One Year On.

Today marks the day one year ago that I launched this online blog. What started out as merely a recipe journal has turned into something so much more meaningful.

One year ago I was apprehensive and scared to put myself out there and share not only my food recipes but my advice and knowledge on healthy living, mindfulness and some private stories regarding my family. I took the chance and I am so grateful I did.

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Time To Breathe and Let Go

Well hello again. Let me start by explaining why I have been MIA for a while now. The past 6-12 months have been an absolute whirlwind. I have experienced a rollercoaster of emotions in one year that has at times been emotionally draining and exhausting. From the highest of high moments to the lowest of lows, the most intense I have experienced in my entire life.

Initially part of the reason I  started this blog around 8 months ago was to help not only myself continue the lifestyle of healthy eating but also bring awareness to others and  in particular a very close sick family member that had been given a fatal diagnosis. He asked me for some help in ways of better eating and a forum in which he could follow. The journey for him was most unpleasant leaving him ill majority of the time, his appetite suppressed from treatments and the pain unbearable. Before long  he couldn’t digest food which left me with a feeling of helplessness. I continued to share, post, blog  to keep my mind focused off what life had thrown at our family and also held onto a small array of hope in that miracle would happen. Deep down I knew it may have been too late.

The path in changing to a healthier lifestyle can at times be challenging in todays society. All around us we have media, large food companies, hidden chemical and GMO (genetically modified) foods enticing us and filling our shelves painted in a picture we all absorb with out any further thought. And many of us are unaware to what’s being put into our foods. It is not until our health is compromised that we tend to look into it further and discover what’s making us all ill. Or the sickness of loved ones in desperation of a cure. I am not unfamiliar to this my mother and grandmother went through smilier health issues which kicked off the food and lifestyle change a few years ago. 

I have taken the past couple months following my uncles passing to focus on myself, my kids and to just BREATHE. It left me devastated, empty, heartbroken and seeking reason. How did this happen? Why so young? Why to a man with a young family? Though we will never know the answers to such deep and pending questions the grieving process can take over resulting in emotional discovery and can take much needed time. You just have to embrace it and trust in the process. I have felt immense sadness also anger and slowly acceptance that this has actually happened and I couldn’t do anything to change the outcome. It was already out of my control, out of anyones. 

I lost motivation for a while to continue this project but slowly I will regain the perseverance and joy  it brings me to share my food, recipes, and from time to time advice on how to live a well balanced life. One thing I have learnt from this painfully heartbreaking experience is to never take life for granted, we tend to hear this often but it can not be more true. Take time out and not worry what other people will think of you, your needs are more important. And finally take those small little moments the hugs and smiles, the time to talk and communicate, take those feelings and treasure them as you never know when  small little moments will become everlasting memories.

Caz ♥

How It Worked For Me

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Feb 2015, a few months after having my third son I convinced myself to get back into an exercise routine. Although always being active previously, during my pregnancy I found it so hard to find the energy to do anything let alone exercise. For the first few months I had participated in  my usual Pilates classes but soon even that felt too much of an effort  to continue. With having two other kids to look after, school runs, maintaining  a house hold, chores, dinners I was exhausted and really struggled third time round. Making my decision quite clear that this third child would be our lucky last. I hadn’t even given birth yet and It was only going to get harder.

 

 

I didn’t want to put mountains of pressure on myself like most mums do in our society  these days to get back to pre-baby bodies within which feels  like weeks after birth, like the Bec Judd’s of the world. Bless her and her slender twin pregnant perfect body at the moment sheesh (insert envy face). But most of us don’t feel like that is realistically achievable. I gave myself two months to get settled with my new baby and adjust to being a mother of three then I made that choice to get active again.

 

It was only twice a week as that’s all I could really commit to. I’d finish my day having the kids fed & bathed, then I would lock myself in my bedroom usually around 7pm and workout for a solid hour while my husband watched the children. I would start with cardio on my treadmill usually running for around 15- 20 mins, then follow on with floor exercises focusing on legs, arms and core work for around 30-40mins.  I followed the Kayla Itsines programme in the beginning but as her training regime is working out everyday honestly I just found it too difficult to stick to with my restrictive new schedule. Getting the basic idea of her workouts, my own knowledge and with some help from my brother-in-law giving me a few exercises to follow (he just happens to be a personal trainer unfortunately he lives in a different state darn it!) collaborating all of that I would implement my own workouts. In addition to our weekends as a family, we go for family walks and bike rides which contribute to our healthy lifestyle.

 

 

Naturally coinciding with our healthy eating which goes without saying is most significant. Cutting down our portion sizes, replacing heavy carb based meals with more nutritious clean eating, more vegetables, lean high protein  based meals and cutting out refined sugar from our diet, the weight just seemed to come off without too much effort. I truly believe if you take the focus off the weight loss and make more of the focus on lifestyle it really does work and for the long haul. Give yourself time and you will start to see a difference. It will happen and once you have a routine down it really becomes a way of life.

 

 

 

18 months on I lost 14 kilos, even more than I’d gained through pregnancy and keeping it off. I’ve maintained my weight and an active life and have found my latest passion in Xtend Barre classes which is a combination of Pilates and ballet barre exercises. As an ex dancer it is right up my alley. I still have personal goals I wish to achieve and with a positive mind and attitude will not be not far from reach.  My advice is set realistic goals small to start and find something you enjoy whatever it may be, a sport, gym, Pilates, zumba or even going for a run as long as you make it part of your regular life you are already winning.

 

There is really no secret, eat well,  be active you will feel better for it and have a treat on occasion as that is how we can make it last and not a hindrance to our lives.

Caz

xxx

 

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