So this is the third month in the year. I woke up this morning and finally decided to check my weight on the scale in the bathroom which has taunted me since all that Christmas chocolate and pudding. I am sure that I am not alone in this. Over the holdiays, I ate a shocking amount of chocolate, none of which I bought myself. You see, people think that the best way to share their joy and holiday spirit is by gifting the office or the house share with chocolates. To be fair to them, nobody asked me to indulge, but there’s something about a pack of ferrero Rocher.
There is no such thing as self control when I see a packet of celebrations containing pure goodness, otherwise known as snickers. Anyway, I ate a whole lot of those, as well as many many Nutella pancakes and crepes at the Christmas bazaars in London and Bristol. Life was good! Then my birthday and valentine’s day arrived in January and February respectively; and I indulged some more. All thanks to the wonderful friends, house mates and classmates who insist on spreading the chocolatey love. Fast forward two weeks later, I climbed on the scale and I was sorry!
To be honest, I was not too surprised because my butt had taken on a slightly fuller appearance in the mirror and in my jeans. In addition, my midriff was also showing signs of the old muffin-ness. Thus I embarked upon my quest to lose 1kg or 2.2 pounds and to tone up as well. This morning, I got on that scale and I had lost 2kg (4.4 pounds) in one month. I am so excited, and I really did not do too much, except be regimented and disciplined, but I wasn’t starving myself. Below is what I did for anyone’s who is interested in trying:
1. I banished all the bad stuff from my kitchen. stocked up on small sized apples, small banana fingers, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, bell peppers, okro, spinach, onions, frozen peas, frozen mushrooms, fish, chicken breasts, eggs, beans, beans flour, unripe plantain, sweet potatoes, oats, unsweetened almond milk, ginger and lemon tea, peppermint tea (all caffeine free).
2. I made a weekly menu which I shall share below.
3. I found my favourite series and had them ready to play daily for my exercise sessions, 30 minutes per episode.
4. I began to jog on the spot in front of the TV every single morning or evening (depending on what was going on in my day) for 30 minutes while watching my beloved series. No exercise, no series, it was my reward for looking after my body and myself.
5. I made my meals a few days in advance and put them in the fridge inside portion control plastic containers. In addition, everyday before going out, I sliced about 3 or 4 carrots and put in a zip log bag, this constituted my snacking. I also took my teabags with me as I cut out all that milky tea drinking and just stuck with my yummy flavoured tea.
6. I did not go out to parties or with friends as much during this time.
7. I tried to eat dinner before 7pm daily and went to bed early if I was feeling peckish.
8. I made a diary of what I ate so that I could review in the event that I ate too much on a particular day.
9. I had music in the background if I did not feel like watching the series while I exercised.
10. I stayed away from the scale for a month. I drank lots of water and caffeine free flavoured tea. I at mostly lean protein, legumes, egg whites. I cut out eba, pounded yam, potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, sweets, cookies,etc
|Monday||Oats with some almond milk, a small banana||Chicken salad drizzled with olive oil and black pepper||Roasted, boiled or grilled chicken breast on a bed of tomatoes and lettuce|
|Tuesday||1 boiled egg with cooked mushrooms and cherry tomatoes||Homemade stir fry (with only half a teaspoon of oil oil) of mostly diced chicken breast, onions, mushrooms and peas and 1 serving spoon of beans||A fish fillet grilled with garlic served on a bed of rockets or any veggies you have|
|Wed||Oats, unsweetened almond milk and banana||½ sweet potato used to make a salad. No dressing, just olive oil, vinegar and black pepper||A small bowl of Okro soup made with skinless chicken and half a teaspoon of palm oil|
|Thursday||1 grilled sausage with tomatoes and mushrooms||A small tin of moi-moi made with olive oil||Pea soup|
|Friday||½ a grapefruit||Stir fry made with a serving spoon of chickpeas and a lot of peas, tomatoes, mushrooms||Tuna salad with lettuce and healthy dressing|
|Saturday||Oats, banana and unsweetened almond||Mushrooms and ham soup||Grilled Chicken breast marinated in garlic with veggies|
|Sunday||1 grapefruit||Mashed sweet potatoes and grilled fish with a side of peas and carrots||½ unripe Plantain roasted in the oven and eaten with spinach tomatoes stew or spinach curry|
I varied my menu every now and then for the four weeks. I also controlled my portions to 3/4 of my fist. I snacked twice in the day; mid morning, and mid-evening. My snacks were usually 1 apple, or 1 pear, or 1 carrot, or 10 raw almonds. I had a few treat days where I saw a movie with a small pack of popcorn, or had pancakes for breakfast. But for the most part, I stuck to what you see above. I am so psyched and plan to continue. I never felt tired or hungry because the meals are quite balanced; proteins, veggies, fruits, carbs (from potatoes, plaintain, veggies and fruits). I will carry on for another month and see how it goes. Fingers crossed I can persevere for another month, and then change a few things and make it a lifestyle. Have you had the same dilemma as me over the holidays?