Shedding The Christmas Podge

As I’ve allowed 2014 to leave me with some unwelcome Christmas podge I’ll be getting strict with myself over the next month to shed it all off. I’d like to welcome any of you who would like to join me. I’m not following a set meal plan but I’ve got a list of things I won’t eat or drink which I’m going to share with you and a couple of meal ideas to share with you too.

(My Tumblr is good if you’re in need of some extra motivation^)

What I’m cutting out;

  • Alcohol (I don’t drink anyway, but I thought I’d include it for those of you who do)
  • Bread (Of any kind, toast/sandwiches/wraps/bagels/wholemeal, no bread allowed)
  • Confectionery (Sweets/chocolate etc)
  • Caffeine
  • Crisps
  • Fast Food

If, like me, you reaaaaaaaaally want to get rid of your Christmas chub, don’t go halves. Don’t sneak a chocolate bar in here and there like “it won’t matter”. We’re only being so strict for one month, it’s really not as long as it sounds.

Take it a day at a time. I recommend getting yourself a calendar and ticking off every day you successfully eat clean (and don’t lie to yourself, it won’t help!).

I’m not an expert on nutrition or dieting but I know this will work for me and you guys often ask what I do so I thought I’d share.

What I’ll be eating/drinking:

Drinks: water and green tea

For breakfast:

  • Plain porridge oats (none of those fancy porridge brands that are meant to be healthy but are actually full of sugar!), don’t add any sugar on top, if you need a bit of sweetness add a little bit of honey and/or some fruit
  • Poached eggs with salad
  • Omelette with veg

For lunch:

  • Chicken/Turkey salad with couscous
  • Chicken/Turkey with brown rice and greens
  • Homemade vegeable soups
  • Omlette with veg
  • Jacket sweet potato with tuna (in water, not oil), sweetcorn and salad.

Dinner:

  • (Pretty much the same as lunch but vary your meals and eat more for lunch/less for dinner)

Snacks:

  • Nakd Bars
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Corn cakes

I’ll be starting on Monday 5th Jan. I’ll post my current weight and measurements tomorrow and will hopefully post some of the workouts I do over the next month.

Even if you’re not in the gym, as long as you eat right, you will lose weight, guaranteed! So stick to it and please use the hashtag #ByeChristmasPodge on your own progress pictures on Instagram so I can see how you’re all doing too!

Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions or post any comments below.

Wishing you all the very best! ❀

β€œThere are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow.” – Dalai Lama

43 thoughts

    1. Hello lovely, I’m not massively experienced when it comes to veggies, I’ve never been one! Healthy breakfasts and snacks shouldn’t be a problem but in terms of main meals probably exchange the meat for more veggies or quorn products! Hope this is helpful, Chloe x

  1. Thanks so much! I will be following this! What do you suggest if I start getting cravings and how do I not give in? Thanks πŸ™‚

    1. Substitute things you’d normally crave for healthy alternatives eg Nakd Bars instead of chocolate bars, popcorn instead of crisps. We’ll still be eating healthily after, just not quite so strict! x

  2. I’m definitely doing this with you Chloe! The hardest thing for me will be bread to take out my diet but like you said a month isn’t long at all. I’ll also be taking protein world whey protein alongside gym sessions. Can’t wait to see the progress!!

    Let’s do this!
    Franki x

  3. This is so good πŸ™‚
    It will help me loads, please post loads on your blog about little tips what you do at gym. Anything will help πŸ™‚

  4. Hi, I follow you on Instagram and love your page, I have wanted to loose my christmas podge and as I am at school (15) what sort of lunch would you suggest would be good?
    Many thanks x

    1. Rice/chicken/salad is a great quick & easy lunch option. You can get microwave wholegrain rice that takes 2 minutes in the microwave, then throw some pre-cooked chicken and salad leaves ontop x

  5. Hi!

    This sounds like a brilliant plan Chloe! I was wondering if you could recommend some healthy but very quick breakfasts as I leave for work at 5 every morning and have no time for meal preparation 😦

    Thank you

    1. I’m on the go a lot too and don’t get masses of time to make breakfast so I’ve started having a protein shake for breakfast instead. It’s so quick and has fantastic nutritional values x

  6. Hi! This has helped me so much, can’t wait to start and see the results at the end of the month! ☺️

    Quick question though, you said about the diet being only this strict for one month, does the diet then become a little more relax? πŸ™‚

    Thankyou, bridget x

    1. Hi Bridget,

      That’s great! Hope you’re doing well.
      Yes, the diet will become a bit more relaxed after this month. This is quite strict just to help the initial fat-loss process, then we’ll take more of an “everything in moderation” route so we’re still healthy but get a few more treats x

  7. Hiiii,
    I was just wondering if you would include the Quaker oat sachets as one of those unhealthy porridge brands? And also, would you recommend eating fat free yogurt? Thanks x

    1. I haven’t tried Quaker oat sachet’s personally so I can’t comment. I just use Morrison’s own brand instant oats. Fat free yogurt is great as long as it’s low in sugar. A lot of fat free products just add a ton more sugar to make it taste better x

  8. Hi chlo!
    Happy new year πŸ™‚
    I’ve followed you on Instagram for over a year now, and I’ve always been inspired by your body but now I’m doing something about it and I’ve began this year as I mean to go on. I was just wondering if you have any tips on overcoming hunger and craving.
    Xx

    1. Hi Amy! Happy new year to you too!
      Thank you so much. Glad you’re feeling motivated! Getting fit should mean eating well, not eating less, you shouldn’t have to feel hungry at all! As long as you’re eating the right stuff you can eat lots of it, it should keep you feeling full for longer too. When it comes to cravings the best thing to do is to have alternatives. Eg. Nakd Bars instead of Chocolate Bars, Popcorn instead of crisps. Little substitutes for healthier options will help a lot xx

  9. You give me so much body inspo!
    I’m getting back in the gym next week and I’m deffo going to use your healthy eating tips! But I just wanted to ask if you think it’s necessery to use protein supplements to tone up? xx

    1. Hi Sophie,

      Hope it’s going well! I don’t think it’s a necessity because you can get lots of protein from meats etc, it just makes it a lot easier (and cheaper) if you have shakes rather than having to cook a load of chicken all the time! xx

  10. Some good menu ideas, defo given me some inspiration. I have been good this week but caved and had a choccy bar tonight 😦 I need this kind of motivation! xx

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  11. Hiya,

    This has really inspired me to try it out! I’m always trying to lose weight but always end up getting hungry and snacking!
    You’ve done a good job!
    Will you be posting anything else about your progress?

    Thanks πŸ™‚ Gibby x

  12. What would you say your three favourite books have been / could you recommend any good books? Just finished reading Gone Girl which was amazing but want some new paperbacks for 2015! Also – do you compose your own exercise routines / will you be posting any on here?

    Thanks, Nicole x

    1. My three favourite books: Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo, Too Close To Home – Linwood Barclay (Anything by Linwood Barclay) & Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank, all awesome reads. I do compose my own exercise routines, I’m posting three over the next week as part of my collaboration with Missguided Active! x

  13. Hello, I really want to start dieting because I want to lose a bit of weight, do you have any recommendations for healthy packed lunches? Because I go to sixth form so it’s really hard to cook all the time

    Thank you x

    1. Couscous salads are perfect for quick & easy packed lunches. Salad takes minimal effort and all you have to do for couscous is boil the kettle! It’s incredibly healthy and easy, for extra protein just buy some pre-cooked chicken/Turkey (or quorn if you’re a veggie) and mix it in x

  14. Chloe! I’m still waiting on your work out routine! I’m working out right now but I just saw your results on instagram and I really want to know what you’re doing! Your body results are amazing

    Please post them soon!

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