Monthly ArchiveDecember 2018

Week 21

Happy Christmas!

Gutted to read the scales this morning as 14 stone, the last few weeks have been hard but that is no excuse, have had a sore throat now for nearly 2 weeks (also not an excuse) but one more Christmas dinner to eat (yes tomorrow I eat another one) and then it is time to refocus myself again. Lodger has gone, no excuse to not eat healthier and 2 more weeks off work to sort things out for the month ahead.

Pre planning meals is the term I think I need to focus on!

Finally, Tesco flavoured water is a no as my heart rate it 80 as a resting heart rate by Friday. The only issue is whether it was the drink or my sore throat…we shall see but may need to try the 3 weeks again once the sore throat finally goes!

Watch this space.

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Week 20

Current weight 13 stone 12…which is roughly 87.99kg or 194lbs

I can’t lie, although I have put on another pound, after having had a fairly relaxing week and a weekend on the sofa feeling sorry for myself fighting off a sore throat (it hasn’t won yet but I am still fighting it!) I am not really surprised. And before next Tuesday’s weigh in (OMG that is Christmas Day!!!) I am actually eating out 3 more times…

Last week I actually ate out two days in a row, the first meal I just had a main course and the 2nd meal I just had a starter. I think in some respect that is the better choice. Tonight I looked at the menu and decided straight away I would miss dessert and so going for the prawn and avocado starter, only the sauce to worry about and then a turkey roast, where I intend to eat all the vegetables first so if I am full it is before I tackle the roast potatoes! I can’t remember the last time I ate a meal that large anyway so I could be full just on the starter! Tip to myself and other? Drink plenty of water, the more I can drink the less I will eat.

Building on last weeks link I shared, I have couple of other ones I have just not had time to share with you, but just things I found interesting.

Why we gain weight in winter – I am not saying I agree with this I should add, I just found it interesting!

I was on a diet for 18 years – This did make me wonder about diets and the journey I am trying to go on and how there is no easy solution here.

And finally….for those who like a stew, 18 stew recipes for weight loss – am aiming to try some of these in the New Year, as I love a stew…

And yes, I will post next Tuesday on Christmas Day but am thinking most of you will see it and so now I wish you a very Happy Christmas!

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Week 19

Current weight 13 stone 11…which is roughly 87.54kg or 193lbs

As Christmas approaches and I had my 2nd Christmas meal of the week today I am trying to look at making good choices as well as trying not to notice the 1lb gain. I have been back on the cheaper fizzy drink for a week now and it has not made much difference with my HR so far, so we shall see how things are in a couple of weeks time (I think that makes it Christmas day!)

Over the next few weeks I am hoping to start looking at lunches as opposed to dinners to see what different easy pre-made meals I can come up with, keep looking under recipes though as I have been adding meals most weeks and you may just miss them as I do not always mention them in here. I also want to try to see if I can find some Christmas snacks that are cost-effective and tasty.

I did recently come across an interesting article for anyone out there who runs but wonders why they may not be losing weight. I know I say you can’t out run an unhealthy diet, and that is true but there is more to it than that so have a little read of 3 Running Traps That Halt Weight Loss and I shall be back next week, happy to maintain and even happier if I could have lost a lb in weight!

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Week 18

Current weight 13 stone 10.25…which is roughly 87.2kg or 192.25lbs

A gain of 1lb but I am happy with that, I am surprised I have not gained all the weight I lost, and am slightly fearful now of this month, as December is a month that people can end up some times overeating or use it as an excuse. Maybe next week I can look at that in more detail. This week the focus is back on money again!

Now just like August, for November I managed to keep every single receipt that I spent on food. I allocated myself £250 to spend as I felt £200 was just not an option having tried for the previous 2 months to no avail. In addition I am also feeding mini me twice a week and so the extra takes that into account.

So, for November, I did actually get it down to £288.74 (according to YNAB) which is again over my budget so what did I actually spent that much money on? Unlike August when I was home on leave for two weeks, in November I was actually ill for over a week, and have a house guest who cooks some of my meals which leads me to contemplate, where did I spend this money!

Money spent on actual food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks: £116.20

£48.63 – Waitrose, £35.03 – Tesco, £20.28 Oaten Hill, £5.24 – Thai shop, £7.02 – Aldi 

As we can see am spending less now in Waitrose, but Oaten Hill is a newsagent, where I have spent a lot of that £20.28 on drink…

Money spent on meals out some of which was budgeted for: £126.68

£50 – Ghurka Dine (my friend and I alternate dinner once a month, this is budgeted separately to my food)

£30.60 – Beano Cafe (I take mini me for breakfast on a Sunday morning),

£6.68 – McDonald’s, (I am impressed as fast food is not healthy!)

£54.55 – Chips from Chippie (the chips are for me, mini me and mini me’s partner).

Money spent on Fizzy Drinks and other not needed items: £80.71 (yes that is over £20 less than last time!!!)

£14.54 – Oaten Hill newsagent, £2.80 – Boots, £33.25 – University at work (sadly that was mostly fizzy drinks). £15 – Cash Point (spent on food and drinks only). £15.12 – Various supermarkets for alcohol.

Now this does add up to £323.59 but that is automatically £50 less as that was budgeted separately. So for once I have managed to accurately keep track and am down to £288.74. Not quite the £200 I would like (although £54.55 was chip for 3 over the month and realistically about £15 of that was spent on me. If that so, that actually makes it £250 ish) but with December now upon us…well the budget will be carefully watched shall we say, but with extras I can’t see it staying that low. I will next visit this in February, a shorter month and the opportunity to really take stock of food purchased.

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