Hi, glam babies.
I made a decision with these daily blogs today.
A fitness tip, or a good block of fitness information
My daily fitness and healthy eating log
A motivation message to close
But today while I was reading through my old posts, I felt like it was messy, and confusing for people who were just joining us for the first time from Pinterest or whatever.
I mean, one minute they're reading about how to work out without working out and the next I'm telling them what I ate for breakfast??
I don't know, it just felt weird and chaotic.
So I've cloven them down the centre - you'll still get a daily fitness tip, but it will have its own post, and these diary entries will be a little more personal where we can just chit chat about the journey and I can give you the ins and outs.
Let me know whether you like this idea in the comments - we can always go back to the old way of doing things if you'd prefer.
(By the way, today's fitness tip was nuts - literally. We talked about whether nuts are a health food and you can check it out HERE.)
If you've just landed here on Day 40, welcome. After a recent health scare, I'm on a mission to turn my life around and get into the best shape of my life.
You can catch up on journeys 1 through 39 by clicking the 'related posts' at the bottom of this one, and if you'd like to come with me on a fitness journey (and get an amazing FREE bundle of the fitness resources that have helped me lose 12 cm so far), click HERE and get your hands on all the goodness.
Let's do this together. I know we can!
Okay, so let's get caught up on yesterday.
My mindset this week has been all over the show. I think it's because Aunty Flow is almost here, and she just wreaks havoc on pretty much every aspect of my life.
With regular exercise and good, healthy eating, I've noticed this is better than it's been in years but I still can't escape it completely.
Honestly, I feel like a COMPLETELY different person since I embarked on this fitness journey. I'm way more friendly, happy, and calm and have FAR less mood swings and PMS.
I've been through I think one cycle already with this 90 day journey, I'm about to hit my next and consistently these last two months, I've had minimal PMS.
Which is a very big deal for me because normally, at about Day 26, the mega bitch strikes and the cramps basically KO me for a week.
I also get incredibly unfocused, distracted, and demotivated around cycle time and CANNOT focus.
That hasn't gone away, if I'm honest, but exercise is really helping. If I work out first thing in the morning, to a degree I can stay on top of it and it doesn't derail my day.
This is because exercise actually improves concentration, memory and mood - it can even help with ADHD symptoms. So if you find that you get distracted easily, or feel unmotivated around your period, try adding some exercise first thing in the morning.
It really does set a tone and get you focused for the day.
Carbs, carbs, carbs are QUEEN this cycle. I just cannot get enough carbs.
This happens because science, actually.
If you're like me and crave carbs when the painters are due to arrive (comment below if so), it's because your serotonin levels drop around the time of your period. Your body actually needs carbohydrates to produce serotonin.
So the worst thing you can do is suppress your craving. Carbs are NOT evil - you need them to function.
Give your body what it wants! Your body craves something for a reason.
Pro tip though! Go for wholegrain or starchy veg sources of carbohydrates like:
Lentils and other legumes
These foods will help keep your blood sugar stable and help your body produce more serotonin, so you feel happier and less likely to tear bae's head off because he asked you if there was any milk left.
For breakfast this morning, I had two Weet Bix with 1/3 cup of All Bran/Oat Flakes and a drizzle of honey. There was milk in there too but my greedy Weet Bix drank it all.
Of course, I had to start the day with coffee. There was a sneaky bit of milk in there today too, but not much.
Okay, so remember yesterday when I filled you in about the Marley Spoon situation which resulted in a dinner that was 1000 calories? (Yes, really. 1000 calories.)
Just to recap: dinner last night was corn and bean tacos, and a serving size was three tacos. Each taco was roughly 333 calories, so the portions according to the recipe card were 1000 calories each.
I decided to reduce my portion size by a third and saved a taco for lunch.
I'm so glad I did, because yay, I got to celebrate Taco Tuesday for lunch and got another amazing serve of complex carbohydrates to help boost those serotonin levels.
(This photo makes it look like a train wreck, but it looked way better in person, and tasted scrumptious too.)
Dinner tonight was another Marley Spoon meal: Moroccan chicken burgers with aioli and slaw.
This was actually incredible - and my amazing Greg helped me in the kitchen tonight by cooking the chicken while I tackled the salad, so between the two of us, it actually didn't take that long and there wasn't that much clean up.
God, I'd really just been craving a burger too (for reasons above). It hit the spot.
Dessert tonight was a salted caramel Fibre One bar.
I wasn't sure how I felt about them at first but now I'm a little bit obsessed and I'm rationing myself because there's only one left.
It satisfied that PMS sweet tooth AND it has 5 g of fibre per serve - about the same amount as in a wholegrain bowl of cereal.
Fibre is really important around your lady's time! By preventing excess oestrogen in the body it can help with cramps.
So if carbs are calling your name around your cycle: proceed happily! Just make sure you choose wholegrain sources to get lots of fibre and satiety, stabilise your blood sugar and help your body make serotonin so you can feel a LOT happier and more comfortable during Aunty Flo's visit.
Around my period, my exercise tolerance seems to shrink drastically and even the easiest workouts require a lot of effort.
But I also know that, even though it seems counter intuitive, light to moderate movement is SO beneficial for cramps and PMS (and it keeps the fitness habit alive, ya know?).
In the days leading up to, and the first one or two days of my period, I stick to classes that are lower to the ground - no jumping or high impact stuff.
This Jack La Lanne workout was perfect. Jack La Lanne was a fitness guru as far back as the 1950s, where he released a series of exercises women could do in their living rooms.
The workout I did yesterday was kind of a revised 1980s edition of his workout, but it had more of an aerobic element to it. It was everything I needed and more.
If you're looking for a good aerobic workout that's a little bit lower impact, this is a great one to try. It's only 30 minutes too, so it's especially good if you're just starting out.
Well, my glam babies, that's all I have time for tonight. It's getting late, and I have at least an hour ahead of me to cook tonight's Marley Spoon *facepalm*.
Until tomorrow, keep shining bright.
- xo, Rhi