Thursday, 3 January 2013
My weight loss diary - Week 1
I can't believe I'm doing this. I am actually going to share with you my vital statistics.
I'm 5ft 4" and I weight 12 stone 7lbs.
Basically that means I'm overweight, very overweight.
This is something that I have never encountered before having my two younger children. In my twenties I remained roughly around 8 to 8.5 stone except when pregnant with Samuel. After Samuel had been born I went back to 8.5 - 9 stone.
I then got divorced and dropped to 7 stone for a year or so, but gradually as my life settled I went back to 9 stone and fell pregnant with Oliver.
Then I ate too much. I've never had a sweet tooth, but when Oliver was born I craved sweet things all the time, and I ate them. I piled on far too much weight and then falling pregnant with Isabella so quickly after meant that I had no time to lose the baby weight and so just simply piled on even more.
This time last year I started a diet and lost just over a stone, I think I got down to 11 stone 4 lbs. I stopped dieting after my Grandad died in February, but never got back to it and rather than maintaining I chose to comfort eat and the stone and a bit has gone back on.
So, here I am again. This time determined to succeed and to lose enough weight to feel fitter and healthier.
I'm not sure whether to set an overall goal, or a small goal then work from there?
My way of dieting is calorie counting and lower fat intake. I am also cutting out bread as this makes me bloat. I am continuing to eat a balanced diet insofar as meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, and also carbs such as potato, rice and pasta, but I am taking care with portion sizes and weighing my food. I am reducing alcohol intake and increasing water intake.
I hope to share in my weekly diary one of the healthy meals that I cook.
Today I've made a quick Cajun Spiced Minestrone Soup.
1. Pour 1L of vegetable stock in a saucepan. Add 400g of chopped tomatoes and bring to the boil.
2. Add 100g of angel hair spaghetti broken into small pieces and simmer for a few minutes.
3. Add 300g of frozen mixed vegetables, 1/2 teaspoon of cajun seasoning and a teaspoon of basil.
4. Bring back to the boil and simmer until the vegetables are cooked to your liking. (I like mine a bit on the crunchier side).
This soup contains approx 150 cals per serving, based on the above making 4 portions.