Saturday, January 09, 2010

Finding Myself



About 16 years ago, I looked like this.  Yep, I had an actual waistline and wore size 8 clothes.  Nowadays, my waistline and my clothing size are, shall we say, a bit bigger.  And while I'm not ever likely to be getting into size 8's again (is it just me, or is a size 8 now WAY smaller than a size 8 used to be?), I do think I might be able to whittle down a few sizes and get myself healthier in the process.

So, that's what I've been up to... not exactly a New Year's Resolution -- more like a "I don't want this year to be like LAST YEAR" resolution!  It hit me, sometime between Christmas and New Year's, that I've spent far too much time avoiding the basic issue of taking care of myself, and I need to make a change.  I suppose it's one of those curses of motherhood -- I've had a year of focusing pretty intensely on Caroline's well-being, while totally ignoring my own.  So, I'm dedicating this entire month to create some good habits.  I've booked some sessions with a personal trainer at the gym, and am now feeling muscles I didn't remember I had.  I now know how to use a bunch of new weight machines, I've tangled with the pilates reformer, and I'm loving how well I can read my Kindle while walking on the treadmill.  I'm on a food regime for the month that allows me to eat what I need to eat without counting or cooking for a while.  It all arrives in a box and I whip my meal out of the freezer per a specified menu.  It doesn't get much easier than that.  (Roger's wonderful contribution to my effort is that he has agreed to be in charge of his and Caroline's dinners for the month so I can pretty much just deal with my own food.... and that's a HUGE and helpful gift.)

We've introduced a Wii Fit into the family room, which has generated much amusement and some decent muscle work.  Have YOU ever tried popping bubbles with your hips and rear?!  Or balancing on an ice floe like a penguin while you slide back and forth to catch fish?

I know I won't be able to afford all of this fancy food and personal training forever.  But as a jump-start to get the scale moving and help me feel better, it's been terrific so far.  

I've even been energized to get to work on a quilting project that has been languishing in my closet because I'd stalled when I didn't know where to go next with it.  The solution hit me and I've been working on it when time permits -- satisfying and fun.

All in all, things are off to a great start.  And you know, I never thought I'd say this, but I'm looking forward to going to the gym later this afternoon.

9 comments:

Vicki W said...

Good for you! It's very important that we take care of ourselves as we take care of others.

Gari said...

That's what I wanted to say: "Good for you" And good for your husband, too. It is so nice when there is support for our efforts to help ourselves. Keep it up!

Gerrie said...

Go, Diane, I am rooting for you. This is very important.

Brenda said...

There are few things more sedentary than legal work and quiltmaking (although Christmas with in-laws in snowbound Pittsburgh is up there!)so it's important to balance this out. May your new habits become second nature and your sense of wellbeing be enhanced.

Terry said...

I am right there with you, Diane! I am not doing the boxed food, but just reactivated my Spark People acct. this morning. Going to the gym with Ray and continuing my morning walking. We can do it!

Sleen said...

You go, girl!

Carzguya said...

Hi Diane, good luck on your venture for 2010. We know with your determination you will succeed in reaching your goal. OH, and by the way, no more pasta when you come and visit. Love, Mom and Dad

Karen said...

I'm rooting for you vicariously as I need to be doing the same thing. Karen

Kristin L said...

You go girl!