Friday, December 21, 2007

It's FAT Friday, bleh

As many of you already know, I got focused on my weight and dieted (really more like an eating program or actually just eating better) and exercised. I lost over 30lbs, which was GREAT even though I still had a LONG way to go.

Well then my birthday hits and things kinda went to shit for a while for a bunch of reasons. Basically I've given up on exercise (boo, hiss) and have been eating like shit. Right now I'm just trying to survive cmas and get to Jan 1st.

I was watching some of my friend talk on twitter the other night and thinking and I've been keeping up with my friend Walt's amazing weightloss and I've decided to make a plan. Ok obviously the exercise has to come back into the picture, there is no way around that. But on Jan 1st until July 1st I am making the declaration that I will not eat any fast food or drink any soda. I'm still trying to work out parameters... like what if we are running late from kid activties and they are getting fast food and I have to eat something or go hungry.... could I have a salad or a yogurt or fruit cup thingy from a FF place? I'm thinking yes thats ok as long as it's not a habit. I think I will start keeping meal bars in my bag to try to avoid that situation if possible.

So are you, my friends and readers, making any big New Year resolutions and declarations? If so, please share. I want to know what is important to you and I want to cheer you on. Later on in the week I will probably share my whole resolution list so stay tuned. ;)


The Smiths said...

Very smart plan. Reasonable and do-able. I support you! Giving up soda can make a big difference. I gave it up a few years ago. I sometimes have one as a "dessert" but never as a part of a meal or snack.

What is helping me on my plan is to make one or two small changes and then give them 30 days to "take" before changing anything else. It actually takes 30 days for something to become a "habit." It makes it easier somehow to know that if you do something for 30 days, it will get easier after that. It's not a quick method, but I think small changes are the key to success.
PS - Sugar is the devil. But I can't give it up completely...

Fairy Princess Holly said...

I've been pretty bad the past 2 months, too. It's hard to behave this time of year. I have instituted a new treadmill program at 5:30 am, which is helping. Good luck, it's a tough battle!

Walt said...

Listen to Laura. Don't try and change too much all at once. You have a better chance of failure if you take on too much. Small changes are the way to go. Slow but steady. Kicking fast food *and* soda at the same time is going to be hard. Trust me on that one. I still do McDonald's occasionally, but I get one of their salads. Most places have something on the menu that isn't horrific.

Exercise is very important, but you don't have to buy a gym membership to get exercise. If you can find 30 or 40 minutes a day a few days a week, grab your iPod and take a walk. Honestly, that's all the exercise I do. I try to walk a minimum of 30 minutes and usually a maximum of 60. You need 30 minutes to kick your metabolism up a notch. Listening to podcasts makes the time fly.

Just make a couple of small changes here and a couple there and you'll be amazed.