Take the American Heart Association's 12-week Go Red BetterU Challenge today! Join Julie, Laura, Molly, Pamela, Paula, Renee and Ruthann in this journey to better health. BetterU is a free online tool that provides resources and tools for women who want to improve their health. Start! now so you can be on the path to becoming a BetterU!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Blog pic

Bless me Father, for I have sinned...

Oops! Wrong venue. But I am here to admit to falling off the wagon. You can read the details of my transgressions (donuts were only part of the debauchery) at the FitCity Moms blog. Here, I want to talk about how it happened.

As I told you last week, I've been working on losing weight since September and exercising to go with it for about six weeks. Well, I must have hit some magic number because last week people started to notice.

I walked into a meeting at work, the first day back from Christmas break, and someone said, "Wow! I can tell you've lost weight."

At my son's basketball game, a woman I know from church stopped me and said "What are you doing? You look great!"

Even my husband said, "How much have you lost? I can really see it."

What did I do with that? I let it go to my head. I started walking around feeling almost like a skinny person. Like I was all that. Too bad I didn't look in a mirror, huh?!

So I let my down my heart healthy guard. I ate too much of a good thing and plenty of bad things. I took a mini hiatus from the workout. It was a weekend of both excess and laziness. Then yesterday, I stepped on the scale.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen! Nothing that I can't correct by getting back on track (and on the elliptical). But it was a good lesson that a big head can lead right back to a big butt.

I have to remember that I am in this for the long haul. This Better U challenge lasts through the end of March, but I'll have plenty of work to do after that. Even after I reach an optimal weight and cardiac risk profile, it will take determination and dedication to maintain that for life.

1 comment:

  1. I, too, find it easy to get caught up in the wave of success... I remember doing Atkins years ago and rewarding myself after weeks of doing it right by getting a huge, dripping, gooey sundae instead of just a scoop of frozen yogurt. This time, I'm trying to learn to make the right choices with each little choice rather than following set rules or whatever. And I think that's what will program in the long term changes.