It’s my 1 month SparkVersary!
And do you know what?
I think I can do this, I think I can carry on….
So far I have not lost as much as I had hoped to, but I have gained a lot of insight into what I must do from now on to keep the weight loss moving downwards.
I have learnt:
1) PORTION CONTROL!!!!
Every day when I dish up a portion for myself I have to mentally prime myself : “This is my ONLY portion - I will not be having seconds, or thirds! I will not be cleaning out the kids’ plates or eating the leftovers in the kitchen. This is IT and I will be satisfied – IT IS ENOUGH!”
Eat slowly and really enjoy each mouthful.
Try not to eat in front of the TV or PC.
Practice “mindful eating”!
2) It’s what I do MOST of the time that counts, and not what I do SOME of the time.
The 80/20 principle – as long as I eat healthily and within my calorie limits most of the time, a bit of “cheating” or eating/drinking the bad stuff won’t harm my progress too much.
I am eating a really clean diet of mostly veg – no processed stuff – so I can afford the odd half pizza and few glasses of wine (my weaknesses!) once a week. And I don't beat myself up about it either. Eat the "bad stuff", enjoy, and carry on.
3) Eating vegetables is the key for me!
As veggies are so low cal I eat LOADS every day.
I feel as though I am eating like a king. No starvation diets thank you!
4 ) Alcohol is HIGH cal!
It came as a bit of a shocker to see how many (empty) calories alcoholic beverages contain. So now I am trying to keep my red wine consumption in check.
So I say well done to myself for “surviving” the first month!
I can’t wait to see what progress the next month brings…