Thursday

If It Tastes Good ... Spit It Out !!!

(Actually, that's probably not a bad idea for a diet !!)

Anyway, as we ease into this Christmas and New Year holiday season, I just wanted to congratulate all those who have done so very well throughout this year on their weight loss journeys. Okay, it hasn't been easy, but this is usually a very good time to look back, realise how far you've come and feel a genuine sense of pride and accomplishment for what you've achieved so far.

By the way, I've done a rough calculation of the figures for this year and your combined weight loss is over 6500 lbs!! That's 3 tonnes !!! ... so there's a lot to be proud about !!

So, with that quirky fact in mind, I thought I'd share with you, one or two of the more of the quirkier things that I've come across this year whilst doing some of the research for this blog;


Some of the advertising for weight loss products is quite imaginitive, like these three from Weight Watchers, Special K and Slim Fast .....



(This is on the back of a work-out machine at the gym. As the weights are pulled, the girl in the picture slims down!!)





"The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later, you’re hungry again"


- George Miller

"You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is."
- Ellen Degeneres

"If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner."
- Henry Sambrooke Leigh

"The rest of the world lives to eat, while I eat to live."
- Socrates

"Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip."
- Arnold H. Glasgow

"Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork."
~English Proverb

"A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit."
~Author Unknown

"Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake."
~Author Unknown


FAD DIETS

The Hollywood Diet

People all over have tried to analyze what the Hollywood Diet is made up of.

From the list of ingredients on the side of the bottle, here is what the Hollywood diet juice contains:

 water
 fructose
 pineapple juice
 orange juice
 apple juice
 prune juice
 white grape juice
 lemon juices juice
 extracts of bilberry
 green tea extract
 ginkgo biloba
 grapeseed extract
 along with a few preservatives and stabilizers.

Pretty simple. I bet you could make your own version. You could certainly put together the same ingredients for less money.

The instructions are very simple. Four times a day, you drink the juice and some water. You eat nothing else. It isn't surprising that you would lose weight. According to the package label, you are only ingesting 400 calories per day!


7 Day ‘All You Can Eat’ Diet !!
MONDAY
All the fruit you want except banana

TUESDAY
All the vegetables you want *you can use soy sauce, vinegar or mustard

WEDNESDAY
All the fruit & vegetables you want.

THURSDAY
5 bananas with 5 glasses of milk

FRIDAY
4 (3 oz beef/chicken or fish steaks) with fresh vegetables

SATURDAY
4 (3 oz. beef steaks) with fresh vegetables

SUNDAY
4 (3 oz. beef steaks) with fresh vegetables


A big thank you to all of you this year that have so sportingly contributed toward this blog, sharing elements of your own weight loss journeys, and also to those of you who became inspired by some of those stories and experiences and decided to contact me.

It's always great to be able to share emails such as this one .....

“Hi

I met Tony in July of this year, I had an accident 2 years ago which left me with limited mobility and so I put on weight and it really got me down. Then my husband had an accident and it left him with walking problems, so on top of everything else we started comfort eating and so more weight crept on.

I saw Tony’s advert just before I went on holiday and cut it out of the paper and put it in my file and forgot about it. I was not really sure he could be of help. When we came back off our holiday, I was really down and emailed him. We arranged to meet Tony one Friday night and it was a night that changed our lives.

When we arrived at Tony’s, he put us at ease as we talked and installed confidence in me. I asked Tony if he could help my husband with his walking, as he always felt he was being ‘pushed’ forward when he walked and the medical specialists could not explained this. Tony asked questions about my husband’s accident and then told us he thought he could help him. We made two appointments for a few weeks later to see Tony, I did feel apprehensive and not altogether sure of what we were about to do, but felt that only good could come from it.

My husband had the first appointment and when he came home, there was a definite improvement, he felt more confident and not ‘pushed’. I went later that day and although nervous, enjoyed my session.

I was amazed when I no longer felt like eating as much and also, I was leaving food and gradually over the months that followed I have lost 2 stones and feel better, even to the point of going swimming twice a week, a thing unheard of in the past. Today, I got into an outfit I bought 3 years ago, that didn't fit until now!

I had another session with Tony and he handed me a CD which I listen to on a regular basis. With that and the phone calls and e mails, I know I am on the way to a better life, I still have what I call my ‘bad days’ when I eat a little of what I fancy, but these are getting less and I do not enjoy them like I used to.

As for my Husband, he has gone from strength to strength. He still has a slight walking problem, but is so much happier and confident and is no longer ‘pushed’.

Meeting Tony has changed our lives. People remark on how well we look and are amazed at the weight loss. We have so much to thank Tony for and I would urge anyone who wants to lose weight to give it a go. It’s a way of life now and no faddy diets! I am amazed at how easy it is to say ‘no’ to food. I still have some way to go to get to that weight I want, but know I will do it now. Thanks Tony
Dot and Dave.”

Well done again to the pair of you for your achievements so far, I know you'll keep it going into next year ...
Thanks again for all your emails that have contributed toward this blog during the year. Do keep them coming in and I'll gladly post them up here to hopefully inspire other people.

Also, if you haven't already done so, now is also a great time to be committing to what you want to achieve next year, and setting some tangible goals. There were some useful guidelines on setting realistic goals in the last blog. You can re-access that again by clicking;-  here

I hope you have a fabulous Christmas and New Year break and I'll look forward to being in touch again in the new year.

Merry Christmas

Tony







  

Tuesday

The Next Big Step to a Slimmer YOU

"People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and New Year. They really need to be more concerned about what they eat between New Year and Christmas!"


Click HERE
It's about this time of year when you would expect me to start going on about how many calories mince pies contain, suggestions for a low fat alternative to brandy butter or ways to cut down on all that festive booze!! ....... So, I'm not going to.

December may undoubtedly be a trickier month to remain completely focussed, but at the end of the day, moderation is the key. It isn't necessarily about 'cutting things out' or 'not joining in', it's just about moderation and being sensible with some of these seasonal treats.

In fact, year after year, Christmas has not turned out to be the weight-gaining nightmare that had been anticipated, with the vast majority of my clients able to stay focussed, remain pretty much on-track and have simply not allowed a couple of weeks of over indulgence to unravel all the hard they've put in during the weeks and months before.

I had an email from Janet in Chorley this week, that outlines this point very well ......


“Hi

Confession time.

Not sure if you remember, I mentioned that I had an event (Fri 25th Nov), that I organised locally, and an ex Slimming World Consultant was attending. I wasn’t at my goal weight of 10st 12lb, but wasn’t far away at 10st 13.5lb

Bought myself a new size 12 suit and felt great. The event went really well and I got lovely comments back from everyone, including the Mayor.  So far so good......

At the end of the event my Manager, who had asked me to organise the event handed me a bottle of wine. I went home beaming and drank the bottle of wine.  On Monday morning, my line manager gave me a box of chocolates to thank me for my efforts.  I proceeded to eat the whole of the top layer that afternoon! My thought process was; I did a great job, someone wants to congratulate me, so why not take the compliment.

The Monday madness continued that week to include the other layer of chocolates, flapjacks, chippy tea on Friday and a Saturday night at a curry house.

This week I have a Christmas meal at work, next week I have my Dad's 70th Birthday meal on the 13th, then I have a weekend away, not to mention all the usual fayre at Christmas and new year.

Having admitted all this, I got on the scales this morning and I have only put on 1.5lbs. So me feeling really guilty and obsessing about how bad I’ve been, just shows that I am human and I must have been good the rest of the time ... I think I am too self-critical of myself and was going to apologise to you for letting you down, however, I will take this back.  The main thing is that I have managed to reign myself in this week.

Outcome

I have decided to enjoy Christmas as a normal person would, without going too mad.

Enough of my rambling, have a great Christmas and see you in the New Year.

Janet”

Janet makes a great point there. Sometimes we can get a little over critical of ourselves and food becomes an obsession, which it just doesn't need to be.

I emailed Janet back suggesting that she had allowed her fluid intake to go by-the-wayside and that was allowing some of those 'old habits' to creep back in.

In her reply back to me, Janet told me how the Christmas meal went ...... 

“Hi Tony

Yes, you are a mind reader, I didn’t bother with the water or the treadmill......

It’s amazing how much more positive I feel, after writing you my confession.  I have a bottle of water on my desk and only ate half the Christmas meal yesterday … it was that bad ……. Was good that I made my menu choices over 3 weeks ago!

I had a chicken salad for starters, salmon for main and fruit salad for dessert.  Just ate 3 small slices of chicken as I’m not a salad lover, the salmon was rank! Didn’t know salmon was dark brown and grey colour!!... so only ate 2 small roasted potatoes, as the mash and vegetables were lumpy and tasteless.  The dessert was good as I wasn’t even offered cream on the fruit.  So everyone one else was stuffed after soup, turkey and Christmas pudding (which is what I would usually order) and I felt great.

The hill I thought I would be climbing was only a small pebble. Hope the next challenge is as easy.

I’m rambling again, so see you on the 5th January.

Happy New Year”

Thanks again Janet. It's great to see you're still in full control and continuing to make good progress.

As ever, it goes without saying that staying WELL HYDRATED during this period is even more important then ever. Increases in our intake of sugar, salt, alcohol and caffein over Christmas, all contribute to an increased level of dehydration.

Julie emailed me this week, she's doing great and was just letting me know that she was away over Christmas. But I particularly liked this ....

“I am going shopping on Saturday for a new evening dress for my cruise, and last year the dresses were a size 20/22. This year, the one I am getting is a size 12!!!!  (I have already tried it on so I know). So that has spurred me on tremendously. When I have my ‘off’ days, I just think of the size I used to be and that puts me right back on track.

Twice in the past week someone as passed comment on how much weight I have lost”

Priceless! ... Isn't it just amazing when that happens???
Thanks again Julie and have a wonderful trip.

Setting Your Weight Loss Goals For 2012

One thing that IS worth being mindful of at this time of year, is where we would like to see ourselves this time next year.

Although it might not seen that obvious, giving some thought to our weight loss goals over the next year is the very first step to making these ideas become a reality. It isn't the ONLY thing we need to do of course, but if we at least have a target in mind, we have our starting point (i.e, now), and we also have something to aim for. We can then set about taking steps, however small, in the direction of where we want to be.

What I would like you to do in this update, is to begin the process of thinking through what your weight loss goals and targets might be for next year. You may already have an idea, or it may be something that hadn't really crossed your mind until now ...... How would you really like to look on next years summer holiday photgraphs? What about on your birthday? or even next Christmas?? Imagine how you really would like to look and feel, how healthy you would really love to see your eating habits. Which of those outfits in the wardrobe would you REALLY look amazing in next year? 

The act of 'conceiving' these goals in your mind and wanting them strongly enough, sets the wheels in motion. Once you have a clear idea in your mind of exactly what you want out of next year in terms of your weight or size, the next step is easy ... just write it down.

Writing goals down on paper 'cements' them in your mind. It turns them from mere 'flashes in your brain' to 'tangible, perceivable destinations' to which our minds can set about plotting a pathway.

Setting S.M.A.R.T Weight Loss Goals

The idea behind creating SMART Goals, is that it's an easy way of making sure that the goals we set for ourselves, have all the elements needed to increase the likelihood of them becoming a reality. To enable this, your goals need to be written so that they are; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Bound; hence the word, SMART.




Specific

Goals should be straightforward and emphasize what you want to happen. Specifics help us to focus our efforts and clearly define what we are going to do.

Specific is the What, Why, and How of the SMART model.

WHAT are you going to do? Use action words such as increase, reduce, develop, plan, build etc.
WHY is this important to do at this time? What do you want to ultimately accomplish?
HOW are you going to do it? (By what means …)

Ensure the goals you set is very specific, clear and easy. Instead of setting a goal to lose weight or be healthier, set a specific goal. Examples might be; to lose 6 inches off your waistline, to reduce your weight by 2 stones, to reduce your clothing by 2 dress sizes or to be able to walk 5 miles at an aerobically challenging pace.

Measurable

If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. In the broadest sense, the whole goal statement is a measure for the project; in other words, if the goal is accomplished in full, it has been a success. However, there are usually several short-term or small measurements that can be built into the goal.

With that in mind, state your goal in such a way that your progress is measurable, so that you can monitor things as you go on. For example “I want to lose 28 lbs in the next 20 weeks”, shows a specific target to be measured. “I want to be slimmer” is not as measurable.

Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you into the continued effort required to reach for your goals.

Achievable

When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. Your begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.

Goals you set which are too far out of your reach, you probably won’t commit to doing. Although you may start with the best of intentions, the knowledge that it’s too much for you means your subconscious mind will keep reminding you of this fact and will stop you from even giving it your best.

A goal needs to stretch you slightly so you feel you can do it, but it will also need a real commitment from you. For instance, if you aim to lose 20lbs in one week, we all know that isn’t achievable. But setting a goal to loose 1lb and when you’ve achieved that, aiming to lose a further 1lb, then another, then another, will consistently keep it achievable for you.

The feeling of success which this brings, helps you to remain motivated.

Realistic

This is not a synonym for “easy.” Realistic, in this case, means “do-able.” It means that the learning curve is not a vertical slope; that the skills needed to do the work are available; that the pathway and the ultimate result, fit realistically into your lifestyle. A realistic goal may push the skills and knowledge of the person committing it, but it shouldn’t break them.

In a weight loss context, devise a plan or a way of getting there which makes the goal realistic. The goal needs to be realistic for you and where you are at the moment. A goal of never again eating sweets, cakes, crisps and chocolate may not be realistic for someone who really enjoys these foods.

For instance, it may be more realistic to set a goal of eating a piece of fruit each day instead of one sweet item. You can then choose to work towards reducing the amount of sweet products gradually as and when this feels realistic for you.

Be sure to set goals that you can attain with some effort! Too difficult and you set the stage for failure, but too easy sends the message that you aren’t very capable. Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement!

Time Bound

Set a timeframe for the goal: by next week, in three months, before my 50th. Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards.

If you don’t set a time, the commitment is too vague. It tends not to happen because you feel you can start at any time. Without a time limit, there’s no urgency to start taking action now.

Time must be measurable, attainable and realistic.

You will find it much easier to pursue your goals and objectives if they are SMART. SMART, is the way in which to set any goals or objectives in such a way as to assist you in focusing on all the important, individual elements, increasing the chances of success.

That's it for now, but DO take just a moment to ask yourself, "Where do I want to be, this time nex year?"

More in a couple of weeks, taking a look at the light hearted side of weight loss.

Best wishes

Tony

By the way, calories in a mince pie? .... it's 360 apparently!! ...... click here