Trish Transforms is my project for 2015. I want to get fitter, I want to get leaner and I want to enjoy the journey. Dieting doesn’t have to be hell and this isn’t a diet anyway, I want to make changes for good. So I’m going to document my random thoughts along the way in an effort to inspire and motivate myself.
I said in my previous post that exercise is key for me. But something else I HAVE to do to stay on track is focus on preparation. I’m going it alone this time as I don’t have time to attend meetings but I used to attend weight watchers before. And the leader was always parroting
And it just became ingrained in me. When it comes to losing weight, I plan like an army planning a military operation! And it helps me stay focused and ensures that I don’t end up eating all the wrong foods just because I have nothing healthy in the house.
So what am I planning?
– I have an idea of what I want to eat for the next 7 days. It’s not set in stone and I don’t sit down and menu plan but I have a vague idea of what dinners I want to eat.
– I shop once a week, usually on a Sunday and stock up on all the necessary foods to keep me on track. Going in to do a shop after work when I’m starving is a big no no for me. I’ll come out with all kinds of crap!
– I cook my spicy vegetable soup at the weekend so that lunch is sorted for the next 3 days. Another batch mid-week. I can’t recommend soup enough in the cold weather.
– When I cook, I double the portions and freeze half. That way I always have something tasty just waiting for me. This works great with chilli con carne and chicken curry in particular as all I have to do is throw on some rice and tada instant dinner.
– I measure out food in to individual packs. So I can grab and go.
– I sort out my lunch for work the night before. Otherwise I’ll not bother in the morning and end up grabbing something way too high in points during the day. So I’ll put my soup into a container, bag my crackers, my yogurt and my fruit. All I have to do in the morning is stick my hand in the fridge and I’m ready to go.
– I plan for danger times! I have times where I just want to eat. My triggers are driving home from work, it’s very tempting to munch through a bar of chocolate as I drive and then again in the evenings. So I carry fruit in the car so I don’t get hungry and I do my exercise in the evenings to keep the cravings at bay. I never get cravings after exercise so I make the most of that knowledge and make it work for me.
– I look up recipes on the internet, point them out and experiment. I don’t want to get bored and variety in what I eat helps me enjoy what I’m eating.
– I also plan out my exercise, I try not to run 2 days in a row and on the in-between day, I’ll go for a walk instead. This is easier on my joints while I’m still building up fitness.
– I plan treats! Everyone needs treats! If I have a meal out, I tend to save points for it beforehand and then just choose as healthily as I can. I’m not eating at too much at the moment though so that’s not much of an issue. I do leave points everyday for a 3 point treat (about 120 calories) in the evening and I savour every bite!
– Everyday I track my food and exercise on my favourite app. I use MyScorePlus but it I don’t think it matters what way you track as long as you do it. It’s too easy to fool yourself. So if it goes in my mouth, it goes in my tracker!
That’s what I’ve done in the past and I know it works for me. Some people work better on a more relaxed regime but not me, I like to plan and I like to count. Which is why I always turn to weight-watchers and when I follow it, it works for me. And I don’t want to sound like I’ve got this nailed, obviously I put on weight in the first place so I haven’t. But I know what I need to do and I’m doing it.
Progress Update : I lost 8 pounds in January which I’m happy out with. And my walk/runs are getting faster with more running and less walking. My energy levels are great and I’m just feeling happier in myself as I know I’m tackling something that was bringing me down. I haven’t noticed much of a difference in clothes yet but my face does seem slimmer. Hopefully by the end of Feb, I’ll see a difference in my clothes.
Talk to Trish : Do you plan out your meals in advance? What is your best preparation tip for weight loss?