Straighten Up And Fly Right

Well that’s the weekend over. I hope you guys had a great time relaxing in the sun – yes there was some sun here in the UK; and it looks like it might become a habit after three sunny days on the trot 😉

But now we are back at it. Getting back in the groove of the working week.

I know I am lucky to be able to spend my days writing but after a week off of concentrating on my commercial stuff I need to get back to it with a new project, although I personally find it very difficult to switch between stories and with so many on the go at one time (I currently have four projects that I am working on and five others that I need to devote more time to bringing their embryonic status to a more tangible point) it proves that to stop one train of thought and start another is a great deal more time consuming and difficult than you might believe.

I think this is probably why so many of my diets failed in the past. The effort it takes to break the train of thought when one is eating crap food and trying to eat healthily was obviously always too much for me. We all know that old habits die hard and it’s unfortunate that it’s the worst ones which die hardest of all.

This is why I consider myself to be a very lucky man to have been given this opportunity. I may have possibly made the cut on my own but I would not honestly hold my breath when and if I ever attested to that fact. I have been given this opportunity to lose weight with the help of a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy and I plan to make the most of it because it really does allow me to change mindsets in the short space required when trying to make a go of a new diet.

My body no longer craves the sugary carbohydrate foods it once did. I look forward to wholesome fresh food and am disappointed when I am unable to provide myself with such things. I consider each meal the day before, in fact last night I thought about removing a sausage and a slice of bacon from the freezer (oh the high life is here… 😉 ) to eat for breakfast, but then I re-thought it and decided that my Weetabix, Yogurt and Blueberry’s were the best nutritional thing for the start of the day.

This decision making process can be put down to a new mindset but can also be the result of the removal of a good deal of my Ghrelin producing stomach wall. Not producing the Ghrelin means I am not constantly telling myself that I am hungry and therefore if I can tell myself to eat healthily I am halfway there. I do often wonder if my change in food desires is also a result of the stomach surgery, perhaps it is or perhaps as I said in a previous post Am I Finally Getting The Hang Of It? it might just be that I am understanding my body and my nutritional requirements over and above my junk food requirements. I still allow myself the occasional treat, for example on Saturday I had a Mars Bar which was okay on the enjoyable scale but I find if I don’t do things like this, I start to obsess over them and thats when the mind-set gets stretched and pulled the wrong way.

But anyway, in order for any of us to succeed we need to take things slowly and make the switch so that it is not so drastic whilst always remaining mindful of the reasons behind the changes so we don’t overdo the bad stuff on the way to eating healthy.

Maybe this kind of behaviour will help us all to “Straighten Up and Fly Right” and get to where we want to be.

FOOD DIARY: Saturday 6th June 2015

Qty Measure Food Calories (gr) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)
Breakfast 1  Biscuit  Weetabix  68  2.3  13  0.5
1 Handfull  Blueberry’s  30  0  0  0
 1  25gms  Rachels Yogurt  32.3  0.9  3  1.75
 1  75mls  Semi Skimmed Milk  37.5  2.7  1.4  3.1
Total (gr)
Lunch  2 Mini Muffin Egg, Cottage Cheese and ham muffin 130  18  4  4
 2  Slices  Ham  126  17  1  6
 1  175mls  PHD Protein Whey  91  17  2.75  1.4
Total (gr)
Dinner  1 Small Bowl Hot Thai Prawn Noodle Salad  200  35  37  0.5
Total (gr)
Snacks  1  500mls  Tea  24  0  6  0
 1  400mls  Latte  115  7.5  10.5  4.6
 1 Bar  Mars Bar  234  4  31.3  11.5
 1 Small Packet French Fries  79  1  12  3
Total (gr)  1166.8  105.4  121.95  36.35
Water  3  500mls  0  0  0  0

I have to say that I am not very impressed with my carbohydrate intake but it becomes obvious very quickly where the massive increase came from. This is why a food diary is such good thing because it highlights to me what is good and what is bad. Now I was expecting the Mars Bars to score high on the calories and fat content but the carbohydrate element has absolutely blown my mind so I can pretty much state that a Mars Bar will be very low on my list of treats in the coming years as I seek to live much more healthily.

I suppose therefore it is just as well I walked because otherwise the ingredients of that Mars Bar would be setting up camp around my midriff along with all of the others that I have eaten over the years.

The Gym session was set to start with a 15 minute spell on the exercise bike followed by another 5 minutes on the stepping machine. However, as I arrived and got out of the car, my back went into a spasm and I couldn’t get it to unclench so I had to miss out on my little gym session just in case I damaged myself a little more than I already am :-/ This is a shame because I certainly had the energy I required in order to attend and partake, where as last week I was flagging. I can put this down to the B12 increase in my diet from the B12 spray I had recommended. Along with some extra supplements of Zinc and Magnesium I am beginning to feel like the I have the energy I need to maintain a disciplined fitness regime, however time will tell.

I did however manage to walk with a friend yesterday as although a regular gym attendee, she needs to get some walking fitness so she can cover the Moonlight Walk distance with ease.The walk takes place in London at the end of September and follows the London Marathon route so I would say is going to be quite a challenge. We followed a well walked route but on the way back took a detour from the norm and added a couple more kilometers onto the route which ended up looking like this: IMG_1152 And gave the jawbone a final end of day reading of: IMG_1176 Not too shabby getting to the 10,000 daily steps considering I was delinquent in the gym.

Happy with that.

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

2 thoughts on “Straighten Up And Fly Right

  1. Osyth says:

    ‘Bring me sunshine ….’ – I know you too are a fan of M&W so I offer you their words just for the hell of it. But really, I have been meaning to say this for a while – the exercise – its the duration that counts not the distance. Too many people get hung up on how far they have gone (typically I hear people say – I ran 5k or 8k or 10k) but it is how long you keep that heartrate up that is the most important thing. So think in terms of time and the distance will follow – rather like taking care of pennies so those squids can take care of themselves. Keep inspiring and keep writing – you are doing great things 🙂

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  2. Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

    Thank you Osyth, I understand what you are saying about the exercise and that is why I have added the cardio part into my gym routine to insure there are some calories burnt through vigorous exercise. To be honest the walking although enjoyable and very good for me (after all it is a known fact that we should all walk at least 10,000 steps each day) I have to be honest is there more to get the body moving and also prepare me for the mammoth charity bash next year which I am sure unless I practise, will knock the stuffing right out of me!!
    Speak soon.


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