Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Acting Like a Skinny Person, my online journey begins

I have fought this battle before. I have won before. I have lost before. What is it that finally motivates people to lose weight and get fit? I can't point to any one thing, except for a feeling that it's now or never. Recently I've been aware of a number of people who have died and are close to my age. I have two young children. I want to be here for them. I know I need to work to increase my odds! And, I know I can do it. I've just been lazy.

I've been inspired by reading so many weight loss blogs (and I'll post them here). I am hoping that this will keep me accountable. I also know that if I can write down what works for me, later I can look back when I need a push.

Why did I call this blog Acting Like a Skinny Person? Because I think that although sometimes us overweight folk would like to think that skinny people are lucky or have a different, better metabolism (and maybe a few do), that they do things differently than fat people. They eat the right amount of food for their size, and they exercise. So I am going to act like a skinny person.

I actually started my journey about 3 1/2 weeks ago. I joined a gym, and I've been eating well. I've done Weight Watchers in the past (successfully and unsuccessfully), but for now I'm not going to join. I reserve the right to join in the future. So here I go. If I inspire someone, great, but for now this is a journal for me, to keep me honest and to keep me going.

Here are the facts. I'm 47. I'm happily married and I have two kids. Thing one is 8 and Thing 2 is 5, almost 6. They are girly girls. More on them another time. My starting weight (a few weeks ago on January 24th) was 204. As of today, I am 197 (yay me!). I will try to post weekly weigh ins on Sunday, but I admit, I weigh myself almost every day.

I have never been a great exerciser. But, in the past the only time I really lost weight was when I went to a gym. And the only time I consistently went to the gym was if I went bright and early. 5am early. I know for many people this seems ridiculous, but it works for me. And really, you'd be surprised how many people are at the gym at 5am. A lot.

I'm just starting with the treadmill. I actually have done better than I thought, so I wasn't as out of shape as I feared. For now I'm trying to do 3 miles every visit. I try to do that within a 40-minute time frame, 3-5 times a week. I'll mix that up, and I know I need to add weight training too. I know myself, and slow and steady is the only way to go.

So here I go. Wish me luck.

Today's thought: If you always do what you what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!

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