Well, a 2.5 lbs weight loss may not seem much, but it’s a start – and it’s all mine, as my class consultant would remind me! I don’t think it really reflects the effort I’ve put in this month, but I have had to get used to disappointingly low losses, and in the end I think that having to work so much harder to lose weight will pay dividends. It’s a fact that people who lose weight easily with big losses also have a tendency to gain weight quickly with gains equally as big.

So as the year end approaches I finally feel as though I’m getting my act together. Something has changed in my psyche and the best way to describe it is as a quiet determination to keep going and succeed. I’m not in a hurry – I just want to stay on track and lose consistently until I get there!

My Christmas wish is keeping me focused, even though I’ve had to change my goal a few times already. Originally it was to lose 2 stones, then 20 lbs, then to reach my 4 stone award. Now I’d be happy to achieve my 3.5 stone award! That’s just 8 lbs and 5 weeks away at the time of writing. Surely that is achievable!

I’ve always been a goal maker and sometimes when you don’t reach a goal in the time frame you’ve set it can make you feel discouraged, and brand yourself a failure. I remember sharing these feelings once with my sister, but very wisely she was able to help me see things from a different perspective. “Look at what you have achieved,” she said. “Focus on the things you have done.” We may not always achieve what we set out to do, but we can still celebrate our progress – and progress can be measured in many different ways.

In the story of the hare and the tortoise, it was the tortoise who finally won the race. That’s me!

Your Mystery Slimmer