So, if you follow me on Twitter, you will no doubt have heard me whinging and whining about my weight and body recently. I am not really sure how, but I seem to have put a hell of a lot of weight on really quickly. And I’m going on holiday in 5 weeks time and I hope to look at least a little bit presentable in my gorgeous new bikinis! This blog post isn’t meant to be ‘advice’ by the way, as I’ve no idea on weight loss, I just felt like writing down my new ideas to keep myself focused.
I think my weight gain must be down to me starting my new office job and therefore having a ‘proper’ sized lunch from the canteen as well as an extra snack or so. However, I also started going to the gym in February so I thought that would have helped keep the weight down, but I guess I wasn’t doing enough to balance out the extra food. I literally have no idea about fitness nor weight loss, so I don’t know how the human body processes food and stores fat etc, no idea at all.
|Me last summer!
I’ve received numerous bits of advice from a tonne of different people, who all say different things. Some say just do cardio, some say I need to do weights and strength exercises, some say I need to cut out all this food blah blah blah. Anyway I still don’t know what to do to lose my big belly so here is a little plan that I have devised myself!
Breakfast – Peanut butter and Nutella on 1 slice of white toast
Lunch – Large plate of canteen pasta or cheese & ham baguette
Dinner – Homemade pasta meal or meat/potato/veg or pizza
Snacks – Mr Kipling Angel Cake, mini Dairy Milk bar, Laughing Cow cheese triangle
Drinks – 2 glasses of semi-skimmed milk, 1 glass of orange juice, 1 glass of Coke
Exercise – Gym two nights a week burning 300kcal per session
Water – Nil.
Breakfast – Peanut butter on 1 slice of 50/50 toast
Lunch – Small portion of homemade pasta bake or cheese & ham baguette
Dinner – Homemade pasta meal or meat/potato/veg (smaller portion)
Snacks – Banana, satsuma, Mr Kipling Angel Cake (can’t resist these!)
Drinks – 1 glass of semi-skimmed milk, 2 glasses of orange juice
Exercise – Gym three nights a week burning 500kcal per session
Water – Drink a bottle throughout the day at work.
My previous lifestyle wasn’t the most terrible, but it certainly could have been healthier. I have a big sweet tooth though, especially for cake and chocolate! For breakfast I like to have a slice of toast, and I’m pretty sure peanut butter is relatively good for you, but I have changed from white bread to 50/50 and removed the Nutella (yum!). I have a glass of milk with my breakfast too.. I absolutely love to drink milk!
I really struggle with what to eat for lunch as I work in an office with just a microwave. I wish it had a toaster! But as I don’t like sandwiches nor salads, I usually go up to the canteen and spend £3.50 on a fairly dull and carb loaded meal. I don’t really know of any other options to be honest. I would love to be able to eat just a salad but by 1pm my tummy is rumbling sooo much and I need something to fill me up! So I think I will have to shrink the portion sizes or bring in my own food from home to heat up.
At work I also have a few snacks on my breaks, which always includes an angel cake slice (mmmm!) but also used to include a mini chocolate bar, and sometimes also some pom bears! But I’m going to reduce this now to just one treat (cake slice.. only 140kcal!) and then just snack on fruit. I’m also a bit of a night time snacker and have a biscuit before bed but I’m too tired to even go downstairs these days!
My Mum makes me a big hearty dinner every night, which I can’t refuse to eat, but it is home cooked and doesn’t include chips etc! But I will perhaps have to cut down on the size of the meal. I’m also going to cut out the majority of the fizzy drinks that I have, which is only a tiny bit anyway. But I will replace the small glass of Coke I have with my dinner with juice. I also have juice for my lunch, but I will also be increasing the amount of water that I drink.
With regards to exercise, I started going to the gym in February and go about twice a week. I used to only burn 300 calories through cardio and then go home. But now I’m starting to get into doing at least 500 calories, three times a week, as well as a bit of strength training (lifting a very small weight with arms!). Hopefully this increase in fitness will also help with some weight loss. But I’m not too hopeful as I am no weight loss expert! Also as well as thinking about my weight for my holiday I’ve been looking for the best laser hair removal,
which would be a nice easy alternative to razors! Think I’d have to save up a bit though…
Do you have any tips on how to lose weight or tone up? Please let me know! 🙂