New ME in the works…

new me

It’s been two months since I’ve changed my lifestyle and eating habits in the hope of a better looking and healthier me. I’ve been very hesitant in blogging about my journey so far because I was (and still am) scared I wouldn’t see it through. Let’s be honest, how many times have we made the decision to eat healthy and/or get fitter but it didn’t last very long? Story of my life!

See, I’m the most unfit person you’ll ever come across and working out is just too much of an effort and too painful for me. That wasn’t always the case, believe it or not. In my teen years, I used to be a swimmer, training with the National Team (Mauritian team) twice per day, Monday to Friday. And even at school, I was very much into sports. But after that, I’m not too sure what happened…let’s just leave it at that.

For those who don’t know me, I’m not fat. I mean, I don’t like to think of myself as fat. But I have extra fat in some places. Not pretty. Not pretty at all. Until about two months ago, I wasn’t happy with the way I looked, but nothing too alarming. I was okay, living my life, eating yummy food, feeling loved and accepted by my loved ones, nothing felt too wrong to prompt me to make a drastic change. Until Thailand.

As some of you might know, I went to Thailand for a short holiday a couple of months ago. Had the time of my life, it was an amazing trip! But while I was in Thailand one day, I was in my hotel room, flicking through the pictures my fiancé took on my digital camera. Before I go any further, it’s probably worth mentioning that I look at myself everyday, several times a day, in the mirror, with and without clothes. So I’m very conscious of what I look like. Anyway. As I was looking through the pictures, of me, in a bikini, I was horrified. HORRIFIED!!! I had a big meltdown. I’ve never felt that way before. I never knew what it was like to ‘hate’ my body so much. My fiancé was a sweetheart and dealt with my meltdown brilliantly saying “As soon as we get back to Sydney, you’ll turn that around and do something about it. But for now, we still have a few days left in Thailand, we’ll just make the most of it, and have fun! I love you and I promise we’ll work on it as soon as we get back to Sydney”. So, I wiped the tears off my cheeks, took a deep breath, and stuffed my face with naughty-yummy food!

Since I got back from Thailand, getting myself a new body has been my priority. I am lucky to have my sister (fitness freak and clean-eater) who is massively helping me out, and my fiance’s support is also priceless. I’m proud to say that I’ve lost almost 8kg in two months, a result I’m very happy with.

I changed my diet completely. I am now 90% clean-eater. One point I’d like to stress is that clean eating is NOT a diet. It’s a lifestyle choice. Put simply, eating clean is the practice of avoiding processed and refined foods and basing your diet on whole foods only. So I’ve eliminated all processed foods (processed meat, anything that comes out of a jar or packet, sauces) from my diet as well as bad carbs (pasta, rice, bread) and dramatically reduced my intake of salt (sodium) and sugar. So it means, no crisps, no chocolate, no ice cream, no biscuits, no sauces, no dressing, no seasoning etc.

What do I eat? Lots and lots of steamed veggies, leaves (salads) good carbs like cauliflower or sweet potato and protein (beef, chicken, turkey, white fish, prawn. As my snacks, I’ll have a piece of fruit, a slice of rye bread, or greek yoghurt. If I need a sugar fix, I’ll go for organic dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa solids. I also try to add some powerfoods like Quinoa, Chia seeds and LSA (Linseed, Sunflower & Almond meal) to my diet. In a nutshell, I try to limit my sodium and sugar intake to a minimum, cut out carbs and refined sugar and completely cut out any processed food! I also aim to drink 3 litres of water a day. Trust me that’s 756 trips to the loo per day.

Re upping my fitness level, all I’ve been doing are my FBW (Fat Burning Walks). It’s basically power walking for a minimum of 45 minutes on an empty stomach. What’s interesting is that your body doesn’t start to burn fat until 20 minutes into the FBW. So you can see why 30 minutes is not long enough. I’m not sure if it’s my FBW alone, or if combined with my clean diet, but I feel less lethargic and I feel more productive, as in, I get more stuff done. I realise that I need to take my fitness level up a notch but, baby steps…

I can go on and on about my lifestyle change but I don’t want to bore you any further. If you’d like to know more, by all means, leave a comment and I’ll be happy to go into more details.

One amazing thing I want to point out, is healthy weight loss is possible without hardcore exercises. But of course, the result is a lot better if you combine the two. I’m just not that ambitious I guess 🙂

~C
xxx

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  1. Crystel

     /  October 18, 2013

    Hi Caro, I’ve heard of clean eating before but this result is amazing. I am just like you and I would like to hear more about this journey. Even examples of meals you eat.

    Keep on going and thanks for sharing I love it.
    Bisous

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  2. Poké

     /  October 18, 2013

    ” I’m not sure if it’s my FBW alone, or if combined with my clean diet, but I feel less lethargic and I feel more productive”
    In my humble opinion. The FBW or any other exercise helps you get rid of toxins better.
    However the clean eating (minimal carbs, lots if fibre via veggies and unprocessed food and proteins with a little true fat) means your blood glucose level doesn’t fluctuate as much all day and that’s what really helps you 1. feel less bloated, 2. have less ‘tired periods, particularly between meals.

    Well done so far!! Keep it up! 🙂

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  3. Maria

     /  October 18, 2013

    Bravo K, am soooooooooooo proud of u. Si seulement je pouvais essayer de manger comme toi………………(et aussi ecrire comme toi)
    Glad u are feeling healthier, more productive and happy with ur body.
    Keep it on.
    Love u
    Mam

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  4. Melissa blackburn

     /  October 18, 2013

    I remember when we had that last talk months ago about your “excess fat”!!! It seems as if it was yesterday so much time has passed by and now i see you are pretty much into it!!! Im so proud of you ma cawo!! Keep it up

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  5. hmm that’s very courageous …. since i gave birth to my son i put on weight and never had time or willingness to lose the excess. Since 3 weeks now i am a bit more careful about what i eat and i manage to lose only 2 kgs in 1 months and am still desperate ….. if you lose 8kgs what’s remaining of you…… That’s very very courageous of you once again well done and keep it up ..

    Maryvonne

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  6. Thank you for all your kind and encouraging words! I’ve had requests from a few people who are interested to know more about my meals, so I’ve decided to keep a food diary for this week with pictures and share that with you. Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like me to include in my next blog.

    ~C

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  7. Love it!!!!!! I started as well about a month ago with the precious coaching of Caro….The hardest part is the 1st 2 weeks, when the cleaning process has begun to kick in. I love food and such a big fan of KFC and any junk food for that matter! But the outcome is beyond satisfying and this is what will keep you going, when you can see and your close ones will actually notice that you are losing weight, slowly but surely!!! I can proudly say that I have lost 4kg since I started and I intend on keeping that lifestyle, because that’s whats been working for me after several attempts to lose weight!!!!!!!!!!!! Trust me on that, if such a big food lover like myself can do it, you can all do it!!!!!!!

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    • I’m so happy I converted you into becoming a clean eater and so glad you’re seeing such amazing results already!! Well done and keep up the motivation level :)) I’ll be here to give you a good beating when you’re naughty haha

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