I'm writing this in mid-April 2020, and Ann and I have been 'locked down' for about four weeks. After twenty months of dieting and five years of maintaining, my daily routine of eating and exercise has become well-established and stable. And other than small wobbles, my weight has become stable too. Well... until four weeks ago!
We tend to lead our lives on an even keel, without major dramas or changes. So we were surprised, soon after we knew that we were going to have to stay in the house, how rapidly our attitudes to food and drink changed. In fact we felt four strange needs:
No doubt there are deep-seated reasons for these strange needs, including something about being under siege, and not being able to eat out. But we didn't think too much about the reasons – we just got stuck in. However you don't need to be a genius to figure out what happened. We put on weight! For a week or so we didn't care much about our weight, but we are both confirmed daily weighers, and so we couldn't help but notice what was happening, and wondered what we were going to do about it.
We started off by making sure we kept our daily steps up. That was quite easy, because we live in the country, and the weather has been nice, so we had a good walk every day. But then, and more importantly than steps, we also started to be more careful with what we ate and drank. We didn't pretend that we were going to go back to our usual maintenance regime under lockdown, and we recognised that we would probably carry on using up back-of-the-cupboard and bottom-of-the-freezer things, but then we would not be having rice pudding every day. So far our calorific and delicious desserts seem to be held to twice a week, and liberal use of cheese is held to just once a week, if that.
To be honest, we didn't think that this modestly careful approach would be good enough. But in fact, between the two of us, we have lost four pounds in the last three weeks. Not dramatic, but then we are maintainers, and so just staying the same is fine. I imagine that our slow loss is at least partly because we are not staying away in hotels under the lockdown, which rather raises the question of what will happen when the lockdown ends and we start going away again. Will we, for example, be able to once more cut out rice pudding? We'll have to cross that bridge when we come to it, but in the meantime guess what we're having this evening!
Steve lost a massive 10st with Nutracheck. He now regularly writes about how he maintains his weight loss.