Woopeedoo! I’ve managed to get back on track with my 80-day weight loss challenge responses. Now I’m going to see if I can work up enough courage, determination and strength to get on the scales for a third time lucky result.
51) Do you have a cheat day?
Never! This is another folly I used to engage in when I was doing all my mad diets. My weigh-in day would be my reward day for a week of misery and I’d binge on (or at least treat myself to) some of the things I had been craving during the week. As none of my diets have worked, I am now determined not to hold on to anything that reminds me of those days. Cheating is cheating! This is my life and my diet is what I will be eating for the rest of my life, not for a period of time. I make better choices. If I have a craving I won’t buy into it before I’ve decided what it is. A few weeks back I wanted pizza, so I made one by adding red pesto and various toppings to a tortilla. I’ve made icecream by blending bananas and nutella, and I’ve made brownies with black beans. But one day I really wanted Coca-Cola so I had a quarter of a small glass. And realised it wasn’t all that nice… =)
I suppose some people can handle cheat days, but I know I am not some people. I can’t handle cheating and I am not interested in spending the rest of my life wrestling cravings. The only way forward for me is a health plan where everything is allowed in moderation and where the focus is on always making better choices.
52) What do you enjoy the most in your weight loss? What makes you happier than ever before?
Spending time, effort and money on myself! It is ridiculously self-indulgent this project, and I’m loving the fact that I can finally begin to think of what I really want for myself. I guess it’s going to take time and be a long process of ups and downs, but at least I’ve started.
53) Try to eat nothing but raw food today. No cooking, no baking, no grilling. Eat raw carrots, canned tuna or smoked salmon, maybe even sushi! Just eat fresh, non-termal processed food. It might be weird and unnatural but that’s actually the healthiest way to eat. Enjoy your healthy day!
Well, this didn’t happen either. But I might try a raw food day in May. I’m thinking a day of fresh pressed juice and sushi would be nice… :)
54) What is your favorite weight loss blog?
I’m not so sure I have any favourites per se, but there are few tumblrs and word press people I follow more intently than others:
- fit-and-healthy-for-tomorrow (tumblr)
- girlgrowingsmall (tumblr)
- emilyeatsright (tumblr)
- justcallmecole (word press)
- stripmebeautiful (word press)
I find that I get inspiration from other people’s blogs and motivation from revisiting my own tumblr. Today, I’ve been reading my posts from the past two months and reminding myself why I’m doing this and where I’m going. I’ve found a few new recipes to try out and a slight resolve to try and keep myself up for long enough to get on the scales in the morning. And most importantly, through word press, tumblr and fitocracy I have found the gym and fitness community I have missed for so long!
55) Will you continue to write your blog after you reach your UGW?
My blog isn’t just about my weight shedding journey, but about the whole project 2016. My weight journey is a huge part of the project, but it is one of many and they are all equally important to my dream future. I know I will continue this blog post UGW, but I guess it is possible that it won’t be as heavily influenced by food and fitness issues in two year’s time as it is right now. We shall have to wait and see… :)
56) Have you ever been on a low-carb diet? How was it for you?
In 2004 I was asked by my doctor to try low carb for a month and see if it made any difference to my general sense of well-being. At first I thought it would be hard to give up beer and potatoes and pasta, but within a week I had noticed enough positives to be hooked. Atkins put an end to cravings, gave me better skin, made me sleep better and helped me shed loads of pounds whilst allowing me to eat as much as I wanted of pretty much all those things I had denied myself and put on the scary forbidden food list. I went through all four phases and thought I’d be a low-carber for life, but at the moment I’m not so sure.
I went off Atkins in January this year and have been doing some kind of clean routine since then. I’m trying to feed my body the best possible nutrients and I figured to do that I should add more fruit and berries to my diet. I’m seeing a dietician in May to look into how to optimise my diet to give my body the best possible support in dealing with all my stupid conditions. Until then, I will stick with my current food plan and take each day as it comes. Right now I’m more interested in trying to get my 7-a-day in than what my diet will look like in the future.