Hello and welcome.
Hopefully here on Saturday Swapit readers will share their dieting experiences and offer some tips to keep those unwanted pounds off, or at least the existing ones in control.
To me what is most important to remember is that everyone is different, and what works for one, won’t necessary work for another. All too often we get despondent because our progress isn’t as good as our friend’s, or we don’t conform to the dreaded tick list of what is ‘right’ (according to whom I ask myself).
I am not, nor do I claim to be, a professional dietician or nutritionist. Anyone who wants or needs to lose serious weight should consult a medical professional or GP. This is not a diet programme.
Melanie threw her hat in the ring last week and came up with some good stuff.
Check her post out here.
She’s right about drinking plenty of water and keeping hydrated. It helps your digestive system and can also make you feel fuller. The easiest way to check if you’re adequately hydrated is by the colour of your wee! Bear in mind morning samples are usually darker.
Carol Anne also joined in going back on the SW plan (which I’m on) determined to lose the one and a half pounds she’d put on over Christmas.
Tips for this week from me:
When you’ve prepared your meal, have you sometimes found it’s a little too much but rather than waste it, put it on your plate anyway?
I’ve mentioned over the years about our two day chili, but now we seem to be having a 2 day spaghetti bolognese too. My ingredients are the same, about 200g of lean minced beef (5% fat), an onion, garlic clove and tin of chopped tomatoes, plus the spaghetti pasta in another pan. I now find that this is enough for four meals, so the following day we have jacket potatoes or for me, pasta twists or quills. Saves on the food budget as well as the syn count (which is actually zero as the mince and pasta are free foods and tomatoes, garlic and onions are speed food. If you grate cheese on the top, that counts as syns or if 30g, one of your 2 allowed A options).
My tip is to put a little less on your plate on day one and have the rest on day 2 with extra veggies, rice or pasta depending what it is. This is a double winner because on day 2 you don’t have to fret about what to cook for dinner.
A familiar ‘slip’ is giving in to a craving for something sweet or savoury that’s not on the list. It’s OK as long as you don’t make it a habit and give in every day, so try not to beat yourself up about it. We’re only human after all.
I’m trying hard to lose that pound to hit my target smack in the eye tomorrow but I’ve had the munchies for the latter part of the week which has not helped. Keeping out of the kitchen other than getting meals has therefore had to be the order of the day.
I’ve made sure there is plenty of fruit in the fruit bowl, and I also keep fruit in the fridge so if I fancy a nibble, I’ll have some grapes or raspberries. You can do the same with carrot, cucumber and/or celery sticks. I’m not a fan of celery myself but if you like it, why not?
Over to you now readers.
Have you had a good week?
Any suggestions for keeping the munchies at bay?
Any recipes you’d like to share?
If you’d like to join in, create a post and pingback to this one, then leave a link in the comments for others to share.