My first five days for the THR1VE Challenge have definitely turned out to be a food journey. Gone are the days of having oats for breakfast and getting hungry by 10am and reaching for any snack on hand. Every day this week I’ve been having a power-packed breakfast of three eggs, vegetables and either smoked salmon or slices of bacon; which keeps me full all the way to lunch time. I’ve also been experimenting with protein smoothies and have sweet tooth; so have been making paleo, low sugar desserts like coconut cherry slice (using coconut flour) and date berry balls. To see what I’ve been eating and for these recipes, you can follow me on Instagram @abthafab.
Apart from feeling much more energetic and positive from healthy eating and exercise, one thing that has really stuck out to me during this Challenge is the amount of people telling me why I shouldn’t be on the Challenge or who talk paleo down. It’s really shown me how negative people can be and how unaware people are of what they are putting in their bodies.
I used to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I would smash a sundae at Max Brenner and maybe follow that up with a serving of waffles if I felt like it; AND go two days in a row (nowadays, I might just have Max Brenner as a cheat meal 😉 I noticed that I was getting addicted to sugar and was over the sugar crashes. At the start of this year I started eating a cleaner diet after reading more about nutrition — and then winter struck. I fell off the wagon again and went into hibernation. I would have super clean weeks and then go back to snacking on blocks of chocolate and skipping workouts. When I heard about the THR1VE 12 Week Challenge, I thought of it as an opportunity to clean up and tone up; with a bonus support network!
For me the Challenge is just as much about the inside as it is about the outside. People have said to me, “You’re already skinny, you won’t win” and “You’ll wither away to nothing”. For me, the challenge isn’t to win prize money: it’s about becoming the fittest, healthiest and happiest version of myself I can be. People don’t realise that someone can look fit or skinny but they might not actually be physically fit, or be eating the nutrients they should be. You don’t have to be overweight to start being conscious about what you eat — making sure you include whole foods and not go overboard on sugar and other nasties is just as important to everyone who wants to look and feel their best. Even if you have an average body, you have to work to maintain it and ensure you are getting the most out of life and are staying active. Working on fitness doesn’t only improve you physically but mentally. Being healthy is a great gift we should treasure. I look forward to having a more athletic, healthy body and feeling more energetic and happy when I start my days. I’ll share some more recipes on this blog, so watch this space for some fitspiration!