This is my shocking confession of dieting on my London trip. Lets dive straight in by pointing out the obvious. Eating the foods I love, uncontrolled… equals weight gain!! Recently, on my trip to London, I had four days of eating what I wanted! Which obviously meant I came home to weight gain! Part of me wished by some magic the scales wouldn’t agree with this statement, but low and behold there they were waiting for me, two extra pounds when I stepped on the scales on Sunday morning. I gained weight, now up to 13st 4lb.
You’d think I’d be a pro at this, usually in such a situation I’d be ready to admit defeat and eat a huge pot of ice cream ( pre-kid me would also be tucked up in bed with a cheesy American tv series on as well). But this time is different. I actually feel excited about returning to the normality of my porridge and peanut butter.
Is this the results of a healthy diet or has my mindset shifted so much I now trick myself into thinking a bowl of porridge is as good as a Mc Donalds meal!
Don’t worry I haven’t completely lost the plot, or my taste buds for that matter. I know the difference. Yet, over the many years of yo-yo dieting and striving to be happier I have managed to take control of what my mind thinks it needs and what it actually needs for nourishment. For example, if I am lacking energy I eat the slow realising porridge oats. Or, if I am feeling low and stressed I eat a few nuts or my all time fav peanut butter. I have learnt (the hard way) that eating a Mc D will in fact make me feel worse not better.
Up until last weekend I had successfully cut out refined sugar from my diet. With the above statement being the driving force behind my daily food decisions. Yet, while in London recently I made a huge decision. I ate sugar!!!!!!
Ok, Ok, so I didn’t eat cake or the yummy fruit pastilles I used to crave… It was sugar in my meals. But it still tasted and felt like the refined sugar I remembered…and you know what I loved it. It was the social side of it I enjoyed too. Being able to freely eat out and not over worry every single meal decision. It gave me the freedom which is saved for those special holidays.
Have I lost all control now I am back home though? The answer is no, actually completely the opposite. After four day of doing the ‘see-food-diet’ my body craved the mundane health foods I routinely had in my diet. Plus I had been tracking with Weight Watchers hard before going away so slotting back in to it has been easier than predicted.
Maybe this is the answer to all my dieting problems! I should eat what I want and cheat 20% of the time!!!
Is it like a stale relationship where you have to spice ( or in my case ‘sugar’) things up now and again!!!!!
I’ll tell you one thing, its opened my eyes to how having the odd sugary something isn’t going to completely poison me or corupt my control. As long as I have a strong positive mindset a treat is needed to maintain the motivation to change it from just another yo-yo diet to healthy lifestyle!
Its a journey and being the driver, what ever the destination is the goal.
As you can see from the photos scattered through out this post and the ones below, we all had a brilliant time in London, celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary and spending time with my little toddler Emme (Tommy stayed at home with his Grannie, as he had school).
If you would like to see more of our trip to London go follow me on Instagram and find all my stories of our London trip saved on my highlights. As well as this you can watch my ‘London With A Toddler’ video on my You Tube channel. Alternatively, you can watch my ‘Weight Watchers Journey’ update video on my You Tube channel which talks further into this week and how I felt after eating the sugar.
How do you deal with trips away. Do you splurge and forget the diet restrictions or do you have more solid rules to stick too?? Comment Below and share your dieting journey.