Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Update on detox...

So i had done this post on Friday -but as my laptop  had it , it never saw the light of day .So here i am - a few  days later  - and i could not even find it in the draft .Someone told me i have abandoned my blog- well in my defense its mine -lol! I love updating on progress , but Sometimes we take life how it goes so - trust me we are still in the journey together . And give a girl a break- i have tonnes of other things i have to do.. :-)

So i learnt a lesson- i should first do it on word- which i had been doing - dont know why decided doing it directly was much better . I wanted to give an update on the smoothies and raw fruits .
My body is already thanking me-I feel like a really really clean house - the smoke , dust and cobwebs all gone - and my face is glowing . I could say its the makeup - but i always do makeup . I got this fine rash on my face - but apparently that happens when toxins are fighting themselves out- but you can still see the glow behind the rash .. So it turns out the enzymes from raw food and fruits are not only  tasty but could act like a cleaning agent to your insides .I have not even done two glasses a day - as  i had planned to - just one glass , and other days two glasses , and a platefull of fruits on all days. I feel really different - and its something worth keeping up .
This is a glowing face- the source of light in my otherwise dark office

So a friend introduced me to Couch to 5 k- plan to post on that  -so if you want to know more about it wait for that post- ama google   .

Ps;I dont know if am in a different worlds - but i cant seem to find blogs around here focussed on weightloss - so am apealing for a hookup . ( dont suggest what am already following on my right )
Let the loosing continue ! .

Xoxo Wambui

Friday, 19 August 2011

Detoxing the digestive system...

I have never been a fan of the " detox" school of thought. In an attempt to live healthy , i have been researching on all avenues to maintain health because we have established - loosing weight is really not as hard as we thought. What is hard though is keeping this weight away .I have always shied away from detoxing because i think its for extremists - or yo-yo dieters and am neither. I also had this ill conceived notion that detoxing equals spending a whole two days in the house - in bed , with frequent trips to the bathroom.
Obviously i had it all wrong . Yes there is a way you detox and have to spend half the day in the bathroom- if you use a colon cleanser. And there are also diets called detox diets - mostly done by yo-yo dieters ,which involve eating and avoiding a few things for a few days , a week or more- turns out i was not 100% wrong .
HOWEVER , that's not the kind of detox i went and researched on . Yes you can still do it that way . But heres what i learnt . So am sure you know have experienced ,a sink before - and a clogged one at that. And when that happens you may pour hot water in - which may work but if its too much  - we use a declogging agent , or vinegar and baking soda and sometimes it dissolves that stuff away . But occasionally this does not work quite so well , so you need to go under the sink , remove that lid down there and let the spew out (yak) .
So our bodies digestive system work quite in a similar way . If you doubt this try this- eat fries and chicken for a friday dinner , and some sausages and bacon , plus good old eggs for breakfast, and soda the following day , and soda for snacks , and for lunch , pizza, and for dinner , some nyama choma - mbuzi with sizzling fries.I guarantee you , you will be feeling all bloated and clogged by Sunday . ( Even from typing this am bloated)

So imagine your digestive system, from days ,months and even years of eating the wrong things- is lined up with plaque.God made us in unique way so am sure it does not work the way the sink does.However , God did not make our systems to withstand pizza,sausages and cheese ,all down the drain. Not to mention cakes-black forest comes to mind , icecream , and the list is quite long .What a, trying to get at is this - there is a reason when God created adam and eve he put them in a GARDEN people. This may mean - the fruits he created are perfect for our bodies .I will not build this argument further , but i have been eating a healthy helping of fruits , and just recently i started drinking vegie smoothies and my body is already thanking me. I dint go extreme and avoid anything , all i do is have a platefull of fruit when i get home- and it has revitalised my tummy , in addition i would like to attribute my smooth face to this fruits ive been indulging in lately .

So i was not amazed when i was researching to learn that fruits and veges do clean the digestive system. And even without necessarily going on any kind of diet, adding a healthy plate of fruits in the course of the day , floods your intestines with enzymes that not only clean and dissolve the plaque, but it also reawakens those enzymes that are meant for digestion.
So instead of waiting for our systems to get clogged up ,so we can clean up am saying why not , regularly ingest food that cleans and keeps our systems in check. And it will not only give us lot of energy burst to operate on , it will work magic on our skins and help us maintain weight while we are at it . A friend wrote to me and confessed how she would stop junking  and hate junk , but at some point, turn to junking because of being a rebel- and naturally hating what is good and loving what shes meant to hate. Am kinda like that so how do we really do this? How about embracing and enjoy indulging in other foods - .Like am so inlove with apple mangoes- i can eat these babies when ripe for b-fast snack- lunch and dinner . So nowadays , i find myself lighting up when i go to the fruit vendor and i want to love more of this foods that God has cooked - and lets admit it nothing comes close . If you are in kenya you are so blessed . Fresh fruits are all over -and the price is cheaper compared to going to galitos or the new KFC  like so many things around . Veges- just google the magic of kale and you will know what am talking about.
At this rate i cannot help but fall inlove with fruits and veges. So heres what am doing from next week -
Just to spice things up in my digestive system- i will have two platefull of fruit - one for breakfast , and one before dinner - say at 6. And i will have a vegie smothie after lunch. That will mean fruit/vegie in every meal.

Since i have been making this smoothie and the fruits - ill use that for the time being and if i discover somthing else, i will definitely share .
Fruits for breakfast

  • Wedge of water melon
  • local oranges - seems they are in season 
  • Grapes - been seeing hawkers shoving them through my window so also in season.
  • Pawpaws- in season 
  • Strawberries
  • Mangoes - the  mombasa ones are in season ( ok everything is in season)
  • Bananas- are they ever not in season 
  • cucumber 
Ok i went on with this list and realised - fruits are always in season in kenya. So anyway the more color on my plate the better - and for 500ksh i find that i buy fruits that last me atleast 3 days of serious fruit eating .The more color you can add to your fruit the better.Dice into pieces - and indulge in a plate full.

For the smoothie this is what i have been doing
  • Peeled carrots diced into pieces 
  • Cucumber 
  • Ginger - this improves the taste and excites the tastebuds 
  • an orange- i know its a veggie smoothie but i love tasty drinks so am a sucker for this
  • Beetroot- found at the green grocers and has great purifying qualities 
  • two ripe tomatoes 
  • Lemon
  • Brocolli
  • Mint leaves- for flavor
So throw everthing into the blender and let it whirl like for 3 minutes and you have your smoothie.
Aparently mine is realy mild , i wanna try the ones i got on the net - they have kales , cabbages, ginger and stuff- yaiks.The mint leaves are just for color- and you can experiment with veggies you like .

Also from next week, i plan to consume more of beans and lentils, and have red meat just once in the week. Beans cooked in coconut milk are all so tasty - wow. So God created such wonderful food- no need eating re-invented things like sausages - they do not come close.
So next week is " eating clean week" lets see how we do.
Keep me posted healthiess  :-) - its a lifestyle we are embracing .

Lets keep loosing girls

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Chapo vs Muesli...

Am a tad dissapointed at my progress/lack of on breakfast.
So i have been munching muesli every day for breakfast religiously- for the last two months.
My favourite is Bokomo Swiss muesli , and a cup full keeps me full well till lunch time and i do not get hunger pangs till lunch time- so as a result i do not snack.
Its been really chilly this month and so tea break at my office happens to be all day .
So a week ago , i was yet to have my muesli ( as i cook it for a minute or two in the microwave) , so a colleague offered a hot chapati- i mean it was fresh , and soft looking and it was so inviting.
Hadnt had a white chapati in a while so i took it with some tea- how awesome it tasted.

To cut a long story short, every time my colleagues have been ordering for those chapatis, i find myself asking for one myself. I hate this chapatis. Not because they are not tasty- oh they are so very tasty.
But heres why i hate them-
  • They are made from white wheat flour- and i know that mama chapo uses tilly cooking fat.
  • Its usually bigass chapo and by the time i finish am always too full.
  • I always get hungry by 11.00  so i need to snack on something.
  • They go well with tea with some sugar- more calories
So today i ate my last chapo for breakfast.
I swear i can even feel my pouch starting to  sag ( sigh)...
So since  am working on changing my lifestyle i can smell weight traps ( read death traps) and clearly this is one of them  .Its ok that i have enjoyed this chapos for a while- almost  7 days ...
But it is even better that i have singled them out as the reason i may not loose weight as fast as i want.
Needless to say , Muesli is more tastier , with all the ingridients in wheat, and essential oils from almond and some nuts.
So Ill stick with the Muesli for now- thank you .
I also bumbed into how to make my own muesli-so it tastes different every day - more on that later.
For now let the loosing continue.

P.S -Mwesh my dear weightloss buddy please halla at me fuikipkosgei@gmail.com 


Wambui Muhia

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Lost over 15pounds in under 3 months!

So i went to the scales yesterday and i thought the scales were tripping !!!
I had to call a few people and ask them their weight , and weigh them as well.
As if that was not enough, i went a head and placed some weights on the scales - just to be 100% sure- you know the weights that are marked.
Turns out the scales were right- i had lost 8 pounds since i last checked. Sometime in July.
So now am 15 pounds lighter than my original weight.
For those who have a hard time doing pounds - i was 93.5kgs  at start and am now 85kgs.
( Apparently one kg =2.2 something pounds so i may have lost more than that :-)))) 
85 kgs maybe what my friend carol would be if she was almost dying of being overweight ( shes currently 67kgs and working her butt off) but , as i said, different weight, different goals - and am elated about my progress.
My mum rolled her eyes at me when i told her this weekend that am now 85kgs - and she was like " kwani how many kgs were you " . So am not there yet - but am definitely on my way .

So ladies lets keep it up- the best feeling in the world is when you step on the scale and you are pleasantly surprised.
Working out, and choosing veggie salad , is paying off . ( slowly and surely)

So am still on track of the December challenge...am so looking forward.
I love my progress, in fitness and the weightloss is just a bonus.

Am thinking i should join slim possible (NOT)
But the sky is the limit...
Me in deep thought

 This pic is silly i know- but i just wanted to put one of me in thought- hehehehehe
May the loosing continue!



Friday, 5 August 2011

Before and now- not yet after

So i feel its about time i post this photos already .
I went to the scales yesterday ..and OMG ok let me save that for another post since clearly my mojo for posting is back .

So , a little walk down memory lane- i started this blog and the whole weight loss thing after a dinner i attended with some colleagues. The pic from that camera are quite horrendous , but you will see what you are meant to see. So lets compare and contrast.

The Dinner all dressed up

In my lil black dress

Forgive the quality of my photos.
And below , is a photo i took 3 weeks ago....yaaay!
Stil not a size 12, but i do not look pregnant anymore.
All geared up to play some outdoor sport

Let the loosing continue.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Weightloss in kenya

So weightloss in Kenya becomes harder by the day . Sometimes i have all the reasons not to want to loose any weight .I have a family , an 8-5 job , and what with the Nyama choma , and good hang outs that are just calling in every block. Other days i have all the reasons to loose weight but i get no time at all. ( or so i have been thinking)
I was chatting with a friend today on IM and i have to say ,  i feel ashamed  and now i know this are just excuses.
Am not saying our friends in the diaspora just cannot loose weight , all am saying is that its just an excuse that we use and if the shows and products we see around are anything to go by then we should up our game.
Check out reasons why its hard to loose weight in Atlanta Georgia ..as compared to Kenya

  • ·         You  have to work for almost 15 hours  a day so i guess if you have a family , and school , there is no way you will spare one hour to gym as that leaves no time to work it .
  • ·         You think its cold – it snows for three months ( and during summer its still too hot) so if you are telling yourself you have been snobbing working out because of the cold- this is not good enough
  • ·         Fresh vegetables, and organic foods , are quite expensive and you get frozen options which lets face it - are way off from the real thing
  • ·         If I wanted a healthy plate of fruit- am thinking mangoes, sweet water melon , bananas, and all those lovely fruits, I would only need to spend like 500 bob  and I have fruits to fill my plate for a week – no kidding in ATL- georgia, i may need  fruits worth 500 dollars to do the same .
  • ·         Almost all our neighbourhoods are walk friendly – if a gym membership is out of reach , I can jog around my hood a few laps , without going onto a main road..
So lets just do it already -

Let the loosing continue



Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Tik tok tik toc...

Hey ladies. We - atleast a few of us , agreed that we have our December Bikini challange. A few had promised to call , just for us to reaffirm that yes we are doing it ..et al.
We have four months till December , and i would just like to know how we are doing - if theres anyone.
How much on track we are- lets motivate each other .

Am still on track though some group support would be great.

Inbox ladies!