I finally gave in on Saturday. I’d been slogging my way through the non-diet-friendly food in the freezer and accepting the resultant weight fluctuations but on Saturday I decided enough was enough and gave the food to my parents (who don’t need to diet). With the readi-meals and full-fat mince gone, I sat down and made a proper meal-plan and then a shopping list. A trip to Sainsburys followed. The fridge is now full of food and I have a list of recipes to make and eat or make and freeze to restock the freezer.
- Quorn Sausage & Mash with Onion Gravy
- Smooth Carrot & Ginger Soup
- Vegetable Couscous
- Drunk Pineapple
- Spinach Gnocchi
- Bubble & Squeak Cakes
- Spinach & Tomato Lasagne
- Rustic Minestrone Soup
- Ratatouille Sauce
I’ve gone for the ‘Green’ option with SlimmingWorld. I’ve been doing ‘Red’ and ‘Extra Easy’ for a while and really want a change. Plus 1lb of pasta is cheaper than 1lb of steak. And more environmentally friendly. And kinder to animals. Don’t get me wrong, I love meat. It’s generally my favourite part of a meal. But I don’t like modern farming practices and would much prefer to eat organic/free-range meat. As this isn’t possible on my current budget, I’m entering a phase of Virtual Vegetarianism.
I haven’t set a goal for next week’s weigh-in. My mum’s not doing that well and everything seems uncertain – including my ability to refrain from smoking or overeating while making an effort to be more active. If life were saner, I’d really like to lose a stone (14lbs) for Christmas. That’d be 2lbs a week. And to achieve that, I’d follow the eating plan and take some exercise daily. So I shall endeavour to do this anyway but not beat myself up if events conspire against me.