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Better late than never… September 5, 2012

I have put this particular post off for right around twenty-five pounds.  That’s how much weight I’ve put on since last year at this time.  I’m not one to focus on the numbers – I’m just at a point now where I’m not comfortable with myself.  My clothes are too tight, my energy level is too low, and I feel unhealthy.

So, now that the kids are back in school and we’re all on a routine, I’m going to buckle down and drop these unhealthy pounds.  Blogging about it will be my virtual accountability partner.

I actually love exercising.  Ronnie and I (and my sister!) completed Insanity last year.  If you haven’t seen the infomercial, check it out.  I’m a sucker for exercise infomercials in general.  I’ve done Slim in Six, several of the Firms, a crazy version of Tae Bo, the Ten-Minute Trainer, and I bought one called Yoga Booty Ballet, but I never really could get into that one.

We have a Total Gym in the garage that would make Chuck Norris proud.  I also have a punching bag, a bicycle, a vertical knee raise machine, a jump rope, and some free weights.

I guess the point is that I’m well-equipped to go in the garage and get an intense work-out.

So, I just need to start.

And eat right.

Right now I’m a little hooked on bad food.  Okay, to be perfectly honest, my diet is just downright bad right now.  I read a book once that said that Americans are addicted to the combination of sodium, sugar, and fat that is in most of our restaurant food.  I’m guilty right now.  Time to cut the junk and detoxify my body.  I know the first couple of days will be hard, but after that I’ll feel instantly healthier.

Along with that, I need to drink water.  Yesterday, I didn’t even have a single drop of water until dinner.  That’s embarrassing since I know the consequences of not drinking water.  I know better.

I’m not going to bore everyone by writing constantly about my progress.  But, I’m going to be working on it.  Every once in a while, I’ll update you on my progress.  Twenty-five pounds took me a year to put on, and I expect it to take a little while to take back off.

Wish me luck!


9 Responses to “Better late than never…”

  1. sherbear64 Says:

    You’ll do it. You always do when you put your mind to it! 🙂

  2. Pamela Says:

    I Love reading your blogs. I’m sure you can do whatever you set your mind to!!! Maybe after reading your enthusiastic blog it will set my direction on the right path cause I’ve strayed to every “side/slide” road available lately. (mint choc/chip ice cream and brownies w/graham crackers/marahmallows in the middle) They’ve found a permanent residence on my “middle”!!! Thanks for the insight an hopefully I can resolve my situation also…lol Keep up the good work Mandy!!!!!

  3. Good luck! And smart idea using your blog to hold you accountable. Don’t let us down! 🙂 BTW, may I suggest mini-goals, like 2 pounds a week? If you can see your definite progress, it will help keep you motivated, but I imagine you already know that.

  4. Teresa Cleveland Wendel Says:

    Something that works for me? I eat whatever I like in smaller portions and I NEVER go back for seconds. Good luck. I know you’ll be successful.

  5. Have you seen Kristen Feola’s book The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast? While the purpose of the book is to spend deep time with God, the approach to eating is amazing. Lots of water and healthy, whole foods. Please note that I say this having tried and failed that approach myself. Well, the food approach was a disaster, but the time with God was perfect!

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