Category Archives: Diet

I was on a break

I’ve had a few weeks off. I wasn’t planning to, but it had got to the point where the idea of having to switch my laptop on in the evening was just TOO HARD so I thought a break was in order. Sometimes, it all just gets a bit much.

Things that were depressing me
-The amazing non-sleeping baby
-Friends with babies the same age saying how great it is now they’re sleeping through the night, and me saying ‘Oh that sounds lovely, we’re still being woken up every two hours ha ha’ and them doing sympathetic head tilts at me
-The losing weight is FUN! switch in my head had turned itself off, and I’d really piled it on
-None of my clothes fit me (see above)
-Dreadful skin
-One of my toenails really hurt
-I still can’t open the petrol cap on the car, so my husband has to fill it up for me. This is mortifying, but I just can’t do it (and the power of positive thinking has left me looking like an arse on the forecourt as I spin the cap round repeatedly trying to make it click properly on more than one occasion)

Things I’ve done to try to improve things

-Been horrified by several recent photos, and started losing weight again. I’m short, I just don’t carry excess well
-Managed to fit my arse into a few more bits of clothing (VERY dull only having one pair of trousers you can actually get into)
-Been to the GP for the pill, and to get on the waiting list to see a dermatologist. I think I need Roaccutane again
-Cursed everyone who told me that having a baby would stop adult acne. It hasn’t. Thanks all.
-Been to the podiatrist again and got her to sort the sad toenail out
-Accepted that my baby won’t sleep for more than two hours at a time till he’s ready, and I can replace the car in two years, and get one with a petrol cap that doesn’t need witchcraft to open it

Things are looking up!


First the feast, then the fast

I don’t write much about losing weight, but it’s an ongoing side project-my baby is almost seven months old, and I put on a huge amount of weight when I was pregnant (FIVE STONE), so it needed to come off. I’ve lost about 3.5 stone so far, so am getting there-1.5 stone came off pretty quickly, but the other two have gone since I started doing the 5:2 plan in September.

5:2, if you haven’t heard of it, is about eating normally for five days of the week, and fasting for the remaining two-not a total fast, women can eat around 500 calories on a fast day. I lose 1lb a week most weeks, and more than than sometimes-I’ve had the odd week where I stayed the same, but the following week has always seen a really good loss to make up for it.  So other than keeping to the 500 calorie rule (which is pretty simple for me-after years of calorie counting, I can calculate that without checking too many labels!) there are no rules. That’s it. Two days of 500 calories or less, and I do what I want the rest of the time.  The oddest thing is that having total food freedom for five days a week hasn’t resulted in hideous food binges on cream cakes and fried stuff-I genuinely just don’t want to eat as much of those foods anymore. So a normal day now will be coffee and a bowl of cereal for breakfast, a couple of scrambled eggs on toast or some soup and a roll for lunch and then a reasonable sized serving of pasta or curry or whatever I’ve made for tea.  If I fancy a biscuit, I’ll have one. Maybe even two. But not the packet. And it’s easy, and it’s working, so I’m sticking to it. 

Once I’ve reached my goal weight, I’ll cut back to one fast day a week (so 6:1) to maintain my weight. If I have a few days where I’m eating very rich food, I’ll do a week of 5:2, or even 4:3 to get myself back on track.  Talking of rich food, this is the first fast day since Christmas, and I’m very aware of the amount of food in the house-all sorts of lovely leftovers in the fridge, cakes, sweets and biscuits in nice boxes catching my eye. I can see them, but I just don’t fancy them. They’ll still be there tomorrow, and waiting 24 hours for a mince pie just means I’ll really enjoy it when I have it.

I’m not recommending you start doing this if you have a few pounds to shift, but it works for me, and I wish I’d heard of it sooner. I’m lucky in that I don’t suffer any negative side effects on fast days (I’ve read about people feeling dizzy or headachey, or just not being able to get through the day on so few calories).  If you count points or syns or calories or carbs and it does the job, that’s brilliant. But I’ve tried a lot of diets over the years, and never found anything so simple and effective, and I think it will help me drop the weight and stay at a happy weight for the rest of my life.  And I’ve not even left it to the New Year to start properly!

I don’t care if they just give me expensive wee

A teething baby and the start of Christmas evenings out mean my weekly routine night is postponed  (DH is out for a work thing, and I have friends coming over for dinner. I’m expecting to be interrupted about ninety times by wailing and dribbly baby, but they’re nice people and will leave some food for me if he takes ages to go to sleep.)

So, today’s post is about vitamins. I do know that supplements aren’t necessary if you’re eating a healthy balanced diet full of organic veg and whole grains. I am doing my best. I cook from scratch most days, but have also been know to have the odd (shameful) day where Salt and Vinegar Discos and Quorn hot dog sausages are the most wholesome things I consume, and I still want to feel reasonably energetic on those days. So I have started taking proper vitamins-fizzy multivit, something called For Women’s Health (has evening primrose and that kind of thing, doesn’t actually say To Settle Hysterical Wombs, but has that sort of feel to it), a B vitamin liquid that you have to squirt under your tongue and keep there for 30 seconds, and Floradix. And you know what? I think they’re helping. It’s been a couple of weeks, and I have no idea if I’m imagining it, but I do feel brighter and less knackered, despite the unsettlable baby. So even if it is all my head, I’ll stick with them, as I have less than three weeks to go before I’m back at work, and need all the boosting I can get.