One of my New Year’s resolutions was to lose weight. My first month has gone well, easing me back in to the weight loss game. Weight Watchers has been helpful, and I started incorporating cardio into my plan a week ago. I've now lost 6.5 lbs:
And because I’m a stat geek, here’s the table view:
Die Fat or Get Tough has really helped keep me personally responsible for my weight and activity level.
This week’s chapters have me thinking about fear, expectations, perceptions, and fending off society’s ideas of weight and weight loss.
Like many fat people, I’ve definitely been driven fear. I’m afraid I’ll miss out on the foods I love, so I’ve been eating them like they’re going out of style. Fear of not fitting in at an office party or dinner with friends. Instead of focusing on that I’ve lost, I’m starting to focus on the foods I have and what they will do for me. Operate out of fear or love – it’s my choice. Fear has kept me fat.
There are no shortcuts to weight loss. Exercise intensity and extreme dedication to a diet may accelerate weight loss, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be pain free. I’ll either pay the price for success or of regret. Again, my choice. “Discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons” (p. 20)
There is no excuse for being fat. It’s my choice. Everyone has a reason for not eating healthier or exercising. I’m a full-time working wife and mother, so yes, time is a challenge. But that is no longer my excuse for staying fat, but the very reason for getting in shape! Marketing companies love that we can’t control our own lives, because we’ll pay them to do it for us! I’m not saying don’t get help, but there are tons of weight loss schemes out there. I’ve let my weight (this also means my life) get out of control for way too long. Life is a precious gift – why would I want someone else to run mine for me? One of my biggest motivators, SlimKatie, says on her blog that “I make the decision about my food, nobody else”. If you haven’t already heard of her, check her out: http://www.runsforcookies.com/
Saying things like big is beautiful, overweight, or pleasantly plump is just enabling me to stay out of control with my body. It gives me permission to keep making bad choices and destroying my health. When I looked at a recent picture of myself, its honesty cut me to the core. It shattered the illusions that I was fine the way I was. I was not fine. But I did accept and love myself enough to start changing.
Also, age does not matter! I’m pushing 40, and hope to soon be in my best shape yet. Need more inspiration? Check out Tosca Reno, who totally transformed her body and her life at the age of 40. http://www.toscareno.com/ She rocks!
Healthy eating and exercise won’t let me down!