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Thursday, 13 December 2012

So far so good

Finally plucked up the courage to get on the scales and was relieved to find myself back at 13st 5. So the ridiculous binge and booze fest that was last week is erased from the history books. Back at my lightest weight from last year and excited to see a new number and then get the hell out of the 13s for good. Quite a few authors of the great blogs I read are hoping to see that magical 12 number soon too. Come on! We can still get there before the end of the year!!

Not had a single cheat on food so far this week, nor a drop of alcohol. Must admit I've been sleeping better and not been as grumpy.

Went for a run at lunchtime with a friend on Tuesday for the first time in ages and I felt alright. It might have been the fact I had shorts on in minus 2deg weather but my legs didn't hurt at all. Gave me some comfort that the gym and classes have been helping fitness but I still need to push it big time in the next month.

Work deadline looms tomorrow but I'm determined to get out running today.

Then I'm off to the lakes for a long weekend with my family for an early Christmas celebration. Massive challenge from a weight loss perspective as there will be a house full of food and booze. I need a plan firmly set in my mind before I even set foot in the building.

Anyway I promised a picture of the ski outfit I'm trying to shrink into. The good news is they both do up and I almost have a full range of movement now. HOWEVER i still look like im about to explode out of them at any moment and fly around the room like a deflating balloon. Every single day of the next 30 will be crucial!!

Monday, 10 December 2012

Brace yourselves...'s gonna be boring, but it's time to get blogging more often in the 5 weeks until I go away. Looking back at the last two years I've lost weight quickest the more often I've blogged in a month. Or rather, I've wanted to blog more often when I'm getting results. Whichever way around, it is a good idea to 'talk to myself' on here. Whilst I'm aware that people who are living alone for the first time in decades probably should avoid opportunities to talk to themselves even more....Seeing in black and white what you've done right or wrong makes it harder to make excuses.

Speaking of excuses - last week I used work as an excuse. It is a nightmare at the moment with financial deadline looming and a ridiculous amount of work to get done before I go away. I also have to write a handover document for the person covering for me. Did I mention that person is my ex-boyfriend?.... Yeah, really.

But I could still have gone to the gym at the crack of dawn every day and didn't. I didn't have to drink 2 large glasses of wine EVERY night and then wake up at 3am worrying about work, worrying about being fat on holiday and wishing I had someone to cuddle me back to sleep. :(

I also didn't have to get completely hammered on my Xmas do on saturday night making Sunday a write-off. (although it was brilliant fun, heehee!) So yeah let's just forget about that entire week can we? I had been doing so well up until then. Was back to my lightest weight from last year and just about to see a new number on the scales. Haven't had the courage to step on the scales yet.

Hey at least it made me not want to drink wine for a LONG time.

Spectacularly good eating done today, a session on the Bosu balance trainer and no booze. Just 32 more days like that to go. Come on Hetty we can DO IT!

Oh shit, now I'm really talking to myself.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Aching body and clingons

Exercise since last post:

Thursday: bootcamp
Friday: PT
Saturday: 1hr hike across Manchester carrying massive powder skis and boots
Sunday: rest
Monday: circuit training
Tuesday: boxing class

Exercise was pretty good. I should have done something on Sunday but after driving for 1.5 hours in 2deg temperatures with no roof or windscreen I just wanted to stay cuddled up under a blanket in the warm. I really wasn't in my right mind that day as when I got back home I realised with horror that I had left the front door ajar the whole time I was out!

Eating went well all week except for then ruining it by eating lots of blue cheese AND crisps on Saturday. Dammit! I really need to occupy my time more at the weekend as its when I'm home alone that I lose motivation to exercise and want to comfort eat. It's also when I feel most lonely and I can't tell you how much I miss having someone give me a big hug.

Thought I would be over this by now but clearly seeing your ex at work every day slows down the recovery process. We have developed some kind of dysfunctional friendship where he comes to my desk to chat to me most days. He brought me in some homecooked curry when i was ill and i checked up on him with texts when he was off sick. I KNOW its not a good idea and isn't helping me get over him (even though i broke it off). I don't think either of us want to get back together so maybe we're both just clinging on?

I'm tired of having to deal with the mixed-up emotions though. The 7 weeks away from work are my chance to finally make the psychological break. No texting, no emailing. Radio silence. Makes me feel sad thinking about it. I SO haven't moved on yet.

Enough of that nonsense though and on with another PT session tomorrow and bootcamp on Thursday, hopefully leading to a loss this week. Pleeeaaaase be kind scales, I need a boost.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

9 weeks to go weigh in

So there are just 9 weeks to go until my ski adventure and as usual I've left the hard work till the last minute. But thank goodness I've now pulled my finger out and stopped fanning around.
I kept the exercise going throughout summer, but at nowhere near the level of intensity required to prepare for skiing 45 consecutive days.
Now that the dark nights are back I can no longer run home from work so I rejoined the gym at work, signed up for a bunch of classes and have hired the lovely Patrick to whip me into shape.
Strictly speaking I should be saving money for the trip rather than spending it on PT sessions but at £15 a session it's gotta be worth it.
Obviously I have a spreadsheet attempting to predict how much I will weigh in 9 weeks. Obviously I haven't a clue how much I will ACTUALLY weigh by then. But the forecast puts me at the top end of 11 stone. That would be freakin' ah-may-zing.

I'd be able to wear my new ski gear and fit thermal layers underneath. At the moment trousers and jacket do up but any type of lunge movement would result in an explosion of zips and buttons.

I'd be lighter than I've been for 12 years. I'd be a size 14.

In other news I signed up to for about 10 days before I got totally freaked out by the number of weirdos on there and was even more scared at the thought of going on a date with the normal ones. Online dating is therefore parked until I get back in March. Hopefully I'll have more confidence by then.

'Before' photo of revoltingly tight ski outfit to follow...

Weight 13st 8

Exercise plan for this week:
Monday: rest
Tuesday: boxing class
Wednesday: PT
Thursday: bootcamp class
Friday: PT
Saturday: Mountain Biking
Sunday: running

Monday, 1 October 2012

October already? Shiiiiiiii....

.....iiiit! Okay now I am officially panicky about getting this last 2 stone off in the 15weeks till my ski trip. Still very doable at 2lbs a week average but I have to stop fanning around and get on with it!

Had a lovely mini break in abersoch with my family including paddling in the sea and running on the beach. I've never really liked beaches but this time I really loved it.

I did, however, eat and drink a lot and managed to continue that for another 2 weeks after the mini break. Haven't weighed myself as if I don't see a higher figure I can kid myself that I'm still 13st 11. But I will weigh in next Monday and hope I'm not too far off track.

To make my fitness training as specific as poss I've started going to an indoor snow slope in the morning before work. I thought it might be a bit boring but it's good for working on skills and drills so I'll keep it up until I go away.

It also seems to be full of hot guys which is always a bonus. I really would like to go out wih someone who is as passionate as me about snow.

I have started getting a bit scared about what I'll be doing on the ski course. Watching Vertical Limit last night didn't help. It's the backcountry skiing avalanche risk that scares me the most. Having to pay a huge premium for the travel insurance because ski touring is in the same risk group as mountaineering and ice climbing also didn't help. But hey statistically I'm much more likely to die driving to the airport than out in the mountains so will try not to papp myself too much.

15 weeks and 2 stone. I can do this! Off now to put my ski boots on and do squats and leg raises in front of the telly.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

It's working

After a whole week stuck at exactly 14st 0.2lbs I'm finally back moving in the right direction and down to 13st 11 this morn. Every one of those seven days weighing exactly the same was very annoying. How is that even physically possible?!
Partly to blame was TOTM but also quite a lot of TMF (too much fun). My carefully planned one night out a week became Friday, Saturday, Sunday with way too much wine and inevitably less control over what went in my gob (and the nonsense that came out of it).
I'm on a mission to lose as much as possible as I might go on a date with the guy I met a couple of weeks ago. I'm not sure what I'm doing really but we've been texting every day since then getting to know each other and he seems really nice. Whilst I quite like the idea of just having a relationship with a virtual man who lives in my iPhone, I suppose I ought to pluck up the courage to meet up.
Rather tragically I've put it off for as long as possible in the hope that having a date at 13st X would miraculously be far less scary than at 14st. I'm such a loser! Of course he has actually seen me before, but it was dark and we were both tipsy.
I'm off to Abersoch on saturday for four days so somehow have to manage eating out and partying whilst losing weight. I'm thinking running on the beach will be mandatory each morning and some body weight exercises in the evening. Healthy choices in restaurants and no snacking.
In the meantime a big work deadline looms on Friday so best get back to it.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Just 0.2lbs more

I've been at 14st 0.2lbs for the last 2 days.  Soooo close to the 13s!  Unfortunately I already had about 5 inches of hair cut off last week and plucked eyebrows/exfoliated so no way to cheat those few ounces off!  Maybe tomorrow I'll see the magic number?
Can't get too excited however as rather depressingly I already did this back in June last year

I read over some 2011 posts last night.  I don't keep a diary so it was pretty revealing to see what I was thinking and doing.  Some of the stuff I was saying about Matt shows how unhappy I was.  I wanted to shout at myself to say "DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT".  I tried to end it in July, then again in September and finally did it in March.  I knew it wasn't working but I was too scared to be on my own.  I really don't want to make that mistake again.

I've been texting with the hot guy from last weekend and yesterday he asked me the dreaded question "what do you want?".  (Talking about life/relationships and not specifically what I want from him.)  Funny when a near stranger asks you a pertinent question it really highlights how totally clueless you are! I had to reply saying I haven't figured it out yet and that it's easier to say things I don't want at the moment: like kids, marriage, sitting around watching TV and bickering about which colour to paint the lounge etc.
I really don't think I'm ready for dating! 

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Doing things on my "when I'm thin" list

What a weekend of fun! After spending the last three years trapped in the 'Matt Cave' having the life sucked out of me I'm finally getting some confidence back and having fun! I've even did some things I swore I wouldn't do until I was 'x' weight.

I went shopping for some going out clothes on Saturday with my friend. She was complaining about being 9 stone 1 as she is usually 8 stone 2. I told her she really had let herself go and was an embarrassment to be seen with in such a lardy state - NOT! she's a size 10 and has an amazing figure! Just shows all women are a bit mental about weight. I very much wished I could be trying on clothes with her body instead of mine though.

I tried on lots of dresses and tunics which looked lovely on the hangar and in theory were the right shape for my big boob/apple shape. But once on I looked like either Miranda, a washer woman or a man in drag. Boobs ruin everything! But at least all the size 16 stuff fit.

I ended up getting some black slim cut jeans to wear with my knee length boots with heels. The shop must have had magic mirrors though as when I tried the same outfit on at home I felt horrible and had a massive last minute panic trying on loads of random stuff and almost didn't go. I could have put money on that happening.

Managed to make pretty good choices in the Vietnamese restaurant: A grilled chicken skewer to start and beef and chilli stirfry for main with only one spoonful of rice. We then had a private karaoke room booked for the 6 of us girls and proceeded to belt out some truly awful tunes for 2 hours. It was so much fun.

Then we tottered off to a live music club. Amazingly I only had one drink in there as was too busy dancing (now in my flip flops dancing around my boots and handbag, classy!).

Right at the end of the night when we were waiting to get our umbrella back (that had been confiscated by security for erecting it during Rhianna, obviously) I happened to be standing next to an absolutely gorgeous guy. The music was too loud to hear yourself speak so I pointed at him, showed him a thumbs up (subtle!) and then we proceeded to have a conversation using my iphone notepad and he gave me his number! Seriously who does that? Not me usually!

Here's a pic from 3am. Im now contemplating being upside down in all future photos as my double chins disappear around the back of my ears!

After four hours sleep I made enough of a recovery to be back on a train to Manchester by 2pm for another session with Fay. Whilst on the train i texted the number the hot guy gave me just to see if it was real! He texted back and we exchanged a few more during the night.

It was a great night but I was so tired I nearly fell asleep on the train home. I texted Fay to say "home safe, just got long text reply from hot guy". Except I didn't send it to Fay did I?

I sent it to hot guy by mistake.

Amazingly he carried on texting after that but I'm not sure why I'm carrying on. If he asked to meet me I already know I'd crap myself and make up an excuse not to go. Dating is the one thing still very firmly on the list of things to do when I'm thinner.

Speaking of which despite four nights out I lost 2lbs last week. Not the 4lbs I was going for but not bad and maybe I can catch up with my targets in the coming weeks.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Come on scales, MOVE!

The scales are refusing to budge this week despite eight hours of exercise and healthy eating. Must be the gin & tonics then! Just about to set off on another 12km round trip walk/jog to work so if there's no movement on the scales by Monday they'll be taking a short, sharp trip to HammerLand.

Monday, 20 August 2012


In this next phase of weight loss/getting fit I'm trying to keep it more simple. In the past I've gone all out with wall charts, complicated apps, calorie trackers, detailed exercise plans etc etc. And then sat there with a glass of wine and lump of cheese thinking the planning would somehow magically do all the hard work for me. A bit like when I used to spend hours colouring in the most amazing revision timetable for exams and then not actually open any books for weeks.

So this time I have a table showing the number of weeks, key goals and where I should be at each Monday weigh-in. Simples!
So week 1, 2lbs down and on target but a looong way to go. Can I get back into the 13s by next week? Really going for it! Then the next goal is to get back to my lightest weight from last year: 13st 5. Then it's all new territory and ultimately I have to be as light as possible by the ski trip so my poor knees can cope with 7 weeks of powder skiing, hiking and most likely dancing in the evenings! Being a size 12 will have other benefits when being a single lady surrounded by outdoorsy chunky Canadians too.... I hope!!

I just have to get on with:
- Walking/jogging to and from work each day which is 11.5kms in total.
- Bodyweight and kettlebell exercises whilst watching telly in the evening.
- Eating home-cooked fresh food with fewer carbs and smaller portion sizes.
- Vastly reducing alcohol intake

As usual I wish I could fast forward further down that table.

I'm going out on Saturday on a girls night in the city, including a vietnamese restaurant with a private kareoke room?! and going to a club. I have NO going out clothes at all. I seriously am not exaggerating, my wardrobe just has sports/casual clothes and one black dress. So I've asked a stylish friend to take me shopping during the day and force me to try on something other than t-shirts.

I'm also going to have to find some shoes I can walk in. I'm thinking ballerina pumps are about all I could manage but they carry the risk of flying through the air like a martial arts weapon when I inevitably end up high-kicking at the club after a few drinkies. And drinks will be necessary to get me through the trauma of karaoke. I've only done it once before, stone cold sober and the song chosen for me was too low for me to sing so I just stood there making weird whale like noises and eventually sat back down. nightmare!!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Breakups, house moves, and new starts

That sums up the last few months since I posted. 
Somehow with all the stress of Matt leaving and moving house and Mum having another cancer scare I only put 4lbs on.  No idea how as I've been eating and drinking loads using the stress as an excuse.  I've kept up with exercising so that must have saved me from a total blob-out.

After Matt left in March I faced the reality of living in a remote location and doing a long commute every day on my own.  Mother Nature didn't help by throwing snow in the mix and the wettest April on record in the mix.  A roofless, windscreenless car being my only form of transport at the time.  Fortunatley my own Mother came to the rescue and sold me her little Ka at a bargain price which essentially saved me from dissolving during April. 
However last month I finally admitted defeat and decided to move back 'home' to Cheshire and be closer to work, friends and family.  I felt SO lonely living on the farm in the middle of nowhere and in the house that reminded me of Matt all the time.

So now it's time for a new start, to get out of all the bad habits I've taken up again (drinking most nights, eating crap, wallowing in self-pity!).  I now live 5km from work so for the last fortnight since I moved in I've been running to and from work.  So my commute takes almost as long as before but now I'm spending that time improving my fitness instead of avoiding near-death experiences driving on one of the most dangerous roads in Britain!  I also moved desks so I no longer have to see my ex-boyfriend every day.  Always a good idea don't you think?  I can't avoid him completely as we work in the same department but this should mean bumping into each other once a month instead of every day.  Hopefully I can finally move on and get him out of my head as it has been really tough the last couple of months.

The best news is 5 months from now I fly off to Canada to do a 7 week ski trip.  It's my dream trip and a chance to get away from everything and everyone.  Also get a bit of space to think about what I want to do in life and maybe a career change.  So you can probably guess what my goal is during the next 5 months?....  Yeah, of course I want to lose weight and get fit.  GROUNDHOG DAY!  I'm still 20lbs down on when I originally started so not back at square one.  But at least 30lbs more to lose.

I have a lot of catching up to do on the blogs I loved reading before my meltdown.  I think some have disappeared since then so shows how long it has been.  I'm assuming I'm writing this to myself as not even sure if my blog appears online anymore and can't get Blogger to work on this computer properly.  If anyone is out there - hello!! :) x

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

A lot going on

I've been trying to write this for ages but it's been sitting in drafts. I just can't be arsed to make it sound less jumbled so here is everything that has been going on.

Had a redundancy scare but escaped for the third time in as many years. Work is as stressful as ever so part of me was almost hoping for them to let me go.

Matt is moving out in a few weeks and I'm going to be single and alone for the first time in 18 years. I'm scared and sad, but relieved that the turmoil is over.

When I'm on my own during the day at work I start to feel stronger about it all and a bit excited about being in control of my life again. But when I get home I feel upset being here together when it's all going to end soon. Neither of us can afford to make it happen any quicker so will have to be patient.

We do the same job in the same office so can't avoid each other unless one of us can get a new job. So for now we'll just try the staying friends thing. I'm kind of embarrassed about everyone at work finding out we've split up.

Need to decide whether to stay in the Peak District or move closer to work and family.
I can't car share anymore and all my rent and bills will double.

But staying for the summer at least seems a good idea so I can avoid the upheaval of a move whilst I get used to living on my own.

Three weeks to go until skiing holiday and the snowboard pants I ordered won't do up. There is no give in the fabric so my usual lunge technique isn't working! I'm getting nervous about meeting the new people and if their first thought as i walk towards them will be "what a porker".

Despite everything going on I've not gone off the rails too much with food and have kept running even if it meant doing it in snow boots. The shorts were a mistake tho.

and finally to end on a happy note here's a pic of next doors' new puppies. Awwwww

Well there's a disturbing glimpse into the contents of my head right now.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Moving in the right direction

This morning i spent 3 hours shovelling snow off the little lane that links my house to the main road. My neighbours' Dad joined me for the second shift and despite being in his late 60s he worked so hard. I hope I am that fit when I'm his age. This is just a third of what we cleared.

Matt spent the whole time in the house laying on the sofa, except for when he came out to test his car and promptly compacted all the snow we hadn't yet cleared.

Afterwards I walked through the snow to the local pub, by this stage bent over like a Neanderthal after all the shovelling. I asked if Millie the Labrador needed a walk as they are so busy at the weekends (the food is ah-may-zing!) that she sometimes doesn't get out enough. Unfortunately she'd already been out so I carried on alone.

The rest of this week has been good with four runs done. Once a week i do a longer route of 5miles but mostly i do 5k. For some reason this week my calves have stopped hurting all the way round which makes it so much more bearable. On Friday night I got Matt to drop me off on the way home from work so I could get a couple of miles extra in. It was, however too dark and I absolutely papped myself on this scary trail. Kept thinking I could see shadowy figures in the distance.

The scales are heading in the right direction: 8lbs lost so far this year but still a whopping 9lbs to shift to get back into lightest territory by the ski trip in 4 weeks. Maybe doable, just.

Monday, 30 January 2012

5 week target - time to get serious

In 5 weeks time I will be going skiing with a bunch of random people I met on an Internet ski forum.

I do NOT want to be turning up at the airport feeling fat, unfit and self-conscious about how I look. I've lost 6lbs so far this year which is OK but I'd like to at least get back to my lightest weight and fittest state from last year and that's just about doable in 5 weeks.

It's time to get serious.

Look I'm in a serious anorak looking serious and everything.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Party time

It was Matt's 40th birthday last Sunday so the weekend was planned around his favourite things: eating and drinking. A trip to Baslow, chatsworth farm shop, bakewell and then the first BBQ of 2012:

His friends were supposed to be coming up to stay for the weekend but dropped out at the last minute. They have come up this weekend instead so we're now repeating the whole food extravaganza. I'm trying to limit the damage and generally feel annoyed that this is getting in the way of my exercising and healthy eating. Isn't that horribly selfish? I'm not letting on obviously and am trying to be a good hostess, but I'd really rather everyone bugger off and leave me be.

During my work stress meltdown in November/December I caved in and told Matt he didn't have to move out. I'm now regretting losing the opportunity to get a bit of independence back. I honestly haven't a clue what I'm doing and seem incapable of sorting it out. So in the meantime I'm focusing on getting fit. I ran four times last week and the same this week. I think it is getting a tiny bit easier and have added an extra loop to the route to make it 5k.
Here's one pic I took Lesley!

I'm finding work so much less stressful and, dare I say it, am almost having fun getting to know the people I'm sitting with since moving desks. The scales have finally started moving too, albeit very slowly. It's time to add in some strength training to get things shifting quicker.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

More of an art than a science....

I am once again reminded that no matter how carefully you've tracked food and how much you've exercised, sometimes the scales don't budge. I told the conniving silver b*stards to feck off this morning when they showed me the same figure as last week. They can try to fight me but I know they'll have to start moving eventually and I SHALL have my next goal. Ooh I've come over all gladiator!

Been running every lunchtime this week and another two ladies asked if they could come along. Amazing how approachable a tomato-faced, panting plumpo can be in January! It did fleetingly occur to me that if I had a body like Jessica Ennis people might not be so keen to suggest running with me.... but let's not focus on that shall we?

Next challenge is to get back on the bike as it's been a couple of months at least since my last ride. Really not looking forward to the second ride in particular. The one where your bottom screams "NOOOOOOOOO!!" the whole way around.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

What a difference a week makes, 168 little hours....

What a difference a week makes. 7 days of healthy eating and exercise and I feel better. For the five thousandth time I ask myself why I don't do this all the time?

Exercise: Goal is 6 cardio sessions a week.
Monday: 3hour hike in gale force winds
Tuesday: 30min jog
Wednesday: 40min jog
Thursday: 30min jog
Friday: 30min jog
Saturday: rest day, except for lots of pushing my car when it wouldn't start
Sunday: 2hr hike, half of it uphill with this 2stone gorgeous load on my back

Food: Need to eat more lean protein, less fat and not let things slip at the weekend. But not a bad start. My rough goal is 1200 cals per day.

Yesterdays run was more interval training as Sally has only one pace, fast, but has to walk in-between sprints. In contrast today's running buddy, Millie, was the same pace as me but seemed very relaxed and not out of breath. She'll be good for longer runs I reckon. It's fascinating how you can't always predict someone's running personality. She is also a gorgeously slim and pretty oriental lady. People seeing us coming towards them must've been surprised to see Vanessa Mae and Hagrid out for a run together! ;)

I hope this ski holiday in March works out. We've narrowed it down to two possible weeks so just need to find out how many people we've got and see if it's affordable. I'm so sick of having not having a partner I can ski, bike, hike, holiday, even walk to the bloomin' pub with. I know my friends have tried to make me feel better by pointing out that there are downsides to sharing the exercise experience with your fella. (like when they rocket off ahead leaving you behind cursing them). But you try explaining to people that the reason you're having to pay a 60% single supplement for your holiday is because your fella "doesn't do holidays" and then tell me I'm better off.
.....I am still in a really good mood so far this year though, honest! :)

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Friends....they're like buses

I was feeling extra miserable about going back to work this year because my best mate took redundancy last month and i had to move desks to sit with new people. But a couple of ladies spotted me running this lunchtime and asked if they could join me next time. I was easy to spot as i was in shorts so my legs were dayglo pink from the cold and probably visible on google earth. A potential skiing holiday opportunity also came up so i'll keep my fingers crossed it works out. Now I just have to save up and get fit enough to blast down the slopes without worrying about bursting out of my ski pants.

Dammit, now I'm thinking about mulled wine and French cheese!

I spent some time looking for a cheap sensible car over Christmas but just can't bring myself to borrow more money so will stick with the offshore sailing jacket + roofless car option until spring. I cannot wait until we are going to and from work in daylight. Its so much easier to get out of bed and exercise then. When I was running today I spotted daffodil shoots and the farmers were preparing the work sheds for lambing season. Where's the fast forward button?!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Who ate all the mince pies? I ate all the mince pies...

But I'm already back at it with the healthy eating and exercise and I reckon I can be back to my lightest 2011 weight by the end of this month.
I started using the MyFitnessPal app to record my food diary and exercise and find it much easier to use than the livestrong app.  Plus it has the bonus of a better community and group challenges to join (I am "_hetty" if anyone else is on there).

Yesterday I went for a 3 hour hike to make the most of pretty much the only nice weather we had the entire holidays.  It was however still gale force winds and freezing cold so a good workout.

Today I've been for my first run of the year.  It was as unpleasant as expected and my bum was wobbling so much I could have sworn I was dragging a gigantic sack of sausage meat behind me.  It seemed to move entirely independently of the rest of my body.  I'm just glad it never actually hit the floor!

Have roped in a work friend to run with me sometimes as that worked well last year.  Every lunchtime is blocked out in my calendar so no one can book a meeting and ruin my plans.  Waterproofs are on order too so that eliminates another potential excuse.

So it's back to all of the things I know worked last year.  Absolutely no reason why they can't work again and the best bit of all is knowing you're already back on track.

My old personal trainer is setting up a new facility and group personal training near to home starting next month which I'm excited about.  Sounds like a great way to meet people aswell as being less expensive than 1:1 sessions.  Plus I have a few weeks to get back in shape as he would be appauled at how much strength I've lost since I last saw him in summer!

I've been looking into ski holidays for solo travellers (not an 18-30 singles type holiday!) but haven't quite plucked up the courage to book one yet.  I've asked all the people I know who ski but they have no spare space or aren't skiing this year for one reason or another.  I really want to do it but I've been lots of times on my own before and it's really not as much fun as going in a group.

If anyone is still reading this and wants to go skiing/boarding cheaply let me know!