Planning ahead definitely paid off today.

Breakfast

low-fat Greek yogurt, about 1/3 cup homemade granola, 1 banana

AM snack

cheesestick and an apple

Lunch

wholemeal spaghetti with homemade bolognese sauce (with carrots, peppers, and zucchini)

PM snack

small handful homemade granola

Dinner

chili-stuffed peppers, spicy rice, corn

Dessert

raspberry/blueberry clafoutis (5-point Weight Watchers recipe)

I left work early because it was a lovely sunshiney afternoon and came home and convinced my husband to join me and the dog on a 40 minute walk, which was really nice.  Sunshine is so hard to come by in England in the winter, so it was a lovely treat to be out and about in semi-bright sunshine in January!

I’m on my third bottle of water for the day, so will finish with 2.25 liters.

I’m working from home tomorrow, so will be able to exercise a bit more than I did today.  I think I’ll take the dog for a walk and maybe spend some quality time with the treadmill.

I feel so much more in control of myself when I’ve planned ahead.  SO much more in control.

I’m sort of toying with the ideal of visiting a personal trainer in the not too-distant future.  I’m afraid, though.  I just think that being accountable to someone (and wanting value for my money!) might motivate me enough to exercise, and I mean *really* exercise — not just a bit of walking here and there.

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Is planning to fail.

I totally believe that.  Totally.  On days when I take the time to plan what I’m going to eat, I do really well.  If I find myself hungry at 1 p.m. and I haven’t packed a lunch for myself, the odds are pretty good that I’m going to end up at McDonald’s (with more than one large meal) or with some fat- and sodium-packed processed junk from the supermarket.

So this week, I’m challenging myself to plan ahead.

Last night I made a menu plan for the week.  Breakfast is homemade granola with low-fat Greek yogurt and fresh fruit.

Snacks will  be fresh fruit, nuts, and/or low-fat yogurt or cheese.

Lunches and dinners are all from the NHS Change 4 Life website.

I just spent three hours cooking.  Lunches this week are spaghetti bolognese and chili con carne.  The spaghetti is wholemeal and the rice is wholegrain basmati.  Both recipes include nice fresh veggies and lean protein (ground turkey).  Dinner tonight will be Ellie Krieger’s sloppy joes — again made with ground turkey and on wholemeal rolls.  Tomorrow we’re having the Fat-free Vegan’s chili stuffed peppers — again with the ground turkey!

It’s really difficult to find recipes that work for both me and my husband.  I hate vegetables.  He loves vegetables.  I tend to like spicy foods and love beans.  He hates spicy food and loathes beans.  He’s a true meat-and-potatoes kinda guy, and would be happy with a full roast dinner every night if possible, but hey, it ain’t possible, so we’re learning to compromise with every meal, and it’s getting easier as time goes by.

I weighed myself this morning and I was 290.75.  I’m so, so ready to leave the 290s behind and I’m determined that this week’s menu will help me.  I’m also aiming to exercise for at least 45 minutes each day this week.  We have a dog, so there’s no excuse to NOT be going on a walk or two each day!

Right.  I have a few things left on my to-do list for day.  I’m off to do them and enjoy the rest of my Sunday!

 

Too right.  In fact, I wish I had started 14 years ago.  Why 14 years?  Well, I remember an episode of Oprah that must’ve been broadcast in mid-1998. It was about the millenium and what people wanted to accomplish before the year 2000.  I recall sitting on the couch thinking how great it would be to start 2000 fit and healthy.  I probably weighed about 230 pounds then…maybe more.

And now, 14 years on from that episode of Oprah, I wish I’d started that day, but I didn’t.  And now I weigh 289.5 pounds.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that I used to weigh 329 pounds.  I keep trying to remind myself that I should be proud of that loss, but it’s very difficult to feel great about losing 39.5 pounds when you have 139.5 pounds to lose.

Still, that’s all a bit negative, isn’t it?  And the whole point of this here blog is to be positive!  I’ve resolved that 2012 (a.k.a., the next 366 days) will be the year I turn my life around.  And it’s important to note that this isn’t only about losing weight.  That’s a huge part of it, to be sure, but I have other things I want to work on.

In short, I want to greet 3 January 2013 as a healthier person.  I would like to weigh less, but more importantly, I would like to FEEL BETTER.  As it is, I hurt constantly.  My back aches all the time.  I have weird tingly pains in my thighs.  My heart races a lot and beats far too quickly after I walk only a short distance.  My most recent blood pressure reading was high — maybe 126/110, I believe.

And that’s just the physical stuff.  There’s also anxiety and my poor stress management skills.  I’m impulsive, stubborn, and critical.  I’m not confident and am afraid to take risks.  I don’t sleep well and I’m certain I’m not the best wife I could be.

So, over the next 366 days I’m going to work on myself.  I’m going to eat healthy foods.  I’m going to exercise.  I’m going to clean my house.  I’m going to be good to my husband.  I’m going to try to do a little bit of good in this world.

I’m going to start living the life I want to live.

One year from now, I’ll be glad I started today.  🙂