Monday, December 28, 2009

Dear Blog World Friends,

I promise I have not forgotten about you. I have just been ditching you in order to spend fun time with my family and friends. But I promise I'll be back soon. To hold you over until Christmas break ends, I'll leave you with this. I've been thinking a lot about new years resolutions. I've been pretty inspired by my friend Melissa. She has made me believe that it really is possible for me to get rid of the extra body fat that I don't like if I truly commit myself to it. I'd really like to get rid of my pudge, which, let's be honest, is about 40 pounds. Wow. What a lot! It sounds really discouraging, but at the same time it's really been liberating for me today to realize that it's possible for me to have a concrete goal. Now I know that the number on the scale doesn't matter as much as the healthy body, but I think at this point in my life focusing on a number could do me some good. So please answer me this: what are some good things I can do to accomplish this goal of mine? I think my main problem is eating way too much junk. And I know the answer sounds obvious: just don't eat it. But I think it's more complicated than that. It's more of a social problem than that. I hate to be at somebody's house and have them offer me something they've slaved over and then decline. And it's awkward to say, "Umm... well I'm trying to lose some weight. I think we'd all agree I need to." But is that just what it comes down to? The other problem is that I don't get enough exercise, but I think that is getting better since my friend Sarah and I have started going on walks every day. I'm excited for her to come back from our home town where she's spending Christmas with her family so we can really hunker down and get skinny together. Anyway, I'd really love any nice comments with helpful suggestions. What works? What have you tried that doesn't work? What do you suggest? I'd like to know.


Emily said...

Run! is my suggestion. Good for you for doing this! :) But seriously, running (at least for me) has always been such a good thing - and swimming. You just lose so many calories, you can do it anytime of the day, any where, etc.

And I'll try to only serve healthy things at my house to help! It will be good for us too!

Sylvia Louise said...

I would have to agree that running is the bomb diggity. You lose weight and you don't bulk up and you get these snazzy leg muscles that you can flex at people.

As for food: as it would happen, I too want to lose weight this New Year. We will really try to have healthy snacks when we have you guys over. Then you won't have to agonize or feel awkward and it will help me too.

Kegan says stretching makes exercise easier and is good for your body. I have a yoga DVD you can borrow.

True true, that a healthy body is the most important--but! I agree with you that having a real number to work towards is a good idea. I'm going to do that too.

You should watch the Biggest Loser. It'll be on Tuesday nights. We enjoy it.

Now that we've taken up lots of space, we will leave.

Oh wait--that Fat Chance blog that you follow, I've been reading it too. I was thinking about making my own blog, but so only I would be able to see it. We'll see.

Okay, that's really the end.

Sort of. We support you! Hooray for Katie!

kati said...

Great Goal Katie! What has worked for me is to keep a food journal. It sounds overwhelming but it's not really. Just keep a notepad on the counter by the fridge and keep track of what you eat and how many calories. Check with your doc. about how many calories you should consume while nursing but I felt good around 1500. Also, eat every 3 hrs. and move everyday for at least 30 min. You can so do this! And you will feel so good! Good luck!

emmalou said...

Katie... this will be so fun and rewarding for you! I wish I could be there with you. We would totally go running together. As for advice, I recommend you push yourself just enough and really keep track of each accomplishment. :)

Lauren @The Little Things We Do.... said...

you can do it katie poo! i lost 40 pounds back in the day camp days and mine didn't even have the good excuse of being post-baby weight.

you should look into weight watchers. i never did the meetings, but just counted "points" and it helped me look at food in a new way. it's honestly one of the best plans i've encountered. also...someone told me about an amazing dvd called "tracy anderson method post pregnancy workout". she said it completely changed her abs after having a baby (or...rather 3 babies). i'm totally buying it from amazon.

something else that helped me was having snacks available in my bag so i'd eat a bit before going to a social situation and then i'd be able to honestly say that i was full and pass up treats.

if you want any good ideas for snacks or low-cal recipes let me know and i'd be happy to e-mail you some. i get a lot of mine from cooking light magazine. they probably have copies at the library if you don't want to buy it, and their website is great. and the recipes are substantial...craig doesn't even complain :).

good luck friend!

hitet said...

keep it simple, small goals are easier than big ones, 1 lbs a week is manageable than say 40 in 6 months, cutting 3500 cals loses a lb, 1/2 any sugary drinks switch mayo to mustard, shake 1/2 the dressing onto salads and bwah-lah, 500 cals cut from daily diet, that is 3500 cals cut a week which=1lb a week, keep hydrated and do what you do, be happy and play with the fam, the lbs wont seem like work