I have always been a big girl … I was born as 3 months baby, 11,3lbs and 51 cm (20″). But it wasn’t until I became 45 that I started to take on weight seriously.
But from my 20’s until then my life was one long diet … there isn’t a method that I haven’t tried. The worst of it was I that I didn’t need to be on a diet. I was a normal size 14 (40). Where do we women get our ideas from?
It wasn’t until I gave up my apartment in Gothenburg after I moved to the UK .. and I gave all my Vouge Pattern away and most of my beautiful self-made clothes too .. that I realized that I had been dieting for no reason and I started to cry of all my spoiled years.
After that, I just let life to take over and I became bigger and bigger … I didn’t really mind neither – I accepted my weight.
When I returned to Sweden in 2009 I was far too heavy … for my own good, even if I didn’t see that at the time.
During my cancer journey that started 13 months later, I lost a lot of weight and I have kept most of it off … but I think I have put about 10kilo (20lbs) on again and I want that to come off.
I don’t want to be size 14 again because I will look like a scarecrow and I can’t afford to buy a completely new wardrobe.
I just love food … and enjoy treats too often. Food and restaurants is a big part of my traveling adventures. That is the retired Chef in me and I will never change.
So earlier this year I read about Garcinia Cambogia … the pluses and cons. I bought 120 capsules. And I gave it a go … and it worked. Some kilos came off and stayed off.
A month ago I decided to go back on them again … and I have taken them since then. And they are working for me.
I don’t know how much weight I have lost … because I buy my clothes in sizes, not kilos, but I have gone down one size.
There are people that say that it works magic on them … some say it’s a con. It has worked for me … but the weight is not falling off rapidly. There are articles about that they should be dangerous to take. I haven’t had any side effect, but some say they get cold sweat from them.
Been told that the most important thing with the capsules is that it has a high content of HCA (Hydroxycitric acid). The highest I can get over here is 65%.
I haven’t changed any of my eating habits – but the capsules make me feel full up quicker and I don’t crave for sweet and chocolate at the moment. Much easier to say no to a cream cake and desserts, but I still enjoy a muffin.
Garcinia cambogia, which on its own is delicious and healthy, is a tropical fruit grown in Indonesia. (It also goes by the name tamarind fruit.) It’s a small pumpkin-like fruit.
Green Coffee beans are supposed to have the same effect. Haven’t tried …
I now bought another jar of 60 capsules – I take 2 capsules per day, morning and evening …. 20 min before eating. When they are gone I hope I have lost enough … and enough is enough.
I think one of the reasons why I have taken on weight is my numb feet problem … I’m not able to walk so much as done before. But when the cold wind is gone … my red bike will come out from the basement, hopefully, this week coming. *smile
I wouldn’t recommend Garcinia to anyone because I think it’s very individual if they work or not … I only want to say it works for me slowly.
“The best diet is the one
you don’t know you’re on.”
Wivi, go carefully – have you mentioned these to your doctor?
Yes, I have …. and he was okay with them. *smile
Yes dear Viveka, I am going to say same as dear Sue, you should ask your doctor. Usually I don’t trust these kind of capsules, please ask your doctor and go carefully. Thanks and Love, nia
Thank you for your concern,Nia! I have shown the capsules to me doctor – and he are okay with them. They don’t interfere with my medicine. Love back!
Glad to hear this. I am still listening to Frans, he is amazing. You are welcome, Love nia
Yes, he said that there is nothing dangerous as such in the capsules . It’s a fantastic song .. but I doubt we will win again. Hug … Wivi
I am so glad you have checked with your doctor. I lost 46 lbs 3 years ago and have kept it off. I did it by joining a programme called FitDay and I write down everything I eat. I still eat well and cook lots of interesting foods. I only have wine or a cocktail at weekends. I wish you the best of luck with your weight loss. It can’t possibly help your numb feet to have to support extra weight. Fight the good fight Viveka.
Jo, congratulation to you achievement and to that you have been able to keep the kilos away. You’re so right that too much weight is not good for my feet, but I don’t want to lose too much neither and have to live with access skin. I drink very little . no soft drinks what so ever … and wine and cocktail only when I have guests or on holiday. I had a look at FitDay … sounds very sensible. Thank you so much for your support, Jo!
You are hilarious! Sorry for not keeping up with your posts – I am in a sad space (pathetic!)
Julie, it hurts to read that you still are in that sad place/space … I’m glad that I could bring a smile to it.
🙂 Good luck with your weight loss, dear Wivi!
I changed my eating habits and have used the Metabolic Balance method. It worked for me. But once I went back to comfort food (especially in the last year), I put the weight back one. Tough luck.
Most important is that you are happy and feeling best as possible!!
Many hugs and lots of love
Dia, had a look at your diet …. a bit like Weight Watchers and that I will not be able to keep. It’s the same with all diets .. that if we don’t stick to it … for ever – the weight will come of. But to have to think about everything I eat, isn’t really my thing.
You know the older we women get the harder the kilos stick .. plus it goes so much easier for a man to lose weight. Like everything else we have to carry the heavy cross *laughing.
Totally agree that so long as we feel good with ourselves …
I don’t want to lose a couple of sizes. Only 5 kilo more.
Lots of love coming your way too … from a freezing Landskrona
I’m right there with you!! I was a chubby kid and went on my first diet at age 12. Weight Watchers works the best for me and I can’t tell you how many times I have been on that diet. It teaches you how to eat. My issue is that if I don’t weight myself weekly, the weight comes back! because, like you (and probably a lot of people), I love to eat!! I lost 7 lbs. before vacation and put them on during two weeks in Spain last month. I’m still struggling to get it off. I too am waiting for the day I can ride my bike daily. I did get in a good ride two weeks ago, alas, the weather here in the frozen tundra has not cooperated since. but summer is coming! Best of luck to you with your weight loss goals.
Tobyo … age of 12! That was young … Weight Watchers is very big over here and some of my girlfriends has been members, but so soon the left they have taken on weight again.
Strangely I eat a lot more while on holiday, but still I lose weight, probably because I walk so much more. Thank you so much for your support … it’s only 5 kilos I want off. No bike this week .. we have such a cold weather .. it has been snowing down here in the South of Sweden. The Magnolia is blooming and it’s snowing. Poor nature, but April is April. I’m sure the summer is coming too. *smile
yep, Mom was going on the diet and I did it with her. I lost 25 lbs! It snows here in April sometimes too. Three years ago it snowed on May 3rd! ouch….
Good luck with your project, Viveka! I would love to loose some kilos because I cannot button my trousers anymore…All my extras are on my stomach…the rest of my body is OK.
A-C, first of all thank you so much for the card … arrived today. I have many questions about Marrakesh – pity you missed out on the garden. Have checked it out … on my must list now. 15 min nearly straight walk from my Riad.
I think the capsules are really good for losing some kilos. Coast about 200SEK for a month. I wouldn’t use them for a longer while.
It’s the retirement … that brings on the kilos.
What I understand did you have some awful weather yesterday your way … we got some snow too .. both yesterday and today. Freezing in the wind.
But a date has to happen in May or??? First wedding in Scotland and Sopoto after that … then I’m free.
Somewhere the last days in May would suit me best!
Okay, I give you a ring after my return from Sopot, 24th.
And, go to Jardin Majorelle for me!
Yes, I will … I promise.
I have struggled with weight for my entire life Viveka. I’m glad you checked with your doctor and I’m also glad it’s working for you. I might look into them just to see what I can learn.
Oh, you always look so fit on your photos – but I know what that struggle is all about, even if I didn’t need any diet as young. Don’t have clue where we woman get all ideas from *smile …. There is a lot to read about them online.
I’m fairly fit, but fairly heavy as well. 🙂
Love the comment!*smile
Hope you manage to lose some of the extra weight, Viveka. Did you ask your doctor for any suggestions? xx
Sylvia, you know … the answers doctors will say is less food and more exercise, but in my age … with my feet. It will take ages and I don’t have ages, but he didn’t say no to them. *smile – I danced Zumba before … but my feet can’t take it anymore.
Well, I say that if you’ve found something that works for you, then go for it. 🙂
I take it easy … not in a rush! *smile
That’s the best way. 😘
When I started my blog 4 years ago it was a way to track my weight loss journey. I lost 32 pounds and kept it off for about a year. Slowly it started to creep back on. Six weeks ago both my husband and I decided to change our eating patterns. We’ve eliminated all bread, pasta, grains, cereals, sugar and dairy. What surprises about this program is how easy it’s been. We’re never hungry or craving food. I’ve lost 13 pounds and am 10 pounds away from where I was 3 years ago. My husband has lost 17 pounds. We’re allowed to reintroduce foods as we go along but so far we haven’t felt the need. When we go to Italy this summer we plan on enjoying a little bit of pasta and of course some wine. I’ve also struggled with my weight all my life. I’ve been reluctant to try pills but I’m glad they work for you.
Congratulations … to your achievement, both of you. Fantastic work. I couldn’t have a life without bread and dairy … love my cheese too much and bread too *smile
Even more happy for you that you have a European trip coming up … and of you should enjoy pasta and wine. The food is such a big part of the travelling adventure.
Is your son still in London????
He is but he’s getting married in Italy this summer. Eleven from our side of the family are flying over in July. We’re landing in and staying in Venice for two days, taking the train to Florence for eight days and then heading to Assisi for 3 days where the wedding is being held and finally off to Rome for 3 days before we fly back home. We’re really excited about this trip.
Wonderful news …. so happy that your husband is able to travel. What a fantastic trip. Haven’t been much in Italy. I want to see Florence and Siena, that is close by and suppose to be so beautiful. You have to go to Siena … I’m sure they have day trips from Florence and there are trains. Assisi I never heard about .. but I have looked it up. Look stunning. I know you will have a fantastic journey … and congratulations to you all for the wedding. So happy for you all. *smile
Thank you Viveka. We’re hoping to get to Siena but right now we’re planning on taking the train to Lucca and Pisa and to Bologna.
There is so …. many places to see in that area. Take time and enjoy what feels most important to you two … as you know Rome wasn’t built on one day. Florence I would love to visit.
I’m really glad that your doctor agrees with the pills and that they are working. As for me, I’ve gotten terribly sedentary and that plus the way I’m fed here in Italy result in such weight building as if I was paid to do it! However, I’ve realised this is my vice of choice: I’ve done away with smoking and keep every other addiction at bay even before it can develop but I shall not limit my joy of tasting everything. In the past I limited or completely removed certain food stuffs and I only suffered. It’s hard to suffer and be happy, and I’m all for being happy. Wishing you happiness and health!
Thank you, Manja .. you know that Sophia Loren said once that her curves were all down to the pasta. *smile – I know what you mean about enjoying life and be happy. I have no rush to lose the weight and I love food and eating is a great adventure.
Haha, yes, I know this quote and cannot get it out of my mind ever since coming here. 😀