I really don't like the words 'I'm on a diet', do you? They conjure up such unsavoury thoughts of deprivation, starvation and the absolute need for a will of iron, don't they?
I far prefer the words 'I'm on a healthy eating plan'. I'm not just playing with words here, trying to convince myself. Honestly! While shedding some pounds is a nice feeling it is just a bonus to eating healthily, there are lots of other benefits too. And it is with this belief and attitude that I began the year 2015....
I've just had to remind myself of this by having an interesting read-back of my Slim With Tina blog posts from this January, written at a time when I was full of New Year cheer and determination.
Tina's approach to healthy eating and a healthier lifestyle really is commendable but I have to be honest and tell you that, although it consistently resides in the recesses of my mind, I didn't continue with it. I did need to continue my post-injury healthy journey to a better lifestyle though, with the added bonus of some lost pounds, but I also needed to apply some control and a method of ensuring that I stay on track, and for me that meant trying something else.
I did rather well on my programme of choice, until the summer family holiday beckoned and most of my progress was written off..... in a mere two weeks! But to my mind that was okay - I had a wonderful time, enjoyed my food and beverages and got back on track pretty soon after. Although things have been up and down since then I am now almost back to where I was before the holiday.
And a 10 lb weight loss - even if it is a boomerang 10 lbs - is not to be sniffed at!
But it is not enough. Like I say eating healthily is about more than weight loss, and when you're in your nifty fifties there are additional health issues for consideration! Certain weight-loss plans will keep you on track, allowing you additional weekly points or syns etc to treat yourself so that you don't feel deprived. And they work too. On paper at least. However, contrary to any advice given by course leaders, one can easily let these plans fool one into a sense of achievement. Personally I found that I could be really good from Monday to Thursday and really, really, bad for the weekend and still lose a pound or a half-a-pound.
See, losing weight does not always mean making healthier choices - it's easy to limit the foodstuffs that are good for you in order to allow the treat stuff, and still lose weight. A very bad habit to easily slip into. The result being that yes you may be a little slimmer but what about other health indicators?
In my case there may well have been a weight loss but there has also been a slight elevation in my, already slightly elevated, cholesterol readings. And this despite being quite active and including lecithin, and more recently Benecol, in my diet.
So, now it's time to tackle this. I've started with a little google research on cholesterol reducing foods and some cholesterol friendly recipies and have made a start with this lot....
There will be porridge, or wholewheat delights and the occasional egg for breakfasts and I will need to make far healthier choices for snack-times. That 'something nice' with a cup of tea and the savouries that seem obligatory with a glass of wine, which has undergone a colour-change, also needs some re-thinking!
As you can see I don't intend on being entirely virtuous! I need to 'live' too and this plan I develop for myself needs to be sustainable in the long term.
It will not be easy to lose weight on this cholesterol reducing plan of mine as foods that contain the necessary 'good fats' are also high in calories. But it can be done. It is possible to include the good fats in your diet and still lose some weight.
I will also be re-reading my Slim With Tina book as there are some healthy recipes (and thoughts) that are also quite tasty in there. For me I think that combining some of her programme with some of my other one might be a successful way forward.
As I like challenges and find that keeping track helps me to succeed I also intend taking the Flora challenge! They have some lovely recipes too.
I will of course be continuing to exercise which I enjoy, especially my honky tonk line dancing!
So, having done my research, made my plans and having shared them here it's time to set off on my challenge.
While I am not entirely comfortable sharing my journey I do hope that doing so will make it more likely for me to succeed.
After all, I'll have to let you know how I get on now, won't I?
I have just under three months to my next check .......