May 15, 2015
I was born in Blackpool. I spent my childhood in the north of England and every year we would make an annual pilgrimage to my birthplace to watch the switching on of the illuminations.>
As I child I remember being utterly transfixed by them. I was always astonished that the dark promenade could be transformed into something (in my opinion) was absolutely amazing simply by the flick of a switch or a push of a button.
I have now migrated south – but still make an annual trip to see the lights. It isn’t often that I get to the “opening ceremony” but somewhere in my DNA there is a need for me to see the bright shining lights at least once a year.
What has any of this got to do with my weight loss journey? The transformational “flick of the switch” or “push of the button”. My head is completely in the “WLR-zone” at the moment. It is exactly like someone pressed the button or flicked “my switch” and I can see how it has changed the dynamics of my journey.
I have been slowly and steadily losing weight – but slowly really is the operative word.
I have had the odd one-pound gain here and there but generally the scales have been heading downwards in small increments. I know there have been a number of reasons why I haven’t been as completely focussed as I know I can be – my own ill health; the serious medical issues of my nearest and dearest; a major upheaval in my “day job”…. all of these contributed to my slowing weight loss but I kept congratulating myself for at least not gaining or reverting back to my “whole packet of hobnobs” habit during stressful periods.
All that changed a couple of weeks ago. I don’t know whether it was the “official” start of summer (for me as soon as we head into BST it means summer is here… the phrase says it all British Summer Time…) or whether it was the early morning sunshine that lasts later into the evening. It may have been some positive news about Lovely Husband’s slowly improving health. It could be any or all of those… all I know is that something “clicked”. The invisible hand pushed the button or flicked the switch and my focus is laser sharp and keenly pointing in the direction of getting to goal by the end of the year.
As I said.. I hadn’t given up on my weight loss journey; I hadn’t lapsed back into my past comfort eating habits; I was still exercising restraint when it came to walking past the well known High Street Bakery stores but I had let the exercise lapse; I had starting using the “old” (bigger) dinner plates in the evenings and in the absence of “low fat” salad dressing a big dollop of “hearty Caesar” was not unknown. The basic knowledge of WLR has kept me heading in the right direction; constantly checking in; reading what is on the website; seeing who is doing what in the forum – all of these things were hugely important in keeping my momentum going. It just wasn’t going as fast as it could do.
As I said, I’m not really sure what the “illumination” was – why my body and brain decided that it was time to properly crack on and shed the remaining pounds before the bloke with the white beard and red suit arrives in December. If I’m being totally honest – I’m also not entirely sure how long this “utterly motivated” phase is going to last. I’m hopeful that another positive result when I step on the scales on Sunday morning will ensure that my brain stays in gear and my journey continues apace…. But I know I cannot be complacent.
For some people losing weight is easy. For me I know that it is always something that I have to focus on… and the more I focus the more successful I am at whittling my waistline.
I know that it is very easy for me to get despondent or to feel demoralised. I know that my natural tendency used to be to comfort eat and I realise that I still have to consciously resist the urge when times are really difficult in the real world – but something has obviously changed because although I have to make a conscious effort to restrain myself.. it now takes a lot less effort – so my WLR “retraining” has obviously worked. In fact.. so far it has been very illuminating indeed…
Hope the lights shine brightly on your WLR journey this week.
With a hug