Day one of my 4-week health booster has been successful. I realise the day is not over but so far, I’m kicking ass…my own ass. Here’s a quick guide to my first day of the new(est) me!
Let’s get physical
I got out of bed at 6:30am, did my daily meditation, the 5 healing Tibetans and 2 rounds of khatu pranam (yoga). Wait, there’s more.
I then did 20 minutes of cardio in my back yard which consisted of a circuit of the following:
3, 2-minutes rounds of skipping
followed by 14 minutes of:
20 push ups
10 medicine ball lifts
20 medicine ball twists
5 backyard lengths of running with weight
15 stair jumps (I jump to the second step)
This circuit list is performed as many times in the 14 minutes as you can manage. I did it 3 times. It’s meant to be 12 minutes but I usually cannot do all 3 rounds in that time so I’ve bumped it up to 14!!
I follow this (after a few minutes of rest) with 3 rounds of a short cool down yoga sequence that I like, similar to a sun salutation.
I felt great after this early morning work-out!! I was so inspired and proud of myself that I went online and ordered myself a skimpy set of shorts and a crop/sports bra. I’m determined to look good in that get-up!!!
Just Eat It
45g of Carmen’s fruit-free muesli
1 TSBP greek yogurt
4 fresh strawberries
1 decaf soy flat-white (like a latte) sprinkled with cinnamon
Salad with a spray of balsamic vinegar
1 decaf coffee (as with breakfast)
soy coffee with cinnamon
Caffeine free detox tea at 2pm
Afternoon tea/snack 4pm:
Celery with hummus (homemade)
1 fresh date
I’m in the process of making dhal. I love dhal and I make it from time to time. Most Indian food is a fantastic option for restricted diets.
I got this recipe from Radio NZ when chef Bill Granger was on speaking to Kim Hill. I modify it depending on what I have in the house so I will include alternatives. I always serve it with rice. Tonight, it will be with brown and wild rice..no white rice for me.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 red/brown onion, finely sliced
2.5cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
1 large green chili/chili flakes (decide how hot you want), finely chopped
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground cumin
250g/1 cup red lentils (I rinse first)
1 tbsp lime/lemon
Heat oil in pot, add onion, ginger, garlic, chili, salt and cumin and cook for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.
Add the lentils and the water. Cook for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and stir in lime juice.Top with coriander leaves. Serve with rice and/or naan bread.
Dhal in the making. Step 1
Last step..let simmer for 20 minutes
Homemade, healthy dhal ready to serve.
This lentil dish smells so good as all the flavors blend together. I absolutely love the smell of garlic and I’m so grateful to be able to experience it again!! Simply cannot wait to have dinner. I must say, I am famished!!! Water, I need more water!!!
This is the look I’m going for…lol…seriously though…Tracy Anderson is hot. I do own a DVD of hers and have managed to do it twice. It’s not easy and when I get it back (still have things to move from previous home), I intend to give it another go. Everyone needs goals…and for me, this one is within reach.
As Mr M has another beer without me, I feel great here writing and inhaling wafts of garlicky dhal. I am motivated and inspired by skimpy fitness gear and Tracy’s abs to be the best, healthiest, sexiest woman I have ever been. Who’s coming with me?