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Well that did it! The other day I was having a bowl of soup in M&S with a friend. A buzz on my phone indicated a message. Always conscious that grandchildren try and get me if their parents are working etc. I take a quick sneaky look trying not to be rude. The above from my doctor’s surgery has to be read!
Oops! Yes I am overweight and that has been the story of my life since my first child!
Over the years I have lost over 42 stone = lbs 588. How could this be? Well to start with after my youngest was born 45 years ago 2 stone needed to disappear. This was done with calorie control. Great.
I have always been active with a family and household to run at the same time as my own business. That did not stop the weight accumulating time and time again! Weight Watchers greeted me rubbing their hands knowing that I was a money spinner. How right they were! Once goal weight had been attained two years later I went on a course to be a lecturer at our local meeting place which happened to be the Temperance Hall! That lasted a couple of years before they noticed that my fingers were bulging round my rings!
Gallstones made an appearance and the surgeon refused to operate until some weight had been lost. The Cambridge diet accommodated that request with five stone disappearing fairly quickly. In a London hospital I was looked upon as a hero because of the weight loss and a slender figure before their eyes.
Another few years pass and a large frumpy figure stares at me in the mirror. So let’s work on this no fat with Rosemary Connolly’s diet and exercise. Without any oil or fat my skin wrinkles up and any assets that were left have disappeared! So food here I come.
Not a good decision! Son announces a wedding! Hubby gives me a wink and knows exactly that his whole life will be turned upside down yet again. Fit for Life is the answer. Don’t mix carbs with protein! Actually it was not so bad until a friend arrives from Switzerland and tells me of an article suggesting it is not so good for the heart! Cabbage diet for five days. How I was not divorced there and then I have no idea!
Wedding over and grandchildren coming thick and fast! Problem whenever they came round they would charge towards horses and other animals in the yard. I could not run as fast. The Atkins Diet enters my life and I have never felt so good. Five stone disappears yet again! Drama. Husband dashed to hospital and told he would not survive the week. That’s it food comes to comfort me. Hubby survives for another twenty five years after his first brush with lung cancer. So so fortunate for both of us.
Since then ‘love of life’ has been more prevalent and weight just comes and goes. Paul McKenna has been tried but the bruising to my arm was unbearable. Jabs from a doctor in Harley Street at great cost, a personal trainer at the gym lasts for two years, this list goes on!
I am conscious of being healthy and since that text a couple of days ago I have restricted food intake and already walked over ten miles! I know I owe it to my doctor and the NHS to take responsibility for my well being. It really is nonsense to ignore all the advice before us. But this dieting lark, for me, is not the answer. Restraint and exercise appear to work for now! However, I read with interest the other day that ‘Heart surgery danger lower in the obese’ http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/heart-surgery-risk-is-lower-for-the-obese-6lmrk0ppk So what should we do?
“She’d even violated the only sensible rule of dieting she’d ever run across, the sage advice of the Muppets’ Miss Piggy, who recommended never eating anything bigger than your head.”