Silly Season

This is the time I am supposed to do my Year in Review, but alas I don’t have anything to report in the Weight Loss department. I am basically the same weight I was this time last year. Considering the amount of crazy travelling and subsequent eating I did, I guess I should be grateful I didn’t gain. But there is always going to be that element of crankiness with oneself for not being smaller. It’s the first time in four years that I haven’t shed a couple of sizes.

But I have lost something. I’ve lost the Fat Girl Excuse For Not Doing Stuff. 2004 has been the busiest, most exciting year of my life and I put the flabby thoughts on the backburner:

  • I spent 21 days in Scandanavia and Russia with three dozen strangers – something I’d never have even contemplated when I weighed 350 pounds
  • I backpacked around the Baltics for two weeks without any plans.
  • I took my clothes off in front of man, many many times.
  • I ran in public.
  • I took a dance class that left me beet-faced and breathless three years ago but now I keep up with the skinny chicks.
  • I went on nights out with the lads from my work – I used to cry for a week in advance if I had a work night out, not wanting to go out in public, worrying about what I wear – now I go out and dance and don’t give a crap that I’ll never have the legs and arms for a little black dress.

Yes, there were days and dozens of blog entries in which I bitched about my lard and longed to have smaller jeans, but for the most part this year I was just happy being in my own skin and stop fretting about my size. I just dove headfirst into life and scoffed up new experiences with the enthusiasm I used to reserve for scoffing icecream straight from the tub.

If 2001 was the year of me Obsessing About Fat, 2004 was the year of me Obsessing About Me. It was like the carefree, heady college days that I was too fat and depressed to have at the time. It was unashamedly indulgent and fun and now looking back, I am glad I took the time out to make the most of it.

2005 is going to be a cracker. There won’t be the crazy travelling but there will be some drama. Are you voting for the quickie wedding or the tearful deportation back to Australia? I’m excited as you are to find out what happens.

I do want make some progress with my weight in 2005. I will say it now: I want to be at my target by January 2006. That will make it a neat five years. The Five Year Plan. Evil Stalin had 5 Year Plans to turn the USSR into an economic powerhouse, so I think it’s a nice round number for my weight loss adventure. So I am looking forward to putting in the hard yards for the 5th year. Top of the list: cracking on with the jogging so I can do a 5k in the springtime.

Merry Christmas to you all and thanks for those who kept reading despite me putting the blog second to fun and shenanigans! All your blogs, emails and comments make me cackle and cry and kick my backside. Big cheers to the regular faces like Kimba, Argy, Julia, Erin, Andrew, Jillian, Tree, Jovey, Jude, Clazza, Lynda, Hanna, DeAnn, J, Denise, Rosemary, Leigh, Nessajane, Angel, Miata, Stef, Sandra, Rebeka, Alison, Tracy, Mary, Stephene, Kiri, all the inspiring Tales from the Scale folk and everyone else who’s name I’ve neglected to type but I have to scoot coz I’ll miss my ride but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to hump your leg with gratitude too! I have made some true friends through this silly site and that still rocks my socks every day.

See you all next year!

25 thoughts on “Silly Season

  1. LOL! I love the comparison to Stalin’s 5 year plan!

    I’ll definitely continue to tune in in 2005 to see the completion of your very own 5 yr plan. I’m confident you’ll make your goals and then some!

    Wishing you a very Merry Xmas and a successful 2005 πŸ™‚

  2. yay you!!! Merry Christmas and all that . . .you’re the best, and I can’t wait to hear about your adventures in ’05- including that 5k!!


  3. I vote for that you get a job so you can stay in the UK and get a working visa but that was not an option *S*.

    I can run 5 km, I can run 6km and I weigh a few kilos more then you do so Im sure you can do that too if you just keep practising. Good luck and merry christmas and a happy new year.

  4. I hope we’ll be reading entries from MRS. Dietgirl in 2005!! Have a wonderful holiday..and never underestimate your ability to touch people’s lives in ways you’ll never know. We’re blessed to know ye!

  5. *humps your leg*

    I missed you. *pout*

    My vote is for the quickie wedding!

    Hairy Hairy Christmas DG. You rock my world.


  6. Merry Christmas petal! I love you! I’d go for the quickie wedding too! But then I’m such a romantic shook! (except for when I’m cooking. It’s 7am and I have been cruel to my bird since 6am!!! But it’s in the oven now πŸ™‚

  7. love your journal and love the fact that you are comfortable where you are right now! Good for you and as I have said on other sites, I am really looking forward to continuing the journey in 2005 – bring it on, I say πŸ™‚

  8. I hope you have a wonderful 2005. My vote is for the quickie wedding! Been there, done that…. and we haven’t looked back since.

    Merry Christmas, DG!


  9. *humps your other leg*

    I vote for whatever makes the pair of you happiest, sweetie. Everything’s crossed for you.

    I think 2005 is going to be a stellar year for all of us. We will get to goal and we’ll all be fucking fabulous when we do.

    Merries and happies!

  10. Yay! you’re back! So glad all is well :-)Thanks to YOU for sharing your amazing year with us, and best wishes for a happy ending for you and the SC (I’d love it to be a quickie wedding but who knows what’s the right thing? Only the 2 of you). No reason not to rely on the power of true lerve tho – DH and I did πŸ™‚

    Take care

  11. hi dietgirl,

    maybe you could try and find a job as a column writer for a magazine? Show them some excerpts of this site and you will get a job in no time!!
    maybe you could ask santa claus for a solution for your dilemma! don’t lose your faith!!
    big hug,

  12. humps whatever is left as your 2 legs have been taken! However long it takes, I’ll be here. Bring him on home if nothing else works out and we can line him up and give him a rating out of ten!

    Happy 2005 dg, I will be with you all the weigh!

  13. I love this entry! You are so on track and ready to take on the world. I wish I could bottle that feeling up and pull it out every time I run out. πŸ™‚

  14. Whoa, looks like I’m too late for Christmas wishes and leg-humping, but hey – you have a FANTASTIC New Year. 2005 is going to kill it. As you say – RAWK!

    P.S. I’m voting for the quickie wedding too πŸ˜‰

  15. Hey DG,

    In my 20’s I would have advised the quicky wedding. In my cynical 30’s I’m less gun-ho and have decided against marriage in order to save on the divorce, so best ignore me. If I could give you my british passport I would luvie.

    Am impressed with the jogging goal – it’s pretty much my walking goal at the moment but I’m getting there.

    Am looking forward to 2005 – I think it is going to be a ripper of a year.

    Take care DG.


  16. Hey DG and Happy New Year to all!

    I’ve really enjoyed your escapades this year and I think you are right to look back fondly at a year where you felt happy in your skin most of the time. This is very under-rated!

    In terms of the quickie wedding v. tearful goodbye scenario – I still hope you find a way to extend your visa. Apply for anything and everything and maybe you’ll find something in a company who will sponsor you. A friend of mine who is an HR consultant says it can easily be fixed – the company just needs to show they’ve advertised and not found anyone as good as you. Where there’s a will, there’s a way…

    On the other hand, another friend of mine is marrying his NY sweetheart on 15 Jan in a London registry office after she came over on a fiance visa last month. It was the only way for them despite her working for Microsoft in the US.

    I’ve got my fingers crossed for you. And good luck with reaching target in the next year.


  17. Happy Hogmanay!

    I vote for a job offer, so you don’t HAVE to make the quickie wedding decision. Failing that…the registrars office on India St is calling ;->


  18. Aargh, I’m late wishing you best for Christmas and New Year… but then I’m constitutionally late. Happy January. Keep on showing the skinny chicks a trick or two. And I am in awe at the 5K plan, since despite my best efforts, I can still manage about 500 yards before I have to slow to a walk. Downhill, at that.

    Like Tree, I’d vote for whatever makes you happiest. And I’m saying this two days after my English Boy went back there, leaving me forlorn. Parting is horrible, but it can be got through. Honest. We had to live in different countries for nine months (no, not Scotland and England. France and Germany) and we got through it – and we were 21 and 20 and, I’d guess, much less mature than you and Scottish Boy.

    OK, I’ll stop being so earnest. This is no way to get yourself elevated to the privileged ranks of the Regular Faces. Ta-ta for now…

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