I’m still here!
It’s been such a struggle to get back on track since my last post. I started to lose momentum as my third year at university progressed and by exam time, healthy eating and weight loss was unfortunately no longer a priority.
By the time summer rolled around, I was back where I started and feeling more frustrated and upset than ever. I was so fed up that I couldn’t find the motivation within me to even try again. I had such a negative mentality: “why start again when I’ve failed countless times before?”
Since then, I’ve had a bit of a wake-up call. It wasn’t just the way I looked, it was the way I felt. I started to have panic attacks at night because I felt so unhealthy. I didn’t feel good.
I spent a long time planning this time. I’m about to go into my fourth and final year of a tough degree. If I couldn’t stick with it through second and third year, how the hell am I going to make it work in my fourth honours year? I was a bit stumped.
I decided to start with small changes and go from there, incorporating more health foods into my diet and trying to walk more regularly (getting those 10 000 steps a day!).
Then the naked issue of Women’s Health Magazine came out and it all clicked. The magazine featured a variety of beautiful, inspirational women of all different shapes and sizes who don’t diet. They are healthy and happy… and that’s all that matters:
“I simply want to be the best, healthy, toned, happy version of myself.” – Iskra Lawrence, Model (I completely idolise this woman right now)
“Eating all the kale in the world isn’t going to make you happy.” – Madeline Shaw, Nutritionist & Writer
“Eating well and getting fit is about feeling amazing.” – Gemma Atkinson, Actress
Those were just a few quotes from the feature. It was so inspirational and made me realise that above all else, I need to be happy. That’s when I decided that I wasn’t going to “diet” anymore. I’m not going to put sole emphasis on losing weight this time and create more pressure for myself (note that the name of this blog has changed from “weight loss adventures” to “lifestyle adventures”). I’m not going to cut any specific foods, I’m just going to be more mindful when it comes to eating. I’m reducing my intake of refined sugars and carbs, eating more health foods and exercising more.
I’m about three weeks in and I already feel so much better. By eating more fruit and veg, keeping a food diary on MyFitnessPal and doing more exercise, I no longer have the desire to eat sugar and carbs… and as a bonus, I’ve lost around 7 pounds. It doesn’t even feel like I’m trying.
With the Great British Bake Off about to start, my friends and I have decided to try baking something once a week, sticking to the show’s weekly categories. I’ve set myself an even tougher goal: to make all of my bakes refined sugar-free. I thought it might be fun to share my recipes with you each week, letting you know what worked and what didn’t!
This week is cake week and I’ve got a recipe in mind, so I will let you know how that goes!
In the meantime, here’s a recipe I tried on Sunday for raw millionaire shortbreads (vegan and refined sugar-free). They turned out brilliantly and taste amazing (see photos and link below).
Until next time!
Recipe for Raw Millionaire Shortbread (The Wallflower Kitchen): http://wallflowerkitchen.com/nakd-raw-millionaire-shortbread/