How I survived my first week
How I survived my first week – The first few days on any diet or healthy lifestyle are the most important ones. I, like many others, have a hard time staying motivated and focused in the first week and tend to fall off plan easily.
As the week starts to come to an end, I think many times if I wanted to share this kind of post or not. Should my blog be only about the good? Should my blog only be about recipes? Is this blog little too personal?
In the end, I think what the heck, and just write a darn post. I’m sure I am not the only person who is wondering how one survives the first week of any lifestyle change or even diet – although if you read my earlier post you’ll know I’m not a big fan of the word diet.
Changing your lifestyle whether it’s your diet or your fitness, or your lifestyle – is HARD.
I always fall off track and every time I end up ‘cheating’. It all comes down to not enjoying the foods eating, finding it boring, not keeping myself motivated or that I don’t see enough progress to keep me going. Losing weight is not going to happen overnight – I need to learn this! It will involve blood, sweat and tears at time. It will be challenging and it will be hard.
If you have read my blog then you should know how motivated this time round I am to do this and my reasons why…
This week I have lasted a FULL week, and I am the happiest I’ve been in long time regarding my diet. My energy is starting to come back – I even have used my fitbit this week! My food has been great, Oh and I’m not starving…
My results: 4lb loss- little disappointed as it was only a low number but a loss is a loss…
I’m full of flu so will be dosed up on medicine focusing on getting better…
Here are my 5 tips of how I survived week 1:
1) Meal Planning and preparing once a week.
I use Sundays as my planning day for the week ahead. I like to take time out to plan my meals for the week ahead. Let’s face it – life happens and you will always go for the easier option. For instance I snack on fruit and veg so I had these chopped up in containers in the fridge. I browsed the web like a mad woman looking for new recipes to make.
My first week I was on awkward shifts so it mean I wouldn’t get home till really late each evening, so to stop me picking I had my meals for the day ahead planned and ready for coming home as well as took food to work.
2) Drink enough water and keep a bottle with you at all times.
Before this week, I didn’t drink enough water. In fact, I didn’t drink much of anything and that’s really bad. OM liberally recommends an even higher volume of total daily water intake: 3.7 litres (15 cups) for the average adult male and 2.7 litres (11 cups) for the average adult female. – that’s a lot of water in a day!
If your not huge water fan – you can add chopped fruit like lemon or sugar free juices
The first few days were hard. And I went to the toilet every 5 minutes. I filled a 2 litre bottle each day to take with me to work and I would have a bottle left in refrigerator for coming home. You can do it however you like.
3) Shopping – this is the most important.
Make sure you have all you necessary items and ingredients before you start – this will help you to stay focused and on plan.
Having essentials like herbs, Stock Cubes and Stock Pots, chopped/tinned or plum tomatoes, baked beans, eggs and lots of them, milk, natural free yoghurts and meat/fish/poultry (meat alternatives if your vegetarian). Oh and don’t forget your fry light spray – this is important for cooking.
4) Weight, measure yourself and take before picture.
People do say ‘the scales aren’t important as your measurement blah blah’ but I find getting weighed weekly helps stay on plan as I often have lack of motivation. If your having issues with numbers and motivation, then this is where measuring and weighing yourself will help.
I think recording progress is important. I have taken before picture which I compare to a monthly picture. I feel taking and recording measurements are just as vital as getting weighed. It’s a great way to monitor your progress over time. It gives a better picture overall of fat loss and muscle gain.
5) Stay busy and keep focused!
I think about food every day – I think its almost an addiction. Its hard not too when your plan is focused mainly around your food options. To keep my mind busy, I have to keep myself busy. I have found going for a walk or reading a book helps at time when your stuck in the house and need to remove temptation from your going in your fridge.
If your hungry, then try going for a walk or cleaning up or doing something for 30 minutes. If your still hungry after this, then try making something or chopping fruit.