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Week 18 - the week where I was really, really bad

Week 18: Monday 10th May - Sunday 16th May 2021

On Saturday morning I wake feeling low on energy.

I decide that I'm in need of a day of self-care, to restore myself and my energy levels, so I start my day with a 20 minute Yoga With Kassandra morning routine.

A 20 minute morning Yin Yoga stretch

Yoga is amazing!

After just 20 minutes of stretching and focusing on my breathing, I'm already starting to feel some energy and life returning to my body.

A riverside walk

After this, I take a walk along the river, further restoring my energy levels with the sights, sounds and scents of nature. Along the way, I meet a pair of bright-eyed ducks. After a few seconds, one of the ducks seems to see something very important across the river. He looks up, lengthens his neck, and starts 'quacking' quite urgently, before they both take off to investigate.

With the ducks gone, I continue my journey along the river, making my way to the local garden centre, where I intend to treat myself to new pretty soaps and new smelly candles (since discovering yoga, I have realised that no yoga session is complete without scented candles!)

An overwhelming desire to be bad

Whilst at the garden centre I find myself overcome with an overwhelming desire.

I find myself overcome with the desire to go wild and indulge in something that I know I'm not supposed to. I've been so good for such a long time. I've been religiously following my Mindful Chef eating plan, whilst only ever snacking on things like fruit, or nuts.

I deserve a treat! I deserve to be bad!

I feel my eyes lighting up with eagerness and anticipation, as I approach the 'artisan chocolate' counter. There are so many different chocolates on display and I just can't decide which ones I should get. I end up ordering one of almost all of the chocolates on display. Next, I head to the freezer section, where I ravenously fill my shopping bag with frozen, 'ready-to-bake' chocolate cookies and Danish pastries.

When I arrive home, I settle down to devour my treats, along with a cup of tea and a relaxing, smelly candle.

A long, relaxing bath

My Saturday self-care day ends with a long, relaxing bath, where I test out my newly purchased soaps. This is followed by doing another Yoga with Kassandra video, where I get to test out my new smelly candles.

45 minute sacral chakra yoga

More weight loss!

On Sunday morning I awake feeling refreshed and energised.

My self-care day has clearly been a success.

I step onto the scales - expecting my weight to have completely exploded due to the treats I ate yesterday. However, I'm pleasantly surprised that, despite being a greedy pig on Saturday, my weight has actually decreased slightly. I'm sure that it will catch up with me eventually - but for now I feel smug in the knowledge that I ate 'bad' things on Saturday and didn't get fat!

Later on Sunday afternoon I decide that if I'm going to be bad, I might as well let myself go, and be really, really bad. So I finish the weekend with another course of chocolates, another cookie, and another Danish pastry, all washed down with a cup of tea.

Closing thoughts on this week

I've really enjoyed the feeling of being bad this weekend - but from tomorrow morning I will be back to being strictly good and healthy!

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This week I have been eating...

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. Two cups of black coffee.

Snack: Another small bowl of muesli with oat milk. A small bowl of plain greek yoghurt with grain free granola mix.

Lunch: Mindful Chef's Herby falafels on shakshuka with tahini (one third of a two portion recipe).

Snack: A cup of tea with a dash of milk. A banana.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's turkey kiev with mustard parsnip mash.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. Two or three cups of black coffee thoughout the morning.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Mindful Chef's Herby falafels on shakshuka with tahini (one third of a two portion recipe).

Snack: A cup of tea with a dash of milk. A small bowl of plain greek yoghurt with grain free granola mix.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's turkey kiev with mustard parsnip mash.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. Two or three cups of black coffee thoughout the morning.

Snack: Another small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Lunch: Mindful Chef's Herby falafels on shakshuka with tahini (one third of a two portion recipe).

Snack: None today.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's chicken huevos rancheros, avocado and tomato salsa.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. Two or three cups of black coffee thoughout the morning.

Snack: Another small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Lunch: Two poached eggs with one piece of buttered brown toast.

Snack: Two cups of tea, each with a dash of milk. Two spoonfuls of grain free granola mix.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's chicken huevos rancheros, avocado and tomato salsa.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. Two or three cups of black coffee thoughout the morning.

Snack: Two spoonfuls of grain free granola mix.

Lunch: Baked beans on one piece of buttered brown toast.

Snack: Two cups of tea, each with a dash of milk.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's baked Turkish meatballs with tahini aubergine dip.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. Two or three cups of black coffee thoughout the morning.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Baked beans on one piece of buttered brown toast.

Snack: Two cups of tea, each with a dash of milk. A chocolate cookie. A danish pastry. Several small 'artisan' chocolates (I was bad today!)

Dinner: Mindful Chef's baked Turkish meatballs with tahini aubergine dip.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. Two or three cups of black coffee thoughout the morning.

Snack: Three small 'artisan' chocolates.

Lunch: Baked beans on one piece of buttered brown toast.

Snack: Three cups of tea, each with a dash of milk. A chocolate cookie. A chocolate croissant. A danish pastry. (I was very, very bad again today!)

Dinner: Mindful Chef's chicken with tomato, garlic and mushroom courgetti.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Up next - my weight loss journey week 19...

My Weight Loss Journey - the week where I was burdened with guilt
On Monday morning I step on the scales to find that those sweet treats from the weekend have finally caught up with me. My weight is up by around half a kilo. My smugness from the weekend melts away, as I realise...

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