Thursday, February 7, 2013
My need to shed
As in some weight, not my hair. I want to lose some weight and get into better shape. I'm just not sure how to go about it. Ok, in my head I know the things to do. The challenge is in keeping to it on a daily basis. I'm a great starter of things. But long-term, not so much. And I've been on this merry-go-round more than a few times so far in my life. But that picture of me on Eagle the other day freaked me out. My butt looks too big to fit into my saddle, and my butt has never even been my problem area! I can only imagine what was going through my horse's mind...sheesh! I don't feel as athletic as I did a few years ago, so I need to do something about it before I get too out of control. I also realize that my weight and lack of athleticism is more than likely my main reason for feeling so much less confident in the saddle too. I know that for sure.
So...what to do? I need a plan. Something that won't leave me feeling short-changed or like I'm being punished. I've considered joining weight watchers on-line, but find myself not really wanting to go that route. I know the diet industry is just that; a huge, corporate, money-making industry that preys on overweight people and their hopes and wishes of becoming thin. They make it sound all too easy, and I for one, know it's not all that easy. If that were the case, we'd all be appropriately thin. My doctor has advised going to Overeater's Anonymous meetings. They're a 12-step program (amazingly familiar to Alcoholic's Anonymous) that's based on the premise that we are not in control of our lives, that our lives have become unmanageable and we need these meetings to bring us back to sanity. Not sure I agree with that, nor do I necessarily think that's the case. However, I do like the idea of a group of people with similar feelings and issues that might be helpful in staying accountable. I've just never been a real fan of that type of group setting, baring ones' soul to strangers and all that. I don't know, maybe I could attend a meeting and see what the "feel" of the group was like. Guess I could commit to one, anyway. I did join weight watchers once, and did not enjoy that group setting at all.
I'm going to try making a few small changes at first. And slowly, incorporate more healthy choices into my daily routine. Another problem is, my husband. He doesn't want any changes, which makes it even harder for me to incorporate real change into my life without affecting his. I've used sneaky tactics before, and am certainly not "above" going this route again. :) What hubby doesn't know, doesn't hurt him. Quite the contrary really. Would be of great benefit to him as well. He could stand to lose a few pounds too, I know he'd feel better.
I'd appreciate advice, suggestions, ideas for what might be helpful. What you might have experienced in your own life, what's worked for you, and what hasn't. Frankly, I'll accept all the help I can get!
My first step is to drink several glasses of water each day when I'm at work. I've begun taking a multi-vitamin each day, and now that our weather is a bit better, I'll start taking the dogs and walking with them at lunch times again. I'm of the opinion that even a little exercise each day is certainly better than none. Couldn't hurt, right? Problem is, I know that's not enough. My body hangs onto this weight for all its' worth. I need a lot less calories on a daily basis incorporated with an exercise program.
A good friend told me about this community garden co-op program called Bountiful baskets. They have them in various parts of the country, and we have one locally. You go online and click on what you'd like. You buy when you want to, and don't when you choose not to. What could be simpler? A full basket consists of about 50% fruits and 50% veggies. You never know exactly what will be in your basket, and it varies by what's in season, what they can get and so on. If there's something you particularly don't like, you can make that noted and they'll try not to include that item again. There's several options for adding on as well, including breads, citrus packs, cookies, home canned goods in the summer, extra veggies if you have a larger sized family and so on. The add-on options vary. This month they have 20 heart-shaped cookies that come with red and pink frosting for you to decorate yourself. Cost was $10...I wanted those cookies, but did not get them. (patting self on back) So, for starters this coming weekend will be our first fulfilled order and we'll see how it goes. The cost is $16.50 for what sounds like approximately 20 lbs. of produce. My friend has been getting this produce for a while now, and she says the quality and variety is wonderful. I'm excited! This is one way of adding in more fresh fruits/veggies into our daily diet year round. They also have a blog where they post recipes, preservation tips, etc.
Onward and upward my friends! Keep me in your prayers if you will, and I'll keep you in mine as well. My annual doctor's appointment is coming up fairly soon, and I am so not looking forward to stepping on that scale. :( *crap*
Blessings all, Lorie @ Cingspots
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