motivation

It Begins.

OK, motivation for me.  Not necessarily for you.  But maybe my Monday posts about improving my health will motivate and inspire someone out there.  And that’s a good thing.  Lord knows I can use some inspiration from time to time … we all can.

So I just turned 50.  That’s right … the Big-Five-Zero.  Complete with a surprise party and everything.  My family got me good on that one.  I didn’t suspect a thing.  I’m not sure if I should be proud … or a little frightened that they are so good at keeping secrets.

Anyway, my weight is not where I want it to be.  I know I need to lose about 50 pounds.  Just saying that makes me cringe, but it’s the truth.  I am a little on the short side (vertically challenged, etc.), and say things like “I’m not short – I’m Fun Sized.”  Yup, I am 5’2″ and I am definitely carrying more weight on my fame than I should.  In farm/cattle language, we would say I am “over-finished.”  If you don’t understand the reference, just ask … I will clear that up for you.  🙂

So turning 50, and attending a get-together recently with several friends from high school, has given me some incentive to get serious about losing the weight.  AND as an added incentive-izer I have decided to add this to my blog, and make myself accountable to everyone who bothers to stop by and read it.

So here are the first steps of my plan:

  • I have started hiking at the local state park, which is about 5 miles from where we live.  I WOULD just get out and walk along the rural road where we live, but our two silly dogs follow me everywhere and they would want to go walking too and then they think they can wander off our property and all over creation and then they will get hit by a car because they don’t know better than to stay off the road and then Rachel would cry and then I would cry …. and it’s just easier to not have them tagging along.  Besides, hiking at the park with all it’s beautiful scenery and waterfalls is way more fun anyway.
  • I went shopping yesterday and loaded up on bananas, apples and pears – along with some multigrain chips that my Mom really likes and are surprisingly good.  I made homemade hummus over the weekend (my first attempt, and it turned out pretty good) so I now have something with which to eat the hummus.  Bypassing all the processed foods was easier than I thought it would be.  I plan to keep it that way.
  • This morning I made my own breakfast mixture of one cup nonfat vanilla greek yogurt and 1/2 cup of uncooked oatmeal and a dash of cinnamon.  Very tasty, and filling.
  • I took my measurements this a.m. (not a fun time) and weighed myself.  No, I will not share the numbers at this time.  But I will keep track and post any changes on Mondays, and let you know how I am doing on this quest.  Any motivation, tips, ideas that you want to share will be appreciated.  Thanks!  🙂

My goal is to hike for at least an hour, 3 times per week.  More if I can fit it in.  My youngest daughter will be my walking partner, and she loves that.

I will also work on making healthier meals for myself and my family.  There is a history of diabetes in my family, so I better start on that now before it becomes a problem.

Anyway – this is the start of my Monday Motivation!  🙂

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