Ok, so I am a bit surprised to find out how easy it was to lose the breakfast habit. Today I am a bit hungover so breakfast is going to be fast and comforting. Toast, peanut butter and hopefully a banana (depending on the state of the fruit bowl).
I have an extra child staying with me for the morning which sounds like it should be more work but it turns out that two small children tend to entertain each other … otherwise I wouldn’t have the time to write this. My plan, if you can call it that, is to see if they will make and eat that banana ice cream thing that is popular on the internet. I’ve never done it before but there is real ice cream in the fridge as backup.
Yesterday was a terrible day for healthy eating. I had a visitor who would only eat pies or pizza so eating out was restricted to those. Pizza Hut spicy vegetarian pizza eaten while sitting out in the park turned out to be surprisingly nice. I haven’t been to Pizza Hut in years and it was much nicer than expected. And then later on I went out for drinks without having had dinner beforehand which is never really wise but there you go.
Hmmmm, so official Weight Watchers weigh in day today. I am worryingly relieved to find that, although my weight has gone in the wrong direction, I have only put on half a pound. Not good but not what I feel I deserved for a week of eating all sorts of random food.
Remember that breakfast habit. So do I. I fondly remember it. Turns out that all I need is a week or two of being ill and prioritising bed over breakfast for me to lose that habit again. It isn’t helped by the warm (if wet) weather which doesn’t really suit porridge. I think that I will start this habit again and have an ad hoc muesli of oats, nuts/seeds and chopped fresh fruit with skimmed milk. That shouldn’t take longer to make than the porridge did.
And I need to start exercising again soon. I did some bodyweight exercises on Sunday and had to spend the afternoon in bed (though these things are possibly not directly related). But I’m feeling much better now. So perhaps tomorrow I’ll go out for a nice slow run in the morning. I miss Juneathon.
Goal for the week: Eat breakfast at breakfast time
I am nearly well and so is all my family. Sigh. We have spent the last couple of weeks sharing a bad cold and cough. As soon as one of us gets well another one gets ill. It has all been a bit draining. And because when we are ill we need lots of vitamins and rest I have been eating nothing but biscuits and haven’t been going to bed until twelve. Why exactly do I do this? I am more (way more) than old enough now to know that this is silly and yet there I am at half eleven putting off going to bed.
So, once again, I am starting afresh. And the things I am going to do are:
- Eat breakfast at breakfast time (not after school run!)
- Do some exercise every day (even a miniscule amount)
- Go to bed before tomorrow.
Right, a couple of days of that to let those good habits settle in and then we’re going to have to talk about the Five Portions a Day plan and why I think I was wrong to choose it as the next good habit.
Weighed in at the WW meeting on Wednesday and the news was better than I had expected. Stayed the same at 10 stone 10 which is the lightest I have been since babies.
Also, I signed up for this Diet Bet thing an age ago and have just got an email inviting me to a game (game? really?). I don’t know, I sign up for these things on a whim and never really investigate them. I think I might have a go and see what it’s like.
Making breakfast a habit went very well. It is a very rare day that I don’t have porridge and fruit and I can really tell the difference when I don’t. I’m confident (cocky?) that that habit is set. Though I wonder how much it would take to shake it. One holiday away? A few days sick? Anyway, I have it for now so hurrah!
The next habit on the list was to eat at least five portions of fruit and veg a day. This sounds like a trickier habit to make as it isn’t as clear and precise as the breakfast habit. In fact, now I think of it, I only really care about eating more veg and the fruit thing is covered by the fruit with my breakfast. So lets tighten up the goal to be 5 or more portions of vegetables a day.
It’s already after lunctime here so it’s unlikely that I’ll fit in five portions of veg today. But I’ll see how close I get and then start in earnest tomorrow.
I think I will do what I do for the children and make myself a reward chart. It’s not fair that children get all the gold stars!
5 A Day – Gold Stars For Mummy!
I don’t want to get too cocky about this but the breakfast habit is increasingly entrenched. I had planned to go wild at the weekend and have poached eggs and crumpets but when it came to getting out a pot I decided to just have porridge and fruit again. Long may this last.
It seems definite now that eating porridge for breakfast makes a huge difference. I’ve tried other breakfasts from the Weight Watchers magazine and although they were lovely none of them beat porridge and fruit for ease and for satiety.
That said, if I do some exercise in the morning after breakfast time I feel hungry again by half past ten. The first week I tried to just have a little snack and stick it out until lunch time but this turned out to be really hard and did lead me to want to eat every single thing in the house. This week I am trying to have a very early lunch around eleven instead. I suspect this will mean that I eat my dinner with the children instead of with Mr. Less but that’s not really a problem.
Yeah, there might be something in this breakfast malarky.
On days 5 and 6 I had a good sensible breakfast. Porridge and cherries. Easiest breakfast ever. I cook the oats and water with some salt and cinnamon in the microwave for three minutes. Then I add a handful of frozen cherries and zap in the microwave for another couple of minutes until the cherries are warm. Yummy.
On day 7 I was in a mad hurrah and just had a crumpet and marmite for breakfast. And then ate my way through a packet of Bakewell Tarts, chocolate and every unhealthy thing I could find in the house. Co-incidence? I’m really not sure but I’ll be looking out for that sort of thing happening again.
I think I will have another week concentrating on breakfast before moving on to the next habit. It has such an impact on the rest of the day that I want to get the habit well ingrained.
Wheeeeeee hooooo. Another two days of breakfast. On Friday I stuck to the, hopefully becoming traditional, porridge and fruit but on Saturday I went all out and made a cooked breakfast. Ah, the days of jumbo fry ups are past. I used one of those poach pod thingys to poach an egg, toasted a crumpet and smeared it with a tiny bit of marmite, surrounded it with grilled tomatoes and topped it with a thinly sliced scallion. It looked fantastic. And it was undoubtedly healthier than my traditional left over pizza breakfast of yore.
Speaking of pizza. Friday night is pizza night in our house. And I’m going to try really hard to keep it that way. I can see it evolving towards smaller pizzas but at the moment thats it. It’s the one night a week we know that we aren’t going to have to cook or clean up afterwards. It’s like a tiny holiday. And, normally we would have pizza leftovers to snack on the next day. That snacking will be the part that gets changed. This week we got around it by Mr. Less having the left overs for his dinner the following night because I was out on the town with some friends.
So, yes, on the first week of healthy eating there was pizza night closely followed by night on the town. And night on the town was lovely, we had lots of fizzy drinks and there was a selection of little nibbley, delightful foods. I tried to eat slowly and only to eat things I actually loved. I didn’t seem to drink slowly at all but the beauty of cheap fizz is that they serve it in champagne flutes which don’t seem to have suffered from the wine glass supersizing of the last decade.
I’ve been weighting myself every day. I know, I know, I’m really not meant to do this but there you go. And I seem to have managed the two big food nights ok. I have been really careful during the day not to snack (snack, snack, lovely snack – sung to the tune of the Spot the dog cartoon) during the day and have lunched on soup. On Friday I made the best soup I have ever made – Roast Tomato and Butternut Squash. I’ve probably been very lucky to be doing the breakfast habit this week as I might have tried to cut breakfast and that would almost certainly have been a very bad idea.