A Year of WW2 Rationing Weigh-In Start

Well here it is folks. In all my 299 lb (21st 3lbs) of glory. Determined and at last ready to give this another go. I bought this dress several years ago, it’s never fit me properly but it’s just stretched beyond belief in this video. I so want to wear it this a 40’s event of sorts but want to feel comfortable and it to fit properly.

Just thought I’d be brave and share the video.

Much love, C xxxx

22 thoughts on “A Year of WW2 Rationing Weigh-In Start

  1. Hi Carolyn,
    You will excel at this as it’s what you love,
    I would love to do it but have a husband to cook for too 😂 I do slip some wartime recipes in though which he enjoys, I’m looking forward to following you doing this, you’ll smash it!!

    Good luck
    Andrea xxx

  2. You have such a great sense of humor Carolyn, and are very brave to boot!, you will lose, and do well! We are all cheering for you. Ann lee s

  3. I’ve decided to do exactly the same. I really need to lose weight after being told that I’m pre diabetic and I have always loved the home front so it’s a perfect opportunity. I also have a beautiful 40s dress that I desperately want to fit into again. Thanks for all the inspiration you give people like me! Good luck ❤️

  4. To all the ladies giving this a go, whether it be for health, weight (or indeed both), I wish you all the success in the world. At the end of the day, you’ve nothing to lose but the pounds. 🙂

  5. Dearest Carolyn,

    Firstly isn’t that such a beautiful dress? Secondly, don’t you have beautifully shaped legs, and thirdly, I know the scales don’t lie, but you carry your weight very well, and nobody would place your weight in the band you have so bravely noted.

    Thank you for sharing this post,
    Frances xxx

  6. Best of luck C.
    Can’t wait to see you post a progress video in a year.
    I’m gettin excited for it now. I must remember to take my own photos.

  7. Thank you so much for all the lovely and supportive comments which I’ve loved reading. hope to respond properly to all in the next day or two…had a really busy birthday yesterday and back at work today xxxx

  8. Have you read a book called How We Lived Then? by Norman Longmate. It is full of recollections of people who lived through the war, and how they managed. A fascinating read. Also. would it be cheating to apply modern food trends to your menu? Making naan bread, or flour tortillas! Was soy sauce available in Britain during WW2.

    • ooo I haven’t, I will go and check that out when I snuggle into bed tonight for a read and read the synopsis. I think however one is comfortable doing a rationing challenge is OK!! I’m trying to be as authentic as I can but there won’t always be seasonal vegetables, I will buy out of season sometimes. Soy Sauce came to England in the 1600’s can you believe! However it was rather scarce during wartime as lots of things were… I found this info…

      1941-1947 – During and shortly after World War II soy flour is used extensively in Britain as a substitute for meat, milk, eggs, and flour in a vast array of basic foods including sausages, spaghetti, bread, and marzipan. Most of the soy flour was supplied by the U.S. under the Lend-Lease Act starting in March 1941, but quite a bit of whole (full-fat) soy flour was also produced from imported soybeans by British companies, especially Soya Foods Ltd.
      This company, with offices in Boreham Holt, Elstree and a plant at Rickmansworth (Herts.) made Soyolk and other brands of soy flour and, during the 1940s, published a number of pamphlets describing the products and giving recipes. As meat became scarce in Britain during the war, soy flour started to be overused, especially in sausages and “soylinks,” which started out as mostly meat and ended up as mostly soy flour, and largely inedible. Soy developed the image of a bad-tasting ersatz foodstuff and the English came to dislike any food with the name “soy” attached to it, in part because of poor product formulations and the use of low quality soy flour. The idea of soy as a source of low-cost high-quality protein was set back 2 decades or more (Learmonth 1963; Fischer 1967).
      Soybean imports, sharply reduced during the war, started again in 1945 and by 1950 had reached 25,000 tonnes, rising to 130,000 tonnes by 1959. Soy oil imports climbed from 4,700 tonnes in 1950 to 12,000 tonnes in 1959.

      C xxxx

    • I did wear it to a 1940s re-enactment day when I weight 280 lbs but it was still too tight then. I think it would fit very well when I am down to about 240lbs. I love the dress, it’s very simple and would love to wear it again and not feel self conscious in it xxxx C

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