BEST SELF PROJECT // the beginning
This the beginning of my Best Self Project where I share my starting stats and how I’m getting started basically. So without further ado here is my starting position:
#1 WEIGH IN
Date: 31st December 2017
Height: 5’3 (160cm)
Weight: 9 stone 7.25 (60.4kg)
Body Fat %: 27.3%*
Maintenance calories: 2300
*this was the measurement taken from my crap cheap scales so I don’t trust it one bit, but I’ll keep recording it and see what happens – hopefully I’ll be able to prove a point that scales are sh*t.
This for me is the scary part. Here is how I look now, post-Christmas:
SWIFTLY MOVING ON..
WHY I WANT TO LOSE BODY FAT
HOW WILL I LOSE BODY FAT?
- eat under maintenance calories*
- burn calories through activity
- a combination of 1 and 2
WHAT WILL I EAT?
- Protein powder; curently eyeing up Awesome Supplements vegan protein
- Sugar free squash; because honestly I drink more water when it tastes like summer fruits
- Pre-mixed spices; for ease when cooking and making everything taste great
- Non-alcoholic beers; Blue Becks is only 38 calories a bottle
- Hot chocolate; lower in calories than proper chocolate but more filling
I have ambitions to keep food enjoyable and interesting this month, by trying out some new healthy recipes from cookbooks, blogs and Pinterest. Top of my list is to make some healthy portable snacks, and my own bread. To see what I eat in a day, check out my Instagram and add me as a friend on MyFitnessPal.
HOW WILL I EAT?
One thing I’ve been struggling with for the past few years is eating mindfully. Without sounding all airy fairy, what I mean by that is that I eat and also scroll on my phone or watch a YouTube video, so I am not really paying attention to what I’m eating. Before I know it it’s gone and I forgot to enjoy it. The same goes for eating too quickly, which causes me to overeat as my brain doesn’t get the message that I’m full until it’s too late!
If this sounds like something you struggle with, I have been given a few tips which I’ll be implementing:
- Use smaller plates as it tricks the brain into thinking you have a ton of food to get through. A small plate piled up is more appealing than a large plate with the same amount of food (source).
- Think before you munch. Are you bored, stressed, or sad or are you actually hungry? Learn to recognise real hunger pangs, rather than just cravings.
- Often, we are already preparing the next morsel with our fork and knife while we are still on our previous bite. Try putting down your utensils after each bite, and don’t pick them back up until you have enjoyed and swallowed what you already have in your mouth.
I am also going to try intermittent fasting a few days a week, whereby I’ll skip the morning meal and condense food into the latter part of the day. Often I am not hungry in the morning, and I like to workout on an empty stomach for comfort, so it is easy to do so. This also has the benefit of saving your calories for later in the day so bigger meals can be enjoyed.
Of course I’ll let you know how I get on! I don’t expect to be perfect at all, but all we can do is try our hardest, make ‘better’ choices rather than ‘the best’ and learn as we go 🙂