It is easy to fall into bad habits. Missing the gym one weeks turns into three months. That extra glass of wine at the weekend turns into a bottle. The occasionally coffee and croissant 'treat' on the way to work becomes a daily necessity. Making a salad lunch everyday shifts into grabbing crisps and sandwiches from a local shop. The 10,000 steps a day declining to an average of 6,000-8,000.
For the last couple of years this has been my life. I changed jobs two years ago and have a long commute. Early starts and getting home late mean that my time is limited and I get tired. Every week I plan to be better and every week I fail.
Recently, watching Angela Rippon in the BBC documentary 'How to stay young', whilst on the train, made me realise I need to get back in control - to get off my medication, lose some weight and raise my activity levels in order to stay fit into my later years. The result was that I completed Jason Vale's 5 day juice diet and have been following his 5-2 juice diet for the last month.
Then I saw the blood glucose diet advertised on Facebook. I had heard previously about research into a low calorie diet reversing diabetes and was attracted to the this diet because the weekly menus and shopping list was provided, taking the hassle out of planning meals. The recipes definitely sounded better than the previous low-cal diets I had seen which used shakes. I thought to myself I can do this so I signed up.
I was quite excited to receive my first menu and was looking forward to starting the diet but not before I had a big blow-out the weekend before, eating all the foods I wouldn't get over the next 12 weeks. Saturday night was fish and chips. I don't have chips very often so this was a definite treat. Sunday night was a curry night with my son. Both meals were delicious.
On the Sunday (after the curry !!) I prepared my breakfast and lunch for day 1.