I think the biggest reason I have been exercising consistently is this wonderful place called the Shelby Farms Greenline www.shelbyfarmsgreenline.org. A little over a year ago this old railway got turned into a very lovely paved path that cuts right through my East Memphis neighborhood, heading from Midtown Memphis to the beautiful Shelby Farms Park www.shelbyfarmspark.org. I can get on it about 2 short block from my house and it is my very very favorite place to walk, run and bike. My family loves it too-my kids bike, roller-blade and scooter down it happily. I love it in the spring-there is so much greenery on either side of the path. In the summer, it is well shaded and much cooler than the rest of town. In the fall it is a great place to view the changing canopy. There is wildlife-I have seen a snake on the path and the other day a huge redhawk sat perched on a branch over the path. I was so close to him I could see his white chest feathers moving with the breeze and see his talons gripping the branch. And now, in winter, it is so peaceful. The trees and shrubs are bare and stark and beautiful. I love it so much it has made moving this big old heavy body much less of a chore and more of a joy…
For the two or three of you who read my former blog, www.barnasstobabe.com, you know that I have been losing the battle to lose weight for the past few years. I am 47 years old, 5’4″ and weigh 183 pounds. I need to lose about 40 pounds to be within the healthy weight range for my height, and I want to lose another 20 on top of that to be in the fabulous weight range for my own personal vision of me in my own fabulous future.
In the past I failed miserably at my attempts to lose weight. I would try, but when things got tough, my old friend food would be there to comfort me. The reason I am overweight is primarily because when I am upset I use food to feel better, when I am cloudy I use it to help me focus, when I am bored I use it to give me some interest, and when something is missing it has been my replacement…. My husband and I used to joke-every Monday was the beginning of a new diet. I couldn’t make it through a week, sometimes not even a day of dieting. I truly sucked at it.
Now, at 47 it is no longer a laughing matter. As I get older, I realize this body of mine needs to be cared for. I need to get these pounds off for my health and well being.
I started Weight Watchers online a couple of weeks ago www.weightwatchers.com, wanting to get a head-start on the New Year and just feeling so ready to begin. I reccomend it to anyone who is struggling to lose weight. It’s a simple plan with flexibility. It encourages healthy eating and activity but it doesn’t starve you.
I am also walking and jogging 3 or 4 times a week. I actually LIKE to do that. I love being outside, moving and the exercise helps me so much mentally-calms me down, helps clear my head, gives me time to ponder and plan and I am ALWAYS glad I did it.
I wil be sharing my progress here. I hope to inspire others who are trying to lose weight and also to keep my own motivation high as I deal with the the process. Here’s to a new “weigh” of living!!! 2012 here I come!!!