Ritu’s Healthy Eating – 13 Tips I Learned Over The Last Year – #icandothis

Well hello, Peeps!

I can’t believe that a year has passed since I decided to change a few things about my life, to lose weight. I set my target and my own little hashtag #icandothis, and went on my way!

52 weeks later, I am happier, healthier, and though not at the target I set myself, I am pleased with what I see in the mirror!

There are many articles and posts out there which will claim to give you miracle ways to lose weight.

I can’t do that, but as I have managed to successfully lose weight, and generally maintain the bulk of that loss, I think there are a few hints I can give, that would help anyone during their journey. As I said, I can’t promise anything, but I can support!

  1. Set yourself a realistic goal – This is so important. I started my journey convinced that I needed to lose two stones in order to be happy with myself. But I was also aware of the fact that, unless I lost limbs, two stone would take time to achieve, especially if I wanted to keep it off. A pound or two a week, slow and steady was what I aimed for. When I lost those two stone in total, I also realised it was too much, so I decided my goal and now have a realistic ideal weight to try and keep at!
  2. Try new things – Since starting Slimming World to aid my weight loss, I have been introduced to a few new things food-wise. Some are not exotic, but just items of food I previously turned my nose up at, such as prawns, fish and cottage cheese! Seriously, I had a big barrier up against them, but I decided to bite the bullet and try them because there are so many weight loss benefits to me opening up my food world. And I discovered Quark. What? You haven’t heard of Quark? It’s a mild soft cheese made from skimmed milk, so is fat-free. I have used it to make pancakes, as an addition to sauces to give them a creamy texture, and sweetened, used it like cream with fruit!
  3. Learn to recognise when you have reached your ‘enough’ level – Control your portion sizes. We sometimes fool ourselves into thinking we are hungrier than we actually are. Take a little less and leave some for later. You will often find that you didn’t need the extra anyway, and a bonus is that you have leftovers that are healthy and mean you don’t need to cook the next day!
  4. Batch cook – When you are planning your meals, you may find it easier to make large batches of certain dishes, which you can then portion up and freeze. This means that if you are feeling lazy, you always have a stash of healthy meals ready, and no excuse for reaching for the takeaway menus!
  5. Treat yourself before you reach breaking point on your cravings – When you are trying to cut out certain items, then you ‘slip’, that slip can be of epic proportions. I know. I have been so good for weeks, then eaten a whole large tub of Haagen Dazs ice cream, or a whole pack of biscuits. Then felt sick afterwards. I didn’t really need to, but the thought of eating these forbidden goodies, drove me to distraction! I ended up nibbling something naughty every day. A little treat meant I wasn’t denying myself, and I was able to control my cravings
  6. Try and weigh yourself every week at the same time – I have been pretty good at this every week. I know that I will be weighing in on a Friday morning. I go to the loo and stand on the scales before eating or drinking anything. I found that this regularity was most important. Having been one of those people who weighed themselves morning and night, every morning, I have seen how the natural fluctuations of your body reflect on your scales. If you are really serious about losing weight, seeing the ups and downs that happen can be disheartening, but the fact is, if you weigh your self regularly, at the same time, you will get a much better reflection of what your diet and lifestyle is doing to you, weight-wise.
  7. Present your meals well – if things look appetising, you’ll enjoy eating them more! If you follow me on Instagram ( @phantom_giggler ) you’ll see that I have taken to photographing my food. And I try to make every meal, no matter how simple, look good. It makes it taste better too!
  8. Add some physical activity to your day – A walk, an exercise class, a DVD at home; they all count! Whatever you do on an average day, try to add half an hour of heartbeat raising activity to it, and it will help to increase your fitness, and aid with any weight loss. I used my exercise bike, and even joined a dance class!
  9. Don’t beat yourself up if you have an off day – We all slip at some point. Really. It happens to the best of us. Instead of wallowing, and getting stuck in a rut of overeating again, whilst mourning that one off day, put a line under it. And start again the next day. It may mean a gain that week, but it will spur you on to do better the next week. Sometimes you know you will have an off period. It may be to do with a special occasion or a holiday you’re going on. Just remember, the eating habits of one day, or even a few, shouldn’t affect your whole journey if you know it is for just that period of time.
  10. Having someone to partner up with you on the journey helps – Not everyone is supportive, or understands why you are on your journey to change your health and weight. Some are pretty flippant about it and that flippancy can put you off even trying. But if you have a friend or family member who is going through the same thing, you can support and help each other, regardless of the views of others.
  11. Be strong – Sometimes, you are going to have to learn to say no. Or you have to stand by your guns and choose something to eat or drink that wouldn’t be your first choice. You need to envisage the new ‘you’ that is going to emerge, once you hit your target, and order that baked potato with no butter, instead of fries, or have a salad instead of a bowl of creamy pasta! In my case, it was saying no to the numerous takeaways that my Hubby Dearest was wanting to order, convinced he was helping me, by arranging food so I didn’t have to cook. That was probably one of the biggest factors in my weight gain, so I became very adept at using that No!
  12. Be accountable to someone – This was something that really spurred me on! And who was I accountable to? Obviously to myself, but the biggest other force was YOU! Knowing I had committed to posting about my journey every week meant I wanted to be posting good news to you all, instead of gains, and excuses as to why I slipped… again! And it helped me so much!
  13. Still know you can have fun! – This week, I am totally having fun. I am eating semi-healthy, but there are times I am totally letting go. If I want crisps, I will eat them, if that ice cream calls my name, I will answer. But I am relaxing. It is my break away. I know that as long as I stick to the tips above when I go back to normal life next week, I’ll be back on track. The odd gain here and there is to be expected, as long as it isn’t every week!

And there you have it, the 13 things that I learned over this last year! I do hope some of these tips helps any of you in the same situation as me!

Have a happy and healthy week Peeps!

88 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tikeetha T
    Aug 14, 2017 @ 16:02:41

    Congratulations! Great tips.

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  2. Jools
    Aug 13, 2017 @ 15:08:38

    A brilliant set of tips, Ritu, and a great post – I heartily endorse what you say and have found many of your tips very helpful on my own healthy weight-loss journey. You’re looking great on it too!!

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  3. ellenbest24
    Aug 12, 2017 @ 16:11:39

    Well done you. Are the dates on the two pics of you correct? Both 2016 … Anyway well done you are the fabulous person you always were but tripply confident looking fantastic and… you can eat chips!!!

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  4. Becca Barracuda
    Aug 12, 2017 @ 15:46:40

    You look fab, Ritu! Good for you! Your food does always look delish on Instagram! I’ve always wondered, though, what the hashtag “swuk” means. Also, when I started following you on Instagram, I discovered the beauty of hard boiled eggs, toast, and berries for brekkie! πŸ™‚

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  5. johncoyote
    Aug 12, 2017 @ 11:10:45

    I agree. Proper diet and positive mind. Both needed to be healthy. Worthwhile wisdom shared.

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  6. Lucy Mitchell
    Aug 12, 2017 @ 08:26:44

    You are such an inspiration Ritu!

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  7. cookandenjoyrecipes
    Aug 12, 2017 @ 03:44:57

    Awesome and well done, you look radiant and lovely

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  8. Rae Longest
    Aug 12, 2017 @ 00:49:55

    I am sharing this with a friend who I hope will be my accountability partner.

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  9. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 18:29:41

    Well done Ritu you look amazing. Great tips and glad to hear the odd ice-cream is allowed! Xx

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  10. Terri Webster Schrandt
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 16:11:03

    Excellent advice for anyone, Ritu! It obviously works for you, you look great!

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  11. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 16:01:29

    LOVE these suggestions! One of my favorite things to do, is to batch cook. In fact, everyone in the house, here, does. So we always have several choices of meals in the freezer. No excuses when we can find something healthy and tasty as close as the chill chest!

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  12. fitfullandfree
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 15:49:19

    Really well summarized- thanks girl and congrats on all your success!

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  13. syl65
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 14:24:40

    Cheers Sister to your year long and continuing journey of healthy eating and a healthier You!! πŸ™πŸ’œ

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  14. Kaiya
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 14:18:15

    You look happy and healthy! I’m new to following your blog, but I’m feeling very inspired to stick to my healthier eating habits! Exercising regularly is harder, but I’m trying and will keep at it. Thank you for being so open about your struggles and progress. xx

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  15. Judy E Martin
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 14:12:10

    Congratulations, Sis. you have not only done well, but you have inspired others to do so too. I love your practical advice and your food always lookss so appetising πŸ™‚

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  16. vanbytheriver
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 13:16:25

    Congrats to you, Ritu. How lovely that you have shared so much here throughout your journey. I especially enjoyed your meal photos. Be proud of your success, you provide such inspiration to others.

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  17. willowdot21
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 12:45:11

    Well done SisπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸ’—πŸ’—πŸΎπŸŒΉπŸŒΉπŸŒΉπŸ’œ

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  18. Swapnil Pandey
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 09:23:13

    Ohh myyy gawwwdddd… Ritu you looking gorgeous

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  19. Osyth
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 09:08:28

    😊

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  20. Osyth
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 08:46:24

    You have done so well and the greatest thing is your intention to continue this new lifestyle which you and your family are benefiting from. You look amazing. Absolutely stunning and I want to thank you for the inspiration you have given others, including me. After I broke my leg last year, I inevitably gained weight …. forced inactivity depressed me and guess what I decided would fix it? But following your progress spurred me earlier this year and I am now happier with my weight than I have been in years. Each on of your 13 advices is so helpful and I wish you a lifetime of happiness in your healthy body from the bottom of my heart πŸ’•

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    • Ritu
      Aug 11, 2017 @ 09:03:37

      I’m so glad you’ve managed a successful journey too! I always tbink that if your story can help another then it is truly worth shsting. I’m humbled tgat I have been able to help you along! Your encouragement along the way has spurred me on too! πŸ’—

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  21. Roseanne
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 08:28:12

    Thank you for the tips! I’ve been struggling to lose weight so this is really helpful.

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  22. The Indecisive Eejit
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 08:19:26

    Goodness, when you put those photos together it’s really noticeable as opposed to is seeing single pics, if you know what I mean.

    That’s some achievement πŸ™‚

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  23. mistimaan
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 07:56:40

    Thanks for this wonderful tips….being a foodie it would be quite helpful to me. By the way you are looking gorgeous πŸ™‚

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  24. foodzesty
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 07:18:26

    Congrats!! you look fantastic πŸ˜‰

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  25. Miriam Hurdle
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 06:40:20

    Congratulations, Ritu. You made it – a year. You look just great!!! You have a strong will and you are a success story!

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  26. josypheen
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 05:36:48

    Go Ritu!
    I think your way of doing your best, but not beating yourself up when things go a bit wrong is the best way to diet. You are looking amazing lady!

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  27. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 05:34:26

    Great tips, Ritu – thanks for sharing, and CONGRATULATIONS! SO glad you decided to keep those two limbs – lol. πŸ™‚
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  28. robbiesinspiration
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 05:28:20

    You have done so well, Ritu. Congratulations!

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  29. Michael Medlen
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 05:27:04

    Congrats on your success. That transformation from July to December is amazing.

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  30. shiva
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 05:09:07

    Nice looking… Great effort, I think lot girls ask your personal contacts because those not ready to get help openly.. Because those saying I’m always smart.

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  31. scotcheather
    Aug 11, 2017 @ 05:05:47

    I’m 60. A year ago I started eating Paleo and about 6 months ago I added Intermittent Fasting. I’ve never felt better in my whole life. I wish that I would have made these changes 30 years ago.

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    Aug 11, 2017 @ 05:03:30

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negroβ„’.

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