Diet Chef update – two weeks in…


Image of Debbie two weeks in to Diet Chef Now two weeks in, my second weigh-in has made me feel very happy! I don’t generally weigh often because the scales would rule my life otherwise. But, you probably know what it’s like to feel the difference in your clothes – flatter tum, standing taller, feeling happier etc…

And so far, it seems I’m losing quite well making Diet Chef work for ME rather than panicking because I’m bored with it, or starving hungry all the time! The key for me, I’ve discovered, is managing the 'extras' in the best way possible to keep me on the straight and narrow. Not beating myself up and having a 'last supper' should I veer off it (i.e. eat the whole fridge and 'start again tomorrow' – not a good idea!).

I find listening to my body helps too – having sensible veggies salads etc, often enough, and using Diet Chef as a solid foundation to my daily diet is working well. After all, I find the meals very tasty and absolutely love the soups! I’m definitely a soup person.

I’m interested to hear anyone’s thoughts about how they’ve coped with the little barriers we come up against whilst on diets? What’s your method? Give me some examples! Here’s one of mine, see if you feel the same:

I try not to eat till I'm actually properly hungry rather than grazing mindlessly, or using food for comfort or when I’m bored (this was the cause of the scales creeping up during a three year office job sat on my bum for seven hours a day!)

Listening to your body is how slim people stay slim, I believe, so I try to ignore the little 'chocoholic' in my head and instead listen to my body in order to decide what to eat from the considerable array of choices in my Diet Chef pack!

So far, so good!

Anyway, more soon. Let me know your thoughts!

Debs X


  1. Pauline Johnson December 1, 2009 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs my worst time was in the evening when watching tele,so I always saved my snacks till the evening, also I do like a glass of wine when relaxing so I now drink seven up Free which does not taste like a diet drink,(but I still have the odd glass of wine).
    Slimmer and happier Pauline XXX

  2. December 2, 2009 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Debs you are doing great keep it up. I have been ‘dieting’ for the past fifteen weeks and have lost 26lbs todate, I had a target of 2 stone before Xmas so hopefully will make it. Like you were I am office bound 30 hours a week and do not move much from the desk, although yoga and pilates once a week is a great help!! Like everyone I have cravings, usually for chocolate but have spent much of my adult life on some sort of diet or another I am determined now not to put the weight back on so looking forward to a much healthier and fitter 2010. Keep going it will all be worth it.

  3. debs December 2, 2009 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

    Thanks ladies – your thoughts are really appreciated!
    Like on the forum – it really does feel like a good support network here doesn’t it! With everyone’s help and comments, it’ll keep me going! My ultimate goal would be 2 stone – but I’m not putting a timescale on it cos I prefer it that way – but well done both of you – fab work!

  4. Pam December 4, 2009 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    so pleased to see you back on QVC! and it’s great that you are throwing yourself into Diet Chef, you’ve never been afraid of a challenge and i do admire you! well done for doing two weeks plus on the regime and as you say you are utilising our favourite freedom eating principles too, like not eating until hungry, stopping when full and allowing yourself to choose what to eat. Take choice away and it seems to go wrong but you are doing brilliantly, so keep it up!!
    By the way i love all your blogs, video clips, brilliant Debs!
    lots of love,
    Pam x

  5. Denise S. A. Coates December 9, 2009 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    So nice to see you mention Carol Smith, my only disappointment with QVC is that craft hours now are largely around card making and not the very varied crafts we had from Debbie Minton (cross stitch)and Carol Smith, and not forgetting the Bucilla crafts (felt tree skirts etc) perhaps you can pursued the powers that be to re-introduce more varied craft hours.

  6. Mrs A.Ansell December 10, 2009 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Great to see you back. Just remember when you are doing this.”A LITTLE bit of what you fancy won’t hurt you”.l have now lost nearly 5 stone and the only way to keep it off is change the way and what you eat for the rest of your life. Going on a diet to lose the weight is useless if when you’ve finished you revert to your old ways. Do more walking(cheaper than the gym), reduce portion sizes,cook in a healthy way, don’t graze,when you see a pound going on take action then and don’t leave it. Normal diets are a fad and a bit of self control and will power is all you need. l am an insulin dependent diabetic and it the blood sugar dictates l have to eat, l eat. But you don’t have to go mad. As l said a little of what you fancy is good for you, otherwise you’ll get diet bored.
    Enjoy the results.

  7. Lisa Mills January 3, 2010 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    so pleased to see you have returned to QVC, after seeing you launch the diet chef TSV and seeing how much weight you have lost in such a short period of time along with others that work at QVC, then I thought I would try it to give me a kick start to the New Year, I have gone for the vegetarian option and like you working shifts then I haven’t got to worry about what I am going to take to work when on a late etc,.
    However I think I am going to mix in these meals with low fat meals that I will prepare myself more so than just have diet chef every day, have to see how it goes but I also purchased the complete weight loss system by Janet Thompson to sort out the mind part of it as well.
    So here’s hoping I see a lot less of myself as the weeks go by lol…
    As for the arts and crafts, I really miss Carol Smith because one she was such a lovely lady and her kits were so varied not all card related crafts so yes it would be nice to see some more varied crafts on there.
    Ok well onwards and upwards and good luck with everything I think you are great presenter, always was, always will be 🙂
    Lisa xxx

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