None of these rules are new to me, and I already live by them 85% of the time anyway, so it wasn’t a big stretch. For me this challenge was about tightening up my nutrition, and getting inspired and excited about my exercise program again. I had become a bit bored and needed to shake things up. The alcohol and caffeine were easy rules to stick to, because I rarely drink alcohol, and have weaned myself off caffeine through my pregnancy and after having a baby, my social life is more about breakfasts and lunches than drinks and parties, so check, and check!
The sugar again was ok for me, because my only processed foods like muesli, or yoghurt, usually have less than 10% sugar anyway. Except (ahem) the odd Chocolate Digestive, which up until now, I have been fooling myself into believing they were kind-of-healthy; which of course they are not! Out Digestives. Out.
There were little exceptions to the no processed foods rule were full fat natural yoghurt and full fat milk and stevia (for desperate situations) allowed. Other than that it was only actual foods, one ingredient foods, that don’t come in a box or jar, or packet.
I had a bonus of seeing Tyler Tolman speak halfway through the first week, which was awesome, he’s like the Jim Carrey of health expert speakers! Bounding full of energy, lean as a whippet, and glowing with health, he extolled the virtues of juice fasting and whole foods to eliminate toxins and cancer risk in our modern lives. He went into a lot of detail about how processed foods are linked (i.e very likely cause) cancer, which was a big wake-up call to not be lax about the few processed foods that are left in my cupboards. Check out my interview with him from the other week.
My biggest challenge on this week was the call of cacao, and oh-so-delicious sourdough bread. I have to admit I caved and ate my last one of these cacao quinoa beetroot muffins the other night, Thankfully there are no more left. So I had a little rice malt syrup and cacao, (I switched it from the coconut sugar in the recipe for a no fructose alternative,) so still no sugar, and outside this challenge I consider them healthy sweet treats, but they are processed and outside the rules of the challenge. I also had two hot cacao stevia drinks, which were delicious on the colder nights, when my sweet tooth called.
I restrained from the yummy fresh sourdough bread, which is so good with peanut butter. I was strong on this, I had some peanut butter on the spoon instead. I was staring at it, thinking about how yummy and crunchy it was when I remembered the famous marshmallow experiment. You know the one; kids in a room alone with a marshmallow, if they wait, they get two, if they eat it, that’s it. The key to the ones that managed to wait was distraction. So I put the bread away and went to do something else. It worked a treat.
Where I fell down was in the food diary. I easily planned and brought my whole foods with me each day, but I didn’t correctly track what I ate. So this week, that is my focus. Track it all. Just to see what effect that has. You probably know that studies have shown that tracking your food has many benefits for weight loss and health, because it makes us conscious of our little grazing habits, and tells us where we can change things for better health. There is an optional section to track cals too, but I’m not a huge fan of that for me, it tends to make me a bit obsessive, so I’m skipping that bit.
I have noticed a difference in my body just from the few changes, ( probably eliminating the digestive biscuits and cacao balls made the biggest difference ). My waist is whittling down more and I’ve shed a cm all over. Which is awesome. It will be interesting to see the change over the 30 days.
It has made me much more focussed on food prep and eating simple healthy meals. I’m taking pics of some on my if you’re interested. Yummy baked sweet potato, kale sautéed in coconut oil, and poached chicken was my favourite meal. Green smoothies with spinach, coconut water, cucumber, lemon and raspberries have been featuring heavily on my plan, and of course, eggs. Mmm… eggs.
It’s been so great to see the changes in the other participants who do drink caffeine and alcohol and eat sugar regularly, after they went through their yucky headachy detox for a few days, they are all feeling amazing too. The challenge has amazing support and super participation from the members.
I gave a motivation and mindset talk on Saturday morning at 7am in the yoga studio, and 50 people were there! 7am on a Saturday, that shows you the dedication and community spirit in this team. It’s super inspiring and a joy to be a part of.
I’ll give you an update later on in the challenge how I’m going. Maybe you’d like to join me and give yourself your own 30 day or even 14 or 7 day challenge. The key to the challenge is really focussing on why you want to do it, (see below) and what the benefits will be for you to incorporate these principles into your daily habits, and tracking your progress. Simply marking it in a calendar is an easy way to see your effort over time. I love this challenge because it is totally focused on the daily habits. The benefits that come from doing it; weight-loss, increased energy, better sleep and mood, are all bonuses. The focus is always on the things that you have control over which affect your outcomes; your daily actions.
In order to bump up my commitment to 100% and give me a higher cause to do this for, I have taken up the bonus suggestion to do it for a cause. Here’s my fundraising page for FEBFAST – I’m fasting from alcohol, sugar & caffeine. If you’d like to sponsor me, or join me, please do! We’re raising money for teenagers struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. As someone who did struggle with drugs and alcohol in my teens and early 20’s, it is inspiring to know that my little challenge can go towards helping someone who is really struggling now. Watch this to find out how important it is to support our kids with this really dangerous issue.
PS – This is not a sponsored post, they’re just my mates doing awesome stuff.
I’ve passed the big 4-0! I’ve now ‘released’ 48kgs, since the birth of my son 2 years ago. To Kylie, Selina and all my GBQ sisters, you helped me to get out of my own way, so I could coach my inner critic and encourage my cheerleader. I am getting my pre-babies mojo back and am in a better headspace than when I was fighting fit! I feel like GBQ really delivered on the greatest gift, self-love and clarity, and has given me the confidence and conviction to continue my journey! Thank you.
With Kylie’s help I released the hopelessness & anger I was using as an excuse, and have stepped out of my shell with a vengeance! I’m now clear on what I want to do with my life and I’m taking steps towards making it a reality, and in doing so my entire eating habits have changed… the ‘hunger subsided’ & I’ve stuck to my better eating habits and gym workouts easily. It’s been amazing!
Working with Kylie has been life changing. Kylie helped me get back in touch with my own body, taught me how to nourish myself and get my glowing, gorgeous body. She helped me move from self-loathing to self-love. She taught me how to consciously turn down the critical voice and turn up my inner cheerleader. Without a doubt starting with your mindset is the first place to start on your weight loss journey. Lasting results for sure and totally life changing!
What I have gotten out of the course can’t be measured. I glow from the inside out! For the first time in years; I am happy because I am happy! I love myself – I can actually look in a mirror with no self loathing… I love the woman smiling back at me and not just because my body has changed on the outside – I have changed from the inside and it is a reflection!
Everything has really changed, I finally let the girl inside out. I feel like my life has really just started. I’ve had a massive increase in personal power (from zero), sense of possibility, happiness, resilience, CONFIDENCE! Reached my first weight loss goal, I have gone from a size 12 to an 8-10. I love myself and respect myself for the first time, I cannot express how much this has changed me. Thank you does not even cut it.
I have been struggling with my weight and feeling of not being good enough for as long as I can remember…This has changed for me now. I have had more awakenings and realisations and learnings than I thought possible in the past few months. This really is SOOOOO not about the weight. I TOTALLY get that now.
I have loads more energy… I’m eating so well and exercising when I can. With my 1st baby I couldn’t cope with the emotional roller-coaster that is pregnancy. I ate, and ate, and ate non-stop. My head is in such a great place at the moment. I owe it all to Kylie and your Goddess Body Quest program x