Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Weighty Issue

This morning I stepped on my scale, which happens to be my Wii Fit board. Now I don't want this post to be about how much I hate the electronics in my house, but not only did the board groan when I stepped on it, but then it made jokes at my expense. It informed me that it had been 71 days(!!!) since I last worked out with it and then it pretended not to know who I was and proceeded to make some snide remarks about how it could barely recognise me anymore. (Screw you Wii Fit.)

Then it told me my weight. Which is scary. But as scary as it is, it really isn't a surprise. I mean, there's a reason I had avoided the Wii for 71 days. I can feel it in my clothes. I'm not to the point where in order to zip my jeans I have to lay on my back and pull the zipper up with a coat hanger -Don't ask me how I know that-but I feel gross all the same.

So, after today's Wii induced degradation, I set some diet and exercise goals and by the end of the year I hope to be back at a weight at which I'm comfortable. I know it's probably hopelessly stupid to embark on a diet and fitness plan at the beginning of the peak eating season, but if I don't do it now, the problem is going to get worse. I can't just sit back and think, Oh it's just a few pounds. Because then those few pounds will think it's completely acceptable to invite some of their friends to the party that is my giant fat ass. And that's not acceptable.

I know I don't normally write about this sort of thing, but in all honesty I've been fooling around with these 5-7 pounds for a few months now and I hope that by putting it out there I'll be a bit more motivated to do something. Wish me luck, and cross your fingers that I don't run into any festivals selling deep fried Twinkies.

21 comments:

Mari said...

Oh man, I am in the same boat, only worse. ..and the wii fit loves to point out that 56% of my weight is on my left leg. I know! My mii is all sad and sleepy...

Tammie said...

nothing worse than turning it on and seeing your mii snoring. you know you're in for a bad time.

R.H. Ducky said...

I've struggled with my weight for most of my life...but in the opposite direction. I've pretty much always been underweight.

*braces for the comments to follow*

but really, it sucks...my grocery bill is ridiculous

Barefoot_Mommy said...

LOL_ I want the wii fit for christmas this year. I can't wait for the jokes at my expense. that is hilarious!

Daphne said...

Last year with all the stress I lost a few pounds (woohoo!) and then gained it all back (plus a little) when things settled down, and it's taken me ALL YEAR to get back to where I feel comfortable. Please note: I do not own a scale, I just go by pants fit. I get weighed once a year at the doctor's and that's just fine with me. Anyway -- wishing you luck. The only thing that works for me is to quit baking, which is pretty difficult for me to do. I eat pretty healthy generally; it's just the baking that gets me into trouble. You are brave to have the wii fit... I am not sure I could take that kind of pressure!

Hotch Potchery said...

The day I turned 40 I used my Wii for the first time, and it said I was more like 54. I haven't used it since.

asshat game.

Not Your Aunt B said...

Did not know the Wii could do that. That's a good thing and a bad thing. I am with you. These few pounds I have been trying to ignore must go! Don't know how, but they must!

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

I don't own a scale because I don't want to know the number...I go by my clothes (and they're being very rude to me these days). I'm not sure I could handle Wii.

Love the label on this post...

Shalet said...

You may have 5-7# but I have 10-15#. I can hardly blame the baby as she is about to turn six. At least I don't have a video game to make fun of me ... that's what my family is for!!

Dani said...

I am really wanting a Wii. The men in my family are quite pleased about this desire. I doubt their support is for health reasons.

Not Hannah said...

Girl, I am FEELING you. We just got a Wii and I'm looking forward to getting the Fit. Because I'm looking at, er, forty pounds that I need to say goodbye to, mainly because I didn't address the five or seven that came to visit before my son was born. I've started running again, but I know that when it gets cold, I'll need something else to do and a snarky video game sounds perfect.

Maria Rose said...

Good luck to you. I think it's smart to tackle your concerns before they do become a problem, right now you can totally accomplish your goals.

Tammie said...

ducky: as much as i want to hate you, i understand. :) i think we all have our own body issues and no ones problem is really better/worse than anyone elses.

daphne: i did the opposite of you and i stress ate. and yes, baking is my main problem. i really dont eat badly otherwise.

hotch: you are too funny.

mag: thank you.
and yeah, i usually just go by how my clothes fit, especialy my pants. but its gotten to the point where i kinda wanted to see what the actual damage was.
now im not so sure if that was a good idea.

shalet: my family knows better than to make weight jokes at my expense. i think i would beat the shit out of them.

dani: you will love the wii. love it.

not hannah: thats how i view the wii--as an exercise partner when im not able to do real exercise. i love the Fit.

tammiemarie said...

that's so funny! we don't have a wii but a friend remarked about that same thing the other day and I thought she was kidding. I didn't know it actually gave you a hard time!

I'm having the same weight problem these days, and the kids' halloween bucket is not helping either. And I even had someone ask me if I was pregnant again, so I should totally be motivated. Grr.

Bridge said...

oh man! I went to the doctor last week and weighed in at the highest ever outside of pregnancy. I am beginning to get that just because I exercise every day (really I do, my town is just set up that way) I cannot keep eating and drinking like a male, college athlete- I can't.

I hate not eating, but it really has to happen.

so so sad.

Mothering Two said...

The thing about diet and exercise plans is that unless you keep em' for the rest of your life, you are going to gain the weight back. Kate Harding writes about fat acceptance very poignantly on her blog Shapely Prose. These two pieces she wrote are especially useful to keep in mind:

http://kateharding.net/faq/but-dont-you-realize-fat-is-unhealthy/

http://kateharding.net/2007/04/12/diets-dont-work-but/

Check out the links she provides, too. Personally, I love my fat. If I was fat able to do moderate exercise and eating healthy I'd be a happy camper. I'm a little nervous about getting too thin because of all these changes going on in my life. I know, its not everyday you hear a woman saying she loves her fat, but I really do. I just wish I could keep it and feel good, but my body doesn't work that way. *sigh*

Good luck on your changes, though! If you focus more on your health than your fat, it might be easier to maintain those new eating habits {providing they're healthy and you should keep 'em} and keep the weight off, but more importantly - feel better.

Karen said...

OK, this has nothing to do with your post, but must be shared nonetheless: I was watching the most recent 30 rock (audition day) and brian williams mentioned my home town (scotch plains, nj) which I feel is a personal message sent from alec baldwin to you, via me. Just thought you needed to know this so you could be prepared for any follow up messages from mr. baldwin. You can thank me later.

Tammie said...

oooh karen. thank you for being so observant. clearly that was meant for me. i'll be anxiously awaiting any messages he needs you to pass to me.

Betts said...

After your Oscar party, I could also attend your fat ass party. I've got 8-10 pounds that I've been giving the stink eye for almost a year, but they're not getting the hint. I hope you have better luck with yours.

Penny said...

I have lost more than 50 pounds over the last year and half but the last 5-10 pounds definitely seem to be the hardest...

CT said...

LOL! seems like we all are gluttons for punishment... with you, it makes four of us who decide to embark on a diet on this month! LOl1