Clean Eating Week Four My Resource Pack

Well four weeks in and six pounds down.  I had hoped for better, but went off the rails a bit last week.  However, onwards and upwards! Six pounds kept off means I’m only a couple of pounds away from being a healthy weight for my height.  I bought a size 12 summer dress in M&S last week and it fits, so that’s progress.

I thought I’d share my resources and tell you what I’ve managed to stick with.

Firstly, a big thanks to Helen Conway from Bodywork Pilates in Chester who has been a motivating earworm for the last 28 days.  Granted, the KSFL plan was too tough for me, but I’ve still learned a lot.

Next, I’ve been reading Amelia Freer’s Eat Nourish Glow and she looks so positively healthy, who wouldn’t be motivated to eat clean.

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Finally, all of my favourite mags, Red, GH and Delicious are covering real food, so I have so many lovely recipe options to choose from.

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Oh and of course, not forgetting my lovely yoga and Zumba teachers Jo, Luos and Jacqui at Old Hall Country Club plus lots of long walks in the countryside!

The biggest change which I’ve positively embraced is learning to love vegetables.  Never before have I eaten such a variety of greens.  I’d always seen them as an add on to the protein and potato, pasta, bread, rice or whatever.  Now I see the veg as the meal and the protein as the add on.

Next big change is the microwave – it’s gone! I no longer have or need one.

Thirdly, puds.  Now, I love a pudding, but always felt I had to top off my meal with a pud every night, even if it was just a yoghurt.  Well, yoghurt has gone.  Once or twice a week I have almonds and blueberries for afters.

Let’s see what more progress I can make.  And sorry Helen, I’ll never give up porridge!

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Kick Start Fat Loss Week One Progress

Well I’m a week in and I’ve lost four pounds…not a bad result considering I gave into porridge cravings.   I’m happy with this, given that losing just one pound is normally an uphill struggle for me.

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The things I’m enjoying are the veggies.  I’ve eaten loads this week of all different types and colours.  Cooking from scratch has been no problem as I’ve been doing this for a few years now.

I’ve found it really hard not to eat carbs – in fact, as you know I’ve given in and just done it anyway.  But, at least oats are complex carbs which keep your blood sugar stable.

Funnily enough I’ve not missed bread as I thought I would, although I did look longingly at Steve eating thickly buttered toast yesterday. He’s lost weight too!

The one issue I’ve experienced is tiredness.  I was dog tired yesterday despite going to bed really early all week to avoid the kitchen.

I’ve enjoyed the exercise classes although they were tough.  Made my usual zumba class feel a lot easier!

Premature atrial contractions have been not too bad this week, although my heart had a bit of a grumble at me after class on Thursday, so need to be careful not to overdo it.

So onwards and upwards into week two.  My motivation this week? Reducing my risk of type 2 diabetes, having better heart health and having loads more energy.  Oh and fitting nicely into the dress I’m wearing to a wedding on Friday.

Porridge Cravings

Who knew that a bowl of porridge would be the thing to de-rail me?  This morning I positively craved porridge.  I had it with almond milk, seeds, banana and honey.  All banned for the first 28 days on the KSFL plan!  I just couldn’t face another egg at breakfast time.DSCF1184Still, now I’ve got that out of my system I feel great!   I’m not going to carry on in that ‘oh well I’ve blown it’ frame of mind though.  It’ll be a green juice for lunch and poached salmon with a big salad for dinner.

So it seems that my amazing fat loss will be delayed while I go round the block a few times.  I’ll get there, I promise!

Kick Start Fat Loss: I’m Hungry!

Mid way through week one and I’m feeling very hungry!  Breakfast this morning was an egg, big pile of tomatoes and good quality sausage.  Lunch was a green juice.  Dinner will be this chicken curry with spinach.DSCF1220 - Copy

What I’m craving right now though is something sweet.  My mouth wants it.  My tongue feels flat.  I’m fidgety and wondering what I can do to take the edge off.

I realise that this is all part of the journey and that the results will be worth it, but I thought I’d have a bloggy whinge!

I’ve been upstairs and looked at the dress which prompted my action in the first place and I’m imagining how great it will look on my holidays.  It’s not making the hunger go away though!

What hasn’t helped is that I’ve been swimming this afternoon and that always makes me ravenous!  Oh well.  No-one said it would be easy!

Last night I took myself off to bed at 8 p.m. so that I could avoid any temptation and it worked a treat.  Is it too early to go to bed at 5 p.m. do you think?

Kick Start Fat Loss

So today, I started the ‘food’ part of the Kick Start Fat Loss programme at Bodywork Pilates in Chester.  This is a clean eating programme which eliminates processed foods, wheat, dairy, caffeine, sugar and alcohol.  Sounds a bit extreme when you say it out loud and only time will tell if I can actually do it, but some foods will be more difficult to kick than others.

  • Cooking from scratch – easy.  I do this anyway.
  • Wheat – I love bread, so anticipate this will be a challenge.  Not bothered about pasta, pizza and all that stuff.
  • Dairy – no milk, not an issue, but I use butter to flavour meals, so will need to find alternatives.
  • Caffeine – not a problem seeing as I ditched it a couple of years ago to help minimise palpitations.
  • Alcohol – I was only having a couple of glasses of wine a week, so no loss.
  • Sugar – the hardest ask for me.  Love honey in particular and expect I will crave good quality chocolate.

My ‘go to’ comfort foods are porridge with banana, seeds and honey, thickly buttered bread, rice cakes with almond butter and Green & Black’s chocolate.  I won’t be giving these up forever, but I do need a kick start so they have to go for now.

I started the exercise part yesterday and found it OK, so anticipating that I will be able to keep it up in addition to my weekly swim, zumba and yoga classes.

So, here’s what I ate for lunch and dinner today.

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Sirloin steak with roasted aubergine, tomatoes, peppers and asparagus.

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Lunch was asparagus and omelette.

It’s now 8:30 and am I hungry? Yes.  But I’m not sure if it’s real hunger or a craving for something sweet. Oh well, you can’t blog and eat at the same time!

Wish me luck guys!

The Straw That Broke The Camel’s Back

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Well it’s arrived! My damascene moment, the straw that broke the camel’s back, the wake up call I’ve been waiting for!  I’ve admitted to myself that I’m not going to lose weight and get fit by:

1. wishing it

2. asking the universe

3. reading about it

4. ignoring it

I actually have to do something about it!  Furthermore I need professional help so I’ve called in Helen Conway from Kick Start Fat Loss at Bodywork Pilates.

So what pre-empted this decision?  Well, it was a size 14 shift dress from M&S.  Lovely linen with a jewelled neckline.  I bought it with a view to wearing it to a hen party this weekend.  But shock horror! When I got it home, it zipped up alright, but I look tubbier than a tubby thing in it (even with my big knickers on)!

So, before we start, let me give you my excuses so far:

  • Can’t exercise too hard because of my heart
  • I don’t look too bad
  • I need to eat to keep my blood sugar stable otherwise I get palpitations

I know these don’t wash and that there are ways around this.  Yes, my running progress was aborted because of palpitations, but was that really the cause or just a convenient get out clause. Yes, I do need to keep my blood sugar stable, but eating clean will do just that.  And finally I can’t keep pretending that it’s OK to carry a bit of weight, because it absolutely isn’t and for my heart health, losing weight is the very best thing I can do!

So bring it on!