So, losing a pound has helped enormously today – and I took on board what I was told yesterday at the gym and I went for a five mile walk – at around 2.5 miles I stopped for a coffee and it was absolutely lovely!
Walking was good on so many levels – it gave me some quality thinking time, there is nothing like walking to get the creative thoughts flowing. I took my iPod with me but chose not to use it – instead I listened to nature, and thought about important things, as well as some frivolous things of course!
One of the things I thought about, are the conflicting messages we are constantly delivered by the media. Yesterday in the Daily Mail on page 9 the headline read ‘Alcohol and rich living blamed for breast cancer toll’ and it went on to say that most of the common cancers in the UK could be prevented by ‘maintaining a healthy weight, being more physically active and eating more healthily’ when the page was turned the headline then read ‘A dieter’s dream: Staying fat may be better for your health’ and this article told us ‘The idea that weight is harmful has been ‘exaggerated’ and heavy people may actually live longer, say researchers’ This really does make me cross! I constantly see all about me, the damage people do to themselves by being overweight – but these conflicting articles, particularly the ‘dieter’s dream’ article, in my opinion compound the damage!
I know from first hand experience that is not healthy to be overweight, I know of few women (and men that I know) who feel attractive overweight, and it impacts on your life in so many negative ways. I’m not saying that if you’re slim you are full of confidence and self esteem – I know life doesn’t work like that! But it’s a bit like this… it’s one less thing to worry about!
Eating today has gone really well – tonight though, I’m working on eliminating my nightly slice of toast that I have come to depend on – I don’t know if I can do it but I’m definitely going to try!