And in the words of Coldplay, “I’m going back to the start”.
Wow! Where did 2016 go? Looking back at my blog now, it has been almost a full year since I last published a post.
There are many reasons for this that I won’t bore you with now but, in a nutshell, 2016 has been a bit of roller-coaster year for me: I took the plunge of leaving a job with working conditions that were making me miserable. After a brief career change, I’m back working in the same career but in a different place and I’m much happier for it.
The upshot of my turbulent 2016 is that my weight loss efforts took a nose-dive and my weight has crept up pretty much to where it was when I first walked through the door of Weight Watchers over 13 years ago. I spent some of 2016 giving myself a hard time about this before realising how pointless that was. I’ve been doing a lot of work around personal development and being more accepting of myself and I came to realise that I simply wasn’t in the right frame of mind to focus on losing weight for the majority of 2016.
Thankfully, I’m in a much better place now and I feel ready to take the bull by the horns and get my body to where I want it to be. Whilst the numbers on the scales and my reflection in the mirror may suggest that I’ve gone right back to the start of my weight loss journey, I realise that this isn’t actually the case. I’ve got a lot more of the tools and skills that I need to lose weight than I did when I first started out on my journey – I’ve just wandered off course slightly.
As I’ve been glancing through my previous ’new year’ posts (here & here), I’ve asked myself “What is different this time around?” I’m not sure I know the answer exactly, but I do know that I’m really looking forward to getting back on course this time round, which is a bit of a strange feeling. I feel as though I’m really ready to make sustainable changes this time. This has got me thinking about seeing the whole ‘back to my start weight’ as a positive: I’ve been thinking back to how successful I was when I first stepped on to the Weight Watchers scales and how I acheived that success. This has given me the reassurance that I can do it.
With this in mind, as strange as it may sound, I’m quite looking forward to stepping on to the scales at my weigh in tomorrow. I know I’ll have put on weight over the Christmas period, but there’s no point in berating myself for. What’s done is done. The thing I’m really looking forward to though, is marking my successes over the coming weeks and months as I work to make my body fitter, healthier and stronger. I can remember how fantastic that feels, and I’m keen to feel that way again.
I’ll let you know how I get on tomorrow and what my plan of attack for the week is.
Thanks for reading,
How are you feeling about your weight loss journey as we head in to the new year?