You know those times when you’ve had a really good night, out out? You felt good about yourself: you wore your new dress, did your make up just so and spent a bit of time on your hair? I love feel good nights like that.
What I don’t like is seeing the photographs from that night and realising that you don’t look on camera, the way you look in your head!
That happened to me recently. I wasn’t too hard on myself, after all I’d not long since had an operation, but it did make me take stock. I didn’t look how I wanted to look and to be honest I didn’t feel how I wanted to feel. I told myself that the moment I felt fully recovered, I’d put some effort into myself…..and I did.
I’ve written previously about my Step challenge for Scope – I’ve been taking at least 10000 steps a day every day and I’ve tackled as many stairs as I can. I’ve begun taking vitamin supplements again (I haven’t bothered with that for years) and I’m much more mindful of what I eat. I felt like I was changing, I could feel it in my clothes but this weekend I looked in the mirror and saw the difference for myself.
Now I haven’t weighed myself so I can’t tell you how much I’ve lost but I’d say it’s easily a dress size and I’ve only really been doing this for about a month!
I’ve had a bunch of people asking me what on Earth I’m eating and so I thought I’d write up my diet. It’s made of common sense, a little advice from my friends and my own taste!
The first thing I have to tell you is that there isn’t actually a huge amount of variety in what I eat. I basically eat the same things every day Monday to Friday until my evening meal, because I’m at work. I struggle to eat breakfast but try to at least eat some fruit, a slice of toast or some nuts and seeds (usually as I’m dashing around on my commute).
During the day at work I basically eat this:
I have a break at 11, 1 and 3 and I eat on every break. This means that I never feel hungry, so I never get cravings for carbs or sugary foods. I just feel content and nourished. I have half an avocado and a boiled egg for my morning break. This is delicious as is or with a sprinkling of pepper. At lunchtime I eat salad with fish or meat (often bought from the shop downstairs) and in the afternoon my ‘treat’ is a rice cake spread with smooth peanut butter and topped with sliced banana.
Aswell as this I’m drinking gallons of water when previously I barely touched a drop and I’m trying to swap some cups of my usual tea for de-caff or peppermint.
In the evening Phill’s been cooking! Yes you read that correctly! He’s really good aswell – we’ve been eating fewer carbohydrates than we used to, very little sugar and lots of fresh fish, meat and vegetables. Typically we’ll eat salmon with cous-cous, stirfry, casseroles, home-made burgers, baked chicken and sweet potato…..really yummy food that isn’t typical ‘diet food’. I don’t drink alcohol at all during the week now which will have saved me some calories and as it doesn’t agree with me I’ve given up my beloved cheese 🙁
At the weekend I let myself eat whatever I like and I don’t feel guilty about it at all! To be honest though, I’ve found myself making healthy choices even on my days off. I think that once I started to feel good, I didm;’t need chocolate to make myself feel better?
I’m taking a quite a few supplements, so many that sometimes my handbag rattles on the way to work. I know some people don’t think that pills help but incase you’re interested, here’s what I’ve been dosing myself up with.
- A good multivitamin with extra iron
- Evening primrose oil
- Co-ensyme Q10
My skin’s flared up a little bit recently, but I think that’s probably all the toxins leaving my body (thank you H2O) and honestly that’s the only negative effect. I feel amazing, I’m so much happier and I’m sleeping better than I have for years! My next step is to introduce 50 crunches or sit ups a day. Once upon a time I used to do 100 a day but that was a looong time ago. I feel like that will give me another kickstart to wiggle my way into the next dress size down.
I hope that this is interesting or useful to you – please let me know.