Monday, November 06, 2006

10 weeks

Out of the 12 months of the year, November and December are fraught with temptation. Parties, bazaars, the social gatherings all lead to weight gain and credit card debt. While I firmly believe that I will be over the latter by the end of the year (and am mentally prepared for the sacrifice of giving up a great deal of credit by cutting up my cards), the former has always been a challenge. Growing up chubby, staying this way all through my adult life hasn't taken a major toll unlike the stories I read and see everyday on television or in magazines. I prefer to see food as a good thing, not the enemy. But I am notoriously lazy, and the gym is high on the list of places I'd prefer to avoid as much as possible.

However, last year I attempted to restrain myself by signing up for a weight management program at the gym. Nothing too fancy, simply met up with a nutritionist for 10 weeks and regular monitoring of my food intake alongside with exercise; I lost 9 lbs. Not bad, I figured, and attempted to sustain the effort sans support, which finds me back at the original weight I had last year. So this year, I've talked to the same trainer, she's agreed to be a bit stricter with me, plus I've signed up with a personal trainer for weight training. My goal is 15 lbs in 10 weeks, right in the middle of the fiesta season. Lordy me, am I insane?

I do think it's doable; by posting it on the blog, I plan to do a weekly update. No pictures necessary, no before and after, and what would be the point of lying to myself on the blog? Other people have used their blogs as a form of exercise/diet journaling. This will just be another facet of this medium for me.


ChichaJo said...

Good luck Mila! I know what it's like to "grow up chubby"...and Asia is the worst place for that. You are lucky you have such a healthy outlook on food (seeing it as a good thing). Food was actually the enemy for most of my life :( and I have had to come to terms with it in adulthood already...but now things are better and me and food are getting on famously :)

I don't like the gym either...I am looking for dance classes...

wysgal said...

Good luck! I go through these crazy cycles where I say I'll stop eating carbs, meat, and what not ... and those phases never last! =)

I know some folks from work that put together a weight loss contest, but they timed their weigh-in for December 1st so they can still indulge this holiday season.

Katrina said...

I wish you discipline, perseverance, patience, and the knowledge that even if it doesn't work as well as you'd hoped, it's not the end of the world. Whenever I feel frustrated about my inability to stick to a diet & exercise regime, I tell myself that at least if I died tomorrow, I wouldn't think, "I should've eaten that cake/ice cream/chocolate/pasta/pizza/etc!" Hehehe, the things we tell ourselves to justify our indulgences... ;-)

christine said...

It's doable, absolutely! If you want it bad enough, you'll achieve your goals. Sigh, I should practice what I preach. I will derive my inspiration from you. :)

Mila Tan said...

Thank you ladies. I'll be writing about having the worst first week to start dieting/exercising later.

I don't know if it's just been the migration to the new Blogger, but I didn't see comments on the blog for a very long time, and suddenly there are all these comments to read. Wow. Like unearthing secrets in one go. Very invigorating :)

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