I'm new on this blog although I use others on the website and find them really supportive so thought I would give this one a go.
I'm 64 and have been deeply depressed for some years which has meant I have not been very active. I also had a bad 7ft head first fall which was traumatic and left me immobile with fractured ribs and pain for some months during which time even more weight piled on. I have arthritis, fibromyalgia, bursitis, tendonitis and other joint and soft tissue problems which meant I couldn't do more than the minimal exercise program with the trainer at the gym so I felt demoralised and stopped going, resulting in more weight gain and now the gym has closed and the only other local one is really awful. Last week I had a look at my BMI and was shocked to find it was 42 which is way over the risk level for all sorts of health problems, so while I'm feeling in a more positive state of mind in anticipation of returning to work as a therapist I decided to go all out to lose weight. I'm hoping some of you will be able to support me during the process as I really HATE going to weight loss/exercise classes with all the endless chatter about tv programs I never watch, or receipes, or calories.
A friend regularly fasts and I remembered the Michael Moseley program about 5.2 dieting and fasting (very low calorie) 2 days a week, so I watched the program again online and have decided to go for 3 days a week of very low calorie eating and eat normally but much more carefully on the other 4 days. I tend to graze all evening - my husband is seriously ill so we seldom go out and because I naturally like to get out into the world a lot more than he does by the evening I'm bored. Before decided to concentrate on losing the weight I used to eat chocolate and biscuits every day, lots of them, and would think nothing of eating a whole packet of fig rolls or a whole large bar of Cadbury's milk choc. Luckily my cholesterol is fine and my cardio-vascular system is strong so I haven't had serious symptoms due to my eating habits or the extra weight - I now weigh 110kg and I thought I was very heavy when I weighed 100kg!
At the moment I'm taking a kind of ad hoc approach as I HATE sticking to any formula diet - so, I've substituted a large bowl of fruit for the evenings and usually fine I can't get through all of it which is great. On the days when I am eating normally I have porridge for breakfast, a piece of wholemeal bread with either veg soup or salad and a bit of protein for lunch, and a normal but much smaller and usually healthy evening meal, plus plenty of water. On the low calorie days I am having grapefruit, egg or oily fish with one piece of bread or toast, a diet shake for lunch and stir fry with prawns or similar early evening, then fruit if I need it. Any other suggestions would be great as I like variety although I don't want to start following some eating plan or cooking fiddly things as that will make it a bore and I will soon give up if I feel deprived! If we go out I will eat normally but try to pick the healthier options.
I'd welcome support from anyone trying to lose loads of weight - I need to go from 110kg which must be about 17stone down to about 12 stone in time, so there's a lot to lose. PLEASE don't tell me to exercise, because at the moment that isn't practical for all sorts of reasons although once the weight comes down a bit I do hope to join the Ramblers, at the moment the sciatica is too painful.
Good luck to you all in your weight loss efforts!