexibility 
  • Helps to improve posture 
  • Prevents injury 
  • Can help you sleep better 

I hope this has convinced you of some benefits of stretching so get to it. Take deep breaths and relax as you work through each stretch. Positions should be held for 30-60 seconds each. 
Happy hump day kids, stretching may or may not also help with that too 😉