Yes, even you. Especially you! (If there's anyone reading of course!)
You can all see the "fat" photo at the bottom of the blog, and it should give you some clue as to just how bad my eating habits were. Think family size takeaways, huge bars of Dairy Milk chocolate and slabs of cake! And that was just for dinner ;)
In all honesty, my eating habits were ridiculous. I ate excessively, unhealthily, and quite frankly I was just plain greedy. I believed, and to some extent will always believe, that food equals happiness. But whereas now a little treat can cheer me up, no matter how much I ate it never actually made me happy. The habit was a comfort, the clothes shopping tears and embarrassment at my size after were most certainly not.
In the two years it took me to lose the four and a half stone I learnt so many things about myself and about the relationship I have with food, and I know that the most important element of losing weight and keeping it off is changing your habits. It does take time, and to some degree you must fight those old habits and learn new, healthier ones. But it can be done.
To really demonstrate just how much my diet has changed I'm going to list my typical daily menu before and after. The important thing to remember here is that whenever I am hungry, I eat, and I have at least one treat a day because food still makes me happy and my mind still thinks about it most of the time!
4 slices white toast with margarine & cheese Bagel & low fat cheese
Bag of Walkers crisps Special K cereal bar
Pasta n Sauce, sandwich, chocolate bar Salad/cous cous/chicken,
low fat yogurt
Chocolate or cake/flapjack WW cake/biscuits and coffee
Chinese takeaway: Chinese takeaway:
Fried rice Boiled rice
Sweet and sour chicken (battered) Vegetable chow mein
Chicken with mushrooms Handful of prawn crackers
Before bed Before bed
Half a 250g bar of Dairy Milk Options hot chocolate
To be honest it's hard to remember exactly what I'd eat in a day, I'd take a lot of trips to the kitchen cupboard if I was sitting at home so it'd probably be more than what I've listed. But you can see that I'm still eating a lot, just not a lot of rubbish!
I hope all that is helpful to someone.
My tip for today is recognise your habits. Once you know where your weakness is, fight it! Find a way of substituting if you need to - I substitute chocolate with Options when I know I haven't really been good enough to eat chocolate - and soon you'll be out of the habit.
Control your habits, don't let them control you :D