Saturday Swapit

It’s Saturday, the first of January and the start of a New Year.
I bet top of the list of most people’s resolutions is to lose weight.
Having battled with weight issues most of my adult life, finally finding something that worked for me in 2016 was a godsend.
Over the preceding decades, I’d tried a variety of diet plans, most with minimal success and a return of those unwanted pounds plus a few more within a matter of weeks after coming off said plan.

I am not, nor do I claim to be, a professional dietician or nutritionist. Anyone who wants or needs to lose serious weight should consult a medical professional or GP. This is not a diet programme.

I have no idea if this will become a series or not, though I hope it will to give some encouragement to those who are trying to lose weight but become disheartened. Believe me, I know how you feel, from the lack of support from friends or family to those who find it funny to eat or dangle chocolate, cake or biscuits in front of you.
The idea of Saturday Swapit is to swap ideas of success or share failures, give tips on what worked for you and what didn’t, recipes, food ideas when things get so damn boring, that kind of thing. You don’t even have to mention your weight, any weight losses or gains either unless you want to.
Posting on a Saturday, we can bitch together about the pitfalls, if any, of our week, be excited about any positive things like losses and start the weekend off on a note of enthusiasm. Anyone game?
If you want to join in, pingback to this post and leave a link to yours in the comments.
Let readers know what diet plan you intend to follow, if it’s new to you or a trusted favourite, then next week we can all compare notes and see how we’ve done.

To start, here are five tips that might help…………..

Use smaller plates for your meals.
If you are supposed to weigh/measure things, do so, don’t guess.
Keep a food diary.
Don’t shop when you’re hungry.
Don’t feel guilty if you have a ‘bad day’.


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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! In November 2020, we lost our beloved 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. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. 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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42 Responses to Saturday Swapit

  1. willowdot21 says:

    This is an excellent idea Di 💜

  2. I should be thinking of this, but somehow it isn’t happening. Might take me a few days to start thinking constructively!

  3. scifihammy says:

    This is a great idea! Sometimes it is just a matter of finding the right thing that works for you, your body chemistry, personality etc
    For me it is not having any snacks between meals.

  4. have a fantastic year ahead di

  5. Happy New Year to both. My problem is different I needed to eat as I have again lost too many pounds as a recent flare-up of Celiac disease.

  6. What a fabulous idea! I love it and will watch for the development of the particulars. I loved the humor too, that’s a key part to any dieting in my opinion. One must find the humor in the situation if at all possible. At least in my opinion. I have lots of information from the times I’ve done dieting and other issues around body image. Self image. I’ll be glad to share.

    • Oh please do Melanie. You are so right about humour. Many diets make you feel guilty or practically starving, yet something simple mentioned by someone else could have some fantastic results!

      • I’ll be happy to participate! What a nifty idea too! I hope your scale is ‘kind’ the next time you check in, you’ve done such a great job! 🙂

      • Weigh in today and I was dreading it. Hubby has put on three pounds, but I have lost four to put me smack on the top parameter of my target! Yay!! Both of us are on the slimming train this week.

  7. Carol anne says:

    Love this idea! ❤ Will be participating! Xx

  8. murisopsis says:

    I like the idea but I usually don’t post on Saturdays… I use the app Myfitnesspal on my phone to track calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, sugar, and fiber intake along with exercise! It is free and very easy to use.

  9. Anita says:

    Great idea. Happy New year.

  10. Astrid says:

    Good luck on your weight loss journey. These are great tips indeed.

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  14. I’ve lost three stone using ”Slimming World”, but stopped going in November. I just couldn’t go there week in week out and know that I haven’t been taking it seriously. Over Christmas, I got chocolates as gifts, so once all of those have been eaten I will go back taking my husband and daughter with me. I am worried about their health and if we are all in it together we might succeed.

    • Good for you! I’m with SW although I don’t attend class now as I’m twitchy about groups. As a target member, I can text in my weight every week at the moment. I’ve put all the goodies away knowing the sell by dates and shall treat myself occasionally. I lost almost 3 stone in 2016, but had to put it on hold for a while, then we sold the boat and moved so I tried to go it alone. I signed up again in 2019 here and achieved my target weight in August that year. It’s been hard work keeping it off but I’m doing pretty well, allowing for the occasional glitch and indulgence in something ‘off plan’. Thanks for commenting. Hope you’ll find tips from other readers helpful.

  15. emkingston says:

    I like the food diary and smaller plate ideas, and I am guilty of shopping when hungry. My eyes can be sometimes bigger than my stomach. Great ideas, Di!

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