Monday, July 2, 2012


Can you believe it's already July? July 4th is this week. Don't worry. This post is not going to be about politics. There is plenty of that all around us. I really try to keep that to myself nowadays. I was once talking "politics" with my mom and younger sister, and really surprised and shamed myself by yelling. I won't inflict that on you. What I want to discuss is our own personal Declarations of Independence - a good topic for this week. I am, obviously, far from being independent from my addiction to food. As I'm writing, I am wishing for another delicious chocolate cupcake with the oh, so luscious Oreo swiss meringue buttercream, made by my sister for my nephew's birthday party yesterday. I want it to just appear right next to me- followed by some salty Kettle Chips (also at said birthday party). It's making it really hard to concentrate and collect my thoughts. Pathetic? Yes, I know, I know. But it's the way it is. I did have one small victory this week. Did you happen to notice the "My Fitness Pal" button? I lost almost 4 pounds! I owe it all to tracking my food - knowing what I put in my mouth and how much more I could or should not, made a big difference. Ignorance may be bliss, but it definitely does not make my pant size any smaller. 

I met with a trainer at the YMCA on Thursday. Justin was young, cute, and very fit - everything I feared he would be. But you know something else he was? Very kind and respectful. I can just imagine what he thought when he saw that I was his appointment, but he was easy to talk to and very supportive and really helped me to feel confident in using the equipment. He explained how each machine worked, and how I should hold my body to get the best results. He showed a lot of flexibility when I needed to adjust things to work for me and my body. The YMCA isn't the most convenient location, but the people there have totally made up for that. 

So I am declaring my independence from a sedentary lifestyle. I've been writing about it for a long time, but still I keep waiting to lose weight so it will be easier. I can't just sit at home anymore waiting to do what I want. I have to make it happen. I think it's Newton's law of motion -  A body in motion stays in motion, a body at rest stays at rest. Well I've been resting too long. I like feeling strong. I know it will be hard. Even after just one set at each weight machine, I was so sore on Friday. My sister tells me that being sore is weakness leaving the body. I can deal with that. At least I know my muscles are working.

I want to be successful. So I'm trying to focus on my rules, track my food religiously, and go the YMCA 5 days per week - either for water aerobics or strength training. 

Is there anything from which you are Declaring Independence? I'd love to hear.


  1. Sorry for the tempting food. I had to throw away nearly 3/4s of a bag of chips, took several cupcakes around to friends/neighbors, and now I'm trying to figure out what to do with the ice cream. It was a tough weekend for me, too.

    I'm proud of you for trying new (somewhat scary) things. And for losing 4 pounds! That is awesome. Keep up the good work.

    1. You don't ever have to apologize for your delicious food. I don't want to have to cut out treats. I just have to learn that one is enough. I'm sorry it was a tough weekend for you, too. I gasped when I read about you throwing away those chips. I know I wouldn't have been able to do that. And thanks for being such a good example to me. When I think about not going to the Y, I think about what you'll think. You've been working so hard and I'm proud of you, too!

  2. Wow! You go girl! You have such a healthy attitude, and I'm sure it feels good to actually see that you've made progress. Good for you! I am so excited for you!

  3. I love the people at the Y too! Congrats on this week!