My First Arbonne 30 Day Plan to Healthy Living – Week One


30 Days to Healthy LivingWondering what this 30 day plan is all about, check out the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living and Beyond Plan.  Are you thinking of doing the plan yourself?  This is my diary entries for the first week, I thoroughly recommend the plan although I must admit that I didn’t do it cold turkey.

Read about my pre-30 day plan journey here.

This is just my diary entries, if you have any queries then please ask me in the comments or head over to my facebook page.

January 1st 2018

Well it’s day one of the plan ‘proper’ as they say.  I have lost 0.2kg since my last weigh in (but please remember it was Christmas!).

Last night (or I should say early this morning) my daughter was out for NYE and there was some drama which saw her get home quite late this meant that I went to bed about 1.30, 1.45 so I overslept this morning and didn’t go for a walk as by the time I got up it was too hot and humid for walking.

I started my day with a vanilla meal replacement shake with fibre added and I just made it up with water – delicious!

I’m feeling very excited about the next 30 days even though my husband has decided to make what smells like a very delicious cooked breakfast this morning!

I have also had a mug of Arbonne herbal tea.  I make it before I have my shake and leave it seeping, then when I rinse out my glass I pull the bag and enjoy the drink – I really do enjoy having this first thing in the morning.

I’m keeping the tea bag as I found out the other day that you can easily reuse it again and it’s strong enough for a second mug during the day.  As my mum is staying with me and she has more cups of tea during the day then I have been having (thanks to my cutting down and increasing the water intake in place of it) it’ll be handy to have a second one to keep her company if I feel like it.

Lunch was a chocolate meal replacement with a scoop of greens balance, water and 6 frozen cherries – you’re supposed to only have berries, but I have been enjoying having the cherries and I thought I’d just continue to do so, hopefully it’s not too bad to be doing this.

Off to the shops once everyone has finished their lunch and we can pick up some goodies for the next few days – no morning snack although that’s only because I was up late as after about 4 hours I get a pit in my stomach the shake doesn’t usually let me go much longer so I need to decide which snacks I’m having in the morning and which I’ll allow myself in the afternoon.

I had a few mixed nuts and half a dozen blueberries mid afternoon and then made myself a pomegranate fizz stick with double the amount of water it recommends.   It didn’t make me feel sick like the first time I had one so obviously I need to dilute it more – I diluted it in about 800 ml, I think a litre would have been better, but it was the size of my glass so…

I can’t wait to make dinner – I’m not following the meal plan in the facebook group because to be honest I didn’t like the look of it, plus I’ve still got people staying  so the next few days are meals that meet all of the requirements but can also be adapted for other people very easily.

creamy chicken in sundried tomato sauce with salad and riceTonight for dinner I made chicken in a creamy sundried tomato sauce – no I didn’t actually use cream – the creaminess came from coconut cream and the result was amazing.

This is the recipe I based it on, I chose to cut the chicken breasts up into chunks and I also quickly steamed some green beans for 1 minute in the microwave and added them to the sauce when I added the cooked chicken back to the pan.

My family absolutely loved it as I served it up with brown rice and some broccolini for them.  For myself I had less rice and also had a handful of spinach on my plate.  There were some left over and I think I’ll eat that with some roasted sweet potato and maybe some broccoli or a salad.

Feeling great for the first day – roll on day 2!

January 2nd 2018

Went for my walk today and we come across a tree blocking the path – did I let that get in the way?  Not at all, I’m SMASHING 2018!  When I got home my legs felt quite shaky as though I’d walked/run way further than usual which surprised me.

I have since seen (living in Australia I’m getting the tips in the facebook group later than everyone else as when they’re starting their day I’m finishing mine!) that we shouldn’t really be pushing ourselves on the exercise front until day 3 or 4 as our bodies are working hard to eliminate the toxins.

I’m going to carry on with my walking, but I won’t increase it too much and I won’t start any other exercise until after mum goes back which is day 6.  It’s also a very humid morning which doesn’t help with the walking.

For breakfast I had a chocolate meal replacement shake with a scoop of fibre (made with water) and an Arbonne herbal tea.

I made a second cup of the herbal tea (from the same teabag) a couple of hours later.

Mixed nuts and a few blueberries made a yummy morning tea and then for lunch I had a vanilla meal replacement with frozen blueberries, a scoop of greens balance and water – not sure about the blueberries and greens balance with the vanilla I must say.

making zoodlesFor dinner I used our spiralizer to make zoodles aka zucchini/courgette noodles and a vegan bolognaise – delicious.

The bolognaise was made with onion, carrot, garlic, can of lentils, can of diced tomatoes, Italian herb mix, homemade vegetable stock, passata and then towards the end I chopped up some baby spinach to add to the mix.

I had a citrus fizzy after dinner as I had forgotten to have one earlier in the day!

Feeling pretty good, roll on day 3.

 January 3rd 2018

Increased my walk slightly today (every little bit helps), I’m not sure how far it actually is probably only 3 kms but I’m feeling really good for starting my morning with it.

Breakfast was a vanilla meal replacement with a scoop of fibre made up with water – I’m certainly enjoying my breakfast shake followed by an Arbonne herbal tea.

There are lots of different shake recipes available so that people don’t get bored, but to be honest most of the time I always ate the same for breakfast anyway so why should I need to try different recipes in the morning?

The humidity has gone this morning after the rain last night and although I think it will be another beautiful day it’s so much easier to walk when you can breathe – today’s going to be a good day!

For morning tea I had a warm boiled egg (I did a couple of extras to put in the fridge for the next couple of days.

Lunch was a chocolate meal replacement shake with a scoop of greens balance and a few cherries.  Now I got some frozen cherries in December when I saw a protein shake recipe that included cherries, but in the group they said you could only have berries, green apple, lemon or lime as fruit so you might not want to copy me – but it was delicious and I’m not letting my frozen cherries go to waste!

I remembered my fizz stick this afternoon, took it before we popped out to an appointment and meant to have a snack when I got back, but I wasn’t hungry so I didn’t have an afternoon snack today.  I have to say that I’m still not that keen on the pomegranate flavour, but by diluting it more (as my cousin suggested) it’s definitely more palatable – my husband tried some today and it reminds him of some sort of medicine he had to take years ago which could be why I’m not too fond of it.  The citrus is definitely my favorite.

Dinner today was a chicken taco salad bowl.  I made chicken taco’s for my husband and mother and vegan fajita pieces for my daughter to have in tacos and I used the chicken as part of my salad bowl.  It also had roasted sweet potato, guacamole, spinach, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, carrot & cucumber.  Love it!

January 4th 2018

I’m expecting today to be tough as we’re having a day out which usually involves lunch out and snacks in the car as we’re going up the coast.  What I didn’t realize is that most people have problems on day 4 – great timing huh?

Anyway my breakfast was a vanilla meal replacement made up with water and a scoop of fibre followed by the Arbonne herbal tea.

I’m going to be taking a chocolate meal replacement (already made up) with water, cherries, greens balance.  I’m also taking water, a fizz stick sachet, a boiled egg, some nuts and a green apple.

No walk this morning as we are going to look at a lighthouse today and I’m not sure how much walking that will entail, I could still do a walk this evening if the exercise today isn’t much – we’ll see.

Okay so today wasn’t as bad as I thought – I had a boiled egg for my morning tea and then  the chocolate meal replacement shake that I had made up in the morning.  I drank this while my mother and daughter were enjoying lovely looking vegan lunches at a café, but I actually wasn’t too worried about it (very proud of myself).

I also had a fizz stick in the afternoon, but I didn’t need the nuts or apple that I took along so that was good.

We got back late afternoon so took the dog for a walk, probably about 2/3 of the walk we usually do.

creamy chicken on zoodlesDinner was the leftover chicken from Monday served on a bed of zoodles which I had tossed a few pieces of roasted sweet potato (from last night) through and some cherry tomatoes cut in half.  If was really nice.

After dinner I was hanging out for a piece of bread and butter and really wanting carbs!  No one said a great body came without a challenge though did they?

January 5th 2018

Up very early to take mum to the airport today, once I was dressed the dog started doing his excited cry because he thought he was going for a walk (poor thing was left at home!).  When we got back to the airport I decided I would take the dog for a walk as it was only 7, I probably only did about 2/3 of the usual walk (a bit like last night) as I had only got to the intersection down from our house and my legs felt like they’d turned to jelly.  I pushed through, but did change the route.  It was probably due to the fact that I had been up since 5 and hadn’t had anything to eat or drink except water.

I got my vanilla meal replacement shake (made with water and a scoop of fibre) into me once we got home and then enjoyed my herbal tea.

We then had to go out for an appointment and as we were coming back (just after 9) I was hanging out for a nice cuppa – very surprised this craving didn’t come until day 5!  I really feel like I’m struggling, to make it worse I walk in the door to my daughter eating toast.  I don’t know what it is about toast, but the smell just makes you instantly want some – I know I’m not alone in this!

Anyway I decided to make myself a fizz stick and I also had a boiled egg – I am woman, hear me roar!  This seems to be a mantra when I’m struggling, I said it to myself yesterday and again today, not sure why it popped into my head, but I’ll take it if it helps me!

Lunch was a chocolate meal replacement made with water, greens balance and some frozen cherries – delicious!

This afternoon I had a few nuts as a snack and also another fizz stick around 4.30, the lack of enough sleep last night is making me tired and hungry!

I am so tempted to cheat today it’s not funny, but I’m holding on thinking of how great I’m going to look and feel at the end of the 30 days – I know I would be feeling a lot better if it wasn’t for too little sleep, maybe I need to work on a vision board for moments when I’m feeling weak – have you tried this idea, apparently it’s really good for helping you to focus.  I tried it years and years ago when we were saving for our first house, but I don’t think I found it very helpful … I might do now though ((shrugs))

Dinner tonight was leftover chicken taco on top of a plate of salad with roasted sweet potato in it for the complex carbs – delicious.  I also think that I’ll probably have the same tomorrow as there was more left over than I expected and hubby didn’t feel like it tonight instead he had some leftover pork from his dinner last night (I don’t eat pork).

Feeling a lot better since dinner time as I really can feel a difference in my body, I’m really excited to see what my weight is on Monday and as for what I’ll look like by the end of the month ,,, I’m not wishing my life away, but I’m so keen to get there.

January 6th 2018

My feet feel like they need a foot massage this morning and it is Saturday so we’re having a rest from walking – the dog has been watching me like a hawk in case I try and go without him!

Breakfast is my vanilla meal replacement shake with a scoop of fibre and water, I’m thinking of mixing it up tomorrow – stay tuned!

I also have a delicious herbal tea to wash it down with.

For my morning snack today I put a spoonful of almond butter on a plate and then sliced up a green apple and basically dipped the sliced apple into the almond butter – very nice and a very pleasant change.

Lunch time I thought I’d change it up a bit as well.  I only added 200ml of water to the blender instead of 250ml, chocolate meal replacement powder, greens balance and then I got a few fresh blueberries and strawberries (quartered) – I put half of the berries in the blender and kept half to one side.   Once I blitzed it up I poured it into a bowl to find it wasn’t really thick enough for a smoothie bowl LOL! – I popped the remainder of the fresh berries on top along with 3 almonds and a brazil nut which I had roughly chopped.  It was a nice change and made me feel like I was eating as I had a bowl and spoon – might have to actually look up some of the smoothie bowl recipes next time so I can get my quantities together.

I had a fizz stick this afternoon and as we were hulling strawberries for freezing I did eat a couple of them along with a few nuts for a snack.

Dinner was chicken and salad (with roasted sweet potato) and that will be the same tomorrow – Monday will see a bit more of a variety, but I don’t mind I like chicken and salad (especially with sweet potato) even when I’m not trying to lose weight and get healthy.

January 7th 2018

This morning I slept in until 8, talk about feeling refreshed.  The secret?  We were sleeping in the spare room with the fan on (ours died and the heat and humidity have been killers!).  Consequently no walk again this morning although it’s now 11 am and my feet are feeling back to normal so tomorrow morning the dog will be very happy again and the walking will continue!

Breakfast was a vanilla meal replacement made with water, a scoop of fibre a few fresh blueberries and some fresh strawberries.  I also had a few of the fresh berries on the side as well which made a nice change.  I left my herbal tea steeping while talking to hubby and nearly forgot about it!  Luckily it was still warm so I drank it down, I can’t believe I nearly forgot my morning cuppa – how quickly things change, there was a time I didn’t get out of bed before having a cup of tea (and we’re not talking herbal tea here!)

chicken salad bowlLunch was chocolate meal replacement made with water, a scoop of greens balance and the last of my frozen cherries … no more ‘cheating’ as I’m only supposed to be eating berries!  Berries/cherries shrug!  So delicious, even my daughter sneaked a sip and said ‘yum’, I had to get that glass of her real quick – she’s eating food, not my shake for lunch LOL!

This afternoon I had a fizz stick and also a green apple with almond butter (this is fast becoming one of my favorite snacks!).

Dinner was a salad with a small bit of rice because there was some roasted sweet potato in the salad, but not quite enough, also some homemade guacamole and some chicken – it looked and tasted absolutely fantastic.

Weigh day tomorrow morning, I’m feeling good I just hope the scales and measurements tell the same story as I’m feeling.

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My Pre-30 Days to Healthy Living Journey


ARbonne 30 Day Plan for Healthy Living and Beyond Essential NutritionI began the full on Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living and Beyond journey on 1st January 2018, but my weightloss journey began in earnest in December 2017, let me take you through my journey – what I did, how I felt etc

At the end of November I signed up as an independent consultant with Arbonne intending to then get the 30 day plan, but I didn’t think I’d be able to start it until January as we had a few weeks of being child free which mean dinners out, weekends away, and after our daughter was back it was Christmas … no point setting myself up for failure.

I did decide that I would prepare myself in the meantime so I started walking on the 29th November (not very far, but it was a start), I also decided that I would gradually start cutting back on my cups of tea during the day.

On Friday 1st December I skipped my walk as we were going away for the weekend and I didn’t want to overdo things.  Before we left my Arbonne parcel arrived, although I didn’t have time to look through it properly.

When we arrived back home I decided to get my husband to take some before photos of me (Sunday 3rd December).  That was very confronting!  I knew I was carrying some extra weight, but I didn’t see myself as being as bad as the photo’s looked.  The next morning I hopped on the scales and found that I was heavier than I thought, in fact I was the heaviest I’d ever been.

Talk about feeling depressed.

On Wednesday 6th December I saw a video which made me sit up – it wasn’t about the 30 day plan, but it was about procrastination and it really spoke to me.  This is exactly what I wrote down on that day –

Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today – this is something I really need to act upon as I feel I am the Queen of Procrastination at times so why am I waiting until January to commence my 30 day Arbonne weight loss journey?  Again it’s that pesky procrastination, I say I don’t want to set myself up for failure, but is that just an excuse?  What if I was sick and would die unless I was to go on the 30 day plan, cut out alcohol, sugar, gluten, dairy and processed foods immediately – I wouldn’t worry about it being December I would just focus on living!

I had really decided that I didn’t want to wait until January and it so happened that the next day was my day off so you could say that my weight loss journey began on Thursday 7th December 2017.

My Journal Entries for December 2017 – My Weight Loss Journey

A Quest for Better Health – Pre Arbonne’s 30 Day to Healthy Living & Beyond Plan

Thursday 7th December

I’ve just made my first shake – a chocolate replacement meal with ½ scoop of daily fibre.  I’m pleasantly surprised by two things –

  1. It shook up well without needing a blender or anything – a few others that I’ve tried have left lumps so that was good.
  2. The flavour, originally I was thinking of just getting vanilla so that I can add different flavorings – frozen berries etc, but I got one of each and the first one I’m trying – chocolate (what a shock!).  I have always been disappointed when I’ve had chocolate flavoured protein powders or meal replacements in the past because the flavour just hasn’t felt right.  I must say that I really like the flavour, it doesn’t have a horrible back taste like other meal replacements can have.   It has the lovely taste of a chocolate milk shake without that too creamy taste that some have that can leave you feeling bloated.

I keep wanting to say it tastes clean, but if I hadn’t tasted it and just read ‘it tastes clean’ I’d be thinking what on earth are they talking about!  It’s really hard to describe, but I can’t see me having a problem enjoying this every day.

afternoon shake with greens balanceFor lunch I decided to try the vanilla meal replacement – I was taking this with the Greens Balance.  When I first opened up the bag it smelled delicious, then I opened up the greens balance and thought ‘Houston we have a problem’, the initial smell reminded me of spirulina powder which, although good for you, tasted vile!

Now I shook this one for a little longer than the chocolate one as I could see some lumps, but not overly long (I do get impatient!), I’m not sure if it was the vanilla meal replacement or the greens balance, but it did dissolve nicely.

The flavour was better than I expected, it was vanilla with another flavour in the background that I couldn’t really put my finger on, but it was definitely not unpleasant.

It will take some getting used to with the green color though, it’s a bit like when I first added spinach to a smoothie – drinking it with my eyes closed I couldn’t tell it was there, but when I saw the green I ‘imagined’ I could taste the spinach!

I had a delicious dinner and if it wasn’t for the tzatziki it would’ve been an ideal meal for the 30 days to a healthy me strict diet regimen!  Lamb marinaded in Greek inspired flavorings and served on a huge bed of salad (lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, beans, spring onion) with the most delicious homemade tzatziki (my hubby makes the yummiest one!).

Friday 8th December

Vanilla with fibre boost is yum, nicer than with the greens balance and a lovely breakfast.   The great thing about the vanilla is that I can also throw in a few berries if I want a change or a dash of cinnamon for a bit of a chai latte flavour twist.

I really have to start going for my walk earlier as by 7 it’s way too hot as the past 2 days have testified!

Okay, lunch time and I have to say that the chocolate and greens are NOT a good mix.  Not as bad as some meal replacements, but after having the other combinations I’m really not loving this one!  I am thinking it might benefit from some raspberries so I might have to get the old blender out and throw in some frozen raspberries another day and see what that’s like.

Dinner tonight was a packet of the steam fresh veg that we had in the freezer  (cauli, broccoli, beans and onion) with some of the left over chicken from last night and a ‘salsa’ of red and yellow cherry tomatoes and spring onion.  It was delicious and if it wasn’t for the butter sauce that the steam fresh veg were in it would have been a meal that I could eat in January!

It’s probably in my head, but this evening I’m actually feeling like something has changed in my abdominal area.  I definitely feel a little slimmer, last night I felt like I had actually put on weight – I was definitely a little bloated.  We shall see on Tuesday and now it’s the weekend so who knows what we’ll be doing – I’m going to start tomorrow with a shake for breakfast and going up to 1 scoop of fibre instead of the ½ scoop I’ve been having.  After breakfast it really depends on if we’re at home or out as to what I do for lunch and dinner.  It’s that 80/20 thing (except with Christmas this month it could turn more into 70/30), but it’s better than not doing anything until January right?

Saturday 9th December

This morning Roman & I had a slightly longer walk and I tried my detox tea, (which is actually called herbal tea, I’m not sure why I keep saying detox tea!) for the first time (it only arrived yesterday afternoon).

Arbonne Herbal TeaBreakfast was a chocolate shake with a full scoop of fibre (I started off with only a half a scoop the first couple of days) followed by the detox tea which I really liked.  Now I usually drink peppermint tea at lunch time so I knew that I would like that flavour, but it also had dandelion, parsley, licorice, elder flower and sweet fennel.

It’s been a long time since I’ve had dandelion and even longer since I had parsley tea (we’re talking about 20 years) and the last time I had a licorice tea it made me feel very strange.  The result – I actually really liked it and will enjoy starting the day with a detox tea instead of my usual cuppa, I just have to teach my husband how to make it.

It’s not hard, but when he hears herbal tea his response is always oh you’ll have to make that I don’t know how!  Step one put the kettle on to boil, step two open up the box and take out the tea bag, step three put the tea bag in the cup, step four pour boiling water onto tea bag and leave to steep.   How hard is that, why apart from not adding milk it’s exactly the same as making our usual morning cuppa!  I have a great husband, but there are times I just shake my head!

Sunday 10th December

Well yesterday we ate out for lunch and dinner, we’re really cherishing the child-free life at the moment haven’t been out this much together for ages!  This morning started with a lovely herbal tea (this is quickly becoming my favorite herbal tea and it’s only the second time I’ve had it!).  A vanilla meal replacement with a scoop of fibre – no morning walk, Sundays is my day off plus I thought we were going somewhere where we’d be doing a fair bit of walking, but that’s no longer the case!

Yesterday I brought a poncho so that I can walk in the rain (not sure what Roman will think of that) as well as some new walking sandals as I literally have cracked the sole of one of my present ones and they don’t seem to offer me enough support.  The new ones are soooo comfy!

Lunch was the chocolate replacement meal with a scoop of greens balance and a handful of frozen raspberries – the raspberries definitely made the drink taste much better, I hardly noticed the greens balance taste.

Oh I did end up going for a short walk in the evening to try out my walking sandals, they’re on a platform of air so feel a bit different to the ones that I’ve sorta killed!

Monday 11th December

I combined our walk from the one we were doing at the end of the week to half of the one we were doing at the beginning of the week.  Home to a delicious vanilla meal replacement for breakfast (and a lovely herbal tea afterwards while checking facebook!).  Who would’ve thought this chocolate loving gal would prefer the vanilla meal replacement.

Lunch today was a chocolate meal replacement with a scoop of greens balance and a handful of frozen blackberries.  The first mouthful I didn’t think it disguised the greens balance as much as the raspberries did, but after a couple of mouthfuls I quite like it.  Now I don’t know whether I prefer blackberries or raspberries – talk about a first world problem!

I tried the citrus fizz sticks this morning and the pomegranate one this afternoon and I have to say I’m not a big fan which is a shame as everyone else seems to like them.  I have since been told to dilute them more and if I have them in 850ml – 1 litre of water I don’t mind them as much (citrus is still my favorite though!)

Tuesday 12th December

When I got back from my morning walk (slightly increased the distance again today) I weighed myself, it’s been 1 week since I weighed myself and the start of day 6 since I started my attempt at the 80/20 plan as you know.

I’ve lost 2.1kg!

I couldn’t believe it, I’ve been telling myself that I’m imagining changes that I think are happening, but maybe I’m not – just imagine what January is going to bring.  I am so excited!  By the way for those of you that count in pounds according to Google that’s equivalent to 4.6lb.

Delicious chocolate, greens with frozen blackberry lunch today.

Wednesday 13th December

vanilla protein shakeLumpy vanilla shake this morning, now lets talk lumps!  When I first started I told you how well it mixed together well yesterday it appeared very lumpy and I had to use a teaspoon to try and get the lumps out.  I blamed it on the fact that the water I used wasn’t as cold as usual so this morning I grabbed a cold bottle of water out of my fridge and tried to make it with that.  I had noticed on another occasion that it didn’t mix very well, but I hadn’t shaken it for very long so thought it was my fault.

This morning it was lumpy again and this time I had a lightbulb moment – it’s the amount of fibre!  When I first started I used ½ scoop of fibre in the shake, but now that I’m up to the full scoop it’s not mixing well when shaken by hand.

I use a blender on my lunchtime shakes as I’ve been using frozen berries so from tomorrow I’ll start using it for breakfast too.  Most of the people I’ve spoken to you at this stage seem to use a nutri-bullet so if you have one then pop everything in there.

I don’t own a nutri-bullet, when I was having a lot of smoothies over the summer (last year) my husband brought me a generic version of nutri-bullet and if it’s something you’re considering it’s been working well for me!

I started my walk at 6.30 this morning instead of 6 like yesterday and by the time I got home at 7 it was way too hot for walking, this is going to be a challenge!

Lunch time I went for a chocolate raspberry shake which was divine.

Tonight I’m going to be having fish with a huge salad and I can’t wait!

Tomorrow is our work’s Xmas lunch so not sure what I’ll be having and I don’t care!  We’re going to a lovely Italian restaurant so after a shake for breakfast all bets are off J

Thursday 14th December

I had the morning shake and then went into work – the Xmas lunch was awesome, but sooo big!  I knew then that I would just be having a shake in the evening because I was so full.  I turned out not even wanting that!

Friday 15th December

Took the dog for a shorter walk today and had a chocolate shake for breakfast, also had a choccy shake for lunch and we’re away on holiday this afternoon so no more shakes until Monday probably – maybe Sunday night depending if we have a large lunch on the way home or not.

Monday 18th December

What a big weekend!  Back to reality this morning with an early morning walk with Roman, we incorporated the short walk that we did on Friday with our usual walk, but I left about 6.30 and the poor dog was starting  to pant a bit in the last stretch with the heat – I really have to leave closer to 6 it was just hard to get up this morning.

Delicious vanilla shake for breakfast and I was hungry by 9.30 which isn’t a good sign – I had a healthy snack of a handful of nuts though and that should (hopefully) see me through to lunch time.  My daughter arrives home tonight, I hope she hasn’t brought me any chocolate as I want to be good for the rest of this week at least ….. only one week until Christmas eek!  Still haven’t brought hubby a gift, he can be so hard to buy for some years.

Tuesday 19th December

My overindulging on the weekend (starting Thursday with Xmas lunch) has caused me to put on a kilo this week – not so happy.

Walked the dog – it’s about 2.1 km (I measured it with the car as best I could) which isn’t as far as I thought it was, but that’s okay.  I’ll probably increase it on Thursday, maybe tomorrow I’ll see how I feel in the morning.

Delicious vanilla shake for breakfast – I’m getting to really enjoy these followed by my delicious herbal tea.

Chocolate, banana and raspberry shake for lunch and a gorgeous looking salad with fish for dinner.  Snacks of nuts in the morning and a nectarine in the afternoon.  I was feeling quite hungry today.

Wednesday 20th December

At 5.30 it was already too hot to go for a walk, the humidity was very high and my chest felt like it had a tight band around it already as much as I hate it I’m going to miss my walk today – the dog is guarding the front door waiting for me to get dressed poor thing!

Thursday 21st December

I left at 5.30 for my walk this morning and I’m drenched!  It would’ve been a little earlier but my daughter wanted to come so it took a bit longer for her to get ready!  I must admit it was a lot easier walking with her because we were just talking away and the walk was nearly over!

Delicious vanilla shake for breakfast again, I’m getting boring aren’t I?

Having my breakfast shake and herbal tea so early means I’m ready for lunch mid morning and at this rate I’ll be eating dinner about 3 o’clock!  I had a nectarine at 9.30 and a boiled egg at 11.00 so that I can then have my lunch shake at lunch time.

Friday 22nd December

We went out to dinner last night and I was so proud of myself as I ordered the chicken, brie and bacon meal instead of the chicken, brie and bacon burger and I chose the sweet potato wedges with salad over the curly fries!  I actually really enjoyed it when it came and I don’t feel like I was short changed at all and I managed to avoid the burger bun and the potato so I’m giving myself a big pat on the back.

Now I didn’t have a walk this morning, it’s the first day of hubby’s holiday so he didn’t set his alarm and I didn’t actually wake up until 6 and to be honest we have so much to do today before mum arrives that I just decided to leave it!

I had my vanilla shake and herbal tea for breakfast, although I think I drank my shake too quickly which isn’t good as it doesn’t fill you up enough if you don’t take your time with it (in my opinion anyway).

I had a handful of mixed nuts at 10am and am just hanging out for lunch now.

Monday 25th December

Okay the past couple of days haven’t been very good diet wise, but I haven’t been nearly as bad as I would usually be at this time of the year.  Today I’ve had crumpets for breakfast, a couple of mince pies and a few pieces of chocolate during the day.

Lunch was chicken fajitas and dinner was turkey nachos (a Mexican style of Christmas!) and I’ve had a couple of coronas – tomorrow I’ll be a lot better.

Tuesday 26th December

weigh in time - great weight lossFancy having a weigh day falling on Boxing Day!  The good news is that I lost 1.7 kg – doing a happy dance right now!

I tried a new flavour shake for my breakfast today – chocolate with some frozen cherries and it wasn’t bad.  It made me think of my childhood when we would go to my aunts for Boxing Day and we always had a Black Forest Gateau for dessert.

Wednesday 27th December

Well after a 3 or 4 day hiatus the walking was back on this morning, although we did start a bit later and the sun had a bit of a sting in it so we walked a different route!  Since mum arrived I’ve only been having my breakfast shake (except for Chrissy Day when I had none) so this morning as well as my scoop of fibre I also added a scoop of greens balance into my breakfast shake – vanilla and a handful of frozen blackberries, very nice!

Thursday 28th December

A walk again, a herbal tea and a shake with both fibre and greens added.

Friday 29th December

Got a period last night, first one in absolutely months and today I woke up with cramps and swollen joints, hands, feet – definitely not walking!

I haven’t had the tea or any shakes instead hubby brought me a milo in bed and when I got up I had a cup of tea and some toast and marmalade.

Slowly feeling better but I’m just eating whatever today and will get back on track tomorrow.

Have to start planning my menus for Jan 1st onwards, but I don’t have the energy to do that right now, despite feeling so blah and even though my legs feel really heavy (typical for me during my period), I actually feel quite slim around my tummy area which is kinda strange, but very nice!

Saturday 30th December

Back on track – a walk followed by a brekkie shake and a herbal tea – the shake included both my fibre and greens balance as it’s probably going to be my only shake of the day.  I’m also planning on doing my meal plan for next week which will be the full 30 days to healthy living and beyond plan.

I can’t wait – my husband actually said this morning that he could see I was losing weight which was a big shot of confidence as I thought I could see the difference, but then you start wondering if it’s in your mind.

Photo session tomorrow for my 30 day before photos, it’ll be interesting to see the difference between this photo and my previous ones, weigh in and measurements too.  It’s funny but I feel like a kid counting down to Christmas it’s really exciting to be about to start the ‘proper’ journey!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my journal entries and if you want to see how I’m going then please go to –

My First 30 Day Plan to Healthy Living & Beyond – Week One

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