Crystal Graham: Tipping the scales
In fact, my bet is that my goal is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions.
Of course, mine was decided long before the ball dropped.
I made up my decision last week.
The truth is that I went to the doctor’s office last week – and yes, they did the one thing I hate more than anything else in the whole world – they made me step on the scales.
Last year, I freaked out when I tipped the scales right at 195.
This year: 200.
Of course, I tried to justify it … I had clothes on, shoes on, I was holding my purse …
I’ve never weighed that much in my life.
In high school, I weighed 130 and thought I was fat.
I look back at those pictures now and can’t believe how skinny I was.
In college, I put on the freshman 10 and then some. When I graduated from Virginia Tech, I was around 165.
One year later, I weighed about 175 on my wedding day.
And now, four years after I got married, I’m two centuries fat.
And I feel it.
I was huffing and puffing my weigh, er way, around a hospital the other day, when I realized not only am I fat, but out of shape too.
In fact, the nurse at my doctor’s office put it best – they didn’t sugarcoat it one bit – I’m the o word.
When I look into a mirror, I don’t see a fat person.
I’m a size 12 to 14 – isn’t that the average size of a woman today in the United States?
Nonetheless, according to her little height and weight chart, I am borderline obese.
She even gave me a copy of that chart to take home with me.
So I couldn’t say she was wrong.
This year, I plan to do something about it.
I’m not going to go crazy on this lose-weight train though.
For one thing, I have no intention of popping a pill of any kind.
I’ve tried things like that in the past – and I feel weak.
Nope, that’s not the solution for me.
I know what I need to do is start exercising again.
It’s been probably three years since I had any kind of structured exercise program.
That’s a long time.
So, I’m going to start hitting the gym again – and take a class or two – and do something about this.
My goal this year is to lose 50 pounds.
Wish me luck.