I can’t lose weight because I cook for everyone else. Have you heard that refrain before perhaps even uttered it? I have a family and i have to cook for them and they won’t eat diet food, another song I have heard and sung, lets leave the other songs and have a quick look at these ones perhaps.
As a sole parent I do the cooking, when I was married I did the cooking so nothing changes at all for me. I also do the grocery shopping. I have developed a special technique that allows me to eat anything I want to eat at any time. It is very simple and anyone can use it any where. I just don’t eat as much as I used to. It starts as simply as that. There are other things that I can do but that is the number one key to losing weight and to maintaining that weight loss.
In 2011 I returned to University and completed a graduate diploma in English and this year I have all but completed a graduate diploma in Teaching, (High School). In short it has meant that I have had to live very frugally, no money for the gym. Cheap cuts of meat, frozen veg rather than fresh. I haven’t cycled in 5 months but… I have stayed within 3 kgs of my lowest weight, maintained my fitness at an acceptable level, (I can climb 5 stories of stairs and still have a conversation at the end).
This is in spite of poor physical health, I swear if I were a horse I would have been shot , three herniated discs, constant sciatic pain, half of my diaphragm is paralysed and I have permanent nerve damage in my arm. Over the last three months I have struggled with a post viral syndrome from a nasty bout of the flu. But none of those things give me an excuse to start eating what I do not need to.
Today I went to a place that has had a significant impact on my life Totara Springs Christian Centre http://www.totarasprings.org.nz/. I won’t go into the ins and outs of why this place is important to me right now suffice to say it is always about people. I was dropping my children off to help out in the school vacation camps. I help out cooking there when they are busy and I gave them some time today. It helps clear my head and I love the huge kitchen and the opportunity to be creative. Now why do I tell you this.
Can you imagine any worse place to be than in the food industry when you are trying to lose weight? Especially when you are catering for very active young people, high energy diets are called for, but even here I can succeed. I use a tasting spoon. I choose what I taste and how much. At the end of the day when I sit down to eat I still choose quantities and what food I eat. Truth is that I ate more food today than what i normally would, I feel bloated and uncomfortable, however tomorrow I will be back to normal and will eat as per normal. It is always about choice and always will be about choice. I cooked the special diets today for the vegetarians and the egg, gluten and dairy free people, capsicums (bell peppers) filled with lightly roasted pumpkin, mushroom, red onion, celery, carrot. swede, garlic and capsicum, seasoned with rock salt, pepper, garam masala and ginger drizzled with olive oil and a balsamic glaze, dessert was waffles with baked bananas and maple syrup dressed with cinnamon,nutmeg and sugar and dairy free ice cream. It all tasted great. I could eat any of it.
I said earlier that I thought my weight had crept up and I was on the scales on Monday at 97.9 kgs. A gulp and a quick turn of the screws, upping my exercise (walking faster and taking a bigger stride and cutting my food just a little and this morning 96.2. It takes very little effort to turn the weight loss back on again but I need to be vigilant.
Remember all it takes to lose weight is to eat less energy than what you put out. It is as simple as energy in and energy out!
Till next time