Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Day 1 -- 40 to Go

Forty pounds, that is.

I've gained 40 pounds since 2001 when I went to Germany with Mom. If she knew this, she'd let me know, without mincing words, that I've let myself go and that it's time to do something about it. I hated her and loved her for that directness.

Stress obviously does me in when it comes to eating and weight gain, but I've decided that stress can't be an excuse; it's simply something I need to counteract and deal with pro-actively. It's not like the food just finds its way into my mouth. I put it there -- each and every morsel of it. And I don't feel any better after I devoured it.

So I joined Weight Watchers online -- again. I can't attack all 40 pounds at once; it's just too huge a number. Instead, I need to look at five pound increments. Even that will be tough with this menopausal metabolism, but it won't be impossible. I'm in no hurry and I have no deadline. This time it's about my health, not about looking decent for a reunion or a trip (although I've decided that, when I achieve this, a trip is definitely in order!). My feet and joints have been hurting and I just feel downright old, both physically and emotionally. This is NOT me!

So here I go. I'd love support in all this if you're on the same journey or if you can point me to bloggers who are struggling with the same issues. I can do anything when surrounded by supportive, encouraging people. I learned this thanks to a previous manager who believed in me completely and gave me both the support and the discipline to achieve some great things in my career, and who taught me what it means to be a great manager... but that's another post.

Hey! Did you see that? I said "that's another post"! Maybe this means that I'm back?!

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10 comments:

BethanyWD said...

Just wanted to wish you well on your journey! Take it one day at a time - step by step.

Maria said...

I won't join you, but I'll cheer for you from the sidelines. :)

Andrea said...

I'm not joining in but I'll cheerlead you all the way!
Set your mind to it and do it! Go Carol!

Too much? ;)

Goofball said...

yooohoo you are back!

My boyfriend has lost a lot of weight in the past via WeightWatchers (via a CD-rom)

emily said...

I'm not doing Weight Watchers, but I *have* started on my own weight loss journey, and I will definitely be cheering you on :-)

jennifer said...
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jennifer said...

Just found your blog today and I'm also following you on Twitter. Post more eh? In 2007 I lost ~10 lbs using the WW "Core Foods" list, and I try to keep eating from that list for general maintenance. Lately I've indulged in too many pastries (bread=my downfall) and now I'm back up 5 lbs so am making a concerted effort to stay on the list for the rest of the month. Definitely take it one day/time!

Tonya said...

I was on this last year with a fair amount of success — difficult with a slender husband who can eat ANYTHING, though, and who wasn't all that jazzed with what I wanted to cook! Sigh. I should get back on it. (The "points" plan worked well, and I did it online, too. I have a couple of WW cookbooks that I use now and then without telling my husband...)

Anonymous said...

You've done this Weight Watchers thing more than once. It's never worked before, even though you said it was for "health" reasons also. Why is this time different?

Sparky said...

I'm in with you!
I need to lose about 25 pounds...

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