I don't know about you, but if there was one word to sum up my summer it would be 'indulgent' or maybe 'extravagant' or taking it right down to basics 'calorific'. Pre-summer my weight loss year to date was around 14kgs. For the majority of June and July I plateaued, well, sort of. Yes, my weight has been pretty steady until the last couple of weeks where my current diet has, well, let's say its having a relaxed summer holiday. Consequently my weight has quickly gone from flat to having an impressively steep incline.
With tomorrow being the 1st of September and the start of a new season, (technically not the start of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere which is confusing) its time to stop celebrating and time to get back on track. Luckily I haven't given up exercising so I can focus on getting my diet back on track. As I mentioned in this post, I have been reading about nutrition, and whilst of course I've wanted to get less fat, my long term goal is to improve my overall health.
Now, I am absolutely certain that I have lost this weight by watching what I eat. I've gone totally old school and counted calories. That's right, weighing everything I eat and then recording it on the MyFitnessPal (MFP) app. Let me tell you, it is seriously tedious. And boring. So boring. The problem is that it works twofold, there's a constant awareness of what and how much you've been eating as well as a new mindfulness around what you are putting into your body. Or maybe that's just me.
My biggest piece of advice is that you MUST enter every single thing you eat. It doesn't matter if you're having a bit of feast day or if you've just eaten lettuce, keeping track is only going to help you more. No cheating. Seriously.
Luckily for us all MFP does most of the hard work, and the more you use it, the cleverer it gets. As well as my food, I also use it to track my weight, exercise and steps (it magically talks to my Fitbit). It also has this clever 'complete entry' button on the bottom of the diary screen that you click on at the end of the day and it gives you an estimate of how thin you'll be in five weeks time. I take screen shots of these each week and use them as a lovely motivator of how I am totally on track. Its a bit weird how excited I get as I see the numbers fall. Who doesn't like a bit of positive reinforcement?
I know I've been extra preachy in this post and unfortunately before I finish I just need to lecture you briefly about the the nutritional content of your calories. This is not an opportunity to fill up on mysterious, chemically, low calorie food. Going back to this Amelia Freer quote 'If you want to lose weight and tone up - you have to eat less now'. Less in volume, less in calories and fewer suspicious additives. If you want a bit of help getting the balance right MFP has a pie chart that shows the nutritional break up of the food you've been eating. So clever.
Its the start of a new season (sort of) and thus a lovely opportunity to make a few changes to improve our health, lower our weight, reduce our cholesterol and look better in our favourite undies.