June 19, 2015
As you read this I will be tucked away somewhere peaceful and quiet with Lovely Husband celebrating our twentieth wedding anniversary. We will be holed up in our little lodge with a fridge full of WLR-approved goodies and the glass of champagne raised to record our “one score year” will be properly accounted for.
When we were considering what to do for “our twentieth” we looked at lots of options but decided that a quiet self-catering option was what we wanted. Quiet because the last eight months have been something of a rollercoaster in terms on non-WLR rocks in the road; self-catering because we are both focussed on our respective WLR journeys and being self-catering means we have complete control of what, when and where we eat. I have no doubt there will be a few evenings of “dining out” but on the whole we are both quite happy to potter in the kitchen together, preparing something lovely to eat whilst chatting and generally enjoying each other’s company.
The other good thing is that we both enjoy the same sort of food so the WLR method is ideal for both us of. We generally eat the same food although mine is served on a smaller plate with a smaller portion size, or his being padded out with extra vegetables or salad to ensure that both of us are getting the calories and nutrients we need without the hassle of preparing separate meals. We also like the same “staples” and so good quality lean ham, extra-juicy vine tomatoes and grated carrot are always to hand if we feel the need to snack. We are both “sworn off” alcohol at the moment, and have also decided to jointly banish fizzy drinks (including the low-cal and no-cal varieties) and are making full use of our water filter jug to ensure we stay hydrated (said jug also being included on the “things we must take” list (along with the coffee machine – our one daily vice first thing in the morning and our digital radio to listen to whilst we sit enjoying our (very) early morning brew before heading out for a day of exploring.
The destination we have chosen is only a few hours away from Hudson HQ, but it is a part of the country neither of us have ever visited. Neither I nor LH are “sun lounger” people and the lure of the swimming pool is something we can take or leave. What we do like is exploring. Finding places to get out and about to. We can spend many hours walking and wandering. We stop every so often for a refreshing glass of something cold (elderflower cordial is my current tipple of choice) before resuming our expedition. We are often out and about for seven or eight hours day – with never more than an hour spent resting and often when we log our activity into the WLR database (and I confess we do err on the side of caution always choosing to under- rather than over-estimate the number of steps or amount of time) we are always pleasantly surprised by the fact that as well as having had a lovely day, we have often burned off more calories than we would expect.
The fact that we are both following the WLR route has many benefits – particularly as now, as well as being my husband and my best friend, LH is now also my “Best Buddy”. I have discovered that having someone who is on the same road and who takes an interest, spurs me on, chastises me when I need it, and generally understands the “WLR way” is a real benefit.
Before LH decided that he needed to embark on a “waist whittling” regime of his own, I was very lucky to have a Buddy from WLR. We would share our great days and our not-so-great-days; we would celebrate the small successes of avoiding the birthday cakes at work; we would commiserate one another on the rare occasion that the lure of the Pasty shop proved too much. We swapped recipe ideas, exercise tips, and generally acted as cheerleaders and confidantes. It worked so well that my Buddy made it to goal and decided to “go it alone” in terms of maintenance. We still keep in touch outside the WLR-world but I was a little lost when she headed off on her own.
I benefitted hugely from having a buddy and knew without question that it plays an essential part in terms of my staying focussed and on track. I had already began to seek out a new buddy when LH decided that he too would give the WLR route a go and so he seemed a natural choice but if ever the circumstances change and he isn’t “doing WLR” himself, then my first port of call will be the find a buddy section of the website. It is simplicity itself – a list of people similar in age, location, and who have a goal which is close to your own pops up and all you have to do is decided who to send your buddy request to. They receive a message and, if all goes according to plan, you will be able to support, commiserate and “kick-butt” together adding yet another level of support to the journey. If you haven’t got a buddy, or have never thought about looking for a buddy… perhaps you should give it a go…. After all.. you can never have too many friends…….
Here’s to a wonderful WLR weekend for us all
With a Hug