I’ve put on a kilogram of weight over the past couple of months. I would like to say it’s extra muscle from doing Joe Wicks’s PE class every day – after all, muscle weighs more than fat – but I think that’s wishful thinking. Perhaps I just need to accept that I’m nearly 45 and I’m not always going to fit into dresses I wore when I was 27. Perhaps I’ll need that kilogram of fat if/when I get the virus and am bedridden for days or maybe weeks on end.
If you want to lose weight there’s really just one of two things you need to do (or a combination of both): eat less and/or exercise more. I stopped buying Ben & Jerry’s vegan peanut butter ice-cream but Ben has been buying vegan almond magnums instead. Plus I discovered something called a chocolate babka. This is an extremely delicious and probably very fattening Jewish dessert that’s a cross between a cake and bread. Bonobo Café sells it and it’s amazing.
As Oscar Wilde said, I can resist everything except temptation. Let me show you that chocolate babka again. Could you resist this?
Today I decided to go for the exercise more option and went for a run. I haven’t been running for a while. I used to just run three laps of Duthie Park but today I was feeling so good after three laps that I ran a fourth. I reckon I could have done a fifth too. If I do this every day going forward, in addition to Joe Wicks, perhaps I’ll be able to have cake and eat it too … along with a vegan magnum.
There is a third way to lose weight that doesn’t require eating less or doing any exercise and it’s also very good for us. It’s called breastfeeding. I breastfed for a total of 5 years and it’s a great way to lose weight AND stuff your face while sitting on the sofa watching TV. If only we could turn ourselves into milk factories whenever we overeat. For instance, after Christmas lunch, pump a few litres of milk and then return for a second helping guilt-free.