Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Meat Free Mondays, Losing Weight and A Little Bit Of Running

Meat Free Mondays

This was one of my New Year Resolutions, and so far it's gone to plan. If you haven't heard of it before, the idea is pretty simple: One day a week you don't eat meat. And as the name suggests, this happens on a Monday. Like I say, it's pretty simple.

There are lots of advantages to becoming vegetarian one day a week:

I do my bit for the environment. 
I give the poor animals a break for one day. 
I become healthier. 
I save money. 
I try different foods and cooking. 
I eat more vegetables.

So on Monday I had my normal breakfast cereal and then ate egg sandwiches for lunch (some might argue that eating eggs isn't vegetarian, but I'm not a hardcore vegetarian). I then made potatoes, cannellini beans, leeks, onions, pepper chilli and garlic with a lot of Indian spices.

My vegetarian meal doesn't look the greatest. Didn't really taste nice either...

To be honest it didn't taste great until I added Manchego cheese over the top of it, then it tasted amazing. I'm going to have to work on a few vegetarian recipes, as I'm very much out of my comfort zone when I leave out meat.

However, I have made a start, and I didn't miss the meat too much. I just need to work on getting it tasting better.

Losing Weight

I made a list of 36 Running Goals For 2016, and I'm pleased to say that I can already tick one of them off... I now weigh under 200 lbs, with the scales reading 199.4 lbs. This is a weight loss of over 3 pounds, which I'm delighted with.

The reason for this sudden drop in weight is quite simple - I've stopped eating junk for a few days. For the past month we have been getting given boxes of chocolates, biscuits and beer when we are at work. Even today we got handed two boxes of extremely nice chocolate, but I'm glad to say they weren't opened. There's no point complaining about weight gain and then eating massive amounts of chocolate calories.

I really wanted to eat these... But I have been a good boy today. 

I've also been drinking an awful lot over the holiday period, so I've knocked that on the head for a while. Again, I've been given boxes and boxes of beer on the lorry by people as a Christmas tip. It's so easy to consume hidden calories when drinking beer, so it's time to take a break. My liver also needs a break for a while, as it's not doing my health any good either.


Tonight I decided it was time to stop thinking about it and just get out running. I only ran a slow-ish 5K in 26 minutes, but it was enough to leave me feeling tired at the end. My fitness levels seem to have dropped so, so much in the past few months.

I think I might have to start going to some classes just to help me get it back to where it used to be. I'm quite interested in joining either box - fit classes, or some form of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) classes. I'll possibly try both in the next few weeks.

Healthy shopping for a change

After my run tonight I went and got a very healthy grocery shop done. I had timed it quite well as they had reduced lots of salad and a few other things before they went out of date. I got bags of salad for £0.03, and a big jar of olives for £0.05 !! It's a good way of eating healthy for cheap.

Thai fishcakes with a very cheap salad. 

So tonight I'm just going to get myself ready for work tomorrow and read a few other favourite running blogs before (hopefully) having an early night. Although I have just looked at the time after having written that, and realised it is now 10.30 pm. Looks like it won't be too early to bed then...


Have you ever tried going vegetarian? How has your New Year been so far?


  1. Your Indian spice dish looks amazing. Yum!! Maybe instead of cheese just add a pinch of salt? I'm so glad to see you're tackling Meatless Mondays! Also, ditching meat saves so much money. It's astonishing, really.

    I, too, am losing weight (thankfully) due to the lack of sweets around the house. Post-holiday purge!!

    Have a great day, James!

    1. I've got a few Indian cookbooks so maybe I'll try to follow a recipe next time lol..

      That's great to hear, it's amazing how many calories sweets can add... But I guess we have 11 months to eat healthy before the next time we get to eat sweets daily :)

  2. I did a vegetarian diet for a while and I even went vegan for a few months a few years ago. On the flip side I also did a Paleo lifestyle for a few months last year too. I'm in a "portion control healthier choices" phase right now. It's expensive to have a restrictive diet (at least it was for me) and I already can't eat dairy so I'm not planning on cutting anything else right now :)
    Hope you stick with it!

    1. I don't think I could do vegan, far too much to give up... Yeah I think portion control is so important, but something I am hopeless at lol

  3. That's awesome that you have dropped some weight already! I'm hoping that is the case for me too, after eating all of the holiday food in sight, it's finally gone around our house. Nope, never tried a vegetarian diet. I think I would just make pasta for all non-meat nights! I am a whiz at making spaghetti :)

    1. I bought some pasta flour but haven't got round to making my own yet. It'll certainly help with the carbs :)


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