Sunday, October 14, 2007

Weighty Matters

In the past 4 days I've exercised three times. My philosophy for exercise is much the same as my philosophy for house cleaning: keep it simple, and make it as easy as possible. So I'm not exercising to train for a marathon; I'm exercising to try to stave off death a little longer. I walk or ride my bike for 30 minutes, and I hate all 1800 seconds of it. The problem is that I've been waiting until before I go to bed to do it, waiting until the last minute, like the consummate procrastinator I am. I really need to stop doing that. I must do it first thing in the morning.

Goal #1: Walk everyday this week, first thing in the morning.

Also I joined Mrs. Flinger's weight loss group, and and contest at weight loss wars (with a $200 prize!), in hope of motivating myself. I'm playing for money now, so I just might get in gear. I really need to go to the store, as it's hard to eat salad if you have no veggies in the house. Well, I've got broccoli, but you get the idea.

Goal #2: Go to the store.

Hey, don't laugh! I gotta set goals I can reach!

Emily, my oldest, and I went shopping for clothes this weekend. She insisted she's fat, which just breaks my heart. She isn't fat, by any stretch of the imagination, but she's also not as skinny as a lot of kids her age, either. We talked about appreciating your body for all the stuff it does, not just how it looks, and that everyone has a different body type, blah blah frickin blah. We've had these conversations many times before. But the bottom line is, sometimes she's bothered by the way she looks. Here's where I'm not sure if I did the right thing. I told her that if her belly really bothers her, to try to exercise more, and eat more fruits and veggies. I hate to encourage her to change her body, because she doesn't need to, she needs to appreciate and accept it. I'm careful never to speak negatively about my body, so I don't know where she gets it, but it's everywhere. I've told her that diets aren't healthy, that' it's better just to develop good eating habits, but if she really wants to change her body, I guess my job is to educate her to do it in a healthy way.

3 comments:

Erin said...

Oh, Lord, this post makes me sad. We live in a messed up world.

Mrs. Flinger said...

Uh, two hundred bucks?! What? Oh, dear, where did you read that? Did I mis-type something? It's based on the number of people who join and so far the prize is up to 35 bucks but if more people join, it'll go up by five dollar value per person.

Oh, I hope it's still fun and motivating!

paper napkin said...

No no, it's a different competition @ wlwars. Ha!