Over the past few months, my weight has been bothering me a bit. A few times, I’ve decided it was time to go on a diet, but something always gets in the way. A birthday, a meal with friends or just a nice bottle of cider on a Friday night. And that’s why I’m not going on a diet.
I know lots of people do fabulously well with meal replacement or low calorie diets, but they’re really not for me. So, I tried to eat a bit more sensibly – I decided I needed a lifestyle change rather than a diet. There’s nothing worse than being hungry.
Not going on a diet – making a change
So I made a few small changes. Firstly, my husband and I both decided that we wouldn’t drink during the week anymore. On the rare occasions that I’m sitting downstairs in the evening, we get some nice soft drinks in. I was lucky enough to be sent some vouchers to try POM Wonderful, 100% pomegranate juice.
The taste of POM is really lovely, just like a fresh pomegranate. It’s the perfect drink for the evenings and I don’t find myself wanting a glass of wine during the week anymore, this is a perfect non-alcoholic replacement. It is also free from additives and preservatives, meaning it is much healthier than many other soft drinks, but it does have to be kept refrigerated.
The other downfall for me in terms of my diet, is the fact that I pick at snacks during the afternoon when I’m working, and again if ever I manage to spend some time sitting downstairs in the evenings. We used to buy crisps and chocolate to snack on, but we’ve recently switched to Wonderful Pistachios and Wonderful Almonds, both of which were also sent to us to try out.
These nuts are the perfect healthy snacks, and ideal for parties too. They come in natural, salted and salt and pepper flavours, with the pistachios having a sweet chilli option too. I really enjoyed them all, but the salt and pepper ones were definitely my favourite, they were a bit addictive.
I’ve discovered a new way to serve pistachios too – a cup and saucer makes the perfect serving dish, because then you have somewhere to put the shells.
So with all these healthy habits forming, I started to lose a little bit of weight, and feel a bit more energetic. So energetic in fact, that I’ve signed up for my first ultra-marathon, a 50 mile coast path run in October. I’m bracing myself for well-meaning comments about me being mad, but it’s the right thing for me.
I’ve always wanted to do an ultra-marathon, but there has always been a reason not to. And finally, I’ve realised that if I don’t make time in my life to do it now, I’ll be one of those people with a dream that never seems to materialise. So, I had a word with myself and I’m just going to get on and do it.
I’m running in the mornings with Bubbles now, and we’re quickly getting into the habit of just getting up and going for a run. Dragging myself out of bed early is definitely the hardest part, but when we get onto the hills I realise I’ve done the right thing.
I think it’s easy as a mum to feel like your days of grand challenges and achievements are behind you. But I’ve realised that I’m not done yet, my time is now. And I’m going to make my children proud.
Please note, the POM Wonderful juice, Wonderful pistachios and Wonderful almonds were sent to me for the purpose of a blog post. I will definitely be buying more to fuel my running though, I seem to be constantly starving now I’m exercising so much! All views, opinions, images, large appetites and grand challenges are my own.