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Mar 25, 2013

Such an attitude!

Firstly apologies for the lack of posts .. in theme with today's post.. blogger has been having an attitude problem all of its own.. groan... New challenge incoming.. and a great post from guestblogger Mr.Q to start off your week ...  Doll x

A person can change their future by merely changing their attitude
by @quinlivan

‘What came first… The chicken or the egg?’ It’s an age old question with no definitive answer that people bandy around a lot in discussions/arguments. Here however is a more important question: What came first… The weight or the attitude?

Six months ago food played such a significant role in my life. The same applies today, however my attitude towards food has changed so much. In the past I have tried dieting many times (including numerous failed Weight Watchers attempts). Recalling my past attempts, I always felt like I was depriving myself of something I deserved in dieting and foregoing certain foods.

This time around, I can honestly hand on my heart say that I have never deprived myself of anything – which I know has been helped me in losing weight this time around. Of course there have been lots of times when I have wanted something someone else has – but isn’t that life? Yes some people have better cars or faster metabolisms than us but just because I want something doesn’t mean I always get it. Hell, I want to win the Lotto and I don’t see that happening any time soon.

The difference this time has been asking myself either of these two questions: 

Why do I want it? or did I earn it?

I have never denied or forbidden myself anything as to do that kind of places it on a pedestal or deep in a bank vault. It will be all you think about. You can’t avoid certain foods like chocolate as it is in every shop, petrol station and vending machine that you pass. Instead of regarding chocolate as forbidden or bold, I see chocolate as… chocolate.

Just like the way I don’t see Weight Watchers as a diet… I’m changing my attitude towards the food I eat by being more informed and educated about the foods I CHOOSE to eat. I don’t torture myself by putting food on a pedestal, if I want chocolate, have it & point it. Simple. Instead of rushing out and buying every diet cookbook, joining the gym and signing up to a strict fitness regime, I took the time to change my attitude and approach to eating and food first!

From sitting in my Weight Watcher classes, I hear loads of people either talk about the foods they had & subsequent guilt they suffered from it (e.g. ‘I was at a friends birthday/night out and I went crazy – now I’m up’), or they talk about the foods they didn’t have and how hard it was (e.g. ‘I went out for a meal with friends – I had the soup and salad and drank water while they had steak and wine.’).

Why are we constantly so hard on ourselves? 

I went out for a friend’s birthday two weeks ago – I drank what I wanted and had a great night. At the end of the night we ended up in the local chipper – everyone ordered their kebabs and curry chips while I ordered a bottle of water. I drank my water while they chowed down on their takeaway in the cab on the way home.

Did I feel like they were eating/doing something I wasn’t allowed? Honestly, No! I didn’t order food because I didn’t want to. I wouldn’t order a take-away at 2.30am any other night of the week so why would I do it now? Someone who doesn’t smoke isn’t going to smoke just because all of their friends are on a night out.

So, how does one go about changing ones attitude to food? To be honest, I don’t have the quick-fix solution to this, I can only tell you what has worked for me. Someone said something in class one of the first weeks I joined Weight Watchers which really opened my eyes to the possibility of change when they said something along the lines of: You don’t have to be GREAT to start, but you have to START to be great.

So what came first - The weight or the attitude? In my case, it was definitely the attitude. My new attitude towards food is: If you want it (chocolate, crisps or a take-away) – have it! Just remember to point it and be honest with yourself. No one else cares if you ‘sneak’ a sly treat on the side but if I do and if I don’t point – I end up feeling guilty about it. That does nothing but re-enforce a negative attitude towards food.

Oprah once said that ‘a person can change their future by merely changing their attitude’ – and who am I to argue with Oprah?

Mar 17, 2013


Firstly.. Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! I'm sure a few of you are out on the tiles and celebrating all things green! Final week of the challenge and I didn't quite make the 10lbs... but I am nearly there... and once I'm allowed bag to exercise.. (silly ribs!) I'll be hitting that 10 at warp speed!

Congrats to Mr. Q ... a massive 23lbs lost in this challenge.. a complete inspiration! Everyone has done brilliantly and should feel very proud.. we've all made a step in the right direction for looking fabulous for summer!

New challenge incoming, its a good one!

Whatever you do ... never give up! You've all done so well! Enjoy Paddies day!

Doll x

Mar 8, 2013

WEEK 9! Finally....

Hoooorrraaaaayyyyyyy! FINALLY! I'm down! half a feckin pound but geez I nearly kissed my leader.. after two weeks of drugs, painkillers and no exercise allowed (slight tangent - You know I secretly thought I'd love the 'no exercise' rule but it SUCKS!)  I'm not sure what I would have done if she had said I stayed the same! On my birthday week too.. Yes people, I am another year older and clearly no wiser and only things that last a long time now are the hangovers! Still much fun was had and to all my pals who sneak on here for a read.. thanks for all the antics and my voice is on its way back so I'll demand a rematch!!!

Second last week of the challenge!!! Just take a look.. everyone is down.. 9 weeks ago we were all heavier than we are now.. be it 2lbs or 20lbs its all a step in the right direction! Paddies weekend looms.. when we get all sentimental in our pints (of water of course.. ahem!) about our little green island here! But fear not .. the next challenge is already being set in motion and its a good 'un to get us through the bank holidays!  Awesome losses everyone.. I swear had it not been for this challenge three weeks ago I'd have driven to the crisp factory and just given them my passport and gone to the dogs... so for all the emails.. and tweets and FB messages.. You've all kept me on track ... so ta like!

There's a baking post up over the weekend for all the 'whip up a cake in an instant' fans! Cheating but DELISH!

Well done everyone.. last weigh in next week make it count!!!

Doll x

Mar 1, 2013

DUST anyone?! DUST?!?

We all know that episode of 'fat fighters' on Little Britian when 'Marjory' lists one of the low point foods as DUST! Well I've found the product in question and dear lord.. dust looks rather good! They are neither crisp nor popcorn and original is the only 'flavour' (lets use that term loosely) that I am aware of...

PLUS all that air you pay for in crisp bags, these are even worse I HAD to take a pic to show you! Now I think I understand how guys feel about push up bras...

Just go and have a packet of crisps or a bag of popcorn and DO NOT torture yourself with these! 

2PP per bag.. 

WEEK 8 - Weigh in

Still a no show here at Doll Towers.. the lack of exercise on doctors orders till this chest infection is gone means I'm on stand still.. a bit crap but at least I'm not gaining weight! Yeah?!  News this week... Miss JoJo got into the bridesmaid dress and is thrilled skinny with herself! AND Mr. Q received his 50lb loss cert in class... AMAZING losses... I'd have given up long ago without you all!

Lots of new posts in the pipeline.. one for all you bakers out there too!

Doll x