How I Fought Fat After Forty, and Won (a Little Bit)


'Fight Fat After 40':
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'Fight Fat After 40' is not the easiest diet book to follow, but it works:

Beginning weight: 212.8
Ending weight: 209.6

I am very pleased with this week's diet and weight loss. Once I got to the basics of the 'Fight Fat After 40' diet, it really wasn't too bad.

I did get a bit fed up with the chicken breast dinners, although I came up with a few variations: lemon and garlic, lemon and tarragon, Thai style green curry, paprika and garlic, and a couple of versions of chickeny non starchy stew. Obviously to follow this diet in the long term, I would new to introduce more variety into the dinner options.

I'd need to find some new equivalents: perhaps other lean(ish) meat, Quorn, poached or grilled fish, stir fried tofu, etc. Dr Pamela Peeke (the author) also recommends beans and lentils, which I often use anyway.

I'll never be able to bring myself to throw an egg yolk away, but as long as I can remember to avoid the starchy foods after 5pm, I think the dinners should mostly be manageable.

So it's goodbye to the frozen pizzas, pastas, potatoes and rice in the evenings... 🙁

But I did appreciate being able to eat more bread and cereals in the daytime (the All-Bran featured most days, with low fat or almond milk and banana slices).

For some reason, I also found myself able to eat a lot more fruit than usual. I don't usually like fruit much, but perhaps it helped that my toddler seemed to love it all: a satsuma or banana shared with a toddler just seems cheerier.

And the kids' packed lunch apples were ok chopped up with plain yogurt or eaten in the car with some string cheese.

I even bought some strawberries this week to have with the yogurt, as they're my middle son's favourite.

This week's valuable discoveries:
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Suddenly over 40? Here’s your Diet!

 

Seems like just the other day, doesn't it...
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Do you ever feel like it was just the other day you were 25, and then suddenly you were, well, older?

I think the new Doctor Who could relate.

Suddenly he's awkward with Clara - not only a lot older since regenerating, but tactless and impatient too. It's a big change from the last two 'boyfriend Doctors', and hooray for that.

And just like the Doctor, I sometimes wonder where those extra years came from...

...And how I keep taking much younger people (ok, the kids) on fun and educational adventures they don't always appreciate as much as I'd like them to 😉

...And how much bigger my car must be on the inside, to hold all the things they leave in it.

...And how much nicer it would be to see the TARDIS on the driveway instead of the Toyota...

Still, there are some advantages. Like, my little 'companions' are much cuter and more fun than his 🙂

Fight Fat after Forty

But back in reality, the Doctor doesn't seem to have put on the extra pounds that I have from those years, so I'll be the one that's doing this week's diet for stressed older women: 'Fight Fat After 40'.

I know: women? But couldn't The Doctor be a woman some day?

To be fair, as an episode storyline, 'Fighting Fat' with any Doctor (over 40 or otherwise) probably wouldn't be up there with Genesis of the Daleks or Blink. Or Silence in the Library. Or the one with the Adipose babies 🙂

Fight Fat After Forty: Safer than the Adipose ("The fat just walks away"...)

Doctor Who (Partners in Crime): "The fat just walks away"...
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How to Lose Weight in the Zombie Apocalypse


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Anyone seen the new series of The Walking Dead yet? I love how far Carol has come, from the intimidated wife of a bully to a strong, independent leader and rescuer of others, and with great explosions too.

Back in my less apocalyptic life, I lost 2.8lbs with my 'Walking Dead' diet, just by pretending the shops were all looted and empty. I'd have lost more as one of the characters, but I'll take it! And I kept my head 🙂

Beginning weight: 215.4
Ending weight: 212.8

I'm also pleased with how much this week's diet saved my wallet!

So, how did my zombie apocalypse diet week go?

It wasn't bad at all. I thought I might need to find out how to make bread, but we had burger buns left in the freezer from my son's birthday party.

There was some powdered milk involved, which was fine in cooking and coffee. I also found out how to make a vegan egg substitute for cooking by mixing ground flax seeds with water (I know, weird that I didn't have eggs but I had that!)
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