I know. Radio silence for – well, ages. So what’s up? Well, the first thing that’s sodding up is my weight. I have been going nowhere for ages and then a week’s hiking (in which I walked almost 50 miles) combined with my birthday and the stress-eating caused by being in a smallish tin box with my mother for a week. Reader, I put on 4lbs.
My initial goal was to get in not the next stone bracket down but the one below that before we flew off on holiday; it didn’t seem too ambitious but more realistic. Then when it became clear that I had absolutely no chance of meeting that goal, I revised it to a half stone heavier. Then when it became clear I wouldn’t reach that, I amended it to just tipping down into the next stone bracket down. I have no chance of meeting that.
I feel as if I have to pick myself up and carry on regardless too many times. But what else is there to do? I certainly shouldn’t be surprised about the exercise not making any difference – I have proven this again and again. Why do I do the same things and hope for a different result? Because – and that question was largely rhetorical dear Reader (if there are any of you left! (and I wouldn’t blame you)) – what else can I do? And yes, because I’m stupid.
But I can’t think what else to do. All my plans now are versions of things I’ve already failed at. So I’m doing the 5:2 (still) and trying to cut my carbs right down because I know I felt better on that and hey, I’ve not done that one for a while. And I’ve also noticed when I’ve had quite a bit of sugary carbs I get a emphatically dodgy stomach (as in function – obviously form is and has been dodgy since, well, time immemorial). This is something that has recently clonked me on the head, revelation-wise.
Of course, my latest incident could also be exacerbated by an unpleasant evening with my mother. She’d obviously saved up quite a bit of resentment and anger about P and decided to hit me with it. I wasn’t expecting it – I’d gone over for a birthday meal as she’d not bothered to buy me a present (she couldn’t think what to get, apparently). Then she was indignant that I was so upset: “Well, I hope you’re not going to let it spoil the evening. We’ll have to draw a line and get on with it”. Um.... my evening WAS spoilt – I didn’t even want to eat (I KNOW!) but had to because she’d made a stir fry thing and lemon meringue pie. P does needle her, but he is also generous with both his time and money and support and she doesn’t deal with it very well. Either way, I didn’t want to bear the brunt of it. And I can’t see how we can move on from it – I don’t want to put P in that situation or myself. And since we’re the only ones who host her for Christmas, I’m not sure what we can do. I’m trying not to think about it. Which is always a great tactic for dealing with anything.
Anyway, that was a VERY long winded way of saying that I’m down. I’m really struggling in fact, humiliating as it is to admit it. And although I’m looking forward to our holiday in a fortnight’s time, I can’t help but think of all the things that last time caused me to swear that I would be thinner this year – and I think I’m fatter (a few lbs but in the wrong direction). Okay I won’t be mountain hiking or white water rafting this time (as far as I know!) but there will be plenty of opportunities for me to feel like I look wrong – as there is in everyday life already.