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Diet Coke.

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Diet Coke. A dangerous substance. Worse still than normal coke and I have proof. I have eaten the same thing for the last 3-4 days: cottage cheese, salad, crispbread, ham, and milk. Yesterday, mum bought diet coke and after consuming half a glass, I had an insatiable craving for sugar! Please excuse the sugar hiccough but after eating two digestives, it still wasn’t enough and I grabbed a handful of cheerios. Not enough to amount to over 1400kcal but sweet lords…. just drink the full fat! It’s better for you!!!! I only managed to stop the cravings by drinking another glass of milk and then brushing my teeth before promptly going to bed. O_O

So there Cola. Your move.

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Also, I woke up late today (1.45pm OOPS!) and then went in the bath so I didn’t eat until 4pm. I had half a roll, cottage cheese, chicken roll, salad and Diet Irn-Bru (WHICH DOESN’T EVER GIVE ME CRAVINGS!)

Also just noticed… in the last minute, there’s been a KFC, McDonalds, Mayonnaise, Cider and Coffee advert on the television. -____- So much for out of sight, out of mind.

Anyway, if Daniel comes over tonight, we’re going to have a takeaway, possibly halving a chow mein. ❀ Cheaper and better for portions πŸ™‚

Constipation.

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This is a rather odd topic I know but some people actually don’t know why and how they are clogged up. xD Naturally, fresh fruit and vegetables are natures way of flushing out theΒ  system.Β  Even if you think you can lose weight without fruit and vegetables or they are too complex to think up ways to cook them, remember, it’s okay to eat many of them raw! (Except maybe potatoes). No-one will think you’re weird if you’re out on a bus nomming an apple, well….they might if you’re deep-throating a cucumber while attempting to hide from view in the back seat….

GROSS OUT WARNING :Β  – GUYS LOOK AWAY IF PERIODS GROSS YOU (THOUGH KEEP IN MIND, THIS MIGHT HELP YOU WITH YOUR GIRLFRIEND/WIFE/MISTRESS/FANCY-BIT/ LIFE-PARTNER/RIGHT-HAND IF SHE’S GRUMPY) AND SCROLL DOWN TO THE SAFE ZONE xD

Periods. Awful, messy, moody, depressing things. You’re emotionally charged and losing blood. Damn right you’re pissed of, but that’s not all! You can also get constipated due to the hormones going “I don’t fucking know :D”. One of the ways I learned to help is eating more fruit and vegetables and heaps more water. You’re flushing blood out so the body clings on to every last bit of water it can so drink more. Lean meats like grilled chicken areΒ  always good but especially good now for replenishing lost iron in the blood, and milk replaces the calcium to reduce cramps so that’s something to try to. Banana’s are good for extra potassium too! Simply put, even though you feel like crap and want to eat chocolate and crisps, you’ll feel better with healthier food. I heard that it can get worse as you get older though so if it gets completely out of control, maybe check with your doctor, perhaps it might be the onset of IBS? p.s. Online doctors are NOT a good idea.

Purple Cow

I wouldn’t recommend Milk from this source….unless it’s CHOCOLATE Milk.

SAFE ZONE (For the cowards out there :P)

It’s always a good idea to eat a little salad with every meal. A lot of people think that if you have salad with your dinner then you don’t need to have salad with your other meals. My boyfriend’s parents helped me learn a neat little trick 20% meat, 40% carbs and 40% vegetables. For EVERY meal. It helps you stay regular. Remember, not going enough can cause bowel cancer among other things due to the bacteria… (Ew!) and makes for a very grumpy person! So keep nomming green πŸ™‚

That doesn’t mean cut out fats completely!!! That’s impossible, just keep paying attention to what you are nomming!

Oh, I’m also gonna post what I ate today for reflection purposes…. and in case anyone is interrested πŸ˜›

FOOD DIARY – 22/06/2012

Breakfast (at 12.30pm)

boiled and chopped up egg (in a cup) with four crispbreads – 200kcal

I was disappointed in this because I boiled the egg for too long and it tasted all dry and blergh!Β  I settled on eating it anyway due to hunger. It was okay, but it could have been much better .___.

Snack (at 3pm)

Two Packet of Crisps – 200kcal

Yeah so I had an accident. They were there and I was bored and there was nothing on the telly. I need to get out more and stop lurking near food!

Dinner (6.35pm)

Pasta with peppers and mushrooms in a tomato and basil sauce – 300kcals

REALLY REALLY YUMMY! It made up for the iffy overcooked breakfast. I’m proud of this because I managed to stop when I was full and binned the extras that I could not finish so that I wouldn’t be tempted later. my stomach must be shrinking.

Supper (22.14)

Crispbreads (x 2) Cottage Cheese, Ham and Salad – 160kcal

 

Drinks with countable Kcalories

Two x Glass of Milk – 200kcal

Worth it πŸ˜‰

After having that pasta, I’m stuffed. It’s 8pm and I don’t think I’ll need anything else for the night. yay!

Day Three of the Fruit and Veg diet!

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Today was oddly successful for a day spent primarily in the house. Still no luck in the job front so I really need to get college finance forms done as soon as possible. The plan was to keep on with the fruit and veg diet but I had a few slip ups here and there. Let’s go over them….

 

Breakfast

Tin of Diet Fizzy Juice

Cereal. (230kcal)

Normally I would have stuck to having a pear for breakfast but I settled for half a bowl of cereal and milk because of the diet juice I think. The sweeteners cause sugar cravings and there is a lot of sugar in cereal. Maybe I need to lay off the diet fizzy. As I woke up starving, I veered towards the diet fizzy for a burst of bubbles to fill my tummy and th at’s maybe the problem…

At least there was some milk in the cereal….

 

Snack

Crispbreads and cottage cheese (200kcal)

I woke up late today to my breakfast was late and having lunch at this time would have been detrimental and pointless. So, instead, I had a snack instead of a lunch. It was rather small but meh. Dinner was not long from then.

 

Dinner

Salad, ham, crispbread and cottage cheese – 350kcal (MAX)

Lovely and just the right quantity. I only ever use small plates now and that’s enough to fill me πŸ™‚

 

Supper

Pear – 100kcal

Found myself starving around 10pm and instead of attempting to go to bed I decided to have a pear. I could kill for a takeaway….must RESIST!

One of the tips I find most useful when calorie counting is round up, especially with calories. Since my Base Metabolism Rate is only 1400kcal, I need to eat less than that to lose weight. It’s important to stay around 1000kcalories. As such, if I eat something that is 49kcal, I put it down as 50kcal, if something is 51kcal, I put it down as 100kcal. I try to make sure this doesn’t go over. However, if I eat my jellies, I need to eat at least 6before they are put down as 100kcal. πŸ™‚ I group together. Might be something to try out. I NEVER eat anything I don’t know the caloric content of. No matter HOW chocolatey, crispy, salty, sugary, or tastey it looks.

 

Fruit and Veg diet.

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It’s been a while since my last post. Let me explain why:

First, (don’t ask me how) I lost the password to my account. In my attempts to find out my password again via email, I found some b****rd had hacked my hotmail account. AGAIN. I have spent two weeks trying to remember my backup email password. -___-

Anyway, I have managed to reach 11 stone. (154lbs) Just 1 stone left till my original goal weight. I’m not entirely sure how I managed it, but I think it’s mostly down to exercise.

This week I am trying to eat nothing but fruit and veg. Consider it a vegitarian diet. No meat, no dairy. Depending on how this goes I might go down to 9 stone. However, I don’t have the patience for no meat >.< Might have to implement some Tofu in…

Yesterday I ate:

Breakfast:

Nectarine, handful of grapes

Lunch

Melon slices,

Dinner

Salad and stir-fried vegetables

Supper

Pear and Two (10kcal weightwatchers) Jellies.

Nothing unhealthy in that and I didn’t go hungry πŸ˜€ Yay. I only drank milk (the only dairy I’m allowing myself to consume) and my skin is so shiny!!! ❀

Today I started with

Breakfast:

Nectarine – again.

Lunch:

Bowl of Honey soaked ricey weatabix cerael at only 230kcal for 40g with Milk

Dinner:

20kcal Crispbreads (x4) Salad leaves, cottage cheese and a little milk. (Cottage cheese is a safe food because it’s not high in fat) I had some chicken to stop the feeling of dizzy I had (I’m assuming from lack of iron from lack of meat).

I’m going to stick with this and see if I can make it to next Tuesday like this. No Carbs, limited dairy and no yucky foods πŸ™‚ We’ll see.

Any advice is greatly recieved!

Oh! I also made some Rhubarb crumble but I didn’t eat it. xD My boyfriend did and apparently it was delicious :3

Bleh.

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Hmm monday. Not a good week this week. I appear to have put on 6lbs and I’m not entirely sure how I did it…

It may have been those brazil nuts with chocolate or it may have been the alcohol… either way I have no idea how it went up. Honest….

Right, so I’m now 158lbs.

Let’s start again this week.

Today’s menu was odd since I forgot breakfast and had a 90kcalorie breakfast bar instead, followed by a lunch of noodles and vegetable korma for dinner (yum!) and miso soup for tea with crackers. I also missed a bus twice and had to do two 45minute walks in and out of town. Hopefully this constitutes as a good start.

I don’t really have any advice today and I’m feeling a bit tired from walking all day so I guess I’ll put a few things down so I don’t feel guilty xD

I guess one of my biggest tips on avoiding excess calories is, whenever I feel like snacking or “my mouth is bored” then I make sure I have sugar-free mints (Holland & Barratt) or 10kcalorie Jelly or polo mints. Try and avoid eating by finding a long term low-calorie substitute :3

Ten Minute Later Edit:

Ah! I will add this.

The other night I had a lovely idea for a nom. (The portion I used was a small dinner plate around the size of a large saucer). A small bed of lettuce, Mushrooms, Onions and half an Avocado. One scrambled egg with a dairylea cheese slice sprinkled over the top. BEST. Seriously. And only around 45okcalories. (I struggled to finish it) Β If you take the avocado out it’s only 250kcalories btw. πŸ™‚ And a lot of people don’t even like avocado πŸ˜›

Fast Food

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One thing that really bugs me is fast food. I’m not talking about takeaways like Chinese food or a chippy, I mean McDonalds, Subways, KFC, Burger King, etc. The starchy, greasy fast food that is more convenient than heading home to make a meal for a family of 8. Understandably if you’re making food for a family of eight than yes, you’ll want convenience over taste and a little fast food now and again isn’t that bad but I’m talking about eating it everyday.

About a year ago, I didn’t know how to cook, even a little bit. Well, I could make noodles and scrambled egg on toast but that’s hardly a range of meals. Learning how to cook is daunting but it’s a good pay off. It’s often a good idea to cook for yourself and someone else as you’re not likely to want to make a big delicious meal that is wasted on yourself.

Anyway, I kind of want to have a rant at fast food so here goes. You walk into a fast food “resturant” it is decorated with garish bright decorations to quieten the children which are dotted around the place like they’re built in with the walls. The “Happy Meals”?Β  Sure, these places are guilty of bribing children with toys in order to get them to eat the food. But that’s how they sell. They keep people in jobs and keep families fed. It’s a sad truth that you can avoid. All you need to do to change this is stop eating this food for two weeks. Seriously. STOP EATING FAST FOOD FOR A WEEK. Once it’s out your system, the next time you try it, don’t add any salt.Β  I did the exact same thing. The food is bland, tasteless and the addictiveness will have no appeal.

Take McDonalds for example. The average fries are around 200-400kcalories. Take an asda’s ready meal, relatively healthy in comparison, aroudn 400kcalories. Notice something? How long will these fries keep you filled up? Ten, fifteen minutes? How long does the ready meal fill you up? Well, it’s a meal. It should stop you being hungry for around three (3) to four (4) hours. If not, you need to make your portions smaller till they do. πŸ™‚

I think one of the reasons why people enjoy fast food so much is because it has so much salt in it. But wait, we’re trying to be healthy you say, we’re trying to limit salt. Yes, this is obvious but, all humans are born with an addiction to salt. Think about it. We have evolved through situations where salt and sugar can be limited and this abundance of food we’re currently “suffering from” was not always the case. In order to make sure our bodies get enough salt and sugar, it needed to be able to keep the body taking it in regardless of nessessity. There may be lots today, but it cannot guarantee the same case tomorrow. It’s all about storage.

It also cheaper right? Well not exactly. It’s fast. That’s the general appeal. As far as I’ve seen for Β£3.99 you can buy a McDonald’s happy meal to fill you up for twenty minutes (that’s 400kcalories for the fries, 400kcalories for the burger equaling 800kcalories) or you can get a asda’s microwave ready meal for Β£2 and wait twenty minutes more to go home and cook it. All in all, weight loss is about patience.

Another sneaky trick is the “have it your way” trick. What do you think is so popular about KFC or Subway? Oh I’ll have a sub with lettuce and salad and a little more onions and this will justify the mayonnaise…. Bread itself is heavy in the carbs. Too much can be wreck the diet. But by thinking “I’ll just have”, invites more “I’ll JUST have” untill you’d be cheaper (calorie-wise) just taking the fatter option!

As for people who eat fast food and stay skinny. Damn your high metabolisms πŸ˜‰

One last thing: NEVER SUPERSIZE. I don’t care how healthy, how much cheaper, how hungry you are. NO. Just no. There is no excuse. You cannot complain about your weight and stick in a bucket of fries and half a cow of burger. NO NO NO NO NO. End of. No ifs, no buts, no coconuts. I’m serious. Now, fair enough if you’re hungry after a normal one, (not that I’m condoning fast food if you can help it) go buy another one. But if there is food there, chances are you will eat it.

Studies have shown that eating from a larger plate increases the amount you eat by 30 to 40 percent. If you don’t believe it, you don’t have to but I suggest a book called “Mindless Eating” by Brian Wansink. He is in no way affiliated with me and I’m sure he doesn’t even know who I am but this book will change your outlook on food. I’m sure you can find it pretty cheap on ebay or my favourite, amazon.Educate yourself people :3

Anyway, I’ve gone on enough. I hope this information helps a little or at least provides a little food for thought. Thanks for reading and sorry for the text wall πŸ™‚ Thanks guys.

Welcome to my Blog :)

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Welp, I should introduce myself, right? Wrong. πŸ˜‰ You’ll find that HERE. HAHAHA I’m hilarious…. and that should describe my awful sense of humour.

Okay! So, this blog. Well, in a nutshell it’s my way of losing weight and maybe inspiring others to do so too so let’s get started….

Hmm….. food. The struggle, the fight, the fear, the fun.

So far I’ve managed to lose 14lbs in my attempts to get down to a good weight. This is a rough estimate of my weight somewhere between a month and two months ago….

The gothic whale

I couldn’t begin to remember all the things I’ve done to lose this weight so I’m not going to bother. instead I’m going to record, from here on in, all the things I’m GOING to do to lose the remaining 17lbs I need to lose. Hopefully, I’ll get some more pictures pretty soon so I can compare then to now. πŸ™‚

Till next time, Adeiu x