Friday, September 05, 2008

My commitment to a thinner me, a nicer butt and a flatter belly

I've been procrastinating doing something....I don't really think I meant to put it off, but...it just kind of happened. I had told someone that I would do something a few weeks ago, but just never got around to doing anything really seriously about it.

Well....Debbie is about to get serious.

One of my most favorite people in this whole blogging world, Mrs. G, threw down yet another challenge to her readers that, shall we say, felt some exercise and getting into shape was something that they...we....I needed to start doing. It's kind of a blogging "Get Your Ass In Shape" support group. Each of us committed (some more loosely than others...sorry.) to doing something to get into a shape better than the one we had. Some people, like Mrs. G...have posted pictures of their bottoms (keep reading as an explanatory picture follows) to show that they are committed to this project. Some pictures have been more revealing than others...but all have been pretty entertaining...and yes...encouraging. (Okay...so seriously...I can see my mom....right now as she is reading this...shaking her head and saying, "Oh, no...Debbie...not a picture of your butt." :-D This is so fun.)
Mrs. G. has asked that everyone post weekly results, on Wednesday....there is a list of everyone doing this challenge on her site and people can check up on others to see how everyone is doing. Some people are really doing great....exercising, running, walking, working out....nothing but good stuff happening out there!! It's nice to belong to such a supportive and encouraging group.

I am not a thin person. My grandfather used to say that I had big bones! I'm a big girl....not fat by any stretch of the imagination (in my mind, "fat" is for those who resemble sumo wrestlers...and that...I do not!!). I was looking at some pictures that were taken at Issei's birthday party, in February and honestly, it just made me sad. That...was not me. It was time for a change.

I have literally been on a diet/watching my weight pretty much since I was about 17. I have done most of the diets out there.....the apple diet, the banana diet, the "9-Day Wonder Diet", the soup diet....need I go on? Oh, yeah, I would lose some weight, but....the rebound would soon set in....and I'd be back to square one.

So...two months ago, I decided that enough...was enough. I am 40-coughcough years old and it. is. time. At a party, I ran into a Japanese friend that I hadn't seen in almost a year. She looked wonderful. Then I noticed her husband...and he, too, looked incredible. I demanded that she tell me politely asked her what they had done....and she told me Herbalife. At first, I was all like "oh....no way...that's shakes all day...no...can't do it." But she assured me that it was easy (two shakes a day plus one meal) and not that expensive. I thought to myself that, well, okay...I'll give it a try...for a month...you know...just to see.

In the first month....I lost 4 kilos (which is about 9 pounds)!! I was so excited that I went for one more month...and another 3.5 kilos have come off......I have just now started my third month and have decided that 4 more kilos is my goal. Let me tell you....it really wasn't that too terribly difficult...my motivation is pretty high right now and with my schedule (go! go! go!), it works great!! (If you want to know more, ask and I will tell you about it!!)

Now....it is time for some exercise. (Picture me with my right hand in the air, left hand on a very worn out copy of the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) Starting tomorrow.....I will try to do some kind of exercise to get this belly (sorry, Mrs. G....my belllllayyy is the problem area!!) in to shape. I want to be able to put on a 2-piece swimsuit and wear it without making people laugh or want to hurl their cookies! (Not that I would actually wear a 2-piece in public, mind you, but...IF I wanted to, I want to be able to, dammit!)

And so....in meeting the suggested guidelines of this challenge....I give you... my butt. (Okay, okay...so it's just part of my bottom....sorry, that's all you're gonna get for now, folks.) Check in on Wednesdays for an update....when this is all said and done...I am going to feel much better and healthier and yes, look mah-ve-lous, dahlings!!!


And of course there is some yummy stuff to look at tonight.....'cause I know what some of you like!!!

Flamingo Friday

(I found this picture on Google Images...it was tagged as "In honor of Lance Armstrong and his efforts"...I think this is a great picture!!)

18 comments:

The Girl Next Door said...

You Go Girl! You are inspiring me! (As I finish my giant Friday sandwich of portabella mushroom, cheese, alioli etetc....)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Congratulations on all your hard work so far.

I walked and lifted weights this morning, but then ate a crap breakfast. Maybe tomorrow?

Nancy said...

Yeah! Keep on going!

I too, have dieted my whole life. A year ago April, I started WW (for the who knows how many times) and stuck to it. I lost 45 lbs and holding.

What ever works ... good luck =)

Ginaagain said...

Good for you! I also committed to Mrs. G and then didn't do much at all but I'm trying to change that now. I just looked at pictures from Taylor's birthday party a few weeks ago and there I was goofy golfing and looking six months pregnant. Ugh. My butt is definitely not the problem. Weight Watchers take me back!!!

smalltownmom said...

Congratulations on your dietary success!

Mrs. G. said...

Nice ass, D! Go girl.

3rdEyeMuse said...

rock on sistah-goddess-girl!!

... hmmm ... being accountable ... not something I tend to embrace with both arms ... but maybe, just maybe I'll get inspired to follow along in secret. :)

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Get down with your bad self and those blue jeans!

My belly is my trouble spot too these days. Vacations are over and as soon as I finish coughing up my left lung from bronchitis, I'm going to start in on it.

Way to go DEBBIE!

dkuroiwa said...

Oh man! The comments and encouragement are great!! I'm feeling soooooo good about all this!! What a great group of friends I got, huh?! :-D
**mwah**

Tootsie Farklepants said...

Sitting here trying to figure out how to type a construction worker type whistle. You know, cause I'm checkin' out yer arse!

Karen MEG said...

Nice booty you got there Deb!

Well good for you for taking up the challenge.!! I've got some working out of my own to do, but I'm too chicken to commit because of work.

I gain the weight around my gut... just lovely.

Thanks again for the eye candy!

Helena said...

Congratulations to your weight loss! I joined WW a few years ago and lost 9kg's in 2 months. As long as it works...

I'm loving the pink flamingos by the way.

Helena said...

Me again. I found this post http://coffeeyogurt.blogspot.com/2008/09/think-thin.html

Something about thinking yourself thin... I might give it a try :-)

musing said...

I applaud your efforts and look forward to seeing your rear, um, I mean your progress each week. :)

hulagirlatheart said...

We've had a yard full of pink flamingos before thanks to a church fundraiser. They stayed for a week. Ha!

Congratulations on the weight loss and your decision to move in a different direction! I'm all about exercise for the um 40-something and above crowd. My unsolicited advice? Start slowly, add one thing at a time, make an appointment for your exercise and keep it no matter what. If you treat it like any other appointment you will stick to it. You are worth it, so make time for yourself. Oh, and have a margarita every now and then to celebrate your hard work. I'm cheering for you over here in Kentucky!!

Janet said...

congrats and good luck! I just started WW...second weigh in is tomorrow, it'll be interesting!

phd in yogurtry said...

I saw those yellow flamingoes -- at a garden shop in Austin (Lance Armstrong's home, and mine)

Congrats on joining Mrs G. I said I was going to .. and I will. I mean it!

Grandy said...

Congratulations on your weight loss you hottie!!! :)