So hello and welcome back to my tiny band of loyal followers. I woke up this morning – always a good sign that – to my clock alarm in a state of, well, alarm! At 7.53! Neither of the phone alarms went off. I have one to wake me gently and one to yell GET UP! But neither worked. That’s digital technology for you; it’s a sort of sometimes technology really isn’t it? Whereas my clockwork analogue alarm did the bizzo.
Anyway, how was your Christmas? Fine? Quiet? I see you nodding. Mine too. Happy new year. As promised, here I am again three weeks after my last blog. Three weeks later and only five pounds heavier! Now I call that a result.
Went to the doc’s today for my annual blood sugar test. Took the executive decision to weigh-in even though this diet – which it isn’t of course! – didn’t start till February last year. Anyway I am 87.4 kilos (13 stone 10/192 pounds), up from 85.3 (13 stone 5/187 pounds) at last weigh-in. So I only put on five pounds over Christmas which is perfectly acceptable. Even the nurse said so adding, “Everyone wants to be weighed today!” What are we, masochists so close to the holidays ending?
Get it off again
Now then to get those pounds/kilos back off and more besides. I’m down exactly 10 kilos since this time last year and the nurse really noticed it which was lovely. Just hope the blood tests come out okay. Apparently the blood sugar tests for levels over the past couple of months – and what better time to include than Christmas? If you can be at the right level including Christmas then you’re probably okay.
Why detox is crap
Many people go on detox diets at this time of year. They’re a waste of money and a waste of time. You have a liver and a pair of kidneys for detoxing. If they’re not working, there’s something a lot more wrong with you than being a bit overweight. Ignore detox claims. It’s just another cunning plan to try to get money out of you. Don’t fall for it. Read this blog instead. It’s free and infinitely more fun.
Don’t diet in January
I also think NO ONE should start a diet in January. Why bother? You’ll just feel depressed as hell and the strong contrast between massively over-eating and over-drinking over Christmas and feeling crap for giving it all up – or trying to – only sets you up for failure. Isn’t January depressing enough as it is? Actually that said I quite like January, contrarian that I am. It means Christmas is over – hurrah! No more “Are you ready for Christmas” crap questions. If you want to diet, start in February. If you want to go “dry” do it in February – it’s the shortest month in the year what are you NUTS thinking you should do it in January? I began my Paleo regime in February last year and looked what happened to me? Nearly two stone off, ten kilos and only five pounds gained over Christmas. I am cooking with gas and raring to get back on it because Paleo is a lovely “diet” to be on. Not so much a diet, more a new way of life.
I knew I’d come off Paleo over Christmas because my old friend heartburn returned. That’ll be the bread, pastry, cakes and champagne I thought. Now I’ve gone back to Paleo my old friend, the heartburn has vanished along with the need to take medication for it. I get odd looks when I ask for a bacon bap and just eat the bacon or ask for the bacon sans bap but I don’t care. It works. It’s lovely and it’s lovely to be back.
Hope you had a good break if you had one. Hope this year is good for you and I hope you’ll stick around for the second year of my journey. My goal is small but I hope achievable – around another stone/14 pounds/6 kilos off be end of the year. As well as the five pounds I gained over Christmas so I’m looking for a total loss from today of 19 pounds or a stone and five pounds or eight and a half kilos. And I’ll be mostly eating the Paleo way to try to get there.
See you again soon.