Well – for an entire month I’ve been (almost) completely on plan.
It’s been a really useful activity – because it’s forced me to confront firstly how much I eat, where my pain points are with regard to when and why I want to eat, just how many calories can be in a salad (it’s all got a value – who knew carrots were 420kcal a kilo!) and how much I would realistically lose over time if I removed about 500kcal per day from my diet.
I started writing everything down one day after the month started – and out of 31 days I surprisingly only had one major fall from grace on the 21st where I pigged out – which I’m pleased with.
It’s also been extremely useful for putting things into perspective.
It can be very very easy indeed to overeat on one day then afterwards convince yourself that you’ve completely screwed the pooch. If you do it’s also pretty easy to spend the rest of the week filling your face thinking that you’ve failed anyway – so what does it matter?
You’ve already wrecked everything – right?
However – if you instead take that day, accept it happened and then attempt a gradual recovery then things even out over time. That one bad day eventually doesn’t mean that much at all.
It’s just another step on the road – and the last two parts of this month’s highway looked like this.
- Microwave basmati rice 366 (2 syns)
- Can of mackerel 190
- Handful of gherkins and pickled onions 40
- 2 tomatoes 30
- 400g diced beef 558
- Can chopped tomatoes 74
- Small sweet potato 72
- 2x leeks 50
- 450g swede 60
- 240g Cannelini beans 192
- Mushrooms x5 20
- Chorizo meatball 83 (4 syns)
- 100g blueberries 43
- 100g blackberries 43
- 100g raspberries 53
- Half tub quark 99
- Banana 89
Total calories consumed 2067
- Active/total calories burned 1533/4162
- Cardio minutes 138
- Steps/miles walked 22,265/10.92
- 3x tomatoes 45
- Tub of cottage cheese with onion & chive 174
- 170g Aldi Piri Piri chicken fillets 200kcal (2 syns)
- 6x apples 420
- 6x home made mini quiches 450
- 500g grated carrot 210
- Red cabbage 25
- Celery 10
- Pickled onions and gherkins 60
- spoonful of mint sauce 5
- Spoonful whole grain mustard 10
- 100g blueberries 43
- 250g frozen Aldi summer fruits 84
- 250g natural yogurt 154
Total Calories consumed 1881
- Active/total calories burned 722/2808
- Cardio minutes 30
- Steps/miles walked 10,728/5.49
Now – since I’m super anal I’ve put together a little chart (after all who doesn’t love a chart?!) to demonstrate that a screw up day really doesn’t mean an awful lot at all.
As you can see here my averages for the month (according to data gathered by manually working out my calorie intake and stats gathered by Apple Watch) I’ve….
- Consumed an average of 1910kcal a day
- Burned an average of 3968kcal overall per day
- Engaged in an average of 100 minutes of cardio exercise per day
- Walked an average of 21,176 steps and 10.71 miles a day.
Since I haven’t stepped on the scales yet this week I can only go on what’s happened so far in October to gauge my success.
According to my book (up to the 28th) October saw a loss of around 10lbs – which I think is pretty respectable.
The question is now whether I keep writing things down – and for the moment I think the answer is ‘no’. I’ve enjoyed the experience for the most part and it’s been very interesting – but it’s also been something that I’ve tended to become a little obsessive with.
I’d rather not get buried in calorie counts long term – and although it’s good to know roughly what I’m eating the point of Slimming World isn’t to become a human calculator – it’s to enjoy life and eat ‘normally’.
My next personal project will instead be something else, related to what I’ve discovered whilst doing this – and I think in the long term it will be way more beneficial.
More on that possibly at a later date…