Week Two - Weighty Matters
There’s a minor disappointment on the scales front for Vanessa Beddoe-Sandström as she hits the second week of food fanaticism.
Could it really be over a week since I made the commitment to a *gag* healthier lifestyle? It seems like an eternity of food obsession ago. And it’s putting me in a bit of a bad mood just writing about it – because in that time I have lost a miserable, irritating and miniscule half kilo.
Where I Went Wrong
There was the initial “I’m about to begin a diet healthy living plan eating binge” that occurred two days before I began, the results of which may have caught up with me a few days later. And, if I’m honest, I went on a bit of a peanut butter frenzy after two (or more) glasses of wine over the weekend. But I was seriously good the rest of the time! I even renewed my subscription to Weight Watchers, which gives me the discipline that I so sadly lack on the portion control front.
Could it be that my metabolism has changed after baby number three and the weight won’t drop off as it did in days of yore? I guess a half-kilo loss is better than a gain, and seeming this is a lifestyle plan I’m going to be on it for the long haul anyway. What’s the hurry?
Where I Went Right
It started with some old Crown Lynn plates I discovered at a flea market. They’re much smaller – the size we used to have when I was growing up in the eighties, and it makes small portions look huge. This has really helped me in the psychological battle to feel full, and as a bonus they also stack much easier in the dishwasher. Success!
I am the person other people feel embarrassed for during a Zumba class, and I just cannot enjoy (or afford) going to the gym. So I’ve started taking advantage of the outdoors instead. As soon as the kids wake up we pile into the car and off to our favourite spot for an early morning swim and a few races along the beach. It is the perfect way to kick-start the day and my boys think it’s awesome. The benefits are twofold: I get some much-needed exercise and the kids burn off a lot of energy, making my days a bit easier.
I already feel less sluggish and it’s great to see the kids eating less sugar and enjoying more nourishing food. I also don’t miss the guilt I felt after over indulging and the regular heartburn from eating too much bread. So while I haven’t had a huge loss on the scales this week, I’m still more motivated than ever to continue with the plan. So much so that I’ve even decided to banish wine (for the next few weeks)…
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