I am almost through Week Two of my Autumn Weight Loss regime and I’m feeling good about it all. I started my Healthier Living and all things related very recently. I am no saint but I am being very mindful of
- managing any stress
- being aware of negative trigger limits and default traits
so that I can give myself an excellent opportunity for big success!
Be Mindful of Self-Sabotaging behaviour
- Look out for negative default triggers which kill motivation.
- Don’t over do things; give yourself time to breathe!
- Rein yourself in and quietly celebrate success.
Run the Mindset phrase: Don’t Stress, Plan for Success.
Sit back and have a listen to a Classic Nina Simone song, Feeling Good; it’s always a good idea to have a motivational song to keep us on track!
What I have achieved:
I’ve achieved 14 days of healthier eating and I’ve lost at least 6 pounds in weight.
I have been to the gym 3 times this 2nd week. I tend to go about 4pm ish so that I am eating my dinner somewhere about 2 hours after the workout.
I eat my dinner most evenings between 6.15pm and 7pm and this is certainly a good time for me and for anyone who is dieting.
With regards to alcohol which in my case makes me
- over eat
- eat the wrong stuff
- eat the wrong quantities
well I had a couple of Wine Spritzers on both the Friday evenings. That means I have been drinking less alcohol which seems to help me to better manage my food quantities or extra nibbles. I am an ex-smoker so addictive habits are an area of some vigilance for me.
In later blogs I will touch on the subconscious reasons why someone may have addictive tendancies.
Useful Suggestion: Don’t buggar about- Just Say ‘No!’
I have removed many of the sugary, starchy or savoury food items which I have at, let’s say, coffee time. I never have been a person who stuffs my face with rubbish; but naughty choices are banned for now. Those types of foods are moreish and it is difficuly to say ‘No’.
Just don’t go there for goodness sake.
Have I felt I’m missing out?
Absolutely not. I feel energised. I’m sleeping better, not perfectly but better. I feel better and I am feeling good about myself, more upbeat, confident and happy to continue. As I said previously I had a window of opportunity to start this regime; I grasped it and ran with it.
I could go into negative mode and question how long this will last. I won’t. Folks, please don’t go to a place which does not serve you. Be very mindful of the Inner Self-Saboteur.
Question for you:
To have success when undertaking something new, what do you need to do?
Action: Go and jot down the two or three thoughts that jumped intuitively into your head.
Scrub the DIET Word
I am avoiding using the DIET word as of now. I much prefer Healthy Eating. Diet gives connotations of Loss, Scarcity, Limitation, Missing Out. Healthy Eating is just that and those words offer, at least to me, an opportunity to feel better and to like myself a whole lot more.
Key point: Feeling good about yourself is Win, Win.
Greater success, more pleasure, a greater love of self all give impetus which self-motivates and we find it easier to keep going with our positive intention.
What I was not so good at:
Not good: Was aware on Day 9 that my gorgeous Baked Cod and Ratatouille was too much food but I struggled on and finished.
- It surprised me that I felt full.
- I am not a French lady so therefore I stuffed my face and did not stop when full.
I’m not going to bore you with the daily menus but I will share a selection of my choices and add some photos.
What I have been eating is still fairly much the same. They are easy and quick to organise, filling and very tasty.
Sam Wicks book Lean in 15 recommends eggs often and I frequently have a boiled egg at breakfast. I will have a little scrambled egg if I have made any for my Bed and Breakfast guests. Sam pushes protein and suggests that Carbs. come in if you have had a good Workout! I am working on my Workouts now that I’m more chilled, feeling more confident and less stressed.
I am less stressed because I have started the Work. I am grateful for my success so far. I am motivated and I feel better.
Breakfast: I do eat the same breakfast quite regularly. Either dried Porage Oats, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries. All portions much smaller than usual. And I sometimes also have a boiled egg and small piece of toast.
Lunch:Lunch has more variety. Roast Chicken, Tinned Tuna, Prawns, Smoked Salmon, with salad. Usually no bread but Mayo or dressing. If hungry then a small piece of bread.
- Tomato Daal and Chicken with wait for it, Roast brocilli and Danish Blue sprinkle, (enough for 2 nights so that’s Thursday covered too).
- Baked Cod and Rataouille -stunningly good, PHOTO,
- Roast chicken and salad.
- Mussels and small cubes of roasted sweet potato.
- Sea Bass, fine green beans and couscous (tiny pieces of courgette, aubergine, onion, tomatao, red pepper mozzerella, sprinkled with lemon juice and drizzle of olive oil. Magnificent!. I savoured every bite.
- Chorizo, chicken and mozzerella, spinach, onion, tomato.
I really enjoyed those dinners. Herb is being very supportive I think because he is being fed really tasty food. Don’t get me wrong I almost always cook fresh food daily but this is just better and we are appreciating the art of eating in a less rushed manner.
(I pin him to the table!)
We are away soon for a couple of days. It’s my birthday and we’re off to Oxford. Can I make good choices? Well the buck stops with me. I intend enjoying my time away and I will let you know.
Cheerio for now.
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