I’ve decided to join Stephanie over at A Ditchin’ Time Quilts for her weekly Wednesday weigh-in. My first weigh-in will be next week so I hope to lose at least one itty-bitty pound!
Have been thinking ~ again ~ of losing weight for sometime. Every week I read how bad excess weight is and how it can lead to all kinds of horrible things, like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, etc. I know what I need to do … eat right and exercise regularly. But knowing and doing are two different things.
Since I got married almost 27 years ago, I have steadily gained over 90 lbs! Gasp! It’s the first time I’ve put that in writing. Three pregnancies; a couple of traumatic events that caused depression, panic attacks and agoraphobia; and a sedentary work- and life-style all lead to my weight gain. At some point, I gave up and for awhile accepted my being overweight.
Over the past few years, I tried several times to lose weight: joined Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and even Curves. At one point I lost 20 lbs. and felt pretty good. Then I lost interest, gained it all back plus more … and gave up again. I had one excuse after another. Then I told myself that “when I retired, I’d have more time to exercise and eat healthier” – no more eating-out with the office gang! Well, I’ve been retired 1-1/2 years and still overweight. But I know it’s not healthy and I do want to live for many more years.
I went to the doctor’s two days ago and was put on blood pressure medication for the first time in my life. I know my bad cholesterol levels are high and my sugar is high (pre-diabetic). Not good at all!! So I have to … I must … lose weight so I can enjoy a healthier and happier future.
Having said all that, today being my *first* day of eating healthy, I totally blew it! I had my usual coffee with hazelnut Coffee-mate and Eggos. Then, after a 3-hour visit at the DMV, DS#2 and I had a late lunch at Bob’s Big Boy, where I ordered a hamburger and fries with a chocolate shake … ouch!! In my defense, I ate only 1/2 the burger and 1/2 the shake. Dinner will be much healthier: tilapia fish with vegetables and a small salad.
I do enjoy walking so that will be my exercise because it has always worked for me … so long as it includes an incline. Lots of those where I live! So now I’m off for a short walk around the neighborhood and hopefully I will lose that itty-bitty pound for next week!