I think the time has come to step up my diet if I’m going to lose anything further. I’ve been very Paleo lately, almost Paleo to the max – almost but not quite! But I don’t think I’ve lost anything further. I fear I may have to take more drastic steps if this is to work.
I haven’t weighed in since early February when I hadn’t yet succeeded in losing back my Christmas weight – when I only gained five pounds which isn’t that bad. But it’s not the gaining over holidays – expected. It’s the not taking them back off again. That’s something when I was younger I found a lot easier. I don’t now. So, what’s to be done?
Dairy and wine free
One thing I could do is go dairy and wine free. I hardly drink much alcohol but perhaps like foregoing cheese, it could have a positive knock-on effect in that it’ll stop me snacking on other things? Not snacking on cheese has stopped me snacking altogether! As there isn’t anything now that’s so easy to reach in the ‘fridge. Once you have a glass of wine you tend to loosen up a bit, have crisps too perhaps…
The dairy is much harder for me although having already eschewed cheese, it’s not as hard as it might’ve once been. I do like milk or cream in my coffee. As well as sugar which I still sometimes have. If I could give up both, even if only for an experimental seven or 14 days, be interesting to see if it makes a difference.
Time to find out!
But you know maybe I won’t have to take such, for me, drastic steps? Perhaps I am still losing weight, albeit not very much and not at a very fast rate. If I can stay the same for a bit and lose every now and then, that’ll do me. I mean it won’t – of course I’d much rather the weight just slid off me! It isn’t though and short of doing something drastic or changing my diet, I can’t see how it will.
For those yelling at their screens DO SOME EXERCISE I do! I’m pretty fit and active for one who will be 60 in a couple of years’ time. You’d should’ve seen me at Portmeirion last month, charging up hills and rushing round the woods. I was out walking for two to three hours a day, longer sometimes. My resting heart rate is an athletic 50! It’s not lack of exercise that is making the weight stick around. It could partly be that I’m post-menopausal and the fat sticks around like set concrete. But I’ll get there. I’ll keep trying. At least my blood sugar levels are now well out of danger and I can truthfully say I am no longer in a pre-diabetic state. And that’s at least partly thanks to the amount I’ve always exercised as a matter of course, I’m sure it is.
For exercise isn’t just about going to the gym or doing a sport. It’s about incorporating physical activity into every day; walk when you might’ve driven, run when you might’ve walked, stand when you’d sit. Being aware that a sedentary job requires movement.
So maybe I’ll face down my dragon, do the weigh-in, see how bad it is and then take action depending upon the result. This or t’other side of Easter though?
Thanks for listening. Have a good Monday and a great week.