Elizabeth’s first post

From Elizabeth King.

A note from Janet – Elizabeth is back from holiday and the blog is saved!

Here she is with her reasons for dieting.

So what is my why?

I love giving anything a go (at least once anyway). I do have to admit though, that I might have overdone it on the dieting front. I have tried Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, the Atkins Diet, Low Carb and Cohens Diet, to name but a few, and most of these I have done multiple times. Yes, it’s true, I’m a serial dieter!

But no longer. Things are going to change and I’m excited to be a part of this blog with the lovely Janet where I can share that journey of change with you.

So, why do I want to lose weight? And perhaps, more importantly in this context, why do I want to talk about it online where I face potential humiliation and ridicule? Well, that second question is easy to answer – because I know I’m not the only one who struggles with all this stuff and maybe by being up front about it all I can help someone else on their journey. I also do so much better at things if I’m accountable to someone – so no more hiding at home on my own doing this!

As for why I want to lose weight – well that’s easy too. I’ve put on more than 30kg in the last 12 months, and that is on top of the significant amount of weight I have steadily been putting on for the last five or so years. The figure for my current weight is a frighteningly large number.  Worse – I’m in Hawaii at the moment and the snorkelling/diving trips we’ve been going on require you to provide your weight in pounds! A person should never have to convert kilograms to pounds – a number like that could give you a heart attack!

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Health is probably at the top of my list of reasons for wanting to lose weight. I know it’s not healthy to be this big. I’m okay for now, but who knows how long that will last. But health really is only one part of it. There’s also all those little things I previously took for granted that now I find I struggle to manage easily. Things like being able to:

  • fasten the straps on my sandals or put on my socks (actually, see my feet at all some times!)
  • fit into an aeroplane seat and fasten the seatbelt easily (let’s just say I’m glad we got upgrades for our trip to Hawaii!)
  • use a public toilet without that awkward moment of wondering if you’re going to manage to get through the door without getting trapped between the door, the toilet roll dispenser and the toilet itself
  • catch sight of myself in a shop window when walking down the street without being horrified by my reflection
  • keep up when out walking with my ridiculously long-legged husband without panting like a bellows
  • walk up a slope of more than 5 degrees without panting like a bellows
  • frankly, do any exercise at all without panting like a bellows!

And the list could go on and on…

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When I get back from Hawaii that is all going to change! I’m starting fresh and I’m going to commit to this journey.

Of course, in the meantime I’m doing what every good dieter does – eating up everything I love that I won’t be able to eat once I start back in on the dieting!! I mean, there’s the Cheesecake Factory over here, and my all-time favourite chocolates, Ghirardelli – what else is a romance writer to do??

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4 thoughts on “Elizabeth’s first post

  1. I, too, would like to be able to bend over to put on shoes without feeling like my head is going to explode, and my arms aren’t long enough!

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  2. Hi Elizabeth & Janet,
    Well done the two of you for making this decision! I joined WW in May last year and have so far managed to shed 15kg, and have gone from the ultimate couch potato to someone who actually ENJOYS getting out for walks and finding new ways to exercise that don’t ‘feel’ like exercise. Janet, I see that you’ve said in an earlier post that you don’t want to count points and calories, and I get where you’re coming from. However, if you’re serious about losing that weight – for whatever reason, and Elizabeth was spot on with her ‘whys’ being so important – the support, knowledge and friendships I’ve made with other women at WW meetings is invaluable. I’ve been yo-yo dieting my whole life, and this is the first time that I’ve known at a bone-deep level that I need to change my lifestyle to something that’s sustainable for the rest of my life. I know it sounds like I’ve been converted to a new cult–ha ha–but trust me, I don’t make recommendations like this lightly.
    Hugs to you both,
    Tracey.

    P.S FB message me anytime if you want some hands-on support!

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    1. Thanks Tracey, I’ll keep that in mind if this fasting thing doesn’t work. ❤ And well done you on your weight loss!!! That is awesome! 🙂

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  3. Thanks, Tracey. You’re right that the support from the other ladies (and men) at Weight Watchers meetings can be invaluable. And that weight loss is fantastic – I’m so jealous!! Hopefully I’ll be able to report a good loss before heading off to New York in July too!

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