For a few days now my other half has been telling me that he is going to try a week following the Slimming World plan. Not because he is overweight, but because he wants to eat more healthily than he does – he is well aware that his diet is shocking. But I am not sure that he is aware of just how shocking it is, so I thought that I would try and take pictures of what he eats in a day compared to what I eat in a day – in the hopes that it gives him a kick up the bum!
Before I get started though, I just have to mention how wonderful he is. We have had lots of trials and tribulations, but he is my best friend and we have stuck together despite everything that we have been through. He is a genuinely lovely guy, intelligent, caring, and very handsome too – I am a lucky girl…but he is also lucky to have me too! 😉
As someone who used to be very active – he worked as a binman for about five years – his new job working from home means he doesn’t get as much exercise and I think he is secretly concerned about his waistline…although it didn’t stop him eating five jam doughnuts for his lunch yesterday! Despite his mumblings about following Slimming World for a week, for the past few days he has said that he will ‘start tomorrow’…usually as he is walking past me opening a bag of giant Yorkie buttons, or the aforementioned bag of doughnuts!
So let the eye-opening and shock tactics begin…
His breakfast was a cheese sandwich and a Lion bar – mine was an omelette.
Lunch for him was two cheese and onion pasties and two jam doughnuts – mine was a bowl of fruit and a yogurt.
A stuffed crust cheese pizza filled him up for dinner – whilst I had syn free chips, fish and veggies.
His snacks were four Cadbury’s Caramel bars – mine was a mini Green and Black’s bar, a HiFi bar and three packets of French Fries.
Here are the comparison pics…
In terms of syns, I had 25, yet my breakfast and lunch were syn free due to the superfree and free foods I ate. His syns for the day were 174 + the equivalent of a HEB and a HEA, with no free or superfree food…unless you count the tomato purée on the pizza! So his calorie intake today was 3720 – it is hard to work mine out due to the free and superfree…I have estimated – based on the pots of fruit and calorie info I know – that it is about 1600 calories today for me. Slimming World might not encourage calorie counting, but the superfree foods are so low in calories that you naturally lower your intake…unlike when you grab a cheese and onion pasty!
So what do I do to encourage him? I think it is natural for us to want our loved-ones to lead a healthier lifestyle, but it can be a challenge! You might want to try and push them towards healthy eating, but this is likely to lead to rebellion – I know I used to do the exact opposite of what I was told. Perhaps reverse psychology would have worked…’here you go, I’ve bought you three McDonalds meals’ instead of, ‘why don’t you try some fruit?’!
There are a couple of things that I am going to try though…
I am going to try and increase our stocks of healthier foods that I know he likes. Even though they may be high in fat, he loves nuts! But they generally contain good fats, and as he isn’t overweight, I would far rather he was eating them than a Mars bar! I also know that there are certain healthy meals he likes and so will try and build these into my plan so that we can eat the same things. Although we generally do eat the same evening meals; it’s the snacks he has issues with.
Fruit is something I have cut right down on since becoming diabetic. Even though diabetics can still enjoy fruit, I have found that my sweet tooth has really disappeared and so tend to eat more veggies now. But my other half does like his smoothies, and so this might be a good way if getting some of his 5-a-day in! He could have those for brekkie as he rarely eats before lunchtime, and if he does it’s generally a cheese sandwich or chocolate bar.
I am not sure quite how successful my shock-tactics today will be! Small changes, introduced gradually, work better I find – so I am hoping to make little changes without him realising. Most people would imagine that living with someone who has lost 11.5st with Slimming World would rub on – leading by example and all that – but I try and eat my thing so that his diet doesn’t derail mine! I don’t want to preach to him, or make him feel as if I am forcing him to change – I just want him to be healthy and to feel as good as he can.
I finally managed to grab a lift to see the horses with my Mum this morning! It was great to see them, although my Welshie has rubbed his skin raw for some reason…I can’t see anything – mites and creepies – that could have caused it, or any bites etc. So I was a bit upset by that and managed to get some Aloe gel on it before he wised-up and decided that I was trying to kill him with poisonous sticky stuff! We really do have a lot of clearing up and tidying to do – the winter has been long, wet and cold, and so we have a lot of sprucing up to do. As the weather is supposed to be good tomorrow, we are hoping to make a dent in the chores then! After the horses, we popped to Asda, and then headed home for an afternoon of Fifa (him) and mooching (me)…not too exciting – although I have a full week of babysitting coming up and so am taking the break whilst I can! No plans for tonight – we might try and rent a film, or else it will be onto another Ian Rankin book.
Breakfast: Red onion, mushroom, tomato and cheese (HEA) omelette.
Still no proper, valid, and not wet-lettuce sounding excuses for this…I just can’t be bothered at the moment!
So then, that’s it – you now have an insight into the eating habits within my household…scary! I hope Saturday has been good to you all…and that Sunday is even better.
Weight Loss Bitch xxx