Monday, 30 March 2009

Diet - one month on...

For some reason, I had been very nervous today because I had an appointment with the occupational health nurse at work at 3.30 pm to be weighed for the first time since I started my diet four weeks ago. I decided not to get myself weighed once a week, because I would have felt annoyed or disappointed if I hadn't done so well. I feel I have done really well even if I say so myself - but would the weigh scale agree?

I began a Weightwatchers diet on the back of the same diet my better half started, I did one a few years back and lost three and a half stones so it clearly worked once and I am hoping it will do the same magic again. Low fat, plenty to eat, no rubbish or fast foods and although I miss my favourites, milk and crisps, I feel so much better for not having them at all - not even as a treat; one packet and I would have been hooked again. The milk I get through my tea and with breakfast cereal. I suspect if I had lost weight, most of it was through liquid, I pee for Britain!

With trepidation I pressed the buzzer on the door and waited to be admitted. The nurse greeted me with warmth and anticipation and I emptied my pockets and took my shoes off. I stepped on the scales and steadied myself and looked straight ahead at the wall (no point in looking down to see the reading, it was hidden under my stomach!)

"How do you think you've done?" She asked.

"Well okay I think, people have told me I have lost weight and I feel so much better. My cholesterol is on the floor, my blood pressure is excellent so all in all, I feel good."

"Well I have to tell you, in four full weeks, you've lost 9kg [19.8lbs or 1.4 stones.]"

I couldn't help but beam. That is fantastic! I thanked her for her support which has been so encouraging and not patronising at all. As I was walking to my car I felt like crying - I had achieved in four weeks better than I had dreamt but more than that, I had kept a promise to myself to do this and change my lifestyle and habits with food.

So there you are: if a fifty-something Yorkshireman can do it, anyone can. With the right support and encouragement the sky's the limit. The next goal is to keep losing it, I know physiologically it will not be possible at the same rate, but with a reasonable loss on a monthly basis, I can reach my ultimate goal within the next eighteen months or couple of years and more over, the change will hopefully remain permanent along with the food lifestyle which is the hardest goal of all. I'll report again in a month.

Top Ten Reasons Why Diets Are Better Than Sex

10. You don't have to take off your clothes.
9. You can go from diet to diet without feeling guilty.
8. Carrots are ALWAYS hard.
7. On a diet, you carefully consider everything you put in your mouth.
6. It's GOOD if a diet is over quickly.
5. Dieting doesn't make you pregnant.
4. You can doze off in the middle if you want to.
3. It's okay if your dog watches.
2. You can do it with your best friend's partner.

And the number one reason why dieting is better than sex....

1. You don't have to worry if it was good for the cottage cheese too.

Top Ten Reasons... thanks to

Chat soon



  1. well done on the diet.
    Your blog made me thank you :)

  2. I'm so proud of you and I have to say we can see the difference already . Well done mate, we will help all we can.