Did I mention summer clothes? It's been snowing here today!
There is no getting away from the fact that what makes my clothes look really good on me is me not carrying those few extra pounds that bounce back onto my middle every winter! I know I am lucky that it is only a few - but the difference those few pounds make is the difference between skipping along and dragging myself along.
I sat a 3lb bag of flour on the kitchen counter and imagined lugging it around in my pocket day and night....
Knowing this, how can I, why do I, pile them on again time after time? (And I also fear there are only so many times my skin will stretch and then shrink again!)
Anyway I do. But this works for me - Zoe Harcombe's Book Stop Counting Calories and Start Losing Weight, first reviewed by me here, has become our go-to book and many of her recipes have become our standards.
Every now and then, when I've just cream tea'd my way round Yorkshire for example, and scoffed a packet of amaretti biscuits and a box of birthday chocolates, I follow her 5 day Phase 1 eating plan. (Page118 in my copy.)
This involves eating more than I usually eat and I lose 3lbs in the 5 days. It also gets rid of those sugar/snacking cravings and gets me back on track.
There is an argument isn't there, that eating quality food is too expensive? We went with list in hand to M&S for the five day's meals and the bill was £37 for two. It included steak, salmon, pork chops, organic eggs, prawns. and lots of vegetables.
The wonderful psychological effect of this 'diet' is that I know I am not depriving myself but I am treating myself to real, good quality food, and plenty of it.
It makes such sense, and if I am not always sensible then I can forgive myself and try again!
I'll be skipping again by next week...Yay!
(i'll also be skipping a blog post or two, while I visit my little sister.)
The tulips didn't mind the snow.