Operation Nutrition – sounding off

It was a long journey. One with ups and downs and roundabouts. I am now at the end, and yet still at the beginning too.
The journey of nutrition is one that never ends. We are always at odds with our heart and our mischievous mind when it comes to choosing the right foods to eat and when. For me, I jumped on the nutrition train about 7 months ago and havent looked back. Granted sometimes I still feel like Im not really looking forward either but with the help of Jess, my wonderful nutritionist, I have really made a difference to the way I look at food, and the way I feel which is the most important thing about this.
I started Operation Nutrition because I wanted to feel better, I wanted to look better and ultimately I wanted to be able to understand food, and my own body better.
I have certainly achieved this!
7 months on I have lost a few kilos, my skin is healthier, it glows even sometimes. Im not nearly as bloated, I dont have an acidic taste in my mouth and well – I just simply feel better!
For those who saw my journey, you will know there have been good and bad, hard and easy times. But you will also know its all been worth it!
Ok so the moment of truth……
The before and afters!!!!
At the very beginning

At the very beginning

Taken this week! No more bloating :)

Taken this week! No more bloating 🙂

And the skin….
At the start of the journey

At the start of the journey

 

A a few no makeup pics taken recently 🙂 SUCH an improvement!

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And be sure to read this article I wrote on the journey too with an interview with Jess!
And visit her website – jessicacox.com.au
Til next time…
peace

It’s Christmas, really?

Is it just me or does anyone else feel like 2013 sort of walked on in, said hi and exited stage left?

It’s gone so fast I can’t even remember half the things I did, and I know I did a lot!

And Christmas is just around the corner, 27 days away to be precise, and I don’t even have my tree up.

This makes me kind of upset, because I am like Santa’s little lost helper. I LOVE Christmas. It’s by far my favourite time of the year; presents, Christmas trees, carols by candlelight, Christmas light looking! What’s not to love? But life has simply got in the way this year and the Christmas cheer seems to be missing my corner of the world.

People have become so rushed they are not stopping to put their sparkly lights up; even Myers doesn’t have that Christmas feel to it yet.

Every year I make Christmas a big deal, because I never want to lose that feeling you get when you know Santa is on his way. This year I have so many plans – make Christmas cards to send out, buy amazing heart felt presents for everyone, put up the tree and dance like a maniac to ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ by Mariah Carey, but you know what, I can’t find ONE free day in my calendar to get any of these things done.

I bet even Santa himself is not prepared this year!

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BOOOO!!!!!

Maybe this is why 2013 went by so fast. Life is screaming by at a pace I can’t keep up with. I think it’s time to hit the brakes and slow things down a bit.

So, once this crazy year comes to an end, I will make it a priority, a resolution if you like, to live life in the slow (er) lane. To sit back and take some down time, to not plan some activity every damn weekend.

Maybe then 2014 will at least stick around for a coffee or two.

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So it seems as though my willpower is not as brilliant as I thought it was. Not that I ever really thought it was that good, but I’m learning now more than ever that our bodies are sneaky little buggers. They are tricksters!

When your body gets addicted to something, like sugar, or carbs or whatever it might be, you start to crave it. So the more you have eaten of it over your lifetime, the more your body starts to expect it. When you simply take this particular thing away, your body has withdrawals, your brain has withdrawals, and you start to crave it. Now here is where the willpower and discipline is supposed to kick in and say “NO Lahnee, you don’t NEED that piece of chocolate, you just THINK you do!” I’ve come to the conclusion that my willpower is broken; because that didn’t happen. Now I’m all ‘oh no, I’ve wrecked my nutrition plan, Jess is going to kill me,  how am I going to fix my body and make it healthy if I can’t say no to a bloody piece of white chocolate!’

Vicious cycle.

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After the craziness of feeling naughty, like I’ve cheated, or like I’ve done something really wrong calmed down, I realised that all I did was be human. If I have spent 26 years eating chocolate, of course my body doesn’t understand why I’ve suddenly stopped eating it. It takes time, and there’s no point in beating myself up about it. Jess is not really going to kill me (I hope!) and all I need to do is get back on track and keep on pushing forward. This is a journey after all and its one I will be on for a long time. So stuff ups are going to happen.

On a good note, I’m learning what my body craves when, like savoury stuff in the am and sweets in the afternoon. I’m also learning what foods make me feel good and satisfied, and which ones leave me groggy and bloated. I’m learning to look more closely at labels and to be aware of what I put in my mouth. Despite a few setbacks, I am learning, and this is the important thing.

So, til next time – eat well!

When Im feeling down…

I’m not sure why, but lately I’ve been feeling down.

I’ve been struggling with keeping up my eating plan, I’ve been struggling to get anything done at work (not ideal when you work to tight deadlines) and I’ve even been struggling in everyday tasks.

I’m low on energy, I’m low on happiness and I have absolutely no idea why, and no reason why.

I suppose it’s one of those things, these feelings can creep up on you sometimes when life seems to be going to quickly, you feel like you need to stop, even just for a day and catch up. Unfortunately life doesn’t work like that so when it all gets too much, you have to keep going anyway.

It’s that overwhelming feeling that you have gotten too far behind to snap back into normality, the routine. It’s that niggle in your chest, the tightening, the feeling of anxiety slipping into your head and your body.

I work in a high stress job. Sometimes, no matter how I try to fight it, it catches up and takes hold. Anxiety made me so sick once the doctor ordered a 2 week break! I never let it get to that point anymore but I’m feeling close at the moment. It feels almost like I’m holding out for something, for Christmas maybe, the holidays, a change in my life – something that will snap me out of it. But the one thing I’ve realised over time is that YOU are the only person and the only thing that will snap you out of it.

You need to breathe, you need to exercise, you need to talk to friends and family, you need to meditate, play with your dog, go for a walk and stop thinking so much.

Life is great, life is what you make it and life will not pause for you to work it all out. You need to roll with the punches and get back on the horse.

So that’s what I intend to do!

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Operation Nutrition

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So all my regular readers know I’m on a bit of a health kick lately both inside and out – The Insanity Challenge (which you will see and hear the results from soonish) most recently the 10 Minutes for 10 Days (which I am on day 9 of and going strong) and now, let me introduce you to Operation Nutrition…

Tomorrow a very special journey will begin; a journey that really should have started a long time ago.

Let me go back to the start for a moment and give you a bit of an intro on me and why all of this is so important.

I was always very fit and healthy as a kid. I was part of numerous sporting groups, surfed every day, I ate well – I felt great. Then like a lot of adolescents, I fell from grace. Long story short I put on about 20kg, felt like shit and was very unhealthy and unhappy.

At 19 years old and 80kg I had a meltdown and with the help of my now hubby I lost about 15kg and was back on the healthy trail. And to see just how far I could go, I enlisted in a great trainer and decided to compete in a Sports Modelling comp. I trained my ass off (literally) for 12 weeks, lost another 10kg, went on stage and won! Yep… I looked hot! And I felt great! Momentarily. You see as great as you look on a body building diet, it really isn’t very sustainable. Well it wasn’t for me anyway. I fluctuated for a few years, competed in a few more comps and pushe my poor body to the brink. I was burnt out by the end. So much so I gave up on the gym, quit that membership and did a backflip with my nutrition. Before I knew it I was 65kg again. Rollercoaster right?

I suppose it’s quite important to point out at this stage that during all of this craziness it wasn’t just my weight that suffered. My insides hurt. For years I would go back to the doctor, different doctors, and every time they would suggest I might be pregnant (which I never was). Why you ask? Because my symptoms were always the same: nausea, fatigue, headaches, bloating, cravings, cramps.

After blood tests, urine tests and ultrasounds over and over again, well apparently there was nothing wrong with me. So on I went.

Which brings me to the present – I am currently working out again, about 5 x per week, and eating reasonably healthy, I still weigh 65kg and still have the weird symptoms.

Naturally, I went back to the doctors, because now I also taste metal in my mouth (yay!) and finally we had a breakthrough… this wonderful doctor suggested it might be as simple as acid reflux caused by my diet. Hmmm, ok. So a few tablets later and well, I felt better. This is good! But what it means is that I am probably intolerant to something in my diet, if not numerous things.

Enter stage right… Operation Nutrition!

In a bid to right this for good, to get off the rollercoaster and start living a better life, I decided to enlist the help of a nutritionist.

So last week I met up with the very lovely Jessica Cox, a Brisbane based nutritionist who is about to get my life and my health back on track. Over the next few months I’m going to be seeing Jessica every couple of weeks and documenting the journey. Through the good and the bad, the hard and the easy times, the failed and successful recipes, the cravings, the delicious times – through it all – join me and see how this works. If you have ever wondered whether seeing a nutritionist is for you, well use me as your guinea pig. Follow my journey and make up your own mind.

Tomorrow it all begins – my initial consultation and then it’s all go!

Keep in the loop on here, my instagram and facebook page! And wish me luck.

Peace!

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MBFF Brisbane – lights, camera, fashion!

Well it’s finally here, the week us Brisbanites and fashionistas across the country have been waiting for!

It’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival time!

So in honour of this consumer fashion event I will be dedicating this week’s posts to the glitz and glam of the festival.

Kicking off the week is a bit of a profile on emerging designer Begitta, whose stunning Jardin de L’Amour | Garden of Love – Tea Dress dress I wore to the Designer Cocktail Reception in the Hamilton Lounge at Brisbane City Hall last night. And might I just say, what a night it was!!!!

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Emerging designer: Begitta (Begitta Stolk)

Shows: Emerging Designer Group Show, Tuesday August 27, 8.00pm, tickets from $37.

Q. Tell me a bit about yourself, where you are from and how you got started on this journey into fashion.

A. When I was nine, my aunty bought me a pink plastic sewing machine for Christmas and I made hats and dresses for all my dolls and teddy bears. I guess I have always been drawn to theatrics and pretty things. I started a business degree at Bond University but felt that it was a little too corporate for what I wanted, to start a fashion label, so I left and completed my studies in fashion in Australia and most recently in Paris.

Q. What do you love about fashion and the industry?

A. The industry is ever moving, ever changing and ever creative. We can express ourselves by what we wear and the perfect dress can make any woman feel like a goddess.

Q. What made you want to get involved in bridal fashion?

A. I adore weddings, weddings are a time to celebrate the love that you have for the man (or woman) of your dreams, a time to be excited and to share your love with the world. It is such a beautiful thing to be able to take part in someone’s dream.

Q. Who is your target market and why?

A. The Begitta girl is feminine, elegant and fabulous. She like getting dressed up, likes a little attention and always stands out from the crowd. She has passion for her life, love and career. She adores glamorous styling and dramatic silhouettes.

Q. How would you describe your style?

Feminine, fun, a little daring, whimsical, outrageous (occasionally), classic (sometimes), pretty (always).

Q. Can you describe your latest collection and where your inspiration came from?

A. The Collection will be full of lace, draping, beading, colour and excitement. We’re going for something slightly off-beat to the previous collections, a little shock factor.

Q. What is you’re the one garment you couldn’t live without?

A. A pretty little tea dress perfect for both day and night – add heels a sparkly clutch and you’re set!

Q. What are your plans for the future?

A. The future has endless possibilities and so many exciting things to come. We’re working with lots of gorgeous Brides and Bridesmaids over the coming months to make their dream gowns and we have big plans for a few new exciting projects which can’t be revealed just yet!

Q. Fashion tip?

A. You can never be over dressed!

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The truth about love

May I just start this blog by saying OMFG PINK WAS AMAZING!!!

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Ok, now that’s out the way…

Last weekend I took a trip to Sydney with a bunch of wonderful women to see PINK live in concert on her The Truth About Love tour.

It was the first time I’d seen Pink and wow! That woman is amazing!

Not only can she sing, she can act, dance, swing from the rooftops (while singing!!!!) – and still look like a million bucks.

She has become my new inspiration. I mean who doesn’t want to ooze sex appeal, sing like a queen and sport a set of abs like that!

Her career has spanned over a decade and unlike some artists, the ones you think back to the original albums you loved and then realise they got worse and worse over time, Pink has done the opposite. She’s made like red wine and got better with age.

I was mesmerised throughout the entire show, from start to end and then some. I would go as far as to say this was the best concert I’ve been too… and that’s a big call because I’m no stranger to concerts.

Her songs are catchy, and her attitude and confidence on stage makes her sexy as hell! If I was going to switch sides, it would be for Pink. No doubts about it!

And then you add the fact she is also a mother – this woman pretty much has super human powers.

All hail PINK!!! And her truths about love 🙂

Trolls be gone!

I hate trolls.

Not the ugly ones that hide under bridges waiting for damsels in distress to pass – those ones are ok. I hate the trolls that scour the internet with nothing better to do than post nasty, degrading, derogative, stupid posts on social media sites, websites and so on.

These trolls are the really ugly ones.

For those who are not aware, an internet trolls is someone who posts abusive and hurtful comments, incites arguments and provokes anger by making controversial comments, narcissistically dominates conversations making themselves the centre of attention. And they do this with the intention of upsetting and causing emotional stress and or harm to others – mostly people they don’t know.

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I myself have not been trolled (touch wood), but boy does it ark me up when I see others being subject to this abuse. And that’s what it is…abuse!

Unfortunately, internet trolls are very common. They can be found just about anywhere. Even on memorial pages for people who have been taken from this world. The argument could be that perhaps social media sites are not the place for memorial sites, but in this day and age, social media plays a MASSIVE part in how we communicate. And it’s not just our ‘in person’ friends who want to pay tribute.

Either way, trolls have become a very modern menace.

These people can use the World Wide Web to hide behind alter egos, to exert a sense of power and act out their own feelings of anger and insecurity, deliberately making others feel bad to help themselves feel better. All the while knowing their true identity is cloaked by an infinite online world and they will never have to face their victims directly.

Last year we saw firsthand the effects trolling can have on someone. Charlotte Dawson, a well-known public figure, who you would think is used to scrutiny, was driven to attempt suicide by her online tormentors!

‘Can you kill yourself already?’ was the vile online messages from internet trolls that led a 16 year old American girl Jessica Laney to hang herself in 2012.

This is incredible!!

Both of these cases, plus countless others, have attracted considerable media attention and triggered public debate about how to respond to the issue of trolling. But how do you contain something you can’t really keep up with?

My opinion, start small! It all just has to start with us. Each individual person needs to do their part to stop the trolls. Then hopefully one day, they will be eradicated…

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Nutrition for dummies

The saying goes, you are what you eat.

And it appears to be rather correct.

You see, I’m starting to realise that if you stuff your face full of fattening foods, guess what, you get fat. If you eat lean foods, shock horror, you get leaner!

This is pretty generalised but you get the drift.

In my search for information about ‘being what you eat’ I came across this gem of a list…

It’s called Nutrition for Dummies… I now have it posted on my wall at work…I’m particularly fond of rule number 15, and remember, nobody accidentally eats cake 😉

1. Don’t eat anything bigger than your head. Unless it’s a watermelon. Or you have a tiny head.
2. If your meal arrives through a car window via a teenager wearing a headset, don’t eat it.
3. If it comes in an exciting range of fluorescent colours, don’t eat it.
4. Don’t confuse the marketing on the front (of the pack) with the nutritional information in the teeny-tiny box on the back.
5. Nobody accidentally eats cake. Own your choices and your behaviours.
6. Calories consumed in secret count. Your friends might not know but your arse will.
7. If dieting was an effective way to lose weight permanently, nobody would ever diet twice.
8. Don’t confuse ‘what your head wants’ with what your body needs. Your mind is a lying bitch.
9. If the ingredient list is full of weird-sounding numbers and words ending in ‘ose’, throw it away.
10. If you haven’t had a poo since June, maybe cut back on the processed food. And try a little fibre. Just saying.
11. If it comes with orange-coloured cheese, throw it away.
12. Most cereals are shit. Avoid them. Unless you want diabetes by Friday.
13. Amazingly, following a generic eating plan from a magazine is not your best bet.
14. If food is your lover, you need to get out more.
15. If you’re considering taking your kids to McDonalds for a treat, punch yourself in the face.

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Bucket List

Well today is my 26th Birthday!! Yay, happy birthday to me… lalala

I’m actually really excited for the year ahead and here’s why.

When I was about 10 I watched a movie and the main character, a young girl, wrote a sort of bucket list that she hid away to open on her 18th birthday. I thought this was a great idea so I did the same thing!

On my 18th birthday I opened my own little list and here’s what it said (roughly):

– Have my first kiss by 18

– Be married by 22

– Have my first kid at 23 and the second at 25

– Have the best year ever when Im 26

Well, most of those predictions were a little off timing wise (Im married but still no little ones and my first kiss was about a year after that was written!)

But what stuck with me was the ‘best year ever’ comment. I cant remember why I thought it would be but I’m going to run with this.

So I have decided to once again write a bucket list, this time it will be things I want to accomplish or experience during this birthday year.

Here goes:

– Learn to play at least 3 Taylor Swift songs on the guitar (plus learn the basics of guitar in general)

– Start making mini travel docos

– Sponsor or help a horse in some way (I LOVE horses)

– Buy a house

– Sing in front of a live audience (this will be a confidence booster… or not … depending how I sound!)

– Travel to somewhere exotic

– See Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift live (they are 2 of my all time favs and I know these will be ticked off cos I already have tickets to both!!!!!)

– Camp under the stars on a deserted beach with a big bon-fire (don’t know why, just always wanted to do this)

– Practice my Spanish to get back up to conversational fluency

– Be the healthiest, fittest and most attractive I have ever been (this rolls on from the mini fitness challenges I will be keeping up all year)

– Run 10km without stopping (Im a crappy runner, always have been so this will actually be really tough!)

– Do something that really scares me… not sure what but something… I’ll take suggestions.

– Have 1000 twitter followers all coming back to like this blog!!!!

That’s all I can think of for now, I’ll be sipping on a glass or 3 of champers tonight toasting in my new birth year! Here’s to a great one!

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