Since having my second child, I have changed shape quite dramatically. I think I am slimmer than I have been since 18, if not before that. The reason? Keeping below 1000 calories a day.
It’s not easy. Weight Watchers works along the same principle. However you tend to eat up to the limit on WW. I decided to significantly reduce my portion size and intake and eat more efficiently. That means putting more vegetables on my plate than pie/ meat/ pasta or any other high calorific content meals. I now put my main meal on a smaller plate so that it looks bigger and I can keep an eye on my portions. If I feel hungry I snack on fruit or, if I want to indulge a little, a low calorie biscuit, such as a rich tea.
If I have a larger meal at breakfast I cut down at lunch and at supper. As I have the luxury of school meals at work, I often have a good lunch and then have a very small supper (sometimes just toast and yoghurt).
I am a bit cheeky with this approach occasionally. For example, instead of eating a main at work I have a very small bowl of soup and then a very big bowl of apple crumble and custard – yum! (I recall talking about my crumble session in earlier posts).
This weight management approach is not rocket science, yet I can’t believe I didn’t think of it earlier in life. I would have been the figure I would have preferred at an age when I could have enjoyed it more (such as my teens).
Being a busy Mum helps to stay below 1000 too. My friends often joke I do everything at 100 mph (including my driving!) and its because I try to fit as much as I can into one day. I enjoyed eating so its nice to have a substitute for enjoying eating with enjoying exercising (which is more of a pleasure when you are lighter) and filling my days with fun stuff for me and the kids. Its quite liberating – like the feeling you get after having eaten an apple as opposed to a chocolate bar or after having given your hear a good half and hour’s work-out….(post-coital feeling is good too..)
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