Tomorrow Dietgirl turns six years old. Well, technically Dietgirl has turned six already, as it’s already today in Australia, which is the wide brown land where it all began one stinky summer Monday in 2001.
It was strange reading back over the early entries the other day. Usually if I plunder the archives I feel awed by how much has changed, or I struggle to relate to my old mindset. This time round I was actually… a wee bit jealous. In 2001 I was so single-minded and determined. Losing weight was Priority One and all my mental and physical energy was poured into the enormous task at hand.
That’d come in handy right now, I thought. It seemed so much less complicated back then.
But then I realised that in 2001 losing weight was Priority One quite simply because it my only Priority. I didn’t have any competing interests. I had non-demanding job I could do in my sleep, a comfortable life in the suburbs of Canberra, no hobbies, minimal dramas and very few relationships. I’d retreated from all of my friends and was quite the hermit. And in some ways I think it needed to be like that, to allow the time and space to tackle such an overwhelming task.
In the years that followed it’s been one bloody obstacle after another. Family dramas, moving overseas, travel, work dramas, wedding and visa shenanigans, knee dramas, bah blah blah. Sure enough the lard has come off a helluva lot slower. When I’m in a bad mood I sometimes wonder if I deliberately make things harder for myself.
But then again they’ve not really been obstacles so much as they were just… life happening. And that’s something that I didn’t have when I started this blog six years ago. It was just me and my dog and a bag of chips and a block of Cadbury’s. Weight loss may have been "easier" back then, but I’m glad that these days there’s a lot more going on.
And now for some thrilling statistics…
- I weighed in today at 81.3 kg, meaning I lost an incredible 5.4 kilos in Year 6… that’s a whopping ONE POUND PER MONTH!
(I know, I know, my jaw is still on the floor too! But at least my Xmas Blubber is coming off.)
- In the past six years of blogging I have used the word CHOCOLATE approximately 192 times.
- And the word ARSE has been used 152 times. No wonder the Minneapolis Star-Tribune warned last week that this blog contains "frank language".
- I first used the phrase "onward and downward" on 12 April 2001 and I still mutter it to myself in the mirror when feeling flabby.
And now onward and downward into Year 7 of the World’s Slowest Weight Loss Adventure. Thank you all for sticking around for so long!
Next entry I will finally post my goals for the next twelve months because dudes, I am finishing the job this year. I am channeling the Determined Dietgirl of 2001 and I’m feeling mighty positive about the way things are going.
Besides, even if I lose one measly pound a month like in 2006, I can still get there.