The January diet season

It’s January and it feels like half the world is on a diet. I may be the only exception to the rule at work, and I am easily the biggest member of staff by quite a long way! But I refuse to conform to the idea that January means diets. I know I need to lose weight, and have a whole host of reasons why I should and I will do it. I don’t really have much choice now as my size has become a definite health issue.

The problem I have with January being diet season is the fact that everybody feels rubbish in January anyway. Most people have no money because they over spend at Christmas. We all over indulge and over eat over the festive period. The nights are dark and cold and wet and summer still feels a very long way off. The last thing we need is to be told by every magazine, newspaper and TV programme out there that we’re fat and we need to eat rabbit food and slave away for hours in the gym to get what they deem is the ‘perfect’ body. Arghhhh!!! It makes me so cross.

I will be starting a weight loss regime soon. I have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic and also have PCOS which is out of control at the moment so I have to do it. But I need to be in the right frame of mind. I refuse to call it a diet, because psychologically that sounds horrible. Instead our family is starting a healthy eating plan. We will cook from scratch every day, avoid takeaways, not buy fizzy pop and will make the effort to do some form of exercise as a family at least once a week.

I’ve made plans for this change to start on 1st February. I needed January to be out of the way first. For a start we were brought loads of junk food as gifts and I wanted to get that out of the house. Some has come into work with me, some has been eaten and some has been re-gifted to others. I also wanted to plan properly so I knew I would stick to it.

I’ve written a meal plan for the whole of February that is both simple and healthy. I haven’t assigned set meals to a set day yet. We’re going to have a surprise and pick 7 meals out of a pot and have them each week. However, our Tesco order of all the staple foods we will need for the month has been placed and is coming on 30th January (I’m in London with work on 31st so can’t come then) ready for us to start  on 1st Feb.

Healthy eating seems to come with a hefty price tag though! Our shopping came to nearly £200. It was very painful checking it out. It probably would be cheaper for us to go to Aldi or Lidl but this month it was convenient to get Tesco to deliver it. That week is ridiculously busy in our house. Hopefully the £200 worth of food coming from Tesco means I will only need to buy fresh things each week. That is the plan anyway. We will see if the reality works. One good thing about doing the food shopping online is that I’ve only put things we need into the basket. No sneaky treats have made it into the order.

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