The Fab Four
April 30, 2014
This week we had a “big birthday” to celebrate in our tribe and so we had a gathering of the clan. I got the chance to catch up with people I haven’t seen for quite a few months and I was quite surprised to see a change in some of them.
It turns out I am not the only member of the family on a weight loss journey. Three other people were also trying to whittle their waists, drop a dress size (or two) and generally “tone and trim”.
We obviously all started discussing “the weighty issue” and it seems that whilst we all have the same end goal, our journeys are very different – which each one of us option for a different weight loss “route”.
One of us is following a “low fat diet”; another is using the plan that gives her green and red days; the third is having “shakes and bars” for breakfast and lunch and a home cooked evening meal… and I am doing my WLR “fusion”, which draws on the wisdom and information that is widely available (and which is attributable to a number of different weight loss plans), logging my food and exercise, and sticking to a carefully calculated daily calorie allowance.
Interestingly, two of the other three are also members of WLR and, like me, they draw on the information available on the site to help them. They are following very different “diet plans” but both of then agreed that the extra input they get from the WLR website, combined with the support from the forums, really does add an extra dimension to their weight loss plans.
They both also agreed that it was refreshing to find a place didn’t focus on just one method of weight loss, but which instead advocates a steady and sensible approach and encourages members to explore all the opportunities and possibilities open to them.
It was evident during our discussions that each one of us felt passionately about our chosen weight loss route. Each of us had found a plan that was “the best fit” for us individually and we all admitted that we had tried various “systems” before we had each found the one that worked best. The discussions were rather lively as we each tried to explain “our system” to the others and I have to confess that we all seemed to believe that “our way” was the “best way”.
It is understandable.
When you find something that works you want to share it with everyone; you want them to be able to reap the benefits that you have discovered
but the reason there are so many ways to lose weight is because we are all very different, and what works for some may not work as well for others.
My twin sister and I are an absolute case in point. We have both tried “each other’s” systems, and not got on at all well. I like a combination of calorie counting and low fat food with moderate exercise; my twin prefers the flexibility of not having to count calories and of having “free food items” but she puts me to shame when it comes to the amount of hours she expends on exercise during the week.
Exercise is my nemesis. It give me very little pleasure and I always find it a chore, the only benefit is that I get to listen to disco music whilst I’m working up a sweat and my focus is generally “the sooner I start, the sooner I get it done”. My twin looks forward to the exercise part of her day; she has found a couple of things that she loves to do and to her it is a real pleasure. We are twins, but we are absolutely not “two peas in a pod”.
In terms of “the birthday bash”, the organisers had put on a splendid spread, but had balanced the pastries and sweet treats with some great salads, platters full of cold cooked meats and fish, and plenty of non-alcohol drinks were available for those of us who “don’t drink”… and we “fab four”, despite the difference in our weight loss plans, all managed to eat and drink like queens, enjoying great food and great company knowing that our weekly weighs will not have suffered as a consequence.
The other great thing about our very different approaches is we all shared our “top tips” and favourite recipes, again some will “fit” better than others in terms of the plans we are sticking too, but it is always useful to get ideas and inspiration from different sources, and which we lucky members can turn to the WLR website to provide.
Have a wonderful weekend.
With a hug