tomato and chorizo soup

Healthy Lifestyle Week One aka The One Where I Stop Eating All the Pies

This month I decided to embrace a healthy lifestyle. Well I stopped eating crap at least. As part of my Happiness Project, February is the month I chose to address my eating habits and start making a concerted effort to shed the pounds. And so far so good.

Starting on the 30th of January I started making small changes to my diet which will hopefully add up to a healthier, happier me. I’ve dropped the pepsi max and diet coke that I was drinking up to 2 litres of a day. And replaced it with water. I won’t lie, I had some pretty horrible headaches in the first few days of banishing it from my diet. But a week on and they were gone. I also started using MyFitnessPal daily again. Recording everything that just so happened to pass my lips and sticking to 1500 calories a day. So far I’ve barely got above 1400 and not felt hungry at all. And I’ve tried various new recipes so I’m not always sticking to the same boring food time and again.

I’ve decided to tackle my fitness and exercise once I’ve really nailed the healthy eating and turned it into a habit. Rather than try to do everything all at once. It took me a long time to go from the slender 18 year old I once was to the overweight 35 year old I am now. So losing the bulk of my weight isn’t going to be something that happens over night. And I’m ok with that. I think I’ve always given up too easy when I’ve tried to lose weight in the past. Getting bored of eating the same old things. Using holidays or birthdays (or Fridays) as an excuse to eat everything in sight and never get back on track again.

I’m not saying I won’t exercise at all, or attempt to walk a little bit further each day. But I’m not going to force it. And even walking is a great way to include exercise in my daily routine as I tend to be glued to my laptop for the vast majority of each day. I actually surprised myself by taking on the 200+ steps down this cliff to reach this gorgeous beach. Not to mention the 200+ steps on the way up again. And I was thrilled to find it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I didn’t need to stop on the way up and I only had to catch my breath at the very top. At the same time as my sporty Mr. So clearly I am capable of more than I give myself credit for as I wouldn’t normally even attempt such a climb.

Food

Foodwise I haven’t changed that much. I’ve simply changed the way I cook. Cut out things like chips and not had seconds at all. I also haven’t bought any chocolate or sweet treats, which are a real downfall of mine, but I certainly haven’t felt deprived. Infact I’ve still enjoyed chocolatey treats like protein bars. So here’s what I’ve been eating:

Breakfast – Bacon sarnies, banana pancakes, wholemeal toast followed by natural yogurt with honey.

Lunch – Flavoured chicken fillets with salad, gorgeous tomato and chorizo soup and reduced fat cheddar sandwiches.

Dinner – Louisiana chicken and rice, jacket potatoes with ham and cheese, spaghetti bolognaise.

Snacks and desserts – protein bars, apples, quark with choc shot and fibre one brownies (my new favourite thing).

As you can see, I’m definitely not starving myself and I’ve actually enjoyed the food I’ve been eating. Not something I’ve ever said on a diet before!

Results

After a week of drinking nothing but water and cutting out the rubbish I’ve lost just 5lb. Yes I’ve lost more in a week in the past, but I’m really pleased with my 5lb¬†because I didn’t feel like I was depriving myself. I know my weight loss will slow down next week. But I’m determined to give my new healthy lifestyle a proper shot this time around.

Wish me luck!

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