Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Two steps forward, one and a half steps back

I ended the month of January slightly lighter than I started, which I take to be a good thing. 

The cheese-topped, chips-on-the-side nature of our holiday in Scotland, not to mention the fact that we only managed one fast day during the week before we went (because we got into holiday mode slightly too early) means that I would have been entirely unsurprised to see a net gain on the month.  What I have noticed about my 5:2 losses, though, is that for all that they are slow (so slow!) they seem to stick far better than when I was losing weight more quickly with WW.  A fall from the wagon may occasion a gain, but not a particularly dramatic one.  Not like the memorable occasion, many years ago when I gained five pounds one week and then lost seven the next.  I wonder if I was blogging at that point?  I can't see a post called "Flying in the Face of Science" but I definitely felt as if I was. 

I know the blog is quieter than it used to be.  Actually, blogging in general seems to be quieter than it used to be.  And a lot of the blogs that are out there are very big and shiny and full of beautiful photographs as opposed to back in 2010 when people just got behind the keyboard and typed away on their unglamorous but entirely functional BlogSpot platforms.  It's a shame, because I think the sense of community has disappeared a little bit, and I think a lot of the people who still are blogging are doing it less to reach out and more with a view to becoming the next Big Thing.

But, to my original point.  The blog is quieter than it used to be partly because I don't really feel like I am on a diet any more.  5:2 has fitted in to my life relatively seamlessly.  There's only so many times that I can write about how fast days are tough and I feel very hungry but it's worth the freedom that it wins me on the other, non-fast, days. 

Still, I also started writing this as a place to record recipes and to record experiences, and I've not intention of giving that up because a Book Deal may yet be forthcoming!  Well, not really, but because I love being able to look back and remember stuff I've eaten and places I've been. And, you never know, someday I might reach my elusive Goal Weight and I can't think of a better, more proper place to record that achievement than this little corner here. 

So, as ever mes amies, onwards and downwards.


  1. Yes! I agree, I think that people are much more wanting to be the next big thing and there seems to be a lot more "advertising" of products than ever before. I never thought I'd be the next big thing or wanted to, and sadly my life got much busier and blogging was the thing I chose to let go, simply because it was so time consuming. I've started using Instagram instead as it's quicker but it does mean that the recipes are more difficult to go back and find! Keep writing! I love reading what you write :)

    1. I miss your recipes - and your meal plans! They always made me hungry :)

      I'd love to follow you on Instagram - I'm slouj on there. I'd also love to say that there are loads of good food pictures but my feed tends to be more shots of my cat than my dinner!

      I will keep blogging, mainly because it's great to look back on nice meals and nice recipes, but my blog will continue to be plain and simple and full of dreadful pictures because I don't have the time or the inclination to do anything more elaborate!!

  2. I agree about blogging, it’s a shame as both as a writer and a reader, I found them
    useful. I don’t really talk to people about all this weight stuff so it acts like a pensieve.