I have now been dieting for nearly six months and soon I’ll be able to see exactly how much weight I’ve lost in that time. Some has definitely come off. More than a stone so far. I’m hoping for about 20 pounds in all at the next weigh-in – the half-year point. I was hoping for seven pounds off in seven weeks but I think that ship sailed when I gave myself a bit too much licence on holiday last week but we’ll see.
One thing I find perplexing but that might be entirely down to my age and time of life is that NOTHING has come off my belly. It’s still huge. In fact, it looks bigger now I’ve lost weight everywhere else. The waist has been stubborn but it’s come down nearly four inches now – from 39 to 35. Even my hips have shown a healthy loss going from 44” to 41½. And despite some increases, my hips have remained comparatively slender. Not so the rest of me. Why is that?
Why women change shape
I can’t speak for men I’m afraid. I’ve no idea beyond beer consumption why they grow big bellies many can’t seem to shift. But for women past the menopause, it’s down to hormones I believe. We keep it round our middles – becoming apples instead of pears – and become top heavy. I can’t shift weight from my bust either. I’m still a staggering 44 inches up there! I’m turning into an inverted pyramid!
Of course if I keep this up and do some more exercise the weight may eventually shift and stop me looking like a matronly woman who’s had four kids but left one in by mistake. I HATE this look! I hate being this shape If I’d had kids, least I’d have an excuse. But I haven’t.
Used to be so easy!
I remember a time when, yes, I gained weight easily but it came off just as easily too. And it came off in the right places too. I could play all kinds of games, game my weigh-ins feast then fast and all would be well. Not anymore. Someone once warned me that after the menopause weight settles on women like concrete. Set and almost impossible to shift.
Well I’m NOT giving up! It will go. I’m blessed with a continued reduced appetite that I reported on yesterday. No idea where this came from or why it happened but I’m very pleased because today is my second semi-fasting day, following on from deciding to go 5:2 for a bit.
Nearly fasted a day early
I very nearly fasted yesterday in fact so reduced was my appetite. Reckon I had about 1,000 calories at most. And didn’t feel hungry, ill or deprived as I have in the past. Is it the weather? Is it affecting others the same way? Who knows. Who can tell. But I had a low calorie count yesterday and today for breakfast had just 130 calories – one-egg bacon omelette with mushrooms and tomatoes.
Lunch will be a very light green salad with some Mozzarella balls and sun-dried tomatoes. Tea is steak and salad. Tomorrow it’s back to normal. Or whatever normal is now.
MY TUMMY WILL GO!!!
And I WILL get rid of this tummy of mine. It’s got to go, whatever it takes. Well, within reason. I bought myself some lovely cropped white trousers the other day. Perfect for this weather and a true treat for a dieter who’s had some success. Size 16. Fitted perfectly; actually, a bit lose! And this isn’t a pair with an elasticated waist – they have a zip and a button. But do up fine. Only thing is, my tummy still seems big. It’s going though. It is definitely going. I’ve given it notice. I do not want a tummy the size of an extra person living with me any longer. Being this overweight is like carrying around a large suitcase everywhere you go. It’s going.
Have a good Thursday.