December 11, 2006

Posting - Just to Post?

Sorta, but not really. Although that's how I feel as I attempt to post every day in December. This is allegedly a sewing blog - although not much sewing is going on. Mostly knitting and some whinning. Well here's more whinning. Friday I bought a new pair of pants to wear to my office holiday dinner. My office is very informal - so technically to fit in, I should have bought a new pair of jeans. Anyway - here's where the whine comes in. My new pants? Size 12!! I'm incredibly distressed about this. The pants I bought last December - Size 8. I know I have vented about this before, but I still don't have the answer. Last year at this time I was easily maintaining my weight at 150# this year, 164# - that's quite a bit to put on during the year - especially if it continues. In another 3 years I'd be darn close to my pre-Weight Watchers weight and I don't want to do that. Just for the record - I'm 5'9" and I'm 43 years old. Also, I'm pretty wide. Having children spread my ribs and from the side I'm probably visually as wide as I am from the front - great! I'm a tall box, otherwise known as a rectangle with arms!! Here's the deal. In order to maintain a weight of 150# I need to work out 6 days a week for not less than 45 minutes per workout. Plus I have to walk dogs for roughly 75 minutes per day - 7 days a week. There is no fun in my food life, rarely a drink with dinner or dessert. Not a cookie, no chips or crackers, just fruits, veggies and lots of water. How important is it for me to maintain 150#. So, I'm curious, those of you who care about your shape - what do you do and why do you do it? What is "worth it" for you? Would you consider it as failure to increase your goal weight by a few (I'm not talking about the 14# currently attached) pounds to maintain a little less weight focused lifestyle? Happy holidays everyone - I hope to have sewing posts again soon. Tonight we are taking all 4 hounds to the mall to have their picture made with Santa :)


  1. WOW! You have to work out that much to maintain your weight? I think I would talk to a personal trainer and see if there's another workout that you could do to burn the calories.

    There should be fun in life, otherwise, what's the point?

    I'm 37, 5'8" and 140#. If I need to shed a few pounds (I base it on how my clothes fit, not a scale) I diet for a few days. Increasing exercise (ha! as if!) is just not an option for me. So far it works for me.

  2. lady g, i think at some point i subsconsciously (but now consciously) adjust the food intake according to the daily exercise /workout. If I'm doing a good run and ride on one of the girls, i still wont "pig out" :) but might eat a it more.

    also if you pick a workout, sport you like and can look forward to, that'll help too

    GP in Montana

  3. G, i saw you in the summer, and you looked great. Really, you need to toss that scale. Lock it up, and do not use it for a month. Use your clothes to guide you. Keep working out to keep yourself healthy, and have a cookie and a drink every so often. You really are a great looking gal! That scale is a worthless thing!!

  4. just curious, have you had a full medical checkup? That sounds like an awful lot of workout time to just maintain your weight. I don't work OR exercise (not intentionally) and still maintain my weight within a few pounds. Not trying to get too personal, but something just doesn't sound right!

  5. Gaylen, you are obsessing too much!I do the same thing! I talked to my doctor as he had told me to loose weight and to exercise. He told me not to go on a diet because they work in the short run, not the long run. He told me to use the rule of 3. If I want a cookie, don't eat the whole bag, eat only three. Crackers-3. He told me to eat the food on my plate but consciously leave some behind, put the ususal amount on the plate, don't lessen it, just leave some behind. Sounds kind of crazy but I have lost some weight but I am not counting or constantly looking anymore. The other rule of three was three days at minimum of exercise and if you can do more do it. Last drink water. I love sodas!, drinking water has helped curb my appetite and makes me fill full.

    I am short and over 50 and used to be skinny as a rail. Age, hormones and menopause in all three forms conspired against me and I will not be skinny anymore unless I try and starve myself.

    From the photos I have seen on your blog. You are a nice size and an attractive woman. Please quit beating yourself up. Maybe you should have your thyroid checked or go see a nutrionist to help you with appropriate foods to eat and eating plan for your size and height. Take care!


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