Celebrating four days on plan
Friday, February 21, 2020
OK, OK, I know that doesn't sound like a lot, but I figure we have to celebrate ALL our successes, and the past days have undoubtedly been a success for me.
Over the last four days I have tracked all of my food and drink, and come within my goals for calories and nutrition every day. I haven't made enormous changes to what I eat in order to achieve this - I've just been a little more conscious of protein, reached for fruit instead of other snacks, not binge eaten anything, and focused on drinking water instead of juice.
And that makes me extra happy, because I know that incremental change is more sustainable than trying to make huge changes all at once. I am on the right track.
I hadn't shopped until today, so I was working out of what I already had in the house. I've eaten eggs three ways, used up veggies from the fridge, rummaged in my freezer to find fruit, veg and meals I batch cooked and froze, rediscovered a love of porridge (with honey from the cupboard and raspberries from the freezer!), and instead of my fruit rotting away in the bowl it has been eaten.
I have walked every day. Just a loop around my village that adds up to 0.75 miles. Again, I am avoiding radical, intimidating change and starting with something manageable. 0.7 miles every day is definitely manageable, and I've been doing it in the mid-afternoon to blow the cob-webs away and wake me up between work (I work from home).
I timed myself the first day, and then again today, and am really pleased to say that my pace has already increased. Isn't it cool how quickly our bodies are able to adapt and improve? Just a little activity and off it goes!
Eating out is always harder than eating at home where I can control everything. Today I ate out twice - both breakfast and lunch. Breakfast was in a coffee shop, and I planned ahead by looking at their options online and the nutrition in them. Instead of ordering my usual big hot chocolate drink, I had porridge, honey, and water. Having a proper breakfast came in at about 70 calories fewer than my old hot chocolate!
Lunch was a little harder. I am a vegetarian, and vegetarian options are usually cheesey, mayonnaisey, or fried in some way. In the end I went for a vegetable soup with bread on the side - really NOT nutritionally balanced, but I reasoned that soup would keep me fuller for a more reasonable amount of calories than anything else on the menu.
Overall I'm feeling positive. It all feels doable rather than scary, and sensible rather than restrictive. Onwards!