Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year!!!

And.....I'm back in New York!! I flew in yesterday and was zonked out fast asleep come 11pm. I just couldn't make it through that last hour until midnight to see in the New Year. I was pure exhausted from getting up at 6am (1am NYC time) to pack a few last minute bits and pieces before getting the 9.52am train back down to London in time for my 4pm flight to NYC for which a lovely friend with airline connections managed to pull a few strings and get me upgraded to business class. Result!!! It was a vast improvement on the flight over to London, when I was sat at the back of the plane, one row from the loos next to a hefty bloke who kept trying to encroach on my space. Not fun. I wasn't planning to indulge in the vino on the plane, but how can you turn down the good stuff when you're unexpectedly upgraded to business class and it was New Year's Eve after all. I just couldn't bring myself to say no when the flight attendant asked "can I bring you a glass of champagne madam?" And the dish of prawns and lobster in a garlic sauce that I had for dinner was completely divine. The diet started today. I'm such a New Year's cliche!!

I'm not usually one for making weight loss resolutions for the New Year, since although I usually put on a couple of pounds over Christmas it doesn't bother me too much, as I know that after a couple of months of my normal routine of healthy eating and exercise I'll shift it, but this year I was completely horrified to discover on my annual weigh in at Miles' place - I don't own a scale preferring to just go by how my clothes fit, but I can never resist checking when I visit Miles at Christmas as I enjoy that smug feeling I get from confirming that yes, I've maintained my weight for another year - that I'd already put on 6lbs before the festive season had begun!! 6lbs!! I know that doesn't sound like a massive amount over the course of the year, but I haven't weighed more than 8stone 4 (116lbs) in over a decade, so to suddenly find myself weighing in at 8stone 10 was quite disturbing and it certainly put the mockers on over-indulging in the mince pies.

"Too much work, wine and not enough exercise my darling," said Miles.

He's not wrong there, especially the wine and exercise part. I used to be one of those disgustingly healthy people, in the routine of going to the gym every day, but this year my exercise regimen has been primarily carrying my gym kit back and forth to the office with good intentions of working out after work, but never actually making it. It didn't matter how many times I promised myself that after working late I would take a taxi to the gym near my apartment and work out on the arc trainer for 30minutes, it was always much more appealing come 9pm to take a taxi straight to my apartment and enjoy a nice glass of wine with my feet up in front of the telly!! Not anymore though. As of today Operation Muffin Top has commenced and I am going straight out to Bed Bath & Beyond tomorrow to buy one of those fancy scales that read and analyze my weight, fat, muscle mass and water retention and then goes into the kitchen and whips me up a nice egg white omelet!! Yup, it's all carrot and celery sticks for me for the next few weeks, although to be honest after 2 weeks of stodgy food and glasses of mulled wine I'm quite looking forward to a few salads. My high school friend Liz also challenged me to renounce the drink for the month of January, so I am doing my utmost to resist the mischievous bottles of Cabernet calling from the wine rack behind me.

Only 30 and a bit more days to go before I can have a glass ;-)

19 comments:

Kitty said...

ha, well I think the lbs just accumulate with time. You can lose it though, relatively quickly.

Welcome back, Fish! I hope you don't have to work so furiously this year. I wish you a happy and healthy 2010!

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Thanks Kitty, a very happy and healthy 2010 to you too.

Jonathan said...

A belated Happy New Year from me too :)

Jonathan said...

A Belated Happy New Year from me too :)

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Thanks Jonathan, a happy new year to you too.

Sid said...

I hear you on the getting on the scales and horror stricken 'ooo shit I thought I weighed less than that' front. I have been getting on my scales daily and the weight seems to be going up and up. Too much vino and sodding pick n mix in my case :) Defo getting back to gym tomorrow big time.

Good to see you before Xmas. Keep well and I will keep you posted on the weekend away front.

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Hi Sid, tell me about it, I have limited myself to 1500 calories per day since I got back. I am determined to move the muffin top :-)

Lovely to see you too, hopefully you can make it out here for a girls weekend in 2010. Maybe we can do the Napa thing ;-)

Amelia Listiani said...

Happy New Year and I wish you success in this month's effort to renounce wine he he...

Prawns and lobster? Oh, you're KILLING ME he he he...

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Thanks Amel, happy new year to you too :-)

Spandrel Studios said...

Welcome back, Fish! Sounds like the holiday was the perfect break you needed!

I, too, have embarked on Operation Muffintop, having weighed myself yesterday for the first time since October--egad, all those cookies and tarts add up! Today was veg and salmon day, light eating all around.

Hope your workload has evened out a bit, that you're feeling refreshed and renewed, ready to tackle all that comes your way!

Spandrel Studios said...

Welcome back, Fish! Sounds like the holiday was the perfect break you needed!

I, too, have embarked on Operation Muffintop, having weighed myself yesterday for the first time since October--egad, all those cookies and tarts add up! Today was veg and salmon day, light eating all around.

Hope your workload has evened out a bit, that you're feeling refreshed and renewed, ready to tackle all that comes your way!

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Hi Spandrel, hope you had a wonderful time over the holidays. Best of luck with Operation Muffintop :-)

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Kitty said...

HOPE you are not working too much. I really do hope so. Eek.

Thankfully it's getting a tad warmer. I'm looking forward to wearing some skirts and flip flops! A good incentive to go to the gym!

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Hi Kitty, funny you should leave this on the first weekend I have ended up working a little, however I am making a concerted effort that 2010 will be different from 2009 and have been trying to get the endorphins whizzing by hitting the gym on a regular basis. I know it will get easier as I maintain my exercise plan, but right now I barely have the energy to put fingertips to keyboard. Thanks for the note though ;-)

Term papers said...

Welcome Back Fish. I WISH You a happy and Healthy 2010. Interesting Read That You used to be one of those disgustingly healthy people, in the routine of going to the gym every day, but this year Your exercise regimen has been primarily carrying Your gym kit back and forth to the office with good intentions of working out after work, but never actually making it.

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Thanks for visiting Term Papers :-)

Sister Sassy said...

Just thought I'd stop in and see how you are :) Happy New year!

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Hi Sassy, thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year to you too!!