I have struggled with my weight for at least half of my life. After being a skinny little thing for the first 25 years, bearing children/life/lack of exercise/love of food/sad periods and a whole slew of other things have sabotaged my weight. By nature I am a bit of a lazy cow, much preferring to lay on the sofa and read a book to going for a hike. I have been doing a 20 minute treadmill walk/run several times a week though. Plus, I do love to cook, have an insatiable sweet tooth and as I have recently discovered, I come from a family of pleasantly plump people. I have dieted and lost and yo yo'd constantly. Now I am just fed up and discouraged.
Being overweight is one of the last few things that are not taboo to make fun of. Through education and societal pressures and an overall acceptance of just about anyone, we don't make fun of minority groups, people with Down Syndrome, Gay people, disfigured people or pretty much anything that centers people out. Yet some people still feel it acceptable to photograph fat people in Walmart and post their picture all over the Internet and Facebook it. And people keep passing on those emails of fat people.........
I even saw on a blog recently, a post that showed a market stall selling underwear, and the blogger had picked the biggest pair to photograph and make fun of, and then compared them to her thong. I spent some time wondering if she was someone who felt good or bad about herself. If you think that is funny, it's really NOT. Those big knickers belong to someones Sister, Mother, Child, Brother, Dad, Grandad or loved one. That's just not COOL.
So, yet another attempt to get with the programme. This time the Dukan Diet. Dr. Dukan explains quite well why the weight comes back with some diets, which makes me feel a bit better about why my previous attempts have failed.
I thought that once I say it on my blog, that this may nudge me to really stick to it. I am starting next Monday as I am testing foods and recipes over the weekend.. My goal is HUGE. 35lbs. And then I will re-evaluate how much more I need to lose to be fitter. Next week I am going to have a Ticker on the sidebar to track my losses. Wish me luck, and you may want to check out for a while as I am likely going to be a grumpy old cow for a while. :)