Proud mother, and new writer. Tips, advice, and anecdotes from a woman's perspective.
Published January 15th 2013
I like donuts
Two years ago I was just under 11 stone, and I'm 5ft 2 so I didn't look fat, but it wasn't until I saw photographs of my self @ my 50th birthday party that I realised how much weight had crept up over the two years, since starting a sitting down job.
I did go up a dress size from a '10' to a '12', but I told myself that at 50 a lady needs a bit of 'padding' so she doesn't look old and drawn. I was horrified at how I looked in photos because I didn't think I looked that big when I looked in the mirror, but seeing a photo of myself made me think that's how others see me. I was not happy. What helped me cut down was a family accident that changed my finances. I know some people can't eat at times of stress, but I'm the opposite: I ate more – it seemed to make me feel better, however, I found myself with less to spend. I altered my lunch to begin with. If I took a sandwich to work I'd always eat crisps with it and a chocolate bar afterwards with a cup of tea. So, near the end of the month, when my money was low I found I could save a £1a day by not having crisps and chocolate. So by Friday I had £5 extra to spend on bills/petrol/ whatever I was short of.
When I did get paid I thought "I've managed a week without the extra crisps and chocolate, so I can manage another one". I started to park my car as far away from my entrance as I could, to get a few steps in. I always walked to my car during my break to get extra steps in and at the supermarket too.
Every day when I bought my newspaper on the way to work and to satisfy my very sweet tooth I would take a small Freddo, or only two squares of Cadbury dairy milk. I made small changes: I switched from white bread to wholemeal & eventually the weight started dropping off and people started noticing. If we went out for a meal, I didn't have dessert – you just say no. Or if it was every four weeks I would have a dessert instead of a main course. And I know it's not very nutritious, but sometimes a lady needs something sweet.
Two years on I'm just under 9 stone. I don't eat a strict low fat diet. You don't have to change to watery milk and low fat spread. I just eat three meals a day, just a bit less, and in between I snack on fruit. I have full fat milk, I have real butter and I am proof that you can lose weight and keep it off without resorting to low fat, bland tasting food. I don't eat any 'diet' food. I eat everything I've always enjoyed just a bit less of it. For instance, I spread the butter on and scrape it off, or I only put it on one piece. My daughter has also introduced me to the delights of tomato puree, which I sometimes use instead of butter. It's delicious with a boiled or poached egg as a sandwich.
Everything you can fry I grill instead. I still have chips once a month, I just don't want them as much. You don't have to join an expensive gym, just walk a bit more. If I have to go somewhere less than two miles away I walk. I am living proof it works and it saves petrol for more important journeys. It's not rocket science: just eat a bit less and walk a bit more. It's not a strict diet regime, it's a lifestyle that you stick to. I never miss a meal, and I always eat three times a day.
lovely article,I like that you have butter every now and then.We all need a bit of good fat to decrease the risk of DEMENTIA.as you know brain is made of fat and constant dieting can decrease the fat in the brain and can increase the possibility of dementia which is now becoming quite common in the old age . Just make sure that your butter is oure butter and not vegetable oil bIend.canolla oil is not healthy these days as they are genetically modified food.I also recommend changing your tea to green tea.Happy health
good article. Good practical advice. My suggestions: don't put butter or margarine on sandwiches (you'll get used to it), eat smaller portions (after a while you'll realise how big your old portions were), don't drink diet or normal soft drink, don't eat fried food. If you find exercise hard to fit in, try a 30-min "block" of time and work up from there. If you're hungry have a hot herbal tea. If you're still hungry 15 mins or so after the drink have something small, or fruit. If you're craving something sweet have one (if it's a biscuit) or a really small portion (eg. cake). Get the craving over & done with so you don't think about it and end up eating half a packet of biscuits, chips etc.