I've gained over 20 pounds in 2008. The scale at the gym yesterday read 200.0. I don't like how I feel, I can feel that it's a little harder to move, and I am less happy with how I look and the fact that I've had to buy bigger clothes. It's not bad now, but it's a vicious cycle, and if I don't get this under control, I could gain even more in 2009. I have to face the stark reality that if I continue with the habits I'm currently employing I will continue to gain weight. Maybe not back up to my start, but still.
One of the things that has fallen off is exercise (the food issues are perhaps a separate post, but I am also eating too much). I do NOT like to exercise. I always say putting on my shoes is the hardest part. I lost weight by setting goals for how much I would exercise in a month and then MEETING those goals. As 2008 wore on I stopped setting goals, and then I stopped exercising as much in the fall.
This. Must. Stop.
In 2007 we 300+ ladies did something pretty extraordinary, I thought. We tracked our exercise and ended up with a total of 205,352
minutes of exercise for the entire year.
Therefore, I am really going to hype the 300+ exercise threads in 2009, with the goal of beating our 2007 numbers. It's FUN, and it helped us ALL succeed. Some notes:
- You do NOT need to set a goal at the beginning of the month (though for me that's important, it seems...). Just jump right in and record what you do in MINUTES.
- What you call exercise is up to you! When I first started, I considered walking my dogs around the block exercise, but now that doesn't do much for me, so I stopped counting it. But I DO count snow shovelling, as it is a great workout for me.
So, WHO'S WITH ME???? Who wants to track the exercise we do in 2009 with the goal of breaking our 2007 record?????