The D Word and then some

Most of my readers are aware of my continuous battle of the bulge and success or not in the weight loss department.
I am a member of Slimming World and it is hoped that group classes will resume in September. The way things are at the moment, and even though I’ve had both jabs, the thought of mixing intentionally with 30 or more people, most of which I won’t know, is daunting and I would much prefer to continue texting in my weight on a weekly basis.
Have you ever thought how unfair it is that you might succumb to eating a pound box of chocolates but your weight gain is far more than that? It’s as if the ingredients have reconstituted to party in your body and invited all the bad stuff to join them.
My food diary is a godsend for multiple reasons, and I know it’s not recommended, but I do weigh myself every day. Sunday is the one that counts (and no, I do not take an average haha) and an extra pound has crept on this week. Often I refer back to ‘good days’ to see what I actually did or ate which can be helpful at finding pitfalls and temptation. I allow myself 2 A and 2 B options every day, plus once a week a double syn day so that I can indulge in the naughty things without feeling too guilty. Surprisingly, any intermediate increase does not always coincide with a ‘bad day’.
It’s my own fault as I have not exactly been good this past week, even eating loads of salad which doesn’t usually work for me anyway unless I have chips. Food à la salad has a high water content, and I tend to retain it, but the chips actually help keep that to a minimum. Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it, and although I have not actually had chips, I have had fried potato instead.

I’m not making excuses. The buck stops at me as I’m the one that puts the stuff in my mouth, and besides, what’s the point of lying about it when the only person I am defeating is myself. I can give myself a stiff talking to or kick up the backside with the best of them, and this coming week I am hoping to kick that pound back off the waistline.
There is another reason for keeping my weight down, and that has to do with my surgery.
There is little if any stretch in my scarline, so too many excess pounds is not only uncomfortable but painful. An unpleasant twinge under the arm or across the chest is not a bad thing as it is a reminder to get my act into gear.
I am still in target though, so that’s good and staying there is as good an incentive as any to stick with the programme.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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22 Responses to The D Word and then some

  1. Sadje says:

    I know very well the struggle you’re going through. Wishing you all the best my friend

  2. Maggie says:

    Keeping the pounds off seems like an even tougher battle during this crazy time. I would get too depressed if I weighed myself every day.

    • I find it helps me keep on track. It is harder staying at target than actually getting there though, and this month marks my second year at retaining it.

  3. Paula Light says:

    I admire your commitment! I’ve been trying to eat healthier ~ more fruit & veg, fewer sugary treats ~ and it’s going OK, but I have to pay attention. It’s so easy to slip back into bad habits…

    • Oh tell me about it Paula, the chocolate and ice creams are calling to me like sirens! A little of what you fancy and all that……….. just not every five minutes haha (which is what I did one day last week, couldn’t stop nibbling)

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  5. I reblogged your wonderful post: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2021/08/01/what-is-normal-anyway/ because you represent an amazing concept and stick to it by your efforts to lose that weight and keep it off! I’m amazed!

  6. Astrid says:

    I’m so proud of you for staying on target! I’m still about 25 pounds overweight even though I’m stable and have been for a long while now. I at one point considered joining Slimming World Online but I just feel it’s too much of a hassle.

    As for restarting groups, I can totally feel your apprehension.

    • I never held much confidence in group diet clubs having joined Weight Watchers in the 90s and felt the worse for it. SW worked for me, and I was entitled to 3 months free membership in 2016 so signed up. As it turned out, it probably saved my life as if I hadn’t lost the weight, we wouldn’t have found the lump. It was dealt with promptly with no problems and no need for chemo, just radiotherapy. Sadly another made itself known and a mastectomy followed in 2019. I’m fine and was a bit peeved that I lost no weight that week (LOL), but it keeps me vigilant and aware. You can join on line I believe, and they have a magazine which gives you tips and recipes, though I confess I don’t buy it. It worked for me anyway and this month I celebrate being 2 years at target.

      • Astrid says:

        Thank you for sharing your story! I’m so glad SW works for you. I had no idea lumps are harder to find when you’re overweight. So glad you found yours on time thanks to your weight loss. I almost laughed at your comment about not having lost weight the week you found the second lump – that’s kind of cynical. I’m so glad you’re fine now.

      • Thanks Astrid. I’d lost almost three stones in weight when we found it. My warped sense of humour kept me positive and I had a lot of support from our friends. The mastectomy was also straight forward and apparently my boob was at least a good pound, but it didn’t reflect on the scales at weigh in 😦
        I couldn’t help it, and burst out laughing.

  7. Good luck. I think one of the biggest things is moderation. If you totally cut out foods you tend to crave them, then binge on them. Nothing of too much is good one way or another…

  8. willowdot21 says:

    You are doing so well, sending you a gold medal 🥇

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