If you go down to the woods today

This is me in the woods today after we took my new camera out for a trip.  It was a beautiful sunny day so we drove out into the New Forest and went for a walk in Bolderwood.  I put the rest of my snaps at the end so if you are interested take a peek, and if not, do the scrolly scrolly! It was also a first outing for my new gilet – I really wasn’t sure about it to begin with but it did keep me toast-y warm and wearing it with jeans and a hooded jumper made it look less like I was a horse short of a game of polo.

Of course no jaunt in the forest would be complete without a late lunch in a country pub so we stopped off for baked camembert (to start) and scampi.  This afternoon was spent curled up on the sofa with a selection of flavours of Brothers Cider and Inception on DVD.  I didn’t really get a lot of it to be honest but apparently it improves with a second watch.

As I recline in the office chair, full of pub grub, cider and half a box of Dairy Box chocolates my mind naturally wanders to one of my resolutions to lose a stone before next year.  I am going to have to seriously pick up my exercise regime if I want to shift any weight at all.  I don’t know whether this is an overshare, or too honest for the blogosphere, but I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember.  I have tried quite a wide variety of exercise regimes and diets but am fully aware that the only way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more.  My struggle with the former is that almost every social occasion I engage in seems to involve food of some kind; “shall we stay in and get a Chinese?” “shall we go out for pizza?” etc. etc.  The ultimate question for me is whether I’d be happier given the extra confidence and energy I’d get from losing a bit of weight, or would the misery of having to refuse extra portions and order salads cancel it out (I really do love food).  Also, in between my busy eating schedule and the fact that I am pretty much always tired I barely have any time to exercise (although I do walk three miles to and from work every day).  I don’t know what it is about the turning of a new year that makes you evaluate your goals but I really do want to try this time.  So far my only investment in this is to buy a ‘Burn Off Belly Fat’ DVD (still in plastic wrapping) but maybe this year is the year to make it happen.

What about you – have you made a lose weight resolution? Or are you a good eater all year round? And by the way – there will be no more whinging about my waistline on here again – *promise*.