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26 December 2008

I promise not to turn this into a weight loss blog...


But - you need to indulge me a post on the subject at least occasionally...

Those of you who know me well and for a long time know that I have been running from the fat girl for a long long time. All my life as a matter of fact. Kicked that beyotch to the curb about a decade ago - but the pregnancy changed the game for me. Mind you - I am not blaming my current status solely on an event that occurred eight years ago. I have gone through different mindsets on this subject ranging from "who cares" to "maniacal obsessive" - none of it has served me well.

So I go back in time and revisit what I did to lose the weight originally. Raise your hand if you know what the answer is. Yes - that's right. Weight Watchers. BUT (and this is a big but - pun intended, LOL) it was PRE-POINTS!!! I loathe this 1-2-3 B.S. and everything that has come since. I have tried on three separate occasions to lose weight this way and for reasons unknown to me - points don't work for me. I liked the old exchange system... I don't remember the fancy-pants marketing term for it. but it was circa 1996. I spent a fair amount of time on-line last night trying to dig something up from that time period. Some luck - but what I did find was some information on TOPS (take off pounds sensibly). Guess what they offer??? (well - besides affordable meetings that are held at a time that I can not attend) An exchange system! YAY! So I downloaded their materials (doesn't say anywhere that I can't). And have just survived day one. Rather well, I might add. Never mind that I am pretty hungry right now - but - that really shouldn't be surprising. I walked for about a half an hour as well. That was the other part of my success before - I walked A.LOT. So I went out and bought sneakers today. And I walked. And now I feel like I got hit with a Mac Truck - but I am hoping it will get better... with time. That whole exercise gives you energy thing?? Doesn't work. Not in my universe.

So - the gig is I want to lose 61 pounds. Doctors would tell me I "need" to loose about hmmm - probably closer to 80 but I figure if they want to live my life they can pay my rent - 61 is just fine with me. At the end of the day - 55 or even 50 may be fine with me too - we shall see when we get there. I am NOT going to have that "last ten pounds" frustrate me into giving up completely and gaining it all back - been there. Done that. NOT happening again. Skinny is not on my wishlist.

You can watch my progress at the bottom of the blog - there is a little tracker. I reserve the right to rant when I need to - but I will be careful not to go on and on and on about this here. I know what a colossal bore that can be.

Okay - thanks for listening... Encouragement is appreciated. :D

6 comments:

Sandi said...

I wish you success! Losing weight was so easy for me when I was young. Eat less for a couple of days and I could drop 5 pounds without blinking. Not so much anymore. I've tried WW - both the points and the exchanges. Too much work. After I retired in February, Ed and I both decided to lose weight. Me for vanity and health, him for his heart. Best method for us? Plain and simply counting calories. Found a great website to help us by creating a daily journal of what we eat so we can stay in bounds. That, plus a treadmill in the garage with a DVD player attached. He lost 20 pounds in about 6 months and I lost 15. We both want to lose a bit more, but decided to wait until after the holidays!

I'm rooting for you!

Daisy said...

Thanks, Sandi. Counting calories, as it turns out, is too much work for me. I used to use fitday - and I highly recommend it but for me, personally, and this is super weird since I so very much love technology - I need good old paper and pencil for my journal.

Personally, I am reasonably fine with my weight - I am healthy, no heart issues, no blood pressure issues, cholesterol is something like 146 - it's all good - but recently I have been literally hearing complaints from my skeletal system and feel I must pay heed. Therefore - I shall endeavor to lighten the load so to speak, LOL...

Daisy said...

Oh - and congrats on yours and Ed's successes! Nicely done!

Evelyn said...

And, you started BEFORE New Year's Day! Good for you!

Lara said...

I've always been the one who only needs to lose that last 10-15 lbs, and I know how daunting that can be. I admire you more than you know for taking on this challenge. Updates are always welcome, from my perspective. :)

Marvin the Martian said...

You've done it once, you can do it again!

I'm 216 and aiming for 170 by July. We thought about Weight Watchers but opted for http://caloriecount.about.com/ instead, since it's free and pretty much has the same stuff as WW. We'll see.