My journey home was not as smooth as I had hoped…
Snow stopped play for three cars on the M6 this morning…one was on the hard shoulder facing the wrong way, one was in the ditch, and another was also facing the wrong way! After getting past this little lot – which required a speed of thirty miles per hour – there were then signs for ‘long delays’ about an hour ahead. Mr WLB went online and discovered closures and major stationary traffic, so I decided to make a detour, across country, and added over two hours to our travel time.
As I was driving, Mr WLB was watching football on his iPad and had left me in peace to get him home safely. This gave me some thinking time…and as I was getting frustrated with the extra time of the journey, a little ‘lightbulb’ moment occurred. My drive home reminded me of my weight loss journey – bear with me!
Our stay in a hotel last night was a purposeful one. I had anticipated problems – bad traffic on a Friday afternoon – and so had tried to wait until near perfect driving conditions before making my journey. This hadn’t exactly worked out as planned, as there were motorway problems this morning too. So I ended up taking a major detour to reach my destination. I was also cut up by another driver in the process, who was trying to sabotage my journey. It took me a lot longer than planned, and there were some tantrums involved, but I kept going and I got there in the end. The result was the same, but I had to adapt and deal with difficult situations along the way.
Does this sound familiar?
It might be a little cheesy to liken my driving to my weight loss, but I am going to go for the cheese option…as I always do – I bloody love cheese!
So I had tried to plan and wait for the perfect moment. But ‘perfect’ rarely exists. If you keep putting off your weight loss campaign and waiting for perfect, there is always a reason not to go for it. I could have woken up this morning and said, “Oooh, it’s snowing – I’d best not go for it.” Excuse after excuse after excuse.
There were accidents on my journey home. These made me feel a bit concerned…as if I wouldn’t reach my destination…they made me think twice about what I was trying to do. There have been plenty of accidents on my weight loss journey too – these usually involved junk food binges, or the stopping and starting of exercise campaigns and injuries halting play.
The detour I took reminded me of those weeks when I have had ups and downs for no explainable reason. Like those recent weeks of very slow losses whilst increasing my gym work. So I thought I was doing the best thing in taking my detour today…because I knew I would get home eventually…just as I stuck with my exercise and stuck with Slimming World…as I know it will get me where I want to end up! Sometimes, we have to do things that might take us to the same place, but in a bit of a round-about kind of way. Like those weeks when we are celebrating birthdays, or the recent festivities…as long as you are heading in the general direction – by sticking to the plan at all other times – you WILL get there!
And then there are the saboteurs. Mine was a grey-haired very old dude in a 4×4 who tried to pretend he didn’t see me when I went absolutely crazy over the fact that he had dangerously cut me up. I suppose he didn’t appreciate the ‘wanker’ gesture and horn blaring. But I didn’t appreciate his total lack of awareness. And this can happen with people who know and sometimes love us…they either aren’t aware of our desire to reach our destination, or they are just being ignorant arseholes. Either way, they need telling – perhaps without the wanker bit though! Sit people down and explain how serious you are…or scream and throw a mental – they won’t do it again…and if they do, run them off the road!
You will get there though. Just anticipate the delays and detours…and appreciate that progress of any kind is good – even if you feel that you are heading well out of your way. Keep your destination in mind and do your damnedest to get there!
So that’s it from me tonight. We made it home eventually and in one piece. I caught up with my old lady – and she was fine. I caught up with my Mum…so lovely to see her too, although I didn’t get a big hug! And then it was the turn of my niece and nephew who were quite excited and wanted to know where their presents were! So we haven’t really had chance to relax yet today and dinner is in the oven cooking…a late one tonight. I am excited to see the horses tomorrow and am planning on going and stocking up on veggies for them so that they can have a welcome home feast!
Breakfast: Fruit, Alpen Light bars and cheese (HEA and 1 x HEB).
An okay food day today. My brekkie was prepared for my hotel stay…I am not usually a fan of the Alpen bars. I used to love them, but I find them quite sweet now. But needs must, and I needed something easy to grab for breakfasts in a place that didn’t have great facilities…and provided full greasy fry-ups as the alternative. Lunch was a late one and grabbed as we got back home. Again, I – well, Mr WLB – made the tuna mistake…so 11 syns wasted on tuna mayo instead of plain tuna. Dinner was good. A nice little piece of gammon with roasts and lots of superfree. My snacks were good too…I used some of the Alpen bars I had bought for my other HEB and hd fruit and yogurt…it was lovely!
Exercise: Not a fat lot today other than driving.
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx