I dont eat meat

There. I said it. Bring on the haters. Finger pointers. Know it alls. I’ve had a few of those. Not too many, and not too hectic. Most people are really intrigued by this, and mostly want to know: why?

Good question.

The reason: Raw Chicken. Really really raw, sloppy, watery chicken.

The husband and I went to one of our favourite, after work, establishments, for a quick bite to eat. I’m not going to name and shame as I still believe their a pretty good restaurant, they just had a really bad day. With chicken. I took a bite and immediately my taste buds went into a rage of disgust and confusion. And that was it. Every time I’ve tried eating meat after that, I just couldn’t handle the taste. I decided to just listen to my body. No other reason. It had nothing to do with morals or ethics or saving the planet (although I’m a huge cheerleader on all those topics), but simply, listening to my body. My body was clearly rejection this lump of flesh and I thought, let me take a break from meat. And that’s how I’ve been seeing it. Taking a break from meat. Don’t call me a vegetarian. It’s so limiting. When my body tells me that I want to eat that pork sausage, I will have a bite of that pork sausage. It all forms part of listening to my body. So I take a bite. Then have a stern word with my body for deceiving me as every time I have that bite, I either end up spitting out that meat, or have a really sore tummy.

I’m on five months now of no eating meat. I do miss it sometimes. Of course. Who can resist fresh beef burgers or delicious home made chicken schnitzels. What really helps is the support. Husband has been amazing. He eats everything I eat, during the week. All veggies. He’s  been very considerate when we go to social gatherings as well. It definitely makes this journey easier when you have that kind of support.

This has been a very natural progression for me, which I think makes it a whole lot easier. I didn’t wake up one day and decide, that’s it. Meats the devil. I think that’s a whole lot of unnecessary pressure that no one needs to deal with. And the more focus you put on it, the harder it is to deal with. Taking a break from meat. That’s all.

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fitness

Hi all!

So with all the wedding planning and life happening around me, at some point I actually need to start taking this project-becoming-a-skinnybitch serious. It’s been really tough. Wedding planning is starting to weigh me down a bit and I’m just feeling exhausted. And the thought of now squeezing myself into some sexy ski-pants every afternoon is just too much to handle. But, what bride doesn’t lose weight for her wedding?? I mean, if you not going to make an effort to lose weight for your own wedding day then there seriously is NO hope for you. I can’t be that person. I mean I could. But let’s try not to.

So i’ve started off by doing a lot of running. Specially trail running. Man, that is just the best kind of running. Free in the wild, running through the bushes. It’s so liberating. I’ve also done some cycling. As amazing as all those activities are, I feel like they just become too much admin and time. Having to get up, get dressed and drive somewhere to work out for about 2 hours, drive back, shower, pass out, wake up and actually go somewhere. it became a whole morning thing. I needed something quicker and easier.

So along came Kayla. Now I’m pretty sure most of you girls have heard of her. If not, you may be living under a tiny rock, at least in the fitness world. This girl is like the fitness natzi.

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image courtesy of kayla itsines blog

These are 2x 7 minute circuits which you do twice. So overall, about 30mins of workout three times a week, in the comfort of your own home. Now I know most of us have done a fair amount of home workouts. Personally I never really felt like they worked much. I didn’t have a routine so I didn’t quite know what I was doing. With Kayla, there is a routine. You know exactly what to do on what day. And let me tell you, this shit works. I’ve never been this sore from any other form of exercise.

I have taken my before photo and am planning on taking the after photo after week 4 or 5. It’s very important to take these as you really don’t notice the difference until you put those two photos next to each other. Don’t take the number on the scale too serious. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat and i’ve actually put on a kg or two but i am feeling so much better so that number on the scale doesn’t worry me too much. Diet is key however. Don’t think you can now indulge in all the chocolates of the lands! Living a healthier lifestyle and just cutting one or two bad habits out every few months is way more sustainable than following a diet! You start with cutting that one bad habit out. Mine is sugar and bread. I’m winning with the sugar part but not so much the bread part, but i’m definitely getting better. This is much easier to do than going cold turkey on a full on diet. They are just not sustainable.

So this is my last hope. If this doesn’t work then there really is no more hope left for me.

Watch this space!

Sustainable living

Hello folks!

So there’s been a lot going on in my brain. Mostly wedding stuff. Of course. But even a bride needs a break from all that lace and frills!

I’ve been following a specific blog for quite some time now (the blog is no secret…click here for a little squizz) and find the blogger’s views and opinions very out there, but that’s what I enjoy the most about reading it. A real ef-you-in-the-face-if-you-dont-like-it attitude. When you start writing a blog, I find it quite easy to start steering my posts in the direction of the reader – will they like it? is that too harsh? what will the reader think? How will they judge me? Instead of just writing for yourself and what YOU think. So, this blog has gotten me to think a lot about our living habits. What we eat, how we prepare our food, how we treat other people, you know, hippie stuff. (i love them hippies) and more specifically on what we eat, and even mooooooore specifically…..meat. (for some reason that reminded me of the KFC advert: man man man. you know that one? haha).

I haven’t made a conscious decision to eat less meat or anything as such, but I have found it to be a natural progression. I find that, the less I eat meat, the less I like it, and the fiance shares the same sentiment. We often have braais – probably two a week and I always find myself eating all the sides and leaving the meat. I take one bite of it, and put it down. There’s just something about the texture. Grinding your teeth into flesh that I just find off putting. Especially chicken. Now, I’m an Afrikaans girl, a boere meisie, so meat has always been our staple diet. Meat, with a side dish of meat. My fiance always jokes that whenever my family has a braai, he calls it the MeatFest3000…hahah…and if I don’t bring a salad to said family braai’s, we will only be eating meat, and potato. This never use to bother me though. I loved braai’s and I loved meat. But just lately, we find ourselves with frozen chicken breasts and frozen mince lying in our freezer for months (partly because we always forget to take it out and defrost it) but mostly because we just don’t enjoy the taste of it. Forget Meat-free Mondays. Its Meat-Mondays and Meat-Free-Tuesday-to-Sundays.

I don’t think I can ever go full vegetarian, let alone, vegan. But I do believe we have a huge responsibility towards mother earth and the way we treat her and it’s time we open our eyes a bit to the damage we are causing. I’m sure most people have the Meat-free-Monday down to a T. So why not implement a Meat-free-Wednesday as well. Baby steps. But it makes the hugest difference in the grand scheme of things. I’m no angel. I still have braai’s and I still love me some pork rashers, but the fiance and I have become a lot more aware of these habits of ours, specially me, and even the smallest of change will make the hugest of difference.

Have a look at this website and see how many of the products you use are on there….

Look at mah face!

That’s the face of a pro runner! Gah haha not! That’s the face of an unfit human barely managing a 5km run!

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Since I met the fiancé, I picked up an impressive 12kg….I know….so now that we are getting married, I WILL lose all unwanted 12kgs again! So this regime has included 3-4 runs a week and whatever I can squeeze in between, like weights or a little bit of yoga. Our eating habits have changed drastically as well. It’s not actually all that difficult to lose weight…it’s just shit! I want to be a skinny bitch on pizza and wine dammit! Clearly that’s too much to ask…

Anyway, up to date I have lost 3.5kg….woohoo! Here’s to the next 8.5kg fat wobbles!

Now to reward myself with a glass of wine…