So last week was bad. I went into this week with new rules:
(1) Fix the kitchen scales and weigh EVERYTHING – I have no concept of portion sizes at all and I need to be more strict.
(2) On bad days (i.e. days where I’m eating out), try to choose carefully. Accept that I can’t have three courses. Accept that I can’t order the thing that’s deep fried, but equally don’t force myself to eat a salad with no dressing either. Compromise is key – choose the middle-of-the-road thing so it’s not terribly bad but also not totally depressing.
(3) Given that there are going to be bad days, make sure that I over-compensate on good days. Don’t consume all my points (this is not recommended by Weight Watchers BUT I DON’T CARE).
(4) Don’t have a bad day on a Monday, the day before I weigh in.
Food-stuffs this week:
Smoked paprika squid with lemony couscous and broccoli. The whole plate of food was 12 points which is pretty low and it was fairly tasty. I should have pimped up the couscous a bit more, perhaps.
On Wednesday night I went out for champagne at Bob Bob Ricard (love that place) and dinner at Roti Chai. It never occurs to me to eat Indian food unless someone makes me…I’m so glad that I was made to go to Roti Chai because it was amazing – absolutely the best meal I’ve had in ages. The chilli paneer was incredible and there was delicious lamb curry, chicken curry, spicy chicken wings, crispy chicken thingies, dhal and roti followed by pistachio kulfi, all for £25 including wine. Amazing. @miss_jordi took the top photo – I was too busy eating.
Thursday I had a friend over for dinner which meant that the dolsot stone bowls were put to use…BIBIMBAP! I really love bibimbap but I also really love the fact that it seems enormously impressive when it really isn’t. @JanieStamford made this lovely photo collage and, after eating it, is pining after a pair of bowls for herself.
I made burgers and chips on Friday night – I was gently hungover and super hungry. The chips have only 2 teaspoons of oil on them, the minced beef was lean and the cheese is reduced fat. Really satisfying although still pretty pointy.
On Saturday, I went to the John Salt. I failed totally on point (2) above as I didn’t take care over what I ordered at all. Hey ho, we only live once. Star of the show for me was the green chilli poussin, as it was for @ginandcrumpets who went very quiet and trance-like while she was eating it:
I was mildly hungover again on Sunday so I made bibimbap again, this time with chicken, extra vegetables and a smaller portion of rice. I think I’m obsessed.
I tried to claw it all back on Monday with Jamie’s butternut squash/prosciutto salad, of which I took the most out of focus photo ever:
And, astonishingly, it worked! I lost 1.2 lbs this week. Not a brilliant weight loss, but I would have been happy if I had only stayed the same.
That said, where I really went wrong this week was by drinking on three nights. Clearly alcohol makes you fat in itself, but it also affects what I’ll eat at the time because I’m tipsy and care less about the fact that I’m dieting plus it also screws with the following day because it makes me want to comfort eat in excess. I’ve really cut back on how often I drink – my basic rule now is that I never, ever drink at home alone, largely because it screws up my sleep and that makes me get very sad. Consequently, my body isn’t really used to drinking much any more.
This week I’m out quite a bit. Cinema on Wednesday where I MUST NOT DRINK WINE, dinner with friends on Thursday and then my mum is coming down for the weekend so we’re out to dinner on Saturday too. I’m trying not to let the fact that my weight loss has slowed down stress me out too much. I have to remember that I’m in this for the long haul and that it doesn’t really matter how long it takes to lose it. I just have to lose it.