Wednesday, October 14, 2009

10 Absolutely Ridiculous Reasons Why

Two months ago, I told you 36 reasons why I didn't/shouldn't/couldn't lose weight and only 2 reasons why I would. I've lost 10 lbs since that blog and my perspective has changed quite a bit. I can't really think of any reasons why not to lose weight anymore. (Don't worry. I've still got mental problems like why I'm not putting my novel in the mail. . . )

10 Absolutely Ridiculous Reasons Why I'm Losing Weight

10. Toilet seat is roomier. Coach class seat on airplane doesn't quite feel like first class, but it feels like business class on a crop plane.
9. My waist is getting lower. My pants are getting longer.
8. I can see myself a little more clearly. I'd expound on that, but I'd like to get some sleep tonight.
7. I'm at peace with my belly skin.
6. I'm filling my old "hunger" with things that are important to me.
5. No more "failure" and "setbacks". I have to brush them out of my life daily like I brush my teeth. I don't have time to dwell on them.
4. I eat the things I want, because have more space in my stomach. My stomach used to be filled with food I didn't particularly want.
3. I'm more in tuned to my body. I can hear my needs and signals more clearly.
2. Muscles and definition in my legs make me happy.
1. This ones a tough one. . . Wrinkles. If you lose weight now, it is healthier for you. If you lose weight later, you will seem more wrinkly faster. Think about it. You can and should lose weight at any age, but don't wait to lose a lot of weight when you are older. You'll look wrinkly. Go ahead and lose the weight now!

Weird Weight Loss Tip
Admit your errors. Sometimes my best isn't good enough. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you've practiced asking for help. You've told your friends and family thank you for helping you change your life. Sometimes you have to tell them you are sorry, too. Work stress and life stress can impact how you treat the people you love especially if you are over worked, calorie deprived, and exercise exhausted.

Say you are sorry.

Dear what's-his-name, I'm sorry for my mistakes, but I'm thankful that you think I can do so much more. It is so easy for you to believe in me. But it is not always easy for me. You men and your pragmatism! Ugh! It is frustrating. Women are filled with self-doubt and loathing. I'm going to take a lesson from you and grab the bull my the horns and other wonderful man cliches. I can't say any mushy stuff because it isn't my way. But you know and you're welcome.

How do the rest of you feel? Like you just stepped into my living room? Welcome, but watch for Cheerios. We include them as part of our emotional chaos. They are our happy land mines. Give me an update on how you are doing. Tell me why you are losing weight. Tell me what you've done wrong. Until later, happy eating and exercising. Also, happy happiness.


  1. Congrats on the weight loss! I have been down that path--I know how hard it is to lose weight, but it feels so good when it comes off!

  2. The Pride of SalinasOctober 14, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Remember Christopher Robin's words to Pooh: “You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

  3. Ooh, love that quote, Pride of Salinas.

    I have lost forty pounds, but I have a lot -- I mean a lot -- to go. I almost laughed out loud in yoga when we did the neck stretching exercise and I could actually see my toes over my belly. My teacher thought I was happy because I was becoming more flexible. :-P

    Other happy moments -- I fit comfortably in the seats at the theater. I can touch the floor without bending my knees. When I get out of the car, it doesn't feel like such an effort to propel my body out of the seat. My kids can easily get their arms around me. I went shopping with my daughter, and they had 'skinny jeans' in Size Fat. And they fit! And they don't look awful. I have a waist again. I lived through step class without having a cardiac arrest. (Although I didn't enjoy it.)

    Why am I losing weight? Because it was time, past time. Because I was ready. Because I have too much I want to do in life, and the extra pounds were literally and spirtually weighing me down.

    What have I done wrong? I am an emotional eater who doesn't particularly love exercise. I like being active, but I lost interest in most fitness routines in the past.

    What have I done right? I am eating less. I started keeping track of calories and what I eat. I try to eat high fiber foods. I found some physically activities that I love -- yoga and T'ai Chi. For now, those are actually aerobic for me. I work hard to keep my mind on positive things -- not a natural state for me. I try to appreciate the beautiful, the joyful, the silly and absurd. I am enjoying life, and it helps keep me satisfied.

  4. Christine, it feels great when it comes off and you feel that it really gone.

    PoS, I never read Pooh, but I trust you in this and everything.

    Coburn, I am so proud of you. Your comment really made me happy. A trainer at the gym made a comment on my belly fat. I said, "Dude, I've had 3 kids in 3 years, that's not belly fat, that's skin." He sort of left me alone after that. I'm so happy to see my feet without my stomach getting in the way. Losing weight is beautiful, silly, and absurd! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Great reasons--I especially like #6. It feels so much better to feed your body nutritious food that you know will go towards making you a healthier, stronger person. Congrats on the weight loss thus far!