Spring cleaning the diet and kick starting back into action
Thursday, September 22, 2016
I was going to call this blog getting back into it, but then I noticed that was the title of my last blog. I have been messing around and actually put on 1.5kg over the last month. If I was in maintenance it wouldn't matter, but I'm not so it does. Obviously I know how to maintain, it is reducing I'm not so good at.
Well if diets don't work and I am already eating mostly pretty healthily; I can't exercise a ridiculous amount, my body just won't put up with that anymore; what am I going to do?
Here is my action plan for the next two weeks
Track all my food intake. I haven't been tracking and I have an amazing capacity to genuinely forget what I have eaten. I am the person who can overeat on healthy food- and unhealthy food- and drink- well everything really.
Spring is here, well most days now (yesterday was COLD and wet). So some good old fashioned spring cleaning is in order. That'll burn a few calories, brighten our home and generally make everyone feel better. Today is the last day of term and I now have 2 weeks off with my Teens, and no fixed plans. There will be no better time to get the house and lifestyle in order.
The New Zealand Healthy Food magazine has a 12 week kick-start diet plan. It is about cooking good, fresh, healthy food. I'm going to try following their full meal plans over the holidays. It has cooked breakfasts, lunches and dinners. I will have time at home to cook all the fresh food and try out new recipes. It looks expensive but I think it will do the whole family good. They encourage you to increase your fitness too, I am already doing that because of Sparkpeople, but reading a few fresh articles can't do any harm. Their diet plan is for a 1.6m woman, well I am quite a lot taller than that but adding a couple of hundred calories on if I'm feeling hungry.
I can almost hear some of you saying "but you are going on a diet again Amanda and you know diets don't work" and I know you are right. But I'm in a rut, I'm slowly gaining not loosing and maybe following a 12 week plan will introduce me to some new healthy recipes, allow me to drop a bit of weight so that I can exercise more and feel better again. A bit of a health spring clean. If someone has got a better idea I'm all ears.