That’s what it feels like. 

Waiting for the other shoe to drop….
Waiting for my ship to come in…
Waiting for the dust to settle…

Yeah, it feels like I’ve been waiting to exhale. 

How many times do we complain about waiting in line?  Griping and whining about how we don’t have time for it?  Don’t have time to wait.  I’m tired of waiting.  I have to get moving.  I’ve waited long enough.  How about some chiches about time? 

Better late than never….
There’s no time like the present….
Time waits for no man…

I’ve been stalled on this diet thing forever.  My life has been stalled forever.  Not that I’m not busy.  I’ve got lots of stuff to keep me busy but I’m just

running in place…
spinning my wheels…
running hard and getting nowhere…

I was sitting in the spa this morning thinking about going shopping today.  Needing to pick up some dress pants that aren’t so tight.  What’s that about?  I have lots of dress pants.  Lots of tight dress pants.  I think it’s time to get off my butt and do something about that.  Then I thought about going out to dinner with my friends this week.  And a potluck luncheon at school.  And, of course, Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  In fact, the entire holiday season is right around the corner.  I almost decided to wait until the new year to start getting back in shape.  Wait a minute…that’s three months.  Three more months of procrastination.  Is that crazy or what? 

So, I’m doing it.  I’m starting right now.  I’m planning on boiling some eggs to take to work next week.  Fixing a nice dinner of Thai Beef and String Beans.  With a salad.  And I’m going upstairs and uncovering my treadmill.  Again.

There’s no time like the present…
Better late than never…
Time waits for no man…

Rome wasn’t built in a day.

And my all time favorite.  JUST DO IT.

10:30 a.m. update – Weighed myself, 186. (Cripes!!) Put on a horrible orange tank top, bright blue capris, a red sports bra and hot pink shoes.  Gathered a few old friends to help me (Enrique Iglasias, Rob Thomas, Pink Floyd and the Blue Man Group) and headed upstairs.  Moved the boxes of Christmas decorations to make a path, moved the rocking chair that went up there to make room for the sleeper sofa that went to Florida, moved six suitcases and three boxes of winter clothes and made it to the treadmill.  Moved my aerobic steps and a box of books off my treadmill and walked for thirty minutes at a 2% incline and 3.0 mph.  Not much, I know, but my calves were burning, my heart rate went up to 130 and I developed a light sheen of sweat on my brow.  Oh, and a headache.

Thought about some realistic goals while I was walking.  Decided that I want to be in the 170s by Thanksgiving.  That should be easy enough if I keep at it.  Only 6 pounds and a month to do it.  I’m not going to deny myself the potluck, or dinner with the girls, or Thanksgiving dinner.  Maybe I’ll be so motivated by the time those events get here that I won’t want to eat a bunch of junk but it doesn’t matter.  It’s all about the day to day routine.  I know if I do what I’m supposed to everyday, those random events won’t make much difference in the long run.

I went online and printed out some coupons for Oikos yogurt, threw out some flat iron steak to thaw for dinner, boiled a dozen eggs, and made a grocery list. 

It’s really not that difficult.  JUST DO IT.

3:30 update – Went shopping and got lots of healthy stuff.  Came home and cleaned the bathroom and did a load of laundry.  DIL dropped off DGD, Holly, and said she wants to divorce DS.  Go for it, girl!  Don’t know why they didn’t do it a long time ago.  They haven’t lived together for more than two years.  She has a boyfriend and he’s moved in with his girlfriend in Florida.  Doesn’t sound like much of a marriage to me. 

Now I need to get things prepped for dinner.  Think I’ll post tonight’s dinner on My Favorite Recipes category.  It’s really good and really healthy.  It’s from The South Beach Diet cookbook so the focus is more on lowering carbs than calories but it still comes in fairly low at 340 calories a serving.  Leaves plenty of room for a salad and light dessert.



susan says 25th October @ 9:00


It’s what I mutter to myself as I tie my sneaker laces, get into a cold car when its dark out, try for just another five minutes on the elliptical. Short, but effective, “JUST DO IT” ~ sometimes its the only thing that cuts through the crap and gets me going.

Good for you, Miz. Patty.

Eileen Jeanette says 25th October @ 11:01

I call them Nike mornings. I don’t own Nike anything, but I have made “Just Do It” my mantra, especially when something else more alluring is pulling me towards it (like a warm bed on a cold morning or a puppy or person wanting me to stay cuddling on the couch). Congrats for “Just Doin’ It”. We’re here to support you!

Sunny says 25th October @ 11:55

If you keep giving into situations that you are going to allow yourself to ‘cheat’, you’ll never reach your goal. You have to re-think if all those situations (holidays, potlucks, meals at restaurants) are WORTH carrying around the extra weight. Instead, think about learning to challenge yourself to enjoy those events, but doing so with portion control and calorie consciousness in mind. Only when you do that, can you get over this hump and into true, sustained weight loss. It’s all about priorities. If weight is a priority, you will learn to challenge yourself to eat judiciously (but still deliciously) during those events. It can be done. Again, portion control and calorie consciousness. You don’t have to fill your plate to enjoy a meal or a holiday / event. You can have a little of this and a bit of that and substitute lower calorie options for others, and still have a great meal that keeps your targets/goals in mind. You CAN do it. You just have to make it a big enough priority to do it. 🙂

patty says 25th October @ 13:48

I think you misunderstood me, Sunny. I don’t mean that I plan to “cheat” on those occasions. I mean that I’m not going to worry about them right now and let it keep me from being motivated. I’ll tackle those events when I come to them. Right now, I’m going to concentrate on making each day the best I can.

angela says 25th October @ 17:16

Glad to see you’re back on the wagon! I love the “Just do it” Mine is ” Just shut up and do it”…because I’m always making excuses in my head to not do something. 170 is quite a reasonable CAN DO IT!!!

susan says 25th October @ 19:18

There ya go, toots. Now you can put on this tee-shirt:

The only problem I’ve found with Just Do It is that it has to be redone everyday. Therefore, we need this shirt:

When I die, I want to be buried in this shirt:

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