Day 353

Sunday 18th December 2016

Today is my forth Christmas event in 4 days. However today I can control what I eat better because it is at our house. 

Every year, always the Sunday before Christmas, we host an evening we call ‘A Very Dickens Christmas’. Everyone who wants to dresses up in Dickensian outfits and the whole evening is candle lit. 


We invite a lot of friends and people from church it’s like our end of year treat. I look forward to it all year.

Everyone who comes brings a dessert and drinks. The table is usually piled up with delicious cakes, biscuits and desserts. All I can say is it is Debbie heaven. 

However this year I didn’t go near it. In fact I couldn’t stand the smell of it, the whole room smelt sweet and it made me feel sick. It’s a Debbie heaven no more. 

Even though I didn’t eat it didn’t mean I didn’t have fun. In fact I had a great time. I think people think the best way to socialise is to eat together, however this year I have learnt I can still socialise and have a good time without eating. 

For the first year ever I have been in the party and I didn’t eat the desserts –  I feel very proud of myself and I’m perfectly happy. 

So who says you need to eat to have fun. 

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Day 352

Saturday 17th December 2016

Over the last 3 days I have been out for a Christmas meal 3 times. I always knew that the Christmas period was going to be a struggle and I am being proved right. 

I have always loved going out celebrating with friends and family but when you are trying to watch what you eat it can be difficult. 


Two of the meals have been a set menu, which means I don’t get too much of a choice of what I can eat. 

I have tried to compensate a little by being extra good on my other meals of the day which has meant that when the time has come for my Christmas meal I am really hungry. 

It has also meant that over the last few days I have eaten things that are not on the list of foods I can eat. It’s mainly potatoes. 

I know it doesn’t sound like much but when I am failing for no fault of my own, it can be very annoying. 

All year I have been good, I have managed to lose weight on the holidays I have been on. I have managed to stay focused when the weight has not gone down at all. But if I survive Christmas without putting on weight it will be a miracle.

The last stone I have lost, every pound has been a real struggle and to think I might be putting some of it back on is not really sitting well with me. 

I am eating about a quarter of the amount of food that I ate last Christmas and I am still trying to be careful when I can. Maybe the fact I have noticed this will help me stay focused on my goal but it is really hard at the moment. 

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st lbs. ⬅️➡️. 75lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

101.6kg. ⬅️➡️. . 34.8kg⬇️total

Day 347

Monday 12th December 2016

I don’t know what has happened but so much has changed in one day. 

Today has been one of those days where I have jobs to do, but I just don’t want to do them. If I didn’t do them today they would never get done. So it was a case that I just had to do them. 

I constantly tell my kids that life is sometimes doing things you don’t want to do. It makes the things you do want to do more rewarding. 

The jobs were all tedious jobs that don’t take too long to do but you often put them off for as long as you can until you have to do them. 

I felt like I have been running around like a headless chicken all day. The problem with a day like today is that normal routine goes straight out of the window. 


The thing about a day like today is that I end up feeling shattered and rundown. I have to say that today is no different except normally I would have eaten between my meals. Today I didn’t 

I did however not have time to even think about lunch until 3pm which has made me not hungry for my dinner now.  

I am however proud that I didn’t eat between my meals but it isn’t really a good thing for me to miss my meal slot. It’s the first step to me losing my normal routine. 

I think routines are important especially when it comes to my meals. I just hope I can get back to normal tomorrow. 

Day 337

Friday 2nd December 2016

Over the last few days I have entered into a whole new world. 

Basically I have a new toy for the kitchen – it’s called a Thermomix. I wanted a soup maker and it does make soup but also so much more. It blends, mixes, cooks, steams, whisks, it even has scales on it. It can do loads!

I feel over the last few days that I have turned into a chef. I have got my chefs hat out and I can’t seem to stop cooking! 


I have made cheese scones, brownies, carrot and coriander soup, mixed fruit sorbet, vegetable soup, chicken curry and now tomato ketchup. Everything has also tasted delicious too. 

All the ingredients I have used are all things I could have. If the recipes said sugar or wheat or something I couldn’t eat I just swapped it for an ingredient I could eat. 

I haven’t had a home made soup for about 9 months, but since the cold weather has come back I have been eating shop bought soups. Now I’m making my own which is so much healthier. 

The soups only take 20 minutes and they are all done from start to end in this machine. They taste a lot nicer as well.

This machine has made cooking and eating healthier exciting again. I think it has been what I needed – something that gets me excited about preparing my own food. 

I just can’t wait to make my next dish!

Day 330

Friday 25th November 2016

Since Grant my eldest son passed his driving test on Tuesday. Matt and myself have had so much more free time. 

It feels really weird one of us not taking them to school. We still get up early to check they have everything before they go. 

At the beginning of this year when I first started the metabolic balance, breakfast was my worst meal of the day. 

Before this year I never had a cooked breakfast, in fact the thought of it made me feel sick. I always had cereal with plenty of sugar on. 

But now sugar just isn’t on the menu. The only sugars I can eat are natural sugars like the sugar in fruit – though I have to watch the amount I have. 

For the last few months I have been eating granola cereal with almond milk and since I started to have that I have enjoyed my breakfasts. I have found that I have had it most mornings since.

However it’s not good to have the same every day. Jenny has always said that I need to have a bit more variety. The thing is time, it’s not always convenient to cook a breakfast every morning. 


Since we are not doing the school run any more Matt and I are finding time to make a cooked breakfast. 

Considering I never liked having a cooked breakfast I am enjoying them. I think it’s because my cravings for sugar are gone now. 

What is really good is that it gives Matt and I some nice time together giving us a chance to talk and catch up on things. I do find that sometimes life gets in the way. So taking time to talk is always good. 

Day 321

Wednesday 16th November 2016

One thing I have noticed this year is that my weekly food bill has gone up. 

Walking around the supermarket this morning I spent a lot more time down the fruit and veg aisle and I didn’t even go down the sweet and chocolate aisle. That would have been the other way around a year ago!

One thing that really annoys me in the supermarket is that the unhealthy foods are so much cheaper than the healthy foods. 


There are also so many more deals on the unhealthy foods. I have never seen a 3 for 2 on vegetables and fruit but there are always some on chocolate and sweets. 

We are always hearing on the news and from doctors how obesity has gone up and we need to do something about it. But these deals in the supermarkets don’t give you any incentive to try healthier foods. 

With healthier foods being expensive and people watching their spending, that extra cost to get healthy can be a real problem. 

This year, though, I have realised the importance of eating healthy and I understand a bit more of what unhealthy foods are doing to your body. So for me I am willing to pay a little more for food. But it would be nice to see a few deals on the healthy foods!

Day 318

Sunday 13th November 2016

I have got into a good routine when it comes to my eating. Things are second nature to me now. 

One thing I have really got into the habit of is waiting 5 hours between my meals. I really struggled with it at first, especially not being able to even pop a sweet in my mouth between my meals. Now though it’s not a problem – I just do it automatically. 

I do find I rely more on my meal times now a lot more than I ever did last year.  Back then my meals were one continuous snack only stopping when I was asleep! 

Last night I was busy painting at an event at church so I had to prepare and take my own dinner with me. 

However I didn’t have time to eat it and all I did manage to eat was a handful of almonds. 

I didn’t even think about eating until afterwards which was about 10pm. Normally I would have probably gone and got a late night curry or something but as one of the rules for this year is to not eat any later than 9pm I decided to miss dinner completely. 

I think last year I would never have ever even considered missing a meal. My thinking back then was I had to eat or I wouldn’t survive, when in reality I didn’t need it. 

I would have a meal and pile loads of food on my plate because that was what my head was saying I needed. But the reality is that we actually don’t need the meal sizes that we tend to give ourselves. 

Last night though, with only a handful of almonds for dinner, I didn’t feel I needed any more and you know what – I survived!

I didn’t even feel hungry in the morning, but the best part is the scales finally went down. 

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st lbs.    0.7lbs⬇️.  74.8lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

101.6kg.   0.3kg⬇️.   34.8kg⬇️total

Day 279

Wednesday 5th October 2016

Back in January when I had to have a blood test to check my metabolic balance the results came back that I was extremely dehydrated. Jenny said that she hadn’t ever seen anyone so dehydrated. 

At that time I had to drink 4 litres of water a day. Also at that time I was really hungry and I couldn’t eat any food between my meals so drinking water was my only option. 

I found it really hard but eventually I got to the point where I could drink 3 litres a day. It was odd but the less I had to drink the more I struggled with it. The fact that I wasn’t feeling so hungry any more made my want to drink water less. It didn’t stop the fact that I needed it. 

Water now is still the one thing I struggle with. However hard I try I just can’t seem to drink enough. 

I am however starting to realise the signs of dehydration. One thing I notice is that my weight doesn’t move which can be very frustrating. I also feel really bloated which can cause the scales to rise. My tongue starts to feel dry. 


I can also feel really hungry. I think thirst can be mistaken for hunger sometimes, I have fallen into that trap so many times before. I have eaten something when really I just need a drink. 

Lately I have been feeling like I am dehydrated with the hunger, bloating and dry tongue.

So for the last few days I have been drinking a pint of water before each meal and making sure I drink at least 2 small bottles between the meals too. I think it is working. I don’t feel as hungry or bloated as I did. The scales haven’t gone down as yet but I am confident they will soon. 

So drinking water makes me feel a lot better and I need to keep it up. But I think that is easier said than done. 

Start weight 21st 5lbs

15st 13.8lbs. ⬅️➡️. 75.2lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

101.6kg. ⬅️➡️. 34.9kg⬇️total

Day 243

Tuesday 30th August  2016

I find shopping for food I can eat is becoming a lot easier. Most of the food I buy is fresh so that is easy.  I know what meat and vegetables to pick now organic is better. 

I have now changed the way I make certain things. I am getting I nice collection of healthy recipes now. 

But when it comes to reading packets it has taken me a little longer to grasp. I have to keep asking Jenny what to look for. 

This is what she says-


When looking at food labels for carbohydrate levels you want to look at the 100g as that gives you an equal comparison to other foods

On this example ideally the carbohydrate level needs to be under 60g per 100g for a reasonable level of energy from carbohydrate based food, which I would call a starchy carb

Look at the sugar levels underneath, aiming for no more than 20%, so this example is 3.8g of 45g, so that’s good at about 10%.

Then with the fibre -this level helps to reduce the impacts of the sugar, so the higher the better!  This level is quite low at 2.8g compared to 45g of carbohydrates.  As a comparison spinach has 3.6g of carbohydrate per 100g, of which 2.6g of that is fibre – superfood!! 

Finally the protein levels – so if over 3g this has a reasonable level of protein so would use this protein element as the main element of the meal. As an example eggs are 10grams of protein per 100g and fish is 22g. Ideally you need 1g of protein per kg of your muscle mass, 

So Debbie has approx 50kg of muscle mass, the 3 meals per day will equal a total of 50grams of protein per day, which is approx 16-18grams of protein per meal. 

In summary you’re ideally looking for mid carb, less than 60g per 100g, with low sugars and high fibre, >5g is good. 

Or high fat, over 20g per 100g, low carb = low sugars & fibre. 

Or then high protein, over 10g per 100g, low carb sugar, fibre. 

The trick is to pick one main macronutrients, carb, fat or protein as the main element of each meal and accompany with greens salad/leafs (leafy carb) = low carb and high fibre foods.. 

This concept has helped me a lot, it has been one of the guides I follow when buying food. However, I do find myself still asking Jenny if it’s ok. 

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 8.2lbs.    0.2lbs⬆️.   66.8lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

105.3kg.    0.1kg⬆️.        31.3kg⬇️total

Day 239

Friday 26th August 2016

Today is turning out to be a really busy day. Everyone is working hard around the house getting lots of jobs done. 

We are also packing for a weekend away with the kids and dogs. It’s hard to prepare my food when we are all so pre-occupied 


Preparing healthy meals every day has become part of my daily routine and when I am too busy it can really mess with my routine.

I could quite easily slip at times like that. The only good thing about it is that I am too busy to think about food. 

I am a mother who teaches my kids to cook, clean and tidy up after themselves. It doesn’t always work especially, the tiding up after themselves, but they do like the cooking part.

Today, as we were busy, my sons thought about me and made me my health lunch and dinner. It was such a help and it meant I didn’t end up eating the wrong food which was a bonus.

Kids can come in very handy sometimes.

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 8lbs.    ⬅️➡️.  . 67lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

105.2kg.      ⬅️➡️.     31.3kg⬇️total