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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

#NotaDiet

Hi Guys

I'm still trying to get into the groove of this whole blogging thing, and it's totally weird sitting here typing away to myself. It feels a bit Bridget Jones, but with smaller pants.

I'll get there though, but I'd appreciate if you forgive the jumble of thoughts that sometimes appear on here as posts :)

As you may know, if you know me in 'real life' - or possibly if you've seen my instagram - I have been changing the way that I eat.

As I approached a certain birthday, I began to take stock of my life. Asking myself if I could change anything, what would it be? And I realised that one of the biggest (pardon the pun) things was my weight. I mean, sure, I had tried - and been successful - in losing weight in the past but, as anyone who has ever lost weight before will know, that's not the difficult bit... it's the keeping it off! That's the kicker.

And here's the other thing: it's genuinely not going to happen long-term if you 'do a diet'. To me, now, a diet is something that you go on for a few weeks, or months, until you lose your weight and then you go back to eating normally - and that's only if you last past the first week of being 'good'. Of course, everyone knows that 'good' is code for being miserable, chasing a lettuce leaf around a too-big plate or of swallowing shake after shake of bleurgh. It's totally unsustainable. It's forcing yourself to be miserable until you can be 'normal' again.

It seems so utterly obvious, and I'm not quite sure why it didn't 'click' like this before - maybe I just wasn't in the right headspace? But I think that's the biggest change. And, so far, it's the most important. The plan I chose to follow was weightwatchers. I'm not going to lie, I did this in part due to the abject humiliation (in my head) of being weighed each week. In reality, it's so not like that and the leaders - and members - are awesome. It's all about support and getting you to where you need to be. I also did it in part due to the 'control' that calculating points gives me - I don't trust myself on filling and healthy quite yet! I know that some people are put off from this because, obviously, you need to count points but I honestly don't have a problem with that - I like it. You get used to it so quickly and fruit and veg are practically all zero points so you can fill up on your healthy foods - which I love!

As part of this new me, as it were, I've realised that I need to incorporate the foods that I would eat normally so I'm working my way through my recipes books and working out the points per meal. The first to get my 'points treatment' is Jamie's 15 minute meals - as a busy working mum, it's important to me that I am able to put a healthy dinner on the table quickly.

Now... Chicken Dim Sum with Coconut Buns, anyone?

Love,
Linzi x

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