New Start for a New Year

2020 is behind us, and for better or for worse 2021 is here. It’s a New Start! As we approach the first anniversary of our Weight Loss Journey it’s time to look back and see what has actually been achieved, and set the goals for this new year.

2020 in a nutshell

We started back on Weight Watchers on Jan 28th 2020. If you recall, it was his idea for us both the lose some weight. I was all for it. At 16st 5lb I was very over weight for my 5 foot 3 inch frame. Add middle age to the mix, and having 4 kids to raise, and it adds up to a lot of strain on the body. In the past I had always turned to Weight Watchers to help me lose weight. The app is great, the plan is easy to follow, and the program fits in with my FitBit tracker. What more could you ask for?

Actually, if I had to ask for ANYTHING it would be to have been able to go to a gym. Unfortunately a little thing called Covid-19 stopped that plan in its tracks. Perhaps that can go on the wishlist for 2021? I know I could have found ways to exercise without a gym… but frankly I haven’t wanted to be around anyone I didn’t have to be. Even at a distance. 2 spells in isolation and one (thankfully negative) covid test is enough.

I admit that I have let things slide over Christmas & New Year – I went into the Festive Season with my eyes wide open to the reality that spending it eating whatever I felt like and enjoying the excess to the max would impact on my weight. But damned if I wasn’t going to enjoy the one thing we still had once visiting with our family was not an option. FOOD! GOOD FOOD! AND PLENTY OF IT!

Christmas Weight Gain


In terms of the diet, 2020 was actually a good year:

  • Overcame the desire to stress eat
  • Avoided boredom eating during isolation
  • Discovering the Pinch Of Nom books
  • I shifted over 6 stones in a year!

New Start Goals

2021 goals sound quite simple, but I suspect the last one will be the hardest.

  • Lose the weight gain from Christmas & New Year
  • Reach Goal (only 3lb away before Christmas, now slightly further away!)

Yeah… that last one is the biggy. Losing weight is one thing. Keeping it off? Quite another! One thing that Christmas has taught me is just how easy it is to fall back into bad habits. Another is that I still struggle with temptation. When there is no junk available to eat I don’t miss it. But when there is I cannot resist it! We are still munching our way through the last of our Christmas Feast, although there isn’t much left now. This is why our diet didn’t start until the end of January last year, we ween ourselves off the junk over January. When it’s all gone, we start tracking on Weight Watchers again.

Weight change of Christmas 2020

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