My food intake is far from perfect....
Posted on 2013-01-13 by Babieseverywhere
......but it works for me !
From the very beginning, I decided to go for the very slow and steady option of eating a little less/better and moving a little more. Making very small changes to my meals over time.
So far it has taken me 18 months to lose 5.5 stone and I also have had a healthy pregnancy in the middle of that 18 months too.
I went from having an morbidly obese bmi doing zero exercise to today, when I am a whisker off having an overweight bmi. I now run an average of 15 miles a week, do Zumba weekly and I'm learning to do pull ups, sit ups etc.
My original lunch would of consisted of four slices of white bread with marg, mayo and thick slices of cheese, crisps and a chocolate bar.
Today my lunch is more likely to be two slices of wholemeal bread with small amount of butter, wafer thin ham and a cup of hot chocolate. But these changes happened slowly, one slice of bread or change of filling at a time, small changes I could tolerate until overal my meal is better than it was. Not a perfectly healthy meal, just better than the original one.
I aim to continue this way of eating for the rest of my life. I have to...what I use to eat made me fat and unhealthy, I can't go back to that again. Logically going back to the same input will lead to the same output...not a path I want to go down again.
I really hope I can stick with my new way of eating, I think I can because I have no real restrictions. I don't eat special diet food, I don't restrict any type of calorie(i.e. fat, carbs, sugar). I still have takeaways, drink alcohol and eat chocolate but I aim to eat unhealthy things in moderation and less frequency than I have done in recent years. I am more successful some days than others but on average I am losing 1.5 lbs a week, so this works for me.
Daily logging on My Fitness Pal is/was essential for me, learning to be honest about what and how much I was eating, talk about opening my eyes about calorie content of my once favourite meals !
I don't think I will ever have a clean diet, if I had to remove all unhealthy things from my diet today, I doubt I would make it to the end of the week before falling off the wagon !
I aim to eat a 'good enough for me' diet whilst still aiming to make better choices when I can, to alter my habits in small ways and ensure that the majority of my food intake is reasonable.
So when you see that small kebab meat and small fries takeaway meal in my diary, don't judge me for eating badly. Cheer me on, as 18 months ago this would of been a large donner kebab on a large naan bread and large fries. I am improving my diet slowly in a way which I can maintain forever. No quick fixes here.
It will take another 6 months or a year to go from overweight to healthy, a further loss of another 30 lbs. But I don't feel the need to race there, slow and steady will win the race for me....one day :)