welcome back @ladyfelsham
hope you're doing ok?
Well I've still not stepped forwards really this year with weightloss, but I'm gearing up for a proper push start now.
I think part of the problem is I was half in, half out with exante. I still had lots of packs and was half heartedly using them up but not in a meaningful way, alongside a pile of crap because deep down now I know... lower carb and intermittent fasting are the only things that work for me properly, and even though I liked the exante products, I still craved food alongside.
So... I've sold all my exante stuff, it's all packaged up already and getting mailed on Monday to those who have bought it.
I recently bought a ninja foodi (think it is a 9 in 1 I forget) anyway, I love it. Amazing thing the only function I've not thought much of is the slow cooker, so I'm going to keep my slow cooker. The only down side is rediscovering a love for the humble roast potato... but I have dscovered that air fried carrots are also rather lovely and many more things yet to try. I've never pressure cooked before, or air fried but having lots of fun trying stuff out.
I don't want a life without potatoes anymore, or without food, and enjoyment of it so I have decided now on a really combined compromised approach to see if I can step forwards again. I guess I will have to tweak this going forwards, but this is the starting outline, it will also need tweaking on my nightshift periods.
Number 1, possibly the most important thing - I must minimise snacking. this is a huge downfall of mine and all it leads to is even more snacking.
Number 2, Intermittent fasting - I'll skip food until at least lunchtime and shut it down as soon after my evening meal as possible. Trying to keep the window as short as is reasonable.
Number 3, Keep it lower carb at least one of the meals - so either lunch or dinner, minimising my 'carbs' to only one meal.
Number 4, cooking from scratch as much as possible, bulk cooking etc as chosen and generally having more healthy veg with everything.
Number 5, Although I don't think cheat days are necessarily helpful, I think having a more laid back approach once a week may be helpful, so I'm going to be laid back on one day per week. This may be a take away this week, or that I'll bake a cake next week, or I'm out for a meal the week after. trying to keep things 'reasonable' and not going crazy.
In other news I've signed up to this virtual walking thing... You choose your virtual route (I've chosen the NC500) and start walking. You save how far you walked each time - I have mine linked to strava, and it shows you on the virtual map where you are. It has points of interest and use the online maps to look around where you 'are' it's using google maps. I thought I'd find it motivating. Once you complete your miles, they send you a medal. It's just a fun thing really. You pay around £30 per route - you're really paying for the medal and site access. It's around the same price whether you choose a long or short route so as I've not loads of cash at the mo I've chosen a long one lol, there are longer ones as well, and also some I'd like to do just because I'm interested. They have ones for all over the world.
I'm considering an exercise bike but my spare cash is pretty much accounted for at the moment.
So On Monday I'll be weighing, measuring and getting on with it I hope!
Other other news - I bought a new dressmaker dummy with a view to learning to make corsets! and dresses for forthcoming summer (hopefully)
Lots going on and lots to look forwards to
Hope you guys are all doing good.