#WellnessWednesday #1 : Going Carb Free
Do you remember that time I went super healthy and fitness junkie?
I miss it. It was the healthiest I had ever been and I felt so amazing at the time. Not just outside but inside. I had bundles of energy and felt strong and empowered. Fast forward two years and I am the heaviest and unhealthiest I have ever been. I guess for a combination of
reasons excuses, the past two years have involved a lot of change, and my fitness didn't keep up.
Well thats about to change! I don't know what kicked my butt into gear exactly. I think it was walking into the toilets in my new job. They have these huge mirrors and I remember seeing myself walk towards them and being insanely unhappy. If you know me, you know I don't like being unhappy (I mean does anyone?) but I have always taken active steps toward my own happiness. Be it getting rid of bad people in my life, to changing my lifestyle to something that makes me happier, to surrounding myself with happy things and people. I like being happy. But at this moment and for a while before, I had been fairly unhappy with the way I looked, but more importantly the way I felt. I knew I was unhealthy.
So I made the decision to go green. I wanted to kick-start my eating patterns and only eat foods that would fuel my body. I have been carb free for a week now and wanted to update you all on my progress. (Side note: I haven't gone completely carb free, carbs are in almost everything, from bananas to vegetables. But I have for the most part given up pasta, bread, crisps, sugar and sweets, dairy and potato)
I'm not gonna lie, that first couple of days was harddddd. I was having all the symptoms of someone who had given up smoking! I was grumpy, lifeless and had headaches like you wouldn't believe. But then day 3 came around and I started to feel a bit better, I started to look less bloated and my stomach was less hard. My eating habits before were pretty insane. Consisting of white bread, copious chocolate bars (for breakfast eeeep) and crisps. Barely anything good for my body passed my lips. But I noticed by day 3, I felt like I could get up in the mornings a bit easier. And throughout the day I was more engaged and energetic.
Right now, 7 days into my new lifestyle change I can say I have eaten carbs. My mum came down to visit, so I did indulge in some carby lobster mac and cheese goodness whilst she was here. But 90% of my week has been filled with salads, fruit and protein, which isn't bad going to be honest! And we're all allowed a little treat or life isn't worth living!
I've been eating fruit for breakfast, be it a quick fruit salad I whip up the night before to half a honeydew melon. I'll sometimes have a mid morning snack, like an apple, banana or satsumas, depending on what shift I'm on.
Every lunchtime I'll make myself a salad as you can see up above. Either mackerel salad (side note, this is an older picture I found, the salads i've been eating have not included potato.. sadly!) or just chicken. To be honest, as bad as "having a salad" sounds, I've really enjoyed eating them. I've tried to fill them with as much flavour as possible, using onions and peppers to try and liven them up!
Dinners I have kept quite light. I'll usually have chicken, either stir fried or grilled with vegetables or a small amount of brown rice to satisfy me.
I haven't found myself particularly hungry yet if i'm honest. There has been at no point me thinking to myself "gosh I'm starving" which shows me before I was definitely overeating. So hopefully my week 2 will go as smoothly as week 1!
Next week goals:
- I want to focus more on water consumption this week, as I'm not drinking nearly as much as I should be!
- Prep prep prep. Even though I haven't slipped up yet, with my shifts I do struggle to sometimes grab food, especially breakfast. So I want to make time in my week to try and pre-prep meals so I can just go to the fridge and go!
- Continue eating smaller dinners and bigger breakfasts.
So that was my first week of being a low carb monster and its honestly not as hard as I thought it would be! Hopefully I can say the same for next week!