This is the first week that I haven’t written my Stoptober blog post, as I’ve gone along. As such, its probably not going to be that accurate and I’m not going to really try and break it down into each day in the same way as the other posts.
Monday I headed out to London for the day. I was bad at lunch time as I discovered a “Five Guys” and ordered a bacon cheeseburger with grilled onions. However for dinner I had an M&S salad with an apple juice. I was having a bit of a rough day on Monday (I didn’t get the job I applied for – not even an interview) and the burger was sort of to cheer me up. It did work a little but the salad was to keep me feeling more positive for Stoptober as well.
By Tuesday we had a friend staying and I was worried this would lead to bad eating (as it usually means takeaway). Chris, Adam and I went out for a cooked breakfast at Morrisons, but then by the evening I actually forgot to eat again! In the end I had a couple of pate sandwiches and that was pretty good. The next day, Wednesday, it all paid off, as I lost another pound this week in my Weight Loss Wednesday weigh in. I was actually a bit surprised as I’ve eaten out so much this last week.
Wednesday I grabbed a slice of toast for breakfast and then realised around 2.30pm that I wasn’t going to eat again till late. While waiting to pick up Nat, I grabbed some chicken selects from McDonalds and it was a good job I did as dinner was at the Costa Bingo event we attended – where pizza was served around 8.30pm and I only managed to grab about three slices! The next day I picked the girls up from my mum’s house and ended up going out for a pub lunch. Though it was being bought for me, I picked a baguette (though it was Brie and Bacon) and refused chips!
By evening, Amy and her daughter had arrived and having had a bit of a rushed day, I wasn’t fussed at all about cooking for us all. In the end, I finally broke the last of my Stoptober stops – takeaway. While I had the odd McDonalds or Burger King, we had resisted ordering takeaway all October. However a day early, I caved and ordered us all takeaway. That said, I was pretty good and just had some chips and cheese – no burger or pizza in sight!
Finally it was Friday. I got a salad from Morrison’s for lunch, but didn’t end up eating it. Instead I had half a sausage roll (that Megan couldn’t manage) and a bacon/cheese twist that Chris had bought and looked too good to resist. The whole afternoon was spent making cakes and goodies for our Halloween, but I was pretty good and didn’t snack too much. By the evening I was fully expecting to blow all my Stoptober stops, but actually I wasn’t too bad! I didn’t have anything sweet, no cakes or donut spiders. I had chilli con carne, some nachos and some pizza. I also expected to drink copious amounts – but instead I had one very small and weak vodka and coke, then stuck to diet coke for the whole of the evening.
Overall, this week I haven’t really been that organised. In fact, I actually feel like I’ve been quite disorganised. I haven’t got half the stuff I wanted to get done, done. I haven’t really got much done all half term. To be honest, I’ve probably been less organised these two weeks, than the other three I was working for.
To sum up the whole month – Eating and drinking wise, having the ban has definitely helped. While it hasn’t stopped me breaking the rules occasionally, it has at least curbed my eating. I’ve felt incredibly organised for majority of the month and for the most part I want to continue with a lot of the planning work I’ve done for both my blog and for family meals. I let myself down a bit in half term, but at the same time I had a lot of things I needed to do, rather than wanted to do. I also needed a break and time to relax. I’m so glad I’ve participated in my own version of Stoptober. I’ll definitely be looking to do something like this again in the future.
Finally, a little mention to Megan and Lily. Both girls wanted to participate and they’ve done so well and I’m very proud of them. They’ve taken it very seriously and not broken it even once. Both girls gave up sweets after dinner, which is pretty much their only treat in a day. Usually if they finish their dinner they are allowed one thing from their sweet box. This month they have gone every single day without having something. Not only that, but Megan actually gave up sweets all together and she did great. I gave both girls £10 as a reward for doing so well!