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Healthy eating update

I’ve been thinking a lot more carefully about my lifestyle since the beginning of April (I started on the 4th April) and in the past month things have been going really well. I feel really focused – not in an obsessive, calorie counting way, but just following some general (made up by myself!) rules, which are:

– Eat a healthy breakfast. This is usually either muslei and yogurt with fruit, banana porridge (no sugar added) or toast with poached egg or tomatoes. I don’t calorie count it but know that generally it’s around 3-400 calories. 

– changing my drinks. I now drink a herbal tea in the morning, and water through the day. I have one normal cup of tea in the evening. 

– reducing bread. On days when I have toast for breakfast, I don’t have bread for dinner. And sometimes no bread at all. I have a salad or soup instead. Bread isn’t bad, but I find it does no harm to reduce it either. 

– Meal planning. I know (mostly) when I’m going to be eating each day. So tomorrow I already know that I’m having porridge for breakfast, then an egg salad (already made) for lunch, and Craig is making tea, but I will ask him for it to be healthy for me. 

– Say no to treats. The only treats I have now are planned for. So, for example, this week on Sunday was Rosie’s birthday. I knew I wouldn’t eat well, so I ate healthy all week to allow for that day. I didn’t eat any sweets, or unhealthy snacks, and ran 3 times. And On Sunday I did eat (and drink)  more than I probably should have (once I start I have no willpower!) but instead of then giving up totally I just ran this morning and ate well again today and it’s back to normal now. 

– Doing running. I’ve been running 3 times a week, which I am loving. I go with a couple of friends and it’s been great. Once a week we go to a club. And I feel much happier, more confident and am getting so much enjoyment from it – I really feel that it could become a routine that I stick to as I’m loving it so much. 

– I’ve mentioned it already, but not giving up. Having a day, or meal, when I eat too much doesn’t make me feel that I’ve failed, or that I should give up. I just get back to it rather than let myself feel bad about it. Life happens and not everything goes right all of the time. 

That’s it. It’s not rocket science, but it’s working. I can see changes in myself – not huge changes yet as that will come over time. I’m much more confident though, and drinking loads of water (I’m also trying to drink 2 litres a day) has made my skin so much better. 

I don’t weigh myself (or only occasionally anyway) as I always find that this for me does more harm than good (no weight loss makes me give up and ruins my confidence) so I have no idea where I started. I’m definately finding that taking pictures of myself and keeping an eye on how my clothes are fitting a more useful guide right now. 

So yeah, all good so far 🙂

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Weight loss week one..

It’s the end of the first week of being healthy. It’s gone really well actually. The things that have gone well are:

– drinking less tea. I’ve swapped tea (with sugar) to herbal or fruit tea, or water with lemon apart from one evening cup of normal tea. I’ve cut down from 3/4 cups of tea to 1 this week. I had a huge headache on Wed and I think it is because of this. I’ve felt good the rest of the week though. 

– I’ve meal planned for the whole week for all meals – that’s been especially helpful at breakfast time as if breakfast goes wrong I find the whole day follows.

– I’ve been running. Four times this week. And I joined a beginners running group doing a couch to 5k programme. I really enjoyed the first week, and after it me, Zara, Hannah and Sarah have planned to meet up for extra runs in the week. We did one this morning (at 8.30am!) and although I am now shattered it was worth it.

– I’ve found it easier than I would have thought to turn down chocolate 🙂

– I’m feeling more confident already, and I took some photos of myself and although not huge, there is already a bit of a difference. 

Things I need to focus on:

– this week I just want to stick to the same as last week. My meal planning slipped a bit at the end of the week – not too bad but I swapped a couple of things around. I want to stick to the plan this week. 

– I am going to think about swapping my evening tea to something else with less sugar starting next week. This is a huge thing for me actually but I feel I will be glad if I do it. 

– not slipping into bad habits!

Favourite meal:

I have been enjoying my salads this week, although I’m trying to vary them so I don’t get bored. I have enjoyed everything except for an apple pie porridge that I tried – I need to ‘tweak’ it a bit more to my taste. I still struggle with healthy breakfast as I just done enjoy them, but I’m trying to make things I want to eat. 

My meal plan for this week is:

Monday:

B – banana porridge.

L – chicken salad (already prepared).

T – fish chargrilled with steamed sweet potato and veggies.

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Tuesday:

B – fruit, yogurt and muslei

L – butternut soup (half a tub, bought from morissons).

T – chicken, veg and mash.

Wednesday:

B – poached egg on toast

L – ham salad sandwich with fruit.

T – spaghetti bolognaise with wholewheat spaghetti.

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Thursday:

B – porridge

L – jacket potato with tuna and salad

T – haddock and new potatoes with sweetcorn and peas.

Friday 

B – fruit, muslei and yogurt

L – Tuna and sweetcorn pasta and salad

T – out after running club (sort this out!)

Saturday

B – scrambled egg on toast

L fish fingers, new potatoes, veg

T – BLT in wholemeal baguette with salad

Sunday:

B – porridge

L / T – Sunday lunch. 

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Xxx

Healthy eating and sweet potato wedges.

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Since Monday I have been healthy eating again. I was doing well but then….well, stopped. I haven’t been terrible, but not good either.

Anyway, now i am back on track 🙂 last night for tea I was feeling a bit lazy, but also didn’t want to make something too unhealthy. So I went for fish fingers, sweet potato wedges rather than my usual potato wedges, and mushy peas.

The sweet potato wedges were so easy to make: I got a bag of sweet potatoes from Aldi – I get these most weeks anyway to roast as cubes, or steam on a veg dinner. For the wedges, I peel the sweet potatoes, the slice them lengthwise, put on a baking tray, give them a splash of oil (not too much), a bit of salt, and oven cook at 200 degrees for around 40 minutes.

My kids loved these, and i did too. They don’t have a crunch like my usual wedges do, but the flavour is gorgeous.

Other meals this week include:

Monday
Porridge with banana and syrup.
Ham salad sandwich from Gregg’s (320 cals) and an orange.
2 poached eggs on whole meal toast.

Tuesday
Porridge with banana and syrup.
Pancetta and egg salad.
Mince beef tacos with a sprinkle of cheese and salsa. A slice of home made carrot cake.

Wednesday
Porridge with banana and syrup.
Ham and egg salad with tuna pasta.
Fish fingers, sweet potato wedges and mushy peas. A slice of home made carrot cake.

Today
A banana
Lunch will be whole meal buns with cheese and salad.
Tea will be sausages and vegetables (carrots and sweetcorn) or sausage casserole – haven’t totally decided which yet!

I don’t have a particular plan, but my plan is just to take each day as it comes, not eat snacks and stick to my meals, and only eat until I feel full. I look at my meal plan and it’s not totally perfect, but it works for me, and for my family – cutting out absolutely everything just ends in failure.

My weight on Monday was 10.11 – I was down to just over 10 in march, so I have a bit to lose again as around 10 stone is where I feel comfortable. But I’m not in a rush to get there, and I’m not beating myself up for ‘failing’ – I’ve started work again which is what threw me as now I just don’t have time for the gym 3 times a week. Instead I’m going to be biking and jogging from home, and walking with the kids as that’s achievable.

I’m only going to weigh myself in a few weeks time – I’m not going to update all the time so I’ll update again in a few weeks, unless it try any new recipes to share 🙂

Goal weight: 10 stone.

Healthy for life.

Last week I blogged about healthy eating (post here!). I thought I’d do an update about porridge on Tuesday, and how I’m doing in my journey to have a healthier lifestyle.

I struggle to blog about my feeling on losing weight on my blog – I don’t know why, I don’t have problem talking about most things! I guess it’s because I don’t want anyone to think that I’m unhappy with myself. I’m not – I’ve always felt fine in my own skin, and I’ve never worried about what others think of me. I can only ever be myself.

However, I always feel best when I make time for exercise, and when I eat more healthily. For me, the two are linked. If I don’t exercise, I struggle to make consistent healthy options. Not meal wise, but more in terms of snacks and extras. It’s easy to have peanut butter on my toast every morning, crisps or a cake with dinner, a few cups of tea with sugar, and a couple of biscuits at night. Add this to ‘film night tea’ (pizza or hotdogs and microwave popcorn) and the occasional glass of wine, and it adds up. And I find that the more I eat the more I want to eat. And the less I want to exercise. It becomes a bit of a vicious circle.

Since new year though I’ve been signed up to porridge on Tuesday. I’ve tried really hard to think more about my meals, and having a way to track it all makes it easier. I have a long term goal, and it’s broken down into a graph to track progress. I really like it. I’ve not followed the plan exactly, but It has still helped me to make changes just by acting as a reminder of why I want to succeed. I want to change my eating habits, and my relationship with food. Not as a quick fix or a way to lose weight fast, but as a better way to maintain my eating and lifestyle habits over time.

This past week I’ve done well. I slipped for a couple of days, I went a bit off track, as the car went into the garage, I couldn’t get to the gym and as a result my eating habits slipped too. But once we had the car back I went to the gym, and got back on track again. Since then I’ve had one day which wasn’t so good, but that was planned – I meet with a work friend once every 5-6 weeks and we make cakes. But I had a lighter lunch than usual to compensate a bit, and went to the gym the following morning. Other than that I’ve been fine. I have cereals for breakfast, a sandwich and fruit for lunch (or something similar) and something including veg / salad for tea. Then other than one cup of tea in the evening nothing else. I’m not too hungry, I don’t feel tempted to cheat, and it works for me.

And exercise is going well. I go Sunday, Tuesday, and usually Thursday or Friday evenings to the gym. I work hard – I run for 15 mins, I bike for 20 mins, do a few weights and do 15-20 minutes swimming. It’s my ‘me time’ and I see it as a pleasure, not a chore. I feel better for going. I’m not sure what will happen come march when I return to work 2.5 days – it’s harder to find time for me then as i will want to be with my girls as much as I can, but I guess I’ll tackle that when it comes to it.

And it’s working. I’ve lost 7 pounds so far. For me it’s more about my shape than weight, but I’m heading in the right direction at least! I haven’t seen much of a body change yet, but I know that I will. It’s not super fast – the last two weeks I’ve lost a pound each week – I find that a bit frustrating considering how many changes I’ve made for the better, but I guess slow and steady is much much better than nothing at all. And if my weight is going down it means my shape is changing too – much more important to me!

How is everyone else’s January weight loss going? What tips or advice do you have to keep weight off long term? Xxx

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