I haven’t worn this dress in years! Year! So it felt awesome to wear it the other day. Whoo hoo!
In the recent years, I’ve made small sustainable changes to the way I think, eat and move. Following on from that, at the start of this year, I started a challenge with my group PT instructor (Lauren from Phyzique if anyone is interested) to help me take it to another level, especially with my fresh food intake and moving past a plateau (and trying to lose some of the weight around my waist that has stubbornly sat there since the birth of my – very large – fourth child and son).
Progress So far (cm lost)
Waist: 2.5 cm
Gluteus: 2.5 cm
Thigh: 2 cm
Chest: 4.5 cm
(this is great for me because I am broad shouldered and tend to carry some weight in my back)
I go through phases of dressing up — even for school pick up because I feel like it — and especially when I have a wider range of my wardrobe to play with. In terms of make-up, I love wearing mascara and I like trying different brands and often. A swipe of mascara and some lip gloss is enough to make me feel all girly and fun.
I was recently gifted with a Max Factor Excess Volume Mascara to try and it’s fabulous! I decided to do a mini review here for other mascara lovers out there.
Max Factor Excess Volume Mascara (mini review)
What I like the most about this mascara is that, for volumising mascara, it doesn’t look clumpy. So you get that dramatic look without that too-thick lashes look. I think it’s because there are two steps to the process (and two brushes). The first brush adds volume and the second formula smoothes and adds that extra gloss. Love.
From the packet
BASE COAT – EXTREME VOLUME: A super-thickening formula includes wax, dark pigments and volumising spheres to create a high quality finish with an abundance of high impact volume. This, combined with our biggest brush ensures maximumvolume.
TOP COAT – INTENSIFYING LACQUER: The jet black lacquer finishing coat is thinner than the volumising base coat, allowing it to flow across the lash surface. Because of the volumised micro texture of the base layer, the finishing lacquer coats lashes from root to tip, meaning that you get an intensely black, glossy finish without removing or destroying the volume layer underneath. The gel-based formula further thickens & seals the lashes, instantly smoothing them and increasing the volume for a truly excess lash look that lasts.
Week 7 Food
- Try and have have either fresh fruit or vegetables at most meals.
- Make carbs count: wholegrain – avoid white everything if possible.
- Good fats…doing a bit more cooking with coconut oil.
- Want to book a appointment with my GP to check my iron levels (because I have a history of low iron plus I don’t like red meat very much).
- Getting into a bit of a groove with food but need to look at some other ideas to keep things interesting.
Breakfast: Porridge with sunflower seeds & berries
Snack: Green apple & sunflower seeds
Lunch: Quinoa & White bean pattie, tuna, spinach, beetroot, cottage cheese
Snack: Date & Oat Ball
Dinner: Tofu & vegetable soup
Other: 1 Piece of 70% cocoa chocolate
Breakfast: Berry & Banana smoothing (with spinach)
Snack: 1 x Ryvita with all-peanuts peanut butter
Lunch: Tuna, broccoli, carrot, kidney beans, tomato & cottage cheese
Snack: Carrot with Date & Oat Ball
Dinner: Tofu & vegetable rice
Breakfast: Porridge with apple, almonds & linseed
Snack: Beetroot, carrot, celery & ginger juice
Lunch: Chicken, avocado, alfalfa, carrot + natural yoghurt with strawberries
Snack: Carrot & Pumpkin seeds
Dinner: Quinoa, broccoli, tomato, tuna, soy sauce drizzle
Other: 2 x protein balls
Breakfast: Porridge with small banana & sunflower seeds
Lunch: Quinoa with tomato, chicken and snow peas
Snack: Date & Oat Ball
Dinner: Wholemeal pasta with broccoli, tomato & tofu
Other: Gingernut biscuit
Breakfast: Porridge with sunflower seeds & a nectarine
Snack: Date & Oat ball
Lunch: Rye Mountain Bread wrap with turkey, sprouts, tomato, cottage cheese + natural yoghurt with wheat-germ
Snack: Gingernut biscuit
Dinner: Chicken breast & leaf salad & carrot
Breakfast: 1 High-bran weetbix with natural yoghurt & sunflower seeds
Snack: Pistacho nuts
Lunch: Rye Mountain bread with ham, spinach, carrot, tomato
Snack: Strawberry yoghurt
Dinner: Quinoa with spinach, carrot & tofu
Breakfast: Porridge with strawberry yoghurt
Snack: Date & Oat ball
Lunch: Wholemeal pasta with tuna, broccoli, carrot, soy sauce drizzle
Dinner: Turkey & salad with cranberries, pistachio nuts, spinach, carrot & cottage cheese
- 3 group PT session
- 1 x 6k run
- 1 x 8k run
This year has been a whirl for me in many ways, and family life is busier than ever with all the kids at school, growing up and doing more extracurricular activities. I have to say, that eating well and being consistent with exercise has helped me stay motivated and to keep up the pace. It’s an investment that gives back! And that is what motivates me to keep going.