While I am writing this, I am wondering if I should. On the one hand it’s about time I got real with my habits and most importantly my eating habits. They’re not where they should be. And I studied the stuff so I should know, right? But I figured I’ll document my weight loss effort number 2978 (just making the number up as we go) and it feels pretty safe to do it here, since no one is reading this little blog of mine. Haha…

Weight loss journey

The endless weight loss battle

Before anyone reading this feels the need to tell me that weight loss is not a battle and I should see it differently; I know right? This is a personal story and is in no way intended to be scientifically correct. I know it all but knowing and doing is not the same as it turns out.

So why write it down, you wonder? Well, I like writing, so that’s one. And also I know for a fact that there are so many people out there who struggle with the same thing. I know the obesitas epidemic is not slowing down, but instead is rising to insane proportions. And I also know it is still a subject a lot of people don’t want to talk about. Or laugh it off. ‘O yes, I know I am chunky but there’s more of me to love right?’

Why is it so hard?

I love my life in general. I’m not an unhappy person and I know all about food, nutrition and general well being. I’ve studied it and now the pitfalls but… I still fall into it. Time and time again. Today is a good example. Just to let you know how an average day might be.

I woke up at 7 am since I had a planned photoshoot for today with one of my favorite clients. Cheese was the subject. Now cheese is something I absolutely love, so there’s a risk already. In order to keep ahead of the caloric curve I decided to skip breakfast. I do intermittent fasting on a regular basis and so that felt like a good start of the day.

Weight loss journey
With my friend Meeta

Lunch time

Around lunch we had sandwiches with cheese (obviously) and chocolate sprinkles. The latter I brought from home, preventing myself from eating it at home. We nibbled on some cheese during the day but nothing major. No harm done there.

I got home at around 5 pm. Checked the fridge for any leftovers from the week and decided on a salad with lamb’s lettuce, mango, beetroot and blue cheese (brought with me from the shoot) The salad was delicious so all good so far.

But then….

But after dinner I started getting this craving for something sweet. I knew I shouldn’t but I also knew there were some chocolates in a bag sitting on the kitchen counter, that a friend brought over. And the chocolate was stronger than me. So the bag was opened. And the bag was finished.

Blood sugar all over the place

Now the interesting part of all this is that I am wearing a continuous glucose meter at the time. I thought it would be fun to see what spikes my blood sugar and to see how I can prevent spikes happening. Needless to say that bag of chocolate did spike my blood sugar. I’ll write another blog post about my findings in general with the meter, but for now it was pretty bad. No surprises there.

Damn that chocolate

Today it was the chocolate that got in the way of my will to lose weight. But on any other day it could be nuts, crackers or whatever else I have to snack on. I do try and not buy the stuff, honestly. As long as I do not have anything lying around I’m usually good. But I also get a lot of things shipped to me. Part of the joy of having a food blog I guess.

Weight loss journey

Let’s cut the crap and get at it

So, here it goes. I’m so sick and tired of my lame attitude when it comes to eating too much that I think it has to end. Here and now. So that’s my resolution to you. A few things you should know about me that are important in this respect:

  • I don’t believe in diets
  • I also don’t think restricting too much is a good idea as it is bound to have a counter effect

If you tell yourself you’re never allowed to have another cupcake you’ll probably want it worse then ever before. Now I personally don’t even like cupcakes, but you get where I’m going with this. So no hard restrictions.

No eating after 7 pm

I think for me the most important rule is to not eat after 7 pm. Or after dinner is a more appropriate description. Because after dinner is where I go wrong. I sit on the couch, turn on Netflix and the cravings start. So no eating after dinner is a good starting point.

No Netflix (or Disney+ or HBO or…)

Instead of spending countless mindless hours watching TV I want to mix things up a bit. Still allow myself one or two tv nights a week, but trying to cut down on endless watching sounds like a good plan. Especially since the eating is always linked to the watching. Instead of the watching I will be using my gym membership instead at least 2 nights a week. Or… follow an exercise video on Youtube. That is also a good substitute.

Meal planning

I’ll also get back to regular meal planning so I’m not surprised when I find nothing in the fridge. Haha. No seriously I love planning and meal planning helps me. Even if I don’t always follow the plan, but at least I know I have things in the fridge to make. Healthy things.

Journal

I will also be documenting my weight loss journey here. All the ups and downs and wins and losses. I’ll also try and post the meal plan each week but no guarantees there. I don’t always feel like writing it all up here. But all meal plans that are made can be found here under meal planning.

So to illustrate this long post I added a few photos that were taken very recently of me just last week.

Why do I want to lose weight?

To finish this post, the answer to the question of why weight loss is important to me. I feel like it’s not only the weight loss really, it’s getting and staying fit. I’m 61 years young now and it’s time I take this stuff seriously if I want to get old in a healthy way. I’m not all bad but I could definitely do better. I’m overweight and I feel better if I’m a little lighter. Skinny I will never be, but that’s totally fine. It’s not about looks, but more about health and well being. So that’s my reason behind it.

Want to join along? I’d love for you to leave a comment and let me know your struggles. Maybe we can do it together!

Author

Hi my name is Simone and I am a food photographer and blogger from the Netherlands. I strongly believe in the power of good food and think that making good choices every day will definitely create a healthier future. I've recently turned 61 and now more than ever, realize that health is everything. Check the link below to learn more about my story. I'm a certified health coach and live in the Netherlands with my two cats Humhrey and Buffy.

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