Archive for December, 2008

New Year’s Resolutions & Diet Success Motivation

new_years_fireworksI can’t tell you how many times my New Year’s resolution has been to lose weight, exercise more, blah, blah, blah. Those usually last about a week for me.

There have also been big events where I wanted to lose the weight, but just always managed to find any excuse not to.

And then there have been times I’ve been reasonably successful. Like before my sister’s wedding. Before I went to the Bahamas. Ran into an old boyfriend. And once or twice for really no reason at all. Like now.

This holiday season, I went to Christmas parties and family gatherings 33 pounds thinner than last year. I started in July. And I’m signed up for a triathlon in April. And I’m turning 50 in May. My husband will tell you, like he told everyone at the family gatherings that I’m motivated this time because I’m turning 50 in May. And he’s partially right. But usually before a big birthday, I would start my weight loss efforts a month before, not almost a full year before.

I honestly can’t tell you what the trigger is this time. Why I’m able to stick to Weight Watchers now when I’ve never been very successful with it before. Why I joined a gym and am actually going there and not just throwing my money at it. Why I was able to indulge in Christmas feastings for a week and then magically get back to my old routine. That’s never happened before. Usually after the event that sparked the healthy lifestyle changes, I immediately retreat right back to bad habits. Could it be that this time this is gonna stick?

I’ve got 30 or so pounds to go and a race in April to get ready for. My motivation is solid this time and if I can figure out what flipped the switch I’ll share it.

Because let’s face it, without that real motivation, no diet (not Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Atkins or diet pills) is gonna work for long. I know. I’ve tried them all.

What I do know is that I’m going to ride this wave of motivation for all its worth. And I refuse to use my 50th birthday as the reason. If I do that, the switch might go back off after the big day in May and that won’t be any good.

Do you know why you’ve been able to change to a healthier lifestyle? Let’s share and motivate others who are getting ready to put their New Year’s resolutions into action. My hubby is one of those! I’m rooting for his success too!

Happy New Year! may 2009 be a healthy one.

Triathlon Here I Come

Ok, so it’s official. Back when I decided it was time to get fit for my 50th birthday (and actually even way before that), I had always had the idea that I would participate in a triathlon. My brother is a triathlete, a good one, and he is in incredible shape. Coming from the same gene pool, I figure I can do this too. (oh sure.)

So I signed up and the date of my very first triathlon will be April 18, 2009, just one month before the big birthday. It’s a starter triathlon (Mini Mighty Man) with a 400 meter swim, 6 mile bike and 2 mile run. However, coming from my state of years of no exercise, this will be a challenge. I started preparing when I started weight watchers in July, with walking. Now I’m at the gym swimming, biking and trying to run (this will be my toughest challenge as I’ve never been a runner).

I’m fortunate to have a background in competitive swimming, and even though I hadn’t been in the pool in a very long time and am still recovering from a torn rotator cuff injury, this has come back easily.

The rest will be a little tougher. However, I’ve made the commitment, I’m ready and I’m really excited! Of course it’s easy to be excited when I haven’t been to the gym in a week because of schedule conflicts, but I’m back there tonight.

I know exercise is an essential part of losing weight. However, I’m not a huge fan of it (even though I love the way I feel when I’m done). It’s so easy to find a million excuses not to exercise. I figure signing up for this triathlon and sharing my intentions with the world will be one really big, good reason to be exercising…and getting fit along the way!

I’ll keep you posted.

Christmas Cookies…All Cookies…Are Evil

I’m having a somewhat tough Weight Watcher’s week. Between work stress and at-home business deadline stress, as an emotional eater, not shoving everything under the sun into my mouth takes lots of willpower. Fortunately, I don’t keep anything in my house anymore that could do too much damage.  Add to that that because I’ve had so much work to do, I’ve not gotten to the gym in a week (not really a good enough excuse, I know).

And this morning, after 5 months on Weight Watchers and 30 pounds lost, I decided that I’ve got to come up with some new favorites. I’m getting a  little bored with what I’m eating on a regular basis. I need a routine to stick to this program, but I think it’s definitely time to change that up a little.

Which brings me to why Christmas cookies are evil. I am addicted to sweets. And cookies are my all-time nemesis. So much flavor (and sugar and fat) in what seems like a harmless treat. I mean, to eat ice cream or cake, you need to do stuff and by the portion size, you know you are ringing up the points. But cookies? You can just pop those babies in your mouth and before you know it, you’ve eaten like 12  (or half a box).

So today, being bored, feeling guilty for missing the gym, and being just generally stressed, I come into work and right behind me walks one of my co-workers with a huge tray of a bunch of different kinds of Christmas cookies…..Gingerbread, snowballs, sugar cookies, chocolate chips….iced cookies….even chocolate candy (yum) just looking tantalizingly tasty and sitting only a few feet from my desk. I’ve resisted so far today and I hope to resist the rest of the day. But I’m distracted, not concentrating and I think those darn cookies have been whispering my name all morning. I feel kind of like a drug addict who needs a fix. 🙂

I’ve kind of planned out my holiday celebrating (Thanksgiving, office holiday party, Christmas Eve and Christmas, I’m not on Weight Watchers). But the rest of the time, I’ve planned to stay the course and resist temptation.

And while I know on Weight Watchers, it’s ok to have a cookie here and there, and even cheescake, as long as its accounted for, I can’t get started on cookies, because I would never be able to eat just one, or even two or three for that matter.

So I hope to get through this day avoiding the cookie tray and it could just turn what has started out as  a tough WW week to a triumphant one!

Cookies are evil…. Cookies are evil…. Cookies are evil….. Say it with me now…

I’m in Onederland!

I heard that term today, and I thought that was so cool! Especially since I’m there now. Well, not officially on the Weight Watcher’s scale…I still have .3 pounds to lose for that (jeans….turtlenecks…it is winter after all), but on my scale in the morning (all week!), which actually weighs me a little heavier than the weight watcher’s scale, I’m under that mark by a couple of pounds. And it feels so good!

After all that’s 30 pounds gone. And 30 less to go than when I started! And that was at my weigh in the week after Thanksgiving. I lost 1.4 lbs. and was so proud that I managed my holiday week well while thoroughly enjoying my Thanksgiving feast!

On top of that, I needed new holiday clothes and for the first time in a very long time, I fit into a 16…. no W after the number! I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun that was! Yay exercise!

I am thankful that…

I made it through Thanksgiving!

I weighed in on Wednesday evening — down 1.4 for a total of 28.6 — which made me so happy after the scale did not budge the week before. I walked 2.5 miles on Thanksgiving morning so I wouldn’t feel guilty eating.

And I really enjoyed my Thanksgiving dinner and all the trimmings.

I had decided ahead of time that I wouldn’t be on Weight Watchers on that day, but that day only. Fortunately we go to my brother-in-law’s for Thanksgiving and we made sure not to bring anything home. On the day itself, I did much bteter than I’d planned (I got full faster than I expected!), and the rest of the weekend, while I didn’t always make the best choices, I stayed in points.

This week, I will be happy to stay the same on the scale. Every extra calorie on Thanksgiving Day was well worth it. I enjoyed my family, the traditions and the stuffed mushrooms!