Owning It

So this year my biggest focus is (and needs to be) getting my weight down to a healthier place. I am so tired of being obese, and so very scared of what being this size could do to me. So I am slowly but steadily (hoorah for the tortoise approach!) changing the way I do business.

A huge part of this for me is using sparkpeople, an online site devoted to weight loss, exercise and keeping healthy. I’m logging all my exercise and food there, and while the progress I’ve made in the first two months of the year hasn’t been some miraculous shedding of weight akin to The Biggest Loser, I have lost just shy of 12 pounds so far, and am looking forward to continuing this trend as the year wears on. It’s a great place to share the journey with others on the same path, and a great place to find support and kindred spirits.

Today I posted a blog on my page over there, and I thought I’d share it here too. This (Country Mouse In The City) blog is not designed to be a dedicated weight loss blog, but as this journey is such a big part of my life right now I thought I’d blog now and them about it here to keep you in the loop on how I’m doing. I hope that’s okay.

Today’s post is called “Owning It”:

The journey is going to be hard.

The journey is going to be long.

I’m going to make mistakes.

I will want to give up.

Old habits will die hard, and will not go without putting up a fight.

Some people will be confused by my choices.

Some people won’t like the change.

I will hurt.

And swear.

And cry.

And sweat.

But this journey will be worth it.

To be healthy.

To feel healthy.

To be strong.

To be fit.

To no longer have thighs that rub together.

To feel pretty.

To have clothes I like, not just settle for clothes that fit.

To have a body I can rely on.

This journey will be worth it.

Every time I make it to the gym, or I lose a pound, or an inch goes, I’m going to celebrate it.

And every time I fail I will dust myself off and get back into it.

I will make mistakes.

I will learn from those mistakes.

I will dance and walk and spin and swim until I can do no more.

This journey will be worth it.

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  1. Wiwille
    2nd March 2011 / 3:54 pm

    Once you get past that two week hump you'll be find. The biggest challenge is keeping it off.

  2. Anonymous
    2nd March 2011 / 4:41 pm

    The only type of spinning allowed is the type which is more accurately called "twirling". Not the other nasty kind. No no no.Mme Muir x

  3. Miss Ash
    3rd March 2011 / 1:28 am

    A lot of us our on this journey with you so you're definitely not alone! That website sends me daily emails and great tips which I like. Slow and steady wins the race..I will say though I still have to change my lifestyle. I watched a guy on the Biggest Loser last night deny himself birthday cake and booze…..mine is coming up next week and I'm thinking of ways I can eat the cake and drink the booze but still lose weight. I think I'll be living at the gym that week!

  4. Riot Kitty
    3rd March 2011 / 1:30 am

    Good for you, Claire. You'll do it!

  5. Shan
    3rd March 2011 / 2:15 am

    Great post Claire! It's not about the number on the scale, it's about feeling healthy and happy and you certainly have the right attitude about it!

  6. Christielli
    3rd March 2011 / 2:48 am

    I have stuff to say, but I'll wait to talk to you in person! YAY!!! Two weeks tomorrow I"m in London!Also, I got your postcard today! Muchas gracias! It made my day! 😀

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