Wednesday, January 05, 2011
I have made such slow progress here – I am not consistent by nature – blown by the wind in directions that I shouldn’t really go, in so many respects and therefore not getting results I wish for. I am often ashamed not to do better – here on Spark and in other ways too. Fun is always my overriding motive and I don’t find it easy to reign in my wish to eat (not unhealthily – just too much) drink good wine (almost always more than I intend) in company. I need to convince myself - REALLY convince myself - that lighter, fitter and healthier is also fun. I am starting this New Year with the intention of doing much better – it won’t be perfect but I have joined the South Beach Team and the Boot Camp in the hopes that I will entrench myself in some new habits and find some solid consistency.
My Christmas was a bit of a disaster – following a weight gain at the end of the year, so I reset my ticker NINE POUNDS higher (!!!) Then my grandchildren came to visit and what a workout that was! Apart from the obvious energy needed for visitors and young children in particular, my 5-year old grandson took a very large box that had contained a present, drew wheels on the side and a steering wheel on the inside of the front flap and pushed his young brother up and down my extremely long hall making ‘vroom- vroom’ noises until he decided that they should both be in the ‘car’. “Come on Granny – push us” he shouted – obviously I did that but he turned round to ask his Daddy to take over: “he’s a better engine than you are Granny – you’re not fast enough!” Uh-oh – there’s motivation to get on with this thing!! The truly defining moment came when he looked me up and down and turned round and shouted to his father ‘Gran’ma’s a bit big and fat you know’ Out of the mouths of babes! I don’t know who was more horrified – me or my son!
So I committed to the South Beach Team and to the 28-Day Boot Camp on January 1st and so far it’s going well. It always amazes me how much brighter I feel if I stay away from refined carbs. Loads more energy and no cravings is my current blissful state. So – doing the Boot Camp workouts and eating carefully – even at my partner’s birthday lunch this week – within the South Beach food plan and so NO-O alcohol. Already I feel less bloated and I’m really banking on seeing the new regime out for the month and moving forward with South Beach principles. Watch this space.
Rather dark I'm afraid but I hope you get the idea.