How’s things? Hopefully ticking along nicely.
I have, at least for me, some minor good news. Over the last few weeks, a few friends have been saying how they’ve lost weight. I would usually reply that I’d found it.
Well, it seems I had the tipping point about two weeks ago. I was after some smart trousers (see later) and while trying on my go to size, 16, I realised that unless I started to cut down, it would be sayonara 16, as much as it was farewell 14.
What raised a wry smile was the recollection that as I got dressed (in bloke clothes) each morning, I was snubbing jeans or t-shirts that no longer fit. Instead, plumping – stop pointing at the back! 🙂 – shall we say, more generously proportioned troos. 🙂 I guess, faced with having to replace my female wardrobe with new larger sizes, when I’ve still got a skirt and dress I’d like to wear again, pushed a button in my head. Hence, I started a diet. Nothing too drastic, just no more booze (not that I’m a big drinker), fruit for lunch, lots of tea and avoiding snacks.
The good news is that over the last fortnight I’m down from 185lbs to 180lbs. Yes, this isn’t a big number, but for me, there’s a few things about it. Firstly, I’m finding it taxing, but not impossible. Previously, I’d be ravenous by the end of the day, and more than a little grumpy at being hungry. Secondly, it’s progress in the right direction – not getting bigger! No doubt our Easter holiday will be a bit of a set back, but if I can be good at work, that’s more days that are easier to cut down on, than weekends.
So, yeah, while I’ll never be a Perfect 10 – if there is such a thing – so long as I can make the best of what I’ve got, I’ll take that. I may have a bloke’s build – after all, I’m a man – and all that goes with that. But I think I can, or maybe even have, learned to accept it. Listening to non-trans friends when they talk about their bodies, so much of it is similar. Yeah, maybe we trans folk have extra worries, but I think with work, time and help, we can get by those.
Chams-wise, Pat kindly organised for M & Co to visit, and they certainly seemed both jolly and very busy. We had an academic researcher visit us and Yvonne’s questions and insights provoked some interesting discussions. More on that next week.