Honesty is something I need this blog to have at it’s core. It’s important to be honest with yourself when you’re on a health journey, and it’s important to the ethos of this blog that I don’t pretend to have it all sussed out. I’m trying to find health on my own terms, and with that comes some wrong turns. Those slip ups are as much a part of my journey and my blog as the successes.
I have to ‘fess up – I’ve been off the wagon/plan/radar this past week.
Whether it’s because I don’t deal well with being out of my routine or whether I just used being on holiday as an excuse, I’ve eaten like a crap…and eaten a lot of crap. I can’t even lie – McDonald’s, Greggs, cakes, chocolate, a big dirty fry-up, pizza, macaroni cheese, doughnuts…all that shit and more has graced my palate in the last seven days. It was like the healthy switch in my head was flicked to off, and I used that downtime to make bad food choice after bad food choice.
To top it off, I also ignored two of my own mantras – don’t skip weigh-in just because you’ve had a bad week, and don’t wait until Monday, get back on track with your very next meal. I skipped SlimmingWorld on Thursday, and it’s only now that I’m drawing a line under my gluttony.
I’m trying not to beat myself up about it. After all, I could have been spending my whole pregnancy eating like that and piled on weight like I have in the past, so one bad week isn’t the end of the world. But I am angry at myself for undoing some of my good work – I stepped on the scales and it looks as if I’ve gained about 4lbs this week.
I can’t turn back time so I just need to look forward.
And that begins with a meal plan and some exercise commitments. Exercise-wise I’ve done a body weight and stretch session today. If I’m not too knackered after work tomorrow I’ll do a (gentle!) Clubbercise class, and then try to fit in another body weight session when I’m working at home on Thursday. Hopefully I’ll fit in a session with weights and a yoga dvd over the weekend too, but we’re going to Stirling on Saturday and our youngest is having a friend round on Sunday so I wont hold my breath.
You can read on to see our meal plan…
Meat free Monday again! This was on my plan a few weeks ago but I didn’t make it, and we’ve not had lentils in a while either, so this will be nice. I’m going to serve it up with orange mash (carrot, butternut and swede).
Thai Salmon with Jasmine Rice
This is an old favourite, everything gets cooked in one pot and it’s got a nice kick from some Thai 7 spice. It has green beans in the rice, so I’ll just serve it with broccoli.
This is nice and rich, but it’s not got anything naughty added, just lots of tomatoes and peppers as a sauce. I’ll serve it with sweet potato wedges and some spinach.
Pork chops with Fried Rice
A bit of fakeaway magic to jazz up a basic dish, which I’ll serve with pak choi and mangetout.
Jerk seasoning, pineapple and black bean rice to get us in the weekend mood. I’ll add baby corn and mangetout to up the veggie count.
The kids love a fish pie, I’ll just need to remember to make the filling before we head out to Stirling for the day or this will be a late dinner! I’ll serve it with sweetcorn and broccoli.
Dinner at my in-laws
His curries, paellas, meatballs and roasts are always delicious, but sometimes he throws a new dish into the mix so I never know what my father-in-law is going to rustle up! He never disappoints though.
I also noticed that my snacks have been a bit less than perfect. When I was writing my rant about the things I hate about SlimmingWorld I realised I’d fallen into the Muller Light trap, and so I’ve decided to cut them out and shake up my snacking in general. Instead I’ll be having frozen grapes or roasted spicy chickpeas, and I’m going to try a sweet potato hummus recipe I found too. I’m going to use my healthy extras on a bowl of grapenuts with almond milk for my supper, rather than the toast with soft cheese I’ve been having.
If any of my meals inspire you, let me know and I’ll share the recipe next week! And if you have any tips on getting back on track when being out of a routine, I could really use them!