Time for a cunning plan...
Staying Slim is not easy! Losing weight is just the beginning.
In my first year of living slim I was getting on really well until my gall bladder op and hormones left me struggling to adjust my weight and keep it manageable. My body just seemed to work in a different way and I'm still trying to work it out.
But I managed and by the end of last year, I was close to my ideal weight. Marathon training meant I focussed on fitness and stamina not the scales. Running burns lots of calories and running 26.2 uses a staggering 2,224 calories, so I was a bit complacent.
Then disaster struck. On Christmas Eve, I tore my calf running downstairs and I've spent the last 5 weeks hobbling and hurpling. At first I could barely walk, even now I have to go very slowly and carefully.
And of course Christmas is a double whammy. Immobile in a house full of Christmas food. Unable to run or walk far. Just about able to hobble to the kitchen. Well what would you do!
I tried hard not to get too out of hand, and I'm quite pleased how well I've done, but I've put on weight. Now, unable to exercise, I am struggling to get it off.
All my life I've used exercise to manage my weight and after the diet I did really improve my eating habits, but they're not keeping me slim now. Tackling my weight only using food intake is like swimming without using my arms and legs - I'm not getting far and I'm at risk of drowning!
This is not the first time that I've been caught out like this. The last time I couldn't exercise I got massively fat. I just gave in and didn't even try to tackle my weight. I'm determined that won't happen again, I don't want to waste my hard work of the last 2 years!
I could just go on a diet, but it would all just happen again. I need to look at what's at the root of this.
So back to my friend the food diary. It told me what I know - it's the nibbling I do when I go to Mum's in the evening. After a hard day's work I face a barrage of triggers to nibble. I am tired. Sometimes it's quite emotional. The house is full of chocolate and yummy forbidden food. Mum hates to eat alone and eating with her means a lot to her. I'm hungry for my tea. Maybe it's not surprising I cave in and nibble.
Take an apple says Ali. Somehow I don't think that's the answer! On my diet, I was so focussed that I did not nibble at Mum's. I even drank black tea. Is that the answer? Willpower? Maybe it is! My challenge now is to tackle this.
I'm sure I'm not alone! If this rings bells for you, how did you cope? Do I just 'woman up' or do I need a cunning plan? I need to know!
Wherever you are in your weight loss journey, I hope it is going well and that you and yours are well and happy.