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Midweek update

It’s been ages since I did a midweek update!  This wasn’t ever supposed to be just a once-a-week thing, as I always envisaged that it would be a “whenever the mood takes me” sort of thing, but it would appear that for the past I don’t know how many months, clearly the mood has only taken me on a Sunday morning.

Until now!

It’s Tuesday evening, and I’m feeling rather inspired right now, so wanted to put keys to keyboard to try and sum up what’s going on.  Sunday was good for me this weekend – first of all, I lost some weight, and it’s been a while since I did that, even if it was just a pound.  Secondly, I set my final target in stone (12st 4lb of stone to be precise) which was something that I’ve been avoiding doing since the start of this whole process, and while I think I’d avoided it for good reasons up to now, actually setting it has given me a significant lift.  Lastly, I went clothes shopping.

I have never enjoyed clothes shopping.  Never.  And yesterday I spent about three hours doing just that.  Enjoying clothes shopping.  I bought myself four shirts, three polo shirts, four t-shirts and 12 pairs of socks.  Nothing had an X anywhere on the size label, and the three L polo shirts were all too big for me.  My wife and I took them back up to Gap (where I’m happy to remind you that I couldn’t even fit into Gap’s largest sizes just 51.5 weeks ago) and I tried on an M.  My wife had a look not too dissimilar from horror on her face when I stepped out of the changing room, insisted that they were too small, and that I shouldn’t change them.  She’s probably right (she often is on these things) but I don’t think they were all that small, and they often stretch out a bit once they’ve been worn, but what they were like on the day shouldn’t have been relevant.  I don’t want to wear clothes that are too big for me.  I don’t want to wear clothes that are too small for me either, but I really, really don’t want to wear clothes that are too big for me.

So I’ve changed them all for M sizes, and I’m going to lose more weight!  So there!

This whole journey started for me during a telephone call on June 7th last year with a (very) old friend (old in both senses of the word – she’s positively ancient) when she mentioned to me that she’d started doing Weight Watchers.  By the end of the call, I’d been on the WW site, found out that they did an online option and signed up myself, presumably having stopped listening to anything else she had to say quite early on in the call.  Signing up just seemed like the right thing to do, and for me it certainly was, for her seemingly less so.  51.5 weeks later, I’m 57 lbs lighter, and she’s a walking STS.

Anyway, I took that same friend out for lunch today, and she sprang a surprise on me.  She has established that she has 27lbs that she would like to lose, which by a remarkable coincidence is also the same amount that I have to lose to reach my final goal.  She’s seeing this synergy as some sort of sign, so being aware of our competitive natures, she’s essentially challenged me to see who can lose the 27lb first.  I think I’m at something of a disadvantage here, as I’ve already lost 57lb, so am expecting it to be a harder ride for me than it is for her, but it’s given me a bit of a kick that I think I’ve needed for a while, so have happily accepted her challenge.

It was quite interesting to see how our attitudes changed as soon as the word competition arrived on the scene.  Up to now, I’ve been very supportive whenever she’s been aiming to lose weight, and she’s been exactly the same to me.  Once we’d established that it was now a competition, we both started trying to sabotage each others efforts by encouraging each other to eat more than we were planning too.  I think we got it out of our system by the end of the meal, and I expect us to be properly supportive from here on in, but if it continues, then all she’s got to look forward to is watching my shrinking continue, while she balloons to the size of a house as a result of my over-competitive nature.  But I think we’ll be supportive of each other really.  Probably 😉

We’ve struggled to come up with a suitable prize for the winner, so any suggestions then click the comment button at the bottom of the screen and let me know.

So the shrinking continues!

Have a good week.

The Shrinking Man

3 replies on “Midweek update”

I just came across your blog via twitter, and I first want to congratulate you for all you’ve lost! =) It’s fantastic, isn’t it?!

And regarding the competition, I don’t know what the prize should be, but support each other..:) You already know you can do this because you’ve come this far so just keep moving forward and help her along too. =)

Best of luck to you!

Wow, something to aim for. Good for her & you. Prize – another clothes trip (totally agree with you on size – I now hate buying Large and won’t but anything with X in the size out of principle!) and may be a nice healthy meal out – the loser buys! Enjoy the challenge and good luck.
Love your goals too. I have now lost 58.5lb so hoping for the 60lb this week. Funny that my final weight is not that far from yours – 12st 6lb is my aim, and this will give me Gold WW membership. Anyway, Good Luck and keep this blog up.
PS – thanks for the mid week updates.

ha ha – I’d like everyone to know that I’m actually younger than you – by years! I like the idea of the winner gettig a shopping trip – funded by the other person! or perhaps the prize will be to encourage the ‘looser’ to continue and get to goal too – then we both go shopping! xx

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