My ever pertaining weight problem has started bugging me again. I have been complaining about it for way too long but been absolutely lazy to do anything about it. Same thing happened when we were in Nottingham and one fine day i just put my foot down and decided to go on a diet. So after tonnes of research i decided on the South Beach Diet because i thought it was easy. It didn't restrict me on the amount of food taken in and sounded much easier compared to the GM diet and Weight Watchers. It was a three phase diet and you gradually increase the variety of food you can take in. I followed various blogs and forums to get easy recipes and found them really helpful. I convinced Ro also to follow the diet, mainly because i wouldn't have to prepare two sets of meals. We missed the potatoes, rice, breads and the occasional wine, but soon was into it full swing. Ro threw tantrums at times and so we used to go easy once in a while. And then at the end of phase two we left to India unexpectedly on a one month break and there, it all went for a toss. Its impossible to stay on your diet while visiting home. Also, after one year of the wife's tasteless cooking anyone would want to hog on food made my moms.. Ro freaked out on mallu food and at the table i used to roll my eyes asking him to go easy. My mom in law probably thought i was starving him to death back in England or something, I'm sure.
Came back to London and since we were in a hotel for close to three weeks, it was impossible to follow a diet. Moved into the apartment and still i ignored the 'eat healthy, keep fit' mantra. Last week i tried on a tank top and it look hideous, i almost cried. So while we were grocery shopping I picked up a Low GI Diet Cook book (Ro sneaked in a dessert recipe book as well) and decided to eat healthy. The diet book is still in its cover, but i tried two desserts already (If i haven't mentioned this before..i love baking esp. cakes, cookies and pies). I'm not a pro at it mainly because i don't have the patience and half way through i just want it to somehow end.
Yesterday i woke up early (actually coz Ro was on a conference call and he was too loud) and was full of energy. Made breakfast for Ro and a sandwich for lunch (all the way reminding him how wonderful a wife i was and he's so lucky blah blah). But after a while i kinda started getting restless and so bugged Ro while he was working and then he told me not to wake up so early tomorrow onwards and its ok if I'm not the dutiful wife. Duh! so much for all the enthusiasm. But anyways, after he left i actually cooked lunch (i usually have just an apple or something) because i stumbled upon a sausage fried rice recipe from sigsiv's blog and it made my stomach growl. Did a few adjustments here and there and ta daaaa...i had a yummy lunch. Then there was no looking back. I prepared an elaborate dinner (elaborate according to me would be three items max including rice obviously because its a hard-ass job) and i was still in high spirits for a change. I didn't wish for the genie this time. Strange!
These days we have an early dinner. Ro comes back home cranky and serving him dinner immediately would make life easy for both of us. By about 8.00 we were done and i was still so enthu i decided to go for a jog (dragged Ro also). It was still bright and nice and there were fellow joggers. I was pooped by the time i did half a mile and then decided on brisk walking. We discovered a Yacht Club with a restaurant and an Eco park right on the river bank (I am ashamed to say that we discovered all this only after a month of moving in. Ro is into sailing and rowing and so we have decided to check on membership etc.). Got back home with an aching leg and back and worse, an aching conscience of being out of shape (literally). So out came the Low GI recipe book and I shortlisted a few easy recipes. I'm determined to get back on track and will update you on how it went. Will post a few pics and recipes if they come out well.