27 April 2009

Weight Loss Weekly

"Slow and steady finishes the race"
The Boyf

Weight Loss Weekly is an event where some other gals and I ask a question and answer it in our own styles each week.

This week Sunny asks:
"Right now, I'm focusing on losing some weight before our summer beach vacation (which means bathing suits and shorts EEK!!) which is 8 weeks away. When you're working hard towards a certain weight loss goal, what is your one unique secret weapon or trick that helps speed up your weight loss?"

Check out what the gals have to say.

Joie: "Secret weapons in the weight loss arsenal? Okay, I'll dish..." Read more at Joie de vivre: An amateur gourmet's guide.

Sunny: "Hmm, I think my most helpful secret weapon has to do with a delicious dessert that is actually not forbidden, not even when I’m trying to speed up my weight loss…" Keep reading at That Extra 20 Pounds

Nurit: "The last time I wore a bikini was 6 years ago when I was 4 months pregnant. We were in Hawaii. But I do have a little secret to share with you about wearing your bathing suit again. It all began 4 years ago…" Read more over at 1 Family Friendly Food



When I first read Sunny's question I thought "well this will be an easy post, short, a few words even" because I really don't have one. My attempts at speeding up weight loss have been sad sad affairs that usually last a whole 15min after my burst of motivation and planning. Or worse still they do work, and for a few weeks the weight flies off at an alarming rate only to congeal back around my thighs at an even more terrifying speed as soon as the momentum is lost and I can't maintain the deprivation or exercise regime any longer.

I'm trying more and more to look at weight loss as a very long term prospect. I've lost weight before, sometimes effortlessly and other times under strain and stress. Invariably I put it back on, my multisized wardrobe is a testament to this fact, as is my blog title.

So my answer to Sunny's question is simple. A sure fired way for me to speed up my weight loss, a trick, a secret weapon if you wish, is to stop caring so much. This doesn't mean I don't try, that I give up, sit on the couch surrounded by chips and chocolate and the occasional doughnut, rather it means I stop putting pressure on myself to achieve a certain weight goal by a certain date.

I've talked about how this is a curse for me here and I believe with all my heart that one of the keys to weight loss and maintenance for me lies in taking it slow, learning, adapting and finding my own healthy lifestyle groove.

This will mean that weight loss is speedy. If I graphed out all of my wonderful dieting years, the ups the downs, the plateaus and periods of nothingness it would be plain to see that my weight loss over time has been S.L.O.W. Well if you looked carefully at the data, you just might find, I haven't really lost any weight at all. Anything is faster than that.

Now this may not be something you could use in a pyramid selling scheme or sell e-books with, it isn't really even a concept you could design some over priced product on. But it is something you could try. It may not be for you, you may be one of those rare creatures that can put their head down and their glutes up and just do it. Or you may be like me, a little slower, but just as capable of getting there.

So do tell, are you more of a hare or a tortoise? Are you able to buckle down and get to it, shed the pounds and get on with life? Or are you taking your time? Do you have a secret weight loss weapon? Please do meet me in the comments for more chatter and thoughts.

6 comments:

  1. love your blog and the things your proud of great idea all the best keep up the good work

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  2. Slow and steady baby! The tortoise may not get there quickly, but it gets there!

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  3. I'm new to dieting and don't know much about it, but it always scares me to do crazy stuff and I've heard about, like you say, people losing weight quickly only to quickly gaining it back, if not more. So I say slow and steady. I lost 4-5 lbs. since January without doing much effort. We'll see how it goes further...

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  4. @Chow and Chatter: thanks for stopping by :)

    @Joie: It's all about the tortoise philosophy over here

    @Nurit: Slow and steady, in my experience, is the only way to go.

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