It’s my first week back on track and I lost 5lbs! I am super happy with that, because I worked really hard for that. I had a lot of people asking what I ate this week and what exercises I did, so here it is.
I have been sharing ALL my meals over on Instagram – so why not head over there and give me a quick follow to stay updated @hungryhealthyhappy. I still ate some bread, I had a little bit of chocolate every night, I didn’t miss out on Saturday night burger and fries night (I just adapted it), and I didn’t have to force myself to eat anything. Everything I ate I enjoyed. I just want to show that you can still lose weight and enjoy the foods you love too.
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It isn’t just about the number on the scale, because our weight is regulated by so much more than what we eat and how much we move. Also, please don’t compare your own weight loss to my own. The first week is always a bigger loss and I am sure it will slow down.
I am sharing what I have eaten this week as inspiration for meal ideas, not to tell you what to eat. We all have different calories needs, so please make sure you are eating what you need to. I am eating around 1700-1800 calories a day because I am breastfeeding. Here is everything that I ate this week.
Smashed avocado on toast with poached eggs and tomato
Granola with Almond Milk and Berries
We went for a long walk today and stopped off to play on the swings. Seeing her happy little face is a good reminder of why I am improving my health.
Crispy Prawn Tacos
Smashed Avocado on a crumpet with poached egg
Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast with a small smoothie
Filipino Chicken Salad and Vegetables
We took a long walk round the local park and stopped for a coffee too. I went for a flat white rather than a mocha, so that’s progress.
Lean Bolognese with hidden vegetables
Homemade granola with almond milk and berries
Falafel, Feta and Olive Salad
Sweet Potato and Feta Taquitos
Mashed Avocado and Poached Egg on Toast
There was a big Caribbean festival on in our area, so we went out and watched the (very noisy) parade.
Tomato and Basil Soup (I had some rice cakes with mine instead of bread)
Lean turkey burgers
Burger and Fries Night! We made lean turkey burgers and served them in lettuce leaves instead of buns and served them with homemade potato wedges and homemade slaw made with yoghurt.
3 ingredient banana oat pancakes topped with yoghurt and berries
Moroccan Chicken Salad with Clementines and Feta
Snacks is where I make up the rest of my calories for the day. They include fruit, nuts, seeds and some dark chocolate at the end of each day.
Apart from my meals, here are some reasons why I think I lost 5lbs this week:
No Sauces: You will notice that there are no conventional sauces on my plate. I am (or should I say was), sauce obsessed. Every meal came with mayo, BBQ sauce, ketchup or more likely some kind of hot sauce. These are what I call hidden calories, because I didn’t think they really counted as they are not “real food”. Well, let me tell you, they add up! Especially when it’s not every meal. So, I have ditched the sauces and I am just using more herbs and spices to flavour my meals and really discovering new combinations that I love.
Earlier Meal Time: We used to eat fairly late in the evenings. Sometimes really late. It was always after Avery went to bed and sometimes it was after a few glasses of wine and could be as late as 10:30. That’s not giving my body time to digest or burn anything off before I am laying down for hours and it’s honestly one of the worst things I could I have done. We now eat all together (which is so much better to do as a family) and eat between 5 and 6. I am always hungry later in the evening, so I will have tea and some chocolate around 8.
Going To Bed Earlier: Notice I didn’t say going to sleep earlier. Avery is a terrible sleeper and when we put her to bed around 7-7:30, she wakes around 10 times before morning. So I am not getting much sleep at the moment. However, she sleeps the longest earlier in the evening, so I am missing out on quality sleep time there. I am trying to go to bed around 10 and then read/watch something for half an hour and then settle down by 10:30. Although Avery’s sleep has not improved, I already feel like I have more energy.
More Water: Water has been the only drink (apart from tea and coffee), that I have had this week. I am aiming for 8-10 glasses a day and although I have reminders set on my phone to drink water, I haven’t needed them. Being more active has meant that I naturally wanted more water anyway.
Portion Control: My portions are easy half of what I was having. That doesn’t mean I am not eating enough, that means that I was eating WAY too much. I have been measuring all my pasta and potatoes to make sure they are sensible portions. The only thing I haven’t been measuring and counting is things like salad and vegetables because it’s so low in calories anyway.
Being More Active: This is the first week in probably about 2 years that I can actually say I have been consistently active. I did 4 at home workouts and then we went for a walk every day too. Having a 9 month old sure makes working out harder, but not impossible. I wait for a time I know she won’t be fussy and she can entertain herself on her play mat and I workout next to her. I sometimes even use her as a weight and she loves being lifted up and down in the air. YouTube has some amazing free and no equipment workouts that you can do at home. Here are the 4 that I did this week:
So there you have it. Everything I have eaten this week, the workouts I have done and the changes I have made that I think helped me to have such a big loss this week.
Please remember that every body is different, we all lose weight at different rates and most importantly – you are beautiful no matter what. You can still love your body whilst working to make it healthier.
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