My Eyes Are Bigger Than My Belly… My Dieting Journey

My Eyes Are Bigger Than My Belly… My Dieting Journey

I would just like to say DIETS SUCK!  Ok, now that its out there now, I feel better.

​The backstory is that I have recently started a fitness challenge with a friend, which is all well and good as we wake up at 5am… YES, sometimes before the sun and go to PT, but to make matters even worse I am on an eating plan.

Now I know that this is the best way to achieve the results that I want, but food was one of the things that I really looked forward to during the day, but now it is BORING! ​

 I feel like Homer Simpson being told not to press the red button – in my case sugary, processed foods- and all then as a result all he can do is think about pressing that red button. 

So to combat these negative thoughts in my head, I have decided to research different ways in which I can present the same food in different ways, ultimately tricking my mind into thinking it is something different.

So as my meal plan states – 1 protein and a single serve of vegetables for dinner – I in turn have made a stir fry using garlic and basil as flavour enhancers, or another one of my favourites is a ‘zucchini boat,’ as I like to call them, where you hollow out a zucchini (or alternatively a capsicum) and then fill it with your mince, vegetables and my favourite herbs and then place it in the oven.  Yummy!

As a new mother, cooking is one of the last things on my mind, but I am finding that since I have actually got a 2 week meal plan up on my fridge there is no humming or harring about what I am going to cook for dinner.  It is right up there on the fridge, laid out so perfectly for me.

I have also found that since I have been on my ‘diet’ I have been saving some money on our food bills. Since I have planned my meals I haven’t been buying those ‘what if’ foods at the grocery store and I don’t feel the need to go out to buy lunch because there is nothing in the fridge. 

Diets are one of those things that society makes us think we need to go on to get that ‘summer body’, but the main reason the main reason I started this challenge was to improve my mental health. I was struggling with how I looked personally after having a baby, my clothes were getting tighter, I had no energy and the straw that broke the camels back was the fact that I would turn to food for comfort when I was sad – hence the cycle I was in and had to get out of. So far I have been doing this challenge for 3 weeks, and while I have lost a couple of kilograms, which is nice, the best thing for me so far is the added energy to do things that I enjoy, and most importantly my overall mental health has improved substantially.

So my advice to those who are thinking about going on a ‘diet’ of sorts, make sure you pair it up with a suitable exercise program, get as many of your friends and family on board as possible and make sure you are doing it for the right reasons, not just because the latest edition of women’s day is telling you so.  If you trip and fall – I know I caved to having a parmy at the pub – then don’t beat yourself up about it as tomorrow is another day and you can get back on track.

If you would like to share your experiences or recipes please post them below, I would love to hear from you.

Nicole has lived in Townsville for 8 years and married her husband last year.  Currently on maternity leave from her high school teaching position, Nicole is enjoying the new challenges of becoming a mum after welcoming a beautiful baby girl in September 2015.

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