A slightly belated happy new year to everyone here at Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs.
I’m not sure what it is about the start of a new year, the flipping of the calendar over from December to January that creates such a buzz; possibilities seem to open up. It’s like opening up a new notebook, picking up a brand new pen, the feeling that you can write a whole new chapter.
Like so many people I’m starting a weight loss plan – I’m not calling it a diet, because diets are something you start and maybe succeed with for a while, but in the end the weight just piles back on.
I know I’ve been there, done that.
The weight loss has to be about food because between the dodgy hip and a shoulder that took a battering in a fall in December, serious exercise is not on the agenda at least for a while. And with contracts for three books I’m going to be spending a lot of time at my desk.
On the recommendation of a fellow sufferer I’m reading a book by Gillian Riley called Eating Less: Say Goodbye to Overeating. I’m only a little way in but I’ve already recognized some things I do that I need to change.
Snacking in the evening, never passing the biscuit tin, eating too much of the cheese I love because it’s there when I open the fridge. I’m not giving stuff up – well, except sweets and chocolate because, well really, they are just empty calories and I need to watch out for the danger of Type II Diabetes which is reaching epidemic proportions.
Oh, and the dh will give me £100 if I lose a stone (that’s English English for 14lb) by the end of March. It’s not the money; it’s the fact that he was moved to make the offer. The fact that he’s concerned that I’ve put on a lot of weight over the last year.
I was about to write that I know I’ll never be as slim as the day I had my first book published (and stopped running to work and instead just walked to my desk) but that’s setting myself up for failure. I’m going to lose those 14lbs and by then, if I concentrate, I’ll have broken some of those bad habits. I may, by then, feel up to the local Tai Chi class. And there’s absolutely no reason why I shouldn’t lose another 14lbs and when I have, I know that my hips and knees will thank me. I come from long lived genes and I do not want to spend the years running into my nineties in pain.
A new year and, hopefully, a new me.
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Liz Fielding’s 65th book for Harlequin Romance, The Sheikh’s Convenient Princess, is published in February. You can pre order now atKobo