I have been through week 1 or day 1 of my ‘diet’ for as long as I can remember. So this time it was just day 1 of my healthy eating lifestyle. That’s it, a lifestyle, not a diet, not a quick fix, no food restrictions and no hunger. In the last year or so iv realised its all physiological. If you tell yourself you are on a diet, then your brain panics. All you can think about is food; when is my next meal? what will I eat? how many calories will I consume? And finally the biggest one of all, that constant strain on the brain, the guilt!! This time I’m not putting myself through it.
And so far it’s working. I’m on a journey, to eat as healthy as possible, do my best, but not over think it or put myself under pressure. I’m going to follow as close as possible the 80:20 rule. That allows me to follow a clean eating plan as healthily as I can for 80% of my week but more importantly allows me 20% of a little indulgence. I want to be able to go out with my friends at the weekend and eat a delicious meal without any guilt, and maybe even a little dessert!!
Lets look at some of the difficulties with week 1:
- Organisation; it’s tough but it’s the key to success
- Meal planning; knowing what you are going to eat each day and having the food at hand
- People; even friends who only want the best for you, seem to think you are ‘a bit nuts’ to be eating healthy. During week 1 my ‘date brownies’ were met with a look of confusion and a wrinkled up nose! I don’t comment negatively about the poor food choice you are making, so why are you commenting negatively about the healthy food choice I am making?
- Money; unfortunately, in my opinion healthy eating can be expensive. Especially with trips to the health food shop. But as they say ‘your health is your wealth’
- Grocery shopping; I hate it, I don’t no why, I often beg the bf to do it. It’s time consuming, busy, I constantly forget items I need. Its the nightmare part of my week, which unfortunately seems to happen numerous times in the week. Land all the ingredients on my counter top and I will happily cook away
Now some of the triumphs of week 1:
- Feeling; honestly I feel amazing, it’s that simple
- Body; my stomach is less bloated, just slightly but it’s a step
- Goals; I’ve set my goals and I’m sticking to them
- Cooking; I’ve created new meals in my kitchen that I can add to my repertoire
- Positivity; I am so much more positive, I know, how could that be, but I actually am. Maybe it’s because I’m not hungry or depriving myself, or maybe it’s my new attitude but im feeling great. Long may it last…..
I hope you are doing just as well after week one. Remember week 1 can be anytime of the year, just get started. You will feel so much better and so proud of yourself.
(click into the image for description of the meals)
Milo & Me