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Self Control Isn’t Working Anymore
14 Apr

Self Control Isn’t Working Anymore

Full disclosure, I hate reading self-help books. In my 670 library I think there are only 4 such books. That all said this post was spurred on from such a book.

As many may know I’ve been on a health journey for more than a few years now. And to say I’ve been taking the seismic route is just a polite way of saying “five steps forward four steps back”.

Self control has been my main method all this time, despite reading, more than once, willpower is a finite resource. And it’s true, least for me. As the day goes on it gets harder and harder to saying no to the temptations all around.

So if will power and self-control aren’t the answer what is? That’s kinda where I am just now, working out what the solution is, and why I’ve been reading this book; Willpower Doesn’t Work by Benjamin Hardy.

According to his book

A lot of the basic research in psychology says that your willpower is essentially an exhaustive resource,


It’s not unlimited; it runs out very fast.

Since that matches my experience I can relate, and that’s probably the only reason I keep reading.

Hardy goes on to say our behaviors are out sourced to our environment. His premise is most things are addictions, either for types of food or simply short-term rewards.

It sounded strange to me at first but the more I think about it the more it makes some sense. I know when crave sugar and sweets I’m at work. At home it never crosses my mind. Over the weekend my diet, for the most part, is better. Far from perfect but better all the same.

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Week 1 Day 2
12 Dec

Week 1 Day 2

What a nothing day. I really don’t like Tuesday’s, it’s also it day which doesn’t help at all.

But I started my day off with the same breakfast as yesterday but this time I paid attention to portion control and stuck too the 45g serving. But Pain Au Chocolat for morning break was a key down. I didn’t go looking for it, it was just put infront of me and I eat it. So that’s on me.

Another Monday
11 Dec

Another Monday

It comes around sure as clockwork. I don’t hate Mondays, honest. I find them fairly harmless today more than most. I started my day with a mostly healthy breakfast.

The problem I’ve got with cereals is portion control. I don’t know about most but the standard 30 gram serving just isn’t enough for a full morning. So I ended up have a double serving but it worked! I made it too morning break without snacking or having a second breakfast.

And lunch wasn’t bad either. Just my usual cheese and ham baguette. No chocolate or crisps. So that’s a win.

Dinner – well soup and a load of bread so not great, but really nice soup.

Week 19 Day 5 – More Huel Adventures
04 Aug

Week 19 Day 5 – More Huel Adventures

My Huel ‘experiment’ was never going to be a five-day all in blast, there are already more than enough of them online, and so I continue this week.

Last week’s take away was taste above all else. In order to make this switch I’ve got to get a flavour that works for me. Huel provides their own ‘flavour system’ – Mocha, Chocolate, Strawberry, Toffee, Pineapple & Coconut, Banana, Rhubarb & Custard, Cacao and Metcha Tea. So I’ve been trying them out from the trail pack. I’m not good at five-star ratings, and don’t think they tell you much without something to compare them with so I’ll rate each flavour in four questions

  • Did it taste as advertised?
  • Did you like it?
  • Would you have it again?
  • Would you recommend it to a friend?

I’ve still got three of the nine flavours to try so I’ll give a full report on a couple of days.

Since it’s now been a full two weeks since my first Huel let’s compare weight. When this all started I weighed 190.6 lb today I check in at 189.2 lb. These numbers aren’t the be all and end all but since I’m in this for weight loss it’s important part to consider.

I’m now replacing both breakfast and lunch with Huel so next week we’ll need to do another weigh-in and see where we’re at.

But as a non-scale victory I’m delighted to say I’ve all but stopped snacking between meals.

After three full weeks in Huel I can say I’ve been happy with the results. I’ve lost some weight and I’ve got my snacking under control. But it’s not been without same strange side affects.

I think I will keep using the Huel, but I don’t see me ever going to 100% Huel, only breakfast and work lunches.

What about you? Are you a Hueler? What’s been your experience? Let me know down in the comments section.

Week 17 Day 5 – Huel & Coffee
21 Jul

Week 17 Day 5 – Huel & Coffee

This morning’s breakfast was Huel and coffee. Kinda worked, but like allot of things this week I could have a ether more coffee or a better/stronger one.

Instant coffee just didn’t have a good kick.

Looking back over the last few days a common problem has been lunch, I keep letting my self down with bread and crisps, so I brought some Huel with me along with the chocolate flavour. Only time will tell if I stuck to it.

… some time late …

Huel for lunch… well I did it.

I can hand on heart say chocolate flavour, so far, if a hit. Well ether that or my taste buds have given up decided they like Oats now – but I’m going to favour the first option

Week 17 Day 4 – Weight
20 Jul

Week 17 Day 4 – Weight

Said I wouldn’t, but I did anyway. This is definitely show a weight increase. It could be down to drinking more, almost twice as much as yesterday, but it’s probably cause I’m eating too much at lunch and dinner.

If I do switch to Huel next week for lunch at least that could take care of one meal. Maybe I should give myself more dinner calories too.

I’m only looking for a 500 calorie deficit which really shouldn’t be too hard, but easier said

Week 17 Day 4 – Huel, After Humpday
20 Jul

Week 17 Day 4 – Huel, After Humpday

We’ve made it to Thursday which means the weekend is now closer than yesterday. Which I suppose is always the case, but still it’s the principle.

This morning’s Huel was fairly simple. 50g Huel powder and 250ml water, but I also added 60g frozen summer fruits. This time at least there was flavour so I’m happy, and yesterday’s reluctance to finish my breakfast didn’t reappear and I finished it off quite easily.

Even with twice as much fruit as before the oat taste is still there, just with company. All in a definite improvement over previous mixes. Another important thing to note, no headache! I’m fairly happy to state yesterday’s retraction was nothing to do with Huel.

It’s not even 9am at time of writing but I’m already thinking about tomorrows breakfast, might try adding coffee

Week 17 Day 3 – Huel, Days 2 & 3
19 Jul

Week 17 Day 3 – Huel, Days 2 & 3

As you can tell from yesterday I’m a day behind with my blogging so I thought today I’d consolidate Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday

Only breakfast again, but this time I used a Strawberry flavour boost.

Still a 50g breakfast of around 200 calories. I can’t say I really knew there was a strawberry taste. It was there but didn’t really get overcome the oats taste.

This time I didn’t snack. Was full and satisfied right up too lunch, which for me at work is almost unheard of. Sadly it all went wrong at lunch with a baguette, chocolate and crisps. They dinner turned into a Two for Tuesday dominos pizza – but none of that is the fault of Huel, just me being weak too temptation.

Wednesday

Today’s breakfast, another 50g serving, was topped off with 30g frozen berries. Again this seemed to only add colour, there was no discernible change in flavour! I really need a bigger blender so I can add more fruit!

I also found this morning’s breakfast hard to drink. I just couldn’t stomach the taste of oats anymore, but I finished it off anyway.

Another side effect, after about twenty minutes I developed a splitting headache. Since so many things can cause headaches I’m not willing to blame the Huel, I’ll wait to see if it happens again before I pass judgement.

10:00 – Still splitting headache, but I’ve not drank anything yet so that’s probably not helped.

10:46 – I’m starting to think about food. Maybe it’s the headache or that I’m tired, but either way food is on my mind. Another possibility, worth testing, is the added fruit what’s making me hungry? I know I’m prone to sugar spikes and binge eating. Is fruit too much sugar for me?

11:15 – seems to have past. No more food thoughts. Starting to think this really could be more to do with the sugar rushes

12:23 – can’t decide now if the headaches getting worse or not, but least I’ve stopped thinking about food… wonder what’s for lunch

12:44 – Blowing your nose should leave you little dizzy and disorientated, should it? No really shouldn’t.

12:45 – Wonder when this becomes sharing too much, but its all for science or what ever reason I’m doing this stuff for

13:30 – Sausage roll and bounty for lunch, then a bag of McCoys. I have no will power

Week 17 Day 2 – A Week With Huel
18 Jul

Week 17 Day 2 – A Week With Huel

This week I’m trying something new. Huel.

I’ve read allot of blog where others have tried Huel for a week and report back how they’ve faired and I’ll be no different. I got my Huel delivery last Friday and am making a start this week.

I’m starting slowly as I’ve found with most new fitness things baby steps seems to work best for me. This want be a ‘five day all in’ approach. Instead I’m starting with just one meal – breakfast.

Yesterday was my first day and like many others I’ve got had an epiphany.

Yesterday was my first day and like many others I’ve got had an epiphany. I made up 50g of unflavoured with 200ml of water then threw in about 30g of blueberrys which equates to about 217 calories all in.

It first impressions where… Unimpressed. Sadly in flavour I cant rate it too high. The added berries didn’t mask the overpowering oat taste. Still it all went down just fine and kept me feeling fairly full, although I did slip and have a bag of crisps.

In the cold light of day I’m, and putting taste down to me adding not enough berries, I was quite happy with my new breakfast and am still looking forward to another day and another meal.

My plan is to keep using Huel for breakfast this week and move on to having Huel for breakfast and lunch over the weekend. I’ll try to keep posting each day with my impressions and hopfully with come up with the right mix by Friday!

Week 1 Day 5 – Completed A Day
31 Mar

Week 1 Day 5 – Completed A Day

Yesterday I was finally able to honestly say I’d completed a full day. Recording from morning to night I have a honest reflection for the day. To be fair though it wasn’t a really good day, featuring too much junk but it’s a start.

Today’s been a new day and got off to a good start. I had a nice healthy breakfast and an egg mayo lunch, but it went south from there. The afternoon was filled with chrisps and cream eggs. I also failed to go for a walk after work.

I’ve gone over my previous food diaries and I’m starting to think bread is a big part of my downfall. It seems everytime I have bread, be it breakfast of lunch, I end up snacking between meals. This is only a ruff guess sadly since my recent logging as been pitiful so I’m going to add two new items to my Nomie setup; Bread and Snacked

Farely simple and self explanitory but I hope this will ether shed highlight a pattern or disprove it. Obviously I hope to disprove since I’m quite attached to bread but we’ll see in a couple of days what the numbers say.

  • Target Weight: – 188 lb
  • Starting Weight: – 193.21 lb
  • Current Weight: – 194.23 lb

But its time to call it a night, so – if you have been – thanks for reading
Stu

Week 1 Day 3 – 21 Days is what it takes
29 Mar

Week 1 Day 3 – 21 Days is what it takes

Last week I took a day off and here I am week later coming back to it. After a quick search I find common research seems to think it only takes 21 days to form , new habit, so adding it up if I can commit to my doing everything I want to everyday until Week 4 Day 3 then the habit should be formed… 

Right? I’m sceptical but we’ll see.

Week 0 Day 1 – Another Push
20 Mar

Week 0 Day 1 – Another Push

I’ve started and stopped this fitness thing so many times in the last few months I’ve lost track of where I am and sadly have little faith this will be the final restart. I’m also moving house next month and have been thinking that would be a good time to put this off till – a clean start and all that.

But too stick to that assumption would be giving up before I even started and waiting till I’ve moved is just a stalking tactic. Same as saying you’ll quitting smoking, after the one your drawing on as you say it. The only way I could quit was to stub it out half way through and make the commitment there and then.

So no matter what this is I’m starting again and if I had a doughnut in my hand I’d throw it away, but as much as I’d like to start my day with a doughnut I don’t so I can’t.

Next step is to setup some goals and a time frame to work towards. I’m getting married in August so August 1st that seems like we good a target date as any.

  • Weight – my target will be 188 lbs with a body fat around 20%
  • Blogging – the best success I’ve ever had was when blogging daily, so by week 3 I want to be blogging at least 5-6 times a day.
  • Streak – so far my best steps streak is 14 days, I want to beat that.
Week 0 Day 2 – 2017
17 Jan

Week 0 Day 2 – 2017

I’d love to say this isn’t a case is New Year, new me but it probably is in part.

I’ve been dabbling with my health for years now, but am at my most successful when blogging. See it turns out I need to be held accountable for my lapses and I know of no better way than recording my successes and failures here.

This is week Zero, it’s decided I need a week Zero as a prelude to week One too get myself setup and mentally ready since this is a big push.

I’ve got two targets over the next six months, first is March and the second is August.

  • By March I want to increase my general activity levels ready to go skiing – the idea of not being fit enough too spend the day on the slop is a driving force.
  • By August I’m planning on getting married so in a perfect world I’d like rid of it ponch !

So, if these are my goals for 2017 what am I doing with week zero? Well I’m not sure. I need to come up with some form of reward system thats not food based, and ideally not about spending money – although I am thinking about a financial penalty system, just not sure how any of thats going to work yet.

Please jump down to the comments section and leave your ideas for a reward/punishment system too.

But its time to call it a night, so – if you have been – thanks for reading
Stu

Week 1.4 – Wednesday
07 Jan

Week 1.4 – Wednesday

I have said before I want to start writing longer and more in depth articles this year, with the goal of one a month, now I’m almost ten days into January and I’m not sure what I want this month’s focus to be. I have a lot of ideas, but just too many to tie myself down to one.

After Christmas I have another spare raspberry pi just waiting for a job, so I think that will be my focus in January. I’ve always wanted to setup my own OpenVPN.