Welcome to Saturday Swapit.
The idea here is to share success stories and perhaps those not quite successful as well as thoughts and ideas on the subject of food and diets. Hopefully this will provide support to others whose original enthusiasm has begun to wane or things are starting to stall. There again, it can simply be used to have a good moan about why things aren’t going as well as they should be.
To join in, write a post about your experiences and pingback to this one, then leave a link in the comments, or if you prefer, just leave a comment below.
Thanks again to those who added theirs last week.
I am not, nor do I claim to be, a professional dietician, nutritionist or diet programme consultant.
I rejoined SW in May 2019 and have managed to stay within my target parameters since August 2019.
Anyone who wants or needs to lose serious weight should consult a medical professional or their GP. This is not a diet programme.
Continuing from last week, most people are familiar with having some great losses during the first week or two of a new diet. Sadly the experts will tell you most of that is probably water, but in my book, water or not, it is excess that has been lost and as such should be celebrated……… but not with a sticky bun and a bar of chocolate!
The problems of disappointment, frustration and despair arise when the weight does not shift, or even goes in the wrong direction, despite our best efforts and religiously sticking to plan. Unfortunately, this happens all too frequently, and so it comes as no surprise when after a month or so, we give up. I’ve been there too many times to count, and you honestly start to question yourself as to why you bother.
We then get tempted for the ‘quick fixes’, the liquid diets or maybe fasting, which although may be OK in the short term for some, are not that good an idea for others, especially those with other health conditions to take into account.
If you want to lose inches quickly, I’d suggest the Mummy Wrap at a health spa. Although you can hardly move for about an hour or so being constricted within the bandages, it works for a few days until your body reverts to its original shape, so for that special occasion, it’s a cheat but effective fix!
Everyone is different. I cannot stress this enough, and what works for one person may well not work for another. But get to know yourself, especially your bad eating habits, because once you accept what they are, and for whatever reason, you can address it.
You tell someone you’re on a diet and wait for the jokes or teasing with chocolate and cakes, as those who have never had a weight problem, have no concept of the difficulties dieters face.
Diet is a four letter word – F O O D – and if we look at it that way, maybe it’s not so intimidating. There are loads of different foods available, and the more we grow to understand what we need, what we like, what we can have in abundance, and what we should limit, we can move forward towards success.
Set yourself realistic goals for you, not somebody else. To lose a pound a week is fifty two pounds in a year, that’s almost four stones in weight.
But you don’t have to wait a year to celebrate a landmark…. make it that first stone loss, coming down a dress size, or even feeling more comfortable in a favourite sweater or jeans that were a little tight before you started.
And you know that sticky bun or bar of chocolate to celebrate earlier? You can have it. You’ve worked for it, you deserve it and you should enjoy it without guilt.
Just don’t let yourself get back into the habit of having one every day.