A conversation I had in group yesterday with a rather amusing lady – she always has a wry comment to make – got me really thinking about how hard we can make our slimming campaign, and how many perceived obstacles we put in our way. She had mentioned that she found it really hard to waste food – something we can all understand – and that if she spends time with her grandchildren and eats with them, she will then go home and eat the food that she had pre-prepared for her dinner. In effect, she eats two dinners whilst trying to lose weight!
It was a really interesting moment for me, as I too hate to waste food and used to get angry if my other half tried to leave any on his plate! I wondered how many times I had over eaten for this reason, along with the underlying ‘just think what the starving children in Africa would say’ mantra that has been drummed into me and most of my family…as if they care about a super morbidly obese person across the other side of the world! My mind was whirling and I then began to ponder other issues facing me and my fellow slimmers.
It seems that there is always a reason not to crack on and get healthy. Something stops us from taking the plunge, and that same something then becomes our excuse for not doing well. So I thought I would give you a taste of ‘Weight Loss Bitch’ excuses – with a little poetic license – across the year, for not just getting stuck in and sticking with it…
Now this tends to be a rather good month a it’s a fresh new year and I’m full of motivation! But wait, what about all of that leftover Christmas food…I’m halfway through a giant box of Hotel Chocolat, I still have a tub of Haribo left, family bags of McCoys and Penn State pretzels…not to mention the cheese board. Cheese, cheese, wonderful cheese! I can’t possibly throw it out, so I’ll eat it all and then start my health kick. Weird logic though – I mean, my wheelie bin won’t get fat, but my arse will – and either way you look at it, the food has been wasted. It might be halfway through the month before I consider rejoining a group or going to the gym…or even maybe just taking the dog for a walk.
Another good month – we’ve usually had a bit of snow, and I LOVE snow! It turns me into a child again and, as long as I know I can back up again, you might find me making a snow angel on the floor somewhere. But the cold weather does make you crave comfort food – thick, rich, gravy laden stews, and don’t forget the soup complete with gorgeous stodgy dumplings! Damn! Mums birthday this month, so that’s a nice meal out, plus a share of her chocolates too. And my brother in laws birthday too – we usually have a huge takeaway feast…lovely, but I’m stuffed! It’s Shrove Tuesday…and we all know what that means. Stacks of pancakes with syrup, chocolate, nuts, sugar – cheese if you’re a savoury head – and both if you’re greedy. And then of course it’s that wonderful day of romance, which isn’t complete without a romantic – and calorific – candle lit meal, a box of luxury chocolates, and a cute bear; the bear is okay…I wouldn’t eat that unless I was in a really munchie mood. So that’s another two weigh ins ruined…I’m now back to my original starting weight and it’s nearly March 🙁
The weather is getting better and at the first hint of a sunny day, the BBQ comes out…along with the picnic blanket. But if I stick to a ‘red’ day, I can do a decent BBQ. I do struggle to resist sandwiches, scotch eggs and pork pies though, so the picnic is a bit difficult and I dread getting on the scales. And then it’s Mothers Day – which involves buying chocolates for mum…and sharing them with her of course. We won’t mention the huge meal we ate too…that Yorkshire pudding was the size of a barge but it went down quicker than a bobsleigh does down a icy track! March isn’t a bad month though.
Easter! I love Easter…I remember my dad hiding the eggs around the house for us to find and it brings back happy memories. And have you tried the Malteasers bunnies – they are delicious! Oh, and then there are Mini Eggs, Caramel Eggs, hot cross buns – with butter – and that hot cross bun marmalade custard bake that dad makes…mmmm! Plus it’s time for the school holidays so that means more outings with the kids…meals out, picnics…tough times. Annoyed, as the weight I managed to lose last month has gone back on, so I’m still no lighter than I was when I started!
Now I can really get going – nothing is going to stop me! The weather is good, the horses are out 24/7 so that means no early morning mucking out sessions, and life is wonderful. So are the two bank holidays – love these extra days spending time with the family. We might go to the park, grab an ice cream, take a picnic – loving the cheese sandwiches and the farm shop pork pie…it tastes delicious! But the two bank holidays came at a price…I ended up staying the same 🙁
My birthday month – and my sisters too – so exciting! I know I’ll get spoiled…nice meal, chocolates…I usually treat myself to a birth-week…total enjoyment for a week. All my favourite treats (foodie heaven) and lots of them! The meal out for my sisters birthday was fabulous; we got a three course deal at the lovely country pub we use…their food is great, the portions are huge and their triple chocolate delight is lush! Needless to say, weigh ins this month weren’t going well…I even skipped a session as I knew I hadn’t done well.
School holidays – all of the entertaining can be so draining…drives you to the biscuit tin and the post-child-bedtime wine bottle! Plus, I’m off on an all inclusive to the Caribbean and, having been there before, I am dreading the irresistible Danish breakfast pastries…I cannot resist them, or the full cooked breakfast! The Mexican food at the beach bar is delicious…cheese drenched enchiladas and chicken fajitas with fries and guacamole. Dinners are great there too…so many choices, I generally have a dollop of everything. I was planning on doing loads of swimming, but something brushed past my leg in the sea, so I decided just to sunbathe instead…the seatbelt on the plane home is tighter – and I am already using an extender! 🙁
Needless to say, the post-holiday weigh in results were not good – how the hell did I manage to put on a stone? I know shouldn’t have done it, but I ordered a Chinese as I was depressed, and then ate the leftovers for breakfast…which gave me a taste for ‘naughty’ food – so it was McDonalds for lunch and a pizza for dinner. I’ll never lose this weight. A big family BBQ has been arranged this weekend, and I’m feeling awful as I told everyone I was going to lose this weight once and for all…but I’m a couple of pounds heavier than when I started! I’m doing a lot of babysitting for my sister as well, and it’s stressing me out – and I find myself picking at the kids leftovers too now. I am really stressed about my friends wedding this weekend, as I’ve got nothing to wear – I just end up getting drunk, eating loads of buffet food, and grabbing a takeaway on the way home. I’ll cut right back on my syns all week to compensate, as there was also the hen night damage I did…no shiny stickers for me this month.
Wow…how quickly is this year going? The kids are back at school though, so I’ll finally get some ‘me’ time! But then the nights will start drawing in soon – so much for this prolonged summer they kept talking about. Thoughts about gorgeous roast dinners, soups and stews creep into my head – all accompanied by piles of crusty bread and lashings of butter! The kids have started stressing me out again…they’ve already ruined their school shoes, a pair of new trainers have been lost along with a mobile phone, and money is just so tight! Healthy food can be so expensive, so the junk starts to creep back in…and I start to run out of group after just weighing in.
Halloween and half-term…more of those bloody treat sized chocolate bars lying around, as I always buy too many for the ‘trick or treat-ers’. The problem with the little bars is that I can fit a whole one in my mouth in one go! And, unfortunately, one is never enough. I’ve started to feel the cold too – and found a gorgeous hot chocolate drink made from fresh chocolate flakes…and can’t resist topping it with marshmallows. I can’t wait for half-term to finish…we’ve had sleepovers with pizza meal deals, and a huge Chinese – I feel so sluggish, and this colder weather isn’t helping.
I adore bonfire night and have always had a fascination with fireworks – I love them! So we arrange a huge party, complete with hotdogs, burgers, sticky toffee apples, toffee, and huge mugs of my luxury hot chocolate. I stick the leftovers in the fridge…I always make too much, but I’m sure it will all get eaten. These dark nights are really getting to me – I feel like eating comfort food…and can’t resist it! I try so hard, but I just can’t do it! And anyway, what’s the point – Christmas is coming up and I’ve got all of that stress to cope with…I may as well just forget the diet and start again next year. I’m over a stone heavier than I was in January though…so depressing…the only thing that will cheer me up is a family bag of McCoys and a packet of those new biscuits that panda advertises on TV.
Well, it’s Christmas of course! We always go all out for Christmas. There is so much food, it looks like we could survive a war…tins of chocolates – and Haribo for the other half – crisps, mixed nuts, cheeses…so much of it all! And our Christmas tradition is a huge meal on Christmas Eve, croissants for breakfast, and a massive dinner, with a huge buffet for tea. We do this all again on Boxing Day too! The leftovers see us well into the new year. And that lovely dress I bought to slim down into for Christmas…it’s still hanging up in the wardrobe…and probably won’t be in fashion when I finally lose weight – or the moths will have eaten it! Oh well, I can start again in January.
So that’s it then folks – life can be a bugger…losing weight is hard, but being fat and unhealthy is harder! There is always an excuse for not losing weight – you hear them in group every week…I had a cold, the kids were off school, it was my birthday, my friends birthday, a hen night, a spa weekend, a nice mini break in a hotel…JUST STOP!…
…FIND A WAY – NOT AN EXCUSE!
No one ever said it was going to be easy, but it’s far easier to lose weight now and make a change to better your future, than to keep getting fatter and letting someone deal with planning your funeral.
Thankfully, last year wasn’t like this for me – and with the support of my consultant and group, my wonderful family, and fantastic tweeps – I think this year will be a good one too.
Today was far less emotional than yesterday…
Last night I slept well…it was the first time I haven’t had to get up in the night to go to the loo! Even the dog behaved herself and the car alarm remained silent – result! So after getting up I got straight on with the boxing and weights, grabbed breakfast and headed off to see the horses. I then got in another session of exercise, caught up with my dad…who is also suggesting that I talk to a daughter of a friend of his to stop her from putting on any more weight – I reckon I could set up my own version of weight gain aversion therapy, similar to Dr C sending our smaller fatties over to see the bigger fatties in America! 😉 It was then a trip to Asda, followed by a jaunt across town to pick up some longed for sausages. Lunch was great but I made the worst mistake possible…I sat down! I still had to get my bum on the treadmill, so sitting down and getting comfy was the worst move as I ended up on it with a full tummy after lunch, got really hot, stripped off my top halfway through and almost had a tantrum. But, I survived! I then had to go to my sisters to help with the employment tribunal claim, ended up playing with the kids, and then came home a bit later than planned. A nice relaxing night is on the cards.
Breakfast: Banana and a benefit bar.
Lunch: Omelette with two chopped up LM rosemary and red onion sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, onion, spinach, two eggs and two slices of low fat mature cheddar – and two slices of wholemeal bread.
Dinner: Meatball pasta topped with cheese.
Snacks: Benefit bar, packet of Snack a Jacks and a wonderful find – Snaps!
Today is a good food day as I was finally able to get my hands on some of the Linda McCartney rosemary and red onion sausages, which are syn free, veggie, and bloody tasty! I chopped up a couple to put in my lunch and they were delicious…so pleased I went across town to pick them up…my lunch was gorgeous as a result. Dinner was another result after managing to pick up some of the Quorn Swedish style meatballs…again syn free, veggie and lovely – so it was pasta meatballs and cheese, with loads of veggies crammed in too.
Exercise: Boxercise, BodyPump, Sit-ups, Dancercise and Treadmill – fifty five minutes.
I was feeling a bit sluggish today for some reason and decided to leave the treadmill for a little later on…so I did a twenty minute session, followed by another twenty minute session and, after lunch, I then got my backside on the treadmill! It was a tough one day and probably something I won’t do after lunch again, but I have already noticed a quicker recovery time.
So come on then…get rid of the excuse and crack on – we want to be lean and mean by the end of 2013!
Weight Loss Bitch xxx
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