Two years ago I joined Sue’s Slimming World group in Brighton at a point in my life when I was suffering from weight related ill-health and realised that something had to be done before things got even worse. Today I’m seven & a half stones lighter, 100% fitter and now spreading the word, running the Brighton Group.
I’ve never looked back! Until yesterday when I came across my journal which I fastidiously kept in my first few weeks, using the online facility on the member’s website – Lifeline Online. It made me chuckle and is a fairly typical record of a new member’s early weeks of Food Optimizing!
Here’s my first week’s meanderings. . .
Friday 8 October 2010 – My first day of Food Optimizing
I chose to have Muesli for breakfast, with fat free plain yoghurt and grated apple – all of which I have as staple store cupboard items – I make it myself with nuts and seeds and dried fruit. I made the Spanish omelette for lunch – using Fry Light & served with a salad, making a dressing with Extra Virgin Olive Oil & lemon juice, and counting as a syn. For the first time in my life I measured out a teaspoonful and was very surprised it was enough to coat the salad leaves. The olive oil thing is going to take me a while to adjust to, as I do tend to use it with everything. I’ve chosen Spag Bol for Supper – had all the ingredients in – will have to stock up on things I don’t normally buy, like fromage frais/quark etc. for other meals.
Went for a drink with a friend to mull over the week, and rather than sharing the normal bottle, I stuck to just one white wine spritzer and several glasses of plain soda water. . . I didn’t feel hungry at all, in fact I was quite full! I had half a packet of tempestuous cheese Nachos lurking in the back of the cupboard, which has now been relegated to the bin. Also nearly half a pound of butter has been carefully removed from it’s dish, wrapped and deposited in the freezer – I refuse to waste it, but it removes temptation – it is now banished from my fridge. I walked 1914 steps today (1 mile – to the pub & back) – all uphill on the way there!
Sat 9 October 2010 – Late cooked SW breakfast – avoided bread – actually didn’t really need it. Went to early showing at the cinema making sure I had a bagful of fruit, then shopping. Had fruit and cheese for lunch with some cooked ham. Prepared chicken for supper, with lots of veg and mashed potato – instead of a large glob of butter and milk, I used just low fat greek style yogurt in the mash – a bit dry, but OK when eaten with all other veg and chicken. I used balsamic vinegar (which I thought would be a syn, because of the sweetness, but which seems to be ‘free’) to cook the chicken with onions, mushrooms, garlic, tarragon & courgettes – teasp of extra virgin olive oil – accounted for this as a healthy extra.
I’ve counted skimmed milk today as a syn – I calculated how much 3 tablespoons was (1syn) and made up a jug with 12 tablespoons which I used for tea and coffee during the day. I also drank about a litre and a half of water – which is around my usual intake (bottle firmly fixed about my person)! Oh, and I walked 4,518 steps (2.38miles) today – I purposely stepped up the pace, to make it count! I’m feeling a bit bloated today – pains in my upper abdomen – very gassy!
Sun 10 October 2010 – Late breakfast – omelette with veg & cheese. Went out and had a walk in the local park, and then onto farm shop. Resisted the wonderful aromas of their pasties cooking in the cafe when we stopped for a coffee. Bought some really great fruit and veg and excellent lamb for the rest of the week. Had quite a late lunch of Pasta & tuna salad, using some fat free dressing, I reluctantly purchased (food of the devil)! To make it taste marginally acceptable I added some balsamic vinegar and squeezed some lemon & added fresh mint on the salad, which made it quite palatable! Chicken & veg for supper. Not feeling so bloated today but have a mighty fine headache!
Drank about 1 litre of water today and a peppermint tea, a lemon & ginger tea and 1 cup of coffee – perhaps the headache is caffeine withdrawal? Managed to lose my pedometer somewhere between getting in the car and walking in the park, so have no idea how many steps I’ve taken today – the walk was more of a stroll really, just soaking up the sunshine!
Mon 11 October 2010 – I work from home, so easy to stay on top of menu choices. Had an apple mid morning as I was feeling quite hungry. Made the Minestrone from the SW Recipe booklet – which was tasty. Had a bowlful for lunch, which was very filling. I took a walk to the local shops to do a couple of errands – downloaded a pedometer app for my i-phone to replace the lost freebie which fell off my person yesterday! Clocked up only 1615 steps.
In the post this morning, I received a mailing from O2, which congratulated me on being a customer for 10 years, the package contained 10 small 2g milk chocolates – typical! Anyway, before just popping one in my mouth, I checked and worked out that I can have 3 of these for 1.5 syns, so will save them for later! Chicken & veg for supper after going to photography course – walking there and back 3906 steps – total miles walked 3.5 – total steps today 5521.
Tues 12 October 2010 – Had toast, boiled egg, ham and beans this morning and wasn’t at all hungry until lunchtime. Yippee – no upper ab pains and all gas dispersed! Still a bit of a headache though. Had two cups of coffee this morning – that got rid of it!
Leftover Minestrone from yesterday for lunch. Deskbound today – apart from trip to wholesalers car, so no walking as such today! Chicken stir fry for supper – again from recipe book – it lacked a little flavour, as I’m so used to putting a drizzle of sesame or other oil to finish the dish – it was still tasty though and it completely filled me up!
Ok, for the record I would just like to state that the following are foods of the devil which I refuse to eat – they’re homogenous substances which are expensive and quite frankly taste disgusting – Fat Free Dressing, Low Fat Spread (this is just my personal taste and opinion)!
Wed 13 October 2010 – Muesli for breakfast with sliced banana and yogurt. Working from home, deskbound this morning, lunch was jacket potato with ham, cheese & baked beans with a lettuce, cucumber and tomato salad, with 1 teaspoon of dressing made from extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Afternoon spent tidying up garden and clearing out workshop, so a bit of exercise, but not measured. Supper was penne pasta with tomato sauce made with toms, mushrooms, bacon & chilies with a splash of low fat yogurt. Apple for pudding. It’s my 6th day on the plan, and sticking to it determinedly – weigh in tomorrow – I don’t feel any different at this early stage, although I seem to have a bit more energy!
Thurs 14 October 2010 – Boiled Eggs and toast with Marmite today. Up early to fetch flowers from wholesalers, so busy morning standing up in workshop prepping. Lunch was a Feta Salad – big bowlful with 1 tsp extra virgin balsamic dressing with figs and a banana late afternoon. Tonight I’ve made the Mediterranean Lamb Tagine from the SW Recipe Booklet, with cabbage. Weigh in tonight – eeeek! Walking there and back – about 15 mins each way – not sure of steps.
4 pounds loss – yeay! Being so bloated and gassy most of the week, I didn’t feel like I’d lost an ounce, so was very pleased at the result. It’s given me a big boost to continue in the same way this week!