Friday, October 26, 2012


I thought I would update as I am now three weeks into my challenge. So far, so good. I have been so faithful to my running training programme (although it's coming a long a bit slowly at times), and maintaining my daily yoga practice.

I highly recommend getting involved in local yoga classes. I began attending a hot yoga class once a week and have loved each time I have been. It's a "reward" for me, and amazing to practice with a great group energy.

My eating habits have drastically changed over these past three weeks. The first two weeks I kept a food diary to see how I was getting on and to get a feel for how much I should be eating and what types of foods carried what types of kilojoules. I hate being so obsesive with food, so it was only to get an idea and not something I plan to do all the time (also because I find it VERY time consuming trying to count kilojoules for homemade food/recipes.....)

Some of the biggest lessons learned is how many kilojoules are in small foods like a small muffin or a handful of raisins!! (When I was working at the hospital I was having a big muffin several times a week as a "treat" - oops.....learning really quickly that this was NOT the right move to make! haha)

I have also been 3 weeks now without a glass of wine, and only had chocolate in a very small portion once a week. (Hoping to cut this down further). One of my biggest challenges is potlucks. For some reason people insist on bringing desserts to potlucks. If you are reading this PLEASE do everyone a big favour and next time you are invited to a potluck take a HEALTHY snack, or better yet, a healthy main dish!!! Those who are trying to eat right as a lifestyle will be so grateful! This week I have another potluck and I am planning to make a nice vegetarian main so that I can have a nice meal too! haha....I think potlucks used to be a special occasion thing, but these days it feels like there is one every week! (Healthy lifestyles NIGHTMARE!!)

While I am not that pleased with the weight loss progress over the past three weeks (only 1kg) I do acknowledge that my clothes are already fitting better and I feel heaps better too. As with any new start to really strong exercise routines you do tend to gain a bit of weight at first because of the added muscle being built. I'm not too concerned, but it's just going to make my goal of 8kg a bit harder to achieve.

I have been trying some amazing new recipes that I will start to share on here soon. I am enjoying trying new things and spicing up my vegetarian diet a bit.

Mantra: Be proud of where you are at today - Today is the day that counts. ~ Namaste


Cristy said...

Teniah, I really appreciate you sharing your journey here. I'm in totally agreement on potlucks - adds another challenge especially around the holiday season when people are likely to bring traditional sweets, etc.

Best of luck on making the changes that will sustain a lifetime of good health. I have some similar challenges and look forward to reading more as you continue to learn what works for you.

Travis and Teniah said...

Hey, Cristy.

Thanks for your comment. Life brings different challenges to each of us, so it's great when we can support one another through those challenges.