Friday, January 22, 2010

Try a Little Harder

Jayme over at Tales from the CoopKeeper is making great strides on her diet, excuse me I should say New Life. She's strong, Superman strong, and she's focused. I can't claim either of those in my M.O. Sure I can be strong for a little while but not long enough to lose many pounds. I sabotage my good intentions by leaving chocolate in the candy dish or buying baked chips. They are still empty calories and I shouldn't even put them in the grocery cart to begin with. Hubby and I are on diets currently and he's already lost an inch around his waist.

According to Dr. Oz that should be our concern as our waist size is a warning signal that our insides are aging too fast. Divide your height in half and your waist size shouldn't be larger than that. 5'4"=64inches, that's a 32 inch waist for me. I'm there, one more cookie and I'm headed for trouble. You know, I didn't really need Dr. Oz to tell me that...I can look in the mirror and see the extra weight. When I sit down my jeans remind me. When I put on last year's tops they don't fit the same.

According to a study by Michigan State University, a healthy lifestyle is defined by four basic criteria:

Not smoking

Holding weight down

Eating right

Exercising

“We have millions of people now going through adult life leading unhealthy lifestyles and a medical system that can treat illnesses and keep you alive longer than ever before,” said Mathew Reeves, a Michigan State University epidemiologist. “If we don’t turn this around, the costs to society are going to be crippling.”


I have a treadmill that sets within eyesight of this computer. It whispers to me,
"Come over here and let's take a walk!"


I always have excuses.


"I need to clean house now."

"I will later, I need to run errands."

"I need to make a few phone calls, then I promise 'll take a walk with you."

Kind of like when the kids were little and wanted to play tea party. Time has a way of robbing the important stuff and then you are left with regrets. One thing I know for sure, I want to stay as healthy as I can for as long as I can. It's more than looking good, it's feeling good that is so important. So I'm just gonna try a little harder and make ME a priority. I can do that!
*Photo courtesy of purplejavatroll on Flickr

10 comments:

  1. YOU CAN...IT TAKES THAT EXTRA PUSH WITHIN ME TOO. SELF-MASTERY, IT'S THE THING WE ALL MUST LEARN. I MAKE EXCUSES TOO, IT'S TOO COLD, THE DREADMILL IS TO BORING. IF I PUT THE MUSIC ON THAT HAS A GOOD BEAT THEN I DON'T MIND AS MUCH. BUT IT US SOMETHING I JUST HAVE TO MAKE MYSELF DO! COME SAY HI :D

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  2. You owe it to yourself to make a decision to be healthy. You will feel better and love it if you just make yourself do it initially:)

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  3. I have the feeling that you are on the right road and one day you'll wake up and say this is the program and you'll follow it to a tee. The exercise portion of good health is habit.

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  4. Oh, Joycee, I hated (but needed) to read your post today. Have been having the same battle with myself for three years now, since I gained back weight I'd lost. I'm going to be one unhappy camper unless I can get it back off before hiking season arrives in just three or four months.

    More power to you. Please be my inspiration.

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  5. This seems to be the time of year that extra poundage "finds" us. I need to dust of my treadmill and do the same thing.

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  6. Seems a lot of folks are on the same track as you are. Me included! Gotta be TOUGH! Have a great day!

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  7. I need to start doing and less trying myself - do you think losing weight is a state of mind?

    sandie

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  8. This is so inspiring Joycee! Thank you!

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  9. This is what I tell myself and it seems to help..."Sheryl, if you just go do your walking you don't HAVE to do anything else today if you don't want to" It seems to help...sometimes we spend more time thinking about doing it than it takes to actually do it..

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  10. Alright... I'm under the calculated waist line! So, that's mean I can still take another few more cookies LOL! haha...

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