Anyway, with this in mind, you can imagine my delight when I was asked to give the Danone Activia TLC Plan a go! I have never been on an eating plan, but when I was presented with this challenge I really wanted to give this a try. I'd seen the adverts on telly and always thought I should try and eat more good foods like yoghurts since, usually, my diet consists of heavy foods like bread, pasta and foods that fill you up - I want that not-bloated feeling!
|A screenshot showing my plan's homepage - 1 day to go!|
I signed up to the site, which is free, two days ago just to have a look at what was to come. Firstly you have to answer a few questions so that the plan will be more suited to you, for example, I stated that I didn't each fish and my days were mainly spent sitting at a desk, and then you have a 14 day plan which includes exercise suggestions and tips to keep you motivated. However, you are given the chance to change your meals just in case you don't like what you have been given, so the plan is very flexible.
|Screenshot showing my plan for Day One - Breakfast, two snacks, lunch, dinner and tips!|
My next step was to come up with a shopping list which, to be honest, took me around four hours to organise; I didn't realise how little foods we actually kept in the house! We always buy our salad vegetables (iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and spring onions) and possibly a bunch of bananas or a bag of satsumas, but yesterday afternoon I spent a good hour-and-a-half in the supermarket looking for nuts, all different types of seasonings, more vegetables, cheeses and a lot of wholemeal goods - do you know how hard it is to find wholemeal bagels and spaghetti? (This, along with the prices of what I bought compared to those of the market, really got me thinking, but that is a whooole other blog post..) But alas, I found most of what was on my list (I couldn't find it all), and I also *purchased the Danone Activia products, so I'm ready to go!
|*The Activia products suggested in my plan|
I will admit that when first looking at the plan online I did feel quite overwhelmed; there really is so much food preparation involved and I'm the sort of girl who likes to have those extra 15 minutes in bed in the morning, but I am determined to get up and do this! Besides, waking up that little bit earlier to make sure I have my breakfast and prepare foods ready for the rest of the day can only be a good thing - I am actually really looking forward to doing this, and I'm hoping it motivates me to carry this on after the two weeks are over!
So, make sure you keep an eye out for future posts in this series as I will be sharing my progress - keep your fingers crossed for me!