Week 3 with no progress on the weight loss front. The needle on the scale is definitely to the left of the one in 140 but not enough to actually declare it to be 139. At this point in the process every pound is coming off agonizingly slow, therefore, in the immortal words of Maverick in Top Gun, I’m switching to guns.
This is a familiar theme in my weight loss career, get down to my regular weight and then all south bound progress ceases. Now I know what you are going to say, I have heard it a million times, this is the right body weight for you. And to that, I ask, who is in charge here? Well, that answer is painfully obvious.
I am aware complaining that I cannot lose 5 pounds may sound, to those who have much greater challenges, like complaining that my diamond shoes are too tight, but this is my personal white whale. I would like my weight to vary between 135-140 instead of 140-150. Therefore, I want to get down to 135 and then let the swinging begin. It is not as if I am asking to be a size 2, I am perfectly happy in an 8 that doesn’t leave lines on my belly.
Which, by the way, have you ever read a weight loss story and seen someone say they lost 30 pounds and now they are a size 0 (which frankly is not a size if you ask me), then you look at the picture and say no way. I am sorry lady, but you are a size 8, maybe a 6, but no way in Hades are you wearing a 0, who are you trying to kid. Be happy you lost those 30 pounds, rejoice in the fact you feel better and can chase your kids without losing your breath, but don’t try to over sell it by telling me you are a size 0, I have eyes, I’m gonna know.
After taking a brutally honest look at the situation, I know I am not cheating the diet, so it has to be the exercise element. Since my Iphone has become to be the center of my universe I turned to it for answers. A while back, my daughter and I decided we wanted to overcome our hatred of running (well, I decided and convinced her it would be “fun” she’s 9 she still falls for that). I downloaded the Couch to 5K app (C25K), I read about in an article about Jamie Curtis overcoming the same aversion to running.
We did it for about 3 weeks, but because we started in November, the weather and early darkness of day light savings time made us cut it off short of finishing the program. I am not going to say it was fun, but I didn’t hate it as much as I thought I would and we both felt a sense of accomplishment.
So yesterday I starting the program over again, this time on the treadmill in my garage. The bad news is the garage smells weird because the rabbit has her winter condo in there (sorry Butterscotch, but rabbits can be kind of smelly). The good news is I am working my way through my Gilmore Girls complete series DVD kit, so even if I don’t break the 5 pound barrier, I will have some sharp-witted quips with which to express my frustrations.