This is day eight of my diet. Bit of a giveaway starting it in February and blogging each day. After this post I will scale the blogs back a bit to two or three times a week. I wanted to capture the feel of it for the first full week but we’ve got there now and I’m wondering if the novelty is now over and it’s on with the slog!
This is why I think crash diets are so popular. So many dieters want an instant result, a magic bullet. Kickstart some of the plans call it. Get you going seven or 14-day programmes. The magazines are always yelling at us about a way to lose 20 pounds in two weeks or drop two dress sizes in a fortnight.
It can be done, I presume, if you stick to the regime but what comes next? Taking off the weight is the easy part. Sticking to it for a long period of time a good deal harder.
So I’m going to try to keep this blog, as well as my eating plan, going for at least a year. I probably need 18 months to get to the healthy weight I should be and I want to do it the healthy way, slowly, surely, gradually. The best way in fact.
Blogging about it, making my goals public like this – even if there isn’t much of a public actually watching! – is a great way to try and make sure I stick to my goals.
It was a novelty for me at first starting out on the Paleo diet. I’ve never eaten this way before. I did try the Scarsdale Diet many moons ago – and there’s a blast for the past! Also something similar in a book called Eat Fat Grow Slim by Dr. Richard Mackarness. Somewhat erroneously the cover of this book had four cartoons of a girl eating bangers and mash and getting smaller with each picture. Of course a high-protein regime forbids mash! The bangers are fine though.
Bangers are what I had for breakfast with tomatoes. Same for lunch as was too buy to be all that bothered with stopping to prepare something properly. Tonight we’ll be having a steak dinner! Yum.
So you ask me if the novelty has worn off? Well, even if you don’t ask, I ask and, no, it hasn’t. Not yet. Still feels like a bit of a treat to eat this way. Still can’t believe I can have as much butter as I want and steak, bacon, sausages, eggs, fish, chicken and some cheese and a bit of cream. Still have to pinch myself to believe it’s all allowed. But it is!
Has it worked?
So has it shown any signs of working yet? Well it’s only been seven days and this is not a crash diet but… yes, it has! I’ve not weighed myself. I won’t do that till the end of the month but I have lost a clear half an inch off my waist! That’s the most crucial measurement on this plan. It’s the apple-shaped overweight person that has most risk from heart attack and strokes. Especially a post-menopausal woman such as myself. I’ve never been a pear as it happens. But I’ve been in danger recently of turning into an apple.
And while I think Apples are great as computers, I don’t actually want to be an apple shape. So I’m pleased there’s been some progress to report and I hope there will be more a little later down the line.
If you’ve stuck with me thus far, much thanks. More next week and have a great weekend.