Saturday, 30 October 2010

The Big Momma Challenge Week 17

This week was half-term so I was a bit more relaxed than usual.  When your normal routine is disrupted it can prove difficult to keep the motivation going, but despite that I still managed to lose 1lb this week, bringing my total weight loss to 21lbs so far.

I've been asked by a couple of people this week what sort of diet I am doing.  Well, as I've mentioned before I don't regard this challenge as a diet, but more of a change of lifestyle. I'm trying to retrain my eating habits and to lose weight gradually over time, rather than quickly for an instant result.  I reckon if I can keep this going until all the excess weight has gone - and I have another 49lbs to lose - then I'll be so used to making healthy choices that it'll be easier to maintain a normal weight.

So, to answer the question, what I have been doing is this: eating less and exercising more. That's it.

I've cut right back on snacks, which was my downfall, and eating three sensible meals a day.  I'm still eating the same sort of food I would  normally eat, by and large, just eating smaller portions.  For example this week these are some of my main meals:
  • Ikea meatballs and chips (it was that Sandy Calico's fault, she forced me......)
  • fish and chips (small fish, small portion of chips)
  • lasagne and veg
  • chicken kiev, baked potato and veg
  • mushroom omelette (3 eggs)
  • beans on granary toast
So you can see from that that I'm not starving myself.  I always have cereal for breakfast - always - and if I have time I make porridge, and for lunch I might have something like a sandwich, soup or scrambled eggs on toast.

In addition I am doing a lot of walking .  I take Tessie out twice a day for at least an hour in total.

I know that I could lose the weight faster if I ate less, but quite frankly, I don't want to feel like I'm dieting.  And I don't. And I think that's one of the main reasons I'm still doing this 17 weeks later.  

I'm dying to know how you have been getting on if you are following the challenge, and if  not why not join in?  Just add your blog post to the linky below, making sure you link back to me in your post, and the rest of us can pop over and offer encouragement and support.  Go on, you know you want to :-)