Are you living in a fat environment? Does the place where you live, the work that you do, make you fatter than you might otherwise be? Or has the definition of fat and obesity changed?
Try this amusing little quiz to see how your town rates! Mine is 70% obese apparently. Which is bit of a shame as we have some lovely countryside where I live so pity people don’t get out into it more often. Or even at all! Perhaps it’s like being a Londoner and never seeing the sights? Leaving them all to the tourists! I know as a former London resident myself, I see far more sights now I don’t live there. I make a special point of visiting them when I go down.
Anyway that’s all by way of diversionary tactics as my first post-Christmas weigh-in looms next week and I’m a bit scared to tell you the truth that it won’t register a loss of any kind – though of course it might. I have lowered my expectations since I began this blog and diet last February when I said I would lose three stone (42 lbs) in a year. Ha! How optimistic that now seems. But I did take off two stone so that’s not too bad. If I can do another this year, I’ll be happy. The five pounds I gained over Christmas plus another 14. Let’s add another one to round it up. So 20lbs in all by third week of December, ie just before next Christmas starts.
Even as I type I fear that sounds awfully ambitious. It’s so much harder to lose weight when you’re older due to muscle loss, less exercise, hormonal changes all sorts of reasons. I know I’m making excuses and I probably could shift this extra bit if I really tried but whole point of going Paleo was to do something pleasurable and enjoyable. So it didn’t feel like a diet. More like a new way of life. Something it was easy to stick to. Something you didn’t go on then come off and put all the weight back on!
Energy and scales
For sure I have more energy on Paleo. I feel healthier, my blood tests indicate that I AM healthier and it’s all good. But I’m still more than a couple of stone over my ideal weight for my height and age. And, okay, so ever likely I can’t get to my ideal weight probably ever again. But I’d like to get closer. Anyway, we’ll see what next week’s scales indicate. I was thinking of buying some scales instead of having to go to the doctor every couple of months for a weigh-in but I don’t because they are a tyranny that encourage weight obsession (been there!) and because I want to do this without the daily weigh-ins (or even more frequent ones) and the calorie counting. I want to show you can lose weight without either! Also I think it’s a good idea that my diet is being medically supervised.
Anyway have a good Friday and a great weekend. See you next week with good or bad news.