Hello my loves!
I’m so sorry its taken me days to write this – theres no real excuse other than it was the weekend and I try to stay off my laptop when i can, and the last 2 days work has gotten in the way. If you’re reading my blog, i’m guessing you know that i’m overdue on a blog piece about how I intend to loose the 3kg i put on whilst eating and drinking my way through Europe last month.
Some of you may think 3kg is a lot in a few weeks and to be completely honest with you angels, it is. This is probably not normal weight to put on, even though i did drink ALOT of alcohol daily and eat food I would never usually eat. I also didn’t train or do any exercise which is so unusual for me – even whilst on holidays! But i also have a very very slow metabolism – i’ve had it for years and its something i’m working on naturally getting back to speed, but its taking some time.
So now i have to loose it – this is weight i’m not used to carrying and isn’t my normal weight, so i’m wanting to do it as healthily and quickly as i can. This is my plan – its not for everyone, its for me and I know my body. But as i do with most things on social media and most parts of my life, i’m going to share it with you 😉
Lets start with what you all seem to be asking – DIET. Now i don’t follow a particular diet when dieting to loose weight. But i do count my calories and the logic and mechanics of ‘ENERGY IN, ENERGY OUT’ and “CALORIES IN, CALORIES OUT’ has always worked for me.
When i’m trying to loose weight, I stick to a low 1000 -1500 calorie a day diet, so i’ve been working off this ratio this week (week 1 which is always the hardest by the way). All depends on how much I exercise and how many calories i burn through out the day. The more exercise i do, the more i need to eat . This low calorie diet i only do until i’m at my goal weight and then I eat normally healthy 1500 – 2000 calories a day with exercise, which maintains my normal weight and allows a mini cheat every day! 😉
Monday to Friday consists of instant coffee (no milky coffee when trying to lean up), green tea and fresh green juice. I start the morning with either a protein smoothie, which would include 20g of lean protein (1 full scoop), half a banana and a berry of choice, coconut water, chia seeds, a dash of coconut milk and a handful of oats. Basically breakfast is a smoothie OR eggs. If i don’t have this il have protein oats ( especially on days i’m training weights) or an egg white omelette. I’ll add 2 eggs, mushrooms, greens, peppers whatever as long as its a vegetable. Splash of tobasco for flavour. Ive never been a believer that you need to have a big breakfast or that breakfast needs to be the biggest meal of the day. All my meals when dieting and the same size. But i do have my carbs in the AM – simply to fuel the start of my day and you have the day to burn it.
Snacks can include vegetable sticks and cottage cheese, or a piece of fruit (to keep e sane) and lunch is generally a salad with a grain (or good carb) quinoa or sweet potato, or a lean meat protein which is generally chicken. No more than half a chicken breast per meal for me. Dinner is usually meat and veg or meat and salad. Meat being white meat, chicken or fish. This week i’ve only had meat once and enjoyed have veggies – but always have sweet potato or a lentil if i choose not to have meat. I have a terrible sweet tooth, so for dessert sometimes i’ll have cottage cheese with protein powder and berries or a tea with honey.
So thus far and the plan to curb my crazy sugar cravings over the next few weeks with the following snacks remembering i’m trying to stay away from refined sugars – so if i’m going to have sugar its going to be natural from fruit, honey etc.:
– Chai tea with honey
– Fresh berries (low in fructose) with a little almond or natural peanut butter
– Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice – if you have a thing for sour.
– Cottage cheese mixed with half a scoop of choc protein powder – great at night as its slow releasing protein and a great dessert.
– A natural protein bar, if i’m on the run and really struggling!
I also plan on doing a 3 day juice cleanse next Monday. I thought about 5 days but nooooo haha and there really are some amazing options in doing it the right way. I mean these juices are packed full of the vitamins and nutrients you need to get you through your day.
I think 3 days is enough to really kick start my weight loss AND get my appetite back to normal portion sizes. I usually loose 1kg of bad fluid during this time, so it’s definitely worth it. Now you know i’m not a nutritionist but common sense would advise to research the cleanse you want to do or look at a few options and plan before doing it. Make sure they are fresh and the RIGHT juices. Im using KREATION and COLD PRESSED juices for my cleanse as i’m still in LA.
Now, a few of you have asked what my workout regime will be during this time. SO to begin with, I very rarely train on my own in a normal gym. I used to be able to do this, but now i’m completely addicted to ‘GROUP TRAINING’ and classes. After loving the vibe and bouncing off others in a group training environment, I really can’t train myself or get any where near as motivated as i do surrounded by people with the same goals. I get more out of a 45 – 60 min group class, than i would training myself in a normal gym for an hour and a half. And, my body loves me for it. Ive never felt fitter or stronger … honestly.
Ok, so i’m sure you have all heard of studios called “F45” which is functional training group classes, which generally go for 45 mins other than a Saturday where you are treated to a 60- minute Hollywood class. Well i’m addicted to this revolutionary fitness workout! Every day is a different workout, which is so important for me to keep motivated as i have the attention span of a fish and get bored easily. Some days are cardio based, others weights, some are all for abs (pipeline is by far the one i dread to be honest but its so good for my core) and just recently they have bought in classes based around agility, offence and defence. Some are partner based, which I love when i’m training with a friend.
At home in Sydney i’d do an average of 4-6 classes a week depending on my work schedule. But here in LA, without a car i’ll do max 3, which i still see great results from! It’s improved not only what you see aesthetically – my mini abs and toning i can see through my arms and my legs, but i feel stronger and fitter every week, which is more in the long run. F45 is great for weight loss.
I also try to walk at least 30-60 mins 5-7 days a week – I can do 7 days if i’m really having a good week – and i’m going to need to have very good weeks over the next few weeks to get rid of this weight!
I’ll also try and t to get to Barre Tone Class (which is a mixture of barre ballet, Pilates and yoga) once a week. Great to for toning and butt work, i would love to have more time to do more of this. It’s not high intensity like F45 but its repetitive, great for toning, flexibility and i also FEEL amazing when i leave.
Since being in LA over the last 5 weeks i’ve been doing a 30 min mat pilates session about 4 times a week for my butt. Im actually going to film this next week and get it up on the blog as i’m started to see results and the booty lifting a little, so i really want to share this with you. Every extra 30 min work out counts.
I’m also going to try to get to the infared sauna once – twice a week per week. I like to do this anyway, but you burn an extra 400 – 600 calories in a 60 min session. It’s amazing!!!!!! I feel GREAT after!
So this is my plan – i’ll update you guys and write a blog when the 3kg is off. Im hoping end of next week with everything i plan on doing. I’ll let you know what worked and what i would do differently next time.
A nutritionist emailed me an eating plan which i’m unsure if i’ll use or not but i’m happy to share it with anyone interested in taking a look. Leave your email address in the comments below and i’ll send it out tomorrow xx
As always ….