11 January 2015

Jumpstart 2015 - What I ate and what I lost


I've been following the Jumpstart 2015 plan this week. I've done OK on it, but found it easier to do on work days and much harder to stick to on my days off. I've been giving my Optimum 9400 blender a good workout.

I started Jumpstart 2015 at a shocking 13 stone 5lbs. I know I nearly fell off the scale when I saw that. I've never been so heavy in all my life.

Just in case you missed the start of my diet here is what the plan is all about:

Jumpstart 2015

  1. A freshly made smoothie or juice for breakfast and lunch
  2. Drink more water
  3. No alcohol  (this is optional, but I know most of my extra calories come from wine, so I’m adding this into my personal plan)
  4. Eat more soups
  5. Normal meal in the evening
  6. Chocolate craving? Have a square of dark chocolate

So here is how my week went. Slip-ups and all!


Monday:



My two smoothies were pear, spinach, cucumber and banana thinned down with water. One for breakfast and one for lunch. After work I went to the pub with my brother-in-law Lachlan, wee Cooper, Graham and my friends Alistair and Andrew. I would usually have a cider, but ordered diet coke instead. Hardly touched it, it's horrible stuff. I did have a veggie burger though as they make their own and they are rather good. As you can see I didn't do well on the water front.

Tuesday


On Tuesday my smoothies were melon, apple, kale, banana and lemon juice. I had a low calorie hot chocolate during the day and I made spinach and coconut dal for dinner which I had with 2 toasted wholemeal pittas. A wee improvement on the water, but still could do better.

Wednesday


I was at home on Wednesday and it didn't go quite as well. I started with my smoothie, but by lunchtime I was mooching and ended up having two small finger brioche rolls from M&S with some butter, then for dinner I finished the dal. I had one after eight after dinner which lead to four. Later on I was mooching again so I had an orange. Still not great on the water consumption.

Thursday

 

I did a bit better on Thursday. I drank much more and mooched less. I made Monday's smoothie again as it was so good. I also had a glass of sugar free cordial and 5 glasses of water. I made soup for the evening, but had a bowl during the day as I was freezing, then a bowl at night with a couple of slices of wholemeal bread. I stuck to one square of lindt dark chocolate.

Friday


Back at work so I did better on Friday. My smoothies were pear, apple, kale, cucumber and banana.  I had a low calorie hot chocolate to keep me going, then a big bowl of soup in the evening again with a couple of slices of wholemeal bread. I don't usually repeat two meals in a week, but it's just the way it worked out this week, with a large pot of dal and another of soup. I also had a few jellies from one of the mini bags of veggie kids jellies that Tesco do.

Saturday


I was at work again on Saturday. I forgot to take a photo of the smoothies, but I went down the green route again, as they are my favourite. I had a low calorie hot chocolate during the day, drank quite a lot of water and in the evening I had one of the thin frozen pizzas from Lidl. They have a very thin base, a tasty sauce and less cheese than most pizzas, I topped it with mushrooms and tomatoes. It was so good! I sat with some water and nibbled on 2 squares of dark chocolate later on when I got the nibbles.

Sunday


 As you can see I went a bit mad on Sunday. I started off with a smoothie of pineapple, pear, tomato, cucumber and lime juice. We then headed out to visit our puppy and spend a little time with him (we get to take him home next week.

In the afternoon we had movie time as it was really wet outside. We watched Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and my resolve crumbled and I tucked into the Doritos.

In the evening I was reviewing Ziggys, a rather lovely little music themed restaurant in St Andrews. I started with breaded mushrooms and followed with a colossal veggie burger with fried onions. I had to squash it down and cut it into half to eat it, but after a week of eating less, I was pretty full and only managed a couple of bites and a few fries. It took Cooper soooooooo long to eat his dinner that I felt up to some ice cream and polished off a Knickerbocker glory. I had a glass of wine with it. I dread to think of the calories I consumed! I didn't so well on the water front either.

So Sunday was a disaster. I have to be more organised next week.

How much did I lose?

4 lbs

Yay! I am super chuffed.

Catch up with how my fellow bloggers are getting on with Jumpstart 2015:

24 comments:

  1. Well you did fantastically 4 pounds is great!!! I"m in the same boat - from Halloween to Christmas I put on 14 pounds (1 stone in English) - so like you it's soups and smoothies, although I've just had 2 glasses of wine - whoops! I lost 3 pounds last week, so have to get back on the wagon tomorrow!!! Best of luck!

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    1. That is brilliant. We are both off to a flying start. It sneaks on so easily without you realising, then it's so hard to shift. Luckily this has been easy, apart from a few slips.

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  2. Interesting meal plan, will have to use some of your recipes for myself

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    1. Go for it. I am loving this plan because I am getting so much more fruit and veg into my day and losing weight.

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  3. That's certainly quite a low calorie diet, so well done for sticking with it and losing those pounds! Being a food addict, I have lost weight by excercising quite a lot over the last 5 months- than I can munch away ;)

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    1. Lucky you. I struggle to find the time to exercise. It was much easier pre-child. As well as this blog, I write for three websites, have a day job, a house to keep, a hubby and wee boy to look after and soon to have a dog too. Just not enough hours in the day. Luckily I walk a lot at work & the dog will help with the walking too.

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    2. Yeah, my kids are grown up now so although I work full time I do get lots of chances to exercise. I run, which is an any time, anywhere kind of exercise, so it's easier to find opportunities. I have noticed the blog has suffered lately though :/ I agree there are never enough hours in the day!

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  4. Not sure about the smoothies instead of meals, I've been trying to drink more water too. The meals you do have look tasty but I don't think I could manage in the long stretch between them!

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    1. It gets quite easy really quickly. You just have to be positive and busy.

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  5. OMG I am in awe of you! You have amazing will power and are amazing! GO YOU!

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    1. Thanks Judith, I must try not to slip this week.

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  6. looks like you are eating well - so much lovely green in your meals.

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  7. I've realised that documenting what you eat (especially when you share it on a blog to the world) is very motivating! Good for you. Just started Jumpstart 15 this week but feeling the benefits already. A springer puppy - oh how gorgeous.

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    1. It is, especially when you slip. Glad you are enjoying it. I'm finding it really easy during the day, but in London the next 2 days, so think I may skip it. Yes we love our wee puppy.

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  8. Well done - a brilliant start now climb back on that wagon!

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  9. This looks lovely! I really like your diet plan as you have mentioned for everyday. Adding juices and soups in our diet is a good source of getting proper nutrition’s. Thanks for sharing such healthy blog..

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    1. I was a bit embarrassed to add my Sunday though, ahem let's not mention it again ;)

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  10. Wowee well done you, slip ups and all! I like the way you've laid everything out here - I've been hoarding my juice/smoothie pictures wondering what to do with them - you've inspired me! :)

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    1. I will look forward to your post then Elizabeth :)

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  11. Hiya! I have been thinking about juicing too. What kind of a juicer do you use? I was thinking about getting a masticator but they say it's quite slow...

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    1. I have 2 juicers and a power blender, they are all from Froothie. The juicers are slow juicers but they really don't take long. You get more out of the fruit, it's healthier and it all comes apart easily and is just rinsed under the tap, which is the most impressive part for me. Their new juicer takes whole fruit and veg, so no chopping.

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  12. 4 lbs! Well done!! I'm in awe of your discipline *munches biscuits*

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