Saturday Swapit #31

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Sometimes we just need to let off steam when things are going off the rails, so tag along and do just that!

This week’s topic is calories, syns, points or something else……………

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.

Saturday Swapit is not intended as a diet programme, and anyone who wants or needs to lose serious weight should consult a medical professional or their GP.

There are various ways of dieting as we all know. The main issue is that what works for one may not work for another and I know some people who have chopped and changed because they can’t get to grips with calorie counting, calculating syns or points, or working out fats and carbs.

I can only comment from my own experience, and in my younger days, calorie counting was the way to go, with 1000 being the magic number for the day.
I invested in books on calories, carbs and dieting in general and religiously weighed and examined everything I put on my plate and then in my mouth. What is it they say, a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips?
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I stuck a picture of myself at my heaviest on the fridge door as a deterrent, but to be honest I can’t remember what happened to it and the fridge didn’t lose an ounce.
This is also very me…………..
and this :
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All joking aside, dieting is a serious matter for most of us for whatever reason we chose to lose those unwanted pounds. Ex partner and Ex husband both made me feel guilty every time I looked at a cake or bar of chocolate and their criticism should something THEY felt was off the list pass my lips was more hurtful than any weight issue I had.

The 1000 calories didn’t really work for me but a friend knowing how depressed it was making me, gave me her diet plan on which she had lost almost four stone. It was a reducing diet insomuch as you started with 1500 calories a day for the first two weeks, then reduced it to 1250 for the next two and 1000 for the fifth which you stayed at until you reached your goal. I lost a few pounds over a couple of months but the suggested menus were a little restricted and I soon lost heart as the weight wasn’t shifting as fast as I’d hoped. She lost her weight over about 15 months and I didn’t have her staying power.

That’s the trouble though isn’t it. We give it our best shot but the results are so slow in making an appearance, or should I say disappearance, we wonder why we bother serenading ourselves with hunger pangs and making ourselves miserable.

The idea of all calories being counted for me appealed greatly so I tried the prepared meals, the micro diet, and a couple of liquid diets/supplements. I lost a lot of pounds in the money sense, and only about seven unwanted ones so I suppose the positive side was at least I lost something.
Ayds was also a popular choice where you ate a chewy cube (no way it was a toffee or sweet) which was supposed to help suppress your appetite and thus eat less. It worked for some, but not me as I liked the mint ones and chewed more than I should (sigh).

I bought The F Plan book, and way prefer Shirley Valentine’s (aka Pauline Collins) interpretation as after a week I was suffering from flatulence like you wouldn’t believe! Well, that begins with F I suppose.
As a teenager, I lost a lot of weight, but I was walking four miles minimum a day, and skipping breakfast as I preferred to have those extra fifteen minutes in bed. I chewed a lot of gum too and that made me less hungry, though I was eating whatever Mum cooked for dinner in the evening with gusto.
Skipping meals though is not the way to go IMO as the body needs nourishment and balance, plus the experts says breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Weight Watchers and points didn’t work for me, but Slimming World’s syns do so I’m sticking with it. Even if my membership lapses, I’ll still have the books and lists, just no access to the website, which I don’t use very often anyway.
I’m also in the throes of tweaking my diet to include more iron and vitamin B12, and hopefully, Hubby will benefit from some of it too.

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! 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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9 Responses to Saturday Swapit #31

  1. willowdot21 says:

    It’s a hard old slog…I believe as logas we are sensible and eat properly and exercise what we look like really should not matter….but sadly it does, people judge… Your ex partners were unkind! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

    • Their loss. I’m happier than I’ve ever been, even though I still carry too many excess pounds. Hubby loves me as I am, not for what I look like or weigh. They didn’t.

  2. Carol anne says:

    Slimming world worked for me too. I’m not a member now, but I’m still using some of their recipes. Xx

  3. Nope, Not Pam says:

    It takes a lot of time to lose weight. I shifted 37kg but it took 18 months. I still count my calories and exercise 6 days a week (6.5km walks after fracturing my knee) but Iโ€™m so obsessive about it, it drives hubby mad. I got up at 5am this morning to go for my walk as I was worried about impending rain ๐Ÿ™„

  4. murisopsis says:

    Having a motivation for walking (i.e. the dogs) really helps! And the fact that Mochi is on a diet too makes me more aware of when and what I eat. I count calories but at 1200 a day I have plenty to eat especially when it is low calorie items like brussels sprouts and carrots and very lean meats… Because there are no restricted foods, if I feel like blowing a whole day’s calories on a cheese burger and fries I can – but that means nearly nothing for dinner and absolutely no snacks! I get to decide… We hardly ever use the dinner plates for meals – just the luncheon plates so even if the portions are small the plate is filled! (Sometimes it takes playing mind games)…

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