Monday, 31 January 2011

All Hail The Plan

It’s been five days since my last post. Five days since I wittered on about how I was struggling with all things diet related and how I proclaimed I was going to devise a plan.

I did indeed devise a plan. Nothing that’s going to push the boundaries of healthy eating and dieting or recalculate the value of a calorie but just a plan that I can get my head around. 

I started to eat healthily on Thursday of last week. I wasn’t really adhering to diet like proportions but compared to what I had been shoving down my cake hole – it was worlds apart.  I muddled through the next few days, eating relatively well and I even did a 4 mile bike ride, my first of 2011.

After a couple of nights on the sauce and a chocolate whoopie cake- okay two chocolate whoopie cakes, I knew things were sliding and it was time to stop fannying around. I had to stop playing at trying to lose weight. If I’m going to do this, 75% effort just doesn’t cut it. If I really want to do this, to make some headway and see some results then I have to give more. 

And just what is more? Well, more is a spreadsheet! I am on a really tight budget at the moment and am really counting the pennies. I’m actually having to look in my cupboards and freezer and see what I’ve got in that I can make into a meal that requires me to buy the least amount of ingredients. Okay- it’s not always going to be that drastic but payday has been a very long time coming this week and two nights out that weren’t planned have set me back. 

So I’ve taken this opportunity to create a spreadsheet that plans out all my meals, where I can enter syn values and keep track of what the hell is going on. It also means I can plan out what meals I’ve made, what I need to buy and generally just do a bit of planning – which makes it easier to save money.
Sometimes I just love being anal. I said being!

The meal planning and eating on plan really kicked into gear on Sunday and so I’ve also hit the gym. I went on Sunday and despite being close to throwing up a couple of times I still felt really focused and pushed myself to do more than I would normally. I went again tonight and my legs are aching. 

I’ve not weighed myself since January 20th when I was 14 stone 1.75lbs (hell yeah, I count the ¼ pounds!). I’m next weighing on Friday. I have no idea what weight I will be then. I’m hoping it’s roughly around the same as the last time I ventured onto the electronic device of crazy. No point in worrying about that though, just got to get on with it this week.


  1. Ooh well done on the Slimming World. I do that too and have lost three stones since last Jan. I love it because I'm a greedy person. It's a greedy person's diet!

    Have a look at these two sites for healthy and cheap meals - very good, both of them, and one of them is just about Slimming World (and she's even started doing shopping lists!)

  2. Hi Claire

    3 stone is incredible. Well done! Thanks for the links I'm off to have a peek now.

  3. I love a good spreadsheet. I think I may have to follow in your footsteps with this one.


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