Tips for NOT eating (much) on Christmas Day!

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As you all know, it is Christmas tomorrow and that for me (and most other people) means food, family and fun. I want to concentrate more on the family and fun parts of those three. Christmas Day is not an excuse to eat everything in sight. I have been researching for the past few weeks on how to overcome the issue of eating too much on Christmas.

No one likes the feeling of being bloated and having eaten so much they feel like they are going to explode so why do we do it? Is it just because it is in front of us? Is it for our family or parents who have slaved for hours prepared vegetables and meat for YOUR benefit. Benefit? No. It is no benefit. It’s to your detriment.

I have compiled a list of hints and tips that I will be following for tomorrow so that although I will eat a lot, I will eat less than I otherwise would have. I will put them in a constructed order too, to show you what my ‘plan’ and routine will be.

1. I will EAT breakfast- this is a good idea (honest)! I will probably eat porridge/oatmeal with raspberries and almond extract which is my absolute favourite at the moment as it tastes just like marzipan which is my arch nemesis in terms of cravings and gluttony.

2. I will drink green and peppermint tea throughout the day. The green tea will increase the speed of my metabolism, in the hope of digesting any bad foods I have eaten quicker. The peppermint tea will act as a mild laxative, acting on my bowel walls to contract and move the food faster through my body. I also find that peppermint decreases my appetite and hence, I will drink it after breakfast, the christmas dinner and any other snacks.

3. Stay away from alcohol and other high calorie beverages. I know this is hard (I’m a student- I KNOW). This has been the cause of all of my weight gain which I then had to lose again. I vow right now that I won’t be drinking any alcohol tomorrow, nor ‘nice’ drinks like J20 or cokes or anything. NO. I was lucky enough to find a 1 calorie per 330ml of ginger beer that I will be drinking throughout the day as well as water and my teas! This will save me 500 calories at least, opposed to years before.

4. Stay away from the chocolates and crisps. These two are the main culprits for high calorie intake on christmas. Even when people are full to beyond belief, they still feel the need to gorge on a ridiculous amount of crisps and chocolate. I would know- I have done this EVERY year up till now. So now, all I can imagine is the years of damage I have done to my body and it makes me so angry. How could I be so ridiculous? No one likes a girl who weighs 11stone 5lbs at 5ft 5! (My highest weight). I neglected my body and now I need to apologise to it by eating good things. As a substitute to chocolate I will be eating nuts which may be high calorie but are full of good nutrients. As a substitute for crisps I will be eating vegetables dipped in various dips which (of course) are also a lot healthier. I will be keeping all of these snacks to a minimum though in preparation for…

5. I’m sitting at the end, in the corner of our big table for dinner, slightly out of eyes view of everyone and slightly away from the HUGE bowl that will inevitably sit on the table FILLED with roast potatoes. Not eating any. I swear, now. I am not eating ANY potatoes because they are the most unhealthy thing on the menu in our house. If anyone disagrees then please let me know.

6. Fill your plate with VEGETABLES and TURKEY/PROTEIN. I am staying clear of the roast potatoes BIG time! I am going to take a photograph of my plate tomorrow in the hope it will motivate me and also so that I can record the calories at the end of the day and upload them to here like I said I would.

7. Have one pudding or one serving of pudding. I don’t know about anyone else but in my house, tomorrow, there will probably be at least five different puddings available. There is christmas pudding, lemon mousse, sticky toffee pudding, trifle and pavlova. So FIVE! That’s not even including the christmas cake. That is ridiculous considering there are only eleven of us adults eating it. Hopefully a lot of it will be taken home by my family and it won’t be lingering in my house. I have just remembered too we have a bunch of other frozen desserts in the freezer too- banoffee pie, lemon cheesecake, after eight ice cream and clotted cream ice cream. Bloody hell. Kill me.

8. Always have a drink of some kind near you, it’ll keep your mouth stimulated and people won’t suspect anything.

9. If the worst happens and people question why you aren’t eating anything then just say you don’t feel well. That’s my plan.

10. Make yourself look pretty and wear tight clothes. No one wants a food baby in a tight skirt or dress. Maybe I’ll show you a picture of me if you’re lucky ;-).

11. Weigh yourself throughout the day, that’ll stop you!

12. Encourage other people to eat more, or offer them food. I will be helping my mum in the kitchen, in the hope of it putting me off eating. Especially if I chew gum, which I will be.

13. Wait for your stomach to rumble before eating anything after christmas dinner. If your body wants more food, it will tell you so just wait for the signal!

Anyway, there are 13 (unlucky for some) tips to get you through Christmas day and just remember eating doesn’t equal happiness. You can have a lovely fun filled family orientated day without food being a buzz killer for you. So maintain your weight loss and don’t be tricked into eating the ‘average’ 6000 calories that every talks about eating.

Good luck,

Jessicana xo

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End of Day Thirty-Six

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Hello lovelies,

Here is my update for 04/10/14:

Today I was at home relaxing which I know I said I wouldn’t come home that often any more but everyone else was home this weekend so I didn’t see why I couldn’t- ha.

Breakfast: Kiwi fruit 44kcal, gala apple 47kcal.

Total: 91kcal.

Lunch: cod fish fingersx3 154kcal, half a sandwich thin wholemeal 50kcal (yes I threw half of it away- yay), tar tar sauce 12kcal.

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Total: 216kcal.

Tea: White noodles (Arrghhh) 250kcal, chicken 106kcal, black bean sauce 90kcal, baby sweetcorn 13kcal, red pepper 10kcal, *microwave brownie* (It’s getting ridiculous now, I eat these everyday- I need a substitute)- butter 110kcal, sugar 32kcal, nutella 100kcal, flour 68kcal, vanilla ice cream 100kcal.

Total: 879kcal.

Snacks: 2 crackers 50kcal, nutella 160kcal, banana 100kcal, ham 35kcal, smoothie 18kcal, orange 40kcal, raisins 123kcal.

Total: 526kcal.

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Overall total input was 1,712kcal- 331kcal burnt walking on the treadmill= 1381kcal.

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I don’t know why but this evening when I went to bed I was STARVING. My stomach was rumbling so much and I had to go to bed early because of it. Horrible and I woke up starving too so something must be happening to my body- something good hopefully.

Jessicana xo

End of Day Thirty-Five

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Hey lovelies,

Third late date but here you go, quite a bad day but still under my goal.

Update for 03/10/14:

Breakfast: Leftover pizza slice 211kcal.

Total: 211kcal.

Lunch: Leftover pizza slice 211kcal.

Total: 211kcal.

Tea: Stir fry veg mix 44kcal, Cooked Chicken pieces 144kcal, black bean sauce 140kcal *Microwave brownie* chocolate 103kcal, sugar 32kcal, flour 102kcal, butter 220kcal.

Total: 785kcal.

Snacks: peach 37kcal, apple 38kcal, fruit salad 39kcal, banana 155kcal, cooked ham  137kcal, smoothie 55kcal, cracker 25kcal, caramel bar 135kcal.

Total: 621kcal.

Overall total input 1,828kcal- 5 miles walking 354kcal= 1474kcal.

Not bad!

Jessicana xo

End of Day Thirty-Two

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Hello everyone, here is my update for 30/09/14:

Breakfast: Peach 59kcal, green tea 1kcal, fig roll 67kcal.

Total: 127kcal.

Lunch: 4x cream crackers 140kcal, butter 55kcal, marmite 9kcal, cucumber 16kcal, carrot 26kcal, low fat houmous 90kcal.

Total: 336kcal.

Tea: Morrisons stir fry vegetables 44kcal, cooked chicken pieces 144kcal, butter 55kcal, hoisin sauce 86kcal.

Total: 329kcal.

Snacks: gala apple 47kcal, malt fruit loaf 130kcal, spearmint chewing gum 7kcal, *microwave brownie* butter 109kcal, chocolate 206kcal, sugar 60kcal, plain flour 68kcal, Water biscuits 44kcal.

Total: 672kcal.

Overall input 1464- exercise walking of 362= 1102kcal.

Pretty good! I’m going to keep up :-).

Jessicana xo

End of Day Thirty-Three

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Hello everyone,

Sorry the lateness again, here is my update for Wednesday, I will upload the rest of the week over tonight and tomorrow and I’ve done pretty well- a lot of exercising and a bit of unhealthy eating but not too excessive.

Here is my update then, for 01/10/14:

Breakfast: Peach 59kcal.

Total: 59kcal.

Lunch: Gala apple 52kcal, raw carrot 26kcal, low fat tesco houmous 90kcal, fig rollx2 134kcal.

Total: 302kcal.

Dinner: Spicy bean burger Morrisons (less calories than Tesco) 185kcal, brown rice 83kcal, frozen sweetcorn 46kcal, barbecue sauce 19kcal, *microwave brownie*- butter 110kcal, flour 68kcal, white sugar 64kcal, chocolate 103kcal.

Total: 678kcal.

Snacks: Mint 4kcal, nice biscuitx2 82kcal, malt fruit loaf 186kcal, water crackers 44kcal.

Total: 316kcal.

Overall input is 1,355- 342calories burnt doing 5 miles of walking = 1013kcal.

Good, happy with that!

Jessicana xo

 

End of Day Thirty

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Hi everyone, I apologise for the late updates but I have been super busy as per usual.

This was my in between mediocre day, where I was reducing my calorie intake from CRAZY over to the normal and then I will reduce it back down to the 1000-1400 mark.

Here is my update then for 28/09/14:

Breakfast: Green tea 1kcal, Kiwi fruit 44kcal.

Total: 45kcal.

Lunch: Homemade tomato soup 60kcal, birdseye fish fingers 153kcal, tartar sauce 22kcal.

Total: 236kcal.

Tea: Brown pasta 255kcal, frozen sweetcorn 115kcal, frozen peppers 29kcal, tomato and mascarpone sauce 297kcal (how this is possible for sauce I don’t know), fried chicken 106kcal.

Total: 857kcal.

Snacks: Raspberries 3kcal, laughing cow light blue cheese triangle 25kcal, 2x jammie dodgers 150kcal, malt fruit loaf 300kcal, gala apple 47kcal, spearmint chewing gum 15kcal, 4x mints 40kcal.

Total: 580kcal.

Overall input was 1718kcal and I walked 5 miles burning 284kcal= 1434kcal.

Not a bad day overall.

Jessicana xo

End of Day Twenty-Seven

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Hello everyone,

Today was slightly better but still not great. I am off home tomorrow so hopefully my weekend will be healthier- I am determined to make it so, after having looked at some hardcore thinspo.

Today was really hard and there were multiple times where I hate to refuse food and refuse to go into shops. In the morning my friend wanted to go into the shop for breakfast and I originally agreed, thinking I would get something too but NO my inner thin person spoke to me and refused to let me- thank goodness. She came out with 5 cookies and I didn’t even enter the store.

Secondly at lunch, my friends were craving Mcdonalds so I went into the restaurant and watched as everyone around me devoured chips and burgers and I simply ordered a cup of tea. The man behind the counter couldn’t even understand that I didn’t want any food- what the hell. Anyway, I watched her eat a cheeseburger, six chicken nuggets, chips and a chocolate milkshake- thing is, she’s skinny so where is the fairness in that? I also realised that I walked 7 miles today and am now, obviously, shattered.

Here is my update for today (25/09/14):

Breakfast: 4 Cream crackers 140kcal, marmite 9kcal, butter 72kcal, nectarine 70kcal.

Total: 291kcal. (In fairness, I ate these crackers across a four hour period)

Lunch: 1 large raw carrot 54kcal.

Total: 54kcal.

Tea: 1 Fish shop sausage 235kcal, 1 portion of chips 655kcal, mango yogurt 203kcal.

Total: 1,093kcal.

Snacks: Tea with milk 10kcal, 2 jammie dodgers 150kcal, extra strong mints 30kcal.

Total: 190kcal.

Overall input was 1,626kcal- exercise of 439kcal burnt= 1,187kcal.

Actually not too bad! I just want to only be eating that amount without having to exercise to get it down. I don’t agree with eating calories you burnt from exercise- pointless? Anyway, quite proud of how little I did eat compared to my friends! Now for some more thinspo and bed.

Jessicana xo

End of Day Twenty-Six

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Today (24/09/14) was possibly one of the worst days of my life and I feel like this blog has just turned into me ranting about my life. I need to let it out somewhere though and this seems to be the best place. I was so hungover I barely did anything except sleep and eat.

Here is the update:

Breakfast: 1 Nectarine 70kcal.

Total: 70kcal.

Lunch: *Raspberry Crumble* Granulated sugar 160kcal, plain flour 68kcal, butter 110kcal, frozen raspberries 66kcal.

Total: 404kcal.

Tea: CHINESE TAKEAWAY AGAIN- Sweet and sour chicken with rice 567kcal, 3x mini spring rolls 237kcal, Onken mango and passionfruit yogurt 203kcal.

Total: 1,007kcal.

Snacks: Mini cheddars 129kcal, cherry tomatoes 20kcal, frozen sweetcorn 144kcal, jammie dodgers 150kcal.

Total: 443kcal.

Overall input was 1,924kcal!

AWFUL. All of this weight I’ve lost is just going to come piling back on unless I do something SOON. Tomorrow? Think I need to look at some serious thinspo.

Jessicana xo

End of Day Twenty-Five

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Hello everyone,

Here is my update for 23/09/14. A pretty good day but then I drank alcohol. However, I was sick SO MUCH from the alcohol and so probably next to none of this is still in my body. I have realised that dieting and drinking alcohol just cannot go together and I’m as good as done with drinking. I don’t even like clubbing that much so I’m going to just find something else to do with my spare time- like a society or UNI WORK! I can’t believe I was sick and it was so much. It did kind of make me think ‘good’ though because it meant all the toxins and calories were no longer in my body.

This morning I noticed my flat mates looking at my stomach and I think I’ve definitely lost weight. They were looking at it with an almost concerned look on their face. I couldn’t be happier. I think the major factor that’s contributed to my weight loss is the swimming. I am currently 10st 10lb. I ALWAYS write 11 just in habit, how bad. I am no longer 11 and I never want to be again- wow that’s a pretty good feeling!

Anyway here is the update for 24/09/14:

Breakfast: Nectarine 70kcal.

Total: 70kcal.

Lunch: Cod fish fingers 150kcal, large carrot 54kcal, low fat houmous 90kcal, barbecue sauce 19kcal.

Total: 311kcal.

Dinner: Chilli con carne 150kcal, Brown rice 152kcal, barbecue sauce 21kcal.

Total: 323kcal.

Snacks: Bakewell tart 215kcal, Mango chunks 75kcal, club chocolate bar 118kcal. THEN 880kcal of white wine.

Total: 1288kcal.

I swam 64 lengths in the mornng burning 402 calories and walked about 3 miles 182kcal.

So my overall intake for the day was 1992-584=1408kcal.

But, as I said, I was sick and I’m pretty sure all of my dinner and the wine came up. I feel so rough now though and am going back to bed.

Jessicana xo

End of Day Twenty-Three

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Hey everyone,

Sorry this one is late, I have been super busy recently with uni!

Breakfast: 0kcal.

Total: 0kcal.

Lunch: *Raspberry Crumble* Frozen raspberies 28kcal, Butter 55kcal, Granulated sugar 96kcal, White plain flour 102kcal.

Total: 281kcal.

Tea: Chilli con carne 150kcal, Brown rice 152kcal, barbecue sauce 21kcal, bakewell tart 215kcal.

Total: 538kcal.

Snacks: Frozen mango 66kcal, Cherry tomatoes 40kcal, gala apple 47kcal, club chocolate bar 118kcal, sparking diet lemonade 2kcal, cucumber 11kcal.

THEN I WENT OUT AND ATE RIDICULOUS CALORIES :-(.

A bottle of white wine 550kcal and half a chicken pizza 348kcal.

Total: 898kcal.

So my total input was 2,001kcal. So bad, I don’t even have any excuses- I danced for a solid 4 hours though so I probably burnt off calories then.

Jessicana xo