I'm doing it!
Wow! Day 9 just disappeared on me! Brief overview of it for you - I'm getting a bit slack having already shifted the kilo I wanted to get rid of....
Breakfast: beans and toast and juice. Pressure starting to show on the home made juice front as it was a last minute morning thing and my toast had to be bought from the canteen here as I didn't have time to book my bread at home (!)Lunch: Roasted veg salad, using left overs from the pork meal on Monday. Lovely lovely.Dinner: Steak, spinach, carrot and celeriac (never had celeriac before - it's LUSH!) Snack: Tiny pot of tuna left over from weekend lunch - maltloaf with peanut butter.Exercise: 4.3 mile run - faster than usual pace
I'm being much more flexible now, and I'm not sure if that is good, since I am still convince that the food and exercise are related.
Feeling good though. Having breakfast after 8/8.30am is definitely the secret for me I think.
And on to day 10....
Breakfast: Bacon, grilled toms, toast and juice (from a carton )Lunch: Sweet potato with roast veg and tomatosDinner: Uh-oh. I'm going out to Wagamamas. Spicy veg noodles will hopefully be ok though, right?Snacks: Pineapple, berries, celery & pepper (think I may be over doing the fruit?)Exercise: Resting as work has demanded me to be in the office early (no striking for me!), and I'm out this evening, so it ain't ever gonna happen today.
I think my steak last night was too big as by bed time I still felt quite full.
I have also realised that with all my chopping and changing of things, I have missed out on my 2 squares of chocolate....!!! Though I did have a teenybit of cake last week... oh, ok. Maybe I didn't miss out.
And another cheat - I had a bit of a Kellogs Elevense with mycoffee this morning. Coffee is so good with a sweet thing to go with it....
So I'm kind of going off the rails a little bit! But that's because I am still under 75kg and got into my new size 12 skirt very neatly this morning
Really, really, REALLY want to try and keep this up. But when goals are achieved so quickly, one gets complacent........ Got to keep reminding myself of the four Christmas meals I will be eating... before Christmas even gets here!.... all three courses..... not sure any would be appropriate without wine (one of them is a birthday meal so that ain't ever coming without a glass of red!!).
Ahh... why does life revolve around food so easily?!
Morning! Office decorated!
Food for the day...
Breakfast: MuesliLunch: Pilchards and toastDinner: Lemon chicken, poatos & vegSnacks: Cheese and apple / pineapple
My wonderful husband didn't get me a chocolate advent calendar either! I don't like chocolate ones. The chocolate isn't enough to enjoy - I'd rather just have a bit of glitter and a picture. However this year, I've got crackers and a navtiivy scene!!!! Each cracker has part of the nativity in it! Inspired!!!! What a wonderful husband....
The end is in sight!!!! Hello Day 12!
Breakfast: Omelette and juice (I think I should have had toast too, but I forgot)Lunch: Sweet potato and salad and a bit of wafer thin turkeyDInner: Red lentil bolignaiseSnacks: Banana malt loaf / small pot of grapes (I've also had a small satsuma).Exercise: 1hr run (actually 62mins)
I'm not sure if it's having breakfast so late, but I didn't really fancy/eat all my lunch. I think I have skimped on the water a bit today too. Feeling a bit weird - in that I'm not really so hungry and it's not often I feel like that!
Had a lovely run though in the chilly cold morning! Hat, gloves and buff called in to keep me warm!
Tomorrow I am going to see my parents so my tea is out of my hands a little bit - though it's meat and veg, as per the programme, so it's perfect. Breakfast will be muesli of some form, so that's good too, and mum always has bananas in for snacks. I'll be finishing the two weeks on Sunday, with a short sharp Interval session along the canal bank.
I'm not sure what I will do with myself on Monday! I must admit, I've got a bit tired of the intensive food preparation routine (though I did bring on the juicing myself), but I really like having breakfast a bit later, and my husband was saying how he likes having more meat in his diet. I haven't a clue how we usually avoid it, but we rarely prepare meat for our meals!
I'm going to try really hard to stick to the circuits/gym work, that's for sure. Might have to spend the weekend coming up with a new plan. Or perhaps I'll go through all the Zest plans in all my Zest magazines and make it a personal mission to do them all!
Day 14. Husband wants pizza. Hm.
Breakfast: Muesli with banana AND grated appleLunch: Ham sandwich (had to improvise being at home with parents)Snack: Mince pie, grapesTea: Maybe a dominos... Exercise: Intervals (running)
Having never really done intervals when running, I really enjoyed the session today! 13 reps after a warm up and followed by a cool down of about 5 mins or so. Really lovely weather for running too.
So.... that was that. I will check in tomorrow with confirmed weightloss (another reason to avoid a dominos tonight!)... but it looks like it might be 1.5kg. Not sure what that is in lbs - 3 or 4 pounds? Not bad. I haven't felt tired or lacking in energy. I have felt hungry, but that's only because I usually eat far too much food!
In case anyone else is wondering if they could do the same, to give you an indication of mystarting point, I'm 5'7", size 12-16 (depending on item of clothing and shop!) and have been weighing around 76-77kg for the last 2 years. I'm reasonably active (did a half iron distance triathlon in July and half marathon in early October) doing 3-4 sessions a week, sometimes up to 6, depending how the week goes with work. Not sure if that info helps anyone or not!
In terms of next steps... I've developed a programme to increase my running over the next three months and would like to lose another half a stone by the time of my next half marathon. I might set up another thread to keep track - would others join in? Virtual training buddies, motivation and all that?
Morning! Weight is was successful! 73.9kg!!!! I have to say, I was overestimating on the lb loss. It looks more like 3lbs rather than 4lbs. But I haven't weighed less than 74kg for AGES!! Happy day!
I never thought it would actually be possible! I'm tempted to weigh in again on Wednesday because my 'starter' weight was on day 3 rather than day 1.....
New plan starts today - with a rest day! Grilled toms and toast for breakfast; hummus and veg for lunch, cottage cheese & pesto and some malt loaf dor snacks, and who knows what for tea.
So chuffed! Thanks Zest!!
Unlikely husband would have lost any weight as he was eating pasties at work and had a few boozey nights while I was sipping on my herbal teas....
Loved reading this blog, Jennifer! And well done!
Wouldn't it be great if someone online volunteered to try out all the Zest diets and eating plans as they came out in the mag so we could see how they really feel and work in real life? I'd read it!
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