This past month, or rather the past 3 weeks since the 10th of August I’ve been trying out this thing called the “28 Day Jumpstart Challenge” – it’s a challenge run by the team behind Fit Girls Guide. I have not been following it 100% the way they mean you to – perhaps more around 60%. I have been finding some alternatives to foods I don’t like, I have not been working out and have not cut down the alcohol as much as they recommend (but they are American and I live in England – they have no idea about British drinking culture!!).
I very consciously went into it thinking of it as a lifestyle change more than just a diet/ weight loss plan and to use to it teach myself to eat more consciously. Few things I aimed to get from it for myself:
- to be more aware of what I am eating (progress made)
- to be more aware of how much I am eating (progress made)
- to eat more slowly (progress made)
- to take the time to sit down to eat rather than eat while reading/ working at my desk/ watching tv (progress made)
- to increase my protein and veg intake (sort of, needs more work)
- to cut down on my refined sugar intake as much as possible (sort of, needs more work)
- to cut down on my alcohol intake as much as possible (sort of, needs more work)
- to do food prep at home and not always buy breakfast & lunch (progress made)
- to cut down on buying cappuchinos and lattes (progress made)
- to cut down on coffee intake – especially after 4pm (progress made)
This is already a very difficult list to work through, especially because I do most of these things on “auto-pilot” – so the biggest challenge has been the awareness, the consciousness and the mindfulness around how I consume my food.
My favourite part: I have been making my breakfast to take in to work – delicious oatmeal, greek yoghurt and fresh fruit with a changing mix of added extras ranging between flaxseed, bee pollen and chia seeds. This is something I have never ever done before – and it has very much been a life changer and does seem to give me more energy throughout the day, I need it to become a habit and almost a reflex though.
I also realised that I tend to consume WAY more calories than I need to on an almost daily basis for no real reason other than habit/ laziness – hitting around 2000 calories a day with all my coffees and snacks and especially on weekends with the alcohol calories coming in to play.
Here is my progress over the past 3 weeks:
As we can see:
- Fridays are the big problem – this is when I go out drinking (drinks are saved under snacks because the app doesn’t have a category for it that I could find – the app I’m using is MyFitnessPal – which disappointingly keeps crashing and is not as good as it used to be)
- My daily average calorie intake: week 1: 1700 calories, week 2: 1300 calories, week 3: 1500 calories – bring on week 4!
I have intentionally not chosen to combine this with a fitness or workout plan yet because I know that if I try and do too much all at once I will only end up giving up – so I wanted to get comfortable with the eating changes first before I throw in the gym as well.
The last time I did a big weight loss plan it was the opposite, it was ALL gym and not around my diet or food prep at all, so this time I want it to be a combination of both for a bigger change at succeeding (I did lose over 9 kgs last time, but guess what – I’ve put it all back on + a bit more in the meantime).
So now we’re going into week 4 – I intend to start introducing the gym back into my life – slowly – we don’t want another strained hip flexor like last time obviously. Wish me luck!!