Fatblog: 15st 7lbs
So, that was Christmas. And what did I do? Put half a stone back on. By eating, mainly. And drinking quite a lot, too. Between my birthday in mid-November to now I have managed to undo what it took several months to achieve. But, such is often the way of things. I’m not going to beat myself up too hard about it. Now that the stress and graft of working in retail at Christmas is over with I can start to knuckle back down to things and undoing some of that indulgence. Relatively new-formed good habits, which were summarily dropped over the past few months. are being picked back up, dusted off and made use of again. Quite honestly, given the sheer quantity of bad food and alcohol I ingested since the beginning of November, only putting seven pounds on is dodging a bullet!
And what else is going on? My only real New Years Resolution, weight loss aside, is to read at least one book each month that I have never read, and preferably never even heard of before (I tend to re-read books a lot). I don’t read nearly as much as I used to in times gone by and I want to get back in the habit. Reading is exceptionally good for the brain and is conducive to writing which I also want to do some of this year. So, if anyone has suggestions for awesome books I should read over the coming year, please shout up. To kick things off I have bought and begun Life Of Pi (for a ridiculous offer price of 20p off Amazon!) but I need at least eleven other suggestions to meet my Resolution!
The bargain I got for Life Of Pi also ties into another nebulous so-of-resolution this year: spend money more wisely. I’m not going to attempt to actually save any for any meaningful length of time because I know myself too well but I do want the money I spend to be on things that I actually will see long-term benefits from. For instance I’m using Lovefilm to rent Blu-Rays and DVDs rather than buy them, wherever possible. I’m also going to be getting rid of my Xbox 360 and being without a “proper” games console for the first time in basically my life because at £40 a pop the games are just too costly and I don’t really get much wear out of them. It’s all baby steps toward… Christ knows what, but I’m sure I’ll find out if and when I get there. And there is of course the constant drive to lose weight and be irresistible and hopefully score myself a hot rich man and be a gentleman of leisure but I’m not sure that making that a NYResolution wouldn’t be setting myself up for disappointment…
Anyway, with a bit of luck and effort the end of 2013 will hopefully see me thinner, better read and with more written words under my belt. That’s really all I can reasonably expect from myself without setting myself up to fail – anything else will come out of the blue and isn’t really subject to my control. Again, if you can help with any of these quests please do shout out; I will be eternally grateful. And with that, I march purposefully into the coming year… Allons-y!