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I haven’t written for ages as I wanted to write with good news and was annoyed last week not to have hit my latest mini goal! I did hit it this week though so I’m pleased to report that I’ve hit 4st off (and 1lb!), which feels fantastic. It also means that at 9st 9lbs I’ve lost 30% of my starting body weight. If I get to 9st 2lbs I will have lost exactly a third of my body weight, though I can’t imagine ever weighing that little, though it’s only half a stone away.

In all honesty though I think there’s no reason for me to continue much further. I’m fitting size 10 clothes (with the occasional 12 to accommodate my boobs!) and my BMI is 22.5, down from 32 when I started this process, so smack bang in the middle of ‘healthy’. Part of me would like to continue to 9st 7lbs just because it’s a nice round number, but beyond that I think I’m done. Apart from the life long task of maintenance of course!

I was asked to attend a recruitment day for potential Weightwatchers leaders last week but unfortunately couldn’t go as it was very short notice and I couldn’t organise childcare for DD. It’s something I’d really like to do in the future though; as well as great motivation in the need to always set a good example, I like the idea of helping others to adapt to healthier lifestyles and to change their lives for the better by taking control of their health. I’ve asked them to get back to me if they have another recruitment session locally so I can arrange for DD to be looked after for the day, so fingers crossed…

A while ago I started the Beck Diet Solution Workbook and said I’d report back; I have to say that I think it’s absolutely excellent. It’s very much based on common sense, the exercises it requires you to do are easy to fit into your day and good at focusing you on a particular aspect of your weight loss journey at any one time and, most importantly, it’s not a crazy diet but a logical, sensible approach to changing how you think about food, deal with cravings and plan your meals. I’d highly recommend it to anyone doing WW, Slimming World or any other sensible diet who thinks they’d benefit from some insight into how to make it a change for life.

Other recommended reading at the moment is ‘The End of Overeating’ by Dr David Kessler. This book is TERRIFYING. It’s about how our bodies react to sugar, salt and fat and how the food industry manipulates products to make them, literally, irresistible to some people. Honestly, with every chapter I read I get a little more disgusted with the whole concept of the food industry. If only we could all buy all our foods in farmers’ markets we’d be SO much healthier.

Here are a couple of horrifying nuggets from it:

‘…Starbucks offers a Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino with whipped cream and eighteen teaspoons of sugar: All in all, this ‘drink’ contains more calories than a personal-size pepperoni pizza, and more sweetness than six scoops of ice cream.’

‘If a food contains more sugar than any other ingredient, federal regulations dictate that sugar be listed first on the label. But if a food contains several different kinds of sweeteners, they can be listed separately, which pushes each one further down the list. Gail Civille (founder and president of Sensory Spectrum, food industry consultants) thinks this requirement has led the industry to “put in three different sources of sugar so that they don’t have to say it has that much sugar. So sugar doesn’t appear first.”
“Where else do you see four or five different kinds of sugar?” I asked.
“Breakfast cereals,” Civille answered. Cereals often include some combination of sugar, brown sugar, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey and molasses.
“This is all so you don’t have to list sugar first?” I asked.
“Right…they hide it from the mothers.”‘

Food for thought.

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I’ve just started reading The Beck Diet Solution Weight Loss Workbook which isn’t actually a diet plan but a self help book about using the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to successfully lose weight and then maintain a healthy weight. The reason for this is that I, like many, many other weight watchers, have done this whole diet malarkey before. I lost a good couple of stone before I got married and felt brilliant, but it was probably only two or three months before I started regaining the weight. I think the problem was that at my healthy weight I felt so great that I stopped thinking it was important to be careful, and very quickly picked up old and new bad habits. That, plus the stress of moving jobs and having a miscarriage took me in 3 short years to the start of this blog and obesity. I’m very aware this time round that I need to permanently change my way of thinking about food. I don’t want to obsess, and I don’t want to be on a diet for the rest of my life, but I do want to be mindful of what is and isn’t healthy and I do want to keep a certain moderation about my eating habits-forever. This might sound a bit miserable but I’m really not saying I’m never going to eat cake again, just that in a year, or five years, or twenty years, I want to be able to enjoy a slice of cake or a glass of wine and then stop there. I don’t want to go back to eating mindlessly and I don’t want to go back to treating my body like crap. I also don’t want DD to ever see me on a diet, which is why it’s so important for me to get my head around all this before she becomes aware of such things as body image.

One of the first things the Beck Diet Solution asks you to do is make a list of all the reasons you want to be slim and healthy, so I thought I’d share my list here. Some of these reasons are suggestions in the book and some are my own.

Here goes…

I’ll look better and be more attractive to DH.
I’ll have more confidence.
I’ll be able to wear clothes I like.
I’ll be able to buy new underwear!
I’ll feel happier when I look in the mirror.
I’ll feel happier in a swimming costume.
I’ll get more compliments. (Not proud of this one.)
I’ll be less at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
I’ll feel better physically.
I’ll have more stamina.
I’ll have more energy.
I’ll make a better first impression on people.
I’ll be able to keep up with DD as she gets more active.
I’ll be less inhibited about my body.
I’ll feel in control.
I’ll feel as if I’ve achieved something important.
I’ll set a good example for DD.
I’ll help my whole family be more healthy.
DH will be proud of me.
I’ll be proud of myself.

I was a bit shocked at myself initially as lots of the reasons are to do with how I look, and I don’t like to think I’m that vain, but you know what, I actuallyamquite vain! Plus the looks are important because I want DD to only ever have a normal, healthy example in me. Some of the reasons make me a bit sad, as I didn’t really realise that my confidence and sense of achievement are affected so much by how I look. I like to think of myself as a pretty ballsy, outspoken, sensible sort of person but I spend more time than I’d like to admit feeling quite crap about myself, and then projecting that onto other people and assuming they think I look crap too. (Which they may or may not do I suppose.) I have friends of all shapes and sizes and tend to think they’re all gorgeous but I am far more harsh on myself. I’m hoping that as I gain confidence in my ability to maintain a healthy weight I’ll also gain confidence in myself in general.

I’ve read stuff about CBT before and thought it was all pretty obvious, but I’m really going to work hard and do all the exercises the book asks of me, and take off my cynical hat. I think you have to be pretty honest with yourself in order for any kind of therapy like this to work, whether it’s on the psychiatrist’s couch or just on your own couch with a book, and in the past I’ve not really been at a stage where I wanted to be totally honest or insightful. I’ll update as I go through, and of course I’m carrying on with WW alongside it.

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