Piling on the pounds

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 CafΓ© 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.

7 thoughts on “Piling on the pounds”

  1. Oscar Wilde said some very wise things πŸ™‚ The only way I resist the lure of eating too many Magnums, is by not buying them with my groceries. I don’t tell myself that I can’t have them, just that if I want one or three (I can only buy them in packs of three at my supermarket), I have to make a special trip to get them. It doesn’t magically make me svelte, but at least I’m not too buxom either πŸ™‚ Right now, I’d have to say a Magnum’s sounding good!

    1. Magnums come in packs of three here too. We usually buy two packs which means the kids get two each and Ben and I get one. I have to stop buying them also because despite my best intentions if they’re in the freezer I can’t stop myself eating them.

      1. The very reason why I make myself work to get them. Once they’re in the freezer, I’m at them until they’re all gone – which doesn’t take long -:)

  2. Gosh the quarantine cuisine putting on the quarantine poundage… Lol

    Ugh. πŸ°πŸ•πŸ”πŸŸπŸπŸœπŸ·πŸΉπŸ—πŸ©πŸŽ‚πŸžπŸ¦πŸ«πŸ¬


  3. I think you still look pretty good in recent pictures, and didn’t notice anything. I’m always impressed by how strong you must be anyway when I see what you manage to take about on your bike.

    1. Aww thanks, Denise. One kilo isn’t really noticeable. I only know because I have scales. I’m definitely stronger now than I’ve ever been thanks to cycling, PE with Joe, and my baby shark abs workouts and I want to keep that up.

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