Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind 1
To Starve Or Not To Starve
It really is sooooooooo hard to lose weight, I know I'm not telling you something you don't already know, we all know that there are Wonder People out there that can lose weight any time they want to, or who can eat anything they want without putting on an ounce - once upon a time I was one of those people.
That was many, many years ago and I still have photographs of my stick-thin younger self with arms that looked like they would break if the wind blew too hard, and legs that were thinner than my arms are now, but that was before I had my gorgeous children, it was before I entered my fifties (how on earth did that happen?), it was also before the dreaded menopause and the lovely smiley (male) Doctor handed me those cute little HRT pills as the cure to all my problems.
You know what I think? I think that the Doctors have shares in the slimming products and expensive slimming clubs out there and that inside those tiny innocent looking little tablets there must be concentrated cream cakes and chocolate because when I went on them not only did they not work or help I gained 2 stones in 2 months and have been struggling to get rid of it ever since.
I have now come to a number of conclusions:
(1) God doesn't want me to be stick thin otherwise I would be (I'd also be gorgeous and married to Johnny Depp (but that's a whole other dream)
(2) I love food and I love to cook and that is more than likely one of my downfalls, because, and this is number three
(3) my mother was a dreadful cook and that was why I was so thin - it's called malnutrition - and have you seem how scary some of those underfed people out there are?
(4) as I said I had children and would I give them up for being thinner and having a flat belly once more? Not on your life, and finally
(5) if I had more time to exercise (and the willpower) I would lose the weight quicker.
From the tone of this hub and from the other hubs that I've posted you can tell that I love food, yes I am the modern day foodie, so starving myself was not an option, dieting by cutting out food who on earth thought that up? It should be illegal for anyone to cut down their food to lose weight, it's not good for you, you are depriving yourself of essential vitamins, it will cause you problems in later life, it turns people into Anorexics, Bulimics, secret eaters, guilty eaters and obsessed with calories. I truly think the key is it's what you eat, it's about not being greedy and it's about making conscious choices rather than having it all - AND, (and you know I was eventually going to say this so there's no point putting your fingers in your ears and going lah-lah-lah, actually there really is no point because you're reading it so you need to cover your eyes) - back to the point - it's about raising your activity levels.
About a year ago I did just that I started watching what was in my food and I cut fat as much as possible without giving up the good fats and I raised my activity levels, I jogged in the front room while watching my favourite programmes, I went on dog walks, I ran up and down the stairs, I just, did, more - and I lost two stone ... (don't cheer yet) ... then I fell on the ice last New Year ... (no I wasn't drunk) and I managed to demolish 2 ligaments and shredded 3 tendons in my ankle and foot. So I'm 7 months down the line of having physio and the scales show that I've regained a stone - but - and here's the good bit I'm on the mend.
So I'm going to start sharing my healthier recipes as well as those decadent ones that mean you have to workout just that little bit more enthusiastically, it's about moderation people, I'd rather have a little of something spectacular to excite my taste buds than something that tastes like a cross between plastic and cardboard that is ready made and comes in a container that probably tastes as good as the food inside.
I just want to wish everyone on the same path as me as much good luck as possible, I want you to be kind to yourself, and to all the women out there, stop commenting on how thin your friends are and how well they're doing - they don't have to be thin to be a good person or a good friend to you.