I don't know if you're like me but I've found weight creeps up on you and takes you by surprise.  One day you can't get into your clothes and you're seeking out the baggier things in the wardrobe.

I started putting weight on little bit by little bit and after Christmas this year it had crept up to 78.35kg.  To be in a normal weight range I should be about 64kg so I was pretty overweight.  Not only that my BMI had crept up to the obese sector and I was finding it harder to run. 

The bum's not as big as it used to be but it's heading that way.  The coat suddenly looks a bit tight across it.

I had to lose weight.  I was due to train with Dave Munnings in March and it would be a waste of money if I couldn't run.  If you haven't seen Dave in action look him up and you'll see what I mean. It was a case of AAAAAARGH what should I do?  I took the plunge and went on a sort of diet and now I've started a vlog, 'Eat what you like and lose weight.' It's live on YouTube and I'll be doing regular updates.  I hope it's not too scary.  I don't know how many silver surfer vloggers are out there but as from now I'm one of them. it's great fun.

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The Diet

Actually it's dead simple.  Eat what you like when you like and still lose weight.  Does that sound like it's too good to be true?  It's not.  It's absolutely as simple as that.  You can eat whatever you fancy even if it's chocolate cake at the crossroads at midnight.  There's just one little thing you have to remember and it really is a little thing.  Eat what you like but eat less of it. 

You knew there was catch didn't you?

Here's what I do to cut down on the food without going hungry.  I count the calories.  Yes, the old fashioned calorie counting diet really does work.  it's an absolute pain at first.

To start with I worked out the calories in everything I was eating and worked out how much I was eating every day.  An averagely active woman should use about 2000 Calories so if you want to lose weight you need to eat less than that. 

I start with my goal for the day.  If it's 1700 Calories then I write that down.  I look at the kcal  (that's the same as Calories with a big C) on the packet or look up the food value on Google.  I weigh the food I want to eat and work out how many calories I'm eating or drinking. Once I've worked it out I take it off the total for the day.  I do make sure I keep as close to the total as possible but no-one's going to report me to the police if I eat 1750 Calories instead of 1700. 

Imagine doing that all day every day.  OMG!!!!!!!  LOL the best bit is you don't have to.  Once you've done it for a few days you'll get a good idea of what you can and can't eat.  You'll know what sort of portion sizes you need and you can carry on from there.

You can still have a crap diet if you want.  I eat chocolate and cake and toffees.  I have sugar in my tea and I love a bit of toast with ginger preserve.  I also eat chips.  The thing is I don't eat large quantities and I do balance it out with healthier food.  If I have low fat oven chips and sausages one day I'll have lean chicken and veg the next.  I don't have a big pile of carbohydrates.  I don't have potatoes and rice and pasta.  I find them too fattening and stodgy.  My favourite meal is a mixture of peppers, onion, courgette, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes all roasted in the oven with a bit of fresh salmon.  Salmon actually has more Calories than lean chicken so the next day I'll have the same meal but with a bit of lean chicken.  80g to 100g is plenty.  You can eat loads of veg if you think you might be hungry. I flavour the meal with garlic, salt and pepper, fennel and rosemary.  I cook it in quite a hot oven in groundnut oil.  Now then, here's another trick.  Oils for cooking are humungously calorific.  On a scale of 1 to 10 they're about 110.  The trick is not to use too much.  What I do is to pour the oil into a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon.  Yes, that did read 1 teaspoon.  You can coat the ingredients quite effectively in that.  I love this meal.  Yummy scrummy.  For dessert I'm really lazy, I might have a little 73 Calorie mousse or a bit of fruit. 

It's only April and already I've lost 5.9kg.  I can run faster and can easily keep up with Jilly now.   Try it.  You won't regret it.