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A challenge to the readers for new year

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I am fat. There, I said it. 

I was talking with a fabulous 11-year-old Monday, and I told her I was going to start back to watching my diet and exercising after New Year’s. The conversation went something like this:

Me: You know I did that diet thing last year, right? And I lost that weight, but then I gained it back? I’m going to really pay attention to what I eat after New Year’s and I’ll start walking or exercising every day. 

Her: Uh, okay…..why?

Me: Well, you know, I’m pretty fabulous as it is, but I think, well, I FEEL heavy and that my clothes are a little tight. I really like who I am, but I think I’d be happier if I exercised more.

Her: Sounds like you’re a little self conscious about your weight and would like to increase your self esteem by exercising more and eating better.

Me: Ummm, yeah.  

Out of the mouths of babes, right?

So, here is my proposal to you, readers: Do this with me. I don’t want to walk this path alone, literally. 

Last year, I lost 30 pounds, and it was probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever done….and I’ve done some difficult things, mind you. I was allowed one free meal a week, otherwise, I had to stick to plan. By the end of the six month program, I was extremely discouraged, because I hadn’t lost more. And then, I relapsed. It was nothing major, just little things, but as we all know, the little things all add up. 

As it turns out, my thyroid was out of whack, so there was a reason for the weight gain and extremely difficult  loss. And I cut myself some slack. Shame on me. 

A year ago this week, my older sister Heather and I were talking about exercise. But still, the days passed and I was busy with life and I did nothing.  I shall not let that happen again. 

Too many friends and family have died this year, or are getting older and not experiencing the quality of life I would like. I expect to be on this earth for another 50 years or so, and I really do need to start paying attention to this vessel I’ve been given.

It’s not easy to start a new habit. Really and truly for me, it’s one day at a time. So, I am going to journal it. I have created a group page on Facebook and I’d like you to join me. Let’s do this. Let’s support each other, give each other a sense of empowerment. You are my community, my home, my friends. Let us celebrate our lives together by living life out loud. 

You can choose type of exercise for 30 minutes, either at one time or throughout the day. This could be walking during lunch, taking the stairs at work, or dancing to the radio. You decide. And then tell us about it on Facebook.

I’ll start on New Year’s Day, but you begin when you are ready. This is your record, not mine. We can talk about healthy changes we’re making, because often, if you change one thing, others will follow. 

The Facebook page is:  www.facebook.com/france.30.365

Join me! Let’s do this together, Tipton County!



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