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Monday, 30 July 2018

28 days of healthy

30th July 2018
Sometimes I look at you and I wonder how I got to be so damn lucky (should be what you say when you look in the mirror!)

I read an article in the latest Weight Watcher magazine yesterday about what differences 28 days of eating healthy make (read it, it’s good), then I keep seeing “I got my energy back” all over the internet from people who’ve lost weight.  I’ve woke up this morning feeling like Gollum with all my aches and pains, I reminded myself I had to sit down in the kitchen to chop all my veggies for my stew yesterday (oh it’s an epic beef stew by the way, I’ll mostly be doing No Count today so I can graze on it throughout the day).  Then whilst reading the Sunday papers (well the mags, I don’t read the papers, mom reads some of them to me!) I came across two really healthy looking cheap meals which I’ll share below in a bit.   Add to that the post saying 22 weeks to Christmas and how much you could lose by then!  Oh and if you’re curious at 1/2lb a week it’s 11lb, 1lb a week is 1st 8lb, 2lb a week 3st 2lb.  You shouldn’t be aiming for more than ½ - 2lb a week as that’s a healthy weight loss, we want to be losing fat not muscle!

Anyway all this has got me to thinking maybe I’m going to use the month of August as an experiment and see if I can notice all those differences mentioned in that article.  I think a small part of me is scared to have too much energy because what will I do with it?  There’s only so much I can do whilst I can’t leave mom, but I’m sure I’d rather have that problem than be tired.  So here goes….

A month to make a difference, I’m not waiting till the 1st, I can start today.  The first thing I’ve done is gone into my online shop which was coming tomorrow and emptied the basket so I can start over because my choices were all delicious but not necessary conducive to losing a few pounds.  Oh and sis if you’re reading this, you’re getting back on track too!   Anyone fancy joining us, you’re welcome and remember,   

You’ll have
Good days
Bad days
Overwhelming days
Too tired days
I’m awesome days
Why do I bother days
I got this days
I don’t got this days
I can’t go on days

And every day you’ll still show up and strut your stuff because the truth is, you’ve survived every day like these so far!  Plus let’s keep reminding ourselves it’s just for 4 weeks and your new mantra is

Keep going
Keep going
Keep going
Keep going
Keep going
Keep going
Keep going
Keep going
Keep going
Keep going

Has that sunk in yet?   28 days, by the end of today, it’ll be 27 days.  I know so many people who need to do this right now, I suppose I should say ‘want’ not ‘need’ but when I talk to them, for their own self-belief and self-esteem it’s a ‘need’ not a ‘want’.  I don’t want to do it!  I do WANT to see if it makes a difference to how I feel when I get out of bed in a morning though, how I feel going to bed too and how I feel in the hours in-between!  I’m 48, feeling like I’m 58 and acting like I’ll 68, it needs to stop, I can’t put me on hold because of mom.  Yesterday wasn’t the greatest day, there were tears in our house and I know if I was feeling stronger in myself, I’d have handled that situation better so there’s another reason.

Today’s my day off, I’m going to get me a pad and pen and put together some meal ideas then redo my shopping list to reflect my healthy menu.  No Count will do me good today, the stew won’t be eaten with a shedload of bread and butter because I don’t have much bread left to tempt me.    The goal is ‘healthy’, yes a bit of weight loss added to it would be nice but that’s not my ultimate goal, I want to feel well, alert and alive!

Right day 1 of a month to healthier, let’s have ya.

Oh those recipes I was talking about, they’re from Miquel Barclay’s new book Super Easy One Pound Meals, I liked them also because they serve 1, but just looking at them, they’d need major tweaking as the first ones at least 20SP!  I’ll not bother sharing them after all as we’re on a 28 days of healthy, where’s my water?

Catch ya tomorrow BeYOUtiful, here’s to working on a healthy life and having a very great day.

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