Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Putting On Weight And How To Lose It

 I think I may have to give our Too Good To Go bags a miss for a while. They have been so good and saved us so much money but Tom and I have put on weight. There are always pastries and doughnuts that I don't eat but Tom loves and always crusty bread which is so hard not to eat slices and slices of. The other sort of food I have been eating a lot of is prepared salads like coleslaw and potato salad. I hate waste and as they are at their sell by date when we get the bag we find ourselves piling more on our plates. I'm also eating more processed food than I would normally buy. In the last few weeks I have put on a few pounds, not too much in itself but if it carries on every few weeks goodness knows where it could end up! I have tried to convince myself that it's the weight of my brain growing with all these new Welsh language skills! Sadly I know this is not the case so these bags will have to be a bit more infrequent I think. 

There is one way I find of eating that always makes me lose some weight and I discovered it when I had to go on a special diet before my treatment for thyroid cancer. As I had to have an iodine free diet there was a lot of foods I couldn't eat but one group of foods I had to cut out completely was any pre prepared foods and I'm sure this was the reason that I lost weight. I felt so well while I was on this diet I promised myself I would never eat processed food again. Of course they have crept back into my diet a bit as it is hard to avoid them totally but after watching a TV show the other night about how these foods alter our brain I think I will have another go at cutting them out an hopefully lose the few pounds I have put on. In one way is is so simple, if you look at a food label and it has more than five ingredients or ones you can't even pronounce don't eat them, but that is very hard in this day and age I'm afraid. If you look online there are some people who take a 100 day challenge of the 5 ingredients or less rule in pre prepared  food and I really admire them but I'm not sure if I would be able to do this. 

I've been trying to persuade the rest of the family to join in too as it would be so much easier if we were all doing it, but it's been falling on deaf ears I'm afraid. Youngest son was happily munching on a doughnut out of our Too Good To Go bag while I was explaining it to him. "You're looking at this all wrong Mum" he said "There are only two ingredients in this, a doughnut and sugar!" Now you see what I'm up against!  I will allow myself the odd lapse, especially when we are at the caravan, but I'll let you know how I get on. 

One of last years cubs seemed to have returned to the garden again as there is another young fox, but not as young as our cub, hanging around. Yesterday afternoon was so lovely and sunny youngest daughter fell asleep on the sun lounger in the garden and when she woke up the male fox was happily sitting in the sun too, just a few feet away from her, not a care in the world. I have bought a toy for our only fox cub with our Pets At Home delivery and thought I better buy a new one for Tess and Layla to play with too. I don't want them feeling left out! The trouble is as breeds they play in such different ways. Tess wants to play with the toy and tug it and chew it, but Layla just wants us to throw it for her, then she brings it back and carries it around all day. I think I better buy another one as Layla is certainly not giving it up!

I'm going to my Dad's house today to do his shopping and I'll be checking some of  the curtains I have made for the caravan too. Today is going to be very warm, which is lovely after all the rain we had in May. So it looks like it's onwards and upwards into June! Have a lovely day everyone what ever you are doing. xx


  1. HeHe! I've always had the opinion about
    weight loss..is to stop eating ALL together!
    It's such a big issue, so many companies,
    offering all sorts of ideas and medicine to
    loose weight!
    Yesterday! On the TV News..l saw a huge..(fat)..
    woman on the beach..goodness..l thought they'd
    have to ask her to leave the beach..Why?..Cos
    the tide wants to come in..! :).
    Believe me..she was so fat..no matter where
    you were in the room..you were sat next to her! :O).

    Now! 'weight' a minute..l've just had an idea,
    if you throw Layla's toy up and down the garden,
    and each of the family run and chase it..in turn,
    that would help keep your weight down..!

    So..that's my tip for weight loss! HeHe! Stop
    eating..! :O).

    I'm off to hit into the Privet..I use the hedge
    strimmer twice a year..takes about an hour..
    with plenty of liquid refreshment..looks quite
    warm out there already! :O).
    🌱 πŸ’› 🌱 πŸ’› 🌱 πŸ’› 🌱 πŸ’› 🌱 πŸ’› 🌱 πŸ’› 🌱 πŸ’›

    1. Bath Time...


    2. I know, I try to get on top of a few pounds straight away otherwise it gets out of hand quickly, Oh dear I think I saw the same woman. I love your idea for losing weight with Layla's toy! That swimming pool is incredible. No place for overweight people there though, it may come crashing to the ground! I couldn't get over it was Nine Elms, I haven't been there since the 1970s when I used to visit a friend there, it certainly didn't look like that then. Have a lovely day.

  2. I lost some weight last year while having treatment for cancer but not as much as I would have liked. Now I'm just trying to keep my weight steady as it's all too easy to pile on the pounds. I like your son's approach to the ingredients and not bother looking at labels :) Lovely photo of Layla with her new toy and how wonderful for the young fox to come visiting and enjoying some relaxation time in your garden.

    1. The trouble is I have found that weight that goes on very slowly over the months takes just as long to lose. I find the whole subject of nutrition really interesting, I just wish my family shared my enthusiasm!

  3. We use our toogoodtogo bag as a treat once a week, it is lovely to have loads of different things to munch on. This weekend I walked to the local M&S garage and purchased the mixed bean and feta salad at full price, it did last me 3 days. We cook from scratch all the time, even making our own bread, much better for you, no hidden ingredients. Our weight has gone up, we need to walk more and eat less, simples, but hard to keep to.

    1. Tom and I have decided we will have to be strong too and limit it. It is a shame as they are such brilliant value but there are just too many cakes. I used to cook everything from scratch when we were first married and try so hard to do so now but my family have got the taste of some unhealthy foods it is a struggle.

  4. Weight. This has been a bad year for me for weight gain as I think it has been for many people. I like your plan. Simple ingredients. I need to eat more veggies too. We'll see how that goes. It's depressing when I look into the mirror because I don't feel like I'm that big.
    I love the picture in my mind of the fox cub laying close to your daughter as if protecty her. I wonder if they feel an affection for you and remember your care of them in previous years?
    Take care and many blessings,

    1. It is so easy to let some weight creep on and not notice for a while isn't it. I was working on some first world war videos the other day and there was a large crowd of women signing up for war service at home and I thought not one of them was overweight. Our diets much have really changed so much. I wondered if last years cubs remember us too, they are so like dogs I think they may.

  5. Trying to eat foods that don't have more than 5 ingredients would be hard. Both myself and my husband would like to lose some pounds but it sure isn't easy.
    It's so amazing that the foxes feel so secure in your garden. It's wonderful.

    1. We were looking at the supermarket yesterday and it is very hard. I am sure half of these strange ingredients are what cause people problems. I never remember people with food allergies when I was a child now everyone seems to have them. Even if I don't manage it all the time, I'm certainly going to try as much as possible.


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