Week 3 on the LBD challenge
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… Well that might be a tad dramatic but Saturday night did tell a tale of two mindsets for me.
After three weeks of the LBD challenge I was feeling good, and seeing results on the scales, so I decided to try on the skirt. Everyone has a garment like this - mine is a bronze, sequinned mini-skirt - that sometimes fits, and sometimes doesn't, and is the barometer I use to gauge my waistline.
Well, on Saturday night, not only did the skirt zip comfortably to the top, but I could also sit in it and breathe. Hallelujah! This was actual proof that all of the salad and squats are doing their job, and I was delighted.
And so, off to town I went to a friend's birthday where I soon abandoned my glass of water in favour of a bottle of beer - and then a second.
In the grand scale of things having two beers on a Saturday night is not the worst way I could fall off the diet wagon, but it's indicative of a bigger problem for me. Just three weeks into my new healthy routine and my will power is wavering dangerously. All week I've been less motivated to make my lunches, slipping back into the bad habits of picking up convenience foods. My mantra for next week: stop the slip.
The silver lining is that I did this week's exercise plan with relative ease. Buoyed up by that, I completed Siobhan's workout five times, where in the previous weeks I'd only managed three. Mantra for next week: keep it up.
Leslie Ann Horgan is editor of Weekend Magazine. Check in next week to see her progress in the LBD Challenge
A sample of Leslie Ann's food diary
Breakfast: Alpro soy yoghurt (small pot), fruit pot with grapes, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries. Orla says Great to see that the bulk is fruit or veg. The more colourful the better!
Lunch: smoked salmon, 1/2 avocado, tomato, cucumber. Orla says Don't be afraid to include carbohydrates with your meal, for example a few new potatoes or a piece of fruit as dessert.
Snacks: carrot sticks, banana, apple
Dinner: grilled turkey burger, asparagus, brown rice/quinoa/haricot beans mix. Orla says Quinoa and brown rice are healthy wholegrain options. Aim to include two different veg with your dinner! For example, sliced tomato would be lovely on top of your burgers or perhaps some roasted peppers.
Breakfast: soy yoghurt, banana
Lunch: carrot soup, wholemeal pitta. Orla says Don't forget to include lean protein with each meal. Why not add some butter beans to your soup or have some hummus in your pita.
Snacks: apple, pecans, carrot sticks
Dinner: veg stir-fry (mushrooms, carrots, courgette, broccoli, baby corn, onion, sugarsnap peas, red and yellow peppers) with chicken and cashews. Orla says An excellent variety of veg in this meal - you're eating a rainbow of colours.
Breakfast: soy yoghurt, banana
Lunch: veg stir-fry with chicken and cashews
Orla says Leftovers are great at lunch time as its cheaper, often healthier and removes temptation of less healthy options.
Snacks: carrot sticks, apple with peanut butter Orla says Peanut butter is rich in heart healthy mono-unsaturated fats. 1 tbsp is a portion.
Dinner: starter: smoked salmon with half slice brown soda bread. Main: half portion turkey and ham with Brussels sprouts
Breakfast: banana, melon, soy yoghurt
Lunch: smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, 2x Ryvita crackers
Dinner: wholemeal wrap, lean mince beef, tomato, lettuce, red onion.
2 x bottles of Corona. Orla says Each bottle of beer contains the same amount of calories as 1 small chicken breast or tin of tuna. Food for thought!
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