Monday, January 28, 2008

Day 136: 193.5

Today's weigh in was a little disappointing.. but definitely not terrible. I did have a cheat meal on Saturday night of ham and pineapple pizza... and my water had been poor all weekend. No excuses...just things I need to improve. Today is the start of a whole new week... another chance to do it right and see a loss.

Karate on Saturday was fun. To get to do something with my husband is great... and the fact that it is something that is good for us is even better! Tonight I have belly dancing with my mom... My calender is really starting to fill up!

I was cruising the blog world the other day and came across a post that really made sense to me. Hanlie from Fertile Healthy wrote a post that compared being on a diet like being newly married.. I'll let her tell you:

A number of years ago I met a girl in a bar, who recognized me from 6th grade. She took my number and actually phoned me! Nobody does that! We became friends. We were both single and unlucky in love. Our prospects looked bleak.

Then she met the one! And went from seeing me 4-5 times a week to about 4-5 times a year. We spoke on the phone pretty regularly and I kept up to date with the goings on in her life. After about a year they got engaged. I became grateful for the infrequent visits, because this girl went into wedding overdrive! During the 10 months before the wedding, she became a professional bride! It was painful to see…

The wedding was a huge success and even I enjoyed it. A mere three months later I got a late night phone call, asking if she could come over. Trouble in paradise. They had spent so much time planning the wedding that they never thought about planning their marriage. They were on the brink of divorce. Fortunately they were mature enough to go for counselling and now, three years later, they’re fine and happy.

I was just thinking today that most obese people are professional dieters. Just like the professional bride with all her catalogues, bridal books, magazines and samples, we have shelves filled with every conceivable, book, plan, and recipe, all the “must-have” exercise equipment (from which we hang our clothes), diet “stuff” on the refrigerator door, expired diet milkshakes in dark corners of our kitchen, scales in the bathroom and on the kitchen counter. We know our stuff. We do graphs. We log our food. We read Shape magazine. We watch Oprah and The Biggest Loser. We blog and join challenges. We count calories and set goals.

There are people who do this year in and year out. Most of us have. I’ve been familiar with the plan I’m following for more than 7 years now. I’ve told people about it, I’ve written about it, but I haven’t actually permanently implemented it. I’ve spent a lot of time “getting ready to start”.

I’ve now started. Seven years down the line. But starting is just a very small part of this… Now comes the “marriage”. The ups and the downs. The adapting. The disappointments and the moments that take your breath away. The waning of passion and the growth in intimacy. The getting comfortable in your routine. The tears and the laughter.

And I say: “Bring it on!”

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Elliot

I think she is brilliant! Her latest post is just as inspirational... go read it!

Today's workout was a 20 minute HIIT cardio and lower body weights. I was frustrated when I was half way thru my running and realized that I had forgotten to do my weights first and then run. Oh well, I will try again tomorrow! I am in a really good place right now... feeling positive and loving my workouts.. I need this to keep up!


Cara said...

That IS a great post! Makes me think on two different levels. Thanks for sharing :-)

Hanlie said...

Wow, thanks for the compliments! I'm just learning as I go along...

A few years ago some of my colleagues started doing tae kwon-do and loved it! I promised myself that when I got fit, I'd learn a martial art. Until I read about your karate, I'd totally forgotten about that. Now it's something I must add to my "reasons" list.

Laura N said...

Why are you dissappointed, silly girl? You LOST a pound over the weekend. That's a good thing.

Glad you are feeling good now.

Really loved the quote from the other blog. Too true.

P.O.M. said...

I totally agree. Beautifully written.

I was just posting on another blog that you have to come to your Oprah "Ah-ha" moment before you actually make changes that matter. I talked about losing weight for years before I actually did something about it. Everyone just has to find their mental readiness state.

ClaireBoe said...

Great job, girl! There is no same in a one pound loss - no way. I keep losing and gaining the same four pounds, so getting below that will be cool, even if it's 1/2 pound! :-)

I tagged you over at my blog. Had to do it, sorry! :-)