It was over a year ago, in September 2012, that I wrote a post titled “The Battle of The Baby Bulge.” I had grand plans to lose some weight before I returned to work after my maternity leave, but that never materialised and that was that. I went back to work, I ate cake, I made biscuits!
Cross-country was my idea of hell, back in my P.E classes at school. We used to have to run up and down the downs next to us, but myself and another friend would always walk it, try and find a shortcut and of course, come last. I’d always try and avoid taking my go during games of rounders or javelin too. I’d dabble in a bit of netball or basketball, but that was about it. I blame my teacher in junior school who once wrote on my school report that I had no “ball skills.” Thanks for that complex, Miss! By the last year of secondary school, it was just accepted that me and my friend Kelly would get changed for P.E and then just sit on the sidelines talking about Orlando Bloom.
I was a proper sports-dodger. And I still am! Some people are built for sports and some aren’t. I’m most definitely the latter!
I’m never going to be a person that joins a gym— I simply don’t have the money or the time to make it worthwhile! And I’d love to go out for a run, but I’m just not that way inclined, as much as I’d love to be a waif-like creature floating along the street without looking like a sweaty beetroot.
However, I think this is the first time in ages— and quite possibly ever, if I’m really honest— that I’ve stuck to any kind of healthy eating plan. It was one of my new years resolutions to be healthier, so I realise I haven’t been doing it for even a month yet, but anything longer than 3 or 4 days is an achievement for me and a big one at that!
I don’t have any specific diet or plan that I’m following, because I know that I’ll end up falling off the wagon and putting the weight back on, once the diet has ended. Instead, I’ve been trying to re-train my brain (and my stomach!) with regards to portion control and feeling full up. Over the years, since living with Ashley it’s become acceptable for me to have a plate of food the same size as his, which is Not Cool.
I know I’m more likely to give in to junk food if I totally restrict myself, so I’ve still been enjoying food that I love too, just in moderation. Breakfast is typically porridge, Weetabix with warm milk & honey, a slice of toast with scrambled egg or a crumpet or two. For lunch, I’ve been having salads (with chicken, tuna or egg), couscous with some veg, or a flatbread with tuna, instead of a sandwich. I save most of my calories for dinner and we’ve been cooking lots of recipes from The Hairy Dieters Cookbook, such as sticky chicken & coleslaw, moussaka or chicken bhuna. As for snacks, it’s been a variety of fruit, or the odd packet of fun-size Maltesers!
My Fitness Pal has been invaluable for recording calories, my weight and measurements! It’s taught me a lesson about lots of hidden calories, as well as made me realise how much I was eating before, without even realising it. A lot of it was to do with boredom I think! There’s also a useful section where you can check how much fat, protein and carbs you’ve had, as obviously just counting calories isn’t going to cut it.
Since 6th January, I’ve stuck to 1200-1500 calories a day and I’ve lost half a stone, which I think is pretty good and steady! Majority of that is without exercise too, so I’m looking forward to what could happen when I actually exert myself a little more, too and that also includes Sunday’s which is the day I don’t calorie-count!
Weight loss and healthy eating could be debated and written about forever and I think I’ve probably spoken enough about it for now! If you wanted to get healthier this year, how are you doing? Do you have any healthy eating tips?