Review of the Year
December 27, 2013
It’s the in-between-time… the lull in proceedings where the merry mayhem of Christmas and Boxing Day is past and the “Happy New Year” celebration is still a few days in front of us.
It is the time of year when I have to be as creative as possible with turkey, when I resolve never again to eat sprouts (but my resolve crumbles as I love them too much not to have them at New Year’s Day Dinner) and when I crave baked potato and beans (without any trace of turkey).
It’s also the time when I take a look back at the events of the year.
Interestingly, as the Queen mentioned in her Christmas message, I do find myself in quiet contemplation… recalling and remembering everything that has taken place over the last fifty–one weeks.
One of the things I love about this time of year is that the world seems “quiet”. Lovely Husband and I are both free from “the day jobs” for ten days and we always plan to have a couple of days where it is just the two of us. It is quality time that we spend together without the distractions of the day-to-day routine and one of the best bits is our “evening constitutional”. The town seems a little “sleepy” at this time of year; there are fewer cars on the road; fewer people out and about and we wrap up warm and just walk… through the park; along the cycleway; around the town… Just enjoying the night sky, the silence and the time to catch our breath. The silence is broken only by the sound of our conversation and often our thoughts and chatter turn to the passing year and all that has happened – good and bad.
It is also a time when I find myself mentally compiling my “end of year report”… where I cast my mind over everything that I have done and appraise myself. This year it is a mixed report. I know the areas in which I have made huge improvements; those occasions that I look back on with pride at what I have accomplished… but I also know that there are some areas where “could do better” and “must try harder” apply. These areas are in my life journey and also in my weight loss journey.
2012 was a terrible year for many reasons. This time last year things looked bleak and I was not in a “good place”. My energy was drained; my physical health not good; I was terrified of what lay ahead and my confidence and self-belief were at an all-time low. But for 2013 I resolved to keep moving forward… taking things a step at a time… and sometimes they really were baby steps… barely covering any distance… but moving nonetheless and heading in the right direction… and from that, momentum kicked in, and I just kept moving… step by step. For the first half of this year it seems I was concentrating so hard on just moving forward that I forgot to look up regularly. But when I did, I was astonished at just how far I had come and just how the landscape had changed. Things looked less bleak, there were fewer rocks in the road ahead and I knew that, just by continuing to “lift leg/drop leg”, I would get to someplace different. I had no idea where that place was… but I knew it could be no worse than my starting point.
Of course it wasn’t always easy to keep moving forward.
Life and the Weight Loss Journey can sometimes throw rocks in the road; place obstacles in front of you that require thought and effort to overcome; sometimes we can forge ahead with ease; other times it is not so straightforward and requires concentration and focus.
In terms of my weight loss journey, I have managed to identify a definite area of “gets bored easily” and “needs to focus”… Which is exercise (but, on the plus side, I think I may have found something that I love and which should certainly help to change my shape); I have also found “needs more confidence” is definitely the comment for my culinary skills. I love the WLR recipe database but admit to not having the greatest of natural ability when it comes to cooking… however I have seen so many things that I want to try that I put a food processor, blender and knife set on my list to Santa… and it seems that I managed to stay off his “naughty list” and so all of them were under the tree on Christmas morning and now safely installed in my kitchen.
My weight loss this year has been slow but steadily heading in the right direction. I am lighter than I was this time last year, but not as light as I would have hoped to be. So whilst, I am pleased with the progress I have made, I am aware that the results very definitely fall in the “could do better category”.
Some of you may know that my “new year” generally starts at the end of October, and it has been since then that I have made the most consistent progress in my quest to lower the number of the bathroom scales and on the labels in my clothes… but January 1st traditionally sees many of us concentrating on our weight loss efforts with vigour – whether we are reaffirming our commitment to the journey we have already started or whether we are just setting out on our weight loss journey and it is a journey I’m looking forward to continuing
So as 2013 draws to a close, why not take time out to write your own “end of year report” and take a look back at all that has happened in the last twelve months. Be stern with yourself if you feel you need to be, but also make sure the “gold stars” are properly awarded for all that you are proud of. Review the past year, celebrating those areas in which you excelled and assessing those which require just a bit more effort.
I know where I “could do better” but have a feeling that, with my cooking-themed Christmas presents; the support of my WLR friends and the forum; and the wonderful tools that WLR provides (and I am sure they will have something up their sleeves to challenge us in the New Year), that I will be able to continue heading in the right direction as 2014 dawns.
With a “happy holidays” hug.