As part of my year of “Going for Goals” I am also looking at what I eat. I want to make changes that become my lifestyle so I can be the healthiest version of me.
January was all about exercise, and despite a couple of hiccups, I am consistently exercising three times a week on my running machine. I am also completing a range of exercises as prescribed by my lovely NHS Physio. They are “great” as they include lunges and squats! I am not a fan of them but I know they will do wonderful things, not only for my back, but my butt and my thighs too!
So you might be wondering why it has taken the whole month of February to get organised. Well unfortunately life has got in the way, as it so often does. I started the month with a bizarre fake flu. I was achy and shivery, and I felt dreadful, but I had no other symptoms. I had the flu injection back in November and I wondered if I caught the flu but thanks ot the injection I had a very mild version – hence fake flu! Then before I knew it, it was half term. Now half term is still an Achilles Heel for exercise and definitely no starting any new eating plans. Finally I succumbed to a head cold at the end of half term and it took until the end of the following week to start feeling like me again.
But as of Monday 26th February it was time for action. I had already decided I was going to embark on a 7 Day Shred. And this was the day I started. The 7 Day Shred consists of 1 shake for breakfast (or lunch), a 100 calorie lunch (or breakfast) and a 500 calorie dinner. You also sip Hydra-Slim (10 ml diluted in 500ml of water) throughout the day. It has ingredients that help with hunger pangs, reduce sugar craving and help to detox your body. If you exercise you can add 200 calories to your daily intake.
I am actually enjoying the Shred, my willpower is being tested but I am already feeling less bloated and lighter. My meals have been all prepared from scratch and so far I haven’t had any carbs. I have eaten homemade soup, as my 100 calorie lunch. My chosen shake was the Chocolate Mint version. I made it both with cold water and with hot water. I am now torn to see which I prefer. I also had a high protein snack after a gym session (30 minutes power walking and my physio regime) of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for 200 calories. My dinners have been Greek Salad with a roast chicken breast coming in at under 500 calories. For the next few nights it will be a ratatouille style dinner with added protein and a very small portion of brown rice.
You are only allowed to Shred once every four weeks, I wouldn’t want to it more often as I don’t want my body to go into Ketosis. Been there done that, had the bad breath and the mood swings! The Hydraslim lasts twenty-five days so by drinking that you help to gain the benefits and continue to feel less hungry and have fewer sugar cravings.
As this week has gone on, I have thought about what comes next. I want to find something that is achieveable and doesn’t make me feel like I am missing out all the time. I am going to try a version of the 5:2 Diet. Instead of starting first thing in the mornign, I will start later on and only fast for approximately 16 hours. More on my progress and weight and inch loss to follow.