If you have someone who happens to want to lose a similar amount of weight in a similar timescale in a similar way; or if you can afford to commit the time and money to a particular weight loss franchise and so gather the support of strangers-in-arms around you, then by all means, go ahead.
However, that person, those people, can’t be there at 3.30am in the morning when you’ve been to the bathroom and are now prowling the kitchen in your slippers.
So first and foremost, you have to rely on yourself. But to do that, you have to be your own best friend, cheerleader and tissue provider.
The advice to stick a photo of a hippo on the fridge to deter yourself from overeating is all well and good – however, personally little of what I binge eat would be in the fridge; and I don’t take my fridge food shopping with me.
What’s more, the motivational sticker – YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A FAT COW! – pulls you up short the first time you see it; a little less the second time; quite a lot less than the third – and then you stop even noticing it. It just becomes a dusty, dog-eared part of the fridge furniture.
Here’s an idea.
Get yourself a small flip pad that will stand alone on your desk, and which you can slip into your handbag when you go out, and use it like this –
Onto each page stick any photos of yourself as you’d like to be again, or how you would rather you weren’t right now;
or people who have lost or gained weight and so inspire you to never eat again;
or who you just love looking at because they’re so damned gorgeous and you’d like to be a hundredth as gorgeous;
or a little quip or sage piece of advice that struck a chord with you;
or write one of the many good reasons – and we all do have many good reasons – you want to lose weight on the different pages.
These are some of the pages in mine –
Yes it’s tough, but being fat is tougher.
You don’t want diabetes.
You don’t want a knee replacement.
You can’t afford to waste the money getting fat takes.
You want to get back into all the beautiful clothes in your wardrobe you can’t currently fasten.
And amongst other things, a page featuring Mylene Klass’s midriff in a bikini.
So every day, you flip the page and are reminded of a different reason to lose this weight, and that way they all remain fresh.
Try it. Let me know if it works for you and I’ll let you know if it’s working for me.