I LOVE food. I love it.
I hate working out.
And diets. I think it’s something Satan made up.
Also, I have very little self-discipline.
So is it really shocking that I should be about 30lbs lighter? Um, no.
What is kind of shocking to me is how quickly my metabolism packed its bags and got out of here. It was like the day I turned 18, my body just gave up.
I know that’s not entirely true. When I took a dance class in college, my body was tone. My arms looked awesome. And I was 19 then.
But let’s have a reality check. I’m not a teenager anymore. And you can’t eat chips and pizza and whatever else you want, not work out, and expect to stay fit. That’s just stupid.
Although I don’t consider myself to be a stupid person, that’s exactly what I’ve done. And now every time I look at the scale (which I am doing less and less of), I see this:
And it’s getting ridiculous. I don’t even feel like I look like myself in pictures anymore. At under 5′ 3″, every extra pound shows. Tom worries about me because I literally cannot be satisfied with how I look. Even if I think I look okay in the mirror, I see a picture that same day and realize how I really look. It’s just not fun.
SO. Here’s the deal. I don’t really do “new years resolutions.” I have tried them and don’t think they work very well for me. But since it happens to be the new year, and I know lots of people have resolutions, I figured that I would share what I’m doing as my new health regimen.
It’s nothing that impossible. But basically, part one of my goal is to take a brisk, one-hour walk Monday-Friday. That may not sound like much, but 5 hours of exercise a week is about 10.83 days of straight walking a year. That’s more exercising than I usually do, trust me.
Part two isn’t that hard either. I basically am going to just find some healthy recipes that incorporate more veggies and fruits into my diet. I’m planning to do a lot of soups (at least until it’s hot again) and to work at getting more salads into my meals.
Why so simple? Well, I’ve done P90X, and it’s great, but after 3 months of the same work outs, I get bored. I had a very hard time doing it again, and I ended up not keeping it up. Insanity and I mix about as well as oil and water. Not happening. And I am NOT a runner. I hated running even when I was 14 and on the track team at my high school. (Tell me how that makes sense.)
I figure I can switch to a different kind of work-out every now and then. I mean, if I would rather hike than take a walk, that’s great so long as I do it for an hour. And walking is something I can do pretty much anywhere. I can even do that on the treadmill if the weather is uncooperative. I’m also really interested in taking a swing dance class, but since walking is free, I’m sticking with that for now.
As for what I eat, I’m still going to have chips and desserts and french fries on occasion, but it’s not going to be a regular part of my diet anymore. I have GOT to eat better. But I’m not a specific diet kinda gal. I lost about 12 pounds on Weight Watchers before Tom and I got married, but then I gained it all back and then some after. I don’t want to count points or do some other diet where I have to miss out on all sugars or carbs or whatever. I just want to have healthy foods around the house so that when I eat, my options are all healthy.
I figure if my diet and exercise are so simple that I have no reason not to do them, it will make it harder to veer off course.
Feeling good about myself isn’t the only reason I’m doing this, by the way, though I do think it’s a good enough reason all on it’s own. As a Christian, I am called to see my body as “a temple.” Basically, the Holy Spirit lives in me, and I have to take care of my body as His dwelling place. It’s one of the reasons that most Christians are against smoking, excessive drinking, and other vices.
But for some reason, I know a lot of unhealthy Christians. I’m on my way to becoming one. (I’ve asked my doctor, and she says I’m fine, but I still want to get to my ideal weight.) The Bible is clear on gluttony being a sin, but we still stuff our faces at potluck dinners at church. And I think it’s not that big of a deal to eat until you’re stuffed every now and then. But we eat beyond what is necessary so often that it’s appalling.
And it’s even grosser when you think of how many people are hungry every day, while I carry around 30 extra pounds. I just cannot excuse that in myself. I should be taking care of the body I’ve been given. And if I have so much extra, I should give it away, not eat it.
So, you can see there are many angles from which I am approaching this. And even with all those good reasons (self-image, health, faith), I know I will still struggle to keep at it. So…as I reach milestones, I will be posting about them. I want to stick with it, and that will most likely require some accountability. Feel free to ask me every now and then how it’s going or to tell me about your own health regimens! I would love the accountability and encouragement.
~Meghan (aka Fatso…but not for long.)