It’s the start of a new month, a time when some people think is right to start a new regime, especially in the diet stakes and with Christmas not that far away.
My theme this week is the opposite side of the coin, and that is taking time out……..
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.
One diet that was pretty popular when I was working for the bank was the 5 to 2 diet, where you dieted for five days and ate ‘normally’ for the other two. This worked exceptionally well for several who were working Monday to Friday as a sandwich, fruit, and low calorie lunch were easy enough to comply with, then at the weekend, you could have your burger and chips on a Saturday night and full Sunday roast the day after.
Holidays are usually a killer though, and one colleague used to diet like crazy a month or so before her leave so that she could eat what she liked while away and come home without feeling guilty and weighing in at her ‘usual weight’.
IMO sometimes having a break and taking time out can be beneficial, especially if things have stalled. It doesn’t mean we have to dive into the nearest bakery and devour all things pastry, sticky or creamy, but just not having to worry about carbs, calories, syns, points, or whatever gives our minds a reprieve so that when we resume our diet plan, we can usually see results quicker.
There is of course the danger that we don’t want to start again, and that is a different kettle of fish altogether. It should not be seen as failure or quitting, just a question of not having the right mindset. We have already discussed wanting to lose weight for ourselves, not because we were told to or to please someone else.
I have found maintaining my target more difficult than actually getting there in the first place. There are added bonuses for target members which are quite generous, but it is all so easy to fall back into bad habits so I have to be sensible. I am at a stage now where the scales are creeping up again, so I will have to curb my extras, if not cut them out altogether, and that is practically the same as starting again from scratch.
Routine has also been interrupted over the last few weeks, so that hasn’t helped and more of the fast stuff has gone past my lips than the sensible. I can honestly say though that I have not had burger and chips, or chips with anything!