Have you ever had that feeling where you’ve trained all week and you know you’ve crushed it in the gym or in the pool only to find the results on the scales don’t translate?
That’s what happened to me this week. I always weigh in on a Sunday evening and, admittedly, I have a great fondness for a roast dinner – a full roast dinner. I’m talking Yorkshire puddings, stuffing balls and roast potatoes as well as loads of veg and plenty of chicken. I love a roast dinner and, even though it’s a lot of work, the result is worth the effort.
But it’s a very heavy meal, especially when you add in unhealthy options like Yorkshire puddings. This week I’ve been eating healthy meals but have been having little luxuries in the evening on top of that – a chocolate bar a night. My husband’s eating one too and how harmful could it be? I thought. Then I weighed in last night and saw that I’d only lost half a pound. I felt both angry and sad – angry at myself for the treats I’d given myself during the week and sad because it felt as though I’d wasted all that hard work in the gym and in the pool.
After a good night’s sleep, I thought about my small weight loss and realised I shouldn’t really be sad or angry. I’m still losing weight, I’ve trained all week and, okay I’ve had a few indulgences, but for the main part I’ve been really healthy. Therefore, rather than chastising myself, I need to exercise a little patience with regards to my weight loss and learn from my mistakes. Losing weight isn’t going to happen overnight and if it did I’m sure I wouldn’t be happy with the results – loose skin and no muscle? No thank you.
The truth is, it’s all about being consistent with training and healthy eating while still allowing yourself a luxury food now and then. I had far more indulgences than I’d planned last week and that’s why I didn’t lose much weight. My goal isn’t to never have treats again, it’s to adopt a better lifestyle and I need to remember to have more nutritious options rather than going straight for the chocolate when we’ve run out of healthy food. It’s all part of the learning process. The results are coming and, despite others losing weight a lot faster than I am through dieting, I won’t starve myself or deny myself guilty pleasures as that just leads to binge eating. I’m losing weight the healthy way and in the end it will last longer.
So, on that note here’s one of my healthy recipes. As some of you know, I took part in Beachbody’s Insanity program and part of the pack that came with the workouts was a nutrition booklet. This is one of my favourite recipes from that booklet and one I frequently enjoy after a hard gym or swim session. Here it is:
- 1 cup of milk (you can use whatever milk suits you though they recommend non-fat and unsweetened milk such as almond or soy milk – I use almond)
- 1 scoop of protein powder (chocolate or vanilla flavour work best for this recipe)
- 1 cup of strawberries (as strawberries are on the dirty dozen list it’s best to buy organic if you can)
- 1 cup of ice
- Place all of the above ingredients into your blender. Cover and blend on high until smooth.
This smoothie provides roughly 300kcal and 36g of protein, both of which are dependent on the protein powder you use.
So, in conclusion, train hard, eat well and remember – don’t beat yourself up if you have a little treat, just continue to aim for a strong body and a healthy mind. Have a great Monday everyone.