Friday, January 25, 2008

Thank you!

Today I have to say Thank You. Thank you Weight Watchers people for creating a program that is easy to follow. A program that lets you change your life, loose weight, but still allows you to eat what you want….. Well almost!
I don’t remember the last time that I was able to shop off the rack at any “normal” size store. For as long as I can remember, I have been shopping solely at the “fat lady store” (Lane Bryant). Which isn’t bad, they have great clothing that fits a “woman of size”, (see what I did there… I am so politically correct) I do love their clothing, it’s stylish and very comfortable. But I longed for the days I could go in to a store like Old Navy and buy something off the rack for like $2 bucks! My mouth would water at the deals we could find at Old Navy for others, but I could never fit into any of their clothes. I would have to wait until I was thinner. Well, the wait is OVER! Yup, that’s right, thanks to Weight Watchers and their truly amazing Flex points program, I can now confidently walk into old navy and pick up a shirt and purchase it… without the pain of having to try it on or the worry that it is not going to fit! I have recently purchased several items from Old Navy and I want to cry every time I put them on and they fit perfectly. (I even ordered something online, only to receive it and it be too big!!)
I have had to give up burgers and French fries (I haven’t eaten a fry in almost a year) and my life is now consumed with how many points are in everything I eat. But, it is all worth it. Am I still fat … Yes, but I am not as fat as I once was. I can only go down from here. My shopping possibilities are getting larger as my waistline gets smaller and that’s pretty darn AWESOME!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Exercise! Ugh.....

I have come to realize that I have a Love/Hate relationship with the gym. Plain and simple.... I love to hate it. I really want to be one of those people who love to go to the gym and can stay there for hours but, alas, I am not that person. I can and do find any excuse not to go to the gym. So making the goal to exercise this year is a difficult one for me... but I am committed!
Last night as I started the "training" to run a 5k, I thought to myself...... "You must be crazy! You are so out of shape. Who makes this kind of a goal....certainly not you!"
But you know what, I did it. I lasted for 30 minutes on the treadmill and then I went to the track to do a cool down with Scott (who by the way is quite motivated to go to the gym lately..... what is wrong with the universe??) I know it's not the greatest of accomplishments but for me, it was something.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Movie Night

Last night Scott and I had the privilege of spending some time with our sweet neighbors, Janet and Dave. They have a big screen TV and they invite us up to watch movies all the time. We enjoy going to their house to spend time with them. They have every movie you could ever want to see. I thought my Dad was a movie buff, but Janet and Dave take the cake. Last night we watched CARS. (Scott and I hadn’t seen that yet and they were willing to watch it again for our benefit.) Janet has a way of always making me smile. Janet has MS, a debilitating disease that has confined her to a wheelchair. She is not able to walk (or move her legs for that matter), has difficulty moving her arms and retaining control of her neck muscles. She also has trouble speaking. To me, Janet is simply amazing! Although she has plenty of trials in her life, Every time I see Janet, she has a smile on her face. If I ask her how she is doing, the answer is always a resounding “GREAT!!” She has such a strong spirit about her that you can’t help but feel uplifted by just being around her. (Not to mention the amazing husband she has! He takes such good care of her.) If Janet can smile through the adversity in her life, then I definitely have nothing to complain about. We all have trials, that is part of the plan… It is how we deal with those trials that measure our strength of character. Janet is a shining example to me and I am grateful that she is my friend.