The Holiday Trimmings Weight Loss Challenge is a national weight loss challenge hosted by the YMCA. I looked it up on-line to see if anyone else was doing it besides my hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas. And sure enough, there were challenges in Kokomo, Indiana and Lancaster, Pennsylvania…just to name a couple. Of course, people all over California are doing the program.You know how they are. Hippies.
Some of the programs last for 10 weeks, some 12. Here in Wichita Falls, we’re just being challenged for 6 weeks. That’s a good jump start on the New Year’s weight loss resolutions that everybody will be making soon. We started on December 5 and will try to exercise and lose weight through January 16.
I regret signing up already.
I am a lazy, fat, over-50 woman who hates to exercise and hates to sweat.
I like to eat cookies by the dozen and ice cream by the pint.
I’m not really a good candidate for any kind of weight loss program, much less the YMCA Holiday Trimmings program.
But that doesn’t keep me from trying new diets. So far this year, I’ve tried the DASH diet, the Atkins diet, my own lax version of the Weight Watchers diet, and the Oh-heck-I’ve-got-diverticulitis-again-and-can-only-eat-soft-foods-diet. I’ve only dropped a few pounds with each, and then gained it all back. So far, I’ve only really lost 11 months.
So…I’m not a Big Loser. I’m not exactly a winner either.
I thought about exercising and I walked around the block a few times this summer. I even bought some new exercise DVDs to watch. But that’s all I did…I sat on the couch eating Blue Belle Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream watching people exercise on TV. They looked sweaty. Eeewww.
I hate exercising. It makes me angry. I know…I know…it’s supposed to work off stress and make you feel relaxed. But exercising just makes me madder than a hornet. I don’t know why.
Here’s the deal though…I’m 20-25 lbs. overweight, my body mass index is 28 (30 is obese), my triglycerides and blood pressure are too high.
If it was just a matter of being overly plump and flabby, I could learn to live with that. I’d just buy some bigger pants and wear 3/4 length sleeves. The problem is that I’m not healthy…I’ve got some problems that could kill me…and I can’t really learn to live with that.
So yesterday, I signed up for the YMCA Holiday Trimmings Weight Loss Challenge, wrote a check for $10 to pay for a 6 week trial membership to the Y, and weighed in.
Today I was going to actually go to the Y and exercise. Instead, I read the brochure to see what classes I wanted to take. I got in my car and drove around the neighborhood to plan a walking route that is just over 2 miles long, starting from my front porch and going all the way back again. I didn’t eat any cookies. No ice cream, either.
Tomorrow morning, I will pull on my big girl panties, my exercise britches, and my tennis shoes and go to the Y. I will attend the exercise class…Aerobics Lo & Lite…that I chose today. And I will take a walk tomorrow afternoon.
Oh, lord, I dread it. I don’t want to do it at all. I expect to be griping, whining, complaining, and sweating a lot. I am not smiling right now…I’m already mad.
But this fat girl’s going to do it anyway. I’ll let you know how it turns out.