Thursday, 29 October 2009

Challenge 2 - Hmmmmm

Ok, so last week wasn't too bad but I thoroughly failed the challenge!  However, as I said in my report, it helped me focus my mind again which is probably the most important thing.

This week, I laid off the size of the challenge and cut it back to staying within my calories on a daily basis and making one healthy recipe this week which I haven't made before.

Now, there are certain things that are going to be a given, which I aim for every day regardless, and these are:

At least 5 F & V per day
At least 2 litres of water per day

So any challenges are on top of that.

And so far?  I've failed!!! *rolleyes*

I'm a bit behind on my blogging so I'm not going to bore you with 4 days of food, but I had a little bit of a wobble yesterday involving chocolate cornflake buns - was only 30 cals over and am still well inside for the week, but it was a fail nonetheless!  Ah well, I shall carry on regardless.

I already know what my recipe is going to be and I have decided I am going to try out one of these Green Monsters I am hearing so much about.  I think they sound vile and cannot get my head around them, but so many people love them so they can't all be wrong.  I shall let you know how it goes!

Anyway, hopefully get back to posting my food tomorrow.  Oh, and another thing new I am trying as of tomorrow morning is flaxseed - I bought finely milled stuff and have put it in my pancake mix which I just made a batch of, looking forward to trying it though kind of horrified at the calorie count given how much they are telling you to eat each day!  Shall report back on that too!

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Challenge 1 - Day 7 and weigh-in!

Another not bad day today.  I'm still so high on carbs - that is something I never fully got to grips with last time, I just don't seem to able to get my carbs down to where I'd like them to be ( about 1g per 1kg weight, so about 120g ish a day) but I can improve on where they are at now, so definitely something for me to work on.

So before I talk about the week, here's todays food:

B - Breakfast Pancake with banana & maple syrup
S - 3 Nairns Fruit & Spice oat biscuits (if you haven't tried these, you must, they are incredible!)
L - 2 slices wholegrain toast and 3 boiled eggs
S - Granny Smith apple
D - Vietnamese Chicken Noodle soup
S - 50g fresh pineapple
S - Handful of plain peanuts
S - 1 slice wholegrain toast with raspberry jam (emergency snack as am starving!!)

Am also going to have a hot chocolate for supper as I have had a migraine all day and hope it will help me sleep.

Drinks - c 2l water, 2 large mugs black coffee and 1 mug green tea

Calorie Summary
Daily Cal Quota 1697
+ Exercise Cals 0
Total Cal Quota 1697
Calories Consumed 1625
Calories left 72
Cals to Maintain Weight 1947

Nutrition Summary
Calories (kcal) 1625
Protein (g) 99.5
Carbohydrate (g) 187.3
Fat (g) 53.7
Fibre (g) 21.0
Fruit & Veg 5.0

Challenge Report!

So I didn't exercise at all this week, so immediately failed!  However, I am not so bothered about that as I knew this wasn't a good week for me to be trying to get back into exercise as I started a new job and generally had lots of things on.  However, I managed my 5 F & V every day (I think!!) and my 2l of water, and I stayed within calories every day and actually am a whopping 440 calories under in total for the week.

What I did acheive was to refocus my mind on why I began healthy eating and how much better it is than the alternative.  It made me feel good and I want to get back there again, and I don't think I made a bad effort for week 1!

And, I lost 1lb which I am chuffed about, especially since I weighed in this morning on the day my period started which generally makes me weigh a bit more than usual.

Watch out for this weeks challenge, to be reported tomorrow :D

Challenge 1 - Day 6

Ok so things have been better!  I've been a good little girl yesterday and done some decent eating for a weekend.  The only downside was polishing off the rest of my G & B mint chocolate whilst Strictly was on but don't think thats too bad for a Saturday night!

Here's my food...

B - Breakfast pancake with banana & maple syrup
S - Smoothie with 100g strawberries, banana, 50g frozen raspberries, 100ml orange juice & 1 scoop of raspberry whey
L - 2 slices wholegrain toast with some light mayo, vine cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper
S - Plain peanuts (50g!!)
D - Vietnamese chicken noodle soup
S - 5 square G & B mint chocolate
S - Half portion of porridge with semi-skimmed milk and cinnamon

Calorie Summary
Daily Cal Quota 1697
+ Exercise Cals 0
Total Cal Quota 1697
Calories Consumed 1690
Calories Left 7
Cals to Maintain Weight 1947

Nutrition Summary
Calories (kcal) 1690
Protein (g) 99.2
Carbohydrate (g) 195.1
Fat (g) 56.7
Fibre (g) 26.7
Fruit & Veg 6.1

I did my weigh-in this morning, but I shall keep you all in suspenders as to the result until I post my weekly report later!

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Challenge 1 - Day 4 & 5

Ok so things have been better!  I am just going to lay down the fact now though that I'll not be hitting my exercise target.  With starting the new job and being so exhausted from that, I didn't put any pressure on myself about that.  I am planning to go to spin in the morning though, and I'm hoping that will kickstart my exercise again.

So Day 4.....

After an embarrassingly bad Day 3, I reralised I have to pull myself together and get my head round this again.  I didn't find it that difficult first time round, so why am I finding it hard all of a sudden!  So today i was a very good girl.  When the coffee trolley came round, there were slices of cake and I completely ignored them :D And I managed 8.5 portions of F & V - go me!

B - Protein pancake with banana and maple syrup
S - 100g strawberries & 100g red grapes
S - Activia fat free cherry yoghurt
L - Sandwich with 2 slices whole grain bread with tuna and red onion and 5g of light mayo
S - 15g raw peanuts
S - 2 clementines & Granny Smith apple
D - Pad Thai including a whopping 200g prawns!
S - 2 squares G & B mint chocolate

Drinks - 2.5l water, 2 mugs black  coffee and 2 green teas

Calorie summary
Daily Cal Quota 1697
+ Exercise Cals 0
Total Cal Quota 1697
Calories Consumed 1568
Calories Left 129
Cals to maintain Weight 1947

Nutrition Summary
Calories (kcal) 1568
Protein (g) 114.4
Carbohydrate (g) 184.8
Fat (g) 42.3
Fibre (g) 24.0
Fruit & Veg 8.5

Day 5....

Now I'm making an effort again I seem to have loads of spare calories, also due to the fact I changed my loss to 0.5lb a week.  I might change that back to 1lb a week next week but I'll see how it goes.

Given I had loads of spare cals, I decided I would have my calorie counted cheat meal tonight and treated myself to a chinese takeaway.  it was so beautiful and totally worth the naughtiness.  Now I am going to behave myself all weekend!

For the purpose of my food diary I had to try and use values of chinese food that i thought sounded similar to what I had so it may not be entirely accurate....

B - Porridge with semi-skimmed milk & cinnamon
S - 100g strawberries & 100g red grapes
L - 2 slices of whole grain bread with tuna and red onion and 5g light mayo
S - Activia fat free cherry yoghurt
S - 2 clementines & Granny Smith apple
D - BBQ spare ribs (dry) and chicken satay with fried rice
S  1 square G & B mint chocolate

Drinks - c 2.5l water, 2 mugs black coffee and 2 mugs green tea

Calorie Summary
Daily Cal Quota 1697
+ Exercise Cals 0
Total Cal Quota 1697
Calories Consumed 1675
Calories Left 22
Cals to Maintain Weight 1947

Nutrition Summary
Calories (kcal) 1675
Protein (g) 124.8
Carbohydrate (g) 194.9
Fat (g) 46.2
Fibre (g) 16.8
Fruit & Veg 6.3

And far so good!  Think I'm going to change back to posting todays stuff today, i'm struggling to remember stuff!  So shall post about today later....

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Challenge 1 Day 2 & 3

Ok so day 2 was much better!  I was able to eat what I had brought into work and whilst my carbs are a little on the high side, this is better than I have managed in absolutely ages.

B - Porridge with semi skimmed milk and cinnamon
S - Activia fat free cherry yoghurt
L - 6 slices dark rye Ryvita, extra light Philly, lean ham & sundried tomatoes
S - 100g red seedless grapes, 2 clementines and Granny Smith apple
D - 150g chicken breast fillet with roast veg - sweet potato, red onion, pepper, parsnip & carrot
S - 2 Nairns fruit & spice oat biscuits & 2 square G & B mint chocolate

Drinks - 2.5l water, 2 mugs coffee, 2 green tea & 1 ginger tea

Calorie Summary
Daily Cal Quota: 1697
+ Exercise Cals: 0
Total Cal Quota: 1697
Calories Consumed: 1564
Calories Left: 133
Cals to Maintain Weight: 1947

Nutrition Summary
Calories (kcal) 1564
Protein (g) 96.5
Carbohydrate (g) 169.7
Fat (g) 56.2
Fibre (g) 25.7
Fruit & Veg 6.0

Day 3 however, not so good.  I had a day off work as I had an exam to do, and of course as I was away from the office it all went to pot again.  why am I so crap at this???!!!!  I did stay within calories but that really was about the only positive thing about the day!
I am so embarrassed about my food but I am committed to this and will post it anyway!
B - Protein pancake with banana and maple syrup
L - Soda bread with bacon & fried egg :-o
D - 2.5 beef sausages, small baked potato and baked beans
After that I gave up all together and had a Tunnocks Teacake and 2 meringue nests!!!
Drinks - 2l water & about 4 mugs of black coffee
Calorie Summary

Daily Cal Quota: 1697
+ Exercise Cals: 0
Total Cal Quota: 1697
Calories Consumed: 1663
Calories Left: 34
Cals to Maintain Weight: 1947

Nutrition Summary
Calories (kcal) 1663
Protein (g) 85.4
Carbohydrate (g) 189.3
Fat (g) 64.5
Fibre (g) 16.8
Fruit & Veg 2

However, all is not lost.  I am back in work and back on straight and narrow and today is shaping up to be a great day.  I even declined a slice of lemon cake this morning!  Progress!

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Day 1 Challenge 1

Right, this is my 4th attempt to post as my computer keeps crashing and it is stressing me so much that I want to cry!  therefore I cannot face typing my huge post out a 4th time!

Summary - day 1 was shit.  1st day of work it was just too awkward and I was too tired.

Kept within calories but that was the only good thing.

Going before this crashes again - hopefully will be able to post more comprehensively later/tomorrow!

A new start! (Mondays post)

Well, this post should really be at yesterdays date but I had the wonderful idea (or should I say I copied my mates wonderful idea) of transferring my blog to Wordpress.  However I have spent several days trying to work it all out, and make my blog look nice and it just wasn't happening so therefore I'm still here!

My blogging has taken a back seat in the last month or more, for various reasons. Given I have had a 2 month break between jobs, one would think I'd have had loads of free time but no! I've had no time whatsoever! For the same reason, my eating and exercise have also been rubbish.
So today (Monday) I started a new job, and what better time to have a clean slate on my food and exercise as well.
Healthy eating really is so much easier for me when I have a routine. I set out in the morning what I am going to eat, bring nothing to work but a healthy lunch and healthy snacks and there is no option to stray! Apart from the first day scone bought by your boss, which you can't really say no too, of course....:S
So my lovely friend Stella came up with the idea of our little gang (JAG, Ivana, myself & Stella) and anyone else who fancies it carrying out a series of mini-challenges. The 4 of us have spent the best part of 2009 supporting and encouraging each other through some serious weight loss and we've all let things slide a bit in the last few weeks. I have these chicks to thank for helping me lose 23lbs so far and they have all been superbly successful too. But we want to keep this going! It has been a lifestyle change, not a diet, but it is all too easy to let hard work slip away when life gets hard or busy.
So here it is....

Challenge 1

5+ portions of fruit and veg every day this week

At least 2L water every day (count water in tea/coffee/fruit squash)

Any exercise a minimum of 3 times in the week for at least 30 mins

Stay within calories for the week for those of us counting (focus on the week for now rather than each day)

Weigh in at start and end of the week (if appropriate) and report back on Sunday.

Start Monday.

Ok? So that's it. I have set my weight loss to 0.5 lb a week as I am only 5lbs off target weight of 8st 7lb. This allows me calorie allowance of 1697 per day.

Start weight today: 8st 12lb.
I'll report back tomorrow about today, Wednesday about tomorrow etc etc.
Wish us all luck!