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It also made me think of my friend who talked about being a teenager in the early 60's when all of the girls dressed in really tight western pants (rodeo wear) at the dances in El Cajon, California. They all carried pliers in their purses so they could lay grab hold of the zipper tab and (struggle) to pull it up.
Oh the things we do!
Our next big challenge is a fortnight's cruise, starting on May 1st. I haven't yet decided on an eating strategy, although my husband has declared that he is eating everything, all the time! Last time we were on a cruise, for only eight days, I gained nine pounds using his strategy, so I may have to try something different this time! Any suggestions, anybody?
Merlin, you are absolutely right. If I do succumb to the many temptations, then I know that there is a way to sort my weight out, provided that I get straight back to this WOE on our return. I have this (very unscientific) theory that it is easier to lose recently acquired weight, than that which has been there for years, so it should be relatively easy, although I'm sure that it would be better not to put it on in the first place!
I absolutely find this to be true for me; I've believed it for years.
Your progress and that of your hubby is really inspiring, well done and thank you
My apologies if, when reading this, you sense that you may have read some of it before. It is a slightly more detailed account than the basic version, which appeared in another post of mine entitled ' Nine pounds on in fifteen days! How bad is that?'
Weigh in this morning (19th May) and I am pleased to report that I have already lost four pounds of my nine pounds of 'holiday weight' and that's since Thursday the 16th May. So, that's the excess fluid retention dealt with, and now I have to deal with the longer term problem of the fat that is still sitting around my middle! Five pounds of it to go before reaching my pre-holiday weight! Then only two and three quarter pounds to reach the target weight that I originally set of ten stone seven pounds. I may re-think that, if I ever get there, because it is only just inside the 'normal' range for my height of 5' 7".
My husband has lost seven and a half pounds of his 13 pound holiday weight gain in the same length of time and he too has five and a half pounds to get back to his pre-holiday weight. He then still needs to lose another seven pounds to bring him down to 13 stone 7 pounds which is just inside the normal range for his 6' 4" height.
Thank goodness for this WOE which has given us the tools to deal with weight gain so easily. We were back to fasting on the Thursday following our return on Wednesday evening - helped by the fact that we had very little food in the house anyway!
I am hoping that it won't take us too long to get back to our pre-cruise weight and then settle into losing the last few pounds. The true test will be when we need to maintain our weight - something which we have always found impossible to do. However, with this WOE, I am hopeful of success!
Happy fasting, everyone! Onwards and downwards!
I have succumbed a couple of times but still managed to lose another two and a quarter pounds of my 'cruise' weight - only three and a quarter pounds before I am back to my pre-cruise weight and then only two and a quarter until I hit my ten stone seven pound target. Five and a half pounds to go - that seems quite manageable when I look at it like that!
Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend everyone! I'm off into the garden now to tackle the mountain (well forest, actually!) of weeds which are enjoying the sunshine!
Onwards and downwards!
However, there is a 'but' coming along! I have been here before, many times in the last forty years (I am a brilliant dieter!), and each time I have regained the lost weight when I returned to 'normal' eating after following a strict calorie-controlled diet. I couldn't begin to count the number of times the same twenty five pounds have been on and off! So, my real target it to maintain this weight for at least six months and then forever. Only then will I really believe that I have sorted out my eating habits forever.
I feel very hopeful this time because I have not had to deprive myself of any of the foods which I love (cakes, pastry, chocolate, wine, puddings etc.)whilst on this weight-loss journey. After previous diets there has always been an insidious little voice in the back of my mind saying, 'Do you really want to never have a piece of cake, meal out, etc. again?' and because I couldn't imagine a life without those things, I have only maintained my weight for a few weeks before the scales started to show their inevitable rise. With this WOE I can have my cake and eat it and not put my weight back on, so fingers crossed I will still be my current weight in six months time!
My husband has been less careful with his eating since we returned from Germany and is still hovering around the 14 stone 4 pound mark. However, he has still lost just under a stone and is now within the 'normal' range for his 6'4" height, rather than 'obese' when he started. I will keep him company doing 'classic' 5:2 while we nudge him down to about 13 stone 12 pounds.
Good luck to those of you still with weight to lose. Onwards and downwards!
All is not lost, however! I fasted last Tuesday and Friday and had lost an amazing five pounds on yesterdays weigh-in. I've fitted in another fast today and feel as if I'm back on track to regain my target weight.
The positive side to this is that I have actually taken myself in hand and got back to this WOE. On my many previous diets, it would have been ‘game-over’ and I would have continued to eat until I could barely fit into my clothes, which would then trigger months of strict dieting – only for the pattern to repeat itself – over and over and over again!
So,hurrah for 5:2 and this wonderful forum!
At that time my long term aim was to keep within two pounds of my target weight, so I have achieved that! Now I intend to have a couple of careful weeks, in the run-up to Christmas/New Year, in order to provide a little buffer for the Holiday feasting!
Where would I be without this WOE? Heading for eleven stone, seven pounds, I suspect! Keep the faith, people! Onwards and downwards!
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