Finally, this February, I decided to go the whole hog and put myself on a diet. Not a starve or deny myself snacks or treats but to start eating a more sensible amount of food and stop gorging myself on fried foods whenever I want and ease off on the cheese board weekends which consist of huge amounts of brie, Parma ham, Scotch eggs, hummus…you get the picture.
My other half inspired me as he showed off his brand new iPhone app, My Net Diary. It looked like a pretty painless way of recording your meals and snacks whilst monitoring your intake of salt, fibre and fat.
Brilliant! I love filling in online diaries so off I went getting my own Android version and setting it up online. I’ve set a realistic goal of a loss of half a stone by July so hopefully it shouldn’t be too hard.
I’m still sticking to my work lunchtime rules:
1. I am allowed to buy a ready made lunch once a week
2. I must not spend more than £5 a day on lunch
3. Two of the lunches must be simple, like soup
4. Two must be make my own sandwich/wrap/rolls
5. No fast food like MacDonald’s
I’m also trying to eat more fruit so for example today I have reduced cherries and a glass of juice. I am allowed chocolate, cakes (thank Christ) and snacks so long as they don’t push me way over my daily limit. So I can still enjoy a cheeky piece of chocolate brownie (all home-made of course).
So far so good. I haven’t had many bad days and even when I fell into the trap of having KFC I resisted chips and the drink and opted for a corn-on-the-cob instead and was pleasantly surprised when the calorie counter didn’t give me the evil eye (those chips would have doubled my calories for dinner!).
I’m also ignoring the bus home. It’s so easy to walk that way out of the station and wait 10 minutes for the bus, but when it only takes another 5 to walk it it’s a total no-brainer. All I really want to achieve is the loss of my soft middle. I’ve got used to the fact I’m no longer a size 8-10 but would like not to have this little extra me.
Anyone else got tips on how to stay on track with a diet plan? Please share.