Meal Planning Mondays and my weight loss challenge
Happy Monday everyone! Probably the least popular day of the week historically but today I’m looking at it with a fresh new perspective. It’s the beginning of the my chapter, and who doesn’t love new beginnings!
For the last year I’ve been on a bit of a downward spiral. I started a new job and the first six months were beyond stressful. I always knew the world of City law was going to be intense but the 70 hour weeks, lack of sleep, fruit and vegetables and normal social interaction was seriously, seriously tough. It was no surprise that all the late night dinners and unhealthy snacks during the working day led to me piling on 11lbs (the equivalent to roughly 5 kilos)! This was particularly bad considering that I was already at the top of my healthy weight range as it was.
After those tough 6 months I moved on to the next stage of my training and things eased up. My hours were better, I was seeing my friends and family much more but best of all I had time to cook in the evenings again. Most people would have taken this time to get their weight and health back in check. I however went from having nothing to having it all. Every waking second I could be cooking and eating, I did. Every weekend was an excuse to go out for dinner and drinks, or to throw a dinner party, or order a takeaway.
6 months on and I have added another 7 lbs (just over 3 kilos). I am now comfortably in the “OVERWEIGHT” category. At 24 this just isn’t acceptable. Whilst I’m not happy with my appearance the way it is, what’s worse for me is just how drastically I have seen my health change. But the thing that makes me saddest is how my overindulgence has cost Jon his health too.
For those of you who are brave and curious…
Weight loss Challenge
So how the hell am I going to turn this around?!
Starting from today (I am typing this with a sweaty, post workout glow) Jon and I have set ourselves some goals.
We want to lose 14lbs each in 8 weeks. That’s roughly 2lb a week and hopefully achievable. We are kind of all or nothing people so we are cutting out the snacks, fizzy drinks and take-aways and I’ll be cooking low calorie dinners with sensible portion sizes. On top of the healthy eating regime, we will also be doing half an hour of exercise a day (except when work doesn’t permit and we are in after 10pm.)
Because the old ways are often the best ways…we are keeping a star chart! That’s right…two twenty four year olds with motivational star charts. Our reward at the end? If I lose a stone, I get to hire a VW Camper for a ten day holiday around the South West this summer. If Jon loses a stone? We’ll be heading to a festival of his choice!
And of course we’ll be looking damn sexy by then and hopefully feeling a lot fitter and healthier in general.
With our goals squarely in focus, I’ve done my best to put together a low calorie meal plan for the week. We are out at the weekend so we have to make sure we are good in the week to mitigate any damage that might be caused at the weekend.
Monday – Low calorie Chicken Soup
Tuesday – Slow Cooker Mushroom Stroganoff served with kale and tenderstem brocoli
Wednesday – Whole roasted cauliflower (recipe coming soon)
Thursday – Lentil Lasagne
Friday – working late, dinner at work.
Saturday & Sunday – eating out in Nottingham
What are you planning on eating this week? Do you struggle to find time to cook healthy meals too? Perhaps you’ve got some low calories, quick and easy recipes you’d like to share – I’d love the inspiration!