I see, hear and read about so many people who go on a diet to lose weight and fail. They try all sorts of things, but fail each time. My theory is that many folks fail not because they set their goal too high (well OK, low in the case of weight), but, like the story of tortoise and the hare, they go hammer and tongs at it for a short time, don’t get quick results, and get disillusioned and quit.
So, I’m not going to go down that road. I’m just going to keep making an effort to follow that Daily Telegraph diet – ‘Eat Less, Move More’.
I’m doing fairly well on the first part. I’ve stopped eating the blueberry muffins at the airport coffee shop, and am even more resolved not to buy them in future, when I found out that they’re a whopping 500 calories each!
I’ve not had a Full English Breakfast all last week, or even over the weekend. Nope, I’ve eaten scrambled egg or oatmeal instead.
Dinner time, I’ve been good and eaten more salad, and cut out the potatoes.
Less red meat, more fish.
Now, it can’t be all work and no play, so Saturday evening, with two days off work ahead of me, was spent in the local pub, where I had ham, egg and chips, and a few glasses of beer. Should I feel guilty about that? I don’t think so, because as long as I’m sensible for the rest of the week, a day off the new regime doesn’t hurt in my view. I’m not suddenly going to regain any weight lost with one evening at the pub.
On Sunday, we had a traditional roast, but not a great deal else to eat all day, so although I find it better to eat two or three smaller meals than one large one (and I know that’s recommended by doctors and nutritionists alike), I found I was full for the rest of the day.
It’s the ‘move more’ bit I have trouble with.
I’m not really a couch potato armed with a remote. I practically never watch TV. However, I do spend way too much time online, reading, and working in Lightroom. Right now, I’ve a backlog of photos to catalog and process, and then I really must get out and do more photo-walking instead of processing!
Not having a car helps to a point, as I have to walk on those short trips, such as to the local stores. Going further afield, I at least have to walk to the bus stop!
Talking of walking reminds me that I have to do that now – walk to the local stores.
More to follow.
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I’m still hanging in there. Been ten days now… Ok, I know it’s not long, but I’ve not quit. In fact, I realized that I was eating too much of some stuff. I’ve not really quit eating thing I ate before, but just less of it.
My fresh fruit intake has gone up quite a bit, which, of course, is good.
I read recently that we should all eat like a three year old. Huh?
Well, have you ever watched how a three year old eats? They take what you give them, poke around at it a bit, and then usually cram it in until they’re full. Then they push away what they don’t want and that’s it.
Trouble is, even those of us that try to eat decent fresh food often eat too much, simply because we were bought up to “clear our plates” and got the “all the starving children in the world that would be glad of that food and you’re wasting it” routine.
Of course starving children anywhere is a real tragedy but for us to stuff extra food down that we don’t really want does nothing to help that. The way to help is perhaps to eat a little less, and there might be some more to send overseas, or perhaps we’d have a few dollars left to give to aid charities.
Still, that three year old, doesn’t know any of that, and doesn’t care, and when she’s had enough, she’s not going to eat any more, no way, no how.
Also, the three year old doesn’t have an urge to find comfort foods like a big pile of cookies, or a pint of ice cream. They’ll eat it probably, but again only what they want, and not because they’re fed up with something!
Anyway, it’s soon going to be dinner time here, and I’ve got a few ideas, but nothing definite yet. I’d better get to the kitchen and try and think like a three year old.
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