Middle age spread

For those of us accepted by Thalidomide, the term “Flid” is an accepted word.  It’s non-offensive, easier to say, and most certainly easier to spell!

All now in our fifties.  As we get older, this is probably the one single thing that is likely to cause us serious health problems, side effects and ultimately send us on our way….. is being overweight….. obese….. morbidly obese.

I am really interested in the whole weight loss for flids debate, as I am nine months into monitoring and changing what I eat…. and shock, horror, it is possible to loose weight without exercise/walking.

The only exercise I have done is swim for an hour about 6 times in the nine months….  I have managed to lose 22 pounds, in nine months just by monitoring what I eat and the calories it contains, and limiting myself to about 1,500 calories a day.

I have been educating myself about calories in foods.  It is possible to eat very well and lose weight.  I thought I did eat well, and didn’t eat that much, but by logging everything I eat and working out the calorie content, I have discovered that I was probably eating about twice the number of calories I needed to in order to loose weight.

August 2011… at my very biggest!

Sadly, certain things I have had to more or less eliminate from my diet.  Pastry, red meat, pork, alcohol, sweets, chocolate, sausages, mayonnaise, bread, butter or spread… these are all things that contain far too many calories for me to use my 1,500 allowance to enjoy routinely, so they are now ocassional treats.

The other thing I discovered VERY quickly is that there is very little flexibility in my calorie allowance to let me eat out…. I DO eat out, but it is now an occasional treat rather than the usual things to do, and when I do eat out, I am careful to choose wisely.  I also have to work harder for the remainder of the week to stick within my calorie allowance if I’m still going to loose weight.

Takeaways wasn’t something I had regularly, and in the past nine months I have had just one.  Fish and Chips and is definite “no no” as a small portion of fried fish and small portion of chips would be my whole calorie allowance for the day (plus some).

The other discovery I have made is that I can’t expect to loose all of my weight in a short space of time.  This is going to take me a few years.  BUT, on the other hand, the longer I am calorie counting, the easier it becomes.  It has become ingrained into my very thinking.  I can manage to go to a coffee shop and have a coffee without cake.  If I want cake, I have a bite of Andy’s.  I am eating MORE now, I have to shop every week, and it’s costing me more, but I am cooking a lot more from scratch.  I am thinking about food more, as I have to plan what I am eating ahead of eating it and working out how to stay within calories each day.

The result of all of this (if I manage to do it) is that I lose a pound a week.  I like it because it’s that easy.  1,500 calories in each day = one pound loss at the end of the week.  A pound doesn’t seem to be a lot, but for me that’s what is achievable, and I don’t feel as though I am missing out too much.

Actually, I’ll re-phrase that.  To start with, I really felt as though I was missing out, but as time has gone on, that feeling has been replaced with a determination to loose weight!  This has been helped with loosing inches, and finding how much easier it’s become to carry out my own self-care.  Going to the loo, getting dressed – are all becoming much easier.

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