How I plan to survive Easter

Easter can be challenging.




Like most Australian families, we have family get-togethers and chocolate.

LOTS OF CHOCOLATE !!!

And I love chocolate.

But since my journey to health, fitness and happiness started 43 weeks ago, I honestly can't remember eating any chocolate since.

Sure, I have dessert every night - Peter's Light Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, which has bits of chocolate cookies strewn throughout, but this is counted as a Dairy Unit on the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, not an Indulgence.

So I still get the enjoyment of chocolate, but without the monstrously high fat and sugar content of a chocolate bar or chocolate Easter Egg.

As some of our family live in Sydney, we don't see them very often and they are visiting for the Easter break, so I am sure we will share many meals that aren't focused on the healthy balanced portion controlled foods that I live by now.

But just like Baldrick of Blackadder fame... 




How I plan to survive Easter

Twelve months ago, before my journey started, I was eating at least one chocolate bar at least five days a week (hey... you don't reach 185.5 kilos by eating fruit for afternoon tea) !!!

I would also have a jumbo mocha with two sugars most mornings too (apparently there isn't enough sugar in a jumbo mocha already).

Yep, you could say I was addicted to chocolate.

But since starting my journey, I have banished it from my diet.
And guess what, I haven't really missed it.

But I know that it is my weakness, and if I start eating some, it is highly likely that I will not be able to control myself.... Especially at Easter.

Last year, I would have put my order in with the Easter Bunny, and I would have been rewarded with with a few of the Lindt Easter bunnies (not the one below, even I wasn't that much of a glutton).

Don't worry, I didn't buy or eat it !!!



This bad boy costs $80 !


And is a whopping 1 kilo in size !

This equals an astounding 54.2 indulgence points.
That's nearly two months of indulgences !


As you can see above, the Lindt Gold Bunnies, are an Indulgence - SURPRISE !!! 

As a big guy on Level 3 - I get two indulgence points per day, so this 1 kilo bunny has a whopping 27 days worth of Indulgences.

Anyway, I am sure you get my point.

Chocolate is yummy.
But...
Chocolate will NOT get me to my goal.


--- I haven't come this far to only come this far ! ---


So anyway, here are my five strategies for surviving Easter.
  • Think before eating - Will this food help me achieve my goal?
  • Enter new foods in food tracker BEFORE consuming
  • Be prepared for each and every meal
  • Maintain my current morning walk regime to six days a week for one hour
  • Maintain my resistance band workouts four to five days a week.

Strategy 1 - Think before eating - Will this food help me achieve my goal?
As I already have set menu plans for my week, I already know that I meet my daily food units with a balance of food from all food groups with portion control.

To ensure I stick to my menu plans and not over eat or eat poorly, I will be looking at everything I eat and ask the question - Will this food help me achieve my goal? 
This way, I will be making a clear decision on the foods I consume and help me make the right decision on if that food will bring me closer to my goal, or away from my goal.


Strategy 2- Enter new foods in food tracker BEFORE consuming
It is critical that I know full well of the consequences of new foods that are not in my menu plan BEFORE I consume them.
I need to make an informed decision that if I want to eat that hot cross bun or Easter chocolate, that I know how many calories (and indulgences) I am consuming and those consequences (no weight loss or possible weight gain).

For example, the Food Search shows the following
Hot Cross Bun - 209 calories - 2 indulgence points
- 15.4g of sugar (nearly 4 teaspoons), which is seven times the sugar of a wholemeal bread roll
- And that's not including the butter that I would want to pile on top

Lindt Gold Easter Bunny (White) - 567 calories - 5.6 indulgence points
- 54.9g of sugar (nearly 14 teaspoons)
- 35.5g of fat.

Normally, I would eat these without thinking and then be shocked when adding them to the tracker (or conveniently 'forget' to add them to the tracker).

Now I have committed to enter them in to the food tracker BEFORE consuming.
I am planning on this strategy helping me to stick to my healthy meal plans.


Strategy 3 - Be prepared for each and every meal
As we will be having many meals with our interstate visitors, it is highly likely that a lot of these meals will not be conducive to my health journey. For this reason, I will be trying to determine what each meal will be over the Easter days so I can decide if they meet my healthy eating requirements or if I need to prep my meal before and either cook at their home or take it so it can be heated there.

I know this is not very social, but that is irrelevant.
My family will understand that my health is more important than eating what other people eat.


Strategy 4 - Maintain my current morning walk regime to six days a week for one hour.
I know from reviewing the last few months of my journey, that I can and will lose over one kilo a week if I eat follow my meal plan precisely and walk for one hour, six days a week.
If I want success, I need to maintain what has previously worked.

For this reason, I will commit to my morning walk regime six days a week, including Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.


Strategy 5 - Maintain my resistance band workouts four to five days a week.
As above, I know from history that I can and will lose over one kilo a week if I perform my resistance band workouts.

For this reason, I will commit to my resistance band workouts as every other week.

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So there we go guys.
Hopefully this will give you some ideas on surviving Easter.
Enjoy your time with family and friends and I hope you all have an awesome holiday break .

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Easter 2020 Update - 

I thought I would provide a nice update to this article, so here are a few comparisons.

Easter - 2019 - Blog link
Weight - 144.9 kg
Weight loss - 40.6 kg
Weight loss in $ worth of Lindt chocolate - $3,240

Easter - 2020
Weight - 94.5 kg
Weight loss - 91 kilos
Weight loss in $ worth of Lindt chocolate - $7,280



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