Thursday, April 10, 2008

I Haven't Lost Any Weight While Writing This Post

I've been struggling with my weight since having a baby. There, I've said it. I've been really meditating on this since reading Kelli's blog, which is some really good food for thought, pun intended.

Back when I was pregnant, my doctor would say to me, "Be careful about your weight gain because the more you gain the more you'll have to lose." As I responded to her with a simple, "Okay," I was really thinking, "Don't bother me with your 'logic', lady. Your logic really interferes with my desire to eat a Whopper the minute I leave this office."

Today Paul dragged me I went with Paul to the gym. Even though I know that working out takes time, I was quite disappointed when the fat hadn't melted off my legs after 30 minutes on the lateral bike and my arms weren't chiseled after 30 minutes of lifting weights. As I walked out to the car, there was this magazine with a large headline, "Getting back to your pre-baby body." I immediately grabbed that magazine and opened the page to the article and was just as quickly disappointed to find such sensible headings such as, "Diet and Exercise" "Give it Time" and "Eat Breakfast and Break out That Blender."

I realized something about myself. Every time I see one of those articles, I pick it up hoping for some magic cure to losing weight. I probably know what it's going to say, but I fool myself every time thinking that maybe it will say something different that will cost me very little money and effort, and I emphasize the effort part. Here's what I don't want to do: I don't want to give it time, I don't want to stop eating strawberry toaster strudel, I don't want to exercise 3-5 times a week, and I certainly don't want to break out my blender. I also don't want to lose weight by dangerous surgery or taking some weird pill. I'm that person who is hoping for some magic lose-weight cure-all that won't hurt my body but the pounds will just melt away. -sigh-

So, it's back to the gym. Hello sensibility, bye-bye toaster strudel (o, how I've loved thee). Hello sweat, good-bye sitting around on my butt. I will set my sights to eating healthier (maybe gluten-free again since that's what I should be doing), working out more and dreaming of foods I really shouldn't eat. However, I still refuse to break out my blender. That's just silly.


Tiffany said...

It took me 8 Months to get to where you are now, if that helps at all. And it took me 4 months to lose the weight. So, don't give up hope!

Josh Mickelson said...

I need to hop back on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon as well. You have permission to kick my butt if you see me eating some crappy food at church lol.

ps - this entry inspired my most recent blog. Thanks!

The Stockwells said...

You are so funny! Im laughing out loud at my desk.
You can do it! At first it sucks but then I think it can be addicting because you see results. One thing I live by - when I dont want to go to the gym and I cant get motivated, I just tell myself, "you only need to run for a half hour". A half hour is so doable and cardio is the best way for women to lose weight. Sometimes I get to the gym and then after I am done with running, I am more motivated to life weights. But if I am not, then I just feel good that I did the cardio. I think if you overwhelm yourself with a huge workout goal every day, then you tend to not do it. But anyone can do a half hour :) Thats just my thoughts.
You are going to do great!!!

THE Shelley Jones said...

Gym Schmym. Healthy Schmealthy. Blender Schmlender. Streudel Yum. go hit the weights! I'm done giving my opinion! ;)

Anonymous said...

Awesome post, Teresa! Every girl (mom or not) can relate.
"diet and exercise" SUCKS!!! I want to eat pasta every night and cookies every day!