Sunday, October 13, 2013
Well I survived yesterday on the diet I described and I now only have today and tomorrow to go before an all clear liquid day - it wasn't that bad but I missed my fruit and vegetables and my fibre. Got plenty of protein, fats and carbs however! Yesterday I focused on chicken being my hero ingredient, today I will bust out a small piece of beef and salmon for a bit more variety. I did wake up this morning all snuffed up as if I am being attacked with allergy symptoms, runny nose, itchy eyes but after 1/2 box tissues thankfully this is now residing a bit.
Today I have my aerobic and strength training exercises to complete so we'll see how I go. If I'm not up to it, I'd rather either do more tomorrow or eat at the lower end of my range by dropping a few calories to compensate. My minimum workouts are only around 190 calories worth so that's not hard to do. I'm not putting too much pressure on myself in that area as I don't want to relapse into those illness symptoms - It's been another week now of vigorous exercise and so far so good!!
Although yesterday was my 2nd REST day from my exercise program I did work all day in the house and yard and burned quite a few calories in the process. As a result the 2nd garden bed is now complete and planted up and that feels good as that was my last major vegetable planting project to do! When all this starts producing I'll have enough ingredients for 2 pesticide -free green smoothies a day plus I'll be giving produce away to family and friends no doubt as well as freezing what I can - nice thought hey!?
As a natural pesticide I rely on bugs eating each other and at the top of the bug food chain (apart from birds) is my Jack Russell, who loves to catch, play with and then eat grasshoppers, so I am almost grasshopper free now as he is on the prowl for them day in, day out. I sometimes go up to my parents farm and rake up the natural bush litter into big bags and bring it back and place it around my garden beds like mulch, not for any other purpose but to top up on BUGS - most of these being large ground spiders, huntsman spiders etc. I just love seeing those ground spiders around my garden because I know they are cleaning the place up.
The other thing I need to do is create some fake cabbage butterfly look-a-likes on a stick and place them in the garden as apparently these butterflys are territorial so if they think they see another butterfly on the vege patch, they'll fly away and lay their eggs elsewhere. So I need to give this a go as the biggest threat to my vegetables are these caterpillars.
Here are the finished vegetable patches - have a great day today everyone!