Following on from my previous weight related post I wanted to talk about diet. Today is ‘day one’ for me so I’m at that excited to get slim and interested in healthy foods stage..that wont last. I went food shopping this morning and my mother would drop dead if she saw what I bought… a watermelon!! I don’t even know how to cut open a watermelon lol. My diet has always been unhealthy but even if I wasn’t looking to lose weight right now it’s catching up with me and changes need to be made. I feel pretty much lousy all the time, it’s like living with constant indigestion, bloating and just a general feeling of eugh.
With this (and the slim down) in mind I’m looking to switch up my diet and job one is adding in anything green. It’s embarrassing to admit how few fruits and veg make it in to my meals each week but that’s why I feel it’s going to make the biggest impact. The next big change will have to be carbs. I could happily eat pasta 3 times a day for the rest of my life and I know that does nothing good for me, I almost feel bad as I’m eating it but it’s my comfort food and the worse I feel the more I need that. Speaking of 3 meals a day… that needs regulating too. I must eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at regular times with optional healthy snacks available if I’m hungry. As is I will eat a big meal around 10am that will do for breakfast and lunch because I don’t have time to cook twice and it usually falls around Milo’s nap time. Today I made the effort (oh big effort, right?) to eat cereal as soon as I got up and when the munchies kicked in around 10 I went for a walk. This coincided with Milo’s nap and as I type this I’m snacking on a celery stick which is not as punishing as you might think.. I’ve always liked celery. I will try to get in lunch before I pick up Ella from school but the main problem meal is dinner. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to sit down for a civilized meal with a very chatty 6 year old and a squirmy toddler but it’s not easy. Dinner time is either rushed in front of the tv with a plate in one hand and Milo in another or it’s left until the kids are in bed which surveys say.. is too late for your evening meal.
Ideally I want to eat my last meal before 7pm. That should be achievable if Milo has his bottle at 6.30 while I’m cooking. I also want to sit at the table to eat it.. ‘they’ say you’re more conscious of what you’re eating when you’re not distracted by the tv.. let’s face it we’ve all eaten a few more slices of pizza than we realised while engrossed in our favourite show and we’re not as aware when we are full. Lastly while we’re on the topic.. stop eating when you’re full! Portion sizes and knowing when I’d had enough was always what kept me slim.. I ate what I want but only as much as I needed and over the past 5 years I’ve gone from now being able to finish a medium meal from McDonalds to still feeling hungry after a large. It will take some time to break that habit but a portion that was enough for me then is still enough for me now.. it’s all in my mind.
I’m still undecided as to whether I will use a meal planner or calorie counter to help me (like the one featured above from myspecialk.co.uk) but I will record my meals and share them with you in a week along with a ‘weigh in’. My next post will feature the exercise I have done, plan to do and what’s worked for me in the past so any suggestions or recommendation you’d like to see featured, let me know. I got some great feedback from my ‘bikini ready’ post and I intend to compile your comments in to a bit of a ‘public opinion’ feature very soon.
The most important thing for me is finding something that’s not difficult to keep up. I’m a quitter by nature and if it’s hard I wont do it for long. Diet-wise I learned a lot the last time I tried it and definitely re-evaluated portion control and calorie content so I’m hoping to build on that and learn some easy vegetable inclusive recipe’s that the whole family will eat.