So, since I started blogging about starting my new healthy lifestyle last Sunday, I have decided that each Sunday I will post up my progress, whether successful or not in the hope that it encourages me to stay positive and keep going. Knowing that I will be sharing it all here will hopefully keep my willpower up! It also gives me somewhere to put all the photos of the yummy food I love to take as it always looks so good!
So this week I have been feeling good about it all and found things fairly easy. As long as I am organised and have the right foods in the fridge, I have not yet been tempted to go for the unhealthier 'easy' option of ordering food from our local cafe at work or missing breakfast altogether and snacking on 'bad' foods.
In order for me to keep track and look back for ideas, I will be listing my food diary here as well (and who knows, it might inspire others to have a go too!) instead of boring people with it during the week. Since I don't usually get many page views on a Sunday anyway, I figure if you are interested you will come and have a peek and if not, hopefully it won't put you off reading the blog the rest of the week.
Breakfast - 2 scrambled eggs, 1 grilled portobello mushroom, orange juice
Lunch - tuna mayo (1/2 mayo, 1/2 yoghurt) wholemeal roll with salad, home-made blueberry smoothie (half fat coconut milk, frozen blueberries, 1 banana and a dollop of plain yoghurt)
Dinner - M&S Keralan Chicken Curry, skimmed milk
Snacks - 1 cherry yoghurt, quavers, fruit sticks (mango, pineapple and melon), hot smoked salmon fillet with lettuce, soda water
Exercise - 1 hour walking, 30 mins swimming (40 lengths)
Breakfast - 1 egg (fried in tiny smear of olive oil), 1 veggie Sausage & 2 mushrooms on a 50/50 seeded roll, fruit juice
Lunch - chicken salad, blueberry and raspberry smoothie (with melon, frozen tropical fruits, yoghurt and orange juice)
Dinner - M&S beef stroganoff (with green beans and broccoli), soda water, peach yoghurt
Snacks - 1/2 dragon fruit, quavers, gherkin, hot smoked salmon fillet, fruit (strawberries, apple, grapes), semi-skimmed milk.
Exercise - 1 hour walking
Breakfast - 2 scrambled eggs, 2 veggie sausages, 2 baby portobello mushrooms, orange juice
Lunch - chicken salad, cherry smoothie (cherries, cherry yoghurt, banana, pomegranate/grape/raspberry juice)
Dinner - M&S fish pie, raspberries, soda water
Snacks - quavers, fruit (strawberries, apple, grapes)
Exercise - 1 hour walking
Breakfast - Beans on toast (no butter), fruit juice
Lunch - lentil soup and chicken caesar sandwich, latte
Dinner - tuna salad, cherry yoghurt, soda water
Snacks - Wispa Gold
Exercise - 30 mins swimming (30 lengths), 1 hour horse-riding
Breakfast - Beans on toast & boiled egg, yakult
Lunch - ham salad, fruit juice
Dinner - Red thai curry (a la Florence Finds), glass of pink cava
Snacks - quavers, coconut, skimmed milk, cherries
Exercise - 30 mins walking (got fed up of wind & rain so drove to work in afternoon!)
Breakfast - none (slept in)
Lunch - Chicken & hummus sandwich with lettuce (no butter), 2 cherry tomatoes, 1/2 pack of plain squares
Dinner (at Eat Cafe AGAIN!) - small plate of antipasti (avoiding the chorizo other than one tiny piece!) & small piece garlic bread, small portion of crab linguine, 1/2 small salad & 1/2 small portion fries, 1 small glass fizz, 1 soda and lime, 1 raspberry meringue with whipped cream and berries.
Snacks - piece of chicken, handful of raspberries
Exercise - none
Breakfast - 1 egg fried in tiny smear of olive oil, 1 veggie sausage, 1 grilled mushroom, 2 slices 50/50 home-made bread.
Lunch - 1 boiled egg, smoothie (blueberries, raspberries, mango, light coconut milk, low fat natural yoghurt, apple juice), salt & vinegar squares
Dinner - Salad (celery, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, spring onion, avocado oil, balsamic vinegar), Yellow Split Pea Soup (using olive oil in place of the butter), 1 slice of 50/50 toast, small smear of Lurpak lightest
Snacks - dragon fruit
Exercise - 1 hour body pump class
So, I think I did OK, I haven't denied myself treats - still had dessert when out for dinner and enjoyed one bar of chocolate this week but I have also enjoyed sticking to the fresh lunches and all the fruit. I am hoping the fruit and juice hasn't kept my sugar intake up too much but it's still a lot better than the snacks I used to eat (a lot more than one chocolate bar a week!) I think next week I will try to have more salads and a bit less bread although I'm already having a huge amount less than before! I've also cut way down on caffeine (only one latte this week) and alcohol.
So, was it all worth it? Yes - I haven't even weighed myself yet and I can absolutely say that I feel better already following this life overhaul. The exercise is fun and I am really enjoying my new diet. I still feel like I'm enjoying food (my healthy filling breakfast feels like a fry-up even though it isn't) and although I do miss bacon and other such goodies, I am finding new things to love like the smoothies!
Weight last week - 13 st 4 lbs
Weight this week - 13st 4 lbs
Loss/Gain this week - 0 lbs
Total Loss - 0lbs
At least you know I'm being honest! I'm not going to let this pathetic result get me down. Like I said above, I am feeling better in myself and Nik said two days ago that he thinks I look better already (perhaps it's just my new positive attitude). I'm off to that body pump class now with Sarah and thinking about being a bit more careful with all the calories those fruit smoothies must be racking up! Perhaps I need to swap some of my fruit snacks for veg ones and cut down on the bread even more.