Healthy BMI!

I got on the scales this morning, and do you know what they said? Healthy BMI!!!

I am happy to tell you that I am now at a healthy weight for my height. It took me a year to get here (I literally did start in January, so not all new year’s resolutions are doomed to fail). I started the year trying to eat healthier and cutting down calories. I was exercising more, I’d even tried running for a while but that didn’t take with me. This style of dieting worked, until it didn’t. There was a good few months where I was making no progress. So last week I took dieting to a new level and cut out the carbs as much as I could (when you really start to look into this you find that carbs are in almost everything). I combined this with intermittent fasting, which I was already used to from before and bam- it worked! Hello healthy BMI 🙂 Hello new healthier me. I hope to lose a little more and hopefully I can now focus on toning up a bit and building some muscle. I feel like I am now equipped with all the knowledge I need to stay at a healthy weight. When I go grocery shopping these days I no longer look at the calorie content anymore, I look at they amount of sugar and carbohydrates instead, and while I am not soaking my meals in fat, I am a lot more comfortable adding oils to my cooking, particularly if I know that they are the healthier versions like olive oil.

Anyway I really must go now, housework is waiting for me, at least I will be able to do that today with a spring in my step and a smile on my face.

Stay healthy 🙂

I Diet so that I can Eat

A common side effect of staying at home is weight gain. I personally put on a lot of weight whilst staying at home. I love eating, eating makes me happy and so that is what I do when I get bored. Making myself a cup of tea and having a chocolaty snack with it is what helps me to get through the day. I am now trying to break that pattern. It is possible instead to use your time at home to develop healthy eating habits. That is the stage that I am at  now. I still have my tea breaks but try to eat either a lower calorie snack or a protein based snack instead.

Low carb eating is ‘in’ right now and there is a reason for that. It works! Cut out the carbs and watch your waistline shrink. There are lots of studies out there now saying that we have been eating wrong, and that a heavy carbohydrate based diet is not good for us. I am beginning to think that they may have a point. Medical advice changes all the time and it may well be the case that they change their minds in the future and tell us that cutting out carbs was the wrong thing to do.

Up until recently I had been restricting my calorie intake and did manage to lose weight.  I have now plateaued so I will be cutting out carbs and intermittent fasting to lose the last stubborn few kilos in order to get to a healthy weight. At this rate it won’t be long till I reach my goal. It’s quite exciting. Not only that but I feel confident that I will be able to stay at a healthy weight moving forward.

My mantra is: I diet so that I can eat!

Are you looking to lose weight but don’t know where to start? I would suggest starting by cutting out the junk food and sugar. I have watched a whole load of videos on you-tube and this really helps to reprogram your brain so you you can really understand where you have been going wrong. We can all agree that sugar is bad. Watch the videos to see how we have been fed a high sugar diet without even realising it.

If you can do all this then I also suggest you include a low carb protein based breakfast to set you up for the day.

I will keep you up to date on my progress.

For now, stay healthy!

Love, Ela.