Date: Saturday 16 September 2017
Current weight: Today I weigh 174 lbs – this means that I have lost another 2 lbs on the programme and a total of 6 lbs so far.
I had my fourth weigh in today and took my measurements. My clothes are feeling loser and I have lost 2 inches around my bust and a full inch off my tummy and another inch off my hips. My friend is very impressed with the diet and claims that my tummy seems to be shrinking more and more by the week.
On my part, I have to say that I feel miserable on the diet because it feels like I am dealing with a bewildering array of paperwork and instructions and I feel remote from the Weight Loss Clinic which is not London based. This is one of the reasons that it took me a year to sign up to the programme; I worried that it would feel too remote. I was also anxious about getting on with the consultants. At this point, I feel like I am in that awkward phase with the two ladies I have spoken to in my consultations so far. I don’t know whether we will be able to build a good enough rapport to take me all the way to my weight loss goal and it is making me feel a bit anxious.
Shopping days are not as dramatic as in the first couple of weeks, but I still find them tricky as I have to give myself enough time to shop carefully while referring to the guidelines of the diet. I have to make time to prepare food to take everywhere with me especially to work and you will be surprised at how much time this takes up. Socialising is also hard. At Nigerian events, I have to try to go for protein-rich choices like Moi-Moi (This is a savoury bean pudding made from black eye beans and can be enriched with boiled eggs, prawns or just left vegetarian – yum!), chicken fish and so on but the vegetables and salad available at such events are not necessarily compliant with the programme.
At this point, I am convinced that my body has gone into its usual plateau and to add insult to injury social engagements never wait for one to achieve one’s desired weight. For the first time in my life, I have an event to attend and the plan is to wear traditional Nigerian attire including a head tie called Gele. My outfit was a compromise and the best fit I could manage and I remember feeling fairly confident once I had managed to cobble my outfit together. However, all confidence evaporated when I saw my outfit from different angles, especially the back. I could see clearly displayed the full extent of my recent weight gain. Not the best look.
More worrying for me is the fact that I have decided that I am coming off this programme once the initial period has expired. More to follow.
Until next time it’s