2014 The First Quarter

“Most people overestimate what they can achieve in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.”  ~Anthony Robbins

It’s coming to April, a quarter of the year 2014 has passed.

From the beginning of the year up to now, I am flabbergasted with what we’ve done because in all honesty, usually I only aim to achieve one thing a month and then don’t get it done!

This year I decided to focus primarily on health.  This is my number one value for without your health, you cannot achieve anything else.   What we’ve achieved just by focussing on improving our mobility, brain power and energy levels has been more than I could have expected:

Yoga

  • completed 1 x 30 day Bikram Yoga challenge eachBYCJTshirts(including 2 x double classes (Joy) and…)
  • completed 1 x triple (3 classes in one day) Joy
  • completed 3 x  Advanced Classes each
  • Overall improvement in flexibility and strength plus a bonus weight loss on my part, of 3 kg and zero colds and flu and healthy immune systems for both of us
  • We both have done our very first unassisted headstands (against a wall) and unassisted hand stands (also against a wall).  Most people do handstands as children but us, nope, we had to wait until today to do our very first hand stands!

Nutrition / Diet

  • 1 x 7 day juice fast completed each
  • 1 x 40 Day Raw and Vegan Challenge still on the go
  • Discovery and use of superfoods (maca, cacao, spirulina, wheatgrass etc) implemented into daily consumption.
  • Lost a tooth due to gum problems but new toothbrush and cleaning regime (with 8 different brushes) for healthier gums implemented and being maintained (Joy).
    Dental Hygiene Routine incl 8 different brushes, floss, mouth wash and gel.  Oh what fun!
    Dental Hygiene Routine incl 8 different brushes, floss, mouth wash and gel. Oh what fun!

    You can see other posts about my gum problems but pleased to say that after my second visit to the gum specialist, she reported that my gums were improving VERY well.  Phew!

Learning

  • Sprouting.  Tony and I wanted to start growing our own fruit and vegetables and learn how to be more self sustaining.  We don’t have a balcony or a yard, only the mantelpiece above the fireplace but  we were not going to let this be an excuse for NOT starting our vegetable garden.  So we bought a sprouter and seeds and have started growing our own sprouts!  We’re learning about how long things take to grow and when to harvest for eating and what different sprouting plants look and taste like!
Growing our first sprouts
Growing our first sprouts
Sprouts Day 1
Sprouts Day 2
Sprouts Day 4-5 ready to eat!

 

  • Re-growing food scraps.  I read that you could regrow your food scraps.   So, we’re doing that and our mantelpiece is now filled with celery, spring onions, basil, parsley, bok choy and even a Chinese cabbage all growing from the scraps we were going to throw away!!  Our goal of having our own vegetable garden is coming true on our mantelpiece in our flat!! 🙂
Chinese Cabbage scraps planted in a pot on the mantlepiece
Chinese Cabbage scraps planted in a pot
  • Making our own milk, butter and cheese without a cow.  We have experimented making hemp milk, soy milk, hazelnut milk and almond milk and now we are just perfecting ratios of seed/bean/nut to water.  We use these milks for our morning smoothies 🙂  Tony has also made peanut butter and cashew butter (YUM) for the first time in Feb,
    Homemade Cashew Butter
    Homemade Cashew Butter

    we just need a better food processor and to work out what to eat the butter with (rather than eating it by the spoonful)!  In March, he made his first nut cheese using cashews!  He also has made coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut butter 🙂  We so love our juicer!

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