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Weight Loss Tuesday: Resolutions are not for me

I think my brain works differently than most people’s.  The few times I’ve made eating and exercise resolutions they’ve gone something like this: I start strong on January 1st, do OK on January 2nd, and falter on January 3rd.  Having messed up my brand-spanking-new resolution, I vow to start fresh on the following Monday.  I do, and last until Tuesday.  So I decide to give myself the rest of the month off and start fresh February 1st.  When that doesn’t work, I say “screw it” and give up until the next year.

I’ve learned that I can’t be specific.  If I say I’m going to exercise six times a week and I only exercise four, I feel like a complete failure.  Forget about the fact that I just exercised four times!  That doesn’t matter, because I had set a very specific goal and had missed it.  Stupid, I know.  But I’m nearing forty and I’m pretty sure my brain is not going to start working differently all of a sudden, so I’ve learned to work with it.  I can make broad resolutions, like last year’s to try and do things I don’t want to do before I do the things I want to do.  Vague enough that it was hard to break in such a way that I would beat myself up, but important enough that it did some good.

So, no weight loss resolutions.  My one resolution was to do what I say I’m going to do.  And I haven’t said what I’m going to do yet.

[Update: Someone just pointed out that I did make a weight-loss-ish resolution, very publicly, in a video that started running today on many many websites. Oops. Look to the right and you’ll see the JuiceBoxJungle video widget. As of today, my face is on it. So I didn’t eat the rest of the mozzarella sticks that are in the kitchen. Because I’m not hungry. But dammit I want them!]

I did say yes to trying out a Wii exercise program for three months.  Nintendo sent my family a Wii last week, so the Your Shape exercise program was my first purchase for it (courtesy of Ubisoft and Collective Bias).  It’s a motion control camera that plugs into the Wii, so that I won’t have to hold a controller or wear anything in order to exercise with the Wii – the camera sees what I’m doing!  It should be waiting for me when I get back from the Consumer Electronics Show.  I can’t wait to try it.  I’ll need it after being in the land of buffets for five days.

For extra motivation, I joined the “Loser Moms” contest.  A $10 buy-in gets you a chance to win cash for losing the most weight.  I like money, so that should be good motivation. Plus there seems to be a lot of gratuitous swearing connected to the contest. I like that.

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4 Responses to “Weight Loss Tuesday: Resolutions are not for me”

  1. Cara on January 6th, 2010 8:52 am

    I always thought new years resolutions were silly. It just gives people an excuse to wait a long time make a change.

  2. Una on January 6th, 2010 8:47 pm

    You are so right. I made a resolution to get back to the gym…went on January 2nd. Did a weight lifting class that I used to do at least 3 times a week, WAY overdid it on the weight and could barely walk or move for 4 days!!

    Screw resolutions!!

  3. Stan on January 8th, 2010 1:36 am

    you’re hot don’t loose weight

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