Even though I seek the silver linings of life, there are times when, even for the most ardent optimist, the clouds become too thick. Life is like that sometimes. It’s glorious, but ever so messy. The last five weeks have been more than a challenge, but I’m now back on terra firma and life is giving me reasons to smile again – hence the top 😀
Not that I ever really stopped smiling, my default setting during stressful times is to laugh. Yet there’s a huge difference between ‘release valve laughter’ and a genuine beaming smile. Mine slipped, albeit temporarily, and I am ever so grateful to have found it again.
Being back in the land of song after my five week stint onboard our boat in Ramsgate has my soul singing. Not that I don’t love the boat, but being forced to stay on her, especially during storm Doris was a bit of a nightmare. I mean, have you ever tried to clean your teeth whilst being thrown from pillar to post? I like a challenge, but that was taking it too far.
Our family member is now on the mend, the toxicity that was being thrown at both myself and Andrew has began to abate and I am back in my own house. So the storm that has been my life for the last few weeks is beginning to blow itself out.
Now, if only I could get my land legs back I’d be a very happy bunny – I’m still rocking and walking as if I’ve had one too many.
That’s the trouble with being onboard for long periods of time – when back on dry land your body just cannot fathom how to walk without compensating for the motion of a boat.
Another thing my body can’t seem to compensate for at the moment is eating a fairly dreadful diet for over a month. It’s incredibly difficult to cook healthy, nutritious meals when you only have a two ring hob and the tiniest of spaces.
I know it’s possible, because we’ve done it before, yet the complication of trying to work, look after a poorly family member and deal with a heap load of sh*t left us grabbing takeaways way too many times. The result of this overindulgence is the piling on of quite a bit of weight. I have no idea how much because I never weigh myself, but my clothes are telling me it’s a lot!
Time to get back on track
I’m not too worried, it will come off but it’s definitely time to get back on the health waggon. I’ll be implementing my healthy eating plan and, when I get some answers about my health issues, I’ll be able to start exercising again.
I really do think the fact that I’m left puffing like a steam engine even after the gentlest of walks is exacerbating the whole weight issue.
I’m considering making a vlog, blog post or both cataloguing my journey back to fitness. If that’s something you would be interested in then please do let me know in the comments or tweet me.
I know weight gain is a sensitive and sometimes depressing issue that a lot of midlife women have and if, even in the smallest way, showing what works and does not work for me would help then I’m all over it!
Having fought the bulge and won once, I am pretty optimistic about my ability to do it again. However, I think holding myself accountable via a vlog/blog would be useful to me personally.
As I said, do let me know your thoughts on this because I really do believe that we’ve got a pretty supportive readership on The Barefaced Chic, it would be wonderful to spread that support around.
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