Thursday, 2 January 2014

A very happy New Year

Happy New year everyone! I hope 2014 is a fabulous year for you.


I'm starting this new year in a very different place to previous years. So much has changed - and definitely for the better.

After over 18 years of living with debilitating OCD that totally dominated my life I am now completely free of it - which is something I had never dreamt possible - I thought I would be shackled to it for the rest of my life. I can now do anything I want and the sense of liberation is overwhelming. I am so buoyantly happy and can enjoy life with my lovely family without the tyranny of rules and rituals and constant anxiety.

It hasn't been a sudden change but has taken years of hard work as I have painstakingly unlearned all the OCD ways of being. To use a knitting analogy, I haven't been able to rip out rows and rows of flawed knitting in one fell swoop but instead have had to carefully unpick and reknit each faulty stitch one at a time.

Although I have mentioned my struggle with anxiety and depression on my blog I have never publicly admitted to having OCD - but now I am so proud to have beaten it that I am shouting it from the rooftops!

2013 was a good, good year with many fabulous family camping trips (unthinkable with OCD) and lots of running - including a half marathon!

And the running combined with Weight Watchers means I am starting 2014 five and a half stone lighter! It has taken over 3 years but I'm now at my goal weight (well, I was until Christmas!!) and I feel fantastic! Now my new year's resolutions don't have to start with 'lose weight' as they always have. Ideally I'd like to lose a little bit more - but I don't HAVE to which is brilliant.


So now I am fit in both body and mind, and thin for the first time in 20 years, the world is my oyster! 2014 here I come!!




28 comments:

Plum Cox said...

Fabulous! Well done you on all counts! Hope that you have as splendid a 2014 as you did a 2013 - or even better!

Chris said...

Thats an achievement worth shouting from the rooftops

Twiggy said...

Well done you, lady. A very happy 2014 to you and yours
Twiggy xxx

itsjustperi said...

Happy new year Lucy and family, well done on all your acomplishments . Once again I'm starting the year with the 'lose weight' resolution so fingers crossed x

Nancy, The List Writer said...

What a wonderful and inspiring blog post! Wishing you all the best for a magnificent 2014 xx

sewkalico said...

Oh my what fabulous news!! You look and sound fantastic, I wish you all the best for 2014 and beyond!!

Annie said...

You look fantastic...skip into a new year

Jodie said...

All that hard work, frogging and reknitting.... you are amazing. I am so absolutely thrilled for you Lucy. Go 2014!!!!

silverpebble said...

Hurrah hurrah hurrah! I'm SO THRILLED by this post Lucy. How utterly brilliant you are xxx

Quinn said...

Lucy, that is totally, absolutely, marvelously wonderful news! Big congratulations and a huge hug!
Wow, look out 2014! :)

Jan said...

Hi Lucy, how nice to see you. And well done on all your achievements; these things are never easy. I hope 2014 is your year of wonders. Yay for you!

rachelmp said...

Congratulations Lucy! That is a perfect start to 2014

Leanne said...

Well done you what a wonderful way to start the New Year.

lemonade kitty said...

Happy new year. I've just been reading through your lovely blog and I see you're a sick knitter! I've just started knitting 'basic' socks whick I've enjoyed but now want to do something with pattern on. Can I ask where you get your patterns from please and also the wooden things you put into your socks for blocking I presume? Thank you, x

driftwood said...

congratulations Lucy, so very happy for you, and best wishes for a new year filled with wonderful things xxx

Ali said...

It's so lovely to hear you so happy and positive - here's to another splendid year!

loulee said...

Wow, what a change. And all for the better.
Wishing you all the very best for 2014

Simone said...

You look great Lucy - you did in the 'before' photo too! I had no idea that you had OCD and am happy to hear that it can be conquered! Happy new Year! x

Sreekala said...

Hi Lucy,
Happy New Year to you too! Well done on the weight loss! I am already on a project that I call "Last Straw", now you are my inspiration!!! Thanks and keep writing please. Congrats on getting over OCD as well!

anne bebbington said...

Lucy you look absolutely stunning - well done you on the weight loss but more especially on beating the OCD, my nephew's partner is blighted by it and life for both her and him is a real trial - here's to a fabulous 2014 for you and yours

Gina said...

Lucy that is wonderful! You look fantastic and beating the OCD... amazing!!!What an inspiration.

French Knots said...

What amazing achievements, blummin well done Lucy! A brilliant position for starting 2014, the world is your oyster x

Lina said...

What an inspiration Lucy! Congratulations on all your hard work and effort. Wishing you an amazing 2014!

Lina x

trash said...

Yeah OCD, take that and good riddance to you!

Thimbleanna said...

WooHoo! Lucy, you look fantastic. Congratulations on all that hard work with a successful outcome. Happy Happy New Year!!!

The Coffee Lady said...

What an amazing post! Have a bloody BRILLIANT 2014.

Marie said...

Lovely to start the New Year off on such a high one. Wonderful to hear you've managed to overcome such a debilitating issue and you look AWESOME! All that running has definitely paid off. Well done Mrs Locket :)

mrspao said...

Happy New Year! Well done to you on overcoming your OCD and losing all that weight. What a terrific start to 2014.