So here we are: Day One of my quest to lose 50 pounds in 150 days. My goal is to drop from 199 to 149 by April 15, 2010. Ambitious? Probably. But without ambition, where would we all be?
I’ve wrestled with putting myself out there like that. What woman wants the world to know her secrets (weight, age…)?? But as the saying goes, the truth will set you free. Shame is a powerful detriment to progress, and I’ve lived with enough shame to last a lifetime. So off with the cloak of shame! On with the mink coat (sorry, fur haters) of being better to myself.
In my high school days, I weighed 135. Being 5 feet 9 inches tall, that was pretty darn slim. I don’t feel the need to be stick-skinny, but I DO feel the need to be able to sit comfortably (read: without my stomach overflowing my jeans like a too-full bowl of oatmeal overcooking in the microwave). And, I feel the need to feel better about ME.
Although my plan was to start a walking/running and strength training regimen (and I will do that on days they’re needed), I was blessed today with the opportunity to feed horses and muck stalls (18 of them—if you’re not a horse person, you might not believe how much a draft horse can poop in 24 hours!) for a friend. Three sweaty hours later I emerged from the barn with enough hay stuck in my hair and clothes to audition as the Wizard of Oz scarecrow. But I felt absolutely energized and ready to face the day.
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