I enjoyed several weeks of playing loads of golf, dog walking, gardening, drinking and eating and working like a mofo. I have not been for a run or swimming or anything beyond golf and dog walking for nearly 3 months. Gulp. However, over the last few days I have started to feel ready to focus again. I've also started to realise that Australia (and Spain) are only a few months away and I am still pretty fat. Double gulp.
After a few days of this lovely heat I've realised that carrying this extra weight is annoying. Skimpy clothes don't do the larger lady any favours and it is just plain uncomfortable. I don't want to be lethargic and uncomfortable on our holiday; I want to be active and at least a little slimmer than I am presently.
So,that means yet another restart. Today.
I set an alarm on my phone to remind me to step on those pesky scales this morning and did it. Not horrific. 17 stone dead so about 6lbs on from my lightest this year. And nowhere near back to my heaviest from last year so the damage is contained.
I'm going to go back to what was working before I started coughing my guts up for 3 solid months - Fitbitting, calorie counting and exercising. I have done it today and, apart from craving carbs and sweet stuff on and off, it has not been bad. It was roasty hot at lunchtime and I had a meeting so I couldn't face going out for a walk and getting all hot and bothered so stayed in the office.
BUT I made sure that I took the dogs out for a walk this evening once it had cooled down. They enjoyed splashing in the stream and trotting through the long grass and I enjoyed walking through beautiful flower-filled meadows and picking elderflowers to make my annual batch of elderflower cordial. They are steeping now and I'll finish it off tomorrow evening.
Rich is out playing darts this evening which could be a dangerous time for me and temptation but I have limited snacking to some strawberries and natural yoghurt. It feels good to get going.
Tomorrow brings more temptation in the form of a drive and train journey to Nottingham for a course. There will be food at the course and of course the temptation to eat contraband in the anonymity of the train and station environment. But forewarned is forearmed so I intend to be a Very. Good. Girl. Wish me luck peeps.