New Year, New Me, New Leaf, Newbies
January 2, 2014
Last night saw Lovely Husband and I out celebrating with friends. As planned, I had a couple of glasses of rose as 2013 came to an end but then started as I mean to go on by raising a glass of raspberry cordial as the clock struck midnight.
The “Pop Up Restaurant” was a fabulous venue to wave out the old and welcome in the new. Five courses of wonderful food (small servings of some great healthy options); a brilliant Elvis tribute act (which I sang along to con gusto – perhaps unwisely as this morning my throat is decidedly sore); followed by a great disco with Studio 54, The 70s and Northern Soul filling the dance floor for several hours and many of the men putting the women to shame with their moves (and some in their forties and fifties being far more agile and athletic than some of the teens and twenties present…).
But now the old year has headed out the back door and the New Year has finally started… and so has my New Leaf Challenge. I have to say it’s exactly what I need to give me a bit of a kick up the bottom … Challenging enough for me to have to make changes in order to succeed, but with a few “gentle” options to start me off. My (very flattering) avatar is already sporting her wristband and I intend to do some serious perusing of the WLR site in the coming weeks to find the answers to the “quiz questions” but also to refresh my memory on the “basics” (which really do make all the difference to steady sustainable weight loss) and to refocus my mind on the job in hand.
I am hoping that when the longer days of Easter finally arrive that my spring wardrobe will include some of the lovely items currently languishing in my “I love them but haven’t a hope of fastening them” wardrobe in the spare bedroom.
I have kept them because I discovered many years ago that my best bet in terms of “style and fashion” was to buy classic mix and match pieces and add accessories to update them in line with the latest trends… (much as it pains me to admit it, I am now at the age where fluorescent leggings and neon colour schemes really don’t do me any favours – no matter what my size and shape) So in terms of “new me” I guess the reality is that I’m trying to get back to the weight I was two years ago, wearing the clothes I loved two years ago…which means I’m going for a “reboot” rather than a whole new model.
Now is the time I find my routine “getting back to normal” after an extended festive period away from the day job. I seem to be finally shifting the second bout of flu in three weeks; the “festive food” has been packed up ready to be shipped to Lovely Husband’s office tomorrow (according to his workmates there is no such thing as “too much chocolate”) and the fridge is full of hearty but healthy options to keep me on track and within calories as I knuckle down to a few months of quiet and calm (or at least that’s the plan… I’m hoping January and February bring little in the way of drama or excitement… but you never can tell!)
I have to admit one thing which I’m quietly pleased about is that my WLR habits seem to have inspired a knock-on effect from Lovely Husband. I, more than anyone, know that weight loss only really works when the person who is losing the weight is doing it for themselves and not to please others. I have to confess that LH is one of those naturally tall, slender people who can eat pretty much anything without any real expansion to their waistline but, due to a busy lifestyle, I had noticed that he wasn’t really eating a nutritionally balanced diet for the last few months of 2013 (grabbing “quick fixes” on the hoof and relying on snacks and fast food more than usual) and so I’m delighted that he’s decided to change some of his eating habits in order to reach his goal of losing 10lbs.
I’m also pleased that he’s set himself a sensible target and is approaching it methodically and with patience. I’m also (rather selfishly) happy that he’s decided to now have fruit and nuts in his lunch box. It’s a sad reflection of my sometimes “wonky willpower” that not having multipacks of crisps and chocolate bars in the house makes it far easier for me to stay within calories... as, in the past, after a busy day when I am feeling tired or stressed…
I have found it rather too easy to scupper all my good work by grabbing a couple of packets of salt’n’vinegar which I eat without thinking, which I don’t really enjoy, and which usually just leave me angry and upset with myself for having given in to my “comfort eating demons”.
So as 2014 gets underway I’m feeling ready to refocus. I intend to consolidate the progress I’ve already made and to continue to move forward on my weight loss journey. I’m looking forward to catching up with my existing WLR friends as we continue to wend our way along our weight loss paths and very happy about the prospect of making new friends as new members discover this amazing place we call “WLR”.
If you are continuing on your journey – here’s to further progress in the coming year; if you are just starting your journey here on WLR – then Welcome, Welcome, Welcome… you’ve come to exactly the right place. The tools on site will stand you in good stead; the information provided by WLR is tried, tested and trusted; the shared knowledge provides a wealth of additional information to help you succeed; but, for me, the greatest thing about WLR is the advice, the support, the kicks-up-the-rear, the cheerleading and the shoulders-to-cry-on provided by the amazing WLR members themselves.
No matter what the issue; no matter how challenging something may seem… There will always be someone here who understands your situation. On “bad days” you will find support and strength; on “good days” you will be cheered and applauded (and provide hope to those of us who may not be having such a great day); you will find lively debate; different perspectives and plenty of food for thought (pun intended). We are all on our own utterly unique journey but many of our experiences are shared and it is the collective strength of everyone who posts on the forums; adds a recipe; shares their story and offers support and encouragement which really does make the difference.
So as we march onwards… here’s to a “Fantastic Fourteen” for all of us.
With a hug