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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A Very Important Post

[I'm copying this concept from someone else's blog... I don't remember where this was, but someone had the very good motivating tool for themselves to write down & keep adding & adding reasons they wanted to lose weight. Here are all I can think of at the moment, but I will add as they come to mind, and the link for this post will be on my sidebar.]

29 Reasons (and counting) to say "no" to unhealthy food and "yes" to healthy exercise

  1. To get rid of the spare tire and stop the embarrassing questions about whether I'm pregnant.
  2. To be able to do Child's pose and Forward Bend Yoga poses without my stomach literally getting in the way!!
  3. To be able to not be horrified when I see photos of myself.
  4. To lower my cholesterol and triglycerides.
  5. To lower my risk for diabetes, heart problems, arthritis and cancer.
  6. To get rid of heart burn.
  7. To stop the stress of all the weight on my feet. (I have plantar faciitis because of the weight.)
  8. To be able to sit in a chair with crossed legs.
  9. To be able to safely get pregnant without so many dangerous health risks. (We think we might want more kids down the road...?)
  10. Just to extend my probable life expectancy.
  11. Just to prove wrong these snobby Europeans who say all Americans are fat. (I lived there for several years.)
  12. To be a good example to my kids.
  13. To have more energy.
  14. To be able to shop at H & M and fit in their sizes!
  15. To prove to myself that I can overcome the hardest trial I've ever had in my life.
  16. To stop the cycle of self-loathing & depression.
  17. To sleep better. (Because of the weight, the doctor says I may have sleep apnea.)
  18. The stereotype out there is that if you're overweight, you're ghetto/low income. I don't want that label!
  19. Maybe my husband & my intimate relationship will improve because I just have a really hard time feeling "sexy" at this weight.
  20. So I can run, dance, and play tennis and not hurt my knees (the weight puts too much stress on my knees- last year I tore my ACL and meniscus partly because of this weight.)
  21. I've also heard that overweight people are more likely to get ovarian cysts (which I have). Maybe that problem would go away, too!
  22. To hear all the comments & praise from people about how good I look.
  23. So I can sit "criss cross apple sauce" when I volunteer at the preschool & have an easier time getting up off the floor.
  24. To be able to walk like a 35 year old woman (or a younger woman) rather than like I currently do now-- about like an 85 year old woman.
  25. To stop obsessing that my face is fat.
  26. To be able to put on socks & shoes without struggling.
  27. So my stomach can get bathed. Right now it sticks out of the water when I lay down in the bathtub like I'm pregnant. It's embarrassing, even though no one knew until now, and now you all know!
  28. When I take exercise classes at the gym, I'm sick of being disgusted by my big gut that I see from all sides in those mirrors.
  29. Horizontal lines in the front of my ankles where my shin meets my foot and on the top of my wrist where my hand bends upwards. The same lines chubby babies have! It's cute on them, but not so cute on me!
  30. Sick of the shelf in the front (no, stomach! not boobs!). Also, for the first time in my life, I have a shelf in the back, too. My shirt gets bunched up above my butt & doesn't lay nicely. Down with butt shelves!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

I can't believe I'm posting this photo but...


Oh the shame of looking at both of those numbers. The first one is the weight: 211.2. At least I lost 1 pound of the vacation gain. Not to discount that I can be happy for a loss, but I think it never would have happened if I hadn't been trying as hard as I could to get my 8 glasses of water in. The second number is body fat. 45%???? I don't know how accurate that is. This was taken first thing in the morning, and the manual that came with the scale said in the morning, it's not as accurate as in the evening, but if some of the kids on "Shaq's Big Challenge" had 50+% body fat, perhaps it could be accurate. How depressing.

So I feel I just have to dwell on the positive and the goals I currently have without slipping into any sort of denial. I have been eating extremely healthy, lo-cal, lo-fat, hi-fiber meals, but just too many desserts, afterwards. And I am like bi-polar with the exercise thing. I will do really fabulous for a while, then nothing. Last week I journaled all my breakfasts, as was my goal, and I did several spin classes and a yoga class that was kick-butt. This week I've been so busy and my goal was to walk for an hour a day on the treadmill, but since it wasn't a class at a certain time, it was harder to force myself to allow it into the schedule. And I've been tired. Blah blah. blah blobbity blah. I'll do better. My September goals are on the sidebar.

Good luck to you all! We can do this!

P.S. Vacation photos: you can either click on my Flickr badge on the lower end of the sidebar (but my browser hasn't been able to open the Organizer, so they're not organized or labeled). You can also check my other blogs for the photos I've posted on there so far: Something Beautiful or Humorous and Let Me Talk.