It's not going to come as any great surprise to any readers of this little blog that the author is currently struggling with the whole weight loss thang. In fact, 2014 will not be going down in the annals as a year in which great strides were made. My tracker tells me that I have lost one stone and 6 lbs in total since January. I'm sure that I could work out the average weekly loss based on that but it would be far too depressing.
Or would it? OK, I'm not where I wanted to be. But I am ending the year lighter than I started it - that's good and I'm going to give myself credit for it. And if I can do the same next year then that will be good too and I'll be closer to goal. OK, I'd like to be at goal but let's talk baby steps if they're all that I can manage.
There's still time between now and the 1st January to do some good but I'm going to be realistic about it - that's unlikely to happen. I have an exam coming up in the next couple of weeks which is currently absorbing a lot of my mental energy. Once that is over, I have work deadlines that I need to manage before I take leave for Christmas which will potentially mean a tough couple of weeks. There are Christmas parties and festivities forthcoming. Throwing point counting into the mix is, I think, just one step too far and there's no point setting myself up for failure.
So, here's the plan for the next few weeks. I'm going to continue to keep a food diary to make myself accountable as to what I'm eating. I am going to try and eat sensibly, stick to WW portion sizes, plenty of fruit and veg and basically just fuel myself adequately and well. I will also continue to weigh daily so that I can try and make adjustments if the numbers start to creep up. But hopefully I can just manage to keep them stable for the time being and then, once January rolls around, it will be back to meetings and a renewed push.
There will be those that say that I am copping out to which I reply, why yes I am. But knowing when you need to press pause, and doing it in a considered way, is a life skill in itself. Honest.