Monday, December 1, 2008

Now Is The Time

It was during this time 7 years ago that I made up my mind to lose my weight. It was, in fact, the day after Thanksgiving, after all that turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce, the mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, rolls, pumpkin pie and pecan pie. That's when I got on the scale, (not a good idea for any American, I’m sure), and discovered I was at my top weight. (You can read more about it in my first couple of entries listed here to the left.)

The important thing is that it was the final motivation, the final straw, if you will, that made me finally want to change enough to do something about it. Oh, I had said I wanted to do something many times. And even half-heartedly attempted it. But after about a week, I'd go back to my old ways. But here I was, standing on the scale again, only this time something in my head clicked.

I didn’t like the way things were headed, I was too young to look this matronly, (because that’s how we look when we get overweight, matronly – we’re not only carrying more pounds but the misshapen and boring clothes that designers throw together for the larger gals makes us look like we’re carrying more years,) and I was determined to take back my power.

A dear friend suggested I not try to diet during the Christmas holidays, fearing I might fail with so many temptations around of holiday goodies, many of them my own since I love to bake. But I was so determined that I did it anyway and lost 8-pounds in the first month! That tells me that so much about our weight has to do with what’s going on in our heads. If you set your mind on something strongly enough, you will do it. So, what are you waiting for?

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