Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Plan

I’ve been reading a couple of weight-loss blogs over the past few weeks and have picked up some good ideas from them. Any good weight-loss program has to revolve around diet AND exercise, right? It seems so straight forward but it’s easier said than done, really. And over the past few years my unsuccessful weight-loss attempts have only included one or the other. I joined Jenny Craig but did very little exercise. I’ve also done well with the exercise but continued consuming the same number of calories. But I’ve noticed one thing the successful weight-loss bloggers all have in common is some kind of diet program along with moderate (at the beginning) levels of exercise. So that’s what I’m going to do.

For my “diet” I’m going to join Weight Watchers online. It sounds like a good program, easy to follow with lots of support. Weight Watchers has been around for a long time and I think is a healthy option. I’m choosing the online program because I’ve joined WW in the past and didn’t get much out of the weekly meetings. Plus, although the weigh-in is supposed to be private, it’s really not. The people in line behind and around you can see your numbers.

As for the exercise, well I have many options there. I just joined a gym. It’s nice because it’s a women-only gym. I also have exercise DVDs, hand weights, a balance ball and an elliptical at home. So I just have to get off my butt and do it.

I just have to commit to a starting date. Sigh

The one big thing that I have committed to is I’ll be spending 4 weeks at The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge. Yay!!! I can't wait. Currently I’m scheduled to spend March 28th through April 25th at the Ridge, but am on a waiting list to spend 2 of those 4 weeks there sooner. Oh, please, please, please someone cancel so I can get up there sooner.

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Beginning

Since I was in my twenties I thought I would have it all by the time I was 40 years old. I thought I would have the happy marriage, the education/career and that I would be fit and healthy by 40. Well, let's take stock. I'm happily married to my high school sweetheart, for 15 years now. My husband is the best and most stable thing in my life. As for the education, well I started college a little later than most but eventually got both a BS and PhD. And though this terrible economy is making it tough for me to keep a stable job, I know that I have the knowledge and tools to get and keep the job of my dreams. The one place where I’m really lacking is the whole health and fitness thing. Let’s face it, I’m fat.
Before I started writing this blog I guess I never really thought of my weight as a “goal”. For some reason I thought I would just BE fit. Yeah, right. Maybe that’s part of the problem. I never thought about my health as a goal in the way that I thought about my education as a goal, something I had to work for. Well, if I can earn a PhD in molecular biology I can lose weight! And that’s what this blog is going to be about, my weight-loss journey.