My weight loss journey: Why this is a lifestyle and not a diet 16



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This is part 4 of Pat’s weight loss journey that she is sharing with us. To read her previous blog, click here. Each week she will document her progress as you support her and hopefully gain positivity and encouragement to lead a healthier life.

Here it is, week six already, time just seems to be rushing by. As each day passes I am feeling so much better.

One of the biggest improvements has been with my sleeping. For the last 10 years, I have had major problems getting to sleep and then staying asleep. I would lay in bed for hours on end thinking of something that happened or was said during the day and quiet often this would lead me down a path of over analysing situations. However in the last few weeks I have been getting tired around 9.30 and find myself sleeping through till morning, which is a massive improvement.

Also I had an appointment with my GP today and my weight was checked, and to date I have already lost 5kg, which I feel is a great start. So it is onward and upward from here.

Something I found interesting this week was my measurements. I have lost four inches off my waist, three inches off my hips and bust, plus weight off my chest, midriff and thighs. All up a total of 12 inches gone in under six weeks.

I noticed in last week’s blog that there were quite a few comments pertaining to my decision to use the word lifestyle rather than diet. For me the term diet equates to a short term eating plan which is one of the reasons behind adopting a clean eating lifestyle. For me lifestyle is for life. I really had hoped that those who read the blog would not become bogged down in the terminology. 

I really like that my new lifestyle has simplified my life and the way I look at food, and I hope those who need to implement change in their life will see the simplicity that underpins The Clean Eating Lifestyle. I don’t like the idea of following a set meal plan as I find it too restricted.

Another issue that was raised, was that some are concerned about what I ate and drank in a day. The marvellous thing about a clean eating lifestyle is that as long as it is fresh, unprocessed and has no added sugar, it is good to go. A rough guide of what I eat in a day was included in last weeks’ blog.

You may remember that I said I would include some recipes that I like to cook and are suitable for The Clean Eating Lifestyle:

Quick and Easy Stir Fried Chicken


  • 500g chicken breast
  • Dash of olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cornflour
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Handful of seasonal veges
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce


  1. Cut chicken breast into small cubes or strips and dust with cornflour
  2. In a wok or large frypan, heat a little olive oil and brown chicken
  3. Add red onion, fresh garlic and veges. 
  4. Saute for a for approximately 5 min then add a quarter of  a cup of water. Cook covered until vegetables are cooked to your liking.
  5. In a small bowl, add equal amounts of honey, salt reduced soy and sweet chilli sauce. Add to chicken and veges.
  6. Serve on a bed of rice or rice noodles.

Corn Fritters


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup of corn kernels


  1. Combine first three ingredients. Then fold in corn.
  2. Cook over a medium heat in a lightly oiled pan until bubbles form. Turn and cook on other side
  3. These fritters can be served any time of the day. They make a nourishing breakfast, easy lunch with a side salad and in winter they can be served with a bowl of fresh homemade vegetable soup.

In closing, I would like to thank the people who have been supporting me on my journey to better health. Cheers!

Share your thoughts below.

Pat Daley

Married 42 yrs and have three adult children, plus six adorable granchildren.

  1. Great news Pat……congratulations! Good on you for sticking to it…..well worth it when now you’re feeling tip-top! 🙂

  2. I call it a healthy eating plan

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    • Feel free to call it whatever you like Josie, for me l chose a Clean Eating Lifestyle, as compared to Diet. I dont like the word diet as l have been a dieter all my life. For me CEL works as l don’t have sugar , processed food , soy products , or low fat dairy. Its all about choice , as l have said many times over the last 6 weeks you have to do what works for you and you alone. Cheers Pat D.

  3. Week six Bec Daley, Judy Campbell , Jo Greenhalgh , Sia Khan , Philomena Reuben. Cheers xxxx

  4. Now I turned 60….I finally get it! No more diets. Beginning also to implement lifestyle eating. But yes it is an effort at times, mindless emotional eating is ingrained

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    • Over the last 6 weeks l have had a couple of times where l realized l was eating because l had the container of dried nuts and fruit sitting on my lap. I can’t tell you how much l ate but all if a sudden l thought what am l doing. I was watching a movie at the time, had a really stressful day and all of a sudden l thought mindless eating. Wish the penny had dropped earlier. Anyway l now put a small amount of raw nuts and dried fruit into a little dish. It takes time to change. l have been an emotional eater since l was taken of my parents and made a ward of the state. Food was the only thing l had control over, so l want you to know l understand what you are saying about emotional eating being ingrained. To get past this habit, l have been doing the things l like, gardening, sewing, knitting, and reading. I find once l shift my focus lam ok. I hope this helps. Cheers Pat D.

  5. Pat I am so proud of you! Well done on the weight loss. An amazing achievement. I love following your healthy lifestyle. Congratulations x

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    • Thanks Sia. Its been so easy . My only wish is that people wanting to improve their health would understand how easy it is to improve one’s health and in such a relatively short time. Cheers xx

    • I believe if you are ready to commit you will. Giving up is easy. I am so happy for you lovely x

  6. How do I get to your first blog would like to follow your lifestyle.

  7. Congrats Pat. Please do not get disappointed when the weight loss slows for awhile .Just stay with your new lifestyle. good luck

  8. Have plateaued at a loss of 13kg for several weeks…emotional stress has caused several slip ups but Im still trying to keep it going.

  9. Still not doing as well as I would like to, but I will keep trying. Well done Pat. I really admire what you are doing and thankyou for this blog.

  10. It is this kind of thing that I love to read on Starts at sixty.So inspiring, and like most ,I need to be often inspired.How come it’s so easy to put weight on,and so hard to take it off.Will look forward to trying the recipes .Thanks

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