I am a documenter (not sure if that's even a word), I document everything that happens in my life.
I document the good:
I document the bad:
And I document the downright ugly! :)
But it took me a long time to work out that documenting what I ate would get me a much better weight loss! As soon as the penny dropped so did the pounds.
I got myself a cheap notebook and wrote down everything, every day and sure enough it worked.
Slimming World then started selling their own journal, a bargain at only £4.95!
It made logging my food and exercise even easier. It only takes a few moments every day and, if you're really serious about losing weight and getting healthy, I'm guessing that you won't have a problem finding those few moments.
I'm over 7st (100lbs) lighter and I've filled three journals. Not only do they keep me on track but I also use them as a tool if my weight loss is slowing down. If I have a few weeks when I'm not happy with the losses I'm getting then I look back through my old journals to see what's changed, to find out what I was doing in the weeks when I was losing lots.
Writing everything down is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT thing I've done in the last nine months and it's something that I'm not going to stop doing. In the time it takes the kettle to boil I've managed to fill in my journal. Therefore, I highly recommend you go and get yourself a brew and make a quick note of what you've eaten today :)
I don't know about you but during the day I used to start thinking about what I was going to have for dinner that evening. I'd think about all of the things I could have that were 100% on plan and what ingredients I'd need. Thoughts of food would soon turn in to some sort of word association game and I'd go from a healthy chicken stir fry and end up at a chicken pie with maybe a suet pastry and thick gravy (my mouth is watering as I type this!!!)
To stop me thinking about food I decided to start planning what I was going to eat in advance. I now get my planner out along with a few recipe books and my shopping list and set to work. It only takes about 20 minutes and as well as putting what we're going to eat on the planner I also put what events I'm doing each day.
To keep my shopping costs down if something needs half a carton of passata then I'll look for a recipe that will use the other half later in the week so nothing is wasted.
The planner stays on my fridge and I glance at it in the morning as I head out of the door to make sure I don't need to get anything out of the freezer, then I don't need to think about food for the rest of the day.
I always do my shopping straight after weigh in so that I''m feeling really inspired by things that have been discussed in group, that way I'm not tempted to go off list.
There are two women on the telly box that I have always admired so it was great to sit down and have a read up on them in their own words.
It only took me days to read Clare Balding's My Animals and Other Family and it really did have me laughing out loud. It tells where her love of animals comes from, how most of the animals in her life were put before her and how hard she worked to become a jockey before she became the sports presenter we know today. I've been lucky enough to meet Clare and she is a hell of a lot more petite that she appears on TV! This book was a real page turner.
Another woman I've loved since I was a little girl is Pam Ayres, there's just something about her voice,that gorgeous accent and her fantastic sense of humour. Pam has led a really interesting life, trying out so many jobs that she just didn't have the "The Necessary Aptitude" for. This is another book that tells of the hard work and determination it takes to make dreams come true. I went to see Pam's show at the theatre a couple of years ago and she's still just as funny as she was when I first saw her in the 70's!
If it's chilly outside and you fancy curling up indoors with a book this weekend then I really can recommend either or both of these.
I know just how hard it is to find an eating plan that fits in with a hectic life. I work full time and I do some form of exercise every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday then on Thursday evenings I'm at my Slimming World group. Add to that a daughter who's a fussy eater and it's almost like I'm fighting a losing battle and thoughts of shoving a pizza in the oven seem an easier option.
I never go for the easy option though so I've found meals that are quick, simple and tasty. On Tuesday I go to Zumba, as I head out of the door I shove a jacket potato in the oven for fussy daughter and it's almost done when I get home. When I get home I quickly slice some mushrooms and tomatoes and fry them in a pan, using Fry Light of course! I add to that some of a frozen stir mix from Tesco that has zero SYNs and all speed food.
I add to that some fish, this week is was Sea Bass.
And 10 minutes later it's on the plate, that really is fast food! I get to enjoy a meal packed with speed foods while fussy daughter enjoys her jacket potato.
After dinner I like to have a dessert and these soya yoghurts are amazing! They come in three flavours and range from 1 to 1.5 SYNs, they're thick and creamy and I really feel like I'm having something naughty at the end of my meal.
Even Alfie loves them :)
Nowadays there are so many different, pre prepared foods available that it's really not hard to make your eating plan work for you.
I have just finished listening to a really great book and I can't believe I had so much in common with the lead character!
Christie Chapman is a single mum, like me, she works in an office, like me, she loves to craft, just like me! Even her best friend is called Sarah, like me! Christie dreams of giving up her job in the city to start her craft business, like me!
Something happens in Christie's life that knocks her for six and I'm not sure I'd be able to cope as well as she did. Does she come through it the other side and get to live her dreams?
You'll just have to read the new book, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews (another crafter), to find out.
If you're a Carole Matthews fan, like me, then I think you'll really enjoy this book and love the characters in it. There are highs, lows and some laugh out loud moments :)
Living life to the full with my daughter, Maddie, and pooch, Alfie. Dividing my time between Surrey and Bournemouth where my partner, Paul, lives. I juggle my hobbies, of which there are many, with full time work and I'm 3 years in to my Slimming World journey.