how I lost 18 pounds in 6 weeks

I wanted to be healthier, fitter, and look better, (or at least look as well as I could).  Turns out I developed a sustainable plan for eating, exercise, and good health.

Black DogIt all started on June 9th, when I came to the conclusion that I really, really, needed to give up coffee for a month  Too much coffee was turning me into a mad dog.  I’ve only had coffee on 2 days since then, and for me, coffee is now a drink only for after a special meal, with a special friend.

As I felt much better not drinking coffee I also resolved to cut all the junk out of my diet.  This is easier said than done ~ most of the stuff we eat is full of salt, sugar, additives, colourings, and sundry crap.  After a while I decided that I just had to stop eating a lot of processed, packaged, pre-prepared food. For me, there is also the big issue of Abstinence versus Control.

Then I wanted a couple of other things; to get a decent sun tan, and get some exercise.  Ha!  I could do both by going for long walks on the beach, in the sunshine.

So, 6 weeks ago I came up with this plan.

  1. Take a long walk every day it wasn’t raining.  Walking is good for you.  I bought a pedometer, and my long walk turned into 10 miles every day, which takes me about three-and-a-half hours.  I also found I could do some upper-body isometric exercise while I was walking in the sunshine.  Sun tan and exercise!
  2. No alcohol whatsoever.  I am not supposed to drink anyway, and if you want to look as good as you can, then you need to give up booze, (and I mean completely), for 6 weeks.  In fact you should stop drinking beer for the rest of your life.
  3. No wheat whatsoever.  This includes wheat products like bread, cakes, noodles, pasta, and beer…  Modern wheat is full of nasty stuff, piles on fat around your stomach, and will eventually harm your insides.  Everybody should probably stop eating wheat.
  4. Take as little sugar as possible.  This means cutting out all those canned, packaged, processed foods.  Stop drinking soda completely.  Quitting coffee and switching to green tea helps too.  Not eating wheat products also cuts out a lot of sugar.  Too much refined sugar will kill you anyway.
  5. Eat only healthy meals prepared at home.  Unless you’ve bought the produce and cooked / prepared the meal yourself, you have no idea what you are eating.  In any event, eating out is too likely to lead one down the road of overeating and booze. There are hundreds of quick and easy menus ~ hell just read my Food on Friday blog if you run out of ideas.
  6. No snacks, no grazing, no eating between meals, over large meals, cookies with coffee…  And, do not have more than 3 meals in a day.  In fact, do no have more than a light breakfast, light lunch, and reasonable evening meal in each day.

This eating plan is going to be a big problem for some people, it certainly was for me.  I am one of those people who can give up stuff easily, but I can’t control how much stuff I want once I’ve started.  Like most of us, once I start eating I want to eat more.

My solution was daily intermittent fasting, eating only 1 meal a day, my evening meal.

You will be surprised to know that I found this programme very easy to follow.

And when I checked my wight yesterday I found I had hit my target of 150 pounds, which means I have shed 3 pounds of flab, every week for 6 weeks.  Add it up.



13 responses

  1. […] Fairly obviously, I had no really clever ideas when it came to mental self-help, so I decided to begin by trying to be physically healthier and fitter.  I sort of invented a fitness programme, which had some dramatic results, like I lost 18 pounds of excess weight in 6 weeks. […]


  2. I’m very impressed because I’m one to want more and have more if it’s there. Good control and self-discipline!

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    1. Thank you ~ now all I’ve got to do is get back to normality… Another bit of self control needed, stop losing weight. ❤

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      1. C’mon, you know there IS no normal. You did inspire a carb free breakfast though so thank you. xo

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  3. Over two years without the alcohol. Really do miss the single malt…like I miss the Camels. But in time, … It’s the snacking and the munchies and the sugar and the carbonated drinks: killers. Thanks for the tips.

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    1. Carbonated drinks and munchies… got to give those up.

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  4. Well done you! Way to go on being disciplined.

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    1. Thank you, it was easier than I could have thought. ❤

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      1. Not sure if I could give up the booze OR the sugar.

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  5. Personally, I kind of want to hold you down and force feed you cheeseburgers and milkshakes. I think you need more meat on your bones, but as they’re your bones, it’s up to you to decide how much meat is on them. And it’s obvious you’re pleased, therefore I’ll celebrate with you. Yay! 🙂

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    1. Hey, don’t give me a hard time… I’ve eaten a cheese omlette for lunch today, for the first time in weeks. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  6. Well done 🙂

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