April 16, 2015
I’ve been playing “wardrobe hokey-cokey” for the past few days. After the glorious weather during the long bank holiday weekend, things have gone back to being a bit unpredictable. The result is that I haven’t spent quite as much time in the gazebo as I would have hoped, and when I have been sitting out it has been huddled in my warm fleece blanket with three sides of the gazebo zipped up to keep out the chilly winds. I’ve managed half-an-hour at time before having to head indoors to get warm. It is has been very in-out-in-out (with not quite so much shakin’ it all about….).
The same can be said for my wardrobe. The bright sunshine, blue skies and warm air meant that I (somewhat prematurely) moved all my ‘winter woolies’ to the spare bedroom wardrobe.
T-shirts and light cotton-wear were perfect for long-weekend-wear; but such is the unpredictability of the UK climate, that only a few days later I was desperately searching for my snuggy warm jumper and hunting out one of my many pairs of thermal socks.
Consequently, I have now become a little bit obsessed with the weather forecast and 20:57 has become my “must see tv” slot, so that I’m fully aware of what will be in store for me the following day and can play my wardrobe and activities accordingly.
The meteorological terms used have also caused me amusement. I wasn’t expecting to hear “a wintry mix” to be in the forecast in the middle of April, and whilst I know this means that sleet and snow for some regions, it always strikes me as a great brand name for packs of ‘slow-cooker-ready’ vegetables to form the basis of a WLR-compliant winter warming stew.
Likewise (and a great indication of the extremes of the weather here in the UK at the moment) the same forecast made mention of “mini Mediterranean”.
Now I know this is meant to convey blue skies and sunshine, but which just puts me in mind of a delicious “just-enough-for-one” WLR vegetarian pizza (there are some really great recipes on the WLR database by the way).
However the phrase that the weather men and women have been using most often is “changeable conditions”, and this is absolutely applies to me and Lovely Husband and our current weight loss journey. Things are not predictable at the moment; side effects from medication, days when he is feeling pretty poorly, evenings when after a long day at the office neither of us have the energy to prepare a wholesome supper... These are all part of our lives at the moment but we know we are not alone.
It is so important to remember that the WLR journey is not simply a question of getting from “point A to point B”. It is not all about the destination. This is about following a “road map for life”, and with all road trips things can change.
Although you may have an idea in your head of what lies ahead of you, this may not necessarily be what you encounter. Being able to be flexible and, at times, pragmatic and patient are absolutely essential to ensuring you stay on the road... helping you keep heading in the right direction and not veering too badly off course.
Some days the road ahead will be smooth and enjoyable, blue skies and sunshine will brighten the way; at other times there will be rocks in the road, navigating your course will be challenging and clouds may gather. Much like dealing with the uncertainties of the Great British weather, the key is to stay focussed, prepare as much as you are able to but also expect the unexpected… and by doing so you will be able to weather anything.
So, whatever the weather, have a wonderful WLR weekend and remember every cloud does have a silver lining.
With a big hug