Back at the start of the year I set myself the target of loosing some weight and getting fit. It was so much easier before kids. There were no left over teas to eat or cupboards brimming with biscuits and crisps not to mention that I had the time to go to the gym without worrying about the girls.
I am determined to shift it this time. Since having the girls I have tried various diets, most successfully was Weight Watchers but I have also tried Slimming World and the GI diet but I spent my whole time starving, fighting cravings and point counting and wondering what the hell I was going to eat for tea.
This month I have tried so hard. I have been very strict with myself. I have really paid attention to what I eat. I have downloaded the app My Fitness Pal which I have been using religiously (apart from this weekend!) I have had good days and bad days I have resisted all temptation to cheat and not log some food – I remained strong and reminded myself the only person I was cheating was myself. I have been meal planning – including my lunches. This has had a double benefit. It has saved us money and it has stopped me impulse cooking for the kids and snacking on the likes of crisps, biscuits, cheese, crackers, hummus, toast with lashings of butter – basically anything I could get my hands on. My Fitness Pal has made me realise just how many calories I was eating and how many of them were empty calories. In all honesty it is no wonder I was getting fat. Our cheese, butter, bread and hummus consumption has literally halved. One night I poured myself a glass of wine, I then scanned the bottle and worked out the calories (I had probably poured a bigger glass) it was something ridiculous like 600 calories – so I poured it back.
I have been following the 5:2 diet (although not as strictly as I should). I am amazed at how much you can actually eat on 500 calories a day. On a non fasting day I have been really strict with myself at trying to stay within 2,000 calories. I have found some great websites from which I have cooked a few things – although I did have a hideous experience with some sort of bug in my spinach – I think it has put me off spinach for life!
I have fallen in love with deliciously ella and have cooked a few recipes I have found on her blog.
I love her porridge recipe made with almond milk and boiling water. I was a bit dubious initially but I have now made it a few times and each time I marvel at how good it is.
Here is the turmeric and lentil soup – another recipe from deliciously ella.
I have been making soup most days for lunch. Partly because they are so easy to make and they last a couple of days which cuts down on my planning and prep time.
Additionally I have made a few of my own recipes up such as this roast tomato and pepper soup with onions and lentils.
I have been running a few times but the weather hasn’t been the best – I am a fair weather runner at least until I am in the swing of things. Instead of sitting on the side when Amelie has her swimming lesson I have spent the time in the pool swimming myself. I have noticed my fitness levels creeping up. At the start of the year I couldn’t do a whole length front crawl without gasping for breath at the end – now I can do it with relative ease although there is still room for improvement.
Quite a while ago I brought a fitbit One – they were pretty new out on the market when I got mine, however I have never felt the love for it. I hate the fact that you have to remember to wear it each day and swap it between outfits. So I decided to upgrade to the Jawbone UP24 which I loved, from a motivational point of view I found it so much better. However within the space of about 2 weeks it stopped syncing with my phone and started giving very misleading step readings, so I sent it back and I have gone back to my fitbit One. However I can already feel that I am starting to fall back off the wagon. I really need that motivation where I can see it. I have been looking for another device but I just can’t decide what to go for. By wearing these devices it has made me realise just how little I move on the average day. Not only that but it also made me realise that a trip into town which is about 3 miles only just hits the 10,000 step mark.
On a positive front. When I embarked upon my weight/fitness programme at the start of January I was somewhat embarrassingly 11.9 stone. In a month I have managed to drop down to 11.05 stone. That is 8.5lbs!!!! Friday I hit 10.13 but I drank a bit over the weekend and wasn’t very good at my tracking. I was bit sad when I hit the scales this morning but rather than giving up I am determined to track everything today and congratulate myself tonight when I have managed to stay within my calorie intake.
I have a bit of a way to go until I hit my target weight of just below 10 stone. However unlike the past I don’t just want to loose the weight I want to tone up as well. I want to tone my core and my tummy muscles as that is the area of my body I hate the most.
One of the most important things I have noticed since starting in January is how much better I am feeling. I don’t wake up in the morning feeling sluggish. I have turned my whole day around. I now start getting ready for bed half an hour prior to going to bed. This gives me time to follow a beauty regime and actually get to bed before I am too exhausted. All in all I would say I have had a pretty positive month and I have proved to myself that you don’t need to spend a fortune by buying special foods or paying to join a weight loss group you can do it at home by planning, watching what you eat and moving more. I would really recommend buying a fitness tracker if nothing more than a motivational tool. I have been driving my poor husband up the wall about which tracker I should get. If anyone has any recommendations I would love to hear from you.