What I ate Weekly 4: Smoothies for weight loss case study

What I ate Weekly 4 smoothies for weight loss

I am making quite good progress now on my journey to lose 33 pounds 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.

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 4 smoothies for weight lossThe fourth week on my healthy diet

Stats

  • Date:  30 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: 140 pounds (10 stones, 0 lbs, 63KG) I’m very happy now as I’m officially not overweight anymore.  Yay!  I still have a long way to go to get back to a slim healthier body.
  • 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: 2lb.  After only losing 1lb last week I was worried that my weight loss would slow down massively and it would end up taking me about half a year to lose all my weight if I carried on with that type of weight loss.  So I’m glad I’ve lost a bit more this week.
  • Total weight loss: 10lbs.  It’s reallly motivating to see the number of pounds lost really adding up after only 4 weeks.  I only have 23 more pounds to lose now.
  • Health improvements: This week I’m actually feeling a lot more positive.  After having a baby I felt very down probably because I was so exhausted and had no chance to catch up on sleep.  I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Exercise taken: Just more short walks with my heavy double buggy.

All the food I ate this week:

I’ve been clearing out my small freezer this week so I can defrost it, so I’ve been eating a lot more of the same types of evening meals but I have been experimenting a lot with my Green Thickies this week and have made some gorgeous creations.  I’ll be sharing the recipes with you at a later date so let me know which ones you want the recipes for.

I start my week on a Tuesday as I get my shopping on Monday and prepare my food for the following day.  This is everything I ate this week:

Tuesday:

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Pure Fruit & Veg Green Thickie for breakfast and 1 serving for lunch.  I’ve been experimenting more with different carbs in my green thickies and this time I used cooked sweet potato.  It was very fresh tasting as the sweetness just came from the fruit, no sweeteners. (This recipe isn’t on my blog yet)

Just Fruit and Veg Sweet Potato Peach and Apricot Smoothie

Dinner: Pasta in a tomato sauce with roasted vegetables.  I had some batches of pasta sauce in my freezer to use up and I served it with wholewheat pasta and a packet of freezer vegetables to roast.  This is such a quick meal and tastes great.  You can find the recipe here if you want.  It’s so quick to make.

Pasta with tomato sauce and roasted veg

Wednesday:

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Blackcurrant and Vanilla Green Thickie for breakfast and 1 serving for lunch. (Recipe not on my blog yet)  This tastes just like a sugary UK drink called Ribena.  I’ve heard that in the states people don’t really drink cordial so if you don’t know what I’m talking about, cordial is a concentrated sugary drink that you dilute with water and kids love it here.  Anyway, this was my first experiment with blackcurrants and it tasted absolutely gorgeous and just look at that colour!

Vanilla and Blackcurrant Smoothie

 

Dinner: Speedy Hummus and Mango Salad Wrap: I keep my wraps in the freezer and this meal couldn’t be quicker. It will be in my new ebook.  This time I added strawberries to it and I loved the colours in this meal.

Speedy Hummus and Mango Wrap

Thursday:

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Fruity Beetroot Hidden Greens Green Thickie for breakfast and 1 serving for lunch. (Recipe not yet published) If you want to turn your green smoothie pink, just add a bit of raw beetroot to it.

Fruity Beetroot Hidden Greens Smoothie Green Thickie

Appetite For Reduction 125 Fast and Filling Low Fat Vegan Recipes BookDinner: Tortilla Soup with a homemade wholewheat pitta bread and a big green salad.  I forgot to get a photo of this meal but this tortilla soup is absolutely gorgeous.  I have made this recipe so many times and I never get sick of it.  It’s in one of my favourite vegan books for losing weight.  I made every single recipe in this book to lose weight with my first baby and loved most of the recipes.  Have a look at it on Amazon.  The reviews speak for themselves.

Friday:

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Lavender and Blueberry green thickie for breakfast and 1 serving for lunch.  (Recipe not available yet) A gorgeous fragrant smoothie.

Lavender and Blueberry Smoothie Green Thickie

Dinner: Some more White Bean Chili from my freezer.

Mushroom & White Bean Chilli and Rice

Saturday:

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Mango and Passionfruit smoothie for breakfast and 1 serving for lunch. (Recipe not yet published) This smoothie is so good I made it every day for about a month after my baby was born.

Mango and Passionfruit smoothie

Dinner: Chips and Beans.  I’d had one of those days where everything had gone wrong and by the evening I had no willpower left and just wanted a treat, so chips and baked beans it was.  I also had no willpower for taking photos either.

Sunday:

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Merry Cherry Smoothie (Green Thickie) for breakfast and 1 serving for lunch.

Merry Cherry Smoothie with hidden greens

Dinner: Satay Noodles Stir Fri.  I love how quick this recipe is too.

Satay Noodles Stir Fri

Monday:

Breakfast and Lunch: 1 serving of Peach and Orange Juice Green Thickie for breakfast and 1 serving for lunch.

Peach and Orange Juice Smoothie Green Thickie

Dinner: BBQ Tofu and Spicy Scallops.  Another recipe from my upcoming ebook.  I just adore this recipe and could literally eat it every day of the week.  The only problem is it’s gone too quickly!

BBQ Tofu Spicy Scallops

If you want any of the recipes I’ve not yet published, please subscribe to my email list and I’ll let you know when they are available.  Please tell me which ones you want to see on my blog in the comments below.

You can read last week’s post here where I also tell you how I am losing weight for charity.

On an unrelated note, I set up an email subscription list about a year ago which 5046 people subscribed to.  (Thank you!) I recently learned that my provider hadn’t been sending a single email out to anybody on my list which is not so good.  So I’ve changed providers now.  Unfortunately that means that everyone on my list has to confirm their subscription again to my list to receive any emails from me.  So if that includes you, I’m very sorry about that and I would appreciate you confirming your subscription again.

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Comments

  1. Katherine, They all sound very yummy. Lavender in a smoothie sounds good. Look forward to that one.

  2. Wow that’s amazing! Do you not snack at all? I find it hard to stick it 3 meals a day as i am up by 7:30/8am and only go to bed at 12. Also for smoothie meals 1 and 2, can it be two different smoothies or the same like you have been doing? Thanks for all this info and great job on your weight loss!

    • Thanks Rena. No I don’t snack as I don’t have time as I’m so busy with the kids. I’ve also got used to eating less so I’m not hungry either. I know what you mean about finding it hard to stick to 3 meals. I am usually up at 6am but I actually wait until about 10am to have my first smoothie as I’m not usually hungry when I first get up. I then have my second smoothie about 2-3pm when I’m getting hungry again. Then I can last until 7 or 8pm to have dinner when the kids are in bed. I often don’t get to bed until very late too but I’m usually so busy in the evenings catching up on work and chores that I don’t think about snacking. When I used to watch TV all evening I would snack more probably out of boredum. Yes smoothie meals can be totally different. I just have the same one as it takes less time to make one big smoothie rather than 2 different ones.

  3. Hi Katherine…looking forward to new smoothie recipes, esp the Lavender and Blueberry, also the Peach and O.J. Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

  4. Oh my goodness! I can’t wait for the Blackcurrant and Vanilla recipe! I spent a summer in Scotland and completely fell in love with the Ribena! It is the one thing I so wish I could import!

    • That’s interesting that you tried it and loved it. My husband loves it too and if truth be told I also love it but I don’t drink it because of all the refined sugar in it. So I’m very happy I’ve found a great alternative myself. Can you get blackcurrants where you live?

  5. Great post – Love all the pictures. Need to try some of this! <3

  6. Jenny$1983 says:

    The Merry Cherry! My favourite! :) Honestly, I’d like to see all of the recipes :D But especially the mango and passionfruit smoothie, I just love frozen mango in smoothies, and I’d like to branch out and try more exotic fruits – eat more of the rainbow, heheh.

    I can’t see the harm in the odd plate of chips and beans! Congratulations on more weight loss :)

  7. Hi,
    I am one of those that signed up for emails many months ago and didn’t receive any. I recently re-signed up and am looking forward to the mini e-course. When will that be available? I just had a baby 3wks ago today and am looking forward to getting 25lbs off from pregnancy.
    Thanks,
    Lori

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