"This time it's for real!" How many times have we all said that about losing weight? "I mean it..... this time I'm really going to lose the weight --- and keep it off!" "I'm going to get up early everyday and exercise and I'm going to get in the best shape I've ever been in!" I know. I know. I've said those things before... many times before. But this time, I really do mean it!
You see, I have this image that keeps flashing in my mind again and again - thanks to a little gift my sister gave my father. During the holidays I went home to visit my family and there it was, a digital photo album --- the kind you upload a gazillion photos to and then it runs them in a constant loop. While it was sentimental to see "the old family photos" of nine kids lined up in row like squished ducks, all dressed up, pushing each other and vying for attention...... it's when we got to the current photos that I glazed over! There I was flashing up over and over and over and OVER again. An image of me I didn't recognize. "Is that REALLY how I look?" Ughhhhhh! That is nothing like notion I have in my head. This is not how I envision myself. It's not what I want to look like. It's not ME!............. it's time to do something .......REALLY!
So now I've made the New Year's resolution --- again! But this time I REALLY mean it. If I don't do it now, I never will.
First steps first. 1.) I bought a new scale and took a big leap by actually stepping on it. No, I didn't like the number I saw --- it's actually a bit depressing. I am at the HEAVIEST WEIGHT of my life!! I never, ever expected that I would weigh this much. On one hand, it's shocking to see that number on my scale; on the other hand, I knew it was coming. I could feel it and see it in the way my clothes fit (or didn't fit). So as difficult as it was to take that first step, nonetheless I know my starting point and am able to set my weight lose goal -- 40lbs ! That's unbelievable --- even to me. I never thought I'd get to a point where I have to lose that much weight. But here I am and that's my goal. 2.) I calculated my BMI: 28. Not good. That's clearly overweight. Over 30 is obese so I need to get moving to get that number way down! 3.) I've gathered support. Since my sisters were around me when reality sank in, they decided to join me. So through emails, text messages, phone calls, etc. we're going to support each other in our effort to get healthy. We'll share exercise tips, recipes and just be motivation for each other. 4.) I've turned the corner and put the negative thoughts behind me. From now on, only positive thinking. I can do this.... I can do this.... I WILL do this!
For week one, I am concentrating on being conscientious of what I am eating and making sure I work in some type of exercise into my schedule. My motivational quote to help keep me on the right track with the food I eat comes from Jillian Michael's book, Master Your Metabolism (which has been sitting on my end table for months!). She says, "If it didn't have a mother or it didn't grow from the ground, don't eat it"
With that in mind, I'm off and running (well, not literally, yet!)
Published On: January 22, 2010