1.02.2010

#105 - Resolutions...

Black steel, twisted and hard, encasing the bodies of these poor souls. The weight of the device bears down on the chest of one suffering man, sweat dripping from his brow as he endures the pain. Another woman, strapped onto some tool, stretching her body to and fro as she grimaces in agony. Torture devices as far as the eye can see, each imprisoning another wretched body. This may sound like I'm describing some medieval dungeon, but I'm not. I'm describing a horror far worse... the gym.

I seem to have gotten a handle on my eating habits. I've cut out the excess junk food, avoided fast food, brought whole grains into my life, consume more fruits and veggies, and watch my total calorie intake. This has allowed me to lose 75 pounds and maintain that lose for over a year. But now my weight won't seem to budge, and I know just the reason why... exercise. Even the word is like nails on the chalkboard to me. But without it, I just won't lose more weight (in a healthy, maintain it for life way, of course).

So once again tis the time of year for resolutions, and for probably the tenth straight year, exercise more is my New Year's resolution. That brings me to my reason... resolutions. Why is it that we save up things we want to do, especially things that are good for us, till the beginning of the new year? Health and fitness are something we should strive for year round, but it always seems to be something we put off. It's kind of like the idea that you can't start a diet mid-week (diets only start on Mondays of course). If we have some big looming goal, we put it off til the beginning of the year.

New Years resolutions are also an excuse to turn a blind eye to health during the holidays. The end of the year is laden with goodies, and feasts, and sweets. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years - all within two months time. Those two months can do a lot of damage if you're watching your weight! So it seems the resolution is a way for us to ditch the calorie counting, grab a fork, and overindulge. I'm not saying that's entirely a bad thing. Splurging from time to time is needed. But there is a difference between enjoying all the yummies at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner without returning for seconds, or thirds, or fourths?... Honestly, that first plate was indulgence enough. I know in the past, when the holidays came, it was like, woo hoo, time to eat! At Halloween I would down enough fun-sized candy bars to put a diabetic into a coma. At Thanksgiving, I would gorge on turkey, and stuffing, and mashed potatoes, and gravy, and green bean casserole, and stuffing, and stuffing, and stuffing (can you tell I like stuffing?)... And if that wasn't enough, I would still make room for pie (apparently unzipping your pants helps in this process)... Oh and not just pumpkin, had to have both pumpkin AND pecan pie. And then at Christmas, it was like Thanksgiving take two, only this time add a stocking full of candy and a house full of Christmas cookies. I have this little odd autistic quirt about me... I have to do things in rounded numbers (I know, I'm weird). So take Christmas cookies, if I make 10 batches of Christmas cookies (10 different types), that means each time I want a cookie, I would have to eat 10 cookies... to even out the batches of course. Obesity and OCD... not a good combination in this case!

Anyway, back to my topic. While I hate that we use the ole New Year's resolution as an excuse for bad behavior throughout the year, I must say I am again making my resolution. I made one small step in the right direction already. My fiance and I joined the gym! (Oh yes, you read right... fiance! My beau of almost two years has asked me to marry him!) But here's where the resolution comes in... we joined the gym in November... and have yet to go! So this year, we're hoping to go (no no wrong word, scratch that)... we're starting to go to the gym regularly. Of course, I know my style. If I don't ease into it, I'll be scared away after a week! So we'll take it slow and start going like twice a week and build from there in frequency and duration to help us make ourselves healthier for the new year. It will be nice to have a gym buddy to help motivate me to go. Once he gets going, my fiance likes exercise (yeah I know, weird), so that will help a lot!

On that note, Happy New Year everyone! May this year bring you a life with happiness and good health! So what's your New Year's resolution?

68 comments:

Widow_Lady302 said...

Happy New Year my friend! I laughed outloud about your description of a gym...I have over the last 15ish years of my life thought of the gym in those exact terms. I've thought of the people who haunt gyms everyday as either gym rats, or testosterone junkies. My personal work out mantra is "No Pain...No pain." rather than no pain no gain...

This year, I know I need to make some changes. I have watched the people I love, who did not take working out as a part of their healthy life style, literally pay with their lives. So in honor of them, and knowing they wouldn't want me to follow in their footsteps, I am taking the next step on my health path...I WILL join and actually go to a gym this year. I'm looking at this as a lifestyle change, not a resolution I'll burn out on.

Thank you for the wonderful post, and inspiration!

Kimberley said...

Congratulations on your engagement!

Enjoy the gym, it is so much more fun when you have a workout partner.

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Marianne said...

Happy New Year, and good luck with your fitness endeavors! I hate the gym (the mindless conversations, and all the time you waste getting ready for it, the skinny chicks complaining that they're fat), but I admire those who have the willpower.

Anonymous said...

Beau of two years? What about Vagilis? I hope I'm spelling his name right. I don't think that was two years ago but I'm confused.

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is she back!...no...how bout now?...no. wait, yes! a post! yeah!

Anonymous said...

My best advice (as someone who has been a regular at the gym for 5 years) is PACE YOURSELF. It makes me sad when everyone joins in January and then by Valentine's Day it's back to normal. Set realistic goals (3x/week, if that) and if you don't go one day, don't say "Oh well, I messed up, no more gym" - just re-resolve to get back on track the following week. I promise eventually you'll start to like it, plus you'll sleep better, be less stressed out, have better sex, have better skin and be happier in general. Don't give up. Good luck and happy new year!

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Just found your blog. I love it!! Your description of the gym is hysterical. My New Years resolution is to lose weight AGAIN that I gained back...


Good luck with your exercise :)

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Lisa K. said...

Hi, just found this and love it!

My reason to hate being fat is that I am embarrassed to have old friends see me now. I declined a recent party because I knew there would be people who had not seen me in a few years there. Ugh! reason enough to get back on the wagon!

Becky said...

The gym - I've always thought of it as hell on earth. I also got a membership to our local rec center and I have been using it. Like you I have to ease into it or I wont go at all. Your blog gives me a lot of motivation to lose the 50 lbs I need to lose.

rissierissie said...

I think that we save things for a new year's resolution because we like to compartmentalize things. The truth is that January 1st is no different than December 1st but it's the start of something new and we should be able to be new with the year!

Besides, who's ever heard of birthday resolutions?

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Tatulah said...

congrats on your engagement & happy new year to you as well.

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Michellez said...

The gym is really not that bad. I usually go on the elliptical and it's not tiring at all and you can burn up to 300 calories in 30 minutes. And I would recommend also just going out walking 3 times a week after dinner. It helps digest the food and you'll be surprised how effective it is in helping to lose weight!

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Anonymous said...

I just went through your entire blog and I want to congratulate you. It's not easy doing what you did and persevere for so long.

Honestly, I'm probably one of those people that "complain about being fat even though they're not" - I'm 5'3 and 140 pounds and I know to many people that is considered perfectly normal. But to make it fair, in my mind, it is horribly overweight. 95% of the girls I know are around the 110 mark and I weigh more than some of my male friends which is always embarrassing. My parents are always sneaking in offhanded remarks about how much I 'stretch out my clothes' or 'have a big appetite', not to mention the media and popular culture bombarding my undeveloped brain with size 0 'perfectly shaped' waifs.

I know all this, yet I still want to be thin to the extent that I would starve myself. It's stupid, I know, but I just feel that if I could be thin I would feel more beautiful and it would just solve so many things in my life, including my horrible self esteem problem. On my worst days, I feel like I have no right to live, and from an outsider point of view it's very disappointing what the effects of media and social pressure can do to the mind of an intelligent woman - instead of focusing on what I'm good at and my strengths, I feel like I'm undermined by my weight. I'm constantly worrying about my weight, how I look, and imperfections to the point it hinders my everyday life. There's always this little voice at the back of my head that tells me I'm a failure if I'm not thin like http://twistedstars.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/normal_gallery_10_1023_59241.jpg or something.

But hey, what right do I have to complain? I'm probably just another 'stupid teenager soon to be part of the statisitics for eating disorders' or something. You know what they say, your own problems are always the biggest in your eyes.

I just feel so helpless.

Token Fat Girl said...

Happy New Year! We are a month in...
I totally agree about the end of the year feasting + resolutions. Kind of counterproductive.

It's now February! what? I hope the gym is treating you and your body well!

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I think if you truly want to lose weight you should go on a seven day water fast i.e. not eating. It will help you gain clarity and you should fast longer than that if you can. You won't feel hungry, and contrary to popular belief it isn't starving!! Your body will use all the excess fat as energy, and you'll lose weight really quickly.

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Building it up slowly at the gym really is the best way to go, if you try too hard in the first week you'll just burn out and never go again. Don't be afraid to talk to the staff there, sure they might seem super toned, lean, and intimidating because of it, but they'll be able to point you in the right direction and show you the best workouts for your height and weight. Best of luck!

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Sushie said...

Yes, exercice is THE big thing to do is people want to lose a goodamount of weight!
Huhu, your description about gym recalls me an episode of The Simpsons with Homer who don't want to do gym and want to be obese xD.
Anyway, good luck for your diet!

tim said...

Losing 75 pounds is an amazing accomplishment! Congrats!!!

I'm stuck at about 45.

It's funny, I look at exercise and working out as a reward for losing the weight. I was at a point where I couldn't enjoy any physical activity like hiking. I'm now hiking every weekend.

Here is a secret that exercisers don't tell you - it's actually FUN and pleasurable once you get past the initial "THIS COMPLETELY SUCKS" phase.

Push past that phase, try different things you enjoy and you'll find it easier to exercise than to not exercise.

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