Monday, December 27, 2010

Starting of a New Year

I continue with my struggle of forming good habits, healthy eating and weightloss.
one step forward and 4 steps back is how it has gone this year.

I was listening to a radio program that said that people who kept a journal of their eating over the holidays were less likely to put on weight. The fact that I have been sporadic and at times non-existent - so its no surprise that I have made no progress. But I feel positive about the fact that I did not give into the temptation to delete this blog. It means I have not given up

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day 3

660ml of water so far - plan to drink been a bit of a slow day.

Did 46min of Zumba Fitness DVD - really worked my abs.
Wore protection padding on my toes and corns that help my feet.

Eating did not go very well today and the night is not over and i feel soooooo tempted.

Had a slice of toast and an egg for breakfast
Lunch 1 slice of toast with butter, cappuccino and cheesecake
Supper - Melkkos with cinnamon sugar#
Snack - handful of nuts mix.
Cup of coffee

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Day 2

I got up with a sore body and sore a sore ankle.
Ate another 100 calorie snack and a banana before I slept. As ususal mind in so focused on food but I am not going to let that depress me and give up.

Did 30 min. of exercise today 10 min of Callanethics and then staight into a 20min 1 Mile Walk DVD by Leslie Sansone. My daughter says she is getting boring.
So i think tomorrow i will do some walking on my own in the morning and a different exercise DVD with my daughter.
We also have the option of walking to school which is just over a mile for her which takes us 30min.

Had the shake for breakfast and Supper
Snack 1 - 219 calories Oats so easy with Milk
2 cups of coffee
Lunch 2 naan breads with a can of Taco Beans - I estimate that was about 450 calories.
Also had a glass of fruit juice.

Concerned about my 5 fruit and veg. Got to have a big salad with my food tomorrow.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Walked 5 miles today

Hi

I am still around and I have not given up.

I have drunk 2l of water today and did Leslie Sanson 5 mile Fat Burn Walk.
Managed to do the Boost for 2 of 5 miles - YAY.

Had a slim fast cafe latte shake for breakfast
1granola bar (100 calories) for a snack
2 cups of coffee with sugar and milk like I normally do (when I plateau I will cut down the sugar or just cut out the sugar)
For lunch I had cheese omelette with two slices of toast - I esitmate that it was about 600 calories
for supper I am having another Slim Fast Shake

Hoping to keep this up for 5 days as a Jump Start of sorts.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Quote for the week

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

By Lao Tzu

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Late Weigh-in

113.4 kg - that is a wonderful loss of 0.1kg (from 250.2 to 250 pounds).

A loss is loss that is to be celebrated.

How did i do on not pigging out - well someone gave me a bread pudding dessert and by the second day I could not stay away from it. I have successfully avoided the chocolate cake.

today I want to attempt some exercise. I am not experiencing any dizzy spells and the headaches have subsided as well. I am still napping a bit in the day otherwise I seem to be recovering well from the car accident.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Recovery

I was in an accident on Saturday. My daughter and i were in the car. We skidded on black ice and went off the road - we are both fine. I just bumped my head but no permanent damage - just a bit of swelling.

health wise my challenge will be not to stress or comfort eat.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Weigh In # 3

Maintained at 113. 5kg.

Not surprising. I have been sick. Been unable to to exercise.
Still recovering from the Head cold - not quite sure when it will be safe to start exercising again.
A friend of mine exercised while she had a cold and she she got sick afterwards, don't wan to make the same mistake.

My favourite thing to eat when I have a cold / flu is an omelete with chillies and orange juice.
Got that for today.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Scales

Life is all about balance. My mom's favourite words to me were: Simone you need to find a happy medium. Her way of telling not to take things to their extreme.

When it comes to using the scale to weigh myself that is one thing I have great balance with. I only do it once a week. Now I like numbers I like working things out. Whenever I begin to make some healthy changes i start calculating the possibilities. Up until now in last ten years it has gotten me no where.
I see the scales as a little blankie for some odd reason they give a little comfort. I know I can use a measuring tape - waist measurement is a good way to measure weight loss and an important figure (88cm is apparently what we should aim to get down to). But as soon as I got a little extra money I bought a scale - LOL.

There are pros and cons.
if you can't resist getting on everyday , then I say follow the dietician's recommendation and get rid of your scale.
If you don't have money - don't bother - use a measuring tape instead.

I have a challenge. My husband is away for two weeks. I am on my own and need to stay motivated. I have a head cold and a daughter to look after. Easy to slip into doing things the easy way.
Yesterday I had to get our camera after dropping my husband at the airport but the shop was still closed. tesco was closed - only KFC and M was opened. so We went to Mac Donalds - I had the vegetarian meal with orange juice. Hows that for a balancing act - LOL

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Weigh-In 2 and Confessions

I almost forgot that today was my weigh in day.

Happy to report that I down to 113,5 kg - YAY that is a lost of 1.5kg.

Confession - on Sunday I had KFC for dinner. The reason was circumstances we went for a walk in the mountains - up to the first contour. Then decided to visit an old lady and that took longer than we expected. With two hungry children and very little money we took the easy way out.
When we were driving to our walk I thought i was silly not take any snacks.provisions with us.
Next time I will be prepared!!

Practicalities

I walked for an 1hr10 today. My feet are sore - feel like blisters may develop (Might need to shoes). I felt physically tired but mentally proud of myself. Now that I have cooled down my feet are still sore but I have energy for the rest of the day.

I am now starting to work through the CHIP workbook. The first unit is on the topic of balance.
I am making to do list and at the very top I have included exercise. Last week I did exercise three times. This week I am increasing the intensity a bit.

Managed to spend almost £25 less on my food budget last week and hoping to do the same this week.

Here is a money saving alternative suggested in the CHIP program - Crisped Tortilla Chips.


VIDEO: Low Fat Baked Tortilla Chips

Crisped Tortilla Chips
1pkg 12 corn tortilla
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)

Tasty baked lime and chilli tortilla chips you make at home.
Serve with your choice of dips and salsas.

Recipe provided by: Allrecipes

Ingredients

1 packet Corn Tortillas
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon salt

Preparation method

1. Preheat oven to 180 C. 2. Cut each tortilla into 8 triangular wedges and arrange in a single layer on a baking tray. 3. In a spray bottle, combine the oil and lime juice. Mix well and spray each tortilla wedge until slightly moist. (Lightly brush on the oil and lime juice if you don't have a spray bottle) 4. Combine the cumin, chilli powder and salt in a small bowl and sprinkle on the wedges. 5. Bake for about 7 minutes. Rotate the tray and bake for another 8 minutes or until the wedges are crisp, but not too brown. Serve warm or room temperature with salsas, dips or guacamole.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Quote for the Week

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.

By Eleanor Roosevelt


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Weigh-In Day

I weighed in at 115kg / 253.5 pounds. I have remained pretty consist. Lets hope it starts a downward spiral and stays there.

Didn't have soup for supper this evening. My husband is the soup maker and has been working since early this morning and got interrupted with phone calls and crises on various fronts.
So I opened a can of tomato soup and popped some veggie fingers into the oven.

Water in take was low today, need to make some herbal tea to increase it. So hard when its cold.

Going to do some exercise with my daughter - DVD.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Jump Start Report

About a month ago my husband and I did the JumpStart of the CHIP program.
Felt a bit hungry for the first two days and then it went well.
I was very proud of myself for giving up sugar and coffee for the week.
I know that I can do it.
However I am sad to report that we left things slip back to normal on that front. I didn't however feel the need to pig-out and I just decided to do more preparation for change.
Now that the time has arrive to implement some of the principles of have learned reading through the CHIP program.
I want to make a more permanent change this time. I feel that i have grown up knowing most of the right principles but always fallen short at implementation for various reasons.
The one thing that has attracted me to this program is the inclusion of bread. Bread is a staple in my diet. I have succeeded in reducing the amount (quantity) bread I eat but to almost completely cut it is extremely difficult for me.

You will notice that my menu plan for this week is totally vegetarian. I know and understand the merits of a vegetarian diet. I have always seen it as a good idea and once did it for 6 months until I was in an area where it became difficult. So I am yet to make a full commitment to a vegetarian way of life.
Coffee is another area in my life where I am not sure I can say that I am at the point of never drinking it.
So I am going to live with those two things as grey areas.

Tuesday will be my weigh in day.

Menu Plan for the next 4 Days

B - Breakfast, L- Lunch and S - Supper


Snacks: herbal tea (no sugar or milk), fruit and lots of water !!

Monday

B- Oats with Sunflower seeds and milk ( must admit that I put a tsp of sugar)
L- Salad & 2 slices of Bread
S - Potato & Beans curry with tortillas, Peas and Salad


Tuesday

B- Oats / Cheerios
L- Homemade Lentil Burghers with Bread and salad
S- Soup & Bread

Wednesday

B- Oats / Cheerios
L- Veggie Hotdog & Bake Beans with Toast & Salad
S- Split pea curry with rice (Bread for me as I don't eat rice unless its Breyani)

Thursday

B- Oats / Cheerios
L- Banana on toast (using flora low fat margerine - not ready to leave just yet one small step at a time)
S- Soup & Bread