Thursday, 10 September 2009

Thursday 10th September 2009 - from another Fat Girl

Well, I've just been catching up with Marie who has decided to come clean about her weight problem.  Let's tell it like it is - her fatness!  She mentions that I have (willingly, I should add) been her partner in crime on her "Down Down Down" blog, which you can find here

I've been just like Marie - tried every trick in the book to lose weight and, despite seeming to lose loads, ultimately fail by putting it all back on again plus some more.  That's because your average 'diet' has a start date and a stop date and in between you're so concerned with following the diet that you never actually teach your body anything about the life changes you need to make.

Like Marie, I've tried all sorts :  Slimming Magazine, Slimming World, Weightwatchers, calorie counting by myself.  I must say I was horrified to hear she had been on the verge of signing up for a Gastric Band.  Remember this is the very same Marie who buoys us all up every single day with every little word she writes on her blogs, with her wonderful recipes, with her drawings and paintings;  the Marie who exudes a natural joie de vivre through every pore, who has a genuine love and caring for her fellows.  The only person I know who unconditionally 'gives til it hurts', who puts everyone before herself.  THIS Marie, our Marie, has shared with us her inmost feelings and I'm so proud of her.

I haven't actually been to a hypnotherapist; I just don't have the money.  What I have done is invested in a little book by Paul McKenna (yes, he of stage hypnosis fame) called "I Can Make You Thin" which came with a CD to support it.  I must confess to having thought "yeah yeah" and written off the book as a load of mumbo-jumbo before it even came through the door.  I read it though, seeing as I'd paid for it!  Despite myself, I found myself believing what he said and now - no agonising- I am continuing to lose weight and not paying out a fortune every week to do it.  It's not a 'diet', I don't count any calories or points or syns.  I only eat when I feel hungry and I stop when I'm not hungry any more.  Recognising those two points was the only difficut thing.

I wouldn't profess to have all the answers.  Nor, I suspect, would Marie.  What I have got is something I can live with quite happily for life.  Oh, and a trick or two ............

Today, for example, I'm wearing a skirt which was last comfortable about 4 years ago.  It's just not quite fastenable but sitting in my wheelchair it's not going to fall down!  My T-shirt hides the button at the top which I can't do up and it's just tight enough so I think "Hmm, need to lose a few pounds...".  All it does is make me examine my motives for eating...whatever might  be on offer.

Good on you Marie.  Keep it up girl, I'm rooting for you.



Marie said...

OH Angie, you made my day. I can't think of a better partner to have in crime. I am basically a very happy Person Ange. I do confess that the weight has been a bit of a concern for me, but . . . you know. I've always been the sort that am more concerned about helping others and I tend to forget about myself. Today I bared my soul. So far so good. No nasty comments! (FIngers crossed!) I know this is something that is working for you and for me and together we can make it through. BY the way I talked Lura into getting Paul's book as well. Haven't heard how its going for her yet though! I send love and hugs! I know I need to get into skinnier clothes, but am relishing the fact that my old ones are lose. That blouse in my newest picture is one I bought several years ago and could never wear. Now it's too big. C'est la Vie! (I can't wait to see Todd's face when he starts having to dish out big bucks on a new wardrobe!)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I do wish you both well in your endeavor to loose that fat. I've needed to do that for awhile myself. Now I have something new to try out. The trouble is I do eat when hungry but I eat all the wrong things for sure. I'll be waiting to hear more!
'On Ya'-ma

joolzmac said...

Hi Angie

After being hypnotised to give up smoking (totally successful since March 23, 2008 - zero smokes)I believe in the power of the mind. I walked out of the group session with the knowledge that I was not a smoker anymore.

It is harder for you because you are in the wheelchair so I think you are doing a great job. I can pound the pavement and burn calories that you cannot.

Robynn's Ravings 30 day Throw Down has been an eye-opener for me. This woman makes a lot of sense and she is quite inspiring. I keep saying I am on a LIVEit, not a DIEt and I believe it is true.

Cheers - Joolz

Will try that rice/pineapple dish over the weekend. Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Angie..and I too should lose some weight...and have...and so far haven't put it back on...and the thing I have learned is "eating healthy" .. making the right choices...that helps with the weight loss...and from time to time I enjoy something I just know I shouldn't have...LOL...and enjoyed it to the fullest...and that is what I want you to do...enjoy each day to the fullest..cause you are special...hugs from Ora in KY

Patchwork Dragon said...

Way to go girls...well done!! I have that Paul McKenna book, and I've read it and thought it sounded very sensible...what I haven't done is listen to the CD. I was going to get round to putting it on my IPod to listen to on the train etc. But of course, I'm a prize procrastinator and haven't got round to it yet. I'm thinking I might just do it this weekend!

Sage said...

Good luck with this project; you look great! and I love your blog; so interesting!

Joyce said...

I find when Hubby is traveling and I am home by myself I can lose a pound during the week because I only eat when I am hungry and I eat real portions. I have been on a diet since mid May and lost 10 pounds. The past few weeks I have lost nothing but have not gained so I am happy. I would like to get rid of another 10 pounds but I no longer stress myself out about all of it.

Robynn's Ravings said...

Angie! THANK YOU for coming by and signing up to follow. I can tell by your writing, here and there, we're gonna get along famously. :)

Good for you for doing all you can to improve your health. The 30 Day Throw Down! is all about what you're doing. And I'm now off to visit Marie because I can tell I should know her, too! Welcome!

joolzmac said...

Hi Angie

Hey, neither of those links to Marie's site work. She doesn't have 'blogspot' after her oak cottage bit, its
and the down down down one is not right either. You might like to correct.

Will have a really good read tonight of your joint blog.

Cheers - Joolz

Grammy Staffy said...

Ok....I bought the book and got the CD with it. I need to get rid of 30 pounds so badly.... I hope this will work for me. I am so proud of you and Marie!!!! I want to do it but I am almost afraid to start because I have failed so many times.

Congrats to you. Love, Lura