I’ve had some great feedback from my Paleo in a Nutshell blog last week. I’ll be saying more about what Paleo is – and isn’t – over subsequent blogs too. And I found another site that gives a great explanation of what Paleo is and also has some lovely food on it. It’s stricter than mine because they don’t do dairy and I do. But do check the Paleo Comfort Foods website.
Been doing some more clearing out this weekend. The sun clouded over for most of it so had brilliant excuse to stay in! Don’t you sometimes find the sun a little tyrannical? A little, oi! I’m out now, so should you be. Anyway found some lovely old photos of me all thin; well, thin for me. About a size 12/14.* Waist a truly startling 27 inches. Hips and bust exactly ten inches more. And it got me wondering, do photos of us thin help us to lose weight?
Stick it on the ‘fridge door
I know many people who put photos of themselves at their thinnest, fittest and finest on their ‘fridge door as if to say, wouldn’t you LOVE to look like this again? So I’m giving it a go. Found a pic from 1986, when I turned 30, and went to southern Spain to celebrate. I’m wearing cropped white trousers and a pink top. Much same as I wore the other day. God I do love white trousers, especially in this weather.
Daft really because with all the cooking I do, it’s very risky wearing white trousers. But they feel so refreshing and so lovely to wear. The trousers I wore on that Spanish holiday 27 years ago were I recall quite clearly a size 14. Not a 12, a 14. I did have a pair of 12s I could get into but that’s only cos someone gave them to me. I never bought size 12 anything.
Buy bigger than you are… or smaller?
That’s because I always knew that while I could, at my thinnest, get into a 12 I knew my “settling down” size if you like was much closer to a 14. The white trousers I recently bought are also cropped, cotton and wonderfully comfortable. They’re a size 16 and they’re lose! Could I have dared to buy a 14? Already? Surely it’s too soon for that? Or is it? No idea. But I’ll know soon enough as weigh-in approaches and I’ll do some measures too.
Anyway, the photos have spurred me on. I have in the past managed to lose a ton of weight and I can again. Okay so it’s far harder now I’m post menopausal but that doesn’t mean it’s not achievable. Just have to be more focussed and stick to it, even if I plateau and, yes, you plateau on Paleo same as you any other kind of diet. It’s harder for women past the menopause but it can be done. Just takes longer.
Previous weight losses
Last time I lost a large amount of weight was about 20 years ago when I attended one of the famous slimming groups. Lost nearly three stone going from just under 13 stone to just over 10. But put it all back on and then some. Back when I was in my mid 20s I shed all my teenage/college/puppy fat when my first major relationship broke down. Boy being single helps you stay thin – controversial? Perhaps. But it was a hugh incentive. For me. Not saying owt wrong with not being thin and fat single people do find partners, of course they do.
Happy and thin?
But for me, I have nearly always equated slenderness and losing weight with being unhappy! When I was in my first long-term relationship I became extremely comfortable shall we say. Reached 13 stone and my then boyfriend insisted he didn’t mind. He was pretty right-on so I’m sure he meant it. And he insisted leaving me had nothing to do with my weight! Nevertheless I lost three stone within a few months of him going and, annoyingly, I kept it off for best part of a decade.
I say annoyingly because back on it climbed when I found lasting happiness again. Can you be happy and thin? Or if not thin, then thinner? Once out walking with my beloved when I complained about my weight he said something like, “Well at least you’re happy.” To which I replied, “I don’t want to be happy, I want to be thin!” He told a colleague this next day and she said, “I know this woman!”
Fat and miserable
I want to get rid of this myth that fat people are jolly and happy and to be thin you have to be miserable and boring to be around. You CAN be happy and thin, you can. Well, happy and right weight for your height. Happy and a healthy weight, eating healthy food living a healthy life. In fact, how can you be happy not being these things?
I’ll keep those old pics of me looking slender, lovely and gorgeous and ignore the fact that I was nearly 30 years younger when many of them were taken and most of us look a heck of a lot better when we’re younger. Trouble is, you don’t know it then do you? I’ve looked at very old pics of me from when I was a teenager and I KNOW I thought I was fat! But I was a size 10 for chrissakes!
Anyway have a happy Monday and enjoy your week. More later.
*For my American audience, British sizes are two up from yours. So our size 14 is your 10.