Tonight is the night then. Hogmanay. Out with the old and in with the new.
When the bells sound this evening I’ll be watching Primal Scream live, in the Shadow of Edinburgh Castle, watching the fireworks above us with my missus, one of my best mates, my brother-in-law and my sister-in-law. There may even be a cheeky wee hip flask secreted on my person (sue me). Carlsberg don’t do Hogmanays…
I’ve already written about how much I am looking forward to it, but I am super excited now.
It might be the mid-life crisis writ large, but watching Primal Scream perform their best album on such a huge night in the city I call home promises to be spectacular.
And tomorrow Shaun and I will close this chapter of our lives by taking part in the Loony Dook, where thousands of bunkernuts dive in to the freezing waters of the Firth of Forth.
And yes, as the Fat Laddie who lost the least amount of weight, I will be wearing a mankini in hounour of our wager.
I’m not one for massive amounts of introspection, but the obvious parallel to draw would be to view tomorrow as some kind of baptism, a cleansing of the sins. God knows there were plenty of indulgences in 2011.
If you look at it that way, the Loony Dook is the perfect springboard to see 2012 as a new dawn and crack on and make the changes my life needs – to cut out the excesses, watch my diet and step up the fitness training.
Clearly setting a public target in weight loss hasn’t worked for me this year, but I had a great time all the same, and enjoyed some amazing moments (see my previous post for my thoughts on that).
Two Fat Laddies gave me the excuse to take stock, to do a life audit, and I am thankful for that. The fact that our ramblings were viewed more than 170,000 times is as astonishing as it is humbling.
So what now?
Shaun and I haven’t discussed where, if anywhere, Two Fat Laddies goes from here.
I’m not sure he needs to take it any further really. If he hasn’t achieved his weight loss target he must be pretty damned close. I was in the pub with him the other night and he really is a completely different bloke.
For me the project, and this blog, have been great.
I’m not ready for goodbyes just yet.