Saturday, January 07, 2017

New Year, New Me, New Book!

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A slightly belated happy new year to everyone here at Tote Bags n Blogs.

Im 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. Its 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 Im starting a weight loss plan Im 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 Ive 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 Im going to be spending a lot of time at my desk.

On the recommendation of a fellow sufferer Im reading a book by Gillian Riley called Eating Less: Say Goodbye to Overeating. Im only a little way in but Ive 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 its there when I open the fridge.  Im 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 (thats English English for 14lb) by the end of March. Its not the money; its the fact that he was moved to make the offer. The fact that hes concerned that Ive put on a lot of weight over the last year.

I was about to write that I know Ill 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 thats setting myself up for failure. Im going to lose those 14lbs and by then, if I concentrate, Ill have broken some of those bad habits. I may, by then, feel up to the local Tai Chi class. And theres absolutely no reason why I shouldnt 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 Fieldings 65th book for Harlequin Romance, The Sheikhs Convenient Princess, is published in February. You can pre order now at
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dstoutholcomb said...

Happy New Year! Best Wishes with your new eating plan.


Liz Fielding said...

Thanks so much. My scales seem stuck, but I'm sticking with it. :) All best wishes.