Christmas is done and dusted.
I'm embarrased to admit that I ate far to much on Christmas day, after all my preaching to people I'm working with that you can still enjoy Christmas, just have a little bit of everything. That way you're not eating too much and you're also don't feel like you're missing out. To be fair though, I did just have a little bit of everything. The thing is there were just so many dishes!!!
A big thanks to Wyn, Lisa and Katie for welcoming me into their homes and families for the afternoon and evening so I wasn't alone on Christmas day. Pretty stoked about that even if I did go overboard.
And to your left you can see my "healthy option" sweet treat. I made these for our shared dinner on the last night of the Weight Loss Challenge. But forgot to bring them out of the fridge. I first saw this idea in the December 2013 Healthy Food Guide Issue. Strawberry Santas yum yum!!
Otherwise I would just recommend just stick to mainly eating whole foods and base your meals around protein, it's that simple. The minute I started telling myself "I can't have that" it became that much harder. So for the last few months I've failed miserably. But I've made a conscious decision to commit to it for 12 weeks so I've started reframing my thinking and instead of saying "I can't have that" I've started looking for alternatives. For example, last night I made rhubarb (from my garden) strawberries (not from my garden because the bloody birds ate them!! Note to self hurry up and get the mesh over them) and peach crumble - I used coconut flour. Cream or ice cream is usually the go to and I haven't figured out an alternative to cream yet but I found a soy and almond chocolate ice cream at Countdown. $7 for 475mls compared to $4.50 for a 2 litre Tip Top so a little more expensive but I figure that I will make it last longer meaning I won't be eating too much in a sitting. The kids have also been told that under no circumstances are they to touch my ice cream, they've quite vocally assured me that there is absolutely no way on Earth that they would touch it and looked at me like I was crazy. I'm sweet with that.
It's been two weeks since my last cycle blog where my ride ended with my knee in agony!! It's totally fine now. In fact a day or two later my knee was fine, I'd had my massage and that was fine. Painful but fine. And necessary.
I took the whole week off and started back again riding again on the 20th. This is probably the wrong thing to do but I've found that sometimes I just get over it...riding to work and back every day. The view is fine next to the sea, when I remember to look at it. The wind sux. But that's just the reality of living in the Hutt Valley/Wellington. Even now as I type this the wind is singing to me.
So the first two days I was giving my knee a rest, the Wednesday we had our work Christmas party and I wasn't going to ride home in the dark and Thursday, Friday just because. The weekend was consumed by friends and family so no time for a ride (relationships are important though and we hadn't seen my brother and his family in a while and then before I knew it it was Tuesday!!!! See how quickly days can turn into weeks if you don't schedule in time or take time to plan. For anything you want to achieve in life really. I've only managed to fit in so many rides, albeit short ones, because I made the conscious decision to ride to work. To work out where I could fit in the riding. I figured that was better than nothing and if I could sprint to work or use the biggest gear then there would be some benefit. Plus I've saved money on train fare - extra bonus!!! And Wayne has just told me I've done over 2000km. See...it all adds up!
Then on the way home from that ride, and courtesy of some sponsorship made by Liang and Brunton Cropp I went and bought some road shoes and pedals. Probably would have been a good idea right from the get go but oh well. I'm learning a lot on this journey.
But I had a goal, I worked out what I needed to do, and I did it consistently. That's when the results happen. Not just talking about it. Not just doing it sporadically and expecting results. Not giving up at the first obstacle.
What's an area in your life that you'd like results in but you've been struggling to get there? Is it finances, is it fat loss, is it relationships, is it business? Have you got a plan, are you taking action, are you doing it consistently, are you looking for solutions when things don't go exactly to plan?
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