Tuesday, March 11, 2014
My weight was down 2lbs last week - after a 'good' week.
This week I don't think I've been so 'good' - been up very early, out all day, home really late - not sleeping enough - eating a bit randomly and on-the-run.............. and I expect my weight might have gone back up a bit........will find out on Saturday!
I have a week's leave coming up next week - and, although that week already has some engagements pencilled in, I'm really wanting to take some time out - go for some long walks with picnic lunches and get some 'me' time - peace and quiet!
This month I was able to buy myself a small slow-cooker, and three new cookery books (I love my cookery books!) they are all vegan - one is slow-cooker recipes, and the other two are from Lindsay Nixon (1) Everyday Happy Herbivore and (2) Happy Herbivore Light & Lean. So, I'm all full of good intentions!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I'd been doing so well.
I'm not doing exactly 'badly' now - but I've gone a bit off the track again!
Annoying, but interesting, how this happens every so often (too often)
I have been very busy at work - with long days, and just feeling so tired - but that's no excuse really, is it.
Just wanted to check in here and say, that on the days when I don't track and exercise, I feel much less good about myself. Sometimes I just can't get onto the computer.
The rest of this blog doesn't need to be read really - just me off-loading - thanks for listening x
Tomorrow I go off to work at 8am - and won't be home until midday the following day. I have to pack up all my food for the, what is it, 28 hrs. In the evening, as part of my work, I am taking a young woman out for her birthday meal too - so that's bound to include some celebratory stuff! I am going to aim for some sort of salad, then probably an ice-cream and fruit thing.
Saturday I am home, as I said, around midday - then I have to be ready to take part in a parade at 2pm - all dressed up for St Piran's Day. I play the recorder in the band, and we parade through the town. So - it will be at least 6pm before I can put my feet up.
Sunday I am invited out with my best friend to have afternoon tea, then we are going to the cinema at 4pm.
So there's a lot of foody things happening.
I was good today at lunchtime; I was in a meeting at a friend's house, and it ran over until almost 1.30pm - there were cakes and biscuits - I didn't have any. I'd made a pasta salad from the Spark People cookbook - which I ate when I got home - the only problem with that is that I ate at least 2 portions! This evening I ended up eating bread with cheese spread and salad, then a couple of stuffed mushrooms. Chaotic eating!
I will weigh on Saturday - but I expect I will have put a couple of pounds back on again.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I've had a busy three days - not got much 'intentional' exercise done, and loosened my grip on my food tracking (although I have gone back and tracked it now).
Friday was just a very long work day - left home at 7.30am and got home at 11.30pm - straight to bed!
Saturday I had to be up at 5.30am to meet someone for a lift to get to Exeter for a meeting at 10am. I took my food with me and did well on this day - although we had to sit through a meeting without a break and I got too hungry! I did eat my banana whilst in the meeting because I was getting desperate - but I did NOT eat any of the cakes and biscuits that were set out for refreshments. This was a victory for me. When I eventually got home however, I really wanted a binge - but I did this in a very controlled way - I went to the shop and bought ONE packet of crisps (chips to you in USA), one individual portion of biscuits (cookies), and one, small, chocolate bar. I then had a small portion of chips (fries) from the take-away - and thoroughly enjoyed them with a big mug of tea! This was mostly emotional eating I guess - very tired, not enough sleep, a long day, and a lot of temptation passed before my eyes. So although it was high in calories when I tracked it, it wasn't as high as it would have been if I'd bought a packet of biscuits, a multi-bag of crisps, and a large chocolate bar. So, all in all, I considered it a win!
Sunday - I was able to have a bit of a lie-in, then got up and did laundry whilst making a batch of apricot and date slices for a day with my friend. She brought the soup and bread, and I brought the pudding and snacks. We also had some very special yoghourt with rasperries and amaretto in - very nice (high in protein and not too high in calories).
I felt pretty stuffed after apricot slices at mid-morning, then soup and soda bread a lunch-time, and yoghourt for mid-afternoon. My friend (who is slim) ate much more than me interestingly......... she had a chicken and salad filled pitta bread as well as her soup and bread - and went for more apricot slices in the afternoon as well.
Anyway, these three days have pushed my weekly calorie average right up - but even so, I'm below 2,000 which is good.
What I found most interesting was how full I felt (compared to my friend) because I actually stopped eating before her - which is not how it used to be! It was always me who was finishing off stuff and eating that last piece! I gave her the last pieces to take home. Not saying I've cracked it, or that I'm a saint or anything - but it's a definite change in behaviour which I'm very pleased to observe in myself.
Exercise is down too the past few days - because I've been stuck in cars, or with people, or at work, and not done much at all. I do my usual walk to and from the bus stop, but no videos. I'm doing a 30-day plank challenge - I'm up to 1min 30 secs elbow plank at the moment.
I'm home now, and it's only 6pm, so there's even a chance I could get 30mins exercise done before bed today.
Busy week ahead - and I'm sitting down with my planner, to figure out both my meals and my 'intentional' exercise for the next 5 days.
My weight was stable this week - check out my little tigger on the tracker - I'm down from 128 to 125lbs - and that's cool with me. It is harder to lose the weight the lighter you are (IMHO), and I'm looking for lasting lifestyle changes rather than any rapid weight-losses.
So - all in all - I'm happy with where I am right now. Thank you Spark People and Spark Friends.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
(maths = uk math = us)
I've completed a week on my new calorie range - and averaged 1825 kcals a day.
I weighed this morning - and I've lost 1lb. This is on about 30 mins a day 'intentional' exercise over-and-above my normal everyday physical activity.
I appreciate the Spark tools for enabling me to work this stuff out!
PS I apologise to those of you who find it impossible to lose weight on those kind of calories - but I am very active in my daily life and work.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
For the past 6 years or so, I've been working shifts - which vary from day-to-day. Due to a change of role at work, I'm now working more 9am-5pm days - which should be good, right? But I'm finding it quite difficult to adjust to having to get up early everyday, travel in the rush-hour, get home, cook, pack lunch for next day, go to bed, get up, go to work, repeat.......
I guess I'll get used to it..........................
But it is making my meals much more regular............. which is good, right?
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