Finally stepped onto the scales today. At the doctor’s. Same scales I was weighed on just before I began this diet about six to seven weeks ago. And I’ve lost weight. Nine pounds. That’s about four kilos. Waist is now two inches down from 39 to 37 (you’ll have to do the centimetres equivalent yourselves I’m afraid!) so I’m only two inches away from the maximum waist measurement a woman should be, ie 35 inches. After which there’s a risk of heart disease. Apple-shaped women like me are very unhealthy.
I was thrilled to have lost so much. I feared after going off-piste so often and with my many wobbles the scales would admonish me and not give me the result I wanted. The nurse at the surgery said well done and marked it up on my records.
Free gym membership
Apparently I’m entitled to 12 weeks free gym membership. Which is lovely but it wouldn’t be free because I’d have to at the very least buy a decent pair of cross trainers and something suitable to exercise in. I have none of that. I do however possess a very good pair of Gore-tex walking shoes so I’ll carry on walking for my exercise.
My clothes still feel tight on me and I long for that not to be the case but I’ll get there. Just five more pounds and I’ll have taken off an entire stone (you can work the metric equivalent out yourself, I’m strictly an Imperial Girl!). I’m on course for my target of three stone off this year if I can get the first stone off in another four to six weeks. It will then have taken about 12 weeks/three months to lose the first stone. So it’s a slow, gradual, loss but that’s the healthiest way to do it.
High-protein diets work
The high-protein diet is definitely working. I’m eating less than I used to in terms of quantity and calories but I’m feeling fuller earlier and for longer. I have more energy. I sleep better and stressful events in my life aside, I’m a lot happier. I think I’m healthier too but a few more tests need to be done to check that out. I’m lucky, I think, to be a patient at a surgery that is always inviting you for tests and checkups. My kidney function is being tested next and I’m to have a pneumonia vaccine too next month. All this for free on our glorious National Health Service. Which really is about health since much of the tests and recalls I’ve been for are about prevention and health education. Which is as it should be.
So I think I’ve earned my weekly glass of champagne tonight, don’t you? You know what? I’ve been forgetting to have it…