Saturday Swapit #39

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……..

DISCLAIMER:
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!

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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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12 Responses to Saturday Swapit #39

  1. Nope, Not Pam says:

    I’m pretty good with my pay off system. If you have that, you can’t have this, but when I’m on holiday I eat anything and everything I want. When we went to Italy we arrived Christmas Eve and the only thing open was the little cafe in the hotel. They had home made gelato and I proceeded to try all 30 flavours that evening. My diabetes didn’t appreciate it the next day

  2. murisopsis says:

    I haven’t given in to the lure of my favorite snacks (just don’t have them in the house) but when we go out with friends or with the boys I’m more likely to get the big calorie meal… That said, I’m attempting to avoid those menu choices. Still my wallet will chime in to vote for the 1300 calorie pasta ($15) instead of the 630 calorie steak for ($35). It is a struggle!

    • Prices are affecting the way I shop and today I treated myself to a cream cheese with pineapple and almonds. This is a treat for me at Christmas but I thought it would make a nice change from cheddar with my crackers. When I checked the bill, I noticed it had gone up 30p to £1.09!!! No treat for me this Christmas and the shelf life is only until 20th Oct so I can’t keep it until then. Oh well, Christmas has come early!!

  3. Carol anne says:

    I think its always hard when the results arent showing or not showing quickly enough!
    I took a break from slimming worls for a few months, but I am back at it now!
    I agree its not failing to take a break! Xx

  4. A break can also kick start a flagging resolve I think, especially when one sees how far they’ve come and have earned a little time off from thinking about the weight, scales, carbs/calories, syns and so forth. Good post! ☺

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