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“So, am I any lighter…?”

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“So, am I any lighter…?”

My New Year resolution was to be a stone (14lbs or 6.35 kg) lighter by 31st March

How did I do?

On 1st January I weighed 14st 7lb (203 lbs. or 92.079 kg)

As I write this I weigh (drum roll) 12st 13lbs (181 lbs. or 82.1 kg)

I lost 1 stone and 8 lbs. (22 lbs. or 9.979 kg) in three months

(no it’s not a slightly late April Fool!)

The system I used, which I am writing about in “My Final Diet” has thrown up some very interesting new experiences that I had not expected, namely:

• I know how to lose weight, I need to adapt the system for people who want to gain  weight and/or to hold the weight they are/reach

• The number of people who said “don’t lose any more or you will look gaunt” – i.e. peer pressure to stop dieting – oh, to look gaunt!

• How ineffective exercise is at shifting weight – and how much more effective it is in other ways

So, I will now revisit “My Final Diet” which will now be published in May 2012 – forgive the humility, it will be worth the wait, or weight ?

How are you doing with your New Year resolution?

Go on; share with the world, we are here to support you

With my love and best wishes


15 Responses to “So, am I any lighter…?”

  1. Congratulations David. That is a fantastic weight loss in a very short time! You’re obviously very proud and rightly so. But tell us – do you feel better? Has it made a difference?

  2. Congratulations David!
    Looking forward to reading the ‘Final Diet’

    My New Year’s resolutions were to travel more and to have more fun. These were stolen from a relative because I think they are pretty good ones to have.

    I’ve so far succeeded in maintaining both.

  3. David,

    My resolution was more of a challenge to myself. To run a half marathon.

    So yesterday I competed (I use the word generously) in the Reading half Marathon, losing one and half stone on the way. This was an extremely emotional challenge that was supposed to be all about ME. In the end it was about the thousand pound raised though my network, for a small charity based in Reading. A very humbling experience and the pain I went thorough is trivial in comparison to the plight of others.

    All the best
    David Howell

  4. I too ran in the reading half marathon. gruelling, painful, crippling, inspirational. Would I do it again? No. But I raised money for charity and that was the aim.
    Am I feeling better now I have lost six pounds in the course of training for the event? Not really. I feel fantastic that I’ve raised some funds to help someone else though.

  5. Are you lighter? Yes. Are you feeling better for it? That’s the key. Some people feel better when they are heavier. Because it’s all about what you eat and some people have no will power and prefer to eat more because that makes them happy.
    On to the losing weight business. Simply, it is about will power. Whatever the Government try to introduce to help cut down obesity, ultimately, it is down to you and me, the individual.
    There is no secret formula. Cut out the rubbish in between meals, such as biscuits, cakes, crisps, fizzy drinks. Eat a breakfast, not a greasy one, such as cereal. Don’t eat bread. Eat something like soup and fruit for lunch or something high protein like a few baked beans. Eat a dinner, but make sure it’s not too big a portion. Portion control is everything. Don’t eat after 8pm. How many people are watching tele and think, what’s in the fridge? A lot. It’s comfort food. Resist and you will still wake up feeling full and wonder why you had the craving for that bag of crisps. eat the crisps and you will kick yourself for being weak willed.
    And don’t think that you can get away with being big by saying it’s genetic. That’s a great excuse. ‘Are you coming out for another Burger King Joyce?’ Answer: ‘Absolutely, it’s in the genes so I am big anyway so a few more quarter pounders this week won’t make any difference.’
    Some people say they are overweight because they are ‘big boned’.
    As Ricky Gervais once said: “Big boned? Yeah, big bones with plenty of meat and gravy.”
    Don’t fool yourself. If you want to lose weight, say to yourself, like David, ‘I am going to lose weight. I am going to monitor what it is i put in my mouth.’
    If you can do that, watch the pounds drop off. Whether you feel any better or not will depend on how much you love food and how much you miss eating all the treats you have now cut out.
    So, what’s it to be? Happy and fat?
    Slightly less happy and reaping the benefits of looking better (because you’ve had to cut out the goodies and at the end of the day life is for living and we all love food) ?
    You are what you eat.
    The choice is yours.

  6. I agree, eating too much is an indiscipline and is also a drain on the National Health Service in some cases.
    My mother in law eats too much and is obese, despite being diabetic, which she disregards.
    She has a regular weekly appt at the doctors and sees it as normal.
    In the meantime, she will give herself an extra injection of insulin just before she eats so she can have her pudding, or cake, or both as is often the case.
    Shocking but that’s her choice.

  7. There are people who are bigger boned as you put it. It is a fact of life. They are not in control of their weight patterns and have to go with what hand is dealt them.
    I fluctuate and can’t seem to get the weight off and it’s a problem to me. I am looking forward to David’s book and finding out what is the key. I am guessing it’s to do with the mind of some sort but it doesn’t get away from the fact that some people are bigger than others.

  8. I’ve heard it all now. I think Mr Gervais was right, here. as was mentioned above in another post. Big bones and gravy!

  9. Well done David – fantastic achievement – looking forward to seeing the new svelte you:-) the benefits will be long term as well as immediate –

  10. I agree David. The people who say that it making you look drawn are just jealous that they cannot cut out food and do the same thing.
    Will power, will power, will power. That’s what it takes and there are many people who just don’t have that in their armoury.

  11. I guess, David, if you didn’t exercise much, it was just a case of eating less?
    That is generally the way to lose weight in my experience.

  12. It’s an easy thing to lose weight.
    You put less in your mouth, it’s not rocket science.
    It doesn’t really matter what you put it in either. Just less is fine.

  13. Easy is not a word i would use for losing weight.
    Sometimes it can be a difficult thing to do without help and guidance from a loved one.
    My wife was 21 stone and a beast of a woman because she ate burgers galore and couldn’t cut out what she needed to to lose weight.
    She was making big, big meals for both of us and I was obliged to join her. I piled on the pounds too although not to the extent she did as she gorged all day on the most fattening things.
    My point is that you need the other person to be in on the plan too otherwise it isn’t fair.
    In the event I left her anyway because she was cramping my style and also most of the space in the house.
    I couldn’t live like that any more and since I have moved out i have lost 2 stone and now a respectable 15 stone when there was a danger of me ballooning, which incidentally I am going to do as a birthday treat later this month.
    A year ago I wouldn’t have been allowed in a balloon for fear of bringing the thing down.

  14. I agree with others’ comments.
    Losing weight is about eating less. And once the stomach expects less, it wants less, and that is when you’ve cracked it.

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