So I went for my weigh-in yesterday. I didn’t have particularly high hopes I must confess. Been feeling bit stressed and stress makes me turn to sugar. Not chomping on sugar cubes you understand. Just bit more sweetness in my diet than I should have if I want this Paleo lark to work.
I am blessed with living in a part of the country that will, I am fairly confident in saying, never get flooded. If my street is ever full of water, it means the entire country is submerged. Which is how it must feel right now to those struggling to cope with the ever-rising waters flapping at their door and bursting up through the floors. My sympathy to each and every one of them.
So with that caveat issued I do still nonetheless want to get my excuses out. I find cold weather depressing and stressful. We had a storm on Wednesday night that reminded me of the October 1987 Hurricane in the south-east. Trees bending right over; so far you thought they’d snap like twigs and burst through the window. The lights kept flickering on and off, the internet kept going down and one side of our town lost power entirely for the night.
Turn to sugar
So sweet tea – lucky I could make some! – was much appreciated. Though what I turn to most when I need a sugar hit is fruit, mainly berry fruit but with some banana too and a healthy dollop of very thick cream. All Paleo! All fine! I’ve been sticking to it more or less resolutely but I’ve had the odd packet of crisps too and some chocolate. Yesterday I even ate a sandwich.
Maybe then it’s not much of a surprise to discover I’ve lost the grand total of two pounds! “Least you’ve lost something!” said my beloved. True. But I’ve yet to get back to my pre-Christmas weight (sounds like pre-baby weight doesn’t it?) which was my all-time low from last year – 13 stone 5 should you care and if you didn’t care you wouldn’t be reading this I presume!
Accentuate the positive
I have maintained the two stone I lost last year and not gained post-Christmas. I’m not on the slide back up – can you slide up anything? What I mean is I’ve not entirely slid off my diet. I’m sticking with it. The temptation when you’ve had a disappointing weigh-in is to starve yourself; try to make up for it but I’m not doing that. For that way lies the dieter’s curse: the yoyo. I am not going to yoyo. I’d rather stay put than do that.
Slowly does it
So I’ll keep trying but I accept it’ll probably take a lot longer to get anything further off. I will exercise a bit more and try to eat less sugar but NOT less food. In fact, eating less food can convince the body it’s starving and so it hangs onto the fat all the more! I will try to go a bit more Paleo to the max so lots of high protein and high fat and very little carbs of any sort, though I’ll continue to eat berry fruit, green vegetables and salad leaves.
Tonight though I may have a compensatory glass of wine. And I’ll start again tomorrow. Always there is tomorrow.
Have a good Friday. Valentine’s Day. Though apparently far fewer couples celebrate it by going for a slap-up meal; most it would seem prefer to stay indoors and have a nice meal at home instead. That’s what we’ll be doing with a supermarket dine-in-for-two deal and I’ve bought my partner a red heart-shaped Wensleydale cheese. We know how to pardee!
Enjoy your weekend. More next week. If you have been, thanks for listening.