Thursday, April 2, 2009
A New Me (Just like the old me, but older)
With all that's gone on in my life recently, I have managed to pack on a few pounds. Depression is not helped by eating every comfort food in sight...but it feels like it will while you do it.
I love things like mac and cheese, fried egg sandwiches, potato chips, ice cream, and have you ever tried Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins? Oh my!
After you eat these kinds of foods, you are full, but still feel empty, and the weight gain only makes you even more depressed...please pass the pizza.
I have been trying to fight the good fight, but it's hard. I let myself down constantly, making fitness promises, that I never keep. Tomorrow always seems like a great place to start!
Well the good news is, I started yesterday. Today is day two of my new life. Yes, I have managed to string two days together before, but this time...it's different. I am lucky enough to have this amazing friend in my life who has made fitness a science, and he is an amazing success story. I happened to email him and ask for the link to his website, which I had misplaced, explaining that I wanted to list it among the links of my online work-out group. He responded quickly, and asked me to call him as well. I did, and the conversation went something like this
Jimmy: How are you? What's going on?
Me: Oh, I'm just trying to get healthy. I'm kick starting my online work-out group, and want to put your link in there. I've been having a hard time making myself exercise even though I know I always feel better when I do.
Jimmy: What's stopping you?
Me: Maybe I just want my mood to match my situation, not sure.
Jimmy: Hmmm...that's possible. If you were gonna exercise, what would you do?
Me: Well, I prefer to do it outside. I love to hike up steep trails, and eventually run up them, but there are no mountains around here. I have to drive a ways to get to one. I also like to run, or bike, but I'm too out of shape, so it's power walking for now. If I stay inside, I use the rowing machine. I like that too.
Jimmy: What's the weather like today?
Me: Oh, its a beautiful day. I couldn't ask for better weather!
Jimmy: When you walk how far do you go?
Me: Two miles, is what I've been doing lately.
Jimmy: Two miles! Wow! That must feel great! Good for you!
Jimmy: Well doesn't it feel great when you do it?
Me: Yes, it does.
Jimmy: How much weight do you want to lose?
Me: A lot...
Jimmy: C'mon tell me, how much?
*I tell him.
Jimmy: Okay that's 2 pounds a weeks for X weeks! X weeks? That's nothing! That's X house payments, you know how fast those come! You can reach your goal in X weeks!!! Tomorrow, walk two miles, then get on the rowing machine for 15 minutes, and you'll feel terrific! I'll call you and see how it went okay?
Me: Okay Jimmy, thanks. I'll do it.
Jimmy: Oh, this is so exciting! Aren't you excited?!
Me: (sheepishly) Yes.
Jimmy: Okay! I'll talk to you tomorrow...
The thing that doesn't come across well here, is the excitement in his voice. He's so cute! Like Richard Simmons, only hot! I did do it, and he did call. He praised me, and encouraged me, and will call again today. He also has great nutritional advice on his site, which I am going to follow as closely as I can. I went shopping yesterday, and bought 'clean' food. I am keeping a food log, and he wants to go over it with me next week, and tweek it for me.
I had given up on ever looking like I used to look, and thought with age comes some extra weight, it's a given. But he's my age, and look at him! I am going for it! I want to be comfortable in the skin I'm in. I feel better already! Isn't it exciting?!