I’d completely forgotten how achieving serious goals can be so much fun! And so exciting!
I’ve been on the third phase of the Ducan diet for almost a week now, and the results are nothing short of mind-boggling. This is the part where I’ve reached my goal weight and I now need to train my body to stay at that level.
Now I have added a few more food groups that have really made a big difference to the enjoyment of my life – for example 40 grams of cheese per day (has to be a hard cheese like Cheddar, not soft like Brie or Camembert), one piece of fruit per day (some fruits excluded), and one portion per week of starchy foods such as rice, cuscus or pasta.
I thought this would be really hard because I believed I’d have to eat miniscule portions or my weight would immediately shoot back up. But no! As long as I don’t stuff myself and stop eating when I am no longer hungry, not only has my weight remained pretty constant but it’s even gone down a bit on some days. So I’m gently oscillating between 1/2 a pound over and 1/2 a pound under my goal weight, which as far as I’m concerned is pretty much flatlining at exactly my desired weight.
You may wonder why I’m making such a big deal out of this, but I’ve been struggling with my weight for some years now and suddenly the problem has literally disappeared. To me it’s nothing nothing short of miraculous. And it’s so easy.
Now here’s the rub. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool cheese fanatic and forty grams a day seems like virtually nothing. But because I’m back in control somehow it’s OK. I’m also a great fan of pasta and one portion a week seems a bit meagre. But hey, I look forward to these treats so much that that’s OK too.
I am now actually eating most of what I love, though I do miss avocados and cashew nuts, and that still includes lashings of smoked salmon. This certainly wouldn’t work for vegetarians.
Once again I must add the caveat – I am aware that this is work in progress and I can’t afford to be complacent. One lapse of conscious awareness and I could be back at square one in double quick time. Normally I wouldn’t share and talk about successfully taking steps towards achieving a goal until I’ve achieved it, but this is too important to keep it quiet. I know for a fact there are many people out there who are also struggling with their weight. If you are one of them, I invite you to share your journey too.
It’s a great exercise in mindfulness – a real life exercise that can really make you feel a lot happier. Bearing in mind that this diet might not suit you, have a look online at the Ducan diet and please feel free to ask me any questions or to share your experiences on this page. We who worry about our weight need all the support we can get!