Along with a huge percentage of people in America, I've decided to use the New Year to launch yet another diet. I've been hearing some serious grumbles from my doctor about my cholesterol and my sugar levels. There's lots of Type II Diabetes in my family, so I know what it means if I become diabetic.
The other part of the reason for my desire to get in shape has to do with my Mom. Mom was always overweight. I remember her trying every diet when I was a kid. She did pills and shots and tried a little exercise on the floor of the living room. And it wasn't until she was in her 60's, after 2 knee replacement surgeries and a bout with congestive heart failure, that she finally got serious and lost some weight. And then she got cancer and died at the age of 71.
I'm only 52. I don't want to continue for the next 20 years huffing and puffing and unable to get up off the floor after playing with my grandkids. I don't want to have to take medication for cholesterol and have to test my blood every day for my sugar level.
So, I'm using the memory of my Mom to help me get in shape. If she could do it at the age of 68, I can do it being over 15 years younger. It just takes determination. Something which my Mom had in abundance.
Having the support of those around me is crucial. Daughter Jamie has always encouraged me to lose weight and get in shape. Hubby says he'll be supportive. And the ladies at work all decided during the holidays that the junk on the break room has to stop. The holidays bring out the worst.....the cookies, candies, cakes, etc. It was terrible in our office the whole month of December. A pact was made that we'd all diet after the holidays, and all try to join a gym and get some exercise.
And I went into work yesterday to see two big ziplock bags full of treats on the table. Kay was the culprit. She brought it in cause she didn't want it in her house! She thought the ladies with children would take them, but they don't want them in their houses either! No one wants to waste them by throwing them away. I say we send them to another office as a "gift"!
Anyway, I decided a log of my weight-loss would help (shame) me into staying on track. So I'm going to keep a running list of the weight I lose each week on the side of the blog. I won't put my actual weight...that would be too embarrassing. But I will put how much I lose each week. We'll see how it goes.