I know that a lot of people struggle to eat healthily in winter with all that comfort food to be had. Big bowls of steaming stodge and custard with everything mmmmm… But actually I struggle much more in summer when it is warm. I wish I was one of those people who claim to lose their appetite as the temperatures soar but I’m really not. Quite the opposite in fact. I’m one of those people who feels the need to eat anything and everything to keep me going as the heat zaps my energy. The other day I had a Magnum for lunch. Not after lunch just for lunch. And that’s when I realised why I have been feeling so rubbish of late. It’s not rocket science, is it?
If you have been reading here a while, you might already know that over the last couple of years I have been on a bit of a health kick and lost about two stone. Yay! Go me! But it wasn’t some fad diet, it was about making small steps to make changes to my unhealthy lifestyle. Slowly but surely I lost the weight and more importantly, it stayed off. The whole eating less (and much much better) soon became about feeling good rather than what the scales were telling me. But I do think that the two go kind of hand in hand. There is no getting around that for me. When I weighed almost 12 stone I felt awful. Just awful. I reached that point where enough was enough and I had to do something about it. Now my weight has settled at 9 stone 9 pounds and I am more than happy with that. I never thought that I would see single figures again!
I used My Fitness Pal when I was losing weight and it really helped me not only in the short term but in the long term too as it re-educated me when it came to portion sizes. I don’t do guilt when it comes to food. Utter nonsense. I’m a big believer in moderation and do you know what, one walnut whip is not going to make you put on weight. Thinking sod it and eating a box a day might but one little walnut whip a month or even a week won’t. A little bit of what you fancy does you good and walnut whips can be enjoyed as part of a calorie controlled diet. Trust me. I’m living proof. It’s just about being honest with yourself about what you are shoving down your cakehole at the end of the day!
I haven’t used the My Fitness Pal app for months now, I just haven’t felt the need. But I do know that just lately I haven’t been watching what I eat quite as much as I should and I really do need to be much more mindful. I weighed myself for the first time in ages this morning and I was relieved to see that I hadn’t gained any weight but if I want it to stay that way, I know that I have to do something about it. And now. One too many treats have crept in for sure and I’m a little disappointed in myself to be honest as I really do know better but it’s nothing that I can’t put right. Out with the rubbish (or too much of the rubbish anyway) and in with feeling great again. Let’s do this!