Tuesday, 5 March 2013


So I've been doing the Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation for just over 3 weeks now, and it's going well! I'm losing weight. I'm getting into good habits with exercise. It's a good thing. But I am SO hungry today. SO hungry. I'm on 1200 calories a day and for the first week I was starving all the time. In the second and third weeks I was fine really, so I thought my body had adjusted and it was all good. But no - the hunger is back. And the carb fantasies are getting out of hand.

Before starting this program I thought I was pretty good with food really. And I guess I am, comparatively. I hardly ever drink soft drink or eat chocolate bars or chips or lollies. I don't buy lots of processed food or gorge on hot chips. I know I don't eat enough fruit and veg, but my main meals are all above board - a pretty typical day would mean muesli for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and maybe a stir fry for dinner. That's fine, right? But doing something like this makes you realise where all the extra calories sneak in:

1. Finishing the kids' food. I hate wasting food, and when my kids have finished eating it's often pretty unclear whether they ate the food or just spread it all over everything in a thin layer. Plus there's that time-honoured rule that says that the more time and effort I put into making something for the kids, the less likely they are to eat it. It seems wasteful not to salvage what I can, but it all adds up. I should have learnt this lesson long ago, at my friend Josie's 18th, when I applied the same principle and finished off all the little bits left in all the beer cans I found. Needless to say, that did not end well.

2. Free food. Maybe it's the 7 years that I spent as a full time uni student, but I just can't say no to free food. It's one of life's great joys. You come out to the shops to grab some loo paper and you end up eating a little pot of spaghetti bolognese instead! You're sitting in a boring meeting and then - voila! - some mini focaccias turn up. Life's good! I was in the supermarket on the weekend and a guy offered me a sample of Movenpick ice cream. Free ice cream!! And I said "no thanks, I'm on a diet." Oh the humanity!

3. Carbs. Who doesn't love carbs? Come on. They are so satisfying. I know that a lot of diets tell you to avoid them, but I always thought that was just a silly gimmick. It was only when I started this plan that I realised how many calories I was eating that way. The amount of pasta I was allowed in my Michelle Bridges pasta dish was about 1/5 of what I would usually have. And I'd usually pile up half my plate with rice. So now I'm not doing that. And I feel so empty I could eat my desk!

4. Food that "doesn't count". Turns out it actually does. Boo. Creme eggs are a perfect example. They are so small - just a little snack! Milky Ways - same deal! To be fair, the advertising only said they wouldn't spoil my dinner, not that they wouldn't make me fat, but I still feel ripped off.

5. Hot drinks. Hot chocolate is obviously bad news, but I try to convince myself that chai lattes are really ok - you know, because they are pretty much just milk. Sometimes, if I go somewhere fancy, I even extend myself to getting a pot of chai tea, and feel even more virtuous (hey, it's pretty much just water!) Sure, it comes with a little packet of honey, but it's so small that it doesn't really count (sigh...see above). But to be honest I really prefer the latte version, which - let's face it - is just warm milk with sugar and flavouring.

And then there's...

6. The cake. A combination of 2, 3 and 4, and my ultimate undoing. Ahh, cake. What I wouldn't give to bury my whole face in you right this minute and just start munching.

Right, I'm off to get a herbal tea. :-|