Ok, so today is the day - My 21 days have started!
Just to recap for the next 21 days I will be using a combination of Kate Adams' Flat Tummy Diet Club and the My Fitness Pal app, used to track calorie consumption. I will be aiming for a net count of 1200 calories per day (with exercise having a negative effect). This is a dieting technique I have used before with success; however my downfall has been maintaining the effects long term. Therefore, my plan is to complete my 21 days at 1200 calories before moving to a more maintainable daily consumption, making adjustments as necessary depending upon how much weight I can lose.
I'd like to use this opportunity to make a life-style change (without expecting results over night) and to look long-term at my relationship with food. I'd also like to learn to cook home-made nutritious meals and keep to my 'happy weight' rather than yo-yo dieting.
My meal plan for today is pretty standard when I embark on my 21 days, it may not be the most exciting but this is what works for me and I plan to try to spice up my meal plans as I go along!
So here we go - day 1!
Target weight: 133 lbs
Days in: 0
Current weight: 150 lbs
Weight loss so far: 0 lbs
Breakfast: Granola with raspberries (measured using Rosemary Conely's Portion Pots) with a couple of dessert spoons of natural yoghurt and a cup of tea = 308 calories
Lunch: Salad made with ham, cous cous, cherry tomatoes and coleslaw = 211 calories
Dinner: Breaded cod with mediterranean roasted vegetables = 396 calories
Snacks: Skinny vanilla latte (Starbucks), small apple, cup of tea and Muller Lighter yoghurt = 254 calories
Exercise: Walking = -56 calories
Net calories for the day: 87 calories remaining
Notes: Felt really determined to eat well today and not fall at the first hurdle! It's been nice and sunny which, in my opinion, makes eating yummy salads and fruit easier! I did have a little treat this morning courtesy of Starbucks but I made sure I allowed for this in my calories and this won't be a daily occurrence! I didn't have any real planned exercise in today so I made sure I had a bit of a walk at lunchtime as well as my usual walk to work. I ate dinner slightly later than usual which helped stop evening snacking. I also drank loooaaads of water (partly due to the hot weather!). All in all a good Flat Tummy day :)
How did you get on?
My next Flat Tummy post will be after the first 7 days and first weigh in!