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Week 46

Current weight 12 stone 11 lbs…which is roughly 81.18 kg or 179 lbs

So, the issues continue on again for another week! But it has been quite enlightening shall we say despite the fact in 3 weeks I have gained 4 lbs…

So last week I talked about stress and the impact it was having on my diet, and literally the following day last week I suddenly thought about sleep and how I had not been sleeping well, and the impact on that is quite marked. So, you do not sleep well, so you are tired (I fell asleep 3 times in front of the TV last week before 10pm). You are tired so you do not make your breakfast in advance, you haven’t planned or made lunch and your evening meal is an afterthought, snacks what are snacks…

So tiredness and craving the wrong type of foods is quite key. In addition June is a receipt keeping month, and wow, is all I can say having spent over £200 already on food this month and we are not 2 thirds in yet. So, a little bit of stress and tiredness can actually have quite a vast impact on things (and that is without mentioning the weight gain!)

So (fourth sentence starting with ‘so’ note) we can see what the issues are, and we know to a certain extent part of what was causing them, now it is how do we deal with this. I have been given a couple of suggestions, of what to eat and how to keep busy to avoid snacking, nothing seems to be helping. I also thought let us just ride this out until I am back to normal again, but, well, I feel perfectly normal (apart from wanting to eat constantly that is ha ha).

So (5th time) changes I am making. I starting this week am ensuring my breakfast is prepared every morning, and there is no excuse and no need to spend money I have everything needed for this already in the house, back to overnight oats for a while, keeps me full, and is relatively easy to make. If I forget, just use granola (already in the house) with the yogurt instead.

Lunch is a bit more difficult…after watching the documentary on sandwiches and how wraps were higher calories I went onto flatbread…which is now mouldy and out of date…am going back to wraps, they have been my staple for months, more calories or not! I have food in the cupboard to put in them, I need to find the drive to overcome being too tired, and remind myself healthy food will probably help me feel more awake! My current diet is perhaps partially to blame for making me feel tired…

Evening meals…well I still have a selection of pre-cooked in the freezer and the ingredients for another set of pre-cooked food, when I reach Saturday, I need to cook. I should say the past 2 weekends have just been somewhat busy, and as I have been tired when in the house cooking has really been low down on the mood scale! But I feel a veggie chilli with lentils is definitely on my menu now!

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Week 42

Current weight 12 stone 8.25 lbs…which is roughly 79.94 kg or 176.25 lbs

Now I can’t lie, I am very happy to have maintained my weight this morning. Last Friday when I weighed myself I had gained 3 lbs since Tuesday morning and I was not happy, but also was aware why I had made the gain over a short period of time.

I can’t lie, this past week has been really tough and I don’t totally know why, wanting to eat food I wouldn’t normally eat was part of the issue and craving fizzy drinks really didn’t help. Work has not changed, however, some of my meal choices have. I was still eating within my calories but actually a couple of burgers with brioche buns and chips made at home, all calorie counted (well roughly) didn’t keep me full, or I should say leave me with the feeling of being full. I am going to spend a few weeks not eating red meats and staying away from actual bread. I say actual bread as I eat wraps and don’t view them as bread and they are something I eat all the time! But this sudden need to eat just literal came from nowhere, in the evening I am sat arguing with myself and wanting to snack, luckily there are no snacks in my house I can just eat, only healthy choices but it isn’t as straight forward as that as I want all the things that not only are high in sugar but also waste money.

Since last Friday I needed to use an immense amount of will power to not eat sugary food, but that is not how I wish to live my life, I want to be able to eat anything I want but stay within moderation for unhealthy food and expensive food. I like to go out for a meal now and again and it is easy to make the healthy choices as I enjoy eating them but this strong urge to overeat has just crept up on me from nowhere and wonder what others do or do people just give in? I should add I am very aware of the 80/20 rule which is why I actually go out for meals, and also I drink hot chocolate most days and let’s not forget Tuesday evenings I currently have chips from the chippie every week, so I am not craving treats as I have treats, but at the moment I want them all the time.

Finally, I was reading an interesting article the other day about how the healthy way to lose weight is to lose between 1/2 and 1 lb only a week and so I think although I have lost more some weeks I am following that rule which is good, but in addition it was interesting that it also suggested that once you plateaux that is stop losing weight, to take a break of 6 months before returning back to weight loss. This was to do with your body wanting to keep what it was currently getting it and allowing it to do that. Whilst I type this I have spent half and hour trying to find the article I should add to no avail sorry!

 

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Week 38

Current weight 12 stone 11 lbs…which is roughly 81.193 kg or 179 lbs

This is quite a long blog, a week off works wonders for clarity of thought, and…well I started writing this a few days earlier as I was thinking about difference things!

There is no hiding from the weight gain this week, (although I am impressed it is only 1lb knowing what my weight was over the week) but having had a quite relaxing week (including the wedding of Mini Me) and taken some me time for the first time in a while it is/was time to take stock of what I had done with not only this blog, but also my life since last August. I did start out at 14 stone 5 in case you had forgotten and regardless of today as of last week had lost 23lbs through merely changing what I ate, note not dieting. I also started out getting paid every month when I had about £10 left in my account, the past few months I have had over £500 in my account when I got paid. This shows how much money I am saving through changing my eating habits. Through using ynab that £500 is not savings it is money pre budgeted, so for instance come August I can pay my car insurance in one hit due to already having the money there. I do recommend you give it a go, it comes with a 30 day trial and is well worth the £45 a year I now spend on it. If you decide to trial it just click HERE. Yes, I do get a free month if you sign up, but to be honest this does not work for everyone and it took me over 6 months to be able to use this effectively (I am in my 3rd year now).

So, a very interesting week when I learnt a lot about myself and my eating habits. I have discovered I eat better when my day is structured. The impact of this can quite easily result in me under eating as it is quite unusual (but not impossible) for me to actually feel hungry. Tracking of my calories was introduced back in January to ensure I ate enough food, but some friends seem to think I was tracking my calories to ensure I didn’t eat too much! That was an eye opener! Under eating over a couple of days can result in a 2lb weight gain, that didn’t totally surprise me but I know it has impacted on this week

We are now well and truly in the time where my will power is no longer on overdrive like it is for the first 3 months of the year, biggest noticeable change, fizzy drinks! Not on the scale of before I should add, but they have creeped back in on a couple of days and so I need to keep an eye on that as it is just wasted money, and I do not wish to after all that hard work waste money on a fizzy drink. But it does make me wonder how long New Years resolutions actually last, and how many people get to April still being able to follow their resolution. This was part of the reason I should add I started my blog in August.

Finally, I know you will all be excited I have added a new snack and lunch. The past few months have been manic and although I have worked hard to switch off from work, doing the blog equally was a struggle as when I switched off I wanted to do nothing at all, so hopefully I can now get back on top of the recipes again. So the new recipes this week was GF Chocolate Oat Muffins and Spicy Red Lentil Curry, the latter of which was so damn nice I could have eaten it all in one go!

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Week 31

Current weight 13 stone 2.5…which is roughly 83.69kg or 184.5lbs

So a lovely surprise this morning to wake up to a 2lbs loss! I am quite happy with the slow way I have been losing weight over the past 7 months, yes it took 6 months to lose a stone but I do believe that is the healthy way, and I already feel great for it, and if I lose another stone over the next 6 months I will be even happier.

Things to consider, as I mentioned the first 3 months of the year I am very motivated, which is good at the moment, but life can throw spanners at you, I had a sort of promotion last week and a few ‘issues’ shall we call them in my personal life which landed on my door (metaphorically speaking) on Sunday. For me it is how I deal with this whilst continuing to stay on top of what I eat and my healthy choice. The next month or so is going to be interesting shall we say!

So, money spent in February I did actually get it down to £140.40 (according to YNAB). Which for the first time was under budget! I have continued I should add to avoid fizzy drinks, crisps and chocolate, well buying chocolate that is! I am taking a snack, popcorn and a banana every day with me as well as lunch and have continued to just be very motivated. 

So, money spent on actual food for breakfast, lunch dinner and snacks:£98.38

Waitrose £36.21 Tesco £51.26  Canterbury Wholefood £3.96 Thais R Us £6.95 

I have switched to shopping more in Tesco, but some things I am still buying in Waitrose, and no news agents spending at all. Some of what I bought was spices to be used over a long period of time and came from Waitrose as they cost no more than Tesco to get them. Despite this, there is a reduction in this section since November when it was £116.20, I spent £17.82 less for food shopping!!!

However, as it was my birthday this month, money spent on meals out, some of which was budgeted for elsewhere: £112.64

Ossie’s Fish bar £24.20 (I buy mini me and partner dinner with me every Thursday, so actually less than a 1/3 of that is mine so £8 at most)

Beano Cafe £19.60 (I take mini me to breakfast on a Sunday)

Bill’s £31.19 (I treated mini me to breakfast here as I saw I had money left in my budget and they were quite low and it was a way to get them out.)

Ask Italian £11.50 (student meal, I had forgotten they were here and it was the eve of my birthday.)

Korean £15 (My niece took me out for my birthday but I couldn’t let her pay the whole amount.)

Poundland £2 (chocolate for a homeless guy.)

Old Gate Inn £5.25 (hot drinks for mini me and I.)

University £3.90 (forget breakfast and forgot 2nd lunch on a Wednesday when I cycle and need more carbs.)

So total spend:£211.02 (£195 wish if you take off the chips). However, if you take off the meals out which were budgeted elsewhere along with the Old Gate Inn I actually spent £98.38 on food! So I am very happy with this. As I may have mentioned before February was my birthday month and so I had some meals out some of which I paid part for and some of which I did not pay for at all.

So, what is my secret you ask, how did I get down from £288.74 to £211.02 (and let’s be honest it would have been less had I not eaten out so much!) My secret, not a secret at all but batch cooking and meal planning. That is it.

Oh and ensuring I take breakfast (I am a get up and go rather than an eat at home and go kinda person, this doesn’t make me lose more weight!) and lunch into work every day, know what I am having for dinner that morning (so I remember to take it out the freezer if needed) and only buying stuff when I need it! I am also building up a range of meals so I do not get bored, but still have garlic bread once or twice a week when running short on time.

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Week 29

Current weight 13 stone 5…which is roughly 84.82kg or 187lbs

A 3/4lb gain, but after a birthday weekend which included eating 2 breakfasts out, two evening meals out and receiving 2 birthday cakes (one of which came with extra thick double cream courtesy of mini me!) I think I will take a 3/4lb gain.

I have just made another large bulk recipe of veggie chilli for future consumption and have made another batch of breakfast burritos, check them out if you haven’t tried them before. I have had a few new meals as well, but have just struggled to find the time to add them, hence today being a day when I am spending the morning working on the site. You may notice it looks a tad different, it will continue to change over the next week or so until I am happy I should add. I am looking also at how it looks on phones and tablets as well as on a normal computer screen. If I am searching for a recipe I tend to use my phone but spend more time on here on a computer itself and sometimes forget to check how it looks on other devices.

I do have to say I have become very organised at the moment planning not only my evening meals in advance but also my breakfast and lunch and snacks. I also have to say as we only have 9 days left in the month, for the first time in forever I may actually come in under £200 how cool is that! I have all of the receipts for February and am keeping them to report on at the end of the month. I also think I may start a page of healthy and cheap choices to choose from the restaurant menu!

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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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