Monthly Archives: January 2013

My low fat diet blog from “The Recovering Fataholic” #9 January 2013

I recently went to the hospital for a few tests. Unfortunately the diagnosis was not great. I have problems with my liver from being bad and eating and drinking the wrong foods and beers etc.

You know the ones I’m talking about don’t you? The same ones you eat and drink. Yeah, those ones.

The worse bit is that my bad decisions left my liver scarred (cirrhosis). Now I am banned from alcohol, fizzy drinks and fatty foods. And if I don’t change, I will most likely die a lot earlier than my alloted 3 score and ten.

Well, erm, what do I do with that kind of information? I will tell you what I would do. Exactly what I did do, same as you. I undertook to change my life for the better. I have 3 very good reasons, at home, why I get up each and every day. There is nothing more important than my family. I have to get healthier

This is not a detox, not some prissy New Year’s resolution to me. This is life and I suppose death. So if I am doing the right thing then I am happy with myself. I can look you in the eye and be happy with myself.

I haven’t weighed myself recently but I know last time I did I was at 122kg. What I need to do now is tweak this plan. I really want to see myself permanently under 120kg. That means I have to do it nice and slowly. That’s how I got this way wasn’t it? I ate too much, got heavier, stayed that way for a while then did it all over again. So over last week I ate more salads, slept more, snacked less and who knows if it works then great. If not then next week and the week after and the week after that and so on, until this works I will have to ramp up the attitude towards green food. It’ll be more salads, less snacking and more sleep. Doing treadmill work is an incidental happy accident of this programme whereby I feel better each time I do some treadmill work, so I end up repeating the feel good factor by doing a bit more.

I don’t want to or need to lose weight quickly, I certainly don’t want rolls of loose fat lying around my body, making me look like some sort of giant croissant, I plan to do this slowly so I can shrink back along with my weight.

Well that’s my attitude. And my plan. What’s yours?

My low fat diet blog from “The Recovering Fataholic” #8 January 2013

Well the season ended well with a loss of 0.5kg (half a kilo) and as of New Year’s Day I remained at 121.5kg. But with the weather pulling in and my attitude to going out for a walk getting worse I have regained the half kilo back and as I write I am 122kg. But it’s ok, this is a long term change of attitude. I have to account for seasonal variations and as long as there is no upward trend all will be well. So I am planning to start the weekend by unfolding the treadmill again and am going to be threatening it with a damn good thrashing very soon! LOL

On the upside last weekend I got the pushbike out and took my 7 year old out for a bit of a ride about. I would probably have gotten further without him but bonding with my boy is far more priceless than any amount of weight loss so I don’t give a stuff really and my buttocks still hurt so I definitely exercised my fat arse at least a little bit eh?!

Emotionally I am ok, a bit disappointed I couldn’t enjoy the nicer things to my normal excessive amounts over Christmas but glad I lost weight at a time I would normally pile it on. I want to say right now that the beast within still lurks there and if I didn’t care about living longer I would quite happily shove myself face first into bad food. But he is better controlled than he used to be. Right now it is half past one in the morning and I last ate a wholesome meal at around 6:30pm. Healthy mash, (no butter), healthy sausages, (low fat, 85% meat), big pile of veg, couple of tablespoons of gravy. Yummy! I didn’t need any more food until around 11pm and I have just put away 2 slices of granary bread with dairylea light (low-fat) and am now on my 2nd pack of Walkers French Fries (3g fat/pack).

And we all know what that means don’t we? Late night snack = bad sleep and weight gain. I have to get in control of that late night snacking to beat this whole pay attention thing. Even if I had been snacking on fat-free yoghurt and fruit it would still be late night snacking and therefore would affect my sleep. So if you are reading this thinking that your late night snacking is more healthy than mine, forget it! Damn you snack-monster!

Apart from a small amount of champagne over Christmas (less than one flute full) and a taste (mouthful) of some real ale a relative brought around from a local micro brewery, I haven’t touched any alcohol and have also managed to avoid all fizzy drinks. No coke, lemonade, sprite, fanta, dr pepper, etc etc. No lager, no sparkling wine, nothing. It was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.

Until next month, all I ask is the ability to pay attention to what I am shoving into my gob. And the courage to make sure most of it is low fat and full of vitamins. Oh and some nice weather because I really need some outdoor exercise!

If you are dieting in the old fashoined ways and are happy with your results, let me know.