I’ve gone no carb

I mean, as no-carb as possible. That means no bread, pasta, rice potatoes etc. However, there is food on my menu that contains carbs such as beans, butternut and bananas.

I made this decision on Saturday…5 days go. And It has been surprisingly easy in terms of being able to resist temptations.

I’ve not craved carbs, though I’ve generally been feeling a bit eefy…light-headed and very irritable.

However, I will confess to having popcorn on Monday (day 3 of my new lifestyle) purely because it was in the house, and i felt compelled to eat it.

And I had 2 small slices of brown homemade bread yesterday because I had to go and review a new restaurant for work.

Those are the only basic carbs I’ve had in 5 days….

This is an INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENT for me. I have never stuck to any sort of diet for longer than a few hours. The fact that I have been focused for almost a week is incredible and unbelievable for me.

Even with my slip-ups, I could easily have gone back to my old ways. But I have stuck to having a high veggie and high protein eating plan. That means eggs and veg for breakfast, chicken/minced meat with veg for lunch and dinner, and small fruit and yogurt as snacks between meals. I will admit that it has been hard achieving my calorie intake goal of 1200 per day.

The scale has not budged at ALL… I was hoping to start seeing results almost immediately. by dropping a kilo or two in the first couple of days… but my weight has remained stagnant. I’m not sure why. But I have lost almost an inch around my waist already.

I shall be sticking to this and I believe I will get results eventually.

It won’t be easy with social gatherings… but I will bring my own no-carb food, so that I don’t inconvenience my hosts.

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The YO-YO is the devil!

So, i had been doing well… watching my food and recording it everyday etc.

Then I stopped because I believed I was too busy to write and to log my food.

The result has been devastating.

One week of bad eating has seen me put on 3kgs! i kid you not.

The most logical explanation for this is that I am yo-yoing.

By eating fewer calories one week, then eating too many the next week, I’m gaining a lot of weight.

I might lose 1kg by eating well one week, then regain 2kg the next week when eating badly.

So, last week has been a lesson for me NOT TO DROP THE BALL!!!

Exercise will become easier for me as we head into summer with the sun rising earlier in the morning (for morning runs) and setting later (for after-work runs).

I’ve planned this week’s lunches, already (low carb veggies with a piece of chicken breast.)

Dinner will be the usual rice, meat and veg.

NO SNACKS!!!!! and no mid-week wine.

I’ll need to get fruit to nibble on mid-afternoon.

It’s a pity I have no self- discipline, otherwise, I’d get a packet of little chocolates and only have one per day.

Accountability: Day 15

I did not have a perfect day yesterday, as I had the left over cakes from Sunday’s tea party. But most of it is finished. I am back on my track towards no sweets, cakes, chocolate, chips etc.

Food diary for 24 Aug:

Mid-morning – two cupcakes and tea

Lunch – mixed veggies, minced meat, 2 sliced bread with a tablespoon of blue cheese

Pre-dinner – small cheese cake

Dinner –  mixed veg, creamed spinach, tablespoon of rice, beef stew

Post dinner – small slice of cheese cake

MyFitness Pal Diary

24 aug Monday

Accountability: Days 12, 13, 14!!!! Yikes!

It’s been 2 weeks! I’d set a goal for 1 week, but I’ve cruised to 2 weeks with no trouble.

This is a very exciting achievement for me, considering the number of times I felt too “lazy” to log my food and then write a blog about it, but I did it anyway!

Though my eating has not been as clean as I want, I have been far more honest about my food intake that I’ve ever been. A year ago, I’d have logged my food, but would have left out that slice of cheese cake before bed, or the 2 glasses of wine I had with dinner. Basically trying the cheat the food logging app, even though I was only cheating myself.

I have also began a new phase in my weight loss journey… EXERCISE. I have began very slowly, with a 15 minute run on Friday and a 12 minute run on Sunday. The Friday run was great, because it was generally quite a fast run. Sunday, on the other hand, was hard. I was in pain and felt generally tired. I don’t know why.

Food Diary:

Friday 21 August

Mid-morning – 2 Slices Low carb bread, 3 slices cheese

Lunch – chicken leg (thigh and drumstick) and butternut

Afternoon snack – Pop Crisps 😦

Dinner – Rice, Boerewors and veggies with 3 glasses of wine

MyFitness Pal summary

21 Aug Fri

Saturday 22 August

Lunch – KFC streetwise two left overs, bacon, garlic ciabatta roll with glass of wine

Dinner – Chicken thigh and drumstick, potato salad with carrots with 4 glasses wine

MyFitness Pal summary:

22 Aug Sat

Sunday 23 August

This day was “unusual”> I hosted a tea party with cakes and things at home, meaning I had to carefully plan my meals for the day. Though my choice in the morning was 100% perfect, it was high protein.

Morning – bacon, egg, sausage and 2 slices bread.

Late afternoon snacks – 2 cupcakes, 2 slices of cheese cake (small-ish slices), sausage rolls

MyFitness Pal summary:

23 Aug Sunday

Today is a new day, I have another week ahead of me to make better decisions. It’s very enlightening knowing just how many calories I have from foods I used to eat without even thinking.

Accountability: Day 11!

Waw… I can’t believe I’ve been this consistent!

Food Diary

Mid-morning – 1 slice low calorie bread, 1 slice of cheese

Lunch – Sweet Potato and butternut with a small chicken breast

Mid-afternoon – Chocolate

Dinner – 1/5 cup rice with minced meat mixed with veggies, spinach, 2 glasses of wine

MyFitness Pal Summary:

20 Aug Thur

The chocolate was my worst food choice of the day. They were given to us in the office, and, of course, Sharon couldn’t say NO.

My biggest shame is that I didn’t exercise yesterday. Reasons ranged from someone coming to see a couch I’m selling, to the mountain of work I need to get done.

Today I don’t have an excuse, and will do my 10 minutes.

I just read an article on MyFitness Pal website about a woman’s journey to lose weight, and she did it thorugh recording her food on the App. She said she included EVERY SINGLE DAY, good ones and bad one. This was very motivating for me, as I have been doing the same.

Accountability: Day 10

Ok, my eating this week hasn’t been very good in terms of trying to keep things low carbs and higher in vegetables. I’ve had far fewer veggies as compared to last week, and I intend on getting back on track starting today.

Food Diary:

Mid-morning – 2 muffins, coffee

Lunch – 4 slices low carb brown bread, 2 slices cheese

Dinner – half cup of savoury rice, small quarter chicken and chicken pops and 2 glasses white wine.

dinner 19 Aug

MyFitness Pal summary

19 Aug Wed

The poppers were my worst food decision of the day. I saw them, bought them and ate them without thinking, at all. I need to be extra super careful when I go to the shops.

I did a bit of exercise. Just some squats and press ups. I will be going for a run tonight

Accountability: Day 9

Right. Day 9 was not perfect, but I’ve had worse. It was heavier on the carbs side of things, though I didn’t have more than my recommended daily amount.

Anyway, food diary:

Mid- morning – 2 muffins and cup of coffee

Lunch – 4 slices low carb brown bread, 2 slices cheese

Dinner – rice with curried beef stir fry and glass red wine

dinner 18 aug

I didn’t snack yesterday.. which is great. There was a time when I had an “empty stomach” feeling in the afternoon about an hour after eating lunch. But obviously I wasn’t hungry. I distracted myself with work, and I managed not to go in search of a chocolate or whatever.

I did not exercise yesterday… the blatant truth is that I didn’t feel like it. However, I was active through out the evening by doing a bit of laundry, and beginning the process of getting rid of things I do not use in preparation of moving out of my flat in a couple of weeks.

MyFitness Pal Summary

18 Aug Tue

Today is a new day….

However, my sister is visiting for a week. She arrives tomorrow, and it’s going to be a challenge making good food choices. The only way I can think of curbing the effects of whatever eating shall happen is to exercise EVERYDAY. Even if it’s high intensity for 10 minutes.

I also find it very inspirational when I see Transformation Tuesday images in Instagram and the like. If those people can do it, there is ABSOLUTELY no reason why I can’t either. It’s all about learning and adjusting your mindset and refusing to have food controlling you.

Accountability: Day 8 – ACHIEVEMENTS!!

Whoop Whoop! I have written my food diary for 8 days in a row, and I ain’t about to stop! I’ve never been a consistent person, and I am proud of my little achievement so far.

Even the scale has rewarded me. I’ve dropped 1.5kg in the last 10 days, and I am not hoping, but I WILL be seeing more and better results going forward. My end goal is to lose 10kg, but I will celebrate each kg as it comes off.

Food diary:

mid morning – coffee and 2 small muffins

Lunch – 4 slices low calorie bread, 2 slices of cheese

Dinner – creamed spinach, roast potato, 2.5 sausages and a small piece of chicken I forgot to have at lunch.

dinner 17 aug

MyFitness Pal summary:

17 Aug mon

Despite having a heavier carb day, as compared to last week, but I’ve managed to stay below the recommended amount from MyFitness Pal.

I’m going to be eating similarly to yesterday, today… and possibly the rest of the week.

I got some exercise in yesterday… WHOOP WHOOP! I jogged on the spot while watching a show.

I’m proud of my small steps towards progress 🙂

Accountability: Days 5, 6 and 7

The weekend has always been one of my biggest downfalls.  I let go, because the structure of Monday to Friday is gone. From Friday night I am indulging in wine, and generally unhealthy food options. Saturday and Sunday I want a big lunch, snacks during the afternoon, then a big dinner. Oh, and loads of wine.

This weekend was a bit different. I have noticed that my afternoon snack cravings have gone down a lot. Maybe it’s because of my mindfulness, or maybe it’s because I take a long nap in the afternoon. I’m not sure yet. But I’m glad the cravings have died down quite a bit.

Anyway, food diary time:

Friday 14 August

Mid-morning breakfast – Cup of coffee with and Apricot Muffin

breakfast 14 Aug

Lunch – Mixed veg and chicken

lunch 14 aug

Afternoon Snacks – Cadbury caramel chocolate, chocolate mousse cake

Dinner – Steamed spinach and pork

dinner 14 Aug

Through out the day I had a total of 5 glasses of wine.

MyFitness Pal summary:

14 Aug Fri

As you can see I went waaay over my daily limit. But, one bounces back from such lessons. The truth is, there have been worse days of eating. I could easily have wolfed down a big packet of potato chips that night after dinner.

Saturday 15 August

Brunch – Ciabatta Sandwich with bacon and brie

Afternoon snack – Honey and mustard popcorn

Dinner – Mashed potato, beef stew, steamed spinach

Dinner 15 Aug

Then 4 glasses of wine through out the day.

I woke up feeling like shit on Saturday morning, and that’s what motivated me to do my first bit of exercising in many many weeks. I did 20 minutes of aerobics that got my heart pumping and me sweating. It also earned me extra calories on MyFitness Pal, which I always appreciate.

MyFitness Pal summary

15 Aug Sat

Sunday 16 Aug

Brunch – 3 slices Brown bread, 2 eggs, 2.5 sausages

lunch 16 aug

Dinner – roast potato, steamed veg, 2 thighs, drumstick, wing

dinner 16 aug

I ate more than I intended during dinner. The binge monster gripped me and for whatever reason, I felt I could not say no to it. I think it happened because the food was there. I cooked extra pieces of chicken to eat on Monday for lunch or dinner. But instead, I ate it all 😦

My Fitness Pal summary:

16 Aug Sun

I have decided to exercise every day this week. Starting today. Since I have started being accountable, I feel it’ll be motivating for me to see MyFitnessPal tell me I’ll weigh 3kgs less than I do in 5 weeks.

I have also started weighing myself every morning again, to help keep track of my progress and to motivate myself. I’m very aware that weight fluctuates from day to day, but stepping on the scale everyday reminds me every day to stay focused and avoid bad food.

Accountability: Day Four

Yesterday started off well, and ended quite badly. I don’t know how to feel about this. I used to develop a lot of guilt when I eat badly… but all the blogs taught me not to feel bad and to focus on getting back on the right path. I’ve become very good at this, thus having more days of eating badly than eating well. Forgiving myself for mishaps became easier and easier.

I miss feeling guilty and battering myself for bad meal choices. It helped me stay on track.

Anyway, below is my meal diary for 13 August:

Mid morning breakfast – Coffee and 1 queen cake

Lunch – Broccoli and bacon salad, pasta salad with feta, 1/2 chicken breast

lunch 13 Aug

Afternoon snack – Woolworth Pop crisps (air popped potato snack)

Dinner – 1/2 cup spaghetti, broccoli and cauliflower, chicken breast

dinner 13 aug

Wine… 3 glasses of Chenin Blanc

MyFitnessPal summary

13 Aug thur

The Pop Crisps are my biggest regret. Though I enjoyed them.

So, ya…

It’s not looking good. Especially considering that I don’t exercise. The day I regain my desire to sweat, will be the beginning of better things.

There is a dress I bought that I can’t wait to wear in summer. But there is no way I can rock the dress with my arms looking the way they are.

Right now I craving a Woolworths Blueberry Muffin – 387 calories… which really isn’t bad.

Right?