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My yoga journey

Instagram followers to teach yoga? 

To apply for this yoga teacher job you need to have a minimum of 3k Instagram followers. Seriously. 

I’m not sure how that makes you a good teacher but I’m sure they’ll have a reason. 

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Weigh loss/Fitness Update

Here I am three and a half weeks after I started my focus on health and weight loss. It’s been a challenge to keep on track but I’m still going. 

I’ve lost 4.2lb so with my aim of a pound a week I’m slightly ahead. I know the first ones will be easier than the last so better to be ahead now. 

I’ve been swimming at about three times a week and am beginning to enjoy it more. It’s a bit of a challenge to have everything sorted and ready to take with me but it’s beginning to be more of a routine and I’ve now got places that everything goes in my bag and it makes it a bit less of an effort.

In terms of diet it’s been hard keeping tack of everything that I eat. Be it good or bad it goes in my food log. I’ve generally been sticking to about 1600 calories or less each day but there have been occasional going overs. I’m trying not to beat myself up about it and work on the 80/20 rule. Keep to it 80% (or more) of the time and not stress about the 20%.

I’ve only had one day were I completely blew the number of calories and that was as I went to a gin festival and drank all of the gin and then ate all of the bad food. What I remembered to track was 240% of my target calories. I’m pretty sure I drank my daily target alone. Still I got back on track and didn’t let it stop me. 

 

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Dehydrator 

So if you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that I got a dehydrator for my birthday. So far I’ve dehydrated cherry tomatoes, blueberries and kale. Yes I have become one of those people who makes home made kale chips.


It’s still a bit experimental in terms of how long it takes to dehydrate things. The cherry tomatoes took 16 hours rather than the 12 it said in the manual.


I put kale in for 8 hours which seemed ok based on the online recipe of taking 6 hours.

Next I’m planning on trying courgette, beetroot and carrot crisps. The main challenge is to get them cut thin enough. Then I might try doing some raw fruit bars. There are so many recepies online that I want to try.

What’s your favourite recipe?

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Weight loss Focus 

I put this on Instagram a few days ago so I’m following it up with a post. Over the past 15 months that my hip has stopped me being as active as usual I’ve gained quite a bit of weight. Like 22lb or more, I was down at 113lb which is a bit lower than I should be.

I know 135lb doesn’t sound that much but given that I’m quite short it’s a BMI of 24.5 so 5lb away from being officially overweight. Plus my clothes are starting to not fit so well as a result. I have a lot of yoga leggings that were expensive so I can’t justify replacing them all in a bigger size.

My aim is to get back to 120lb or less by 1st September. I’m going on holiday in mid-September so I want to be back to what I consider a healthy weight and level of fitness by then.

Diet is going to be a big part of this and it’s a bit of a challenge currently as I’m getting my kitchen re-fitted currently so I’ve got a kettle, a microwave that’s also a grill and a fridge. It’s only for another two weeks or so but it’s still hard to make a start when you’ve got things in the way. I’m using FatSecret to track my calories and aiming for 1600 or less per day. If I plan and prepare meals then it’s not too difficult. My main challenge is not to snack or to drink my calories. I picked up a ice coffee on the way to work today and then looked at the side, 225 calories or 14% of my daily allowance in one drink. Yep preparation is going to be key in this.

On the other side of this I’ve joined a gym. This is mainly so that I can go swimming. It’s really dull but it isn’t causing me pain and seems to fit in with my morning routine to go twice a week and then once over the weekend too. I’m going to try some classes in a few weeks but I’m not sure how it’ll be in terms of pain levels.

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Diet and meal prep

Since I came back from holiday I’ve been focusing on my diet and meal prep has been a big part of that. It’s been a bit of a challenge as I’m between kitchens and don’t have that much stuff accessible currently. 

I’m eating a lot of salads, soup while I still have a hob, grilled foods and trying not to eat too much packaged food. I’m also trying to increase the number and variety of vegetables that I use. 


Another area that I’m working on increasing is fermented foods. There is a lot of evidence that they are good for gut bacteria and general wellbeing. I’m currently drinking miso soup at least three times a week and it’s a really good post work out option for replacing fluids and salts. 


I’ve got 10lb still to go and I know that I need to work on getting excersise back to the level that I want but diet is going to be a bigger part of my life as I can’t just run off my diet anymore. 

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