Unlocking the secrets of weight loss

If you have read my blog will know I have struggled with weight loss over the years whether it’s a lack of motivation or simply not having the will power to succeed! It’s been a long  and painful journey!

As a child born in the 60s the food I ate at home and school was very different to what is available today, my Mum was a different generation and looking back there was not the nutritional awareness or variety that we have today of food types and diet.  Whilst the food was wholesome, I think back of the staple school dinners of pies, minced beef cobbler, vegetables and sponge puddings with custard I ask myself – was it really that healthy? My generation always ate school dinners and likely Mum cooked dinner in the evening when Dad came home from work. Perhaps by today’s standards of school dinners ours  were better but perhaps not as balanced. The food we had when I was a child was mainly cooked from scratch it wasn’t the over processed and fast food of recent years. Of course school dinners are a whole other issue #jamieoliver  #schooldinners and not a topic for today’s blog 

In my days of school, food and nutrition was not a subject that was widely available. PE or games was doing the activity not Learning about how the body works or responds to exercise and nutrition. Nowadays there is the option to learn more but should more time be spent in bringing these subjects into the general curriculum?

Of course Mum gave us a balanced diet at home but was it as healthy compared to today’s standards and have those bad eating habits developped through childhood lead the way to weight gain?

My Mum often says that she survived her pregnancy on chip butties as she could not tolerate other foods. I now know that did not help me in my body make up and the way I respond to food.

So how are the secrets to weight loss actually unlocked? Interestingly in his book The Obesity Code Jason Fung explores calorie deception, the new model of obesity what is wrong with our diet and the solution (amongst other aspects)

As a failed dieter and someone whose weight has gained after each relapse I can relate totally to his writings. My weight has steadily gained and in the last few years where my work has be come exceptionally stressful I can see the impact that has on my weight. I do now go  to the gym but only 2/3 times a week – This is not ideal but an improvement on not doing anything! No exceed isle is where I’d fallen to 6 months ago when my stress levels meant I could not be bothered to do anything. I don’t overreat, my diet is healthy but I can’t seem to kick start that weight loss. 

On Monday TOH and I decide to break the code with the suggested intermittent fasting. Monday was a total fast day and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I did it, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be! Tuesday I ate simply and to suggestions in the book and today Wednesday is another fast day. Ideally Friday I should fast too but I have a work BBQ so maybe just an evening meal! My aim is to try to follow the plan for 4 weeks doing the 36 hour fast protocol, i.e. fasting on 3 days a week to reset my homeostasis, my insulin levels and my body! Watch this space, please send your positive energy to my for success and I will report back to you!

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Hello again!

I can’t believe how time has flied by since my last blog. My apologies, I have no valid excuses I’ve just not been “there” but hopefully I’m back now! I have a whole year of blogging to catch up on so hold on folks you could be swamped………..just joking!

I’m looking forward to reaching out to you in the next few months hoping for some new followers and some new inspiration, maybe spread some insight and gain new friends!

The main thing I want to do is take stock of my work focus (too stressful) which impacts on my whole life

Today is about me and two of my girls having fun so pray for sunshine and not too much rain!

We’re off soon to the Capital Summer Time Ball

#goodtimes #littlemix #summertimeball #capitalradio #fun 

What is it about the sunshine? 

Do you find once you get a bit of sun you are propelled into the garden? 

Our garden has been very much work in progress (as has the house) since moving in! TOH has an aversion to nature trees and gardening and suggests concreting the garden over. Of course I am hoping to convert him into enjoying the garden but I think I have a long way to go!

When we moved in the previous owners had planted conifers all along the fence which made our living room dark as they were about 5 foot wide. We are now getting to the stage after nearly 3 years of cutting them all back and digging out the roots – slowly and surely! We also had some random decking and very spikey bushes we are also digging out. 

Today we have made great strides in the garden (including clearing and tidying the shed!) and it does feel good. What I love about the gardening is instant results! It always looks better after a little work here are some pictures, we just need to clear 6 more roots, lay some grass and put in some plants (in autumn) oh and win the lottery to put in a patio and a new fence! And make about 10 trips to the dump! 

 You and see some of the remaining stumps and one remaining conifer covered in ivy   
  

The YD watering my pots. We did some today, the area in front of her was full of conifers, we are grassing it until we have saved up for the patio. 

  

TOH BBQ area, decking to be sanded and retreated! More work 

Apparently the shed will be painted in West Ham colours – claret and blue this summer! I think TOH may have over exerted himself at this point taking up the random decking as this will be his project ……. along with all the other jobs we need to do! 

What is it about the first of the month! 

  

How many healthy eating plans, diets or exercise plans start and fail within a short period of time?

The penny has finally dropped for me – as when I am feeling accomplished at work it has an impact on my home life, resulting in less stress and feeling more empowered in my life including gym and diet. 

My job is stressful and I often bring it home with me and if I don’t do it, it sits there staring at me and mocking me so consequently I feel too guilty to go to the gym which then has the downward spiral with the diet. The “why bother” syndrome!

The whole work life balance is something that can really go out of kilter and so for me I know I must address it in order to accomplish the other small achievements.

My goal is to celebrate my small accomplishments and leave work at work!