I returned from New York in May, black and blue if you remember? I was knocked down by a cyclist while on a pedestrian crossing so do take care if you live there or are going to visit my favourite city. I am wanting to go back to New York in October but not sure whether that is possible yet. It is a truly wonderful place full of energy and totally inspiring.
I can hardly believe it’s the middle of August already and must confess sometimes life gets in the way of my writing. As you know I am busy writing “Don’t Die at Your Desk,” which is coming along well but still feel there is a lot of work to do. Last week I was in Derbyshire at Swanwick The Writers’ Summer School. It is an annual course which I highly recommend to all writers. The lectures and speakers are always excellent, and you get to meet writers from all genres and from all walks of life, it’s totally brilliant.
One thing that rather saddened me in New York was the number of overweight and obese people I saw and unfortunately the UK also has the same problem, just walk down any high street, in any town to see for yourself.
There is no doubt being overweight creates serious health risks. Statistics I read recently suggest that by 2050 the cases of type 2 diabetes will rise by 70%, cases of stroke will rise by 30% and cases of coronary heart disease will rise by 20%.
Having specialised in weight reduction for a few years now, I really understand how hard it is to reduce weight particularly once you have become obese, but it can be done. I hope that some of my suggestions will inspire you to make changes and start on the road to a slimmer healthier you today.
- You need determination so get your mind right first – make that decision, you can do it and you deserve to be the person you want to be. Get support, you will need encouragement and motivation every day.
- Realise that the only way to reduce your weight is to change your lifestyle. Diets do not work and never will.
- It is important to understand from the start that there is no quick fix. You did not gain the weight overnight and you are certainly not going to lose it quickly, particularly if you have been “Yo-Yo” dieting for years.
- Aim to reduce your weight by 2 – 3lbs per week. If your diet has been atrocious then you may lose more in the first week. Remember this is going to be a journey where you will start regaining your self-esteem and vitality as the pounds gradually disappear for good.
- Small changes can make a huge difference and cumulatively over a twelve-month period will help you maintain your weight reduction. For example, learn to leave food on your plate when you are full – it is not a sin! If you want a pudding share one or only eat half. When you have pizza eat mainly the topping and not the crust – it is not that tasty. If you are not enjoying something leave it. Think – is this food worth the calories it contains?
Live with joy and health.