Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Don't give up!

It's a sad statistic.

Most people who resolve to lose weight at the beginning of the new year give up their diet this week. OUCH.

I invite you to take the challenge to NOT be a statistic. Stay the course. Weight loss and healthy living should be looked at as a life-long journey. If you can keep the course and steer yourself in the right direction, the results will make the journey worthwhile.

I had a friend recently ask me why I started this journey this year and why I am so resolved to lose weight. Other than the picture I showed you in a previous post, I realized one other thing.

NOT losing weight has dire consequences. Yes, Dire. I am 47, and I have two paths in front of me. One is health and well-being; the other is sickness and gloom.

I have Lupus and arthritis. Being overweight causes me to feel even worse than I might otherwise. If I stayed the course of an overweight person, how long would it be before my ticker decided to take a hiatus? Heart issues run in my family -- that is a pretty dire consequence.

Not only that, but from an aesthetic standpoint, DH is within 10lbs of the weight he was when we married. He has kept his end of the bargain to remain attractive for me...now it is my turn to get back to the girl he married (well, at least within spittin' distance of that weight).

I lost another 1/2 lb this week. Not alot. But I lost, right? This is a journey, not a race. The direction is down, and that is where I want to be.

I am starting something new, exercise-wise. I will be able to share more next week, but I CAN share a short-term goal with you -- I want to be able to run 2 miles without stopping. By the end of April. Today starts that journey! I have help with this one, but that is a story for next week.

Have a healthy week!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for inspiring me not to quit. At my age, which happens to be the same as yours, I'm losing weight so slowly that it is discouraging. I track points, exercise, make substitutions, go to meetings and after six weeks, I'm only down 3.4 pounds. I hate perimenopause!! When I ran, I would run from one telephone pole to the next, then walk, then run and slowly increased to be able to run 2.1 miles without stopping. You can do this--and so can I--as you said it's a life long journey

Terri Capobianco said...

I can't wait to hear about your progress...I aspire to run. Not sure the feet can handle it, but one day my personal trainer made me run around the track (its a very small track) and the fact that I could do it was just empowering. Facing the health issues is what keeps me on track. Keep up the good work, and thank you for the inspiration!