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Spring cleaning the diet and kick starting back into action

Thursday, September 22, 2016

I was going to call this blog getting back into it, but then I noticed that was the title of my last blog. I have been messing around and actually put on 1.5kg over the last month. If I was in maintenance it wouldn't matter, but I'm not so it does. Obviously I know how to maintain, it is reducing I'm not so good at.

Well if diets don't work and I am already eating mostly pretty healthily; I can't exercise a ridiculous amount, my body just won't put up with that anymore; what am I going to do?

Here is my action plan for the next two weeks

Track all my food intake. I haven't been tracking and I have an amazing capacity to genuinely forget what I have eaten. I am the person who can overeat on healthy food- and unhealthy food- and drink- well everything really.

Spring is here, well most days now (yesterday was COLD and wet). So some good old fashioned spring cleaning is in order. That'll burn a few calories, brighten our home and generally make everyone feel better. Today is the last day of term and I now have 2 weeks off with my Teens, and no fixed plans. There will be no better time to get the house and lifestyle in order.

The New Zealand Healthy Food magazine has a 12 week kick-start diet plan. It is about cooking good, fresh, healthy food. I'm going to try following their full meal plans over the holidays. It has cooked breakfasts, lunches and dinners. I will have time at home to cook all the fresh food and try out new recipes. It looks expensive but I think it will do the whole family good. They encourage you to increase your fitness too, I am already doing that because of Sparkpeople, but reading a few fresh articles can't do any harm. Their diet plan is for a 1.6m woman, well I am quite a lot taller than that but adding a couple of hundred calories on if I'm feeling hungry.

I can almost hear some of you saying "but you are going on a diet again Amanda and you know diets don't work" and I know you are right. But I'm in a rut, I'm slowly gaining not loosing and maybe following a 12 week plan will introduce me to some new healthy recipes, allow me to drop a bit of weight so that I can exercise more and feel better again. A bit of a health spring clean. If someone has got a better idea I'm all ears.

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    I think that the 'try the diet to kick-start getting out of the rut and to try out some new recipes' is excellent. I'm pretty sure we all have to try many (sometimes many, many) things to see what works for us. We're all different, and it often takes a little while to work out what works for YOU and what sounds good, but just doesn't work, even though it works for a friend. It sounds like you're really getting down to the nitty gritty of what will work for you. Good work!
    1288 days ago
    I love Healthy Food magazine - I wish you all the best with your reboot and have complete faith you will get back on track. I understand the "diet" bit being a tool to get you back in a routine and quite frankly based on plans I have seen in many of Healthy Food's issues I am sure it less actual diet and more food plan so I am sure you'll still be eating balanced and it will be just what you need to get out of the rut xx
    1289 days ago
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