Last week I started off with some healthy new habits. They included –
Cooking with quinoa
Increasing our vegetable intake
Eating healthier snacks
Already this week I am tempted to get back into old habits. I am going to try my best to get organised and keep at it. We are bombarded with information on the best foods to eat, foods to avoid, foods to have in moderation – there are so many opinions that I often find myself in a complete head spin. For me the key is being organised but often life gets in the way. When I am not organised I slip up. My life is also full of temptations – play date biscuits, Fathers day cake and don’t get me started on my love for Lindt dark chocolate bars infused with the likes of lime or caramel and a touch of sea salt. Then there is always the temptation of wine – especially after days I feel like pulling my hair out. So here we go, wish me luck!
19th – 25th June
Breakfast – bacon rolls and cups of tea with the girls
Lunch – cheeseburger from McDonalds and small fries with bbq sauce (Father’s Day and a mild hangover – we will let it slide)
Snacks – cup of tea and slice of lemon drizzle cake (would be rude not to on Father’s day)
Dinner – Stuffed vine leaves from Waitrose Deli snacks and a few slices of thin and crispy pizza (pizza express supermarket selection).
Exercise – Rest day – does running around after the kids count?
Breakfast – 2 small pancakes and a cup of tea
Snack – slices of orange and a coffee
Lunch – water biscuits and hummus and a slice of lean smoked bacon (my 3 year old wanted a finger roll for lunch and I had leftover bacon to use). Already I see a pattern here – Monday lunches are not very organised. I need to sort this.
Snack – coffee and a square (OK 2 squares – it was far too tasty) of dark chocolate with caramel and a touch of sea salt. I can’t have this lying around the house!
Dinner – spicy king prawns stir fried with Thai basil and green beans, baked feta with tomatoes and stuffed vine leaves. The kids loved the prawns. I thought they would find them too spicy so had made some good old pesto pasta for them instead.
The prawn dish was made using what I had left in the fridge. I put in some hot fresh tomato salsa, a dash of white wine, some chilli, garlic, fresh ginger and shallots. I added some green beans and a few nuts for extra protein and crunch. The baked feta was probably unnecessary but it had to be used and I was worried the hubs would still be hungry.
Exercise – 45 minute rpm class and light swimming to cool down after it
Post workout snack – a water cracker with a tablespoon of sundried tomato hummus
Breakfast -orange segments and poached eggs and wholemeal toast
Lunch – Grandad Dave’s vegetable soup and a slice of wholemeal bread
Snack – cappuccino and a mini Cadbury’s flake
Dinner – Grandad Dave’s homemade pizza. His super tasty creations are on a light, thin base and loaded with vegetables, lean meat (chicken) and low on cheese
Exercise – 5k run, 1k rowing machine and 15 minutes of swimming
Breakfast – peanut butter on wholemeal toast – we had an early leave so needed something quick and easy
Lunch – Gran Violet’s homemade vegetable and lentil soup with a slice of wholemeal bread and butter
Snacks – at a playdate I enjoyed a shortbread biscuit and a cup of coffee
Dinner – chicken and vegetable thai green curry with steamed rice. I crammed the vegetables into this dish – courgette, red pepper, shallots, green beans and sweet potato. The kids were having this also so I added extra chill at the end.
Exercise – a brisk uphill walk with the kids
Breakfast – banana, chia seed and peanut butter smoothie with soya milk
Snacks – strawberries
Lunch – tortilla wrap made pizza style in the oven with fresh tomatoes, grated cheese, olives and an egg cracked in the middle. Bonnie loves making these.
Snacks – grated carrot with pistachio nuts, square of that epic dark chocolate
Dinner – stuffed pasta with fresh homemade tomato and basil sauce, chilli flakes and fresh Parmesan
Exercise – 45 minute yoga class and 30 minutes of swimming
Snack – water biscuit and a spoonful of lemon and corriander hummus
Breakfast – poached eggs, beans, a lean pork sausage and a crumpet
Lunch – tuna, cheese melt open sandwich with one piece of wholemeal bread
Snack – cappuccino and a square of dark chocolate
Dinner – aberdeen angus cheeseburger with caramalised onions and homemade chips baked in the oven. I only had half a bun with the burger.
The kids and I also enjoyed a couple of glasses of this stuff towards the end of the week to mix it up a bit.
Wine – 4 glasses out with friends
Breakfast -glass of fresh oj, cup of tea, 2 lean sausages, two tablespoons of baked beans and 1 poached egg
Lunch – roast chicken, salad and tomato and rosemary focaccia
Snacks – a slice of birthday cake – my friend is a top baker
Dinner – you can find the recipe for this in last weeks food diary. My husband did it flawlessly – the chicken was crispy and the sauce was amazing. His homemade egg fried rice was bang on. Some takeaway versions can be too greasy.
Snacks – 4 glasses of champagne – does the fruit count as one of my 5 a day? a handful of crisps
Exercise – 20 minutes of swimming (we went as a family and the hubs and I took turns)
Not the greatest week. I felt a bit less organised so I am going to try and get myself in gear for next week. Overall I tried to keep my vegetable intake up. With drinks on Friday AND Saturday night I went over my alcohol limit for the week which adds empty calories. I did have a great weekend though and it is about balance. Normally if I am enjoying alcohol on Saturday I try and avoid on Friday night. This ensures I get up feeling great and I go for a good morning run. This also helps me when it comes to Saturday night treats. I need to get back into that routine. Things to work on for next week –
Not buying any Lindt dark chocolate
Keep up the vegetables
Some tasty new, low calorie recipes