Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What we're doing here

The last time my doctor and I talked about weight loss, she asked me to list - fast - off the top of my head - three things I had given up because of my weight issue. Mine were:

My friends
Rock climbing

I am serious. I used to hike and rock climb.

I took this picture at the top of Breakneck Ridge three years ago. I have a whole squad of friends that I am too ashamed to see because what on earth will they think of what I have let happen to myself? Then there are other friends, online ones, who simply don't know because I haven't had a reason to tell them.

What we are doing here - all of us who are on our weight loss journey - is ending this madness. I want my life back and I want my people back. I have been on plan (Take Shape For Life) all day and I will be every day until I am back down to my pre-madness weight.

What things have you given up because of your weight? Tell me what you can't wait to get back.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Folks, you've seen the after. You might as well see the before.

This is what I looked like when I thought I was UGLY.

No joke....

If only I knew... blah blah blah.

Help me get back there, peoples. AND let me help you, too.

Struggling and Snow

All day I have been thinking about rice.

Does anyone else have a thing for rice? Because oh my heavens - I could eat my weight in rice - a figure we don't know right now because I am not weighing in until the 14th.

And truthfully, though I am on plan, I can smell rice on the air.

We are all tucked in for another foot of snow. And I think I can be content to watch the snow fall and work on my needlework. And avoid the rice.

What are you all doing tonight? Everyone sticking to his or her diet plan?

Say yes.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Gym Flail

Ever find that you are just not feeling it?

I went to the gym today and I did 3.5 minutes on the treadmill. I hated it. I went and did 15 minutes on the rowing machine. It was ok. But boring.

Then I got on the eliptical. There, I lasted 2.5 minutes because I took off in disgust for the "quiet room" to stretch out and lift some weights. That went ok until some geezer came in and saturated the room with.... smell of old geezer.

I decided there was only one thing to do: change into my swim suit and kick back and forth across the pool until I felt properly 'worked out'.

Thank heavens that worked. The 20 minutes in the hot tub went really well, too.

Ever have one of those days where nothing seems to light your fire?

Tell me about it.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

More Results

I just heard from another client who weighs in on Saturdays: 4 pounds this week!

I haven't weighed myself but I put on my smallest jeans and although they are tight, they are on my body. So it can't be that bad... I hope.

All this reminds me that I should tell you all outright that this blog is a personal weight loss website for me. Yes, you can use the link to order Take Shape For Life products, and YES, I would love to welcome you to my client roster and wage the war on extra pounds together... but mostly, I want to share the experience with readers and offer support to those who are fighting the same battle.

This blog is about getting healthy. This blog is about ME getting healthy, and if you like, about US getting healthy together. Whether you participate as a reader, a commenter, a lurker, or as a TSFL warrior with me is up to you. :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Results Are In!

My Take Shape For Life client DeliaL lost 5.5 pounds on her first week on program! Congratulations D, and keep up the good work.

I am expecting first weigh in results from two more folks next week, and I will certainly pass them on.

... Which reminds me: I have a confession to make. I haven't weighed in since Christmas, ie, right before I went off plan - you know - just for a day or two. I have been apprehensive about weighing in since I am not one to live by the numbers anyway.

However, in the name of accountability, I will have my first reported weigh in on Friday, January 14th.

Anyone else have results to report?

Friday, January 7, 2011

A Funny Story about Being Fat

Six months ago, I had to fly to Columbus, OH, for a conference. A weird thing happened as I settled into the airline seat.


You know what's coming, right?


I could't fit the seatbelt on. I was literally about a half centimeter from getting it to catch. What to do? I was freaking out. I had never heard of such a thing. And yet as I looked around the aircraft, there were larger people than I comfortably seated. What how?

I flagged down a stewardess and she immediately sense the issue. She handed me a seat belt expander thingy - which, duh, was hard to operate, but effective.

That left me a three hour flight to discern what exactly was meant by the fact that I couldn't fit into an airline seat. Conclusion: I was fat.

Two months after starting Take Shape For Life, I am comfortably in an airline seat with a weight loss of 37 pounds. Take Shape For Life is saving my life.