Sugar Sugar, How You Get So Fly?

I’m so tired, and have been all weekend. I’m grumpy and feeling sluggish. My skin is not my best friend at all, and I have definitely added a little holiday weight onto my body.

All because of sugar!

On the 16th of November, The Jungle Body (my exercise saviour) started a 6 week pre-Christmas challenge. 6 weeks of cleaning eating, 30 minutes of exercise a day with ab challenges throughout the week.

Unfortunately, December is probably the worst month for me to attempt this (I know; excuses, excuses) but between my birthday, my Christmas party, Andrew’s Christmas party and our girl’s Christmas lunch I just couldn’t envisage seeing this challenge through in it’s entirety. I did however, want to give it decent go on the days that I could.

Which I did, until my birthday last Wednesday, and Christmas party last Friday, when I ate cake 5 days in a row…


I have no regrets at all, I really wanted sticky date pudding on my birthday, so I made one. I organised these amazing cupcakes for the party, so I ate some. I don’t eat like this every day, and I will get back on track with any issues. Sometimes, you do need to indulge a little.

I found this week to be a very interesting experiment. After almost two weeks of clean eating (god I hate that term, but it is what it is), it shocked me how quickly I became addicted to sugar. For the first two weeks I was only eating fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, low carbohydrates and healthy fats. No refined sugar, no white carbohydrates, no alcohol, limited dairy and caffeine.

After two days of eating sticky date pudding and cupcakes, I already began craving sugar all time. I’d feel the 3:30pm slump and need something sweet to get me through. Which would work, for about half an hour. Then the tiredness, the headaches and the moodiness would set in.

We all know the affects of sugar, I’m not going to reiterate or lecture you about how bad it is for our bodies. I just thought this week was fascinating, and so scary. I’ve woken up today feeling so exhausted, but determined to get my body back on track; starting with a Konga class tonight and plenty of healthy food throughout the day.

I’m happy to indulge once in a while, but this week has reinforced that life is all about balance and it’s so easy to slip into bad habits. Each to their own of course, you know what works best for your body, just as I am learning what’s working for mine.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, enjoy the holidays because we all deserve a decent break, but look after yourselves too! The human body is pretty incredible, and it deserves to be treated well.



Why You So Obsessed with Me?

My latest obsessions and addictions are of the health variety (I know, I’m sorry!).

Lately, my aim has been to get healthier and fitter. Which has probably been my aim for about 10 years now…
In the past few months though, I’ve shifted my focus towards living a healthier life in general, as opposed to trying to lose weight, and it seems to be working!

So, without further adieu, here are my current faves:

1. Deliciously Ella @deliciouslyella
This London gal is a great source of dinner inspiration. I’m constantly stalking her instagram for salad and roasted vegie ideas. I can’t to try out this Warm Sweet Potato, Mushroom and Spinach Salad.

2. Netball
Even though it can be quite brutal, I love this game. A few of my favourite girls and I started a casual team years ago, and after a little break, we’re back at it. The Sweaty Betty’s tend to, uh… not win a lot of our games, but we try so hard and have a lot of fun. I’ve recently begun playing in GD, which means more running than I’m used to – but I am loving it!

3. BodyWise App
BodyWise iPhone AppI literally downloaded this yesterday, so this recommendation may be completely false. However, I like all the aspects – being able to log workouts, rating how happy you are everyday and the way you can track what you’re eating.
Instead of counting calories, which can be an excruciating activity, it tracks your vegetable/fruit/meat/grains intake, as well as caffeine/junk food/alcohol/soft drink intake. This is such a healthier way to look at what you’re eating!

4. Tone It Up @toneitup Tone It Up – YouTube
tone-it-up-runningOkay, so these two are super perky. There… I’ve warned you.
HOWEVER – take a look at their bodies and you can see why I put up with the perkiness. The workouts they upload to their youtube channel are serious business. Give the HIIT a try and you won’t know what hiit you 😉
I love these workouts for rainy days, or post-run when I want to work a little harder. One day I’ll have abs like them!

IMG_5479Yep, I did it. I’ve committed to this mountain biking thing and gotten my very own bike. She’s so beautiful and all I can think about is taking her out on the weekend! Wish me luck…

Have a happy and healthy weekend everybody!