Saturday, January 2, 2010

So I'm on this new diet....

I'm on a new diet. It's very effective. Well, I don't eat anything at all and then when I feel like I'm going to faint, I ate a cube of cheese. I'm only one stomach flu away from my goal weight.

Anyone recognize that line? It's from The Devil Wears Prada. It's one of my favorite lines and it always cracks me up. As I was watching the movie the other day (a Christmas present from my brother-in-law), it made me laugh, but it also made me think about all of the things people (myself included) will try to lose weight. Recently, a few people have noticed that I am losing weight and have asked me what I'm doing. When I tell them that I am trying to eat less and exercise more, a couple have looked disappointed. Like they were hoping I had discovered a new magic pill that had let me lose weight.

I've thought about what I've been doing and I can honestly say that everything that I'm doing is something that I can keep doing long term. I'm not taking any pills. I'm not eating any special foods that have to be ordered and shipped to my house. I didn't have surgery. I'm not judging people that have done those things because each person's weight loss journey is personal and whatever you need to do in order to lose weight and get healthy is your choice.

As far as exercise, I am not doing anything fancy. Most days, I just walk. I haven't hired a personal trainer because I was hoping to be able to motivate myself. I want to exercise because I want to, not because I have an appointment with someone. Again, I am not knocking personal trainers, in fact, I may decide to use one at some point, but for now, I want to push myself towards my goals. I am hoping that by doing things that are easily repeatable, the weight loss will be sustainable. I don't want to do anything that I can't keep doing for the rest of my life. If I am trying to make a lasting change, then that is key.

I hope everyone is having a great start to 2010. As for me, I have to go. It's time for my walk. :)


  1. Yes and amen to everything you wrote:) That would be a great title for a blog "Nothing Fancy" special trainers, food, equipment or pills. Just doing what we know to do and doing it to the best of "our" own ability (and sometimes that means NOT doing). Here's to a great New Year!

  2. That's a great low-cost, and flexible way to losing weight. Eating less and moving more. What more can a person ask for?

  3. Love your blog! People have asked me too what I have done to lose weight (65 pounds so far) and I tell them "the old-fashioned thing, eat less and exercise." I think people do want a magic pill. Heck, I'd take one. But since there is not one, I guess I'll have to go work out. :)

  4. Hah, I agree that people go to extremes for weight loss. At one point in my life I was seriously considering getting my jaw wired shut, can you believe that!
    People want a magic fix because losing weight is HARD! But, we know what has to be done, and it's a lot better and healthier than any magic fix.

  5. Great post!!! Love it, love it, love it!! Motivating yourself is the best way to lose weight and keep it off. Way to go girl!!