Note: What works for me in regards to diet and exercise wise is not what suits everyone. This is a letter to myself and no-one else, because I know that personally I'm happier when I'm eating healthy, exercising regularly and feeling like I am looking after my body. I am inclined to over-indulge and I'm trying to be honest in sharing that I do struggle to find balance and moderation in my diet. I also know that I put on weight pretty easily and I have a 9-5 office job so I spend most of my day sat on my bottom. I apologise to anyone who read this and felt weird/offended or that I was being irresponsible. I don't believe in diets and in fact what I enjoy most about eating healthy is that I don't have to restrict portions because it's all good for me.
Dear 60kg Lou,
I think it is time you faced reality. You have to eat clean and exercise often in order to have both the trim figure and the trim face that you want. To be completely honest the weight gain shows very obviously in your face which means that you don't quite look at your best, dearie.
|Caught in the act with the two biggest culprits...Note the wine glass is already empty.|
It's time to take responsibility and just accept things for what they are, which is that you are a short person with a big appetite and put on weight fairly easily.
Here are some changes I think you could make to help you on your way:
- Keep a food diary for a month and be completely honest with your entries;
- Limit your alcohol intake to twice a week and drink sensibly;
- Drink more herbal teas and water throughout the work day;
- Do some exercise every day. Nothing too strenuous and remember the importance of weight training;
- Bread and cheese are false friends, they taste so good at the time and then go straight to your hips - so eat them but in moderation;
- Quinoa, oat bran and yams are your best sources of carbs. Forget rice. Rice makes you sluggish and you know it;
- Indulgences should be moderate. Definitely eat cake on your birthday and birthdays in general;
- Remember to enjoy the food that you are eating with the knowledge that it is good for you.