After a blood pressure scare a couple of years ago, I made an amazing discovery. Eating less and exercising more makes you lose weight!
Indeed, I lost a total of over seven stone in that period including a nine month period on Weightwatchers that saw 70lbs disappear. The local charitable clothing collections have had a decent run out of me.
The formula was simple. Porridge or weetabix for breakfast, plus a banana. Boiled eggs, boiled potatoes and salad for lunch, plus a banana. Anything for tea. No snacking. Diet drinks. No sugar in tea. Walk three times a day for 30 minutes a time.
Back pain restricted the walking. Back surgery and a possible cancer diagnosis led to comfort eating. Not being in work meant less time moving around. Each time they weigh me prior to my oncologist appointments I’m a little heavier.
Now in cancer land they like a patient who can put on a bit of timber. As long as it’s not a huge tumour it suggests you’re responding well to treatment. But while I’ve only added a fraction back of the weight previously lost I do want to reverse the upward trend in a healthy way.
Getting the single minded passion back to lose weight again is currently an elusive thing. But I do want to be as fit as possible for Ljubljana, New England, Chile, Australia and any other trips I line up.
Hopefully I’ll hit the zone soon. Walking isn’t as easy as it once was. Easter might be a challenge! Food intake is the key.