Hi folks – it’s Juz.
We’ve been on the road now for a month and the massive lifestyle change has reversed a lot of the work I did back at home with a regimented eating plan and routine at the gym. Finding the time, motivation and energy to work out while roughing it is tough and I’ve found that my belt doesn’t buckle where it used to. However, because I am a bridesmaid for my mate’s wedding in mid-March, I need an action plan so that I am still able to fit into the beautiful bridesmaid dress.
Therefore, my new year’s resolution is a 3-month mission called Operation Bridesmaid. The plan is simple, because it has to be. If I start calorie counting, reading nutritional panels, allowing myself this but not that and giving myself too many options or restrictions, the mission will fail. So, it is probably the most basic eating rule I have ever assigned myself:
Meat & Veg
(aka Plants & Animals or Flora & Fauna)
The following things are classified as ‘meat’:
Anything that comes from an animal… fish, shellfish, seafood, chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, pork – their boobs, their brains, their liver, whatever. It may be fresh, tinned, dehydrated, boiled, roasted, grilled, cured or pan-seared, it doesn’t matter.
Eggs and dairy also come under this heading, because egg, cheese and bacon wrapped in a lettuce leaf rocks my world.
The following things are classified as ‘veg’:
Anything that comes from plants and is still recognizable as a plant… green leafy vegetables, tomato and capsicum, carrots and sweet potato, berries of all kinds, you get the picture.
Beans and legumes, brown rice and quinoa are all good too, in their wholegrain form. Nuts and seeds also come under this category – almonds, brazil nuts, sesame seeds, mustard seed, coconut and its milk, cacao, nut butters, etc.
Things that are excluded include:
All the refined, processed foods like breads, cakes, fruit juices, soft drink, pastries, pasta, and lollies. These things may have been made from either meat or vegetable products, but the process of making them has changed them into something else, and thus do not fall under the meat and veg umbrella.
I will have one relaxed day a week where I’ll allow for wine, chicken parmis, pho or other indulgences, but I will try to stay as close to the path as possible, as often as possible.
Exercise does play a role in this ever-so simple plan. I’ll be doing it every day – walking around to see the sights, hiking up that mountain, bush walking, running for the train or for pleasure, fetching water and setting up camp. Ultimately, I’m more active these days than I was at home because I’m not sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours a day, but I will incorporate some resistance training and body weight exercises to maintain muscle mass for a hearty metabolic rate.
Now – because I don’t have access to any scales, my progress is going to be measured by how my clothes fit. For your reference, my belt buckles at the third hole, and I’ve also taken a few measurements:
Bust with blue bra on: 95cm
Waist around my belly button: 87cm
Hips were my undies sit: 99cm
Thighs along shorts tan line: 60cm
Let the games begin… and they begin today with a 5.5km morning run and an egg and chicken omelette.