Sunday, 11 March 2012

Sunday Weigh In

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.


Carly said...

Hi Bex,

Well done on the healthy week! Weight loss has no rhyme or reason sometimes but if you feel better that is all that matters!

I think you might be right about the smoothies though. I have joined Slimming World and all fresh fruit is 'free' but if you juice it or blitz it it has a Syn value attached to it! I can't work it out, but there must be something in it!

Lyndsey said...

Slow but sure wins the race! Don't set your sights so high love, it's only been a week, your body is still trying to work out what's happening!!! I'm sure the weight will start falling away soon, just keep with it and remember that muscle weighs more than fat, so you're obviously building up your muscles, well done.
Love you whatever size you are.

thebabywife said...

Slow and steady does indeed win the race! Your diet sounds absolutely fine - the only thing I would say is watch how many eggs you have in the week. My mum is doing The Biggest Loser thingmibob online, and eggs are one of the things that have to be restricted. I'm a big egg fan (scrambled nom nom nom) so have to check myself not to have too many as well


Bex said...

That's so weird, you would think that having exactly the same fruit but mushed up into liquid would be as healthy as when it's whole! Thanks for the tip, I will try munching on the fruit instead ;)

Bex said...

Thanks Mum! Nik thinks I look better already so perhaps I have lost in width, just not weight! Was wondering what exercise to do today as my pool shut at 3.30pm and then Sarah texted asking did I want to go to Body Pump with her - took it as a sign even though I wanted to say no (really didn't think I'd enjoy it and was slightly terrified - especially in my too tight gym gear in a whole class of people!) but glad I went as it was actually really good - going back next Sun! Think my arms will be sore tomorrow though! Legs are STILL sore from horse riding too! :) x

Bex said...

Thanks TBW! Didn't actually realise how many eggs I had been having which is why it's handy to have it all written down here together so I can look at it and see where I might be going wrong - or have it pointed out to me by you lovely blogger peeps! :) Will cut down my scrambles to one egg instead of 2! x

Penny said...

Are your m&s meals count on us range? If they are then it looks good to me, you should get a drop next week. Try swapping the wispa for a smaller chocolate bar if you can stand it, and I'd probably lose the coconut milk too. Eggs and smoothies are fine, the smoothies will have a syn value because fruit is not as satiating (supposedly) when liquidised. I'm not sure I agree, but that's what they say! You're doing really well Bex, if a client came to me with that food diary I'd be very pleased, you've got a good range of nutrients. Keep up the exercise and the weight loss will come.


Jillian Nicole said...

Really excited to follow along on Sundays now! I'm also trying to lose a bit of weight, so hopefully this will keep me motivated!:) Sounds like you're doing great too, by the way!:)

Bex said...

Thanks Penny!! The coconut milk was leftover from the Thai curry so was using it up, will refrain in future :) The M&S meals were the fuller for longer ones - ranging between 300-450 calories. Was using them as Nik was working late all week and I knew I wouldn't cook for just me every night. Now I'm getting more into it though I'm finding it easier than I thought not to be lazy with dinners :)

Bex said...

Thanks Jillian! I'm enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. Glad you are following along, that helps keep me motivated too! :)

Carole said...

Nice post. For a bit of light relief you might enjoy this cartoon about the food pyramid.

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