A good friend and blogging buddy Trea from Treasures N Pleasures has set up a (closed) group on Facebook called Eat Clean : Train Lean. I joined when she first set it up 6 months ago but then left because I wasn't ready. I am now. Clothes are tight, I have to wear baggy clothes around my middle and enough is enough. As I'm entering menopause territory I need to do something.
What am I doing?
- Cutting out wine unless we're out/occasion at home calls for it
- Swapping white rice and pasta for brown
- Introducing more salads to my life and cutting out bread
- Introducing some VERY LIGHT VERY BASIC weight training
I cook from scratch most days anyway so there is no need for me to think about cutting out processed food. I only eat sweets and biscuits occasionally (once a week maybe if that) and I don't ever really eat chocolate (I know shoot me now!).
It's well documented that when you hit 40 your metabolism changes. It's taken me 2 years to realise this! I just searched and found this quote:
After the age of 40, the human body is susceptible to gaining, on average, one pound a year. When women reach the menopause, this average weight gain is likely to increase because of hormonal and physical changes which take place at this time.
Meals for next week to help me (trust me I'm not doing this 100% as I have a family to feed also and I'm not cooking for the children, for me and then the husband so I have to adapt for my situation)
Asian quinoa stir-fry
Pork, Bean and Sweet Potato Chilli
Pulled pork with salad, corn and sweet potatoes
I also have a new toy to play with for cooking and salad dressing, I'll be writing about that in another blog post soon.
Eat clean and train lean - what do you think?