Introducing What I ate Weekly #1: Smoothies for weight loss case study 3

What I ate Weekly: Week 1

What I ate Weekly week 1

This is the start of a series of posts detailing exactly what I’m eating to lose weight as promised.  After having baby number 2, I now have 33 pounds to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy ideal weight.  I am going to share my weekly food intake with you once a week until I reach my ideal weight again.

This is not the size I want my tummy to be!  I’m determined to get back into my slim jeans again!

This is not the size I want my tummy to be: What I ate Weekly 1: Smoothies for weight loss case study

What I Ate Weekly is an extension of the popular What I ate Wednesday which is an event run by Peas & Crayons blog, where people share what they ate in one day of the week.  Now I’m taking that one step further and showing you what I ate for the whole week!

What I ate Weekly at Green Thickies.comI’m going to share the following information every week:

  • Date
  • Start weight
  • Current weight
  • Goal weight
  • Weight loss this week
  • Total weight loss
  • Health improvements
  • Exercise taken
  • List of all the food I have eaten

My Weight Loss Plan

I intend to lose weight with a very simple diet plan.  I will be doing the following every day:

  • Breakfast: Green Thickie
  • Lunch: Green Thickie
  • Dinner: Cooked Vegan Meal with a salad
  • Snacks: I will try not to snack but if I do get hungry I’m planning on eating mainly fruit

My first week on my new diet

Stats

  • Date:  9 July
  • Start weight: 150 pounds (10 stones, 10 lbs, 68KG).  This may not seem that heavy to you but for my small height of 5 ft 3 it puts me into the overweight category.
  • Weight on weigh in day: 148 pounds (10 stones, 8 lbs, 67KG)
  • Goal weight: 117 pounds (8 stones 5 lbs, 53 KG) This is the weight that I naturally seem to end up at when I remain eating healthily for a long time.  I’ve been this weight before both pregnancies and it’s still well within my healthy range.
  • Weight loss this week: 2lbs.  I expected to lose more as the first week on a new diet usually results in more water loss but I blew it on the day before weight in day by pigging out on a 3 course meal out of the house!  So I’m still really happy I lost 2lbs this week.
  • Total weight loss: 2lb.  Not much but it’s a start and it makes you feel good knowing the scales are heading in the right direction.
  • Health improvements: I’ve not had such extreme sugar cravings this week and have been able to resist chocolate all week.
  • Exercise taken: Not much.   A couple of very short walks to the local shop with the kids in the pram.

All the food I ate this week:

Tuesday

(My diet week begins on Tuesday as I get my shopping on Monday)

Breakfast & Lunch: 1 serving of Peach and Orange Juice Green Thickie for each meal.

Dinner: Farm Stand Vegetable Stew from Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker book.  This was my first recipe from this new book and I absolutely loved it.  So did my husband and that’s saying something as he doesn’t usually like my vegan ‘healthy’ meals.  I’m experimenting a bit  more with my slow cooker since we’ve had our baby.  As we rarely all get to eat at the same time at the moment, a slow cooker meal is perfect as I can take a small portion for my toddler earlier on then my husband and I can grab a meal when we’ve got a spare minute in the evening.   Then neither one of us has to have a dinner that’s gone cold while the baby is crying.  Perfect!  All my meals this week are from that book.  I was extra hungry this week while reducing my sugar intake so I had 2 slices of homemade 100% wholewheat sunflower bread to dip in this gorgeous stew. I used a recipe from this book to make my bread and it worked amazingly well, one of the nicest loaves of bread I ever tasted especially for a wholewheat bread. No I’m not gluten free and I don’t believe you have to cut out bread to lose weight as long as it’s healthy homemade wholegrain bread, not refined white bread.

Vegetable Farmhouse Stew Slow Cooker Meals

Wednesday

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Sun Dream Orange and Banana Green Thickie for each meal.

Dinner: Another serving of the gorgeous Farm Stand Vegetable Stew from Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker book.

Snack: Bowl of fruit salad (no I didn’t eat this whole bowl, just a small portion!)

Fruit Salad

Thursday

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Wet Summer Watermelon Green Thickie for each meal.

Dinner: Pasta and Vegetable Frittata from Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker book.  This worked really well and was a very satisfying meal.

Frittata from Vegan Slow Cooker Meals Book

Friday

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Thick Green Tropical Smoothie for each meal.

Dinner: Another serving of Pasta and Vegetable Frittata from Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker book.

Snack: Bowl of fruit salad

Saturday

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Cool Breeze Mint and Pineapple Green Thickie for each meal.

Dinner: Chili and Potato Gratin from Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker book..  This was honestly the most gorgeous meal I’ve had in a very long time.  I could eat this every single day it was so good.  It was actually really quick to make too so I’m definitely going to do this again.  A hit with all the family!

Chili Potato Gratin

Snack: Bowl of fruit salad

Sunday

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Healthy Key Lime Pie Green Thickie (one of my all time favourites) for each meal.

Dinner: Another portion of the lovely Chili and Potato Gratin from Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker book.  I wish there was more! I’ve loved making slow cooker meals this week.  It’s been so flexible.  I have made up the meal and added it to the slow cooker in the evening, put it in the fridge overnight and in the morning when I’m busy with the kids I just put the slow cooker meal on, it simmers away all day filling the house with a gorgeous smell and it’s ready to eat when we want it.  I just adore my slow cooker, and you can pick them up so cheaply now that it’s really a crime not to have one!  If you’ve got a busy life or a family this really will save you so much time in the evening when you’re so tired, hungry and can’t be bothered to wait for a meal to cook.  Then after you’ve eaten just spend 15 minutes chopping the veg for the next day and put it in your fridge ready to go on in the morning.  Couldn’t be easier!

Snack: Bowl of fruit salad

Monday

Breakfast: 1 serving of Strawberry Rhubarb Pie  Green Thickie .

Lunch & Dinner: We went out for a meal with some vouchers that we had and our toddler was away at her grandparents.  Our little baby boy slept through the whole thing which was lovely.  I totally pigged out on a 3 course meal maybe because it was free.  I’m a sucker for free food!  I didn’t get any photos as I didn’t want to be reminded about all the rubbishy food I was eating!  I enjoyed the meal but regretted it later when I couldn’t stop eating sugary food for the rest of the day.  Needless to say I’d undone a lot of my hard work this week but I’m human just like the next person and I’m still pleased this week was a lot healthier than last week.

All in all, I’m pleased that I had a mostly healthy week this week.

What do you think of this new feature?  What kind of food do you eat in a week, anything like mine?  I hope it helps those of you who are looking for a healthier diet to see what I’m eating for every meal.  I’m going to do this every week until I reach my ideal weight again.  It helps to keep me held accountable and hopefully it won’t take me a year to lose my baby weight this time.

I have also decided that to motivate myself even further and help others at the same time, I am going to donate some money to charity when I lose weight.  For every 2 pounds that I lose I’m going to donate enough money (£10.70) to feed a child for a whole year. I’ll be thinking about these hungry children when I’m tempted to overindulge in something unhealthy.  I’m going to support Mary’s Meals which is set up by Martha who is a school girl who blogged about her school dinners and became so popular that she was able to raise a fortune for charity.  It actually takes very little to feed one child for a whole year so I’m going to commit to that from now on.  You can have a look at Mary’s meals and donate here too.

You can read how I lost my weight previously with green smoothies:


Comments

  1. Good feature. Probably should of done mine weekly, rather than daily, proving to be lots of work! I didn’t know you could have raw rhubard. Will get a stick and try this.

    • Thank you. Yes daily posts would be a lot of hard work, don’t know how you find the time. I’ve loved reading what you’ve been eating and about your weight loss too. Yes I didn’t know that you could eat it raw until recently. I buy mine frozen (in ASDA) as it is cheaper, pre-chopped and can get it out of season. It’s one of my favourite smoothies. I adore rhubarb!

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