With money tight and a wardrobe full of clothes that no longer fit it's a no brainer that spending less on food I don't need to eat and opening up a whole new/old wardrobe of clothes I already own is a sensible economic move. If only it were just a matter of good sense.
I cannot stick to one of those diets that tell you exactly what to eat each day. Nor one that requires a degree in chemistry in order to work out the system. I cannot spend hours cooking fancy food and be expected to leave uneaten portions for subsequent days. I'm not into exercising. However, whilst I approve of a healthy way of eating for your whole life rather than a drastic diet - I've reached the point where this isn't working for me either as the slowness of it is too frustrating. Did I mention that I don't eat meat (at home - I'll blog about it, bear with me on this one).
After DD was born I quickly lost all the baby weight and more. I was breastfeeding, happy, under no pressure as I'd just had a baby so I could justify any lumps and bumps, stress-free as I'd saved up enough money to stay at home and not work for the first year... Whatever the reasons, here's what I looked like when DD was a few weeks old.
By the time she was 6 months my face had rounded out again (not such a bad thing) and the hips were filling out again nicely too (a bad thing).
Three years later, I have been starting a diet every few weeks, losing even up to 10lbs, and then throwing in the towel only to start again the following Sunday morning or 1st of the month. The goal was always my 50th birthday - I had a whole year to succeed, then 6 months, 3 months... Now we are down to 50 days. (Yeah I know, who's 'we' Pale Face?)
I have in the past done an 'I'm going on a diet' post in the hopes that a public announcement will spur me on (or shame me) towards success. I've resisted that lately for obvious reasons (embarrassment mainly). HOWEVER. It's 50 days until my 50th Birthday! This is not how I want to look on my 50th Birthday:
I'm not the worst case of morbid obesity of the like regularly featured in the sensational press but I did once put up a picture of Lucien Freud's Sue Tilley on my fridge to constantly remind myself of my potential.
|Lucian Freud's portrait of Sue Tilley sold for a record £17million |
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1019795/What-dreadful-painting-tells-art-corrupting-power-money-mans-contempt-female-sex.html#ixzz20lwkcqvF
So in a Bridget Jones mode of social suicide, I pledge to update as I downsize.
Read Part 2 - Fad Diets.
Read Part 3 - Style Makover.
Part 4 - Happiness Shows.