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Another brick in the wall

I have been back on the weight watcher band wagon for two weeks now and I think I have hit what runners refer to as ‘the wall’. I have been ‘pointing’, exercising and salivating at cafe shop windows and I haven’t seen any results.
I know all the tricks as well. I wear the lightest clothing I own to the weigh-ins and I remove every trace of jewellery to minimise any chance of the scales producing a bad number. And will all the huffing and puffing I have been doing on the treadmill recently I should be getting some better feedback – if anything, I must have sweat at LEAST 3lbs out of my body just through sheer exertion. Sweat is heavy you know – must be the salt…
My weight loss worry (or lack of) has started to affect my sleep as well. I had a very strange dream last night. It’s a well known dream and instead of describing it to you, I think you might find it funnier if you see it for yourselves…

You see my predicament – I can’t escape food in my sleep no matter how much I behave in the day. I woke up with dribble running down the side of my face, a grumbling in my tummy and I kid you not… I could smell chocolate. Everyone feels a little hazy in the mornings and this for me manifests in less self control. If I had had any naughty food in the house this morning, I would have eaten it.
The people who know me will read this and then they will put a comment on facebook or on here telling me that I don’t need to be so worried about losing weight because I ‘don’t need to’. But dieters will tell you that the worse bit is keeping it off and I haven’t done that last bit very well. I’m also trying to get a bit ahead of the game in time for the all inclusive holiday in June which I know will pay for later if I don’t act first.

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But despite my best efforts, I am not doing as well as I planned and I don’t really know why. Short of me moving into the gym and sleep-running, I don’t see an increase in exercise in the immediate (or distant) future. Plus the only really bad thing I ate was a giant cup cake that actually jumped onto my lap and threatened to shoot a puppy if I didn’t eat it – the cupcake, not the puppy (this may be a lie but I’ll sleep better if I tell myself it wasn’t my fault). I guess it was a bigger brick in that wall than I thought…

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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in food


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Hey, Doctor! Leave that clown alone!

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When you are on the go it isn’t always easy to keep true to your diet. It’s all too easy to smell a Subway or a McDonald’s when you have been on you have been on your feet all day and venture in. If you are trying to stay healthy and you have to eat on the move, it would be easy to assume that heading to an actual restaurant must be healthier than a McDonald’s. To throw more fat on the fire, doctors hit out at McDonald’s being allowed to sponsor the Olympics last week, claiming that it sent out the wrong message (I would like to point out here that in this video, all the overweight people are eating fish and chip shop food and not McDonald’s). What they seem to have failed to notice is that they have got it all wrong.
There are only a handful of food chains I know of in the UK that list all of their products with calorie content. They are McDonald’s, Subway, most KFCs and Starbucks. When I meet with friends or family to eat out for lunch, I always chose from one of these places because I know exactly what is going in my mouth calorie–wise, which means I can correctly calculate my weightwatcher points without having to guestimate. How many restaurants or pubs do this? Apart from the occasional pub food chain which has an ‘under 600’ range, there aren’t many. I may not be aware of other chains that do this, but the point is that the fast food chains are the ones making a real effort to get this country more calorie-conscious.

There are 720 calories in a normal portion of spaghetti Bolognese. There are 365 calories in a grilled chicken salad wrap. Instead of slating the giant yellow M for being a fatty food chain, why don’t we focus on asking why fish and chip shops aren’t listing their calories? Why don’t we ask why our deeply loved pie bakers Greggs aren’t being upfront? McDonald’s is not a health spa. It will never be the healthiest place on earth to eat. Yes, there are some very fatty foods available to eat at McDonald’s, but there are also healthier options like the wraps and the salads. At least they are trying, and they lay all their carbs on the table.


Posted by on April 23, 2012 in food


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