I’m pleased to report another loss for the second consecutive month! I saw one of my Facebook friends post an 8 lb loss in less than a week. I have no idea how she managed it, but I have come to accept that that will never be me.

When I was a teenager, I remember having losses of 3 or 4 lbs per week whilst my dear old mum had to settle for one or sometimes just half a pound. I wondered how her progress could be so slow. Well now I know – I’ve become her!

My daughter is following the same eating plan as me. She regularly loses much more than I do, even on weeks when I’ve been totally good and she’s been a little bit naughty. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – life isn’t fair. But instead of getting upset about that I’ve decided to just accept it and make the most of it!

So, I’m actually the lightest I’ve been since June 2015. Put it that way, my 3 lb loss this month seems quite impressive! I’m on the verge now of reaching my lightest since starting this latest weight loss effort. Just two pounds to go until I reach that point. It is focusing on things like this that helps me to stay on track despite being in the middle of the festive season. Every time I feel like eating a chocolate, helping myself to a portion of cheese and biscuits or popping a mince pie in my mouth, I think about what I’m aiming for and it helps me to stay good.

The past two years I’ve come unstuck over Christmas and New Year, allowing myself far too many treats and letting my eating get out of control. I know this is a dangerous time for me but I’m determined to handle it better this year. The plan is to decide in advance at the start of each day what treats I will allow myself. I know I won’t be strong enough to make that choice when face to face with food I love. Let’s hope it works!

Your Mystery Slimmer