Notes by Nectar

Your destiny lies in your own hands

I could be talking about a number of things here (inflation, property prices, etc.) but what I’m referring to is my weight.

I happened to weigh myself a week ago after a very long time – I think it had been about six months since I last weighed myself and as soon as I did it, I wished I hadn’t. I was shocked. Basically: I’ve put on 5 kilos in the last year. And in the last 15 years, I’ve put on about 25 kilos. That’s a scary figure (pun intended). Yes, my clothes are a little snug, but 5 kilos? When? How? 

I guess it all adds up – lack of exercise, the biscuit tin on the filing cabinet at work, lunch at the staff canteen, evenings at the pub. Shall I go on? No, I didn’t think so.

I’ve tried (and failed) to lose the weight in the past. Or I’ve lost it but regained it (and more) after a while. A few years ago I found some old photos of some friends and I – taken in the mid 1990s to the early 2000s – and I was surprised at how thin I looked. And what annoyed me was that when those pictures were taken, I remember thinking *then* that I was HUGE.

A while ago I tried Bikram yoga but now I just can’t handle it. I recently started going to Zumba classes near my flat, but the regular teacher is away until September – and the different teacher isn’t as fun but I’ll carry on because it’s better than nothing. I had house guests for a month so even my weekly yoga class went out the window as my living room was taken over by shopping and suitcases. My Zaggora HotPants arrived last week but I haven’t tried them on yet. Forget about trying them on, I haven’t even opened the package. Talk about lack of motivation.

But now, I’m on a mission. I’m off to Lagos in 37 days for Vinay’s first birthday and I will lose some weight before I go (I don’t want to frighten the baby)!


(No, that’s not me – but at the rate I’m going…)

Any (sensible) tips and suggestions will be appreciated! What works for you?

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