Everything sublime is as difficult as it is rare. Baruch Spinoza

Friday, January 30, 2009

All the King's Horses........

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people. ~ Orson Welles

There is a blog thing going around - Fitness Friday. I am not a fan of organized exercise and diet, so I have resisted (and still am), but Friday seemed to be the day for me to complain about my plight! I am a butterball. I think someone snuck in at night and injected me with jello, because there can be no other reason for all this stuff around my middle and across my butt. I absolutely waddle.

I long ago gave up the idea I would ever be what I once was, but I didn't know I would become Humpty-Dumpty. Please. So, I decide, do I continue the waddle walk or do I watch what I eat? What other four words could strike such terror as those. I know it's unhealthy to carry so much weight, so I'm going to be forced into action. Seriously, I've cut off 11 inches of my hair and didn't lose a pound. What's up with that? I guess I need to cut out ice cream, wine with dinner and I guess what I have for dinner, since the hair thing didn't work. I can't think of a way to make myself taller (I've always believed I am undertall rather than overweight), so I need to consider the food. Maybe I'll search Craig's List for a treadmill, something being dumped by someone else who thought it was once a good idea. 

Ah well, I sit here eating yeast rolls covered in blueberry preserves as I write about doing something about my weight. So goes my life, lots of thought, not so much action.

I put a weight-loss tracker on the sidebar, but don't hold your breath waiting for it to move!


JeanRDH said...

Best wishes, Sandra.
I usually can count on a crisis for losing weight. You've been through plenty lately...

Britwife said...

Like you, I ABSOLUTELY refuse to give up the foods that I love. That is the only reason that I exercise. (I'm fairly new to it - I've only been doing it for a year now). I don't love to exercise - I struggle daily with it. I force myself to spend time with the treadmill, the Wii fit, or the stability ball. But I have seen results (50 lbs. down, 25 to go) - so we have a love/hate relationship.
Oh! And I truly do feel better.
Good luck. I know that it sucks.
One more thing. Being taller doesn't hide the pounds either. I'm almost 6 feet tall.

EveryoneThinksThey'reGoodDrivers said...

I hear you Sandra.

Yesterday I got fed up.

I went running for a half an hour, tooking a weight lifting class AND went and loped horses all afternoon.

What that got me was how I feel today, I feel like I have a hangover.

Skipped the gym this morning but am riding all afternoon again and NOT looking forward to it!

I think the key here is moderation. Something I'm not always good at!

EveryoneThinksThey'reGoodDrivers said...

Adding the cold weather to sore muscles does not help!

Sandra said...

Jean, crisis only makes me eat more. I tend to stuff my misery with food!

Britwife, I work in the barn all day. It is not aerobic though, so it does no good for weight loss, but it makes me tired and not interested in doing SOME MORE work! I know I need to, but.....

Jeni, the last thing you need to do is lose weight, you look mahvelous, dahling! Stop turning your riding into a JOB. Keep repeating that, over and over!

Britwife said...

You are probably solid muscle with all that laborous work. (Remember, muscle weighs more than fat!)
You are probably in way better shape than all of us combined -
I will say it again though - I hate to exercise!

Jean L. said...

The long cold winter has not helped any of us. Our brains say, "Store up MORE FOOD!" and what are we to do?

Stephanie and I joined Weight Watchers a few weeks ago. I KNOW how to lose weight, but seems to need to accountablility of that weekly weigh-in. It has worked before, so I will give it a go again.

Sandra said...

I know what you mean. The past couple of falls I have been like a squirrel storing food!

Good luck with Weight Watchers. I t helps to have a partner. I have to trick myself into better eating. The minute I talk about diet, I start to gain weight.

Britwife, I am strong and probably can outwork most people, but I'm also way too fat!

Sandra said...

Also, Mark doesn't help. He thinks he is being helpful, but he came home yesterday with two thin crust pizzas. He thought it would be nice to have on hand for over the weekend. I ordered him to stop with the ice cream, so now we need to talk about the pizza!

Susan said...

Personally Sandra, I think you are an attractive person. One does not have to be tall and thin to be attractive. Likewise, a good portion of one's beauty comes from the inside too, and you have that in spades.

Like Jean, stress makes me not eat... I've not been hungry for up to three days at a time. Unfortuantely, I deal with stress pretty well, so I can't count on it for weight control.

Instead, I've opted for a lifestyle change. The way I figure, I may never be as thin as I would like, but I can be in decent shape, eat well, and be happy. Live life. Move. Use my body. I may not do crunches, machines, etc, but I do walk, stretch, etc. Carve out time when I can but always do certain things (walk the dog, ride the horse) without waiver.

Truth be told, it is an effort to get moving, but once I do, I always find I feel much better. I walk the dog for 30-40 minutes each morning, including those where it is -28 below, pouring rain, windy as heck, etc. I've really enjoyed snowshoeing this winter -- finally nice to have enough snow to do it after sparse years. You'd be suprised the simple joy of being out in the cold, crisp air, just moving. Last Saturday when it was pretty well below zero, I walked the dog for two and a half hours that morning. It's not as miserable or as cold as you think. ;)

As far as the food -- eat it and enjoy. Diet is a four letter word. You can eat healthy and sensibily and enjoy the wine (it is good for you), the butter (not anywhere as near as bad as anyone thinks), the olive oil, and a little dessert. The happiest and healthiest folks I know eat what they want in moderation rather than deprive themselves... doing so sets youself up for failure. They move a bit doing things that they truly enjoy (doesn't feel like work that way).

Besides, those blueberries in the presverses are a superfood, loaded with good stuff!

Sandra said...

You're very right Susan. I am not one to care that I am overweight, but the past couple of months I have put on an additional 20 lbs and that puts me at an unhealthy weight. I don't mind my weight normally, but this isn't good for me. I know I can't diet because I have tried that and it doesn't work. Moderation is my problem!

Sandra said...

Oh, and before I go back out to work. That's the second time in as many days someone has said something very nice about me. Don't give me a big head! Actually, thank you.

Susan said...

Thought you might get a kick out of this! We've joked about it and now science have proven it!