Just a few thoughts running through my head after yesterday’s weigh in.
This post is based on personal experience, comments, conversations, and in group support. It should by no means be taken as professional advice or guidance.
Anyone can have a bad day, but as they say, don’t make a bad day into a bad week. Besides, it’s not the end of the world unless we make it so by giving up.
When I signed on with the Opposition in the late 90s and attended the meetings in my lunch hour, food choices were terribly restricted and the attitude of the Professional bore down on many as condescending, critical and for want of another word, bullying.
I lost over ten pounds in four weeks, but that was my hard earned cash.
I thought I was doing everything right but the weight was not coming off, despite Ms Professional (a size 10 by the way) saying ‘You’ve lost a quarter’ every time I stepped on her scales.
Four ounces following starvation and denial, and for what?
demoralization, embarrassment or humiliation and confidence bashing, so it was no wonder I stopped going.
There are many reasons why we ‘hover’, ‘plateau’ or ‘stall’ in the Weighting Game.
None should mean failure, and someone certainly should not be ridiculed.
It is a fact that muscle weighs heavier than fat, and so body shape should also be taken into account when you’re on any weight loss programme.
Hubby is currently calling me Boney Arse as my backside is toning up nicely. Sadly the rest of me is taking a while to catch up, but it will eventually.
Many of our group (men and women) say that despite losing several stones, they are still wearing their old clothes, or that no-one has noticed.
Logic says that if you continue to wear the same things, no-one is likely to notice any change anyway, but rather than go out and buy an entire new wardrobe, just treat yourself to something new, something different or something brighter than you’d normally wear.
One woman suggested being professionally fitted for a bra.
That might sound a little crazy, but when you take into account that most of us females are wearing the wrong size anyway out of habit more than anything else, it’s not such a bad idea. The positive effect it has on body shape and posture can work wonders for morale, and pushing the Girls forward instead of letting them flop under your armpits has got to be a plus!
Dress sizes in the shops vary so much depending on material, cut, and style, that no-one really knows what size they are anymore.
It has also been proven that by not eating enough, the body goes into starvation mode, storing everything just in case whatever is eaten is the last meal for a while.
Living on salads is also not such a good idea as it is nearly all water and no bulk, leaving you hungry (as well as bored) shortly after you’ve eaten.
I found that by having chips (honest, but I prefer a jacket potato now) with my salad, it actually helped keep the hunger at bay, and on this plan, also dropping the weight.
One comment last night was about Prepared Meals.
This particular lady suggested SW hired a cook to come and prepare meals for the freezer in the home as she hated cooking, especially handling raw meat (so do I actually).
One response was to use a slow cooker and chuck everything in. Hubby and I do the same with the pressure cooker when making our winter stews.
Another was to buy the SW Range of Selections available or go online for recipes and menu ideas that you can prepare in advance, then freeze down until needed. Some of the recipes have a lot of spices in them though which are either not liked or react with individuals. However, you could be inventive and improvise to replace what you don’t like.
Years ago I used to buy bottled sauces for curries etc, but when they almost doubled in price, we made notes on the ingredients from the back of the label, and I’ve been making my own ever since.
Just because I’m diabetic and have a sweet tooth doesn’t mean I can’t have desserts.
Most have a syn value, but when you consider you can have 15 a day, this is pretty flexible so you can have a cake (in my case doughnut at 9½ syns but I’ve only had the one), glass of wine, a beer, ice cream etc without feeling guilty or short changed.
A comment last night was that it was easier to not have something rather than get the tastebuds going and crave for more. I can identify with that too.
Of course regular exercise helps, burning up those excess calories, improving circulation, toning muscles. Whether you go to the gym, enjoy a run every day, or just walk the dog, it all counts. Here on the marina, it’s a quarter of a mile there and back from the toilet block/car park. I do it at least four times a day, plus walking the dog (at least another mile).
Our group consists of husbands and wives, single guys, mothers and daughters, brothers, sisters, friends, all with one thing in common, the will to lose weight, be it for a forthcoming wedding, anniversary party, holiday, ourselves or health reasons.
Quick fixes or fads don’t last, and you end up putting it all back on plus a bit more in most cases.
As our consultant says, success comes from making healthier choices, and if you stick with the plan, you will lose weight.
You set your own target and timeframe.
You also put the food in your mouth.
There’s a lot to be said for you are what you eat.