Last year at this time, I was just coming to terms with the fact that I had just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and wondering what it all meant. I had knuckled down straight away and lost half a stone over Christmas before getting on the weight loss wagon seriously in January. Over the last year, I have lost almost 3 stone (still that elusive two pounds away!) and changed my diet totally. I will admit to becoming a little bit blasé, thinking I had got this thing down pat and didn’t need to pay so much attention to what I was doing. Boy, was I wrong!
Christmas is a dangerous time and I really must have been denying myself everything last year when I managed to lose half a stone! From lunches at work, with chocolate tarts, to afternoon teas and coffees out with friends, to meals out, to Christmas dinner with more chocolate tart and trifle, I can see that it is my own fault that those pesky pounds have started to creep on one by one. As I sit here now on 4th January I am 12 stone 10 lbs. In total, since I was at the doctors on 15th December 2015, I have lost 2 stone and 3 lbs, so I am still very proud of that fact and I am not beating myself up over the fact that I have put a few pounds back on. It just means that I need to rein myself back in and get back on the weight loss wagon. No more of the things I listed above and back to colourful salads, no bread and wheat pasta and fewer dairy products. The way I see it is that it is all a journey and I now have 1 stone 5 lbs to lose, which is totally do-able. I have already done it and found it relatively easy, so it should be easy enough this time. It is certainly easier sitting here now, with 1 stone 5 lbs to go, rather than the 3 and a half stone (nearly 4 in fact!) I had to lose this time last year. I think that if I had thought about the enormity of what I had to lose at that point, I would probably have given up then and there. Let’s face it, I have enjoyed putting the calories in, so I can’t complain about putting in a bit of work to get the pounds off. No pain, no gain, as they say…..(just who are “they” anyway?!)