I'm so cross with myself. I was doing really well, not exactly sticking religiously to my Diet Chef plan, but certainly losing weight slowly, surely and consistently. Now I've blown it. I put on FIVE POUNDS in one week!! How bad is that??
It all started with a rugby tournament last Sunday. Billy was playing (not me!) and I was supporting his team, but not equipped for the unexpected wet weather the day threw at us.
All the parents were cold and wet (but not miserable, as we played well and eventually won – see pix of Billy with trophy and me looking cold and wet but not miserable!!) so one of the dads nipped off to the local supermarket and came back with hot chicken and French bread, flapjacks, strawberries, doughnuts and even cans of gin and tonic for us all. What a star!
Well, I resisted the alcohol, but hot chicken in fresh bread – no way could I say no. I should have taken a steaming thermos of Diet Chef soup to help resist the temptation – next time I will be prepared.
One day falling off a diet shouldn't be too bad, so where did those five pounds come from?
Well, that was later in the week. They came from a big, fat, Greek wedding!
Olley and I were invited to join some special friends at their midweek wedding in Corfu. It was a wonderful excuse for a couple of nights away to catch some end of season sunshine and join in with the celebrations.
The whole day was wonderful, from the fantastic views at the ceremony to the Mamma Mia style arrival by boat at the beachside taverna for the reception.
Colin and Sue have known each other over 20 years, and have lived together in Corfu for some time now. They made a pact that when their project of renovating an old stone village house into a stunning home was complete they would turn their attention to themselves, and get married.
Marriages in later in life – what do you think?
It's a second marriage for both of them, and I think it's wonderful to make that commitment to someone when you're both older. I remember how different I felt once Olley and I had made it clear to the world that we loved each other and planned to spend the rest of our lives together. Making that public statement gave me a very warm and secure feeling. I wonder whether Olley would choose to marry me now, over 22 years later? (He says yes, bless him!)
If you have married later in life, I'd love to hear how it made you feel. Better, more in love, or no different?
Trying to get back in Diet Chef mode
Anyway, back to my suddenly expanding waistline. The food at the wedding was fabulous – all my favourite traditional Greek favourites. It would have been so rude not to indulge!
But that got me into the wrong sort of eating habits and I've not really got back into the Diet Chef groove. I know how well it works as I lost 10lbs in 5 weeks when I first started. So I'm using you as my confession and vowing to get back on track. Julian said to blame the dodgy weighing scales, and Glen told me not to worry, life is full of peaks and troughs.
He's right – without my current trough how could I feel as pleased with myself as I know I will, when I'm blogging to you in a few weeks time about how I've lost pounds again thanks to Diet Chef. As of now, my mindset has returned to Diet Chef mode.
Diet tips and advice
If any of you out there are following the diet too, I'd welcome any advice or tips you may have. I'll be presenting Diet Chef on air again next month, and I'll read out any particularly helpful comments. Losing weight is never easy, but with Diet Chef, I know I'll get there. I hope you do too.
Take care, and don't let the doughnuts get you!