Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year.

Today on her blog, Pat Sloan talked about Ali Edwards and her challenge to choose a word and live it in the coming year.  And after much contemplation, I have chosen my word.  It is "DETERMINATION".  Webster defines determination as 
  1. a firm intention
  2. the quality of being resolute; firmness of purpose
The trip to Disney made me realize that I really need to take off the weight.  I've known for years that I should, but certain aspects of the trip made me realize that the time is now.  Needing a seatbelt extender on the plane was the first eye opener.  I use one in the car, but never thought about the plane.  Having trouble walking from where I had to park my scooter to the table in restaurants, and needing someone else fill my plate at the buffets was another eye opener.  And so, in the coming year, I firmly intend to accomplish some seriously needed weight loss.  

The last two weeks have been spent in trying to decide how I will achieve my goal.  I bought a new book about a diet for Type II diabetics, and hoped that it would be my guide. But after reading the book and feeling  that the 650 calorie diet it proposed wasn't my idea of healthy, I put that idea aside.  I dug out my copy of the GI Diet by Rick Gallop, and have chosen it as my method.  It involves low carb, high fiber, sugar free meals, and should also help my blood sugar levels. I bought the Wii Fit Plus for our Wii system in November, and haven't even opened the box.  That must change.  To me exercise has always been a dirty word, even if it's more than 4 letters.  I will have to force myself to do some sort of physical exercise, which won't be easy since walking is often difficult.  But, I am "determined". 

In this photo, taken at the Grand Floridian at WDW, I am my heaviest ever -- a whopping 332 pounds (I'm ashamed to admit my weight, but feel it's necessary to keep me on track.)  I'm only 4 feet 8 inches tall, and so every pound is noticeable.  My stomach hangs almost to my knees, and I don't think I have ever walked without my thighs rubbing.  So, please bear with me over the next 12 months as I document my weight loss attempt.  I will certainly need your encouragement and support.


Nancy said...

I'm here for you.... I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in November and have started the Sugar Busters diet.. so far I have lost 18 lbs.
EXERCISE IS a nasty word... I need to get motivated to get my butt in gear... maybe we can keep each other on track...

Pat said...

And I am here, too. When I was a newlywed, I didn't weight enough (in the eyes of doctors) as I fought to be 100 lbs. Now I am sad to say I have more than doubled that weight....and I need to do something about it, too. My health is suffering from it. Maybe we can all help each's surely worth a try.

Lindabee said...

I love you guys!!

Barbara York said...

Lindabee, I am one of your group friends on Seasons BOM and want you to know that I am with you all the way. I start my journey tomorrow and plan to add your blog to my sidebar. I will be posting my weight loss journey on WW Wednsdays. My final words are, YOU GO GIRL!!!!