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August 19, 2007

Size of food serving portion

Changing the size of food servings you dish up

One of the main changes I've made this week is to take more notice of serving sizes. The easiest way to do this is to look on the side of the packet to see how many servings is recommended per meal. For example normally I'd cook a whole packet of pasta and we'd share it between three people. After looking at the correct portions I now realise a packet is meant for four servings. Therefore I don't now cook the whole packet and everyone doesn't leave the table feeling like they are about to burst.

This last week I also had one splurge (if you can call it that) on a Red Rooster chicken wrap. Normally I'd have had a wrap, large chips and coke. This time sticking to my healthy eating plan I opted only for the wrap. This way I didn't feel like I was missing out while at the same time I stuck to my overall healthy eating plan.

When loosing weight I've found it's also important not to feel like I'm depriving myself of what I enjoy. In this case, I do enjoy eating out on the odd occasion. Otherwise I know I won't be able to stick to it for long.

I'm hoping small changes here and there will add up to a healthier slimmer me :)


April 14, 2008

Secret to weight loss

Everyone asks what's my secret to weight loss?

Since starting this journey to a healthier me I've gone from 117 kilo's (257.40 pounds) to this weeks weigh in of 89 kilo's (195.80 pounds). Friends I havn't seen for a while are asking, "What's the secret to your weight loss?"

The truth be known, there is no special secret to weight loss. All I've done is started exercising at least an hour each day, cut out all the take out food like Macdonalds, Red Rooster and pizza, purchased a calorie book and ensure I stick to around 1200 calories per day, and educated myself on what a normal serving size is. That's it!

I'm also starting to wonder why I ever called this blog 'Weight Battle' because to be honest, I don't consider it a battle at all. It's just a matter of caring for yourself enough to add an hour exercise each day and being aware of the daily calorie's you eat.

Twice in my life I've lost over 30 kilo's before and regained it. The reason I regained the weight, is because I didn't take the time to weight in each week and care about maintaining the fitter healthier me. It's like if you stopped having your car serviced every 6 months. By the end of 5 years you'd have nothing more than a lemon that is breaking down one piece at a time. The same goes, with keeping a healthy body. Only this time around, I am now aware of the pitfalls and what's required to maintain a healthier me. I'm not on a diet as such, I'm on a long term healthier lifestyle that I know I can live with.


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