Thursday 27 July 2017

Mid-life crisis: Taking control of my life again is not easy

A new tip is to eat real food, plenty of veg and generally food that is made from scratch
A new tip is to eat real food, plenty of veg and generally food that is made from scratch
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

I'd be the first to admit I've been a bit lost since I gave up the diet. The Taylor Made Diet was more than just a diet. It was a way of life. There was something cultish about it. The delivery would come every two days - the kids would say "Dad. He's here!" and I would methodically take the stuff out of the bag to see what I was having for the next two days, and then put the cartons in my corner in the fridge, set apart from everyone else's food. No decisions about food. No shopping. No thinking. Eat the food.

I was like a robot in a way. But a robot that was losing weight. Having lost a stone and a half but not quite got to my arbitrary target, I knew it was time to stop. I had started cheating. And despite this I was surprised when my weight loss plateaued. But of course it did. Because I wasn't sticking to the diet. I was eating the diet food and then some other food as well.

It's easy to get complacent when you lose weight, and especially when you lose it as easily as I did with Ken Taylor. You start thinking that this is just how it is. You are making little effort. So you just think you are losing weight anyway.

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