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Week 4: lessons learnt

Saturday, March 12, 2011

So many this week and I'm sure I've missed some too.

1. Meal planning for a whole week is not for me.
It's just too restrictive and dull. However it's much better than previous weeks when I would get home and somehow find a way to stay within the calories I had left for dinner and evening snacks. I guess this will be easier as I keep learning more about the calories in things so I can make judgements as I go rather than only at the end of the day.

2. Packed lunches are definitely not for me.
There was no actual benefit to it and while I was preparing, I just wanted to eat it then and there!

3. I must set myself a goal for my birthday weekend.
There'll be lots of food, alcohol and definitely cake so I'm going to plan to not be disappointed if keep within a certain weight gain. I'll decide what it is nearer the time, but I'm definitely going to do this after reading ASHLEY1977T's blog about the 5lb promise.

4. I still don't eat enough protein.
Even with meal plans I found this one really difficult. Apart from eggs I just haven't found anything that's particularly high in protein relative to the calories. Ideally I need snacks that I can just top up with but even nuts and cheese just seem to load up too much on fat without getting anywhere useful on the protein.

5. I need to change my exercise plan to shorter and more often.
Somehow I missed the part about aiming to do cardio 6 days a week. I'm working up to this now and if it looks sustainable will change my plan to shorter, more frequent cardio. Then it'll up my calorie level, yay! I don't want to jump straight in because whenever I've tried to lose weight before I'll do to much at once and burn out. This is most definitely going to be a slow start, heading for the long-term.

6. This website is not just functional, it's human too.
The more people I encounter, the better it gets. Everyone wants the same goal and yet everyone knows how hard it is.

It might be too early to tell, but for the first time in a long time I have a tiny inkling feeling that I might just get my old self back. I thought I was beginning to give up on the things more easily because I was getting older, but maybe it was all just a general lack of energy. Maybe I'll get my fight back somewhere along this journey.
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  • JOANNA202
    @Catherine1978 That's down to the wonderful people around here!

    @HORRORMAEDCHEN Chickpeas and lentils are a really good idea. I'm not a veggie but I don't cook with meat and wouldn't even call myself much of a cook. I can certainly cope with chucking a few chickpeas in something though! That clean eating stuff looks very interesting too, thanks!
    2594 days ago
    Hi, have you tried legumes like chick peas and lentils? They are very filling and very versatile as you can make stews, salads and dips with them. They are high in protein.
    If you aren't a vegetarian, grilled chicken breast or turkey on salad or in a wrap are a great protein source, hard boiled eggs...
    The fat in nuts and seeds are actually good for you and you should have some of that fat in your diet. Don't be too scared of having fat in your diet. It;s sugar that you should avoid. Especially refined sugar in processed food. Try reading about clean eating, that's a very good way of eating healthy and wholesome.
    Good luck on your weight loss journey. emoticon
    2594 days ago
    Glad to see your feeling more positive!! Hope you had a good weekend xx emoticon
    2594 days ago
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