Monday, June 16, 2008

It's not a diet, I'm in training!

Weight has always been an issue for me. I actually weigh less now than I did in high school, which is pretty good considering the fact that I have given birth twice! I have never really lost weight by going on any kind of "plan". Basically I have lost weight in the past by exercising more and eating less and the weight has come off very gradually.

I would love to be able to loose weight like they do on the Biggest Loser, but I know that's not possible unless I were to... you know, get on the show! That will never happen because unfortunately (or fortunately, I suppose) I am not fat enough to be on the show!

I really want to loose weight, but I guess I must not always want it bad enough to put down that cookie. Mmmm... cookies. See, I have quite a sweet tooth. If I see chocolate then I really want to eat it. I have a hard time with the idea of restricting what I eat. For some reason that brings out the rebellion in me. The monologue in my head goes something like this...

Responsible me: You really shouldn't eat those. We are trying to be good.
Rebellious me: Mmmm... that sure does look tasty. We should just try one.
Responsible me: NO! We are not allowed to eat any of those cookies.
Rebellious me: Oh yeah?! I'll show you! Just try to stop me.
Responsible me: Ok. Maybe just one.
Rebellious me: Well we already blew it, why stop at one?

So you see where I run into trouble. I am pretty good about exercising. I take the boys on a walk nearly every day. It just isn't enough to make up for what I eat. Ever since my DH has started riding his bike to work I have been thinking that it is time for me to ramp it up.

Last night we got talking about how fun it would be to take a bicycling vacation together. DH has really been enjoying biking to work and I enjoy riding my bike too. I would love to be able to spend some time with him without the kids... it could be like a second honeymoon.

Then I realized that if we went anywhere on our bicycles I would be the red-faced one huffing and puffing in the back. I don't want that to be me. So instead of being on a diet, I have decided that I'm in training.

I am training for a chance to take even short bicycling trips with my husband. Somehow having that goal to work towards makes it easier for me. Then I can concentrate more on exercising, and the being good about food part comes easier because I have a worthwhile goal.

So we'll see if tricking myself works.


  1. That sounds like an excellent plan. I'll have to remind you that your in training. You and I should figure out how to take advantage of each others strengths. I can diet, but I don't exercise and I really need to.


  2. Wow, you are just like me. I totally have a sweet tooth and have the hardest time not eating, especially once I've started. I also do so much better when I have something to work towards (hence the triathlon). We are riding bikes in the morning (probably not early enough for you considering your hubby bikes to work, but maybe). Thursday at 6:15 this week, let me know if you are interested.

  3. Unfortunately my husband leaves for work around 6:30 am. So I couldn't come with you guys. I usually go walking early in the morning (around 7:30 am) with the boys. So if anyone wants to go walking let me know!

    When the little one is old enough and can sit up I can put them both in the bike trailer. Until then, I'm on foot!