Firstly, my apologies. Life got in the way yet again, and I've been lax once more in my blogging. It's silly really as I have 5 blogs, all mostly written in the draft folder of my dashboard for this blog and awaiting proof reading and pictures (well, it needs some colour otherwise it's boring old text on a page). This is the first, I will roll them all out over the next week or two as I have some free time back. HURRAH! But the shake up has worked and I'm now down to 12 Stone 4lbs (172lbs) and I'm aiming for another 4lbs off by Christmas :)
Secondly, this is going to have a rant section, it'll be early on and marked. I always think it's best to forewarn people if you are going to have a bit of a rant, so here's your advanced notice. You can skip past it if you want to, to the bit that I'll talk about where people think your mad if you keep a food diary! I used to be one of those people but now I don't go a day without logging my food - how else can I keep myself accountable?
So, thirdly, there is a purpose to the blog, not just me going off on one about something that is frustrating the heck out of me at the moment.
Dear great gods of Olympus people, RESEARCH! As my great mentor Ted used to say 'read, mark, learn and inwardly digest'.
The question? How many calories can I safetly reduce my intake to, to lose weight? Or its multitude of variations. Everywhere on weightloss sites, in bold in most cases, the site will tell you that 1200 Kcals is the lowest you should ever take your calorie intake if you are dieting. If you type that question into Google you get 33 milllion pages that tell you the same thing over and over. So why are you filling up space with the same question over and over? ARGH!
The frustrating part is that the people who ask this question, are the people who you know will not succeed at their weightloss journey and will blame the site they've joined for not working the miracle they want it to work. Why? Because the whole thing about losing weight is having to educate yourself about how you put the weight on in the first place. Whether it was through illness, genetic disposition, over eating and inactivity, or just a lack of understanding about the impact of the bad foods you were eating, it's all down to re-education. And to re-educate yourself you have to research what you are eating, how food affects your diet, mood, metabolism etc. EDUCATE, EDUCATE, EDUCATE. Please, even if it's a book from the library, research how cutting calories etc will affect everything you do. You wouldn't try fixing your car yourself without a Hayes Manual or at least researching what mechanic is going to be your best help! Yes I know that people ask questions in forums to get peer advice, but the answers are already there, and that means the person asking the question can't be bothered to put a search in on the forum to see if the question has been asked already. That means they don't really want the honest answer as it's not going to fit in with the miracle cure they want. I've done it myself and I got a short sharp response along the lines of 'come back when you've done more research as you aren't ready to lose weight seriously'. They were so very right!
As always, be kind to yourself.
Until the next blog, much love