Mission Healthy Mum

Today I stopped dieting. Twenty-two years later and my 12 year old slightly pudgy body has morphed into a mass of wobbly bits. I am determined to be fitter and healthier and my journey starts today.  

I have tried every diet known to man –some of them for half a day, some for months and a few on and off for years. Some with success and some without. I have lost a lot of weight along the way but have put every ounce back on again and added a few stone to boot. This pattern of on and off dieting really isn’t working.

 It takes me a few weeks to ‘build up’ the mental energy and commitment to start each new diet and each time, I spend the in-between weeks eating way too much. I justify it with thoughts of how much I will lose once I start this next new diet. This new diet that will transform my body and mean that I never need to count calories/syns/points again. Honestly, who am I trying to kid?

I have lost significant amounts of weight before but I never manage to keep it off. I just settle back into old eating habits. I love good food and enjoy cooking and baking. I don’t eat rubbish – I never buy ready meals and we tend to eat tasty, fresh, relatively healthy meals. The trouble is we simply eat more of them than we actually need. I also have a very sweet tooth and I love nothing more than a coffee and a yummy traybake. (Traybakes or sticky buns are something that we Northern Irishers are very good at. Too good at.)

Having two babies at once hasn’t helped matters. I never used to carry weight on my tummy and all of a sudden, I have a serious mummy tummy. A twin mummy tummy. It needs to go.

I’ve decided that the only way to stop this mania is to stop dieting forever. No more see-sawing between 500 calorie a day hell and eating far too much rubbish. No more ‘being good’ today and falling off the wagon tomorrow. I’m just going to focus on eating good, nutritious food that I enjoy, when I’m hungry and getting out walking as much as possible. Sounds simple. And sensible. Doesn’t it?

My challenge is to live by the ‘everything in moderation’ mantra. Something my mum, in her wisdom (and size 10 jeans) has been advocating for years.

My journey starts right here, right now. I’m going to weigh and measure myself this morning and then every 4 weeks from here on in. Mr C is going to join me on my healthy mission. So maybe I’ll report back on both of us!

I’m also going to be trying out the SlimPod from Thinking Slimmer – I’m hoping that it will complement my efforts to get healthy and shed my excess pounds. I really really want to avoid the lure of a faddy new diet that inevitably fails. I think the SlimPod sounds like a step in a new and more positive direction. From what I’ve read about it, it addresses the link between how we think about food and what we eat instead of focusing on long lists of food that you can and cannot eat.

Thinking Slimmer describe the Slim Pod as:

“…a nine-minute podcast which transforms the way you feel about food and yourself – and it breaks the perpetual diet-fail cycle. Day by day it retrains your brain so you instinctively make healthier choices, want to eat less and move more – perfect for lasting weight loss.”

It’s a big claim. And I really hope it works for me!

I’m going to be using the hashtag #missionhealthymum on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest to track my progress, so come join me if you are also on a mission to lose the mummy tummy in 2016.

The question is – am I the oddity or do diets work for anyone?

**I have been given complementary access to the SlimPod programme from Thinking Slimmer. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.**

I’m linking up with  #MarvMondays and #coolmumclub


13 thoughts on “Mission Healthy Mum

  1. Elaine Livingstone says:

    Seen plenty of people diet. loose the weight but like you put it back on. I hope this works for you. Twins are hard work but here is hoping that you have the energy to stick with this and it works. I am hoping it works for me as well.

  2. Katie says:

    Good luck! I’m a big fan of the whole idea of eating reasonably and staying active rather than dieting – it’s how I’ve kept my weight stable for most of my adult life. My issue is that I developed a sweet tooth when I was pregnant and it’s only getting worse – after a long day with a baby, sometimes I feel like I’ve earned some cake!

    • ToldByMum says:

      Yeah – I know, all to well, the “I’ve earned it feeling” after a long day!! I need to get out of the habit that food is a reward! The odd treat is ok but not every night! Good luck with curbing the sweet tooth 🙂

  3. tracey bowden says:

    I am exactly the same. I have a choc pod which i am using again, after stupidly stopping, combining this with changing my diet, thoughts about food and increasing exercise levels. I would love to join you and will go follow you now. Maybe it will be the motivation I am lacking right now!

  4. Jo says:

    As a Mum of 8 year old twin boys who has also tried every diet under the sun I recognise myself in every word you have written I have read up on Slimpod and it sounds great. I look forward to hearing how you are getting on and wish you great progress

    • ToldByMum says:

      Thanks Jo – I’m feeling really optimistic about it right now so here’s hoping I can keep the motivation. Hopefully the SlimPod will help with that!

  5. Lucy says:

    Trying to eat healthy is so much more positive than trying to diet. It focuses on what you gain rather than on what you lose. Generally I think it is a better mindset – and is what I have been trying to stick to too. Good luck and I hope you achieve your goal of a healthier life; whether that leads to weight loss or not. #marvmondays

    • ToldByMum says:

      Thanks Lucy! Week 1 and I’m going strong but I’m actUally finding it hard to break out of the dieting mindset…. trying to avoid weighing myself for a good while so I can just focus on being healthy and enjoying it! This definitely needs to become a way of life and not a quick fix…

  6. Talya says:

    I dunno I have never done the dieting thing I’ve always gone down the everything in moderation strain and I think having a more balanced approach seems to work better for some people – I guess everyone is different but I say consistency and generally trying to be healthy is the key I generally try to eat well most of the time with a daily naughty (or 2 plus some wine!) and that seems to do the trick good luck lovely! and thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xx

    Talya – http://www.motherhoodtherealdeal.com

  7. My Petit Canard says:

    I love this! Good for you and good luck. I’ve always been a huge believer and advocate of sensible eating, everything in moderation and whatever exercise you can manage (something is better than nothing right!). I think you are definitely onto a winner here so I cant wait to read how you get on over the coming weeks :-). Emily x #MarvMondays

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