Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The Food Patrol 90 Day Challenge: Preparation

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I started The Food Patrol program on Monday. I cheekily updated Facebook with a message that I was "too busy dieting to blog" last night. I has been quite a mission.

In preparation for the big kick off, "before photos" were snapped (dear God weren't THEY an eye-opener?). Especially the ones from behind! Gasp! Measurements were taken, menus planned and shopping completed, so that by Monday, I was completely prepared.

I have been concerned about my inability to go 'cold turkey' after free-ranging my diet for the past four months. I have been out of control and really in need of a serious shake-up. A more conscious approach to eating.

As I went to bed on Sunday night (after consuming gourmet pizzas and more than enough wine with friends!), I heard a niggley little voice in my head saying 'I don't think you can do this'. Another voice responded with an enthusiastic and resounding "you bloody well can". I hope *she* is in charge!

But Monday morning came, I took a deep breath, and instead of cranking out a bowl of museli, I packed my breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon snack into my cold bag and left for work.

I weighed in at work* (dear God. Wasn't THAT an eye-opener?), spent at least the next 2 hours dwelling on the state of affairs on the scales, and then had a quiet word to myself. It is done. Move on.

The Food Patrol insists on regular meal times. Our kids eat very routinely. 7am breakfast. 10am morning tea. 12.30 lunch. 3.30pm afternoon tea and dinner by about 6pm. No snacks after dinner. Me? I am all over the place. Three meals a day. Grazing between meals. And snacking for Australia as the sun goes down.

Having fixed meal times has its benefits for me I have discovered over the past couple of days. The biggest one being (drumroll please), I don't get hungry! I know. It is like rocket science isn't it? And without that burning hunger at 4.30/5pm as I pass the vending machine at the train station on my way home from work I am not tempted. See? Already functioning like a skinny person, right?

I will report on my first weigh in next week. I hope I do as well as Mandy!

When do you eat? Are you into 'regular' meals or are you more 'ad hoc' like I was**?

* For those of you interested in the fine print, I weighed 86.6kg. I hope they were 'heavy' scales because that is one very big number! And no. There won't be any photos shared!
** I am already using the past tense. It feels good to be moving forward.

Disclosure: Food Patrol is a sponsor of And then there were four. I am completing the program at no cost.


tinsenpup said...

Regular meal times is something I need to work on too, along with planning better. Good luck. It sounds like you're going to do really well.

Mum on the Run said...

Sounds like you are on your way.
Good on you.
I look forward to hearing how brilliant you feel.

Miss Mandy said...

Yeah, it all sounds good so far.
It's amazing isn't it. The healthy eating / not being hungry senario. i still can't quite get over it. Very exciting times for both of us I'm sure.

E. said...

I'm an ad hoc eater, we all are. Perhaps I should think about being more routine with our meals.

I guess my concern would be eating because it's a time rather Han because you are hungry. Do they talk about recognizing hunger?

E. said...

Forgot to say - Go you! You can do this.

Nat - Muddy Farmwife said...

I say good on you! I think it's a great thing for you to take on and that you are already moving forward.
The kids have regular mealtimes, but for me I throw in snacks here and there. I'm thinking some changes are coming in our house.
Looking forward to following along and picking up some tips too!

Maxabella said...

Brilliant! You are off and racing! x

hayley @ Happyhousewifey said...

Well done - keep it up!
I've struggled iwth regular meal times since becoming a SAHM. My kids eat very regularly, but I skip meals, eat meals whenever I can and graze all day. So bad. Though some days I sit at the little table with my almost-3yo and we eat together:)

Anonymous said...

I WISH I weighed 86kg. I would consider myself well and truly skinny if I did. If I could see the other side of 100 kg I would be happy. (Or even the other side of 110) So it is all relative.

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

I'm cheering you on!

Lisa H said...

You are one brave lady... photos from behind are just too scary!

I'm an ad-hoc eater, mostly because I eat when I am hungry. Which is often.

rambling mum said...

Good on you! My nephew did the food patrol challenge a couple of years ago & came in the top 20. A couple of ladies at work lost weight on it too. I've read the book - does that count? lol! Their office is 10 mins from my place so they are fairly high profile in this area. I really should knuckle down & just do it! Best of luck to you - I look forward to seeing "after" photos and your updates!

The Planet Pink said...

Sounds like you're on the right track! Eating 5-6 small meals a day helps keep your blood sugar balanced so you don't plummet and reach for that candy bar. Keep it up! You will be rewarded!

Diminishing Lucy said...

Fascinated to see how you go!

Glad you are being sponsoered by them - I had never heard of the process...


Rhonda said...

My son has regular meal times, but since I'm back at Uni completing my second degree to teach my eating motto is "grab something quick while you can and eat it while you walk to class/read/whatever" which is so bad but it's all I can manage right now.

Good luck with the program! I am sure you can do it.

Kymmie said...

Oh, I read this with so much interest. Yes, having kids wrecks havoc with your eating patterns. If only we treated our bodies the way we do with our children's!

I sure am excited to see where this goes.

I'm almost a month down on the BNN. Will report soon. Promise!

xx said...

"Sounds like you're on the right track! Eating 5-6 small meals a day helps keep your blood sugar balanced so you don't plummet and reach for that candy bar." I agree.

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