Christmas is Coming…

…And while the goose might be getting fat, this Mush certainly isn’t! At my last weighing, I’ve lost a grand total of 3 and 3/4 stone, putting me at a still considerable (but not as considerable as last year), 16 stone 10 pounds. To put it in context, I am now a full stone lighter than I was when I did 5 triathlons 2 years ago, but 10 pounds heavier than I was when I did the marathon 4 and a bit years ago.
Me, Stephen’s Night 2011
I have to say, this makes for a very happy Mush coming up to the Christmas festivities. My original goal was to be down just over 3 stone this year, and I’ve well and truly achieved that. I’m fitting into shirts I haven’t been able to wear for years (one shirt I wore out recently fits me better now than it did when I bought it) and some of my belts are now not fitting me cos they’re too big. These are all things that I was resigned to never achieving this time last year. The diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes was a real blessing it would seem as it has given me the kick up the arse that I needed to get fit and healthy again. 
Me a couple of weeks ago
Gym wise, I’m hitting the machines at least 3 times a week, and swimming every other morning. So not only am I corporeally reduced, my actual fitness levels are so much improved compared to where I was at Christmas time last year. And I’m actually looking forward to seeing people without the accompanying low level shame that I felt last year. I was very conscious of how big I’d gotten when we had our ten year college reunion but I feel so much better about myself this year. I know this is a bit of a rambly, happy, clappy post but gosh darn it, I’m proud of what I’ve achieved. Yes, I shouldn’t have got myself into the state I was in, but I’m definitely glad to see that when I put my mind to something as mammoth as dropping several stone I can do it. 
Yaaay Christmas!
So next year is looming and I still have a way to go to reach my target of 13 and a half stone. I’m still managing the diabetes, so it’s very much still a part of my life but I feel like I can get there. Get to a stage where it is no longer a problem for me. It would be wonderful to be at a place whereby the diabetes was gone, but one step at a time. Having said all that, I’m actually looking forward to the January sales and maybe picking up something in a reasonable size this year! 
Later, 
Mush

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