Month: June 2013

30-day Birkram Yoga challenge | DAY 9

Add caption Today is a brand new day and I’m so happy about this.6.30 am yoga class done (and it felt good) ✗I just need to fit the 2nd one to catch up on yesterdayHave a craving yesterday was odd because since I had started yoga and changed my lifestyle, the cravings had all gone but I appreciate some days will feel like a breeze on this new journey to a healthy lifestyle and others will feel like hell. As a foodie, the major thing that enables me to stick to this new lifestyle, is actually making sure I treat myself with yummy, tasty and heathy dishes so it is not a chore… quite the opposite actually, eating really becomes a pleasure without the guilt of eating the wrong food.Last night, I couldn’t wait to have this healthy salad. It was nice and it made me feel good about myself too, knowing that I hadn’t given up. Breakfast: 1 large glass of lemon with lukewarm water to drink on an empty stomach to cleanse the system + probiotic …

30-day Birkram Yoga challenge | DAY 8 Update

(C) Photography: Jean-François Jonvelle | Model: Lulu Well, this afternoon was challenging. After a healthy breakfast and lunch, a chocolate craving came out of nowhere and tried to tempt me.  For an hour, I was really in turmoil (and chocoholics like me will know that it can be a real struggle).  A part of me kept saying “come on, you can have some, just a little”, the other part was saying “no resist, it will pass…” It didn’t pass, I spent an hour trying to convince myself that I could get away with it and straight after that no, really…I shouldn’t do it. Giving up smoking in my nightie in the supermarket was a walk in the park in comparison to giving up chocolate! I know, some of you will think denial is not good, I should allow myself a bit of chocolate, blabla and yes I agree. I would have indulged a bit if I hadn’t had a few slices of the chocolate cake over the weekend but indulging again 2 days later, I …

30-day Birkram Yoga challenge | DAY 8

Via The Poetry of Material Things (cool Tumblr by the way). It’s where I found this gorgeous guy How are you today??? Personally, I’m feeling really great. My body is a lot stronger, leaner and I can see some improvement around my waist.  I also felt very proud yesterday to overcome the negative feelings to go to the class because it turned out to be a great class.  Right..this morning was measurement day today and it looks like I’ve lost about 1 cm all around. YEAH TO THAT! Measurements:Waist: 70 cm Vs 71 cm last weekStomach: 80cm Vs 82 cm last weekThigh: 54cm Vs 55.5 cm last weekArm: 28 cm Vs 30.5cm Breakfast: 1 large glass of fresh orange juice + 2 slices of gluten-free toasts with avocado spread on it (delicious!) Morning Snack: banana Afternoon Snack: 2 rice cakes + plenty of water throughout the day Lunch: Spicy Kings prawns salad with bulgur wheat (see full recipe here) & strawberry/blackberry fruit salad Comment ça va ce matin??? Personnellement, j’ai la pêche et je me sens bien. Mon corps devient plus fort, plus …

30-day Birkram Yoga challenge | DAY 7

Photo via Fit Happy peace OK she is stunning but I need extra motivation today!It’s interesting how easily a party can throw you off the wagon…So much for buying two small bottles of wine to track my alcohol intake. I had bought two small bottles for our BBQ party and in the heat of the evening, I drank both. I also enjoyed all the gorgeous food Steve and I prepared for our BBQ: Kale salad with chia seeds + roast + sweet potatoes + sweet couscous* + gluten-free chocolate coconut brownie.Sunday wasn’t better (no worse but no better) so this morning I was a bit in a bad mood and stressed out which I think was a combination of the house being messy whereas we have a photo shoot at home tomorrow with Ryland Peters & Small, an important meeting to prepare and the feeling that I let myself down food wise.Saying that, I don’t believe one-day off the wagon ruins everything, it’s more one day off after another after another…So despite feeling in a bad mood, I forced myself to go …

Mila’s 8 years-old Birthday party

(C) Photography: Michelle Marshall If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we had a fun but busy Saturday (…and Sunday) celebrating Mila’s birthday with 5 of her friends staying for a sleepover.  To be honest, it wasn’t as hard work as some of her parties we had in the past with 12 excited, screaming kids. At 8, the girls pretty much entertain themselves and they were all very sweet and got along nicely together but by the time, I had prepared 5 dishes, had a nice BBQ and a fair amount of wine, I was done ;-)  Kids Party – 5.30pm kick off – Games for everyone to get to know each other & have fun (musical chairs, pass the parcel, musical statues) – Paint your own t-shirt (my favourite part): I like doing things that are going to stimulate the kids’ mind and creativity so this was perfect! Following my post on this little creative project last March, I downloaded a few patterns for the girls to use while Steve got some fabric paint from an art …

30-day Birkram Yoga challenge | DAY 6

Have a day t-shirt from Rebel Yell (sold out!) Yeah!!! 6 days completed – 24 days to go!  Tomorrow is my day off as the challenge is to complete 30 days of practice in 35 days and I can’t tell you how happy I am. I thought as an incentive, I would mark each week with a non-foodie treat and was contemplating a spray tan but my body is in need of a massage. Overall, I’m feeling pretty good. My body is a bit tired but nothing major and my mind is still very focused on the final goal.  A few good things I noticed… Day after day, I’m building good habits with my diet…I’ve always been an emotional eater (like a lot of us I think). I’m stressed, I eat. I’m tired, I eat. I’m sad, I eat and even when I’m happy, I eat and when I say I eat, I mean junk food, carbs, chocolates. However, after practising yoga, the last thing I want to do is feeding my body with junk …

Beautiful ceramics by Nelson Sepuvelda

One thing that made me really really happy this week was to finally receiving the collection of ceramics designed by Nelson Sepuvelda for Atelier Belarts Creations.I have been in love with his work since they launched the collection at Maison & Object in Paris in 2008. However at the time, BODIE and FOU was only one-year old, our customer base wasn’t as big as it is now and their minimum order was quite big so we decided it was too risky.Now things have changed and I’m really happy to be able to add this beautiful collection as part of our collection.I’m going to take a couple of Dadasi jugs home tonight to decorate our BBQ party on Saturday and I hope that the weather is going to get better because my plans involved outdoor styling! http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

30-day Birkram Yoga challenge | DAY 5

Another practice at 6.30am and….I’m dead. While I was up bright & early yesterday morning, today I was very sleepy, my body was tired, my lower spin stiffed so it wasn’t an impressive class on my behalf but that’s ok. Every class is different and I may do wonder tomorrow.  The good thing is that I start seeing positive results around my stomach. I have decided, I will not weight myself during the whole 30-day challenge and just look at my measurements each week. The reason is that in the past, while I could see I was trimming down, the figure on the scales didn’t always show the progress (water retention, premenstrual, stress) and it was very disheartening so I’m just going to trust the process for the next 30 days and weight myself at the end of the month. Until then, I’ll just focus on one day at the time, doing my challenge and eating healthily. Breakfast: 150g St Helen Goat Yogurt and 120g of blueberries Morning Snack: banana Afternoon Snack: 2 nectarines + plenty of water throughout the day …