Right! Well! This is a distressing post for me to write, so I need your help.
At the start of each paragraph, I will direct the reading voice in your head to adopt a certain accent*. It will make the whole thing seem lighter and more pleasant.
Please humour me.
(*Anyone seen that hilarious sketch on Little Britain where the boys of Kelsey Grammar School have their teacher enliven their reading by making them read in different accents?? It's so funny - unfortunately I couldn't find it on youtube to share it with you.)
But firstly, a bit of perspective.... no one has died. No one has even been injured physically or hurt emotionally. So to the extent that this is a distressing post, it is really only distressing to me!!
Shall we get on?
First Accent: American (take your pick of New York accent, Southern, mid west - I'm not fussy, just as long as you do it.)
It's week 2 of Round 3 and I weigh 102 kg. So that means that since May, I have not only not lost any weight overall, but I have put it on. About half of what I lost in Round 1. *shakes head*
Posh English (think Her Maj, the high voice might be good too)
All that effort to lose weight in the first round, all that talk about changing and learning and doing. I just lost my way and started to believe I couldn't do it anymore. I don't know why, but I just disregarded my health and my goals and listened to my excuses.
Italian - the Godfather (stereotypical hand gestures please)
So I'm in a bit of a pickle in terms of disclosing this in a public forum like this one. Do I need to castigate myself, flagellate myself, hate myself, berate myself to some sufficient level of pennance.
Do I just pick myself up, dust myself off and keep on trying??
Scottish if you will
I am choosing to do the latter. I hope this doesn't seem as though I'm just papering over what I have done or saying it's okay. Just that it's better to be positive than to ... well, not. But boy, this has given me perspective. I have learned that it is really difficult to get into a healthy mindset and I am going to do everything I can to stay in it now my head is in a good place.
Eastern European (think 'is Don, is good')
I have learned that any weight loss or fitness gain should be celebrated - really truly. So many times I have been disappointed with 0.5kg weight loss but you add a string of them together and it soon adds up to decent weight loss. I think I can be very hard on myself and I want to try not to be. But I don't want to be too soft on myself either. It's a tricky balance.
Back to normal
I am doing well so far on Round 3 and will be working very hard not to repeat my mistakes. I did not put on all the weight I had lost, so that is a positive. I've kept up, indeed stepped up, the training which I love, so that is a positive too.
So that's it, that's where I am at the moment. I feel better for sharing this and wish I had done it at the start of Round 2 when the rot set in. I'm a bit of a slow learner it would appear!
did you do the accents?