I'm in a very lovely waiting room reading the latest addition of Vogue magazine seeing what the latest is with Beyonce when my name is called and I'm led through for my appointment. Welcomed to the room, it dawns on me, I need to think about my lifestyle choices.
See, the last few weeks have been crazy for me. Usually I'm very consistent with my diet, my exercise and my general lifestyle but recently a few things have changed which have presented some barriers to living the life I am accustomed to.
It all started back in August, when following a long standing pelvis, hip and back pain issue, the GP referred me for some scans and an appointment with one of the surgeons at my local hospital.
So as I'm led through from the waiting room to see the surgeon, I was expecting the usual "nothing to see here speech".
You can imagine my surprise when the surgeon diagnosed me with arthritis of the hip and explained possible surgery is required.
When working with 1:1 dietary clients, as a rule, I send them out a questionnaire asking them if and how I have helped them and what I could do better. I've recently had some lovely feedback from clients who have thus far managed to lose a serious amount of weight amongst themselves and it inspired todays post.
One common theme these clients have fed back is the way in which I help them change their thinking from short term dietary behaviour to longer term sustainable weight loss.
For example, Jane (not her real name) explained how she had consistently struggled to find the ability to lose weight long term. Sure she had successes over the years but she would relapse once the weight loss was not as expected week to week. Downhearted, Jane lost the motivation and ultimately relapsed.
Another prime example is Sue (not her real name). Sue was able to hit target weight a number of times through various methods but once achieved, complacency would set in. Over time and without realising...