I got down to 14 stone (196 lbs) without writing about it but by following my own 1970's diet. Trying to eat 3 x meals a day, not snacking (only on fruit), limiting treats like a take-away, ready meal to a Saturday night with a small glass of red wine. I also always walked and tried to keep as active as I could with a breast feeding baby and 2 other children to take care of.
Then in October 2011 my husband had a back injury and was bed bound for a week. During the week, the evenings were lonely, I was averaging 3 hours sleep a night and enjoyed the pleasures of Frazzles and other such savoury snacks. I gained 5lb that week. I already felt fat and ugly. My clothes didn't fit and the lack of sleep didn't help matters. The hubster (as he has been referred to ever since) and I watched a film called Juile and Julia one night. It was about a woman that wanted to try every recipe that a famous American cook 'Juila' had written. Her blog became huge when various newspapers got wind of her novel idea. I discovered blogs were ten a penny - there are millions of the buggers! A whole lot of mummy bloggers, daddy bloggers, dieting bloggers all hoping to hit the big time or certainly to make some money from their blog. I had no idea about the world I was entering but I liked the idea of a diet with a difference. Not all are like this a lot just like to write and enjoy it as a hobby. My goal then was to lose weight and to write what I wanted. That has remained. I love the freedom of my blog. I don't do sponsored posts or review anything (I have been asked) which means I can tell you how it is in the eyes of Natasha or Tash/Tasha as I'm known to my friends and family. I can rant to my hearts content!
So without further ado, on Monday I weighed in at 13 stone (182lbs) - this isn't the lowest I've been I think I've waved hello at 12 stone 9 briefly before making a sharp exit! So I have lost 1 stone 5 lbs in a year. That is 19 lbs as at Monday and was, for a while, 24 lbs lost. Now some may sniff at that and say crikey that's shit only 19 lbs in a whole year (let us not forget the 30lbs prior to starting the blog - 2 stone 2lbs)! Well, I am happy with that and one of the many, many things I've learnt during my diet is that my weight loss is the only thing that matters to me. Not anyone elses or how fast they have lost weight and put on again. Its my diet. I am not super woman I try and fit in everything the best I can. I don't have a great support network whereby I can drop the kids with someone and go to the gym. I have to make time for my exercise during the day. I had 3 hours sleep from January 2011 - April 2012 (that's only 6 months ago) as buddy woke up, without fail, every night for a cuddle or something or other. The BIGGEST saboteur to a diet (and whilst 'friends' are high up on the list) is lack of sleep. It has been proven that you eat more, too tired to exercise etc etc. I'm sure there are people that have been so determined, have so much will power that, on that amount of sleep, they still lost a massive amount of weight. I am not one of them. I am normal. I am just like every other mum trying to manage weight and the normal day to day routines that goes with having children, holidays, half terms etc etc.
I wrote about my Top Ten Tips for dieting and I stand by them. I also wrote about how I consider Slimming World and Weight Watchers to be faddy diets in this post. I have seen people during the course of this year lose lots of weight to put it all back on again. This happens a lot. Yes, my 19lbs may not be a lot but it is off and its stayed off. I haven't had to pay someone £5 a week to stand on scales and buy diet products and books.
I have changed in many ways. I don't drink as much diet drinks (I do occasionally when I'm out) as it makes you crave sugar - studies have proven this. I don't eat diet yogurts - they pump them with crap and chemicals so they taste better. I eat full fat products if I 'm going to have something like a cake I'll eat the real thing. I don't have melted cheese on everything (see my first ever post) although I do eat it occasionally. I eat with my family but smaller portions so I'm not eating something different. I don't separate carbs and protein. No food is 'bad'. I don't say oh I've been bad today or I've been good today. I don't do exercise I don't enjoy and I haven't joined a gym. I use my Wii dance, X box Biggest Loser workout, Your Shape Boot Camp and go cycling with my son. I enjoy this. I don't weigh myself 10 x a day (this took a long time to stop). I don't binge eat anymore. I've never gone on a faddy diet and haven't felt tempted in anyway to lose a massive chunk of weight in one go. I don't feel desperate. If I know I'm having a meal out I won't stuff myself all day long. I'm not obsessed with food and dieting anymore. I have learnt that it can take months to recover from putting on weight after Christmas even if it is only a few pounds and getting back into the swing of things. The same can be said about the school summer holidays - its only now I'm getting back into my exercise and a proper routine. I've also learnt, for me, the period from October - December is my optimum time for losing weight. This is because I hate the feeling of feeling bloated at Christmas time so it really makes me focus.
|This is a giant cupcake my friend makes - you can check out her facebook page "cakes by fairies' and she's also on Twitter |
I am excited about the next few months as I feel I have a second wind. I have bought a diary to write down what I eat to keep me focused. I accept this isn't going to happen for the rest of my life but it is a tool I use to get me back on track and I still enjoy exercising. My little man who gives me so much pleasure and has been a joy to have at home is off to pre-school soon - just for 2 mornings a week but it means I will have an even better opportunity to focus on myself. My body will also realise that I haven't got pregnant again. My thirties have been brilliant (not over yet!) - I have produced 3 beautiful children and my body has served me well but it has also been put through the mill. I want to repay it by getting into good physical shape ready for my forties.
And with that I bid you Happy Birthday Blog! I didn't quite make 30,000 blog views but nearly - 29,000 today. With the risk of sounding very chessy and American - I love you and I love my regular readers and followers who comment and give me encouragement, motivation and advice all the time. Mwah to you all!