VIDEO: Dry January pt 3 – a very productive week

I’VE sorted my underwear drawers, colour coded my wardrobe and did three hours of ironing last  Saturday night – that’s how productive I can be when I’m not slumped in front of Strictly with a goblet of Pinot in one hand and a packet of Seabrooks in the other.

Imagine what I could achieve if I gave up alcohol and carbs for ever? Sew up all the holes in the toes of my tights, descale the kettle and clean the oven. But that’s never going to happen.

However, I am definitely going to give up my daily bread and limit myself to weekend drinking as the results after two weeks have been fantastic. Fourteen days with no booze or bread (or pasta, potatoes, crips or rice) and the habit is already broken. Whereas last week I would wake up with food on my mind I’m not panicking any more. We’re in that Zen-like zone now, in that groove where we sort of know what we’re doing.

INVENTIVE: Our carb-free meals have included salmon with courgette frittatas during Dry January.

INVENTIVE: Our carb-free meals have included salmon with courgette frittatas during Dry January.

DELICIOUS: We've also enjoyed carb-free cauliflower base pizzas during Dry January.

DELICIOUS: We’ve also enjoyed carb-free cauliflower base pizzas during Dry January.

Our staple carbs have been replaced largely by vegetables so we’ve definitely been using more seasoning than usual to pack in as much flavour as possible.

We’ve eaten more sweet potato and butternut squash this month than throughout all of 2015 and I even like Brussel sprouts now as long as they are shredded and doused in Worcestershire sauce… so they don’t taste like Brussel sprouts.

RECIPE: Here’s how to make an easy guilt-free pizza…

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/recipes/11551891/Pesto-and-Tomato-Cauliflower-Crust-Pizza-Recipe.html

Despite the stresses of everyday life I’m not tempted to unscrew a bottle of wine because I’ve earned it like usual. Now I can distract myself by drinking fizzy water or reading a book in the bath and weekends have seemed so much longer than normal which has been an added bonus.

My clothes are feeling a bit looser which is still my biggest motivator, there aren’t quite as many lumps and bumps – an hourglass as opposed to a barrel is starting to emerge.

READ AND WATCH MORE: Here are parts one and two of my Dry January diary…

PRODUCTIVITY: The understairs cupboard has been transformed into a walk-in wardrobe for one of us during Dry January.

PRODUCTIVITY: The understairs cupboard has been transformed into a walk-in wardrobe for one of us during Dry January.

While I will never be able to agree with the phrase “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” – I know for a fact that Kate Moss has never tried my mum’s chocolate cheesecake – it is exciting to be able to do up a zip on a skirt that hasn’t been worn in a year or put on a figure-hugging dress that doesn’t look like it’s shrunk in the wash.

I’m not the only one who’s noticed how much more productive we’ve been as a result of Dry January.

After enjoying a long family walk on Saturday afternoon Matthew came home and spent the evening transforming the understairs cupboard into his very own walk-in wardrobe – or ‘shoedrobe’ to be more precise.

Shoes are things we both have a lot of because they are a dieters best friend. Whether I’m feeling tubby or trim I know my beloved heels will always fit. I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved this month that I definitely think I’ve earned a new pair. Shopping trip anyone?

 

 

 

 

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