We had a fantastic holiday in Knysna – there is just something that makes the whole province so amazing. Everything was just so much cleaner and neater and friendlier and safer than Kwazulu Natal. We are already planning our trip for December 2014 to Knysna again. We didn’t really do much – spent lots of time on the beach or hiking in the forests or having picnics. Zoe had an absolute ball.
I went for 20km runs on my own around the estuary without feeling threatened once. How I wish that we can have that sense of safety everywhere in our country.
And now the New Year has started and for us it is a really big year. Zoe went to Grade 1. And this child of mine is not impressed – she came home after the first day, deeply disappointed because she can’t read yet! Poor child – so impatient. The homework is getting more and more – goodness yesterday it took us about 45 minutes to finish everything. And now that masses of curls that hangs on her bum has to be neat every day! All of a sudden we have to get up much earlier to get us all ready for school and work.
I do feel so sorry for the mom’s that has to work a full day. I can’t imagine coming home at 6 in the evenings and then have to cook and do homework and get the kids bathed and in bed and still have some time for yourself. It seems like an impossible feat.
On the work front there is nothing new – still a swearing, screaming boss and not enough cash to cover all the costs. I’m actually a bit depressed about work but I just keep on looking at the positives and I know that I can’t leave.
Comrades training has started and I’m slowly but surely getting back in the routine of running. Difficult but I must persevere, Comrades this year is extremely important because of what happened last year – I have to get back on the horse and get going again.
We have now jumped on the Tim Noakes, low carb, high fat band wagon. It is completely the opposite of what we have learned about eating for all these years but for once I can actually see a real difference in myself. People are also starting to make comments about how much weight I have lost. Kilogram wise I haven’t lost a lot – maybe 2kg’s BUT I have lost 7cm’s around my waist – yes 7cm’s!! That is a lot. Hubby has lost about 6kg’s – yes he really doesn’t need it but he is running much much faster and easier.
My running has also improved – I’ve shaved about 6minutes off my average time on a 21km.
So what do we do – well for me the biggest change was to move from oats and cinnamon in the mornings to eggs with ham / biltong and cream or cheese. Nice and filling with lots of fat.
That is the big thing on this eating habit change – I don’t want to call it a diet because you can’t do it and then stop. You have to eat a lot of fat – not lots of protein like on the Atkins diet but fat. So our fridge is now stocked with butter, cream, cheese, crème fraiche, cream cheese, bacon, and anything else that I can think that may have fat in it. We eat a lot of nuts and biltong with fat and dry wors. When cooking I cook the meat in butter and macadamia nut oil. We have ruthlessly cut out carbs – most evenings we don’t even have carbs but rather some meat with a creamy sauce and a lot of raw dark green vegetables. We don’t eat margarine at all anymore. Hubby doesn’t eat any sugar – I still struggle with that – I do love baking and I do have to test the stuff I bake. When we do have carbs it is of the low GI variety – brown pasta, brown rice – I’m not going to lie, I really do crave a massive plate of mash every now and again but the changes are so amazing that it is worth the odd craving and I do give in and have mash or spaghetti or French fries.
The only negatives at the moment – I had my cholesterol tested and it is a bit higher than last year, however it didn’t give me a breakdown between good and bad so I want to go for the proper blood test and see what that say and then there is the cost – carbs are cheap – to eat like this has made a definite impact on my overall grocery shopping.
And then on something that has really been bugging me the last few months. The amounts of money we spend on our kids. Surely the frivolous, and kiddie specific food, and the brand names are of a fleeting matter and is that really the values we want to teach our kids?
In 2006 there was no industry like children’s food in the UK, today it is a 220 million pound industry. Why does a child need different macaroni and cheese from an adult or different cheese or yogurt or even milk?
Why do we need to buy the top of the range car with 7 seats for our 3 person family – isn’t the smaller car with only 4 seats sufficient? All the clothes – why do we need 20 running shirts and 10 pairs of shorts? Why does Zoe need to get something everytime we go to the shops? What about the juice here and the chocolate there and the T-shirt that is only R50 so it won’t hurt. What if I count all the T-shirts in her cupboard and I get to 30 T-shirts? 30 x 50 – that does hurt.
Why do I want to renovate our kitchen? It is perfectly good the way it is – it is not about the look of the kitchen but more about what is produced in the kitchen isn’t it?
So this year we are making a concerted effort to stop the mindless spending of money on things that is not going to matter in 6 month’s time or even a year’s time. We have specific long term financial goals now and it feels great. The biggest one is the 20 year goal of having at least a few rental properties when we retire.