The more reading and research I do, the more I realise that losing weight shouldn’t be the main objective. Plus, my doctor assures me that I’m not worryingly overweight.
However, I do feel that I should lose some weight, if only for the benefit of my knees and hips. And my digestive system.
I’m not avoiding any food groups. I don’t believe in taking pills any more, other than when I’m poorly. I still have a garlic pearly (or similar) every day, and from 1 March to 30 September I have a daily anti-histamine.
But apart from those, all the other supplements and vitamins have stopped. (Unless and until directed by a doctor for something like a zinc or iron deficiency, which I don’t currently have.) (In fact, I’ve had loads of blood tests recently and everything is, apparently, quite normal.)
What I am doing is looking at eating more fibre – dietary rather than supplementary – and eating more of a balanced diet.
When I was a teenager, I overheard my mom discussing me with our family doctor. She thought I might be anorexic. I have never been smaller than a UK size 10, but I was skinny. Oh, for those days again!
I was a UK size 10 right up to my 30s, and then again briefly in my mid-40s. I still have size 10 clothes – “for when I’m thin again”. But I’m now starting to think that keeping those size 10 clothes might actually be doing more damage than providing motivation.
I’ve read (or am reading) more books just lately, three on the F-Plan diet (updated), and one called Just Eat It! (There will be a review on here as soon as I’m done with that one.) And here is what I think I’m going to do:
- Forget about counting calories and being anal about weighing food.
- Eat a more balanced diet.
- Swap out refined foods for unrefined foods and foods that are higher in natural fibre.
- Keep half an eye on portion sizes.
- Eat when I’m hungry.
- Stop eating when I’m full.
- Chuck out all the size 10 clothes. (This will be a wrench.)
- Increase activity levels.
- Not weigh myself *every* morning.
- Drink water again. (I used to enjoy drinking water, now fizzy pop just makes me more thirsty than ever.)
We have finally finished all of the Christmas food, apart from a few cream crackers that I’ve been having for my midday meal. And a while ago we radically reduced the amount of pre-prepared and processed food to just bacon, sausages and the odd pasta meal – although the poet does make his own pasta when he has time. He even boils his own ham. Well, not his *own* ham … oh, you know what I mean! 😳
Any weight-loss is now a bonus. I’m losing a pound and a bit and then sticking for a bit, losing a pound and a bit and then sticking for a bit. At the moment I’m sticking for a bit.
Don’t worry, I’ll still be sharing some of our favourite recipes – we do keep getting asked for them. And I’ll still be attempting to change the diet habit of a lifetime. I’m tired of throwing money at the diet industry when I could be spending it on nice new clothes that fit and look good instead. Or on a holiday for us both.
What would you do with any money you’d normally spend on dieting?