It only seems like an hour ago that I stood on the scales and my weight was 10 stone 2. Okay, I understand that isn’t a big deal for most people. For someone who has spent their teens and twenties a size 6/8 balancing on 8 stone it came as quite the shock.
I hit 29 years old at the beginning of October and I’ve also had the toughest couple of years. My fitness picked up for a while and as stated in my last post the battle is on to regain that level. I’m fighting demons to kick start my fitness levels again. I’ve spent years looking for the best way to put a little weight on and get toned as I’ve never been happy with my body shape. Yet here I am, moaning again about the fact that I’ve hit 10 stone for the first time in my life.
Once again, I’m starting to dislike anything that involves my body and showing skin after all the hard work I’ve put in this past year getting my confidence back up to scratch. That’s the thing with mental health and well being.
You have to work on it constantly.
Otherwise it suffers, wilts and begins to go backwards in time. There is no magic fix that is going to keep me feeling great about my body. I have to put the hours in. I have to get my trainers on and get out there. My inner self and I are working so, so hard on that.
I have to decide that one slice of cake is enough. I don’t need to inhale the entire cake in one sitting. Stop buying share bags of sweets Emma, you won’t even share them. You catch my drift…
Ben and I decided that we’d try out weekly meal preparation as it seems like a good way of controlling portions and managing what you are eating throughout the day. We were off to a great start as we sat down and using the powers of the internet put together our first week of meals. We have started off just using this method Monday to Friday to begin with.
Jumping in at the deep end doesn’t work for us sometimes.
We drove to the local supermarket and proceeded with our weekly food shop. It was pretty good as for the first time in our lives we stuck to the list. We saved where we could, swapping branded for supermarket brand and managed to stay within a reasonable budget. That includes food for the kids as I don’t think I could persuade them to join us just yet.
Ben does a lot of the food preparation and cooking in this house so on the Sunday he set about getting all our freshly bought food prepped, cooked and packaged into our separate containers for the week ahead. It is such a great idea and I’ve been trying to stick to strict eating times to control my urges to snack and pick at food in between.
I bought some really tasty peanut butter style bars and also fruit, granola and yogurt for if I felt the need to snack so at least I wasn’t wasting my time eating better, and less food and ruining it with sugar in between. That would kind of defeat the object here.
I’ve always hated the word “DIET”
I don’t agree with diets as such. I have watched many people attempt diets and fail continuously because they place too much restriction in their lives causing serious cravings. I honestly don’t know why anyone would want to starve their body of anything. We all know that there are good foods and not so good foods but the key word here is moderation.
As long as you can control what you are eating, and enjoy the little treats you love. What is the harm?
Our dietary needs are all different and there is no one fix all method out there today. I’d like to encourage people to give this weekly meal preparation a go, smaller portions, more nutritional balance and save the snacks for your favourite times like curling up to watch the soaps or mid morning when you need that little boost.
No restrictions, no cravings in my mind.
Once we’ve been doing this for the entire month I’ll update and see where we are at health wise. I’m sure we’ll see some improvement as I’ve already noticed the facial spots fading due to eating less sugary substances.
A few basic ideas to get started…
To begin with we wanted to keep it basic. Just to make it easier and make sure we didn’t spend a silly amount of food we weren’t going to end up eating. We stuck with all the greens, rice, pasta, cous cous and roasted vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, chilli, onions, courgettes to make sure every meal was slightly different.
I think it’s important here to remember that I’m not doing this as a “diet” or as a way to lose a tonne of weight. I’m doing this to control my eating habits, make better choices and lead a healthier lifestyle as an example to the kids.
As long as the three main foods are present, vegetables, proteins and carbohydrates you can’t really go wrong.
Have you or do you do weekly meal preparation? What recipes do you use and why? I’d love to know more.
– Emma –
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