Monday 25 September 2017

When I think about my upbringing I realise why I have such life long issues with food and weight fluctuation. There were six of us. The parents, two boys and two girls. I was the youngest. My father was thin and ate slowly. My mother was larger and ate quickly. And I mean quickly. One of my brothers, myself and my mother used to have races to see who could eat their dinner the quickest. My father and the other two laboured and savoured. Get the picture. There really wasn't any rush. Nobody was going to steal it. To this day I wolf my food down. I'm always finished first and a meal is normally over in minutes if not seconds.

When I think about my upbringing I realise why I have such life long issues with food and weight fluctuation. There were six of us. The parents, two boys and two girls. I was the youngest. My father was thin and ate slowly. My mother was larger and ate quickly. And I mean quickly. One of my brothers, myself and my mother used to have races to see who could eat their dinner the quickest. My father and the other two laboured and savoured. Get the picture. There really wasn't any rush. Nobody was going to steal it. To this day I wolf my food down. I'm always finished first and a meal is normally over in minutes if not seconds.

My neighbour in my previous house used to be horrified and the speed with which I could polish off biscuits and chocolates. A large biscuit fits into my mouth in one go. I have a big mouth. In every sense. She used to watch me with amazement. I became something of a circus performer. Totally uncouth. She on the other hand used to take about ten bites to a biscuit. She's thin.

But if there's one thing this diet is making me do is slow down. I'm supposed to take twenty minutes to consume my meal. My initial reaction was 'Jesus, it'll be freezing'. But it's not really. I don't think I'm taking twenty minutes but I'm definitely slowing down. And I'm actually sitting down at the kitchen table which the Motivation clinic recommend. Gone are the steak and kidney pies in front of the telly. It's a performance now, this whole three meals thing.

I say this every week but I didn't have a great week and so far I've done better than I expected. .But not this week. I only lost a paltry pound. I know it's a full stone in four weeks but to say I was violent would be an understatement. I have a few days in France which I know will be hedonistic so I had hoped for a buffer before I went. A little bit to play around with. I guess when I get back I'll have to go into complete hibernation.

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