Delightful things people have said to me lately –
Friend who brought me flowers on my birthday: ‘I can tell when I hug you that you’ve lost about four inches around your waist.’
Colleague encountered at the movies: ‘You’re looking good, Rosemary. Something’s working!’
Letitia, film director, during phone-call: ‘It really shows in the pictures from the latest filming. You’ve lost heaps!’
Conversations which amuse me –
Neighbour, in our shared driveway: ‘You’re on a diet?’
Neighbour: ‘Oh, are you just being careful what you eat?’
Me: 'No, not at all. I eat what I like.’
Husband, at home yesterday: ‘I can’t understand how you’re losing so much weight! You’re eating like a horse.’
Me: ‘Well you know I’m not allowed to tell you. But you live with me – you must be able to see what I’m doing.’
Husband: ‘Nothing! It’s a mystery.’
Other things I’m not doing –
Just for the record, Husband is wrong; I am of course doing something. I’m doing Letitia’s program, with the consent of my doctor. And yes, I have signed a contract not to reveal the details. You’ll all have to wait until the film is released.
However, I do have permission to tell you what I’m not doing – besides not dieting.
I’m not cutting out fat; I’m not even cutting it down.
I haven’t lowered my sugar intake. (It wasn’t all that high to start with, but I do indulge in cakes, biscuits and chocolate whenever I feel like it.)
I’m not doing any strenuous exercise.
I’m not taking any appetite suppressants, diuretics, or ‘speedy’ chemicals.
I’m not using dietary supplements.
I haven’t been hypnotised.
Pleasant surprises –
A month ago I bought some new slacks. I got them from the op shop because I knew I’d be growing out of them fairly soon. It was a lot sooner than I thought! Within a week they had gone from a perfect fit to being rather loose. By now, the waistband sags about three inches below my navel.
I fit back into the black satin pants my friend Pam gave me, which I haven’t worn for nearly two years.
Today I had to do up my bra on the second row of hooks.
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