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Thursday, April 14, 2011

WHEN? Would Someone Shed Some Light?

When you begin to try really hard to eat right and work out every other day WHEN does the fat start to go away? Anyone?

Oh, I guess it takes longer than 2 weeks and I guess after you work out, get sore, work THAT out, go back and get more exercise of some sort, try to eat right and THEN eat cookies, drink sweet tea, and have a crescent roll with butter on it (that was heavenly!)  it kind of cancels it all out so you are right back where you started.

Am I right? Was that the longest sentence ever?

I don’t need to get rid of 5lbs. either. I need to get rid of like 50! It is so easy to get discouraged when you’ve TRIED so HARD!  Yeah. Whatever.

I really am trying to… TRY. I guess my clothes have felt a little smidge better than they did before I started this rigorous exercise and diet plan.

Ok, honestly here’s what I’ve done. I have tried to eat better. Like oatmeal for breakfast (filling and I like it) something other than a sandwich (bread) and no chips, etc. for lunch and then something sensible for dinner. And I’ve tried to drink more water. My problem is that by dinner time I am ready to eat MY HOUSE so I tend to clean my plate AND want dessert! Not that I am eating junk for dinner, but I want ALL that’s coming to me! Not really controlling my portions all the time.

I have also been trying to work out at least 3 times a week. I have done a toning class, been to the weight room where I ran/walked on the treadmill or elliptical and lifted weights and I have tried to run/walk outside.

The motivation for all of this?

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Yes, the dreaded photo! This is just one of several that have been taken of me recently. My friend took this at a shower and when I saw it all I saw were my 2 chins (among my other 2 things!) and thought HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?!?! Something MUST be done!

Now, do not get me wrong. I am not down on myself. I am not super confident in my looks, but I am not lying on the sofa in a state of depression either. I am just tired of being the one that you’d describe to your husband, who has never met me, as “You know… she’s a little chubby and has curly hair (with bad roots! She could use a color job!)??”

The other thing? I am 41 and I have a 9 year old. I am not the youngest mom on the block and I have a ways to go to help this kid grow into who she needs to be. I do not want my health to start declining before it has to because I could not control how many brownies I ate! Sometimes when you have outside motivation it helps you try harder and stick to it.

ANYWAY! The journey has begun. I have not done as good today as I have in days previous. I didn’t exercise, I woke up late so I didn’t pack my lunch for work and I didn’t drink as much water. The good news!? Tomorrow is a NEW DAY! I can wake up ready to go and keep truckin’ one day at a time!

Anyone else on the same train? What are you doing that has helped?

4 comments:

Patty Sumner said...

You go girl! Yes, I definitely need to do something.....just not motivated to do so.....Keep up the good work...blessings!

Cindy said...

Great job! One day at a time!

I also have tried to cut down on the sugar, in my cereal, in my tea, etc. Trying to eat better breakfasts too, more whole grain cereal, less buttered toast. :)

Dinner is my downfall. Breakfast and lunch are good, but dinner? SO hungry. Not the healthiest of meals for us and I always eat too much. One day at a time....

Faith said...

I love that picture of my beautiful friend!

Jacquie said...

Melissa, you are doing the right things. You need to stay the course. It takes a while. Several years ago, I had 30 pounds to lose. I did a 12 week program (www.bodyforlife.com) and while it took a while... it worked. I promised myself after trying program after program, to give this one a YEAR to see if it would really work. A YEAR! Well, within 6 months I was a size 2/4 - from a 10/12. I was your age at the time. Eliminating (or at least cutting way back on) sugar - especially the nearer you are to menopause - is going to be important. You need to think of your body as a roll of paper towels. As you make healthy choices... your body is changing from the inside out and you peel of a "paper towel" each time. Little by little the paper towel roll gets smaller and smaller and what gets unveiled underneath is a fit, healthy core. Just remember to do some strength training and cardio every week. For me... I had SLOW progress the first 8-10 weeks!! That about killed me, but then it started to melt off. My clothes changed more than the scale did, though. So, don't rely solely on the scale. Hope this helps a little.