Under Par... But Feeling Proud...
October 16, 2015
I’m afraid this week’s offering is a little short on words. I’m feeling rather “under par” at the moment as I’ve been stricken with (in my Doctor’s words) “a nasty bout of tonsillitis”. I’ve been feeling very sorry for myself, done no exercise since Monday and have eaten very little. However…
What I have eaten has been utterly WLR compliant. I know this because Lovely Husband went on a shopping expedition to find foodstuff that doesn’t “scratch” my fragile throat. Scrambled eggs were top of his list… (and he cooks it beautifully for me... all proper and in a pan) but he made sure he knew exactly what weight of egg and what amount of milk was in the pan... and logged it all on our little kitchen notebook (I’m afraid we’re rather “old school”).
He also came back with some very delicious “just add water” instant porridge. The flavour was one of my favourite combinations (honey and vanilla)… but LH also confirmed that he had read the labels on all the other similar products available and whilst this wasn’t the lowest in calories (it was second lowest apparently) the fat and sugar content meant it was “better value” in terms of nutrition. He also told me he’d worked out what the calories would be if he made it with semi-skimmed milk rather than water… and I have to say it was utterly divine and just what my poorly throat needed.
It was only when I was sitting in bed feeling sorry for myself and LH brought up the scrambled eggs that I realised just how far both of us have come. Eighteen months neither of us would have given two hoots about what was in our food. We knew what we liked (.. mostly high fat, fast “ready meals”) and paid little attention to the nutritional value. Looking back, it really is no surprise that our waists expanded rapidly and our energy levels sank. Of course, with hindsight, LH has now got his illness to contend with and the medication has not helped his quest to trim down… but I had no such excuse. My weight gain was entirely down to poor habits and bad choices.
The astonishing thing is.… even feeling as rough as I do at the moment… I have no desire to reach for the foods that, in the past, were my source of comfort. Yes… some of that is because it hurts to eat.. but a great deal of it is because my habits have changed so much. Our freezer is full of plastic tubs.. all containing fabulous home-cooked meals (mostly courtesy of the WLR recipe database). We enjoy curry; pasta; casseroles.. just like we used to .. but now they contain a fraction of the calories and far far more in the way of healthy nutrients. We used to have Dominoes on speed dial. Now we make our own pizzas… and not only is a healthier way to enjoy one of our favourites.. it is also remarkably good fun. Between us we chop the ingredients, construct the pizza of our choice (.. you can’t go far wrong with ham and pineapple) and thoroughly enjoy the finished article. We may be a little bit biased but we both agree, it tastes far better than “takeaway”… and given the wait used to be 40 minutes… the home cooked version is often piping hot and ready to eat long before the Delivery Man would have arrived at our door.
I have been really surprised this week… I didn’t realise just how far I had come and just how much my habits (and those of LH) had changed until I had time to “properly” think about it. In the past a sore throat meant “go to the supermarket, by multiple tubs of ice-cream and then consume one whole tub at each sitting”. Not so now. My “must have” this week has been a little bit of pure orange juice which is diluted and then topped up with as much ice as my “running beaker” (tightly screwed lid and built-in straw) and hold. It stays icy cold for about five hours and when I’m too lethargic to move.. it is perfect for soothing my throat.
If you get the chance to just sit and think for a moment… look back at your own journey. You might be surprised at just how far you really have come without realising it. And if that is the case.. then give yourself a really big pat on the back. WLR is all about changing habits and making good choices… which sounds easy… but can actually be difficult to keep up. If you have managed to make even small changes for the better… that deserves to be celebrated.
Now if you’ll excuse me… a bit bottle of ice-cold orange and my duvet await…
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.
With a Hug … H14