Stop Before you Die! Magazine Article

So I was reading a typical women’s mag the other day and thought I would show you a picture of the cover.

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Now aside from the fact that it’s a typical women’s magazine offering competitions, how to look slimmer and celebrity gossip, I thought the tagline under Dawn French was a bit much. The ‘Stop before you die’ tagline is intentionally placed in its bright, shock inducing writing so you will pick up the mag and buy it. It looks like it will be a double page spread about the comedienne and her trials and tribulations with weight loss.

However, upon opening the magazine, I felt short-changed as I was led to page 9 with only a short article describing how French, pictured above, is putting her health at risk due to yo-yo dieting. However, the real reason I have chosen to write about this article is because, for once, it is an article about the health risks associated with being overweight, as opposed to stories of ‘get that bikini body’. My opinion is, if the only reason you want to lose weight is to fit into the LBD or to look sexy at the Christmas party, then surely you know the weight will creep straight back on come New Year (regardless of what resolutions you may have made).

I agree that yo-yo dieting is not the way to go, but it is a story of a woman who has struggled with her weight her entire life, and, like me, when she does well, she loses stacks of weight and looks and probably feels so much healthier for it. It is the complete lifestyle overhaul that is the difficult part and losing weight at a sustainable rate. I was glad to read the article mentioning health problems in the high risk category, ‘such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and heart issues’; also how it mentioned recognition of your circumstances and what you are at risk of, while continuing on the path of obesity.

The conclusion of the article brought home the fact that, although appearance does improve with weight loss (French mentions how with weight loss,she thinks she doesn’t look good slim), Dawn French is ‘aware that it’s important to stay slim for her health and is happier for it’. I can definitely toast to that.

I would like to see many more of these sorts of articles in women’s magazines, rather than the vapid rubbish you see in the majority of them currently. Just think, replace ‘Look good in just 10 days’ or ‘get that bikini body now’ with ‘lose weight for your own well-being’ and ‘Healthy lifestyle is the way to go’ and you’re onto a winner. Granted, they don’t sound as snappy as the former but they promote healthy living in a way that your size 10 dress never can. Shouldn’t that be the whole point of weight loss; to feel happier and healthier?

SIMW

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Still slimming away…

Hi everyone, firstly I have to apologise for my lack of activity lately. I seemed to have lost my creativity and oomph in writing. As I sit here, I am willing myself to catch you all up on my weight loss journey and other goings on.

So, to cut to the chase. I now weigh 17 stone 2.5lb which is good. I have just come back off holiday for 2 weeks to Menorca with my lovely partner.I only put on 2lb’s the whole time (I clearly fluked it) and have almost completed my first week of work after being off (boo). Halloween is tomorrow and I have been researching recipes to use pumpkin innards, to try and keep my Halloween healthy-ish. My mum bought me some parkin while I was on holiday but I am yet to see evidence of this (I think she’s eaten it). I went back to the gym after 2 weeks off and my muscles were aching, it seemed harder than usual; it’s amazing how quickly you lose your fitness if you dont keep exercising, even if you don’t put much weight on.

Recently I have had a bit of anxiety as I have been suffering from a dull headache and dizzyness for a short while; I finally managed to get a doctor’s appointment today so will update you on how it goes. I do suffer from anxiety but thought I had it in check. Ah well, life must go on, headache or not.

I am planning on making a slimming world recipe this weekend for sort of a Bonfire Night treat. The recipe is here:

Bonfire night cheese-topped bangers and mash pie

Bonfire night cheese-topped bangers and mash pie

  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • Serves: 4
  • Prep. time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Total time: Over 60 Minutes

Ingredients

  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 8 Quorn sausages, roughly chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 400g can mixed beans, drained and rinsed
  • 200g mixed vegetables
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly chopped herbs, to garnish

Topping

  • 900g potatoes, peeled and roughly diced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fat free fromage frais
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 120g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp dried parsley

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160°C Fan/Gas 4 and prepare the topping. Boil the potatoes in lightly salted water for 15-20 minutes until soft. Drain and mash with the fromage frais, beaten egg, cheese, nutmeg and dried parsley. Season well and set aside.
  2. Spray a pan with low calorie cooking spray and cook the onion, garlic, sausages and tomatoes. Stir and cook for 20 minutes. Add the mixed beans, mixed vegetables and soy sauce, season and pour into an ovenproof dish. Carefully spread the potato mixture over the top.
  3. Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the topping is lightly browned. Serve garnished with the freshly chopped herbs.

Recipe taken from the Slimming World website:http://group.slimmingworld.com/recipes/bonfire-night-pie.aspx

I will let you know how it goes but in the mean time, have faith that I will try and update this as and when I can. I have not forgotten why I started this blog so rest assured I still have time for any questions anyone may have. I am still slimming it my way I promise!

SIMW

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