Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Biggest Loser

One of my favorite shows, The Biggest Loser, is back on NBC for its new season. I love to watch this show. If you’ve never seen it, it is about a group of very overweight people who compete for the title of Biggest Loser, by losing the highest percentage of their body weight than all the other competitors. The team with the lowest weight loss percentage each week has to vote one of their team members off. The show is very motivating, and it helps me become more determined to be healthier and more fit. Some of the folks on the show will lose 125 pounds – amazing.

I mention the show because I am actually the biggest loser because I can’t even lose the 20 pounds that I need to lose. According to my doctor, I actually need to lose 30, but I don’t think that is a realistic weight for me at my height (5’11”) and age (46). At one extremely stressful time in my life, I actually weighed 55 pounds less than I do now. That was not a desirable weight and not a healthy look. So I would be extremely happy to lose the 20. Having had a baby three years ago has made it harder.

So this post is just a reminder to myself of what I need to do. I’m getting on the treadmill every day now for half an hour, doing a little over 1.5 miles and next week I will ramp it up to 45 minutes. We also purchased a new Bowflex, as we both need to get fit, so I will work on using the Bowflex every other day to work on the various muscle groups. There are about 70-75 exercises that can be done on the machine, so I expect by Christmas to look fabulous.

I am not looking for a quick fix, I know it is hard work, as evidenced by the myriad of diets I have tried that I did not stick to. I must stop letting outside influences sabotage my efforts. This is for me, and for my family. I want to be here a long time. Last week, I actually blamed my stress eating on the new dog. Granted, she can be a major pain in the ass, but is she really keeping me from reaching my goals? Of course not, I am.

So I pledge to be better to myself, take the time I need to unwind, and make sure I get the time I need to exercise and eat right.


RT said...

I keep my goal weight on a piece of paper on my desk at work. It helps when the pitfalls of office yummies are around the place. I also have a little motto about some things being more important than what I'm putting in mouth, too.

Both work pretty well for me. It is hard to not get discouraged, though. Until I'm at my goal weight (or near it) I still be judged by others because of my weight. It happens. The skin just has to get thicker.

skywriter said...

I went in for my last physical (I have to take one for work year and it's brutal. I fully expected the doc to give me a lecture on those 30 pounds that appeared when my metabolism joined Al Qaeda on my 40th birthday. He was beginning the lecture, when the nurse brought in with my blood work and stats results. Cholesteral 104. HDL 64, Blood Sugar 84, B/P 105 over 58. And I could bench press 90 pounds. He shut up. It's Sunday, I'm going to go make some biscuits and gravy.

Mrs Grim said...

RT -these are good tips. I started leaving myself little notes everywhere, like on the TV remote, that said 'take a walk' and 'eat an apple', and things like that.

scully - you go girl.