Nutrition/ Personal

Week #1: on to a healthy body (and mind)

The first ten days are behind us. So how should I call this: the first ten days of the rest of my life… πŸ™‚ And it went well, but to be honest: the first week is always the easiest. You’re still fully motivated and the scales tend to cooperate too. You can see below how much weight I have lost so far. And it is a good number in the first ten days. But to put it a bit into perspective; I weighed myself for the first time, the day after new years. I was still full from all the junk we ate the day before plus it was that time of the month. That tends to add one to one and a half kilo easily. We did eat healthy and good foods, so we certainly did not starve ourselves. Not that I am not happy to have lost 4 kilo already. But just to let you know that that first number was possibly slightly elevated.

What we ate:

  • Breakfast: Almost every day we had oats with either ricemilk or almond milk. Ad a bit of cinnamon and some fruit and it will fill you up until well into lunch. Plus I like it.
  • Lunch: Most those that was two sandwiches or so if we had little time and if we had more time or left overs from a photoshoot, it would be delicious salads, like the ones you see above. The recipes will come online next week. O and I even went out for lunch with friends and I had a pumpkin soup which was delicious and they had natural coconut smoothies.. πŸ˜‰
  • Dinner: We had a very variable dinner. We made a slowcooker dish twice. Once a vegetarian curry and once a beef curry. We made a tuna salad with salad wrapleaves, we have made a homemade burger once on a toasty sandwich and lots of vegetables and good salads. O and a delicious fennel soup too. We didn’t suffer one bit.

I keep track what we are eating through Myfitnesspal I’ve been using that for years (not continuously of course) and it is a handy tool to see where you are with your food intake during the day. I’m not counting calories but it is keeping track and making me accountable for what I am doing. And it’s not all about losing the weight although that eventually will have to come of too.

What we didn’t have:

  • No alcohol
  • No snacks
  • Little to no sugar

As mentioned before I will be starting with the I quit sugar challenge on the 22nd. And while we cut out most of the processed sugars already, I haven’t paid very close attention. To give an example; I had tomato ketchup on that burger and I know there is sugar in the ketchup. I haven’t worried about that. There is plenty of time for that after the 22nd.

Exercise:

Well… we did do a regular walk. I think we walked four out of the seven days. The weather is not exactly on our side at the moment and walking in the pouring rain is not my idea of fun. But we did walk a total of 26,9 kilometer. I use Runkeeper to keep track of the miles… I am a list kind of girl!

Β How I felt:

In general I felt ok. Only last friday and saturday I had a splitting headache all day. I think I did drink sufficient water but change of food intake will most likely have been the major reason. Or maybe it was totally unrelated.

It’s weekend as we speak. For us the times to overindulge and go wild on the nuts and wine. So it’s a bit weird to not do that for a while. Tonight we’re having a diner with friends. They’re coming over for dinner and we will drink a glass of wine. So the challenge is to stick to that one or two glasses and than stop. The food itself is healthy enough; we have a starter of tuna tartar and a main of red snapper so we should be ok there. I have allowed myself a tiny bit of dessert which is a cherry clafoutis. I might not even feel like having a bit so we’ll see how it goes.

So week one of our healthy eating mission is over. We’ve done the easy part!

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    January 11, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Excellent on week one!

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    Rosa
    January 11, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Congrats! Well done.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    ratna
    January 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Well done Simone! As they say,the first step is the hardest.

    • Reply
      Simone van den Berg
      January 11, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks so much Ratna. I sure hope the first step is the hardest, but I fear the rest will be harder.. πŸ˜‰

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    John@Kitchen Riffs
    January 11, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Sounds like you’re doing great! The big deal, I think, is to establish a routine that works for you. And limit quantities — portion control is the toughie for me. πŸ™

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      Simone van den Berg
      January 11, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      O you are so so right John! It’s getting into a routine that is always our bottleneck and yes, portion control… Biggie too!

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    Janie
    January 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Well done guys – I love how you’re both keeping each other motivated and accountable, it really does help. Keep up the good work, and I can’t wait to see what yummy stuff you come up with next πŸ™‚
    Janie x

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    Simi Jois
    January 13, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Wow ! Congratulations that’s awesome.

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