Sunday, February 14, 2010

What's Up With That?

Is there such a thing as being "too open" in a blog? I suppose so. Sometimes I read and feel like I'm getting a little too much information. If you are prone to feeling invasive at hearing others' personal issues, perhaps it's best if you don't continue reading....

I'm giving you one more chance to click away....


OK, you've been warned.

I weigh 173.5 lbs. Yep. I'm about 5'5" tall, making me a good 35-40 lbs. above my ideal weight.

I'm stunned at myself. I mean, really? Yes, really. I asked Russell to come in and weigh himself and, without sharing HIS issues, I'll just say that it reaffirmed my findings.

So why am I sharing this? I guess I share as a way of holding myself accountable. Like it or not, it's not going to get any better until I change some things. The fact is, I'm pretty lazy. Oh, I have grand ideas, wonderful plans, fantastic goals. But I'm lazy. I really like to read. I really like to sleep. I really like the computer. And I really like days when I know I don't have anywhere to be. I know that it's kind of a vicious circle. Laziness brings weight gain. Weight gain brings laziness. Eventually I have to break the cycle. It's scary, because I'm not exactly known for being a woman of great self-control. But I want to be. I have an "ideal" of what I want to be. I know that nobody is perfect, and I don't expect perfection of myself, but there are things that I DO expect of myself that I am not doing.

So, I share. I share because I know that, although not all of you are dealing with being "pleasantly plumper" than you'd like, you ARE all dealing with your own issues. We're all in this together. We all have things that we want to change or improve about ourselves. Today, this is mine. So here are my goals to fix it:

1. No more soda (until I get back to where I want to be)
2. I must walk at least 30 minutes on the treadmill every day.
3. No more sugar. Wait, did I say that? OK, maybe not NO more sugar. Just no more sweets. I eat way too many sweets. I have a chocolate problem. And sour things.

But, I digress...

4. No fried food (again, until I get back to where I want to be)

Anything else? Like I said, it's a little scary for me. I've never been very good at controlling my food desires. But I have to learn, because those numbers are just going up.

I hope that you don't feel violated by my sharing. I'm like those people on "The Biggest Loser" who have to face the truth in order to change it. Wow....just had a thought....if I get down to
135 lbs. (which is a very happy place for me to be) I will lose 22% of my body weight.


Thank you, "Biggest Loser".

Here I go, wish me luck!


Eden said...

So totally understanding! This Tuesday, we had a Relief Society meeting and a bunch of us are starting changes right now.

Some of the things I'm doing -
SparkPeople (free, input your meals, exercise - and it even will give you workouts)
Wearing pedometer (goal is 10,000 steps per day but I'm currently between 2000 and 3000)

One of the things I'm not doing, at least not today, is sharing my current weight. I'm impressed by your ability to share that. But my goal is to lose 32 pounds by mid-June (when we're going on vacation).

Our ward is starting a biggest loser type of group - maybe you should join us, even if electronically.

If you get on SparkPeople, you can see my SparkPage. I'm "LDSMomOf2".

Good luck!

Joella said...

Ashley, you are awesome. I don't believe there are very many women who are content with their body--myself included. My problem is that I don't make time to eat. Don't get me wrong-I don't have any type of eating disorder I just don't make it a priority. So here lately I have made it a priority to eat lunch (which is my most missed meal) and guess what? I have lost 5 pounds. You see your body goes into starvation mode when you don't eat regularly and it holds onto any fat you have. Anyway...good luck. I love the biggest loser and I am looking forward to our group here in our ward.

I can't wait to here your success.

MO Sisty said...

Way to go, Ashley! It takes guts to share and gumption to set and achieve goals. You know that we will all be pulling for and with you. I personally like to exercise and have spent four years being frustrated with "injury" problems that continue to stand in way. All the more reason to eat less, and that continues to be a challenge. We can motivate one another! Thanks for sharing!

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