Tag: diet

July 3, 2008
Eating Well – A Diet Blog

July 3, 2008 1:09 P.M. Weight: 349.2 lbs.

So it seems that my body likes the number 349.2 – I’ve been bouncing either side of it for the last week.

To be fair, I have been fairly busy, socially, and it isn’t really a great mystery why I have stopped losing. I had people round on Saturday for board games, and so there was coke and cookies in the house, and on Sunday I went out to lunch with a friend – the full roast beef and yorkshire pudding.

Also, as I am off work for the next week, I’ve been pretty busy, work-wise, so have missed out on my lunchtime walks.

Tonight, I am off to stay with my Mum for a few days in London, so see you all when I get back.

June 25, 2008
Eating Well – A Diet Blog

June 25, 2008 2:38 P.M. Weight: 349.2 lbs.

Sharp-eyed readers will note the zooming weight. Last night was a gaming night with some friends, which we held at a local pub that does thai food.

I ordered some satay chicken and a vegetable platter. I knew there would be quite a bit of fat in the satay sauce, but thought that with a sensible vegetable side-dish, it wouldn’t be so bad.

So the chicken arrived, followed by a huge plate of veggies – all dipped in batter and deep fried, with a chilli dipping sauce.

To my credit, I didn’t eat them all. To my detriment, I ate way too many of them, along with a few chunky chilli fries someone else had ordered.

Oh well, there’s always tomorrow…

June 8, 2008
Eating Well – A Diet Blog

June 8, 2008 12:52 P.M. Weight: 353.8 lbs.

This weekend was the town’s agricultural fair, which, while not big, is normally worth going to. Yesterday it poured with rain, but today was beautiful, so I thought I’d go.

I was just about to jump in the car, when I thought ‘What am I doing? It’s only the other side oftown, 2 miles at most.’. Then I thought that there would be the chance I’d buy something that would need the car to get it home. ‘Simple – I’ll go early, and walk. If I see something I want to buy, I’ll come back this afternoon.

So I set out, had a great time, and although I bought a couple of things, they fit in my backpack.

As a treat for the exercise, I ate a pork and apple burger (the local pig farm had a stall) and enjoyed every mouthful.

Grasmere Farm Pork and Apple Burger
Orange Juice

June 2, 2008
Eating Well – A Diet Blog

June 1, 2008 4:25 P.M. Weight: 354.6 lbs.

Yesterday I found myself breaking my diet. I had a pizza for lunch, so I planned to have a light dinner. However, I was still hungry afterwards, so I went back to the kitchen, and then found myself snacking on cheese and biscuits even later.

When I entered the figures into the tracker, I was disappointed with myself – way over on fat, and way over on carbs.

It was only today, sitting in the garden after planting out my herb garden, that it occurred to me. I spent 2.5 hours yesterday digging and planting – which according to SYD’s calculator amounts to almost 2000 calories expended.

I feel a lot happier about it now!

Have now finished all the hard work in the garden for the moment. As well as the herb garden, I have cabbages, cauliflowers, brocolli and courgettes planted in my raised bed, and sugar snap peas, spinach beet, and beetroot in a side border. That is as well as the strawberries and tomatoes that I already had planted.

May 28, 2008
Eating Well – A Diet Blog

May 27, 2008 5:16 P.M. Weight: 355.5 lbs.

(or for non-technical folks, starting again).

As I said earlier, while mum was staying here, she tended to do most of the cooking – especially during the week, when I am working.

As a result, my diet fell by the wayside, again and again. Don’t get me wrong – the food was healthy enough, but I wasn’t monitoring it at all.

Mum’s gone home again, now, so I have decided to zero my tracking, and start afresh with new targets.

April 28, 2008
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April 28, 2008 10:54 A.M. Weight: 356.5 lbs.

Another cause for celebration – I managed to get some gardening in yesterday, giving the lawn the first cut of the year (yes, I know it’s late!).

I am not a natural gardener, and cannot honestly say I enjoy digging and planting. This house is the first home I have owned with a garden, and for the first few years, I just mowed the lawn, and used it as a place to sit.

However, last year, I decided to make an effort, and created two beds for planting. One was planted with tomatoes, the other with wild flowers; I also tried growing strawberries in a pot.

The flowers flowered and then died, and I can’t say I got any great pleasure from them. But cultivating the strawberries and tomatoes (and a row of giant sunflowers, planted on a whim) did give me a buzz, and food for the kitchen.

It also made a major effect on my general fitness, which was really the whole point of the exercise (no pun intended). This year I intend to plant even more tomatoes and maybe peppers and courgettes (zucchini) too. Over half of my strawberry plants survived the winter, and should crop even better this year. Having learned a bit about strawberries last year, I’ve transferred the plants to a strawberry planter, with lots of holes for developing the runners they send out into new plants.

The garden also has a pear tree, which was terribly overgrown and blighted when I moved here – it was supposed to be growing along a wall, but had been allowed to branch out across the garden path. The year before last, I cut it back to the trunk on a kill or cure tactic. Last year, I carefully trained 3 branches on each side of the tree, and cut back everything else. These branches are now looking very healthy, and though I don’t expect a crop of pears this early, it will be nice to see even some fruit develop.

April 28, 2008
Eating Well – A Diet Blog

April 28, 2008 10:41 A.M. Weight: 356.5 lbs.

Unfortunately, mum has been ill while staying with me the past month, having developed shingles.

She’s on her way to recovering from that, but is still not particularly well. Probably as a result of the various tablets she has been taking, she has been feeling nauseous, and generally out-of-sorts.

It’s easy to make excuses, I know, but as a result, I haven’t really given much thought to my diet for the last couple of weeks – simply coming up with food ideas that would appeal to both of us has been the priority.

Hopefully, mum is on the mend now, and I have suggested she stay with me until I am due to visit London in mid-May. No point in her going home to an empty house, while still not 100%

Despite all this, I do appear to have lost a few pounds. Having first gained a few pounds since the last blog entry, I have just weighed myself to find I have lost those, and a little bit more! No longer on-track, but at least I’m no worse off.

Anyway, I have just reset some missed targets, and am starting afresh.

March 30, 2008
Eating Well – A Diet Blog

March 30, 2008 11:36 A.M. Weight: 357.5 lbs.

I have mum to stay for a couple of weeks. With her doing a fair share of the cooking, I haven’t been keeping this up to date.

Normally I would say that with mum in the kitchen, I am probably eating a better balanced diet. However, I note that my weight is going up again, so I am going to be more dilegent.

March 22, 2008
Eating Well – A Diet Blog

March 21, 2008 9:16 P.M. Weight: 358.0 lbs.

Great gaming session, and lots and lots of pizza for lunch. I actually only had a couple of pieces, as I also baked some potatoes, as a healthy option.

However, after everyone had left, there was a whole half a pizza left over – and I had a choice – eat it for my dinner, or save it until tomorrow. I decided to go for it, as I didn’t feel like cooking.

For tomorrow, I have some vegetables in the fridge that need using before I leave, so I think I will make some soup for a healthy day.

Surprise on the scales today – two pounds down already. But I won’t read too much into that, I think it is probably simply weighing myself at different times of the day!

March 21, 2008
Eating Well – A Diet Blog

March 20, 2008 9:23 P.M. Weight: 360.0 lbs.

Tomorrow I have some friends coming round for a day of playing boardgames. Normally I cook something healthy from scratch for lunch, but I was running out of time today, as I am also preparing for a break away.

So I’ve just been out, and come back with a mixed pile of pizzas, some jacket potatoes, and assorted deserts.

What a start to a new diet!

March 20, 2008
Eating Well – A Diet Blog

March 20, 2008 1:36 P.M. Weight: 360.0 lbs.

Discovered StartYourDiet today, and thought I would give it a whirl.

A couple of years ago, I was using Weightwatchers Online (UK) quite successfully, but it was expensive and certain aspects of their site really annoyed me. Foolishly, I decided my diet was going well, and thought I could manage without them. I did for a while, but not for long!

More recently, I have tried a couple of other sites:

Tesco’s Healthy Living Tracker – claims to be a free diet tracking site, but turned out to be very limited – predictably the foodstuffs are largely limited to Tesco’s own (although they claimed otherwise); nutritional details for their own products were frequently wildly different from those printed on the actual packets; and there was no way to manually input anything – if it wasn’t in their database, you couldn’t include it in your diet, and if you cook your own food, forget it!

Nutridiary – a free US site that looked quite promising at first, but after initial login, my password stopped working; the “lost password” facility said it was no longer available; and their support email address bounced mails. That didn’t impress me.

This site looks more promising. Although it is obviously based in the US (I’m a Brit), so the Food Database will contain mainly US products, this doesn’t bother me too much. My main beef with the previous sites was how hard they made it to set up your own foods and meals – rather than off-the shelf products – I like to cook a lot, from basic ingredients. It is easy to do that here, and even better, they allow you to add foods to the “Community Database”, which I will be definitely doing – marking any branded products with a “(UK)” to avoid any confusion.

Also, even for the “premium membership”, the price is good, especially with the current dollar exchange rate. A month and a half’s payment for Weightwatchers online will pay for my whole year’s subscription here.

So here I go again – wish me luck.