skip to main content

Hudson's Headspace: I Did it My Weigh!

Member's Blog - Journey of a Weight Loss Resources' member…

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.

H14

« PREVIOUS POST

Let's Be Jolly

NEXT POST »

Weighing Up Christmas

 

Do You Need to Lose Weight?

Enter your details to discover your ideal weight range, and see how soon you could reach it!

Height ft in
Weight st lb

Yes… You need to lose weight

Your weight is substantially above your healthy weight range. You have a BMI of - a BMI of 18.5-25 is considered healthy.

You should lose  to be within the healthy weight range for your height. Losing would also be beneficial to your health and could make you look and feel better.

You could lose  in weeks with Weight Loss Resources. Our free trial will show you how… It takes just 2 minutes to input your details and could well be the breakthrough you've been waiting for!

Start Your Free Trial Today »

(Weight Loss Resources) has truly been the best weight loss assistance I have ever had.

Rachel lost 7 stone with Weight Loss Resources

Yes… You need to lose weight

Your weight is significantly above your healthy weight range. You have a BMI of - a BMI of 18.5-25 is considered healthy.

You should lose  to be within the healthy weight range for your height. Losing  would also be beneficial to your health and could make you look and feel better.

You could lose  in weeks with Weight Loss Resources. Our free trial will show you how… It takes just 2 minutes to input your details and could well be the breakthrough you've been waiting for!

Start Your Free Trial Today »

“(Weight Loss Resources) has truly been the best weight loss assistance I have ever had.”

Rachel lost 7 stone with Weight Loss Resources

Yes… You need to lose weight

Your weight is above your healthy weight range. You have a BMI of - a BMI of 18.5-25 is considered healthy.

You should lose  to be within the healthy weight range for your height. Losing would also be beneficial to your health and could make you look and feel better.

You could lose  in weeks with Weight Loss Resources. Our free trial will show you how… It takes just 2 minutes to input your details and could well be the breakthrough you've been waiting for!

Start Your Free Trial Today »

“(Weight Loss Resources) was just the resource I wanted! I signed up for a free trial and bought a 6 month subscription the same day.”

Matt lost 4st 10lb with Weight Loss Resources

Yes… You should lose weight

Your weight is above your healthy weight range. You have a BMI of - a BMI of 18.5-25 is considered healthy.

Losing  would put you in the middle of the healthy weight range for your height. Losing would be beneficial to your health and could make you look and feel better.

You could lose  in weeks with Weight Loss Resources. Our free trial will show you how… It takes just 2 minutes to input your details and could well be the breakthrough you've been waiting for!

Start Your Free Trial Today »

“The free trial tempted me to try and I've hardly gone a day since without visiting the site!”

Simon (SpyBey) lost 3 stone with Weight Loss Resources

Maybe… Just a little

Your weight is within your healthy weight range. You have a BMI of - a BMI of 18.5-25 is categorised as healthy.

However, you could lose up to and remain within your healthy weight range. Losing could make you look and feel better.

You could lose in weeks with Weight Loss Resources. Our free trial will show you how… It takes just 2 minutes to input your details and could well be the breakthrough you've been waiting for!

Start Your Free Trial Today »

“I took the free trial and that was me, it was fantastic just what I had been looking for.”

Emma (Emsy1981) lost 1st 5lb with Weight Loss Resources

Maybe… maybe not!

Your weight is within your healthy weight range. You have a BMI of - a BMI of 18.5-25 is categorised as healthy.

However, you could lose up to and remain within your healthy weight range. Losing could make you look and feel better.

You could lose in weeks with Weight Loss Resources. Our free trial will show you how… It takes just 2 minutes to input your details and could well be the breakthrough you've been waiting for!

Start Your Free Trial Today »

“Once I'd lost my first few pounds I felt fantastic, and my clothes started to fit with a little more ease.”

Emma (Emsy1981) lost 1st 5lb with Weight Loss Resources

No… You don't need to lose weight

Your weight is within your healthy weight range. You have a BMI of - a BMI of 18.5-25 is categorised as healthy.

You should aim to maintain your current weight by eating a healthy, balanced diet.

You can see how healthy your diet is with Weight Loss Resources. Our free trial will show you how… It takes just 2 minutes to input your details and could be a real eye-opener!

Start Your Free Trial Today »

“Fill in the food diary and analyse what you are putting into your mouth. You can learn a lot about healthy eating this way.”

Maria (EinsteinMC), Weight Loss Resources' member

No… You need to gain weight

Your weight is below your healthy weight range. You have a BMI of - a BMI of less than 18.5 is categorized underweight.

You should not try to lose any weight, and putting on a few pounds may benefit your health.

You could use Weight Loss Resources to help you gain weight. Our free trial will show you how… It takes just 2 minutes to input your details and could be a real eye-opener!

Start Your Free Trial Today »

“Blimey, this site has helped put my life back on track… I looked at the weight range for my height and settled on the lowest that was healthy… put the goal as maintaining that weight and off I went!”

Suzi (Whiskas) gained 2½ stone with Weight Loss Resources

Sponsored

About the Author

I'm northern (but migrated south); I'm married to my Lovely Husband; I'm a twin (older than my sister by just a matter of a few minutes); I have family to look out for; a day job to pay the bills; I 'moonlight' as a writer and performer of comic verse; I sometimes struggle to juggle life with all its various demands; I often wish for more hours in a day… And I'm on a journey to lose weight to take me to a healthy size, shape and BMI…

Imperial | Metric

How Soon Could You Lose a Stone?


Calculate »

New for 2018

Calorie Carb and Fat Bible 2018
  • 25,000+ UK basic and branded foods
  • Completely Updated for 2018
  • New Eating Out section, all major UK restaurants covered
  • Easy to find foods
  • Calories burned information

£5 discount here on wlr

Sponsored

If you enjoyed this article, try our newsletter. It's free.

Receive the latest on what works for weight loss straight to your inbox. We won't share your email address. Privacy policy