Today was the first weigh-in for The Fat Olympics. I haven’t lost one single pound. But, let’s stop being so hard on myself. After all, it’s only been 4 days.
The scales tell me that I’m failing but what does a stupid hunk of metal and plastic know? I went into this competition telling myself that I’m doing this to change my life. Just like everyone else I have tried almost every diet out there (except the cabbage soup one, yuck!) and look where that kind of behavior has gotten me….absolutely nowhere. This is about changing the way I look at food. It’s about planning my day for some quality “me” time so I can exercise, do things I enjoy, and not allow myself to get so stressed out. And, it’s ultimately about taking better care of my health so I can pass good habits onto my daughter. Losing weight and getting healthy is no longer just about me.
I’m going to admit my age here but does anyone else remember the movie, “What About Bob?” Remember…baby steps? Baby steps might not win The Fat Olympics but for my own sanity I’m starting with baby steps this time around (perhaps this decision is flawed but I have never been accused of being a good decision maker).
1. Cut down (drastically) on pop (some of you might also know this as soda, soda pop, or Coca-Cola)
2. Drink more water (and no, coffee cannot count as water at 3:00 in the afternoon)
3. Get up at the crack of dawn to exercise (waiting until I get home from work is just setting myself up for failure)
4. Take lunch breaks (too often I work through these)
5. Try to walk over my lunch break (unless it’s cold enough to freeze snot to my face and tears to my eye balls.).
6. Eat smarter meals- smaller portions, less fat, more veggies
7. No more snacking in the evening (which unfortunately includes my nightly bowl of ice cream).
Yesterday I took a health test at work and it told me that I’m fat. Duh, I already know that. But, I get paid $50 every time I take it (every 90 days) so you better believe that I’m more than happy to let them tell me what I already know for that kind of cash. Plus, it’s good to have a mirror held in front of my face every once in a while, even if it is just my employer trying to save on other costs by encouraging its employees to live healthier lives.