Sunday, December 23, 2007

Getting my groove back

A few months ago I was keeping off the weight I'd managed to lose and working to lose some more, faithfully getting to the gym three times a week, and starting to make better food choices. I was feeling reasonably good about myself.

Somewhere along the way, between the tail end of summer vacation (kids at home), illnesses, parental visits, holidays abroad (Italy is beyond wonderful, but it's not exactly a diet-friendly destination, even with all the walking we did we managed to eat even more), looming work deadlines, more illnesses, and a severe case of general "I can't get up off my lazy ass" malaise things sort of went to hell in a bucket and I am no longer enjoying the ride (bonus points for anyone who gets the song reference here).

I gained back half of the weight I'd lost, stopped going to the gym, and feel utterly disgusted with myself. Not to mention I look like crap.

All that ends now.

In just a few short minutes I am headed back to the gym. I'll ease into it so as not to end up so sore that I'm then back out of commission, but I'm going back. Today. On Wednesday I have a general "recon" meeting set up with one of the senior trainers to take the dreaded measurements, discuss what crap shape I'm in, etc., and on Thursday I meet with my trainer to develop a new exercise program. It's time to get the lead out.

I can't promise I'll faithfully stick to a diet. As a foodie with awful self-discipline I find that incredibly hard, but I will do my damnedest to start making significantly better choices. If not all the time then at least more of the time.

It's time to get serious again. Who's with me?

19 comments:

sandierpastures said...

(Hands raised frantically) I'm with you Robin!! The fact that we don't have a full length mirror at home makes me forget how crap I look!

I haven't seen your photos so I won't agree you looking like crap! :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm with you!!! Getting back on the treadmill is one of my goals for January. Until then, I'm stuffing myself full of cookies.

Melissa

http://www.MelissaGarrett.wordpress.com

Stephanie said...

grateful dead....yeah!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I haven't gotten off the treadmill -- or spin bike and elliptical in my case. So when you want to give up, picture me there beside you, encouraging you.

I'm now at the point of being addicted to my exercise programs. It's sort of sad.

Nancy said...

Fortunately, I have lost 46 lbs. since this past April ... I'm with you on sticking to a diet ... I don't want to gain any back.

You can do it. You Go Girl!

Robin said...

46 pounds??? Holy crap, that is AMAZING! Go you!

Mrs. W said...

You must have read my mind, Robin. I've been on a bad-for-me-food-binge for the last week and I am horrified with myself. Today I drank Dr.Pepper. *ugh*

I'm letting myself indulge through Christmas day, but THAT'S IT! I have to get back on track. Fortunately I weighed myself yesterday and there have been no detrimental effects... yet. I'd lost 20 lbs over the last couple of months and don't want to gain it back.

But after Christmas it's back to the right foods, to which I'd like to add some dvd exercise (it's too dang cold around here to go out daily to a gym, and with the gas prices, not really plausible on our budget).

Reiza said...

Oh, I'm right there with you. I worked out 5-6 days a week and lost a good deal of weight, but have put some back on in the past few months. I still go to the gym, but bad weather and the holidays has me home more often than at the gym.

I want to give you a pat on the back for finding your motivation. I haven't been able to do that just yet, but I certainly need to.

Make sure you keep us updated on your fitness journey. I'm hoping some of your enthusiasm wears off on me. :-)

Maddy said...

I feel a bit of a cheat, but in my defense I can say that both my mother and sister have always struggled so I do [in part] understand the difficulty, so I'm more than happy to shout 'yeah!' from the sidelines.
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Granny Smith said...

What a wakeup call! I have been at a delightfully stable weight for months, but now we are visiting, and, ina mere week and a half, I have gained six pounds! Ugh! Too many Christmas cookies! Thanks for the reminder!

angie said...

I'm with you. I was just thinking that I need to make better choices about what I shove in my mouth AND start exercising.

Linda R. Moore said...

No gym here, but my RV lifestyle is a significantly more active one, so that helps. I had already decided that post-Christmas (when the last box of treat cookies is gone) I will start over. I already lost some weight from the stress of the move, and want to keep that going.

For me, New Year is the start of action. The time up to NY is introspection, choosing goals, and seeing about fulfilling some of them.

laughingatchaos said...

Sigh...I'm in. But I need a week, that's when our New!And!Improved! rec center opens and I'll have a place to actually go. I had to get weighed on Thursday at my thyroid check and I believe I may have exclaimed loudly enough to frighten the blue-hairs out in the waiting room. :( So a week til the rec center opens...and by then, the peanut butter kiss cookies I'm baking right now will be gone. ; )

Becca said...

Me too, me too! As soon as all this holiday folderol is over, it's back to the gym for me :)

Shannon said...

I definitely need to start exercising again. I really have no excuse since I have equipment in my basement. This is a tough time of year to start but I commend you for doing it! Good Job!

Phyllis Sommer said...

oof...i agree. wait, do i want to work on it so hard before i go to israel in feb and eat my way around??? okay, maybe i want to be thin before i do that. i'm in!

ack! i found your email in spam. thanks for the check-in! i will read and respond soon now that i know it's there.

Janet said...

Me!!! mememe!

UL said...

Me, me! I am with you all the way.. I am exactly in the same shape as you are...I just have almost a year to catch up! I started out once a week, which I am sticking to firmly gonna make it more times soon, my very first resolution. BTw, thanks for asking after my daughter, she was the reason why I havent been able to blog, the pnuemonia is past, but she has a slight asthma tendency..so we were in and out of doctor's all of last week, she is much better now. Thank you. hope all is well at your end and your xmas went beautifully well. On to your other posts.

Fourier Analyst said...

Okay, 5 weeks late, but I'm with you. Starting this week I am now trying to get back into my 3-sessions-per-week routine. Ugh. Not looking forward to it...