Defining my goals has been difficult, but I managed to come up with a very inspiring one. I’ll discuss that in another post.
What I found more inspiring to me than the goal was the question “why now?”. And that answer is what makes me want to affect long term change.
“IF I don’t do something to change my body NOW, I am VERY likely to suffer from obesity, and therefore be more prone to the diseases that accompany obesity.
Heart disease and stroke
High blood pressure
Gallbladder disease and gallstones
Breathing problems (sleep apnea, asthma) ”
I’m a fact driven, analytical person. The fact is both my mother’s and father’s family have a history of obesity. My mother manages her weight well now, but has gone through her struggles. My father, after years of carrying a “rotund” belly. has lost a large amount of weight since he retired.
My aunt on my dad’s side is quite obese, as was my grandmother. My mother’s sister is obese and my cousin is overweight. So, the fact is, I am EXTREMELY likely to be predisposed to being obese.
I see the diseases that my family suffers, and I feel for them. And I know that, if they could wave a magic wand, they would lose weight. I see how my aunt, who fell on ice a few years back, has had such a hard time healing. How do you lose weight if you can’t walk? How do you avoid putting even more on?
If I do not want to go there, I’m going to need to work. I need to counteract genetics.
That’s really what it boils down to. The luck of the draw is that I’m not one of those chicks who can eat whatever she wants and stay rake thin. (I had one of those friends once. She ate anything and everything and she was super thin. Yep, I was jealous.) Whether it’s now, or later, it’s going to take work.
I know that food and exercise go hand in hand. But, I just gave it my best shot with the food and I didn’t do so hot. While the end goal is to change my eating habits, I realize this is a process that will happen over time.
What I can do now though is exercise. My kids are of the age where they can entertain themselves for an hour while I do squats and bicep curls, or while I run and watch Judge Judy.
The time to make this change is now. Last week I got in my prescribed workout and this week I’m starting off on the right foot.
And with that…I’m off to clean the house. Kids are in bed, I play my music as loud as I want in my headphones, have a glass (or two), dance my ass off get my house tidy. I actually love Saturday nights….