Although I was thrilled to see the weight dropping off, I know from many past experiences just how difficult it is to keep it off. With the best will in the world, it is very difficult to continue, on an on-going basis, to deprive oneself of all the nice things to eat in life, such as cakes, biscuits, chocolate, ice-cream, desserts, wine, curry, bread, etc etc. It only takes a holiday, Christmas or just a bad week-end to start back on the rocky road to letting the pounds slowly creep back on. At the risk of sounding rather evangelical (once again) about this particular approach, I truly believe that it is a do-able long term solution to not just losing the weight, but KEEPING it off! Whilst it isn’t exactly enjoyable going through a day until tea time without a calorie passing my lips, the knowledge that it is only for that short period, and the next day I don’t have to think about dieting gets me through.
Yesterday was a fasting day. I drank my way through a couple of litres of water and a couple of black coffees, and made it until 6.00pm, when I had an M&S salmon and grain salad meal for 375 calories. I also had some melon, grapes and asparagus, and a couple of cups of (white) tea. Today is a “feast” day. That doesn’t mean (unfortunately!) that I can stuff my face with absolutely anything I fancy, but just that I don’t have to think too hard about watching what I eat today. It is someone’s birthday in the office, and that means cream cakes – yum! I will still opt for the “least bad” option (a chocolate éclair at 185 calories), but I will enjoy it without any guilt or worry that I have blown my diet. On previous “diets”, giving in to a cake would have the negative psychological effect of making me think “oh no, blown the diet again – might as well continue to pig out and start again tomorrow…” (or next Monday!). I know, I know! It isn’t logical or sensible, but I can’t be perfect all the time!