I did say I liked December… and I still do. Sort of. Unfortunately, the heating system at home has decided that it is not that happy. So we are going to have a few days of shivering in a cold house. It is not too bad though – it is definitely a first world problem. Luckily we have contacted a heating engineer who is coming out on Monday at noon – so not too much longer to wait. In the meantime there are hot water bottles, thick blankets and hot drinks on the cards. Oh, and I am in layers. Lots of layers!!
In my many years of dieting, I have often heard that being cold is a good way of losing weight. I know that when you do lose weight you feel the cold more, which is to be expected really, with a lack of erm… insulation. I can tell you, I am feeling the cold more this year than I have previously and I am sincerely grateful. I went to my slimming class this week and was thrilled to discover that I have lost my first stone (14 pounds). I have a good few more to come, but getting over the first stone barrier is a psychological thrill and the fact that all my clothes fit me better is just bonus.
It is slightly odd to realise that I am now the same weight as I was when I was 18. The year I went to University. Goodness. So, the rest of my “journey” to being a better weight is going to be a magical mystery tour, as I really don’t have any frame of reference for how I will look or feel. But that can be my motivation – lets see just how awesome I can feel/look. Anyway, I had promised myself that I would treat myself to some new makeup when I reached the first stone. So, I did. And let me tell you, it felt GREAT.
I also streamlined the contents of my makeup bag at the same time. I still have enough, but I do not have too much, and what I do have, I like and will wear when I want to put a face on. Plus, losing the weight means my clothes fit better, so the general look of me is better than it was. Not that there was anything wrong with me before, but I am enjoying the change of losing weight.
There are some bad things – tights keep falling down (very annoying indeed), the fact that my fat cells are reducing means there is a lot of oestrogen being released into my system. I generally have a headache when this happens – but I am happy with that – especially as it means that I am losing inches.
So, my treat when I get to my next stone target is to get a knitting pattern and the wool to knit it up. In the smaller size I will be when I get there. I am keeping that in mind when temptation presents itself.