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Clean Eating Limits Cheating

11 January, 2016

Ok so now it’s time to get really serious about my health and weight, and as per my Blog summary I am supposed be on a weight loss journey. I have been home now 9 months which has been ample time to settle in and get a routine. As with many, the whole New Year, new start thing has been a number one opportunity to clean up my eating and increase my moving.

I am currently still undergoing physio as an out-patient to get some form of walking happening and I KNOW that the less weight I have to carry around, the easier it will be to get up. Not just for the walking but for the transferring and day to day activity too. 

"My body HATES any form of processed carbohydrates (but they taste so good!) and overall make me feel bloated and sluggish, headachey and just blaach. Blaach is a technical term!"

"I have created an account on calorieking.com.au, a free website that allows you to track your calorie intake. The electronic diary is great even though the forums are not very active."

I had been counting calories prior to the New Year but I know that with carbs and sugar I am just kidding myself. My body HATES any form of processed carbohydrates (but they taste so good!) and overall make me feel bloated and sluggish, headachey and just blaach. Blaach is a technical term!

I have been clean eating for 9 days now and I feel so good. Clean for me means no pasta, rice, breads, potatoes and no processed sugar. I have protein with every meal and snack, limited low fat dairy, lots of greens and water, water, water. I also include fats like olive oil, avocado and salmon. It’s really not rocket science and once I am focused I am very good at sticking to a healthy eating plan. 

I have created an account on calorieking.com.au, a free website that allows you to track your calorie intake. The electronic diary is great even though the forums are not very active. I also prefer the roller coaster method, which means instead of having 1,200 calories every day I will have more on some days and less than others. It works extremely well for me and it may be because my body is kept guessing day to day and keeps my metabolism chugging along nicely.

I despise the word diet, and prefer to see it holistically as a lifestyle. Now don’t get me wrong I am very realistic, there will be the odd occasion that I have a little treat; however clean eating means there are no sugar or carb cravings. It has only been 9 days so far, but I have noticed a lot of very positive changes, apart from having lost 8cm from my waist so far. 

"It has only been 9 days so far, but I have noticed a lot of very positive changes, apart from having lost 8cm from my waist so far. My skin is clearer, I have so much more energy, my sleeping pattern has improved significantly..."

My skin is clearer, I have so much more energy, my sleeping pattern has improved significantly, my mood and self confidence has improved and bowels have been 100% manageable and only needed sups once. That was mainly because I wanted to empty them before a day out so there were no accidents. Also, vanity is a motivator, I want to start looking better in my clothes and be able to fit into really good clothing.

Another bonus is that I WANT TO exercise. I am dying for the hydro pool to re-open in February so I can get back into swimming and water walking. Wii boxing is great for cardio and I have been standing, and stand to a slow sit to work the legs muscles 30 minutes a day, which I break up in 10 minute sessions.

I wanted to lose some weight before my first weekend away at the end of this month since coming home from rehab. I am anxious but also excited; I cannot wait. Star Trek convention with VIP tickets, yeah I know you’re jealous! I look forward to letting you know how I went travelling on V/Line and coping with the hotel.

Jacinta Burnicle resides in regional Victoria and has been living with a spinal cord injury since October 2014. Currently on the journey to weight loss in a wheelchair and some form of walking,  Jacinta enjoys films, novels, writing and all things science fiction.

 

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