Oh..ugh…groan! I can’t see my feet! I also can’t reach them…I used to be able to tie my shoes without cutting off my oxygen. Ugh! I have to lie down on the bed to zip my jeans! And…there’s no way I’m getting into that cute little black dress! Oh…woe is me!
Does this sound familiar? I go through this EVERY December, well, I guess it really starts in November. The holiday season, with all the traditional treats and special meals with special people and family members, always does this to me. I throw caution (and diets) to the wind and just enjoy to my heart’s content.
Then…the Grim Reaper rears his ugly head and I am repulsed by what I see in the full length mirror. We seem to work so hard all year long to drop a few pounds and then comes the holiday season; all of our diligence of the preceding months gets washed down the garbage disposal with the scraps from dinner.
We feel bloated and NOTHING fits….again. And, this has gotten worse each successive year. Since I celebrated the 20th anniversary of my 20th birthday, the pounds seem to appear from nowhere, entrench themselves and dare me to make them go away.
Every year, I vow (or resolve) to take off the excess weight and keep it off, especially during the last two months of the year. But alas, again and again I fail. The New Year’s resolution lasts perhaps 2 days, sometimes a bit longer, but inevitably it also finds its demise with the dinner scraps.
I don’t know how you all feel, but this merry-go-round is making me crazy and it has to stop! Each year, I do manage to lose some pounds but I seem to have a few that stubbornly refuse to vanish.
The pounds have piled up and so have my health risks. It is with this thought in mind that I write this. The increased health risks from the excess weight gain are enormous and mind-boggling to say the least. Hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides just to name a few, loom ever present on the horizon.
It presents a bleak picture of the future for sure. And then…then think about your self esteem issues when you realize what has happened…and…worse than anything else…you did it to yourself!
So what do you do about it? You created the problem, you fed the problem (pun intended) and nurtured it over the years…what do you do about it? How badly do you want to be healthy again? How badly do you want to get fit and stay fit?
The decision about the future rests in our own hands and I know you’ve heard the same advice I have heard…the BEST exercise you can do is to push yourself away from the table and just say NO!
This is easier said than done unless you can put all of your resolve into the decision to change your lifestyle to a healthier one…oh and…never say “diet” again.
So, here we are again…New Year’s Day is fast approaching…and we are confronted again with our weakness. A resolution to change things is one option…again…we make the resolution on January 1 and by January 6 it’s in the dumper.
I propose to make my lifestyle changes BEFORE January 1…I refuse to call them resolutions because I know I will not keep “resolutions”. I also will not use the word “try” in my efforts because there is a built-in defeat in that word.
I will change my lifestyle habits and will promise myself not to deviate from these changes for the entire year…for the rest of my life.
I will get together with my cohorts at church and we will support and encourage each other.
We will exercise together, share food experiences (both successful ones and failures), share recipes and ways to change favorite recipes to make them more healthy and I will feel free to call any of these wonderful ladies when I feel the temptation to deviate too strong to resist alone.
You see, I am a Christian lady and I know that my God is stronger than any other power, period. He will enable me to succeed. I just need to do my part. He has placed these ladies in my circle and me in their circles to help along the way. There is strength in numbers sometimes. He works that way, you know.
So, I’ll exercise weekly with my group and go to the gym as well; I’ll control my portions and make changes in recipes to allow me to have the foods I really love in a healthier way.
I will work hard all year long…and next November and December WILL be different because I WANT it to be! I’ll start tomorrow…it will be the first day of the rest of my life. And, next week, I’ll be at our Get Fit Stay Fit meeting and put everything I have into making positive lifestyle changes for the rest of my life.