How observant do you think you are? Did you notice how many ‘ups’ there are in that sentence, for example? I know the first time I was shown that test I missed the repetition.
And I’ve just missed putting on about half a stone. How does that happen? For starters, we are just not very good at noticing small changes. Our instinctive Amy Brain will spot a big threat when it suddenly appears, but when the scene changes subtly we miss it. I suppose we’re like frogs. According to the story, a frog won’t die if it is thrown in a pan of boiling water, it’ll jump straight out. But if it is sitting in a pan of water that gets heated gradually, it won’t notice the change. Don’t quote me on that I’ve never tried to boil a frog, the last time I ate frog’s legs they were sautéed in flour and butter. But I digress. The point is that it’s easy to put on weight a tiny bit at a time, and not really acknowledge it for a while.
I weigh myself every day. That’s an important part of keeping your Amy Brain engaged with the task of losing weight and not letting it drift but, clearly, it’s not fool-proof. And for me the pressure has been off for a while now as I’ve hit my target weight and am just coasting. Which is all well and good, except that the coast got a bit too easy. My Fastday dropped to just once a week and the Reloads got a bit more loaded. Then there was Easter and chocolate. And then, egged on by the holiday feeling, the weekend drinking slipped into the week, well, all the way to ‘maybe not drinking on Mondays’.
And the snacking started to creep back in too. Well if I was having a glass of wine then I might as well throw in some crisps. And before I know it I’m not actually13 stone, I’m thirteen and a half. So I’m going to do something about it. I’m going to put in a few days of simple protein fasting, I’m going to cut out the drink until Friday, crisps are out until the weekend too, and even then I’ll do popcorn instead, chocolate will be down to just one square. And my Reload meals are going to be a little less frequent. Maybe just two or three over the weekend (Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday lunch), instead of all of them.
And this too is how the Diet Groove works. We are all human. We all drift. Good intentions don’t last. But I know not to let it bother me. I know that I’ve got the simple tools to put this right and just the fact of noticing that I need to act is down to the success of the Groove. I know I’ve go to reset. Having lost over four stone I now see myself as 13 stone. I know I can easily get back there. But what’s important is that I know that I have to. Being 13.5 stone is just not acceptable to me any more. It’s not a bad weight (for me being 6ft 4) and I’m still in the green zone for my BMI but there’s no way I’m going to get carried off down a slippery slope.
Dieting is not easy, but it doesn’t have to be just a battle of willpower either. With the help of the Grooves – simple, tangible ways to get into a sticky weightloss routine – you can stay in control.
I’ll let you know how I get on. Let me know how you’re doing too.