Tuesday, February 02, 2010
The hardest part about moving to Scotland? Eating. Restaurants here rarely give complimentary salads or water (half of them not even if you ask for water will give it to you for free because they don't do "tap water"), so eating healthy when you're out can be really difficult. Plus they like their carbs, sauces, and cheese here, so that doesn't help much with eating out and pre-made meals. Add in the fact that I don't have half my cooking stuff with me (like my rice maker, my crock pot, my big stew pots, extra skillets, etc) and limited storage space (one freezer drawer that is ALWAYS full, one kitchen shelf that I have to fight for anyway, and if I'm lucky I'll get one spot for my milk on the door holder, plus one cabinent for nonperishable food), and even home cooking gets to be a challenge, especially since the nearest DECENT grocery is a 40 minute walk each way and the nearest grocery, period, is 15 minutes...it's just limiting as to what I can get and carry back home each week.
Anyway, somehow I managed to maintain or maybe even lose a little weight over the first term, even though I wasn't trying to eat healthy so much as AT ALL...probably because of all the walking I've had to do (I'm walking something like 2 miles a day just getting to and from class and errands!). But over my birthday I pigged out and of course this week I've been having trouble fitting into my clothes. Not a lot, but enough to make me go, "Meh, time to see what I can cut back on to minimize this."
When I put in what I was already planning to eat this week on the food planner, though? I didn't have to change anything except what I was planning to eat when I go out. I've been eating "healthily" and "balanced" without thinking about it. How cool is that? So for now, February's goal is to not eat out except when I'm on vacation (like the 13-14 when I'll be in the Highlands and the 24-26 when I go to Iceland) and Wednesday nights when I HAVE to eat out because of work hours; to get back to drinking enough water because I'm SO not doing that right now; and to get back to actively exercising. I have a gorgeous park 10 minutes' walk from here and spring is coming, I might as well start walking or running there, right?