Over the past two years or so, I have (halfheartedly) tried to drop a few pounds. Sadly, all I seemed to manage was the proverbial five-pound waffle, those same five pounds that experts say are gained and lost repeatedly by most dieters. During this same period of time, one of my best friends underwent gastric bypass surgery, lost over one hundred pounds, and worked with a professional trainer to get fit. She looks great and feels better than she has in years! Another friend, in Florida, lost a lot of weight the old fashioned way, by paying attention to what she ate, exercising, and correcting endocrine imbalances that she had suffered from for years. A third acquaintance, here in Connecticut, successfully shed fifty pounds on Weight Watchers®. Like the other two women I mentioned, she also looks and feels phenomenal. I also have a fourth friend who just started a diet program and has already dropped ten pounds. Even my daughter dropped twenty pounds by cutting out soda and most desserts. Surrounded by such inspiring examples, you would think I could catch the discipline bug and drop something. Nope.
Well, since I turned fifty last October and spent several days this January laid up with a wicked back cramp (clearly the result of poor muscle conditioning and stress), I have decided to get a bit more serious about my weight loss strategy. Part of this new effort is to keep a food diary using an online service known as MyFoodDiary.com. Part two is to post my weekly weigh-in results, done on my Tanita body composition monitor, so that my friends and family can hold me accountable. I may regret this decision, but I need to do something to hold my feet to the fire, so to speak. I am hoping that the embarrassment of having to admit no results week after week will be enough to keep me motivated to continue faithfully toward better health and fitness.
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Welcome to the ongoing saga of my family and our attempts to eat right, exercise, lose weight and still enjoy life, while also managing the care and treatment of injuries, chronic conditions, and cancer follow-up. Convinced that a healthy lifestyle and reasonable fitness level is attainable by even the most committed of workaholics, couch potatoes, and those with health issues, join us as we explore food and wellness choices, try to put new habits in place, and hold each other accountable along the way. Healthy food can taste delicious and wellness practices need not be burdensome. At least, that is our hope, especially as we share resources with others who are working to be well.