So, it’s not been a full week, only something like three days, but I’ve lost 3 lbs already. Okay, so three days isn’t a great measure, and some of that is probably just daily fluctuation, but it still feels damn good.
I’m off work sick today sadly, and normally I’d be lying on the sofa feeling sorry for myself while munching chocolate; but that 3 lb loss is just enough for me to go “nope, I want to carry on losing weight” and refrain from hunting out my son’s Christmas chocs. May have to make a run to the fridge for some carrots/tomatoes though as I can feel the hunger pangs creeping in.
Portion control is going well so far; using lots of vegetables, lettuce and tomatoes to fill me up seems to be working. Our plates are quite large, but they have a nice large blue border, so I’m keeping my food on the white plate and leaving the blue untouched for dinner, while for lunch, I’m using a side plate. My husband is a bit grumpy with the smaller portions, but using large amounts of vegetables seems to keep him happy-ish – it may do him good as well!
On advice from others, I’ve also cut down on my carbohydrate intake and upped my protein, so rather than a sandwich I’m doing an omelette, actually in my case, the omelette is more like scrambled eggs, with a few slices of lean ham and tomatoes thrown in, and I’ve swapped out a bit of toast for oatcakes.
Exercise was going fine until yesterday when the cold/flu kicked in, and I started and gave up within nano-seconds, but as I’m logging all my food (and not cheating!) I can compensate by reducing my calorie intake. I know from doing the 5:2 diet that I need 1808 calories to maintain my weight (see here for how this works), so anything below that should result in weight loss. As I’m using My Fitness Pal (MFP) to log my intake, it suggests that I take in 1200 calories a day to lose weight; this isn’t a huge amount really, but with MFP it bases it on a completely sedentary lifestyle (AKA sitting down all day), so any exercise I actually do will increase my allowances – 30 minutes of housework/cleaning gives me about 100 calories – that’s almost a single Twix finger!
I await next week with interest!