Day One Hundred and Twenty Five: Two sleeps.

So it is only two sleeps now until I turn the two threes. (Thats 33 for anyone who doesnt speak ‘three year-oldish’) πŸ™‚ I am busy writing shopping list after shopping list, reading a certain scary recipe for a certain cake that better not fail, studying at the same time (I had an exam today!!), and a million other things. And guess what. I am tired.

My digestion this week has reminded me of being hungover. Its been a pretty long time since I was, but I ate some bad stuff this week and have been paying for it ever since. Tonight was probably the most food Ive eaten in two days, Ive just been having juices and shots of my coconut yoghurt that I made in an attempt to clean the system out, but I’m not feeling any better :/ Its taught me a big lesson: Don’t eat the bad stuff, it makes you feel bad. Surprising, isnt it πŸ˜‰ No matter how much of it I used to eat, I cannot tolerate it anymore, so dont even think about it. The things I ate were corn chips and rice noodles. Two of my most favouritist things in the world. But luckily I discovered something, they arent any more. I just dont love them any more. I drank a green juice and was way more excited about that. So that was kind of cool….

So almost exactly three years ago I started losing weight, and am sitting at the mark of 32 kilos lost, and a bunch more to go. I have been stuck for a pretty long time now, and although this eating is making me feel a lot better, my skin is 100% better, my moods are way better and my tiredness is (usually) better, I just have to start figuring out what to do next. Im thinking its going to have to be a bunch of exercise, which I totally have time for (massive sarcasm alert), but I really cant see any alternative. Which is fine, because I like doing it, its just finding that time to do it.

Anyways, Ill sort it out and make a birthday resolution and all will be fine πŸ™‚ Some exciting things that happened this week:

I made my own coconut yoghurt. That was pretty cool πŸ™‚ And I made pumpkin caramel sauce too, which was almost as good, but I do so love creamy coconut yoghurt!!!

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My bubba started drinking green juice πŸ™‚ That was pretty cool, he isn’t a big tryer of things, and now he asks to drink it, so that was very exciting for me!!

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You know what? As much as I want to write lots of things, I think Im going to have an early night. Might try and write again tomorrow (with photos too, Im feeling a bit lazy to go upstairs and get the phones USB cable). Sorry guys, just a quick check in for tonight I guess πŸ˜‰

xx

 

 

 

Day One Hundred and Eighteen: A victory!!

Today, I am winning πŸ˜€

If you have just joined us, this is my story up to date πŸ™‚ I am writing this as I have as of this morning opened my facebook page that works in conjunction with this blog, it will be a place that I can just add whatever I feel like, little things in my day, recipes I find, interesting nutrition stuff, without having to write a whole life story about it on here πŸ™‚

Anyhow, my story is this: I was really really overweight. At my biggest I was 118 kilos. And I’m not quite 5’3″. I was tired, I felt sick all of the time, I couldn’t be awake without some kind of discomfort, and I was not happy. I wasn’t always like this, and instead of accepting it I wanted answers. I have tried every diet, every diet pill, every shake, every fad program, you name it, Ive tried it (with the exception of a tapeworm diet, now thats just gross!). Nothing worked, and more than anything in the world I wanted to have a baby. At that size apparently its pretty difficult, but I eventually managed to have a bubba, and the day I had him I weighed 118 kilos. Six months later, I still weighed 118 kilos. And he wasn’t contributing to that number anymore :/

The turning point was my 30th birthday. I put on my favourite shirt, and felt happy that I looked ok, until I saw photos later on that made me so upset, and so angry. I had always said to myself, I’m not that big, I would feel it and catch myself and do something about it before I got scary big. But I hadn’t, and I got a bit of a shock. Yes, I could see the jeans hanging on the clothes line. Yes, I made my husband park the car close to things because it hurt me to walk very far. And yes, I was sneaking so much food into the house and the rubbish back out because I was embarrassed to be eating it, but I still did.

After I saw those photos (and untagged every single one of them from facebook) I went and joined a shake program, and decided that this was it, last chance. And I lost 20 kilos. I was stoked. My ultimate goal to lose was 60, but 20 was a decent start and that was good πŸ™‚ Then we moved and I lost another 12. I had stopped doing the program because I had come to a standstill, and that was over a year ago now. I am still at that standstill. And its frustrating the hell out of me. Yes, I have lost 32 kilos. Yes, I am happy about that, but I want more.

I want energy. I want the energy that healthy people have, and the glow they have, and the stamina to do all of these things they do without having to throw themselves on the couch at the end of the day and be completely drained. I know there are people out there like that, and I want to be like them.

I am studying nutrition at uni, and I want to be able to help people. So I figure that I will be my best advertisement. The key is to get ‘there’, where there is I have a pretty good idea, I just have to dig really deep and achieve it.

So…. the title of this post is ‘A victory’. And its a good one πŸ˜€

Through studying, and researching different types of foods and diets (I use the word ‘diets’ not in a ‘diet plan’ sense where you do something for 12 weeks and then eat a pizza, I mean as your regular every day food intake) I have become very interested in raw food, in particular juicing, but also whole foods, no processing, just real food like you get out of nature. I have attempted to add more of these into my diet, while becoming mostly vegetarian, dairy free, soy free and juicing every day. Its been hard, but at the 118 day mark, its paying off.

If you have read my posts on another blog http://thepcosproject.wordpress.com/, you would know that I have all kinds of issues with estrogen dominance, polycystic ovaries, lots of hormonal fluctuations, moodiness, skin issues, and I also used to take thyroid medication. I took myself off that a year ago, as I had experienced test results at both ends of the spectrum, with zero change in symptoms. And as of my last two blood test results, I was no longer ovulating. My progesterone was just so low it wasn’t possible. I was also very tired and cranky most of the time. So I decided to take myself off everything, I was taking no tablets, no supplements, absolutely nothing for the first time in my adult life. And I started myself on green juices.

The doctors surgery rang me last week to go in for my 6 monthly thyroid check up, seeing as I used to be on medication they still monitor me and today I went to get my results. I asked the doctor to test EVERYTHING, all of my hormones, thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, everything. And guess what. My thyroid is the best its ever been. My iron, B12, cholesterol, everything, had moved back into mid range, completely perfect. And the big one: my progesterone has risen up to a level where I am ovulating again. I was told that it might not ever happen, and through changing my diet, and cutting out all of the stupid junk that I was putting in, in the way of food and synthetic medication, and loads of animal products, I have managed to fix myself completely, in the space of a year!!!!!!!

Trying to find a photo for the profile pic on my new fb page was interesting too: I only have a few that I have taken myself recently, and I couldn’t have possibly used a photo from even a few months ago, because I look totally different. All of a sudden, I look awake. I have shiny eyes, my skin is the best its ever been, I may not have lost any more weight but wow, do I look different. I just couldn’t get over the fact that I don’t look so tired any more. And I don’t feel it either πŸ™‚ Not like I used to. Yes, I am busy with a million things between 8am and midnight, when I finally shut the computer and put the uni work away, but a year ago I remember sitting on the couch crying because the pressure in my head from stress and tiredness had made me feel like my eye was going to pop out, and it had scared me. I’m not anything like that now. Its almost exactly a year from that moment, and although I have more to do and more deadlines coming up than I ever have before in my life, there is little stress. I just have to work though it all, and have a get it done attitude. Simple. Funny what a little diet change can do for someone isn’t it πŸ˜€

Anyhow, you have heard enough from me today, this was a HUGE post, and I hope you made it through. My new facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/daisyflowers/159348377607312, come and say hi πŸ˜€ And thanks for all of the support while I do all of this, its awesome πŸ˜€

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xx

Day One Hundred and Seventeen: Facebook problems….

I have decided that there are sooo many awesome things I see in Facebook land every day to do with nutrition, beautiful recipes and photos, lots of inspirational stuff, that I would start a Facebook page and link it to this, so even if I don’t get on here so often, I am still posting somewhere, and Facebook is super easy for me to do from my phone, anytime πŸ˜€

So I go to sign up for a page, I already have two other unrelated ones, and I remembered it being pretty easy. Someone must have changed something, because I’ve been sitting here looking at this for half an hour getting pretty mad, and also gaining a pretty decent headache. Long story short, I have worked out the problem, and now need a big bottle of water and a pain-killer, but it will be up and running hopefully by tomorrow. I’ll post the link here once its ready, so come over to Facebook land and say hi πŸ˜€ Yay exciting!!!!

Things have been going ok, it’s getting to the end of the session, still a lot of work to do before exams, not stressing yet though thankfully. Oh… and its nearly my birthday πŸ™‚ I can’t wait. I am seriously staying awake at night thinking about this cake though, if I haven’t mentioned it before, I am making myself a bit of a showstopper this year, the Adriano Zumbo V8 cake. Yes, it has absolutely nothing to do with being raw, healthy or anything but being super self-indulgent and show-offy, but its my birthday and my rules say I will do whatever I want, so ner πŸ˜‰

For people who don’t know what that is, check this out: http://www.masterchef.com.au/recipes/zumbo-v8-cake.htm

Yes, I am a crazy person ha ha ha ha ha But I want it to work sooooooo bad!!!!!! The only thing I’m not making is the water droplets on the top, because I’m not paying $20 for one ingredient, that is just how it is. So I will make up something else thats cool. I might not even make the flower just like that, I’m thinking of something that will fit in with my afternoon tea theme a little better than that, we will see πŸ™‚Β Sneak peak of my theme…..

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Anyways, I will be back tomorrow with the new Facebook page!!!!!!!! Hope to see you all there πŸ˜‰

xx

Day One Hundred and Thirteen: We have movement :)

So, the scales have moved. To the tune of a kilo and a half down. Ill take it πŸ™‚

I haven’t been blogging lately, if you saw the list of things I have to do between now and the end of October, you may even be asking why on Earth I’m sitting here writing this right now…. the answer would be “because I miss it” πŸ™‚

I haven’t done anything spectacular or innovative the past two weeks, just kept going along, drinking my smoothies and juices, eating my foods, same old same old. But Spring is here and there are super yum fruits coming, fresher yummer vegetables to buy, and my birthday is coming too. I may or may not post what I eat on my birthday, I haven’t decided yet ha ha ha I am having a ‘Daisy-style’ high tea with some of my friends. You will see what I mean by ‘Daisy-style’ later πŸ˜€ It’s going to be cute, full of cakes, and I’m really excited πŸ˜€ So until then, I’m on my best behaviour πŸ˜€ I have recently bought some digestive enzymes, which seem to be working slightly when I eat foods to lessen any problems I was having, and I’ll definitely be having a bucket full of them that day. Or I might surprise myself and just eat a few of the things I’m making, we will see ha ha ha ha

So this is just a quick catch up, will start posting photos of my foods again tomorrow πŸ™‚ Hope some of you are still here after my two week break Ive had!!! xxIMG_1765

P.S this stuff is ENERGY CENTRAL!!!! Ive been having it most days in the morning, its such a pick me up, makes you feel better than any coffee in the morning ever will πŸ™‚ Its just 75g frozen blueberries, 75g frozen raspberries, 1/2 a cup of oat milk, 1 cup of coconut water, and a tablespoon of black chia seeds. Awesome πŸ˜€ I know Ive posted heaps of photos of it before, but I can’t stress enough how good it makes you feel πŸ˜€ Oh, and super easy to make!!!!!!!

Day One Hundred: Finally :D

I have made it, blogging my way to one hundred days on my transition to mostly raw foods. Its been really fun doing this, and has opened my mind to so many things. I am not even close to my end goal yet, but have taken a pretty good run at the start of it, and that has made me happy. I don’t think I could go back to eating the amount of processed meat and crap I used to eat, just how gross I feel when I do eat something that isn’t ideal, its not something I can just put up with anymore.

So I haven’t been taking photos of my food the last few days, you already know what green juices and purple smoothies look like πŸ˜€ I also ate chocolate cake today, and am paying for it in discomfort right now :/ Totally not worth it!!!

So for the next 100 days, things should get interesting πŸ˜€ I have stepped up my exercise, Ive been walking each day this week with bubba in the stroller, we went for a two hour walk yesterday!! Went again this morning, I did some of my Pilates exercises the other night while going through my manual, and some cross trainer too. Am feeling highly motivated right now, other than eating the cake πŸ˜‰

So yeah, just wanted to check in, seeing as its my 100th day and all, see you tomorrow πŸ˜€

xx

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Day Ninety Seven: Having a good day :)

There is nothing liking having a spot on day to make you feel pretty good. I got study done. I ate well. I burned 670 calories on my cross trainer. I looked at my Pilates training course and got excited. I invited my friends to my birthday party (my birthday is exactly a month from today, excited!!) Today was a good day πŸ™‚

While I am on my cross trainer, I watch myself in the mirror. Did you ever wonder why gyms have mirrors? Its supposed to be for watching your form as you lift, and your technique and stuff like that. I use it to visualise. Yes, that sounds all new agey and weird and stuff, but while I’m ‘running’ on my cross trainer, I take the time to take a good hard look at myself and decide what I want. Does that make sense? No, I’m not standing there picking apart and hating different things about myself, its more that I can see the good stuff, and get motivated by that to make it even better. My cross trainer is what the shower is to some people, its where I think πŸ™‚

I also use the time as my meditation. I don’t do sitting still and quiet very well, my brain doesn’t like it and makes itself super annoying until I get off my butt and go and do something. On my cross trainer I pump the music and go a bit crazy, which sometimes makes my hesitation to exercise a bit confusing sometimes. When I’m doing it, I love it. But it takes a fair bit of talking into to get me to do it. Why, I can’t figure that out, other than the obvious pressing deadlines uni holds, dirty house, the bubba needing me…… So I’ve made a deal with myself… Mondays and Tuesdays I do cross trainer. Every other morning than that Ill be pushing Eddie in his pram, now that the weather is warmer, and we are going to walk. I’m not a fan of walking unless I have somewhere to walk to, but I just have no choice. I have a deadline, and a fitness goal to reach, and I’m just going to have to do it. No excuses.

So, the food today was exactly how it should have been. I was happy with my food day today, this is what i had:

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Purple Smoothie with chia seeds

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Celery with danish feta and sundried tomatoes

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Green juice and a small salad (I also sprinkled sesame seeds, himalayan pink salt and cracked pepper on this after i took the photo, yum)

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Ive had 3 of these, raw cacao truffles

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And I had vegetables for dinner πŸ™‚

Not a bad day πŸ˜€

Not much else to report at the moment, just going along and hoping I get all the things done that I want to… Oh, tomorrow my friend and I are going to the farmers market, will see what awesome stuff I can find there πŸ™‚ But thats about it for exciting things at the moment, head down, get this uni session finished so I can have summer to relax… And study ha ha ha ha πŸ™‚

See you tomorrow πŸ™‚

xx

Day Ninety Six: I made it through pretty well :)

I’m back from uni, yay!!!! I went into labs, looked into microscopes, made plates and grew bacterias on them, ate uni food and came home πŸ™‚ It was super fun, I love when I go out there, but it’s always sooo good to come home πŸ˜€

So I thought I’d show you what I ate at uni, was pretty interesting πŸ˜€ I gave the kitchen the list of: gluten-free, dairy free, soy free, vegetarian and sat back to see what they would come up with. I also took my own green juices and purple smoothies frozen in jars, which was such a success, I was a bit happy with myself actually πŸ˜€

Food:

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My breakfast most days, gluten-free cereal, whatever fruit they had, yoghurt and soy milk (yup, had dairy and soy while they weren’t looking ha ha ha ha only little bits though!!) plus I would drink one of my

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Awesome juices, yum!!!! The last morning I did get a “what in the world are you drinking??” from someone, and my friend tried both, and hated both ha ha ha ha ha More for me!
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Had a ‘shepherds pie’ made from pumpkin, chick peas, zucchini (which I didn’t hate!!) and other yum veggies, which was pretty good,

I also had

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A stack of pumpkin and tomatoes and stuff, which was also really yum…

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This was amongst one of the worst things I was given though, a chick pea flour vegetable ‘tempura’, which had a sauce that was supposed to go with it but apparently had gluten so they left it off. It was hard and cold and awful :/Β That night I snuck cake for dessert and went back to my room and ate chips :/

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This though was BEAUTIFUL, brown lentil and mushroom stuffed capsicum with cous cous salad, best meal, yum!!! I also had some really awesome little chick pea patties with avocado, tomato salsa and lettuce on one of the days, they were super yum too!!!

So all up I was pretty stoked with the quality of food I had, an even more stoked that all of it agreed with my stomach and I wasn’t distracted by a huge sore belly πŸ˜€

Oh, and by the way, this is me having fun with my friends at uni. I also did 2 exams while I was there, in case anyone thinks it sounds like I ate food and had fun the WHOLE time ha ha ha ha ha ha ha πŸ˜€

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Back on track tomorrow, have written up a plan to get me on the right path towards March (if you are just reading my blog for the first time or have missed some, I will be getting my Pilates teaching accreditation in March, fingers crossed!!) and will start training now to be totally prepared, I have the best part of seven months. And I will be ready πŸ˜€