Dear Reader, feel my pain: I put on 1lb last week. I know, I know, it was Easter week but I had been really careful in moderating my consumption so I confess I was disappointed. In the spirit of a glass half full (albeit of syn-free water) here’s what I learnt and will try to do:
- Exercise makes no difference. Never think it does. Killing yourself is laudable I suppose, just don’t expect that SoD will be remotely impressed.
- Measure the impact drinking has on weight loss. I’ve kind of stopped drinking water/green tea. I have 2 cups of green tea a day and a coffee and that’s pretty much it. I’ll try upping my water consumption and seeing what impact it has.
- The other drinking. I love wine. I got my exams which qualify me as a sommelier – that’s the extent of my dedication. But even drinking just at the weekend uses all my syns (*cringe*) for the day. Not quite sure what to do here. I don’t think I can give up wine – and sharing a good bottle is part of my relationship with P. I can limit it to 2 bottles a week – and make sure he has more than half of each of those bottles. A bottle of fizz followed by a bottle of wine (shared, dear Reader, shared) is going to have to be very infrequent. Which is a shame as that’s a favourite Saturday night – fizz and the FT links quiz (try it: it’s amazing), then a bottle with dinner. You have carte blanche to roll your eyes at my very small life! The quiz may have to be accompanied by a gin and low cal tonic. Not exactly a hardship but I LOVE fizz. And we have 3 good bottles currently... And that STILL tips me over the syn edge.
The SW site has a kind of predictor line – it’s a good tactic to motivate me. Except at the moment it’s predicting I never get anywhere! I’m like a flatline of death – stretching as far as the eye can see at full on blimp mode. I’m hoping it’s a statistical blip and as I put more data in, it will revise its harsh opinion. I’m hoping it’s not an omen or a tool gifted with foresight. We shall see.
Where the SW site is pretty ancient is in adding new syns (*cringe*) against food. I seem to recall that with WW you could scan barcodes in which was very impressive. I typed Lindt Creations lemon chocolate into the SW site and it wondered if I meant lemon sole. Or a variety of absolutely non-allied food stuffs.
In other SW news: I’ve caved to evil sweeteners. I really think they’re bad news but there we go. What broke me was having quark with a tsp of cocoa and a 1/3 tsp of sweetener as a ‘something sweet’ after dinner. A single syn (*cringe*) in total and as I’m trying to keep the syns (*cringe*) really low during the week, it seemed like a necessary evil.
At the weekend, I often skip one or both of my ‘healthy eating’ allowances to offset syn-nage – what is milk, after all, when compared with lovely wine?!
And my final bit of SW news: if you’re on SW too, have a look at this lady’s site – http://www.shecookssheeats.co.uk/ - there are many, many good sounding recipes on there. The Hunters’ Chicken is another reason I decided to cave on the evil sweetener front. I’ve not had it yet but it’s definitely pencilled in – as are many of the others.
This week I’m going to have to have a WI after less than a week as I’m not at home Thursday morning. I feel a bit panicky as I feel like I need every hour of the full week. I could really do with a better result this week.