2008 New Year's Resolution: Don't Waste Time

In an effort to feel a little more positive about everything, I thought a change in look for the ol'weblog was in order. The black was starting to feel a little oppressive and not really me. Also, I think because this is an election year, I'm feeling a little more optimistic about the future and I thought that a new look would reflect that.

I like to think that if I fell into a coma and woke up in a hospital room with the TV on, I'd only need to see the first comercial break to know what time of year it is. How can I tell a new year is upon us. So many weight loss ads! They are always there, fitting in nicely between the Applebee's and coco cola commercials, but now they seem to have a little more urgency. Phrases like "This is your year" and "Don't Wait, do it now!" are everywhere. M&M's even has a song "This is the day your life will surely change." At the top of everyone's vanity, I mean resolutions list is loose weight. I've put this at the top of my own list for more then a few years now. But, it's something I've put on the top of my resolutions list every month. Yet, like congress and like a couple of other million people all those ads are designed for , I resolve but I do not act.

And this year I've decided not to buck a trend. I resolve to loose the forty pounds I've been not trying all that hard to loose since I gained them. No, I didn't just wake up one morning to find myself not so girlish around the waist. I let it sneak up on me and I've let it stick around. Maybe it's the cold SF weather? I don't know. Anyway, here it is and here I expect it to stay like the "Golden Gate Fitness" monthly charge on my credit card, useless, unwanted and immobile. Did I say I had a membership to a gym. Yes. And one day it will run out, and I'll be free. But that has nothing to do with weight loss and everything to do with bad money management. But I didn't make any resolution in that area, so lets move on.

The moral of this story is that every once in a while you'll see a blog with numbers on them. Honest numbers about me and my weight and my exercising and my eating and my feelings about myself. I promise no consistence in my record keeping, nor religious observance to calorie counting or anything like that. I just need to be honest somewhere and I'm going to start here in this empty corner of cyberspace where anyone walking by could take a look and make judgment.

On second thought maybe I don't NEED that...but apparently I'm going to do it anyway. So, here we go:

Weight: 190pds.
Steps taken today: Less than 1,000 so far
Food: toast w'peanut butter and oj for breakfast, water and salad with chicken and mustard dressing for lunch
Feelings: I had to buy XL shirts at Target last night, not the most fun I've had shopping. But they look good so I don't feel too bad. Pauline and I did a yoga DVD last night and tonight I'm taking a yoga class with Rachel and Emily. We'll see how it goes.

Ok. More interesting things tomorrow.


autumnmaple said…
You can do it, Claire! 2.5 years ago I was at my heaviest - I stopped weighing myself after 170 lbs. I dropped to 155 lbs after the first year, then another 10 lbs a year later. Until I met you and started doing the walks/hikes, I'd never exercised at all, so the weight loss achieved was solely through changing how I eat…portion control, watching the types of food I ate, stop dining out all the time and preparing my own food which can be more expensive than getting take out! It's hard to come to the realization that you pretty much need to be on a "diet" all the time - i.e. it's a whole Lifestyle Change. When you eat out, you’re not supposed to finish the whole plate – in fact, it’s often really 2 people’s portions. Watching what you eat requires attention and preparation – when I don’t get in my regular grocery shopping, I eat crap. I sincerely believe you can get to a size that you are comfortable with within a year...and your reward is looking/feeling Absolutely Fantastic! I think that's a decent prize.

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