Brunch - Berries and yoghurt
Dinner - Roast beef, Cauliflower cheese, parsnips and a glass of prosecco
Total weight lost 11lbs
I woke up today feeling quite pleased with myself as I had a girlee night out yesterday and just had 2 glasses of wine. I bought a bottle of fizzy water and was happy with a splash of wine in that. I didn't feel I missed out. I had a nice evening, maybe not as wild as I might have been in the past and I got up with no hangover.
I have an appointment for my contact lens test so I woke into town. As I start walking I realise that my pants are sliding down. I took my measurements this morning and I have lost 1.5 inches off my hips. It hadn't occurred to me that this may mean I need new underwear. A good job I have trousers on I think. It reminds me of another time that I lost my pants. I was at a friends wedding and the day guests were in a room while we were waiting for the hotel staff to set up for the evening party. I decided to have a salsa dance with one of the guys and as I was dancing I was thinking my pants are sliding down. Unfortunately for me my partner decided to finish with a double turn and my pants slipped to my ankle. Thank goodness I had a long dress on and I managed to shuffle to a corner in a dignified fashion to step out of them. Surprisingly no-one notice !!
I make the roast dinner and chocolate rolypoly when I get home for my daughter's return. I am shocked at how much sugar is going into the dessert plus chocolate and nutella. The recipe says that a portion has 99g of carbs. Horrendous. I half the sugar and no-one can tell.
Brunch - Garlic mushrooms, smoked salmon and poached eggs
Dinner - Crumpets with peanut butter, apple
Steps - 10,789
Total weight lost 11lbs
Trumpets blare, crowds cheer, drum roll and streamers fall from the sky. The scales fell by 2lbs today. Whoop, whoop, I skip out of the bathroom feeling relieved that I have actually lost some weight this week otherwise I would have felt that all the effort I have put in weighing food and exercising would have been a waste of effort.
This week has been hard not just because the weight has been slow to come off but my taste buds are wanting the food I am used to eating in the past. The novelty of the diet is waning.
Today I meet up with the friend who inspired me to do something about my diabetes. At the beginning of this year he was supposed to go onto Glycazide but shredded the prescription and decided to reduce his carbs and his calories. Since then he has lost nearly 7 stones, his HBA1C is in mid 30's and he is on no medication. He is also a very social person and liked his beer but he hasn't drunk one since he decided to go on the diet. I am still struggling with this and can't see that I can spend the rest of my life without a glass of wine. His reasoning is that he knows if he has a drink it will be the start of a slippery slope and he will also have the munchies too. He talks about how his friends have had to get used to the fact he no longer drinks and that to him it is a choice of drinking now and potentially going to an early grave by having a heart attack or not drinking and keeping healthy for a longer life.
This comment led me into doing some research into this disease and how it affects the NHS and my findings are scary.
It is estimated 3.5 million people have diabetes in the UK with 700 new cases each DAY being diagnosed. 90% of these being type 2. That is the equivalent of one person every 2 minutes. There is potentially another 1.1 million who have diabetes but have not been diagnosed.
Type 2 diabetes currently costs the NHS 8.8 billion ever year and this figure is rising.
Complications from uncontrolled diabetes include
Much evidence and research shows that many type 2 diabetes can be managed by lifestyle changes to control weight, eat healthily and exercise more which will reduce the burden on the NHS. So many reasons to stick to my diet and control my diabetes.
Breakfast - Mexican baked avo and eggs
Dinner - Tuna steak with veg
Steps - 14,616
Total weight lost 9lbs
Oh my, second embarrassing moment this week. I'm tapping away on my keyboard, relaxed in my onesie, I don't even think I had combed my hair, when my phone rings. Oops it is the man to clean my oven outside and I had forgotten that he was coming. Panic strikes. I can't run upstairs and change because the porch is glass and he would see me. Can I ask him to wait there until I put on something decent ? I decide to brazen it out and open the door apologising for my attire. He laughs and says he wish he was relaxed in his onesie too. Once he got over the shock he did an amazing job on my cooker and it looks shiny and new.
My weight seems to be sticking to me like glue. I check the internet and the Blood sugar diet focus group for tips on what to do. One of them is to check for calorie creep. Make sure that you are really weighing your food correctly and counting everything that goes into your mouth. Mmmmm that could be my problem me thinks. I have noticed that I 'taste' a lot when I am cooking and if I am feeling peckish I have grabbed a few nuts. I know they are high calories but they are low in fat. . .and that teaspoon of jam roly poly was probably a few calories too. According to my Fitbit I am walking around 2000 calories a day. I am definitely NOT consuming that many in my little titbits so I had assumed any additional calories I would use up in my exercise. Maybe that is not the case.
As I will be starting to create my own recipes I check out some apps for calorie and carb counting. After trying out a few I have decided to use Yazio. I can link it to my Fitbit and set my Calorie and Carb targets. It seems fairly straight-forward to use. I enter the items I have eaten today trying to list everything properly and I am dismayed to learn that I would have eaten nearly 1,000 calories. I resolve to be a lot more careful in the future.
My son and I were chatting last night. He is very into his fitness and advised me that when I hit a plateau to try to leave 14 hours between my last meal of the day and the first one the next day. I'm going to try this as well to see what happens, fingers crossed it helps. I have 3 days to work on losing something this week !!
It is really nice that he takes an interest and I cherish our little conversations we have when he comes home. It is a far cry from a few years ago when he was an angry teenager who thought he knew it all, as most of us do when we are that age. I tell him about eating the double decker and he tells me that he threw away a cake the other day because he took a bite and it wasn't as nice as he imagined it was going to be. We both agree, that from now on, if we are going to eat something naughty then it needs to be nectar in our mouths.
Breakfast - Quinoa Porridge
Lunch - Greek Salad
Dinner - Green Vegetable Soup
Steps - 10,042
Total weight lost - 9lbs
My weight seems to have stabalized but reading the focus group on the Blood Sugar Diet website it is normal in the third week so I am not worried. Disappointed maybe because I wanted to carry on losing at the rate it was coming off in the first two weeks.
Next week is the first week that we need to write our own diet plan so I have taken the easy option for now and have chosen a selection of the meals I have enjoyed eating over the last three weeks. Next week I will try and put together some recipes that incorporate food from my homeland Myanmar and try and adapt some curry recipes so that I can enjoy them while on the diet. Whilst I didn't enjoy the cauliflower mash I could endure the cauliflower rice so will try the curries with that or maybe lentils.
Delays on the train this morning meant I was very late for work so I worked through lunch but as I had my salsa classes this evening I managed to make up my steps. Avoided wine again and the temptation of home made cake that one of the other salsaroes had made.
This weekend is going to test my resolve. A girlee night out for Halloween on Saturday which usually would involve lots of alcohol and my daughter coming home from Uni on Sunday with a request for roast beef dinner with chocolate rolypoly for dessert. Gulp, what's a mum got to do and how do I resist my own cooking !!
Breakfast - Quinoa porridge
Lunch - Dhal
Dinner - Lamb chops and dhal
Steps - 13,531
Total weight lost - 9lbs
Somehow I managed to post my blog on Facebook last night which was slightly embarrassing. Now I've unleashed my plan onto the world I feel I cannot cave in as my friends are watching me. In fact I am overwhelmed with the support I have received.
Ok today is another day. I haven't lost anything but I have had a decent amount of sleep and I am thinking positively. It is, after all, only just over 2 weeks into the diet and I am trying to change 56 years of bad eating habits so I shouldn't be too hard on myself. Let's start with what I have achieved so far:
All that after 2 weeks!! Just 2 weeks. What's not to love.
On those cheery thoughts I start the day with some sun salutations and stretches as I feel quite stiff after the running. I am working from home today but make sure I go out at lunchtime to get some steps in and walk to Tesco to pick up a few bits. I've also been reading inspiring stories and tips from people who have done the diet. I buy some peanuts and high cocoa chocolate. If I am going to slip up at least I will try and have something lower in carbs. I check the nutritional information on the chocolate labels and I am surprised at the difference in carbs of the various bars. Green and Black's organic dark chocolate with 36g per 100m being the highest. I settle on Lindt's 90% cocoa bar with only half that at 14g carbs per 100m. The annoying thing is that yesterday when I took my first bite of the double decker it wasn't the nectar I imagined it would be and just tasted too sweet. I had started it so I thought I would finish it - WRONG - Next time I feel something is too sweet it will be going in the bin.
Breakfast - Passion fruit and hazelnut yoghurt
Lunch - Greek salad
Dinner - Egg on toast
Snacks - Packet McCoys Thai Sweet Chicken Crisps, a double decker and a large red wine
Steps - 12,183
Total weight lost 9lbs
I still haven't lost that pound and I feel despondent. I was so good yesterday but it still didn't shift. I am also tired as I went to bed late last night and got up early today with less than 6 hours sleep. As well as watching my food and upping my exercise I am trying to get enough sleep. I like to average 7 hours a night but that means I need to catch up on my sleep at the weekend because during the week I usually just about manage 6 hours a night. There is so much publicity at the moment on how lack of sleep is bad for your health and can lead to weight gain and diabetes that I need to make sure I sleep because I am a night bird - around 10pm I get a second wind and start doing things.
I have noticed that when I don't get enough sleep I am hungrier and I find it difficult to resist naughty things. Today is no different. A mid-morning snack of crisps, a lunchtime wine and a mid-afternoon snack of a double decker. Things have gone downhill fast.
I take my blood sugar when I get in and it is 5.0. Usually when I eat chocolate it goes to around 12 so I am surprised and it reminds me that the main reason I am doing this diet is to get off my meds and it is not all about the weight lost.
Because I have been bad I finish the day by having some eggs on wholemeal toast. I am annoyed that I have broken the diet as I feel I was doing so well but tomorrow is another day.
On a good note, even though I was tired I did go out for a run so all is not lost.
Breakfast - Blueberry yoghurt
Lunch - Beef stir fry
Dinner - Parmesan fish with cauliflower mash
Steps - 12,565
Total weight lost - 9lbs
I really want to lose that extra pound which will take me below that stone mark so focus, focus, focus.
I travel to London today. for work I have been working in Paddington for around 2.5 yeas and have got my commute down to a T. In the morning I meditate, not always easy with the announcements, ticket inspectors and people getting on and off the train but I've learnt how to switch off and I enjoy zoning out. It is much easier to get my steps in when I am working as I do around 2,500 steps each leg of my journey so with a walk at lunchtime 10,000 steps is easy. Today I have meetings over lunch but I manage to pop out for 20 minutes after my meetings but I've only completed 8,500 by the time I get home.
I decided to go for a run. I'm not that keen on running and do a 90 second run 2 minute walk routine. It gets my heart rate up and I complete my steps.
I make the Parmesan fish with cauliflower mash for dinner. Love the fish but will be giving the mash a miss in the future. I would rather just have a nice salad.
My son congratulates me on sticking to the diet.
Brunch Garlic mushrooms with smoked salmon and poached egg
Dinner Beef stir fry
Total Weight Lost 9lbs
I wake up to the aroma of garlic frying. It takes me back to living at home and my mum cooking and I remember that she passed away earlier this year. My mum was a great cook and from a young age we had to help her in the kitchen, peeling garlic, chopping vegetables, washing up. We always seemed to have a houseful of people and food, lots of it, was the centre of all social gatherings for friends and family the result being I've always had a 'healthy' appetite and I have always struggled with my weight.
I let my mind remember some of the good times we had when I was young and then go downstairs where my son's girlfriend is having garlic mushrooms on toast. They smell and look so good I decide to make them instead of toast my portobello mushrooms and have them with the smoke salmon and poached egg. Another delicious brunch.
I contemplate going to the gym but procrastinate watching X-Factor and Strictly from last night and catching up on a few household chores.
Later that evening my son and his girlfriend bring out a jam roly-poly and custard. How my mouth salivates with the smell wafting from the kitchen. How am I going to resist this. I say I will just have a bowl of custard when asked but when I check the carbohydrates in the custard I change my mind. I am not hungry and I have done so well. I have a teaspoon of jam roly-poly and leave them to it while I go for a walk to build up my steps. When I get home they have finished it. Saved for another day.
Brunch - Mexican Hash
Dinner - Salmon, butter beans and yoghurt dressing
Steps - 8,643
Total weight loss 8lbs
First job, weigh myself and see if I have really lost weight. Wheezeee yes and if I'm really good this weekend I feel I will make my goal for the end of this week of 9lbs. Yummy mexican hash for breakfast. I give some to my son and his girlfriend to try and they are really impressed and look through my diet menus and recipes. They then say they are going to do it with me in January to get rid of any weight they put on over Christmas.
I tell them the scales calculate BMI, fat percentage and hydration levels. I knew this but had forgotten how to set it up so I follow the instructions that came with the new scales. I already knew my BMI was in the obese range. In denial I always believed because I've always worked out that it wasn't an accurate reflection for me. I am mortified when the fat percentage reading shows as 47%. OMG!!! I am nearly half fat. That strengthens my determination to lose this weight and get that % into a better level.
I do a step aerobics video at home. I used to do this one regularly when the kids were younger and I struggle to keep up even though I put the step at a lower level. Another thing to work on me thinks.
I don't let all this new information get me down. I have upped my exercise and I am losing weight on the plan and I feel really good. If I stick to it I know things will improve. I have taken the first steps and nearly completed the first two weeks and have established new good habits in my eating and drinking.
Breakfast - Boiled eggs and asparagus soldiers
Lunch/Dinner - Roast Mackerel and spinach leaves with cabbage salad
Steps - 16,935
Total weight lost 6lbs
The alarm intrudes my dreams and I slowly raise my arm to switch it off. Maybe I souldn't have stayed up so late last night catching up with my blog. Luckily I am working from home today and I can loiter in my onesie until I feel human again.
I wander into the bathroom and follow my morning ritual and then go to weigh myself. Oh no ! The scales aren't working. They are digital and had been fading so I replace the battery but no, it still doesn't work. It is important to me to be able to weigh myself daily as it keeps me motivated and focused. I am worried because the calibration of different scales can mean a variation of a few pounds so I go for the same make and model.
Dismayed I wander downstairs and order a new one from Amazon for same day delivery. Isn't technology amazing ? I work in IT and I can remember in the 80s the IT Manager getting all excited and showing me a way that you could access university papers in America. I told him to stop wasting my time. He was showing me the beginning of the internet. Little did I know that it was going to have a profound affect on everybody's life.
I walk to Tesco at lunchtime to get my steps in and pick up courgettes and broccolli for the green fritters. I get home and realise I am going to be going out quite early and so have the mackerel with the cabbage salad sans avocado before I walk into town with my friend to attend a talk from Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis about Global inequality. It was a thought provoking debate and my friends and I go to a nearby pub to continue the discussion and I indulge in two glasses of wine.
I finish the evening dancing to work off the wine. When I get home the scales are there. I jump on and it looks like I've lost more weight but I won't know for sure until the morning.