Have you ever been on Instagram or Twitter and wondered how food bloggers, or even non-blogging food lovers (I dislike the word foodie), manage to cook indulgent dishes and frequently dine in many restaurants without putting on weight??
Unfortunately, it appears I am not one of those blessed humans, and I’m going to overshare with you my reality.
The ugly truth: in the 18 months since our wedding, and the 15 months since I started this blog, I have gained almost 10kg.
For so long I’ve been thinking and talking about losing that bit of excess weight, before it snowballs into a greater gain, but then a cupcake comes along and I go the self-indulgent route. Again. It’s a constant battle, but one that I’ve never really put much effort into, because dammit, I’m a food blogger and I love food!
I knew I was gradually gaining weight, but I was so caught up in my exciting love affair with new foods that it didn’t really click.
Yes I love food, but what I don’t love is seeing recent photos of myself and thinking “who is that?!”. Or looking at myself in the mirrors at pole dancing where there’s nowhere to hide the flaws, and I’m upside down hanging by one knee, but all I can see is my skin pulled across my new cellulite. Or when I’m wearing my “fat pants” and oddly enough, they’re tight.
When did this happen?! I shouldn’t even own “fat pants”!
Oh yes… This happened when several types of ‘treats’ became daily habits – such as chocolate, lots of butter, lots of bread, lots of sugar, etc.
The extra weight is starting to get me down, literally and emotionally. I’m not obese but I’m feeling uncomfortable in my own body. My clothes are too tight. I feel sluggish. I hate recent photos of me (‘surely it’s the camera adding kilos…’). And it’s harder to lift myself upside down on the pole. Seriously.
Now, one of my best friends is getting married in Bali in 6 weeks, and I’m a bridesmaid. After seeing unflattering WTF-type photos of myself last week, and with the upcoming wedding (and photos) looming, I felt sad and realised I needed to lose the extra kilos. Immediately.
I’ve said it a million times before, but this time the weight loss is happening.
So! How am I going to lose 5kg in a 6 week time-frame? With sacrifices…
I baked a cake to celebrate the day before my diet started
My good mate Amanda, who is studying to be a personal trainer, has helped create a strict food plan (which I started today), that is the complete opposite of everything I was eating last week.
I wish I’d had my reality check 3 months ago, but now I’ve got only 6 weeks to try and lose at least a few kilos before my friend’s wedding – because, and I admit reasonable vanity here, I don’t want to look back on the photos and feel sad at my size.
The plan is intense, and my body is going to have a massive shock, but it is still a safe way to lose weight as quickly as possible – no weight loss pills or shakes here. Just real food.
I could focus on what I can’t have: sugar, bread, milk, cheese, butter, oil, chocolate, alcohol… Gah!
But let’s be positive and focus on what I can have!
My daily food intake will include things like boiled eggs, nuts, lean meats, brown rice, huge salads, sweet potato, yoghurt, fruit, and the natural sweetener Stevia (which today I discovered is an acquired taste)! It won’t be bland, boring food though, thanks to nature’s gift of fresh herbs and spices. And lemons. There are always lemons in my day.
Free range chicken breast baked with lemon zest & juice, garlic, fresh thyme, sea salt, freshly ground pepper – for lunches
Tonight’s dinner: rump (cooked without oil), Dijon mustard, sweet potato mashed with freshly grated nutmeg, steamed zucchini. I’ve been told I need more greens next time!
After the first 2 weeks I’ll also have a weekly “cheat meal”, which could be homemade burgers, pasta, or even pizza. Hold onto your hats!
Abstaining from alcohol will be hard, because I enjoy a glass of wine with dinner. However, the hardest thing for me to give up will be milk. I consume milk like I’m a newborn.
So there you have it! Along with finally moving into our new apartment this coming weekend (YAY!), this is what I’ll be up to over the next several weeks.
Do you struggle with maintaining your weight with your love of food? And… Do you want to read any updates of how my plan is going over the coming weeks? Simple, healthy recipes etc??
NOTE: I’m not going to become a super healthy recipes only / weight loss blogger. In fact I have several draft posts about cake recipes and restaurants waiting to be finished… I’m just putting this mission out there, to hold me publicly accountable, because the next several weeks are going to be bloody hard!