Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Well here we are on Day 2 of the GM diet which means all the vegetables I can eat as well as one potato with breakfast!
I have decided to keep the potato until lunch because I will be making a vegetable curry using the ingredients - eggplants, beans, onion, potato, capsicum, kaffir lime leaves, ginger, garlic and chili. I stir fry this in a non stick pan and add some red curry paste which is vegetarian, apart from a little bit of shrimp paste for flavour but I can live with that!
I love making curry with chicken, vegetables and coconut milk as well, but not today. TODAY IS VEGETABLE ONLY DAY!
Breakfast this morning consists of black herbal tea and vegetables baking in the oven - eggplant, carrot and pumpkin. A light spray of oil and sea salt sprinkled on top and YUM!
Yesterday was DAY 1 and consisted of as much fruit as I could eat - I had a great time eating all sorts of delicious fruits and my body feels so much better today because of it. All bloating is gone and I slept like a baby last night!
Late yesterday I poached pear and apple slices and ate half whilst they were still hot and the other half once they had cooled in the fridge - it is a really lovely way to bring out the sugar in the fruit and reduce the acidity and it only takes 5 minutes! A very nice way to end my fruit day.
Today my sparksfriend Joy is on DAY 3 of the GM diet and we are sharing recipes and ideas. We are both feeling so much 'lighter and brighter' already! It is so helpful to be doing a program like this with someone else as we encourage each other daily, just like we did last time. We've got this Joy!! x
Have a great day everyone and thanks for your awesome encouragement! I missed everyone also!
Monday, April 14, 2014
Have I actually been away from sparks for over 2 months??!! Wow - that time went by very quickly!!
Tomorrow I am embarking on the 7 day GM diet. This is the same diet I embarked on the very first day I joined Sparks in September 2013 and I blogged about it at the time, including photographs of food etc. This diet re-sets my cravings back onto healthy foods and I usually lose an average of 3kgs in that one week and you feel AMAZING and EUPHORIC as well! Yes, I've done this 7 day diet program a number of times now. Here is a website if you want to take a look yourself, and you never know you may even decide to join me. I am doing this 7 days with a sparks friend who started her 7 day GM diet today (MYJOYNOW45EST). We have both done this before together on sparks and enjoyed supporting each other through the process.
Below is a link to the instructions. There are numerous websites out there containing many variations- this is the one I use. The thing I like about it is that a) it works and b) on most days you can eat as much as you can eat and still lose lots of weight!
In a nutshell Day 1 = all you can eat fruit; Day 2 = all you can eat vegetables; Day 3 = all you can eat fruit and vegetables; Day 4 = bananas and milk; Day 5 = beef and tomatoes; Day 6 = all you can eat beef and vegetables; Day 7 = all you can eat vegetables, fruit juice and brown rice. If you wish to take part then please read the exact instructions from the website. You can also eat as much of the wonder soup as you want on all of the days!! You will not go hungry on this diet....
I have substituted the beef for chicken or tofu on several occasions. This time around I'm already feeling like tofu for my substitution and I have a number of blocks of it in the fridge ready to go.
Over the past few days I have done my shopping and purchased an array of fruit and vegetables, bananas and tomatoes. I have also cooked up a big batch of the wonder soup and froze it so it too is ready to go!
Here is a photo of my fruit bowl(s)! Apples, oranges and passion-fruit picked ripe from the vine. YUM! If you think this is a lot, you should see what's in my fridge!
Here is one of my passion-fruit vines...this will keep producing lots of fruit for the next 10 months or so!
In Australia we are currently in Autumn and heading into Winter so the vegetable garden crops are much different to the summer variety. I haven't planted much out this time of year. My very first paw paw tree is going crazy with fruit - check this out....
And I have been handing out eggplants to friends left right and center for the past few months..... I planted this eggplant direct into the ground where I had been accumulating grass clippings for many months. The bird bath in the photo is a full sized bird bath, so you can see the size of the eggplant bush!
All is good and from tomorrow for the next 7 days on the GM diet, all will be great!
Today I'm a little apprehensive as mum and dad are on their way driving back from Sydney after visiting my sister and her husband and son for a week. I am praying for a safe return home for them. Whilst they have been away I've been going up to their farm and looking after their pet parrot who I adore also! Here she is .....
Have fun everyone and let me know if you want to join me on the 7 day GM program tomorrow!
Friday, January 24, 2014
THE WEIGHTLOSS CHALLENGE CONTINUES FOR ANOTHER MONTH DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND! - 199 POUNDS LOST SO FAR AND COUNTING!
Have you all heard the Fable of the Tortise and the Hare? (you will find the story at end of this blog if you need a reminder).
Well now is your CHANCE to sign up for the FEBRUARY weightloss challenge.
This challenge has been so successful for participants in January that we are going to run it for another month - so far the combined teams have lost a total of 199 pounds since 1st January 2014! WOW! WOOHOO!
Here is a snapshot of current weightloss totals that are still being counted:
HARES = 97 pounds
TURTLES = 102 pounds
Looks like the hares took a tiny snooze somewhere along the track during this race and will need to fight hard to make a come-back but there is still time left in the month to do this - meanwhile the turtles are going steady and strong!
We had 61 people sign up for January and are expecting a lot more to sign up in February so don't hesitate - sign up now and join in the fun and motivation!
The way it works is YOU decide if you want to be a Hare and lose weight fast and furious (TEAM AMY) or a Tortise and lose weight slow and steady (TEAM JILL). Once you decide you sign up and log in your weight weekly. The results are based on the team's effort so we don't want you gaining weight as that will negatively affect the teams points - we want you losing weight so we WIN the challenge!
The winning team for that month will receive the trophy! YAY The team leaders will be posting up exercise suggestions, motivation and progress reports and there is also a team thread where we can motivate each other etc.
I am on the HARE team so you are either with me or competing against me. Here is your chance!
Do you need more motivation to kick start 2014? Well here is your chance!
Do you want to lose weight and have fun doing it? Well here is your chance!
Do you want to jump on board TODAY straight away? Well here is your chance!
Do you need a reason to lose some of those Christmas/New Year pounds? Well here is your chance!
Do you enjoy a good challenge? Well here is your chance!
Do you like to be part of a team and be motivated by others? Well here is your chance!
Do you want to reach the end of February 2014 feeling fit and fantastic? Well here is your chance!
Do you want this New Years resolution to go off with a bang? Well here is your chance!
To sign up visit the Hopeful Hearts Breaking Free From Hurts Team and go to the 'Motivation and Team Challenge Section' or contact me and I'll send you a team link.
Then go to either of these threads:
For the team visit thread 'Team Amy sign up for BWAL challenge'
For the team visit 'Team Jill sign up for BWAL challenge'.
If you have any further questions you are welcome to contact the Team Captains via their sparkpages:
Team Amy - HARES
Team Jill - TURTLES
I have found this challenge to personally be very motivating for me and the pounds are coming off again - as a HARE I want to WIN this! LOL
The Children's Story about the Tortise and the Hare
One of Aesop’s Fables
Once upon a time there was a hare who, boasting how he could run faster than anyone else, was forever teasing tortoise for its slowness. Then one day, the irate tortoise answered back: “Who do you think you are? There’s no denying you’re swift, but even you can be beaten!” The hare squealed with laughter.
“Beaten in a race? By whom? Not you, surely! I bet there’s nobody in the world that can win against me, I’m so speedy. Now, why don’t you try?”
Annoyed by such bragging, the tortoise accepted the challenge. A course was planned, and the next day at dawn they stood at the starting line. The hare yawned sleepily as the meek tortoise trudged slowly off. When the hare saw how painfully slow his rival was, he decided, half asleep on his feet, to have a quick nap. “Take your time!” he said. “I’ll have forty winks and catch up with you in a minute.”
The hare woke with a start from a fitful sleep and gazed round, looking for the tortoise. But the creature was only a short distance away, having barely covered a third of the course. Breathing a sigh of relief, the hare decided he might as well have breakfast too, and off he went to munch some cabbages he had noticed in a nearby field. But the heavy meal and the hot sun made his eyelids droop. With a careless glance at the tortoise, now halfway along the course, he decided to have another snooze before flashing past the winning post. And smiling at the thought of the look on the tortoise’s face when it saw the hare speed by, he fell fast asleep and was soon snoring happily. The sun started to sink, below the horizon, and the tortoise, who had been plodding towards the winning post since morning, was scarcely a yard from the finish. At that very point, the hare woke with a jolt. He could see the tortoise a speck in the distance and away he dashed. He leapt and bounded at a great rate, his tongue lolling, and gasping for breath. Just a little more and he’d be first at the finish. But the hare’s last leap was just too late, for the tortoise had beaten him to the winning post. Poor hare! Tired and in disgrace, he slumped down beside the tortoise who was silently smiling at him.
“Slowly does it every time!” he said.
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