Saturday, September 22, 2007

Embarking on a New Journey

It's time for a change in my life, one that will improve and lengthen it. I'm 38, I really don't mind the number of years, but I do mind the wear and tear on my body. At the end of the day, my ankles and feet ache! They hurt so much I hobble. My hips, especially my left side, sometimes have a sharp pain. My energy level has dwindled down to almost nothing, in fact it is so bad, I notice I don't get down on the floor and play with my kids as much as I use to. I procrastinate everything, excusing myself from responsibility because I am too tired. My weight is increasing, and clothes are really starting to bind and pinch. Yes, it is time for change.

I want health. I want to be free from aches and lethargy. I want to vivaciously play with my children. I want to feel comfortable in my clothes. I want energy to accomplish each day's tasks.

The holidays are rapidly approaching. Halloween incorporates so much candy, my head spins thinking about all the sugar highs to be had. Thanksgiving surrounds us with loved ones, and a feast where going back for seconds and thirds is more than appropriate. Christmas, of course, means cookies, fudge, and parties. Don't forget New Year's where appetizers and drinks are abundant.

Normally, I do not dare make eating and lifestyle changes this time of year. Instead, I just expect and accept weight gain as a holiday ritual and eat myself into oblivion. Not this year, this year I am taking control over my health. When January 1, 2008 rolls around, I will look in the mirror and smile, not sigh, not cry, but smile, even clap and cheer and do a little happy dance!

Now, to accomplish this change in my life, I need to set some goals:

With a little determination, and the help of family and friends, we can accomplish anything. I know I have the support of my family and local friends. Through blogging, I know I will also have your help. If you ever want to share some advice or a kind word, I'll be more than happy to listen to what you have to say. I'm also joining the courageous gals at Tales From the Scales. They are having a weight loss challenge: Looking Great in 2008! I am very excited about joining this group and look forward to meeting some of them and reading their successes.

I love food. I know, duh, that's how I got this way in the first place. I do not believe there are bad foods, just bad portions. I will continue to eat the foods I love, but I will measure the amounts I eat. I will journal in a notebook what I am eating and keep track of the calories I consume. I already eat fairly healthy and make sure I get veggies and fruits each day, I just need to limit other foods and rethink eating an entire box of cookies. All together now, "PORTION CONTROL!"

I've noticed I'm not drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day. Plus, I live in the desert, I probably require a bit more than that. Water consumption is a high priority.

No more excuses, I need to get up and moving every day. It may be a walk around the block, or a couple of sprints up and down the stairs, or running with my kids outside. I really want to try and involve my kids with exercise so it becomes a natural part of their day, too.

Weight loss goal
I hope to lose 10 pounds by January 1, 2008. Nothing over the top, but attainable, and definitely a step in the right direction. I currently weigh 172 pounds, ugh. Yes, being 162 pounds will be a HUGE improvement.

Whew, that's a lot to think about. But I'm ready, ready for change, ready for health and energy.


carrie said...

You are so brave just writing this down for us all to see!

I have faith that you will reach your goal and hopefully we will both be a little lighter in 2008 (because my pants are getting tighter and tighter too!).

I am right there with ya!

Kelli in the Mirror said...

I'm with you too! I'm stuck at 182, looking to get where you are. :) Portion control is my biggest problem. If one is good, three or four are way better...

Lady M said...

Good for you! Wishing you continued strength in your food choices. I like your attitude - nothing wrong with eating treats, but just smaller amounts.

Anonymous said...

Portion control is my issue, too!

I admire you for putting this out here for all of us. Now that we know, we can help you. Maybe this will cause me to look at my own eating habits (crap) and exercise (none) and make my own changes.

You can do it. I have no doubt in my mind. :)

Michelle said...

Good luck with this! I believe in you.

Mama's Moon said...

Hear, hear! I'm with ya, Sistah!! Amen to more water, exercise, and eating right all in the name of feeling good about yourself and, therefore, being able to spend more quality time with the kiddos playing!!! You've got support from me in the Moon corner! Now go for it!!!

Damselfly said...

You go! Carpe Diem!

Sarah said...

Wow! Great post! I just started Weight is an encouragement knowing others are striving toward their goals. Good luck with it, and stay strong! It gets tough!

Rachel said...

Good luck!! I think you're gonna do fine. You sound like you really want to do this and that makes a difference.

Of course, you know, you have my support!!! 100%

Guinevere Meadow said...

So glad you're joining in! I'm loving Tales From the Scales. They have so many good ideas for how to be healthy.