However, with some seriously dodgy family history that included high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks at a young age and type 2 diabetes, I knew the clock was ticking. In March 2013 I made the decision to get my waistline shrinking. So here I am over 20 kilos lighter and 3 dress sizes smaller.
But I wasn’t willing to give up on good food. There are so many good recipes out there some low calorie and some not so low calorie. But the problem with most of them is that they were generally for 4 people or more. Not so good for a single working to get her portions the right size. So this blog documents my attempts at working out which of these recipes are low calorie and modifying these gorgeous recipes to feed one person well.
Where I find it difficult to scale a recipe down but I really like the sound of it, I often create batches that I can eat over a few nights of the week – normally 3 max or I get very bored with my dinners. So I am also sharing where things do and don’t reheat well. I occasionally freeze meals but not very often as I have a fairly small freezer and it is often occupied with things I have bought in larger packets to cook over the month to save some money.
How I have lost the weight:
Not wanting to waste any more money on gym memberships and being averse to ready made meals, I have lost the weight through calorie counting and walking. I have used myfitnesspal to record the calories I was eating and guide me on portion sizes. I used myfitnesspal (which is free) as it seemed to have more of the food that I eat but there are plenty of other free options out there. You need to be conscientious about logging for this to really work – at least at the beginning while getting the hang of serving sizes.
None of the calorie counters are 100% accurate. For example there are quite a few examples of lasagna on the app with very varying calories. So I pick the one that looks about average – there is often one called generic or restaurant.
One thing I knew I didn’t want to do is join a gym. I have wasted so much money on gym memberships in the past. I pay and then lose interest. So the only specific exercise I have done is walking my dogs for half an hour in the morning. And boy are they good motivation. There is nothing like the guilt trip I get when Benji looks at me if thinks I am not taking him for a walk. I am not saying you should get dogs to lose weight. They are a serious commitment but if you do have dogs, do yourself and them a favour and hit the footpath.
The meals are not meant to create a super healthy diet. One of the new challenges I have set myself is to get more vegetables and fruit in my life. I struggle to give up my calories in protein and carbs for vegtables and fruit. But I am eating more vegetarian food. So don’t rely on this blog for a complete healthy diet – talk to a proper qualified person.
I sometimes offer nutritional information on recipes contained on this site. This information is a product of online calculators including myfitnesspal.com. Although I attempt to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates.
I may mention products on this blog. Unless specifically stated, these are items I have bought and have not been asked to review. They are just me sharing what has and hasn’t worked for me.
And of course if you have found any great recipes that you would like me to try, please let me know.