Last week I found that I could not implement Plan A*, so onto Plan B.
Admittedly I have had a few challenges this week; partner coming off his bike and fracturing his scapula, adapting to a new work roster, busy two weeks at work leading up to the beginning of first semester, and Valentine's Day.
Anyway, Plan B.
Eat at low end of calorie range by halving my main meal portions. For example, the Crustless Silverbeet, Pine Nut and Olive 'Tart' for tonight's dinner is 234.8 calories for one portion (1/4 tart), so I will have an 1/8th of the tart. A serving size of the accompanying salad (Alive Salad) is 369 calories. By weighing the salad I will be able to accurately serve half a portion. Overall, this saves me 302 calories at dinner.
I prefer to do eat smaller portions, rather than change the recipe. For example, I could swap the Greek Yoghurt in the tart, for a non-fat alternative. But this means I will need to get two tubs of yoghurt, as my partner will not eat the non-fat version. And I must admit, I don't like it much either, and I only eat this yoghurt in the tart.
On the exercise front, I am going to have to bump it up. I don't think I can count my bicycle rides to and from work as formal exercise anymore. They are very easy rides now, so more of a lifestyle activity.
I have been trying a new SparkPeople video or exercise everyday to introduce strength exercises, but I'll have to look at the cardio exercises and work out my own home cardio sessions. Time to find that skipping rope methinks.
Tai Chi started last week, but being a 2 1/2 hour session, I can only do this once per week time wise. The Walk2Run program does not start until May, but in the meantime I will look at getting some shoes so I can walk more confidently, and I think I will need them for home cardio exercises anyway.
Maintaining the habit of not drinking calorie dense drinks hasn't gone very well this week. But I will persist with this streak as it is the only item in my Nutrition Tracker that I can swap for a more healthy option.
In summary, Plan B is:
1. Halve portions at main meals.
2. Introduce three home cardio sessions.
3. Minimise calorie dense drinks.