Monday, December 17, 2018

Last Meal Plan & Weigh In of 2018!!

I know I say this a lot, but I can't believe how fast time is going by. It really felt like yesterday I was gearing up for 10 weigh ins until Christmas and here I am with just one more left. Last week was the week I was most worried about. I had 2 full days off plan and I wasn't sure how it was going to go but I managed to still lose 2lbs this week. My plan for the hungover roast chicken after my christmas party went down a treat and it really helped me get myself back on track straight away (something I have always struggled with after a night out). 

It brings my total loss of my Christmas to 7.5lbs so far with one more weigh in to go. I'd love to say I am confident that I will lose the last 2.5lbs to meet my Christmas goal on Thursday but to be honest I will feel lucky to maintain this week. I had a planned day off on Friday which alone would have been fine, but I went a bit overboard on Saturday. I had hoped to be able to stay on track for the day but I was a little hungover when I woke up and I didn't have a real plan in place for the day. I was also heading to a housewarming in my parents house and I just couldn't help myself with all the lovely nibbles and finger food they had...and the cheeseboard we tucked into at the end of the night. 

I am also finding the temptation to give into 'Christmas Eating' so hard at the moment. I know I will be fine between now and Thursday when my weigh in is, but I really want to be able to keep tracking all the way up to Christmas Eve. Best intentions, but I am worried that once that final weigh in is done all hell will break loose. I need to take the pressure off myself, otherwise I am likely to end up in an all out binge if I do crack. So for now my focus is on getting to Thursday and then after that I will reassess and see how I can cope with this weekend. 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: December Week 2

So I knew last week that I wasn't going to get a loss, but luckily I managed to pull it back after the weekend enough to lose half a pound. So I think I can safely kiss goodbye to my goal of losing 10lbs by Christmas. I'm 5.5lbs down so far and there are only 2 weigh ins to go. But whether I make the goal or not the scales are going in the right direction.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: December Week 1

December is on us and we are down to 3 weigh in's until Christmas. Despite my hopes, I was up 1lb this week. I am not surprised as my one day off plan was really OTT and I did go over my SmartPoints the following day too. On top of that I was definitely retaining some water this week and to be honest looking at previous weeks where I am retaining water, 1lb up is a good result. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: November Week 5

And just like that are into the last week of November. I have 16 more working days until I finish up for Christmas (and 15 portions of soup in the freezer to keep me going for lunches). This weekend is when the real silly season starts for me and we have a busy one planned. We are heading to see the light show straight after work on Friday night, so that will either mean a takeaway when we get home or grabbing food out. Saturday we are heading to the dogs and for pizza for my sisters birthday and Sunday we are having a couple of friends up for Sunday lunch. This weekend I hope to make good choices during the day on Friday and keep as many of my dailies for that evening as I can. If I can manage to keep to my dailies that day I will be doing well. Saturday we will have a lot of stuff to get done during the day so I won't have time for lots of treats or eating, I can't go too mad with drinks on Saturday as I have to cook for friends on Sunday. And finally since I am in charge of the menu for Sunday I know I can stick to my dailies that day. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: November Week 4

Was down half a pound this week so the scales are still moving the right direction. There have been times where I would have been disappointed with a loss like that, no matter what I told myself I would always expect more after a good week on plan. However the older I get the more I appreciate how valuable each and every half pound loss actually is. 

I had set myself a goal of losing 10lbs by Christmas and this weeks half pound loss means I have 6 more lbs to go and only 5 weigh ins. I am remaining optimistic but also slightly terrified of what December will bring. I already have something on each weekend from now until Christmas week, and while I know I can manage one night off plan and be relatively ok, its the weeks that have multiple events going on that worry me. Also our last weigh in before Christmas is the 20th of December and my focus this year will be sticking to the plan right up to Christmas Eve, and doing my best to control myself on Stephens day before we head off on our holidays. I always have this plan, and I always fail miserably. It seems that as soon as I walk out of that last weigh in my Christmas Eating/Drinking starts.

I'll be keeping track of my losses on my little Christmas tree. Each week I'll add a new bauble and the star represents the total loss so far. I like to have visual queues to keep me going, There is something very satisfying about keeping a regular check like this in a visual way. 

The weeks are getting busier and being organised is going to be crucial, so meal plans are extra important now. I found it really difficult to pick dinners this week and need some new options to add into the mix. I am considering getting a pressure cooker sometime soon and hoping to be able to try some new recipes with that. I'm running low on soup in the freezer and so I'll be doing my best to stock up this weekend. With some many treats around the office having healthy and filling lunches ready to go is the only chance I have to stick to my plan. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: November Week 3

I'm not sure about the rest of you, but after a holiday or week off plan I am always tempted to skip my meeting, get myself back on track and have a great week in the hopes to avoid seeing a gain on the scales. We know its a bad idea, but it is always so scary to go to weigh in knowing full well you have gained. But to be honest, skipping is the worst thing you can do for a number of reasons.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Red Lentil Soup

Its been a long time since I posted a recipe. I have been meaning to make myself dedicate more time to my blogging for ages now but life just seems to constantly get in the way. I have a few recipes I have been experimenting with a few recipes over the past year and I want to get back into it more. A lot of them are just ones I happened to throw together and liked the results, and I will need to try them again to decipher the notes I made in order to recreate. But I have a few that are ready for sharing now, starting with some lovely Red Lentil Soup.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In November Week 2

I'm here to confess, despite the best intentions to not lose the run of myself last weekend it happened anyway. I tried so hard not to slip into holiday mode before I left but I know I was a little lax with things. I was probably being 95% honest on my tracker so not the worst. I packed my running gear and had great plans to get lots of exercise, drink loads of water and eat lots of fruit in between all my holiday treats....none of that happened in reality. What actually happened was a weekend filled with alcohol, indulgent food and a little bit of walking. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: October Week 4

I'm not sure how, but I managed to lose 1.5lbs this week, and considering that once again I lost the run of myself at the weekend it is a miracle. I was 100% on plan Monday to Thursday and I did manage to get a lot of running in but I wasn't sure it would be enough. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: October Week 3

I am quickly falling back into my old habits of giving up tracking fully at the weekend and letting the binge take over and I am not sure why. I am heading to Spain for a girls weekend with my sister in a week and a half, plus Christmas and my trip to Morocco is looming so I should be more motivated than ever - but it seems once Friday hits my motivation disappears. Last week I gained 1lb, but to be honest I had been expecting more. I usually gain during my TOTM and its usually more than 1lb. I should have been motivated on Friday to stick to the plan 100% but I found myself picking at the breakfast treats in the work canteen throughout the day. I went ahead and had my usual 'day off' on Saturday and had a fantastic day out with my love and failed to get myself back on track yesterday. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: October Week 2

I had a really busy week last week in work and was home late most evenings, and instead of trying to stress myself out about getting a blog post out I just decided to skip the week blogging. I have not however missed a weigh in. After my first great loss of 4lbs, the following week I gained 1lb. I'm not sure why as I had tracked everything and had felt like I'd had a really good week. I had decided to not dwell too much on it, it may have been the big loss the week before balancing out and I decided to look at it as 3lb loss over 2 weeks instead of focusing on the gain. 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: September Week 4

First full week back to class done and I managed to lose 4lbs. I was really hoping for a big start but I wasn't sure how things would actually go on the scales. So I am delighted with my first week and this time it has just motivated me even more. I had said a few weeks ago I was going to prioritise my Thursday evenings and make sure I didn't miss my weigh ins, and of course didn't I go and sign up for a run this Thursday evening. I should still make it to my weigh in before the run but I just won't be able to stay to the class. The alternative to to find a class on Wednesday evening but there aren't really any that suit. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: September Week 3

This week I bit the bullet and made it back to my weight watchers meeting last Thursday and faced the official weigh in. Somehow I found my way back to being 1 stone over my goal weight again which is not fantastic but it is what it is. I got access to esource and jumped straight in first thing on Friday morning and it has really helped. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan September Week 2

Despite all my best intentions, it took all of 3 weeks for me to lose my way and so I didn't update last week. After my 2nd week, despite sticking to the plan the scales said STS and somehow I internally reacted badly and that weekend was a disaster. Then I was stressed and being hard on myself over the STS the just kept letting things slip and before I knew it I was back into the habits from the start of the summer. So I have realised that I can't do this alone, I need to go back to class. I always intended on going back but I just had a few things on and it wasn't possible for the few weeks. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan and Weigh In: August Week 4

Last week was my first full week back on plan all summer and I have to say it felt great. For the most part I didn't feel temptation and I was happy with all my planned meals. I had a treat on Saturday night and worked a few treats during the week into my daily points. My skin started to clear up a bit and I felt like I was sleeping better, and of course the scales responded and I was down 3.5lbs on Thursday. 

Monday, August 20, 2018

So I Took The Summer Off....

Its been a long time since I post here, and its been about the same amount of time since I have been on plan. The summer seems to have just disappeared in the blink of an eye, but that did not stop me doing as much damage as possible. I weighed myself last Thursday in absence of going back to a meeting and I managed to gain 10 lbs over the summer, and was weighing in 1 stone over my goal weight. It could have been worst, but not surprising my clothes are all very tight on me. I'm not going to lie, I have had a great summer, but its time to get serious again. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: June Week 2

I missed last weeks meal plan. I had been in London for the Bank Holiday weekend and by the time I got home on Monday I was exhausted and just felt like I was playing catch up for the week. I also skipped my weigh in last Thursday. I had gone all out over the weekend and couldn't get myself back into routine until Wednesday after coming back, so I knew I was going to gain and I just couldn't face it. I had lost half a pound the previous week which had bought me back to 5lbs from goal, so my next weigh in will be free. I didn't really want to have to go back to paying so quickly so I skipped it.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: May Week 5

May has been a bit of a manic month for me. I've been busy in work, had very busy weekends, I was sick and as I mentioned in my last post I was completely preoccupied with the run up to the referendum on repealing the 8th. I got myself involved and tried to give as much time as I could to canvassing (though not nearly as much time as I would have liked). I was worried but in the end Ireland has shown to be a country of good people who believe in the safety and rights of our women. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Why I am voting Yes to Repeal the 8th!

I have been a bit absent from my blog a bit, and I know that I have not posted a meal plan in a while. The truth is I have been preoccupied by a few things over the past few weeks and one big part of that is the upcoming referendum on repealing the 8th amendment.  I’ve been trying to find the words to post on here for a while now, and I know this will not be as eloquent as some, but I feel that I need to get this out there ahead of Friday.

I have been sharing a lot of stuff over on my Facebook and Instagram pages that make my feelings on the issue very clear. I am very much pro Repeal and will be voting yes on Friday. I know this is an emotional issue, and I have had my emotions go through the ringer over the past few weeks. I have gotten angry, I have been anxious, worried, scared and I have cried. The 8th Amendment was added in 1983, 35 years ago and I will be turning 34 this summer. So for as long as I have been alive there has been a restriction on my medical care. As I have never been pregnant, I have never really known what this has meant and my pro-choice stance has always been based on my belief that a woman should have the right to choose if she wants to carry and give birth to a baby, regardless of the circumstances of its conception. However, since the tragic and awful death of Savita Halappanavar, I have heard countless tragic and heart-breaking stories of just how many ways this amendment truly affects the women and families of Ireland. My reasons for being pro-choice have deepened greatly.

In terms of my original reason for being Pro Choice, I genuinely believe a woman should have a say in what happens in her body. Pregnancy happens in so many different scenario’s and there are so many reasons why a woman may consider an abortion. Who really is to decide what is a ‘valid’ reason and what is not. I agree that an abortion is never an ideal scenario, and in an ideal world we would not have any unwanted pregnancies. But we do not live in an ideal world. No contraceptive is 100% effective, access to contraception is an issue and we have a long way to go to improve our sex education in schools. For those that do find themselves in a situation of a unplanned or crisis pregnancy, we need to provide better support for these women so that less feel abortion is the only option for them. We need to give them other, real practical solutions that can be presented alongside the option of abortion so that people can make a choice, and the choice that is right for them. It is never going to be an easy choice,  or one made on a whim, but it can be made easier with more support for whatever option is right for the woman. I know not everyone agrees with abortion for these (varied and valid) reasons, but the fact is they are happening. Women travel every day, women import the pills and take them in their homes alone and scared. We should be supporting these women and making it safe for them. Ensure they do not feel alone and that they do have options, but equally the option they have chosen is valid.

For what the No side like to call the ‘Hard Cases’ (I am not sure there is such a thing as an ‘Easy Case’), but let’s look at the instances of Rape & Incest. We need to have compassion for the victims in these scenarios. I am aware not all victims will choose this path, but the option should be there. We should not be looking to prolong their suffering or make it worse. Not every victim wants to disclose the cause of their pregnancy, or discuss it with anyone. And why should they have to? The reason the 12 weeks without disclosure of reason is being proposed is to cater for these victims, they have already had their choice and control taken away from them, so we need allow them the compassion and respect to decide for themselves without adding them to their trauma.

We have read and heard from so many women who have suffered the devastation of a FFA and how one of the most difficult time in a person’s life has been made that much worse by the 8th Amendment. For those women who get comfort from carrying these pregnancies to term for the chance of a few precious moments with their child, they get all the support they need here at home as it should be. For those who feel that is not right for them, who can’t carry a doomed pregnancy to term. Who can’t deal with the questions from friends, co-workers & strangers about due dates where they have to verbalise the pain they are going through or lie and brush off the question. For those who have families to care for and other children to consider. For those that feel allowing a child to be born into a short life of pain and suffering is not compassionate or right. For those, we offer them nothing but the option to travel. The stories of these families are nothing but heart-breaking. Women who have to travel alone as their family cannot afford to go with them. Families who have to leave their babies behind and have remains couriered back, or smuggle these remains back in their car. We need to give these women and their families back their dignity and allow them the right to deal with their tragedy in the best way for them.

Currently the only way and abortion can be performed is if there is ‘real and substantial risk’ to the life of the mother. That leaves it up to our doctors to determine how sick we let a woman get before the risk of death is real and substantial. For women suffering miscarriages, they must wait until the either the heart has stopped beating or some sort of infection has set in before they can intervene. And in the case of some infections, waiting for this to develop can be disastrous. In other countries, where a miscarriage like this presents the women are given the choice of waiting or allowing doctors intervene to speed up the inevitable. For some women with existing conditions, the risks to their health change and increase during pregnancy. Some medication is not compatible with pregnancy, some treatment plans and some medical tests such as MRI’s cannot be performed during pregnancy or certain times during pregnancy. For the majority of medical procedures and treatments, men and women are given a say in what risk they are willing to take with their health. The doctors present the facts and a choice is made. This right is taken away from women during pregnancy. For some women, they are willing to wait to be a deaths door for the chance of having a baby. For others, the bar is set lower. Neither woman is given the option here, there are no choices given as the doctors must act according to the 8th.  Why do we not give women the trust, dignity and respect to have a say in their healthcare during pregnancy.

I am voting yes on Friday because I trust women to make the right decisions for themselves. I trust that they will listen to the medical advice presented and be able to decide what is best for them. I trust that if a women says she cannot continue with a pregnancy then there is a valid and good reason for that which is quite frankly none of my business. The women of Ireland are so much more than baby makers. The change will not take away the choice of women to continue their pregnancies, every day people have much loved and much wanted babies and repealing the 8th amendment will not change that. So on Friday let’s prove that as a country we respect women to know what is best for them.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: May Week 1

I was a little unsure last week how my weigh in was going to go last week. I felt like I was retaining water and I had pretty much stopped all exercise after the 10km on Monday. I had been a bit sick and just feeling exhausted so decided my body needed a rest. I was hoping to at least STS so I was pretty happy to find I had lost half a pound. So this week I managed to get back into the 10 stone bracket, and it brings my total loss for the past 4 weeks to 4lbs. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan and Weigh In

I missed last weeks meal plan, I had an absolutely mental week last week. Monday night I was out seeing the Streets in Dublin and wasn't home until after midnight. That really put me a bit behind for the week. I also had some stuff going on work wise which had me running around a bit like a headless chicken for most of the week. I don't want to go into the detail but it ended very positively for me, but it was a lot of stress. While I didn't get a chance to post last week, I did not go off plan. I had a couple of extra drinks through out the week, celebratory and otherwise, but I really took advantage of the weather and upped my exercise last week. It helped that the wellness committee were running a competition for the person who could have the highest step count in one day last week. I came 5th and won myself a €50 voucher.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: April Week 2

Its been just under 2 weeks since I started tracking calories as well as SmartPoints and decided to be 100% honest with myself. At weigh in on Thursday I saw some results for the first time in ages and I was down 2lbs. I have felt really good and found it easy enough to stick to my daily allowances. Easter Monday I was up and my parents and I resisted dessert with some ease (despite the protests from my family). I got an Easter Egg from my parents and it is still sitting unopened in my kitchen and I know that when I do finally open it, I'll be dividing it into portions so that I don't eat the whole thing in one go. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan: New Month, New Mindset

Last week I was finally honest with myself about what I had been doing for the past few months. I had been seriously kidding myself, tracking but not 100%. Rounding things down instead of up. Throwing something into a recipe without tracking it. Snacking mindlessly and telling myself it was less than it was. And my weekends have been a disaster. Feeling like a treat had to be a full on blow out and picking the most calorific thing on the menu and then eating my way through a hangover the next day. The thing is, I really didn't realise how bad it was. I had slipped into old habits and thought I should get away with it because I was being 'good' during the week. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan March Week 4

I missed my weigh in again last week. Though it was the week I had planned on skipping it. I haven't weighed myself but whatever I am doing is not working. I can tell from how my clothes fit me I have gained a bit. I know I am usually bloated this time of the month but it seems worse this time. When I look back over what I have been doing over the past few months, I think I have been kidding myself a bit. I've been picking at things, getting lazy with portion sizes and just really not paying enough attention to things. I am not sure I am still in the right frame of mind for it but I am going to try and be a bit more mindful this week. Get the scales back out and keep my hands out of the fridge/cupboards when I cook. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Hairy Dieters Go Veggie! -***SmartPoints & Flex***

Ok I have a bit of a confession, I got this book back in November and have kept meaning to finish pointing but life just got in the way. Then the plan changed so I had to go back and start again with the Flex points which pushed it out even further. But I have finally done it. I have to say, this is not my favourite of their books. It's still got some fantastic recipes (the meatless meatballs in particular was a favourite), but I would be more likely to reach for one of their other books. I also am not sure I have given it a fair chance because of that, and it didn't help that I have only just finished pointing it. I try to eat vegetarian at least once a week so will give a few more a try from now on.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan: March Week 3

Last week I skipped my weigh in. I was under a lot of pressure in work and I ended up working too late on Thursday to make it. I had a good week and was not too worried about missing it. Last week for the first time in ages I didn't weigh myself at all. Usually I would be up on the scales first thing every morning to check in, and I realised all I was doing was adding to my anxiety. So I skipped it last week, and I have no idea what my weight is right now. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: March Week 2

So last week I had no post because I had no meal plan. Like most people in Ireland, I was just getting over the Beast from the East and crazy snow that we had, and I was lucky to get some shopping done on the Monday evening with some very bare shelves. I did the best I could but a meal plan was not happening last week. I'm sure I am not alone, but being snowed in definitely threw me off. I was working from home which meant a set up at my kitchen table, and while I still had my prepared lunches in the fridge - being so close to the kitchen cupboards and feeling very out of sorts saw me stray off plan, mostly out of boredom. I obviously couldn't run, but I did manage to get out walking for at least a bit every day and hit my 10k steps 3 out of the 5 days I was trapped inside.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Healthy Pancakes

I, like a lot people, love pancakes but always feel guilty when I eat them. Whenever I go out to brunch I am tempted by the pancakes but very rarely actually get them. I have tried the banana and egg pancakes so many times and they never work for me, they always either stick or burn and end up tasting a bit like sweet scrambled eggs which is not great. I tried a different version of these using both almond and skimmed

Monday, February 26, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan: Feb Week 4

Last week I had a bit of a meltdown. I was trying so hard not to let the number on the scales bother me but I couldn't get it out of my head. And then to make matter worse I jumped onto the scales on Wednesday and it looked like I had gained 3lbs, for absolutely no reason at all. So I made a decision to skip my weigh in on Thursday. I know the gain is down to the fact I am due my time of the month and I just couldn't face spending €10 to be told that. For the time being I am not going to go to weigh in the week my TOTM is due. No matter what I do I am always up that week so I am just going to skip the weigh in and stick to the plan. I'm still giving myself to the end of March before I make a decision on what to do, and my main aim to try and maintain my weight overall. If I find myself over the  next few weeks steadily gaining then I will reassess sooner. I know these posts are getting a little bit repetitive, and probably not the most motivating but it is where I am at right now!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: February Week 3

I am not having a great time with the scales at the moment. I gained a pound at last weigh in, and while I know I was sick it was still not the result I was expecting. I feel like I am going around in circles and it is hard to stay motivated. I have been doing a lot of soul searching this week, and anyone who follows me on Instagram may have seen me talk about this on my stories this week. It would be easy for me to keep making excuses, but I know there is something going on with me at the moment. Whether it is physical, just getting older or whether it is all in my mind - I do not seem to be losing weight. The thing is, I am not actively gaining weigh. I just seem to be losing and gaining the same 2-3 pounds. So while obviously I would love to lose the 8.5lbs and get back to goal but I am comfortable maintaining until I can resolve whatever it is going on with me. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: February Week 2

Finally last week the scales started to catch up with me and I lost 1.5lbs. Still 7.5lbs above goal but starting the feel a bit better about it. We went out for dinner with my parents on Friday night and while trying on different outfits the night before I had lost the self consciousness I'd been feeling the past few weeks. My bloating seemed to have gone right down and starting to feel like it was my body again. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: Feb Week 1

I've now had 3 weigh ins since starting Flex, and I am the exact same weight I was when I went back to class in January. So my January loss is a big fat 0!! I am disappointed, but I am not defeated. I am not sure about anyone else, but I have found since I hit 30 the weight is just sticking to me. It's been getting gradually worse each year but I find it so much harder at the moment to shift those last few pounds. Not only that buy my monthly cycle affects me so much more than it ever had. All of last year I would have 2 weigh ins per month where if I followed the plan 100% I would be lucky with a STS, any sort of stray and I would be up instantly. On top of that, I am retaining water to beat the band those 2 weeks and am so bloated.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: Jan Week 5

So my little binge at the weekend caught up with me and I was up half a pound at weigh in on Thursday. Not surprised or disappointed, but ready to put it behind me and move on. I got off to a great start to this week, had kept some rollovers towards a meal and drinks on Saturday night and while I probably went over a bit, I woke up on Sunday morning and got myself straight back at it. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan and Weigh In: January Week 4

Last week was my first proper week on Flex and I will be honest as my weigh in got closer, I felt like I had done everything right but I also felt I hadn't lost anything. I was still feeling the pinch in my clothes and I was still bloated. Other than that I was feeling great so on Thursday morning I decided that no matter what the scales said that evening, I would be giving Flex a proper go for at least a month before making a decision on how good it was. I got to my weigh in and was down 1 pound in the week. Obviously ideally I would have liked to have made a bigger dent in the Christmas gain but a loss is a loss. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: January Week 3

My class reopened last Thursday, so after nearly a month away from the scales I finally faced them. I was hoping to have a full week on track before going back but the weekend was a little shakey but I was back on Monday morning and ready to have 4 great days. Then Wednesday my day just went completely haywire. A meeting that was meant to be over by lunch time ran on for the whole day and we ended up ordering pizza to keep us going (and full sugar soft drinks) and I just went with it. I spent so much extra time in the meeting so I had to work late which meant having a scone and chocolate bar for dinner. The next day was weigh in day, and I was doing well up until 5pm when some leftover sandwiches and pastries came out of a meeting and I went for it....less than 2 hours before getting on the scales, talk about self sabotage. Either way I got to my weigh in a faced the music - up 4lbs. Not so bad considering it was a month over the Christmas period where I hardly tracked at all. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan: January Week 2

Happy New Year!!!!

I know its been a while since my last post but I decided to take a bit of a break to focus on family time over Christmas. I may have mentioned that my sister was visiting from New Zealand with her family for the first time in 3 years so I had set aside a lot of time to spend with them and my beautiful little niece. I had over 2 weeks off work, and so any time I wasn't spending with my family I was enjoying some well needed rest and relaxation just enjoying the first Christmas in my new home and of course catching up with friends. I missed my last 2 weigh ins before the xmas break, and despite my best intentions I started the indulgence somewhere around December 20th and only really got myself back on track last Thursday. I haven't looked at the scales yet as my leader isn't back until this week, but I can tell everything is a little bit tighter than it was, so I am expecting a substantial gain. I was hoping to get some damage control in this week, but I lost the run of myself a bit yesterday which is not ideal. 4 good on plan days before weigh in will hopefully help. Anyway, Christmas is only once a year and so I will not be feeling guilty over the bit of excess. I had a wonderful time and I am now more than ready to get back to my healthy lifestyle.