Yesterday was something of a personal triumph for me. Nothing particularly amazing happened in the great scheme of things, but what did take place probably wouldn’t have been possible even this time last year.
There are moments when for me everyone else’s normal still happens to be my amazing and this event is a significant non-scale victory.
I’d completely forgotten (until about three weeks ago) that I’d agreed waaaaaay back sometime last year (shortly after I started Slimming World) that I’d go to EGX 2017 at the NEC with some friends. It’s a serious geek festival for gamers – and it was something I’d dearly have loved to do many times in the past – but frankly I couldn’t because I was too big.
My friend has asked me a few times in the past to go with him but I was terrified of having nowhere to sit, being continually and embarrassingly drenched in sweat and suffering crippling back pain all day. I knew I’d not have been able to walk easily from the car park to the entrance when I was previously invited, let alone spend the day there exploring.
Instead I made excuses and said I was busy doing things that I wasn’t – or that the event wasn’t really my kind of thing, when really I knew it was.
I hated telling fibs – but I didn’t know how else to deal with it.
EGX is a big, brash, noisy and colourful event that’s spread out over a large surface area covering several exhibition halls. When we arrived at 11am they were just beginning to fill up with people.
It seems that in the last year things have really moved on, and by the end of today it was the turn of my companions to look tired and worn out from walking – but not me!
As 6.30pm rolled around and others were flagging I was still posing for selfies, chatting to people on stands, peeping behind curtains, wearing silly hats, looking at tee-shirts and trying to win freebies by posting hashtagged pictures of myself on Twitter.
After yet, after seven and a half hours of walking, queueing and standing I was still full of beans.
Furthermore, I fitted into everything I sat on and climbed onto or into. I went everywhere, chatted with everyone that seemed to want to natter and didn’t for one moment feel out of place or unusual.
All in all the day was a resounding success – and was further enhanced by scoring a really cool freebie tee-shirt that actually flipping fits me!!!
This has never ever happened in my entire life! Absolutely every item of clothing that I’ve ever been given as a prize or a present has been completely unwearable – but not on this occasion!
Meet my new favourite tee-shirt!
Anyway – today has been a long one, and somehow Friday has turned into Saturday morning. It’s 2am, and I’m knackered.
In 8 and a half hours I step on the scales and find out whether my largely awful week with a wildly undulating appetite (that I think I held mostly at bay) has been tempered by lots of exercise. I’ve done around 83 miles of walking and 162,000 steps this week.
That’s an average of 11.8 miles and 23,146 steps per day!
Last week I had two pounds to go before I weigh less than I’ve lost – but experience tells me that two rather epic weeks of weight loss are rarely something that continues completely uninterrupted for too long. At some point my body will no doubt slam the brakes on.
Still – if I get a maintain or a gain I really don’t mind.
The week may have started badly but it’s ended on a high note! I got to hug a Warlock from Destiny 2!
(shortly after this photo our intrepid hero was chased off by a grumpy Virgin Media employee for touching his mannequin’s bottom inappropriately)
(Author goes to bed feeling tired but satisfied, then gets up, drinks coffee and goes to group)
Well – the expected happened, and I maintained.
I wasn’t alone today in this respect – and it was completely expected – so I’m not in the least bit worried about it. My averages are still on a continually downward trajectory, so all I have to do is get my head down this week, keep working hard and things will come good.
I’ve had lots of positive chats with people already today and I have a walk with a friend planned for this afternoon. Furthermore my calendar has another two pencilled in for tomorrow as well – so I’m starting the week as I mean for it to continue.
I am determined that I will be on the upswing of life next week rather than feeling sorry for myself (which was something of a feature of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) and this means that I have to make some (any) kind of tangible forward progress.
I have a few ideas about what that will be – but haven’t cemented them in stone just yet.
In the meantime internet I need to have a spot of lunch before heading out into the countryside! I hope you enjoy your Saturday!