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Week 19 - the week where I was burdened with guilt

Week 19: Monday 17th May - Sunday 23rd May 2021

This week starts with feelings of 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 that I didn't get away with it after all. The sweet treats have well and truly landed on my body.

It's fine. It was just one small digression. I can get back on track this week.

And I will get back on track.

My guilty feelings and my determination to 'get back on track' with things results in a Monday morning trip to the supermarket to stock up on healthy things. I buy oranges and bananas for healthy snacking between meals. I also buy a tonne of vegetables with the intention of making another vegetable soup this week.

After the food shopping I head to a local lake for a jogging session. I'm determined to burn off some of those sweet-treat calories, so I keep the pace fast and furious, with just an occasional few stops to admire and take photos of ducks, geese and goslings.

My PT sessions are on Thursday and Friday this week. On Thursday we're in the gym - but Friday's session, I am promised, will be an outdoor session.

A wild night

The weather on Thursday night is wild.

It is somehow so soothing to drift asleep to the sounds of the howling winds and battering rain. I awake on Friday morning feeling refreshed by an awesome night of sleep, and feeling energised by the stormy weather that is still raging outside.

I arrive to meet my PT.

"We're indoors today," he says, looking up doubtfully at the weather.

"Oh no! Really?" I exclaim, with disappointment. "I'd been looking forward to being outside!"

He agrees that we can do the session outside if I really want to. And I do really want to! As we walk over to the beautiful park area where the session is taking place, I explain to him how the wind and rain is so energising, and how I loved falling asleep to the sounds of the wind and rain the night before.

"Energising!!! " he mutters, with bemusement.

He is hunched over and hiding in his hoodie. I get the feeling that he doesn't appreciate the wild weather in the same way that I do. I think he thinks it is just wet, windy and cold.

The session is fun and refreshing, the main challenge being trying not to allow my yoga mat to get blown away by a gust of wind.

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This week I have been eating...

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. A cup of black coffee.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Two poached eggs on buttered brown toast.

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

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

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

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

Snack: A banana.

Lunch: Two poached eggs on buttered brown toast.

Snack: An orange.

Dinner: Chicken with tomato, garlic and mushroom courgetti (homemade replication of Monday night's Mindful Chef recipe, as I loved it so much).

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

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

Snack: One spoonful of grain free granola mix. An orange.

Lunch: Two poached eggs on buttered brown toast.

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

Dinner: Chicken with tomato, garlic and mushroom courgetti (homemade replication of Monday night's Mindful Chef recipe, as I loved it so much).

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. A cup of black coffee.

Snack: A banana.

Lunch: Mindful Chef's tomato and butter bean bake with verbena yoghurt. (one third of a two portion recipe).

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

Dinner: Mindful Chef's creamy turkey and sundried tomato pesto casserole.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. A cup of black coffee.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Mindful Chef's tomato and butter bean bake with verbena yoghurt. (one third of a two portion recipe).

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

Dinner: Mindful Chef's creamy turkey and sundried tomato pesto casserole.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. A cup of black coffee.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Mindful Chef's tomato and butter bean bake with verbena yoghurt. (one third of a two portion recipe).

Snack: One banana. One orange. Two spoonfuls of grain free granola mix.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's Honey sesame chicken with pak choi fried rice.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Muesli with oat milk. A cup of black coffee.

Snack: One banana.

Lunch: Two poached eggs on buttered brown toast.

Snack: One banana. One orange. Two spoonfuls of grain free granola mix.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's Honey sesame chicken with pak choi fried rice.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Up next - my weight loss journey week 20...

My Weight Loss Journey - the week where I met a duck
One of the best things about going to the gym is definitely not the gym itself, but instead the fact that there is a nature reserve just a few minutes walk away.

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