December 11, 2013
The winter bug has landed early in the Hudson Household (a croaky throat and blocked nose were the first indications) which I battled for a couple of days but on day three I was persuaded by my colleagues (who were avoiding me like the plague) to leave the office early and head home.
I got into my little car and as I drove down the motorway was sweating, shivering and fed up. Radio 4 was doing nothing to raise my spirits so I randomly switched the car radio to another station… where one of my all-time favourite songs was just starting (“Let the Music Play” by Shannon). Even feeling under the weather, the song lightened my mood and (despite a croaky voice and not managing to hit many high notes) I was almost cheerful as I sang along… and several upbeat tunes later I finally made it home.
Once there Lovely Husband hunted out some sachets of flu-busting hot lemon and tucked me into bed where I comforted myself with the knowledge that the lurgy wouldn’t last too long and I would soon be back to normal (whatever “normal” is for me… trust me, it varies!)
Twenty four hours later and I was feeling a little better. I was also feeling somewhat guilty about having stayed under the duvet for so many hours – even managing to doze intermittently in between doing my best “Darth Vader” impression (you really don’t appreciate just how useful a nose can be for breathing until there is a malfunction!)
I contemplated food… but my throat hurt and my tastebuds appeared to be out of order. I didn’t even really know what it was I wanted to eat so I decided to head onto my WLR account to see if there were any tempting ideas there.
I browsed, still couldn’t make up my mind, but wondered whether Hot Lemon Cold Relief Drinks needed to be accounted for… and it is a testament to the wealth of information available to us here on WLR that, when I searched the database, all the details did indeed pop up.
So, at the moment my “normal” WLR regime is impossible… Exercise is out of the question as the merest hint of movement sees me coughing up a lung; and eating is challenging as I can’t breathe and chew with my mouth closed at the same time. It is not a healthy state of affairs but in terms of my weightloss journey, my lack of exercise isn’t an issue as I’m not even close to eating my daily calorie intake because of my painful throat and faulty nose.
However, I am aware that as soon as I start to feel better my appetite will return and I will hit the “danger zone” of being hungry and my tastebuds will be working again… potentially a tricky time. Fortunately, I will be able to stay on track thanks to the tools available here on WLR.
Over the past few days, even though I have eaten very little I have made a record of it… so when I am up to full fitness again and my appetite returns (probably with gusto!) I will be able to balance my weightloss journey over the entire week.
That’s one of the great things about WLR - there is no fixed plan. It is entirely down to the individual to choose and chart their own weightloss journey. Whether I am firing on all cylinders or feeling under par; if I am having down-time under the duvet or a weekend of wild parties… I have the flexibility to factor it in. I have an ordinary but very busy life so I need things to be simple and straightforward. In terms of my lifestyle, I don’t have personal chef; or weighed-and-measured food deliveries arriving at my front door. I can’t afford the luxury of a Personal Trainer and, at the moment, gym membership is too much of a stretch for my bank account... but I do access to all that WLR has to offer, which in turn means I have the ability to “personalise” the weightloss journey… which really does make it MY journey.
I make the choices and chart my weightloss path; I am accountable only to myself and I am the one who has to live with the consequences, good or bad, of the choices I make.
I think, perhaps, that is the main reason WLR works for me.
It seems, no matter what is going on in my life, the tips, tricks and tools here at WLR have it covered. From the potential perils of the party season to being floored by flu; whether it’s a wonderful weekend at a wedding or a “bad-day” blow-out binge…
It can all be factored in and logged. Information can be gathered and stored to help you take account and that same information is always available to revisit whenever it is needed.
So whatever causes you to take an unexpected detour on your weightloss journey, just remember that this is YOUR journey… you make the choices… you call the shots. If that does mean that occasionally you find yourself heading a little off course, simply consider it a small scenic detour which you take responsibility for and which is under control… and you’ll be right back on the track before you know it!
I’ll leave you with a hug from a distance (you wouldn’t want these germs, trust me…!)