Welcome back to The Weightloss Edit. A few weeks ago, I made a deal with myself that I was going to get back to where I know I am comfortable and healthy, which is going to involve dropping a few (lots) of pounds. I know that my tendency to be easily distracted is high when it comes to eating well. I hoped that by sharing my weekly meal plan and results I might stay more motivated and in turn maybe help to motivate others too.
You Are What You Eat… Forever!
So here’s the thing, I’ve decided to chill out a bit on the whole weight loss thing this week. No, that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop altogether and go back to how I used to eat! But it does mean that I’m going to give myself a bit of a break. Here’s the thing with weight loss and body image and all the stuff that goes with it; it’s going to be there forever. Literally the way that I eat and take care of my body is going to be a thing for the rest of my life! Do I want to be obsessing about it for the next (hopefully) 50+ years? No I bloody don’t. But do I want to be happy and healthy for the next 50+ years? Abso-fucking-lutely!
Find The Balance
For the most part, I’m pretty good at not obsessing about my weight, what I eat, or how I look. I allow myself treats, plan them in, and embrace them when they happen spontaneously. I forgive myself when I slip back into old habits briefly (or not so briefly!) But here’s what I’ve also found. I’m really good at slipping into an all too familiar pattern of swearing I’ll be “on it tomorrow” and then heading straight for the chocolate aisle before lunch has even had a chance to roll around. I’ll swear to be on it, then when I pop out for milk I can’t resist that chocolate tiffin, caramel shortcake, or cheesy garlic tear and share!
Why do I lose control like that? Because I’ve told myself I can’t have it. Naturally the rebel in me fights back with
“Damn straight you can have it!
You’ll just have to be on it tomorrow…”
This is all fine until it’s happening every day.
Take A Break
Often I find that the best way to reset the vicious cycle is to let the gremlin take over for a while, It kind of sounds counter-productive, but I find for someone like me who’s naturally rebellious it works a treat. So I say to myself “From today there are no boundaries, no limits, no restrictions. Do what you like, eat what you want!” Sometimes it lasts a day or two, and I never let it run longer than a week. 99.9% of the time I’m so ready to get back ‘on it’ and it sets me up for a good couple of months.
I kind of see it like giving myself permission to go on food holiday… So it’s like a holiday but without the sun, sea, sand and relaxation – see!! It’s already lost its appeal hasn’t it!!
Don’t Lose Yourself (Unless it’s in the Music)
If you find that you’re struggling to stay ‘on it’ for more than a few days, or more than a week, or you find that you’re having a week off every couple of weeks, you’re in danger of hitting yo-yo territory which we all know isn’t healthy. I try only to use a reset like this when I’m really struggling, and never more than 2 or 3 times a year. That doesn’t mean I don’t have treats, those are completely different and can easily form part of any healthy week. So I’m going to enjoy the next few days, and I hope you enjoy yours! See you next Sunday.
My Weekly Loss
Weightloss Without The Faff Breakfast is a big part of our day, and we eat a lot! That being said, my daily porridge is the only thing I weigh & measure, because otherwise the tendency to eat way too much is just too easy! There are a lot of carbs in the form of pasta and potatoes on my weekly menu, but there is a reason for that. I have established over the years that my body needs serious carbs in order to function. I am on my feet all day, using up a lot of energy running around after 2 young kids. When I restrict carbs, I basically become a vegetable! Eating lots of carbs, as long as I've balanced it well with fruit and veg, has never stopped me from losing weight. in fact, during the 18 or so months when I lost nearly 3 stone I ate more carbs than ever. I just balanced it out with more of the better stuff. Bear in mind that we are all different, you should go with how your body feels. If too many carbs leave you feeling bloated, reduce it a little. Also I am not a food and nutrition expert by any stretch of the imagination. These meal plans are simply what I eat day to day. I will always be honest about what I've eaten and what I've lost or gained. Even if I'm a bit ashamed of it!