Friday, 30 March 2012

Breaking Bad Habits 1

This is the follow up post to Bad Habits. It's taking me way too long to finish this post but here we are finally (a week later).

As I've already said, my main problems (that I've identified so far) are my; Mindless eating; allowing treats become threats and not snacking properly, exercise becoming minimal and a complete lack of sleep.

Last week I was working on portion control and mindless eating and with that tracking came back into my life.
I managed to track an entire week. This is massive for me. It has been almost a year since I last tracked honestly for a full week.


I have finally given up on using the weightwatchers e-source to track. Unless you have an iphone it's impossible to do it honestly, I'd forget by the time I get home, I'd be tracking in a few places and I'd wind up confused, frustrated and I would stop. So I decided to go the old fashioned way and go back to paper tracking. I checked out the official weightwatchers diary type tracking books, and I like them, but I want a certain design, I apparently don't have the choice in my design, so instead I bought the above wee notebook for 99p. Super slim and fits into my purse. Perfect for taking about with me!

Everything that I have eaten has been recorded, absolutely everything. I am extremely proud of myself for managing to do it for an entire week. Even pre-tracking on occasion!
And I've not once felt deprived (of course I hardly ever feel deprived doing weightwatchers, that's why it works for me), but even when it came to treats, I measured them out if they weren't portion controlled, stayed within my points and was happy mentally.

3pp. Yum.

Stef asked me would I stick the point values of the food I post so here we go, some pics of my food through the week.
Most mornings this is a variation of what I first eat. Yoghurt and some sort of fruit, my favourite is a granny smith apple with Greek yoghurt. But I always measure yoghurt so that it is 1pp.


A challenge in work has been that there has been a lot of sweets about. I have managed to stay away thanks to packing fruit and veg with me when I go in. Also moving it away from me so that it is out of site out of mind. Quite proud of myself for curbing the mindless eating in work this week.


On Monday I met Gavin in our local park for lunch before work. It was a lovely day, this was our view.


A new find in my tesco shop was this lemonade. It was lovely, especially with a shot of vodka. - Yes, I did manage to have a few drinks and stay on plan during the week. I've decided to cut out wine for a while. We've become too friendly recently. Of course it also helps that I didn't have much money this week so could only drink what was left in the house.


I had this sandwich with a zero point veg soup one afternoon. Just egg salad in white bread.

6 pp.

I normally buy extra lean steak mince when I want to make burgers, but Tesco didn't have any this week, so I went for Turkey mince instead. It was odd, but great. And a lot more food for a lot less points. These two burgers were only 5pp for both.

Entire plate only 12pp. Oven chips, wholemeal pita bread and mixed salad.

And lunch another day. I love baked potatoes, could eat them every day.

Entire plate only 6pp.

So that's a brief view of how I spent my points this week.

I'm really, really pleased that I tracked the full week, next week I'm hoping to accomplish the same (my weightwatcher weeks begin on a Wednesday, so at the minute I'm three days into this week). Continuing to work on stopping the mindless eating and making sure my snacks are healthy and my treats are actually treats.
Exercise wise, I'm not focusing too much on that at the minute. Perhaps in the next few weeks. I want to sort out the food first and feel comfortable back pointing. I've been wearing my pedometer recently, so most of my activity points have been worked out from that and a handful of sessions on the bike.

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