Monthly Archives: July 2008

Waist Management

I have issues with weight. My best friend is an aerobics instructor and has about zero body fat and I’m married to a guy that struggles to not lose weight. I guess opposites attract, huh?

Though I have always had to be mindful of my weight, it didn’t become a real problem until I hit 40. Over the next 9 years, I gained 25 pounds. 3 pounds a year… creep, creep on until one day I said “ENOUGH!” The risk of diabetes, heart disease, etc, was the mental concern but I admit the emotional frustration was a bigger part of my decision. I had tried all the things that used to work for me to no avail. I no longer enjoyed shopping in all my frumpiness.

2 years and 8 months ago I joined Weight Watchers. I paid in advance so that I would stick with it. In the next 4 months, I lost 25 pounds. I kept it off until January of this year (almost 2 years). I had been weighing in monthly to retain my lifetime member status until January when I went over my goal weight. I didn’t want to pay them to tell me I had gained weight, so I quit going. I actually attended 2 meetings and decided I had learned what they could teach me. (About 15 years ago, I was actually certified as a weight management consultant through another program.) It’s the accountability I need.

So I have decided to be accountable on this blog. The good news is that last week I set a goal to get rid of this extra 12 pounds that have continued to creep on since January. I have written down points, done well with staying within the allotted 22 points and exercised every day. And I’ve gained a pound. Yep – GAINED! But I’m committed to do this, so stay tuned for next Thursday’s results. I will persist.  And I am finding some great online tools that I will be sharing with you, like Roni’s food journal. Check out this handy tool!

Just 4 Today

I think we all have to consciously work on a healthy lifestyle:  I have been working on eating better foods and eating less of them. I’ve always said, “if you eat like everyone else eats, you’ll get what everyone else has.” There are lots of unhealthy overweight people around and I choose to be different.

I could get into a long discussion on long-term goals vs. short-term goals, but let’s just say that I know I need short term goals to stay on track. Once a week, I am going to post on 4 things I will do today. I got this idea from Katie’s blog at Eat 4 Today. I like her philosophy. She says, “Eating for today has changed my life. While before, I was looking for a program that I could follow for the rest of my life, now I’ve got a program that only has to work for today. Just today.”

That makes a lot of sense and makes health/weight/diet/exercise goals doable.

Here’s my four today:
1. Eat at least 3 servings of vegetables.
2. Exercise for 30 minutes.
3. Drink 8 glasses of water.
4. Call about getting my first ever colonoscopy done.  (I’m 50 – they say it’s time to start this screening and I have been procrastinating.)