Humiliation Update: Stop Whining!
For those of you just tuning in, my New Year’s Resolution was to get in better physical health, with part of that challenge being that I’d post photos of myself in my underwear online, for the entire world to see, to help chart my progress and give added pressure for me to succeed.
To those who have asked, the depicted underwear is used only for these updates, and chosen specifically for its form-hugging attributes and lovely blue sash. To those who have questioned my sanity, you have every right to question. And to those of you who have offered marriage proposals, please speak with my honey, Russ.
Shortly after posting the before photos on January 1, I stepped on our scale, only to find that it was broken. The new scale placed me at 191.2, several pounds heavier than the prior posting of 187. Thus, I had a larger mountain to climb, and my journey kicked into high gear.
Here is the skinny on my progress:
- Illness early in the month led to a loss of momentum, which I’ve since regained.
- Eating very healthy has been relatively easy, save for some dark chocolate covered Acai with blueberries. (But aren’t they a super-food?)
- My workouts have been terrific, challenging and pushing myself, varying my routines.
- I’ve increased my cardio and I can feel a real difference on the treadmill. Can go longer with less effort.
- I can feel substantial tightening and growth of my muscles, particularly chest, shoulders, arms and gut.
I haven’t seen much change in my weight yet, which is likely due to the one element I said I’d change, but didn’t: reduced wine consumption. I have a sweet tooth, which Chardonnay fills, and it has thus far been difficult to curtail — especially at the end of a long day when the kids have been driving me crazy. The idea of “reducing” has been hard, and so instead I’ve decided to eliminate it for February, only allowing myself wine on Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day. Hopefully, this will help jump-start weight loss.
Right after posting my resolution in January, I read about a study claiming that those who publicly announce their resolutions actually have less chance of succeeding than those that keep their intent to themselves. While I can’t speak for others, I call B.S. on that one. For me, doing this publicly helps me stay on track and focused, giving me monthly dates for progress, and I find myself counting down the days I have to further improve, before the next photo is posted.
Whatever your New Year’s Resolutions are or were, just remember — It is never too late to create change in your life. Do it today, and check in with me next month. Remember, I’m sitting here in my underwear, rooting for you!