My diet continues. Or rather, my healthy living regime. Diet always sounds like I should be eating celery sticks and air for dinner. Anyway, I began my new healthy lifestyle on the 2nd March, determined to lose three stone of baby weight in time for my 40th birthday in August.
The food aspect of my new lifestyle has been the most important part of losing weight so far. I have always had a sweet tooth. Couple that with Husband’s love of sugar, and we were eating chocolate bars and lovely puddings every night after a filling dinner. But I have cut out the sugar, and dairy, and gluten. I eat eggs every day. I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. I don’t eat chocolate.
And I drink several cups of green tea. I have given up my usual, and much beloved, English breakfast tea with milk. I thought it would be difficult to give up as I was used to having four or five cups of tea a day. But it has been fine. I think drinking tea was making me crave biscuits and cakes. Maybe it’s the dairy. Whatever it is, I am happy drinking green tea and not eating biscuits.
A typical day looks like this:
Breakfast: Cup of Earl Grey and Banana
Mid-morning Snack: Three eggs of some variety – scrambled or hard-boiled are my favourite.
Lunch : Salad or leftover from the previous night’s dinner.
Afternoon snack: Fruit or nuts, or both.
Dinner: Meat and vegetables. Once a week I have gluten-free noodles or rice.
After dinner snack: Peppermint tea. Sometimes another banana if I’m desperate for a sugar fix.
I used to skip breakfast on school days, or wait until 10am/11am, but that is not good for one’s metabolism. Having the banana helps keep me going until after the school run(s), and I can enjoy a leisurely mid-morning meal. And as I am eating quite often, I am never starving and having to resort to pastries or cake when I’m out running errands.
Once a week I let myself indulge in wheat and/or sugar for a couple of meals. I had some chocolate over Easter but I did not enjoy it like I used to. I feel like my taste buds have changed a bit. Plus my appetite has decreased. I was quite hungry the first couple of weeks, but then my body got used to a normal amount of calories. I reckon that I must have been consuming close to 2,500 calories a day.
If you read my March update, you will have noted that I had lost seven pounds in my first 2 1/2 weeks. I put that down to a sudden calorie-drop an expected it to slow down. One and a half months on and I am quite pleased with the results so far. I have lost one stone (have gone from exactly 15 stone to 14 stone). I have seen a difference in the way my clothes are fitting, which is nice. But better than that, I am sleeping better. And I am not bloated all the time. So I cannot let myself get complacent. I have four months to go and two stone left to lose.