After years of whingeing about having put on weight (not due entirely to eating too much of (many) good things, but also aided and abetted by my three darling children), I have come to a decision: I will follow a diet and I will excersize.
Those of you who know me well, know that willpower is not my forte. But I refuse to be unhappy with my reflection any longer. An unhappy Mama is no good for this family. So, with the help of some excellent suggestions from good friends, I have made the decision to change the way I eat (and probably how I live as well…) and will use this blog as a means of recording my success (and, I am sure, occassional failures).
So what are these excellent suggestions? Mostly good old common sense:
- Cutting out carbs featured highly. This will be a major change for me, as I practically live on bread and cheese or pasta dishes. And potatoes are also a staple of our diet here. Rice too… I think that to start with, I will reduce my carb intake, rather than to cut them out entirely (which would probably lead to cravings and almighty carb-based blowouts!). Therefore, I am going to limit myself to one carb-based food a day to begin with, reducing this once I have gotten used to it.
- Snacking on fruit/nut mixes or fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than crisps/chocolate/biscuits etc…
- Following a known diet plan, such as Weight Watchers. I am not sure I will do this to start with, as it is quite pricey, but if I do start to feel like I cannot do this on my own (cue music…), I will certainly give the ol’ WW a go!
- Not eating after 7pm. This will definitely mean a definite shake up of our whole routine (which is not necessarily a bad thing). Getting the kids to eat and go to bed earlier (particularly during the week) would actually be a very good idea. We tend to eat dinner around 7 – 7.30pm, so moving everything forwards by an hour will mean some extra planning (and possibly allowing my husband to cook…When in the working world, I don’t generally get home before 7pm).
- Using apps to monitor calorie intake.
- Drinking fruit/herbal tea, rather than tea or coffee with milk and sugar. Drinking more fluids in general would be a good idea for me (I tend to act like a camel and go hours without any fluid intake. Not good.)
- Smoothies. I know this is probably an excellent source of health-giving vitimins, but I just cannot bring myself to drink anything that resembles either pondlife or baby food. Not yet anyway. Maybe later down the dietetic road…
- Protein shakes for dinner. Well, again, the thought of these does make me slightly queasy, but I will give these a go.
- Excersize. This, along with reducing my carb intake, is going to be the really hard one. I have a limited budget, so joining a gym is totally out of the question. Time is also a factor. So, while the weather is still relatively ok, I will increase the amount of walking I do, i.e., walking to the shops rather than taking the car, or just taking the baby out for a brisk 1-hour walk through the countryside where we live. I have also been sent links to some online fitness videos (ah, the wonder of YouTube!) that only last 30 minutes, so should be possible to do while the baby has his nap after lunch. Yes, it will mean being shouted at by a scarily buff American woman, but I think I’ll survive. I hope…
Anyway, the goal is to drop two dress sizes by the time I go back to work in February. I don’t need to look like a toothpick to feel self-worth, but I am too large for my frame and it feels uncomfortable. Part of the path to a slimmer me will involve finding, cooking (and blogging, naturally) delicious food that is also good for me (and the rest of my family).
I hope you enjoy following me on my journey and enjoy the recipes too!