Maintaining by eating curries

CurryLast week’s blog was about whether my eating habits have really changed for good, or whether many of them would switch back to ‘the bad old days’ given half a chance. I have also noticed that since I’ve been maintaining, my weight has still been drifting down slightly. So last week was an opportunity to experiment a bit – we were going on holiday, and I thought that I would just eat what I wanted to, and maybe what I wanted to eat has really changed, and maybe I would not put any weight on. That would mean that for the rest of my life I would not need to be bothered about what I ate – what a great thought!

All I needed to do was pack the bathroom scales and weigh myself every day, just as always. The result was that before we set off I was 83.4kg (bang in the middle of my target range). Six days later I was 86.8kg – if you are not into metric, that’s half a stone!! Then I eased off a little, and when we got home, after ten days away, I was 85.9kg – 2.5kg more than when I left.

I was pretty fed up to be honest, because I hadn’t gone completely crazy, and many things I ate were still ‘sensible choices’ – for example, breakfast was always porridge, lunch was always a single prawn or tuna sandwich, I had no snacks of any sort, and desserts were usually fresh fruit. But then I had relaxed on other things – for example, I had one portion of fish and chips, burger and chips once, garlic bread three times, ice cream for dessert twice and mmmmm we went out for a curry three times (there was a great Indian restaurant in the village). But, like it or not, whatever sensible choices I made, what I ate on holiday was NOT – by a long way – the way I can eat for evermore. And I have certainly NOT lost the taste for curries (and probably never will)!

Anyway, some good news is that I got home, and immediately got back into my new eating habits – strictest version. This morning I was 83.7kg, so after the big adventure I am more or less back to where I was when we left on our hols, but now a bit older and a bit wiser!

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