Friday, March 12, 2010

It begins...

You may have noticed the change in the look of my blog, that’s because it is about to take a new direction. This blog is going to be a tool to help keep me honest over the next 3 months of my journey to drop 25 lbs. No, I’m not doing because summer is quickly approaching and I don’t want to look like a beached whale, I’m doing it because my doctor told me I had to. My blood pressure has been a little high (but remember, I do teach 7th graders) and my blood sugar has been on the high side of normal for the last couple of years, so it’s time to take control and become a healthier me…and if I happen to look better in a swimsuit I’ll consider it a bonus.

So what does this have to do with a red dress? Everything. I felt my best when I could wear the red dress, the red bandana print little sleeveless number that fell right above my knee. That dress is special, too, because it was the dress I wore on our first date, and Chris really liked it. It made me sad when I found it shoved in the dark recesses of my closet, I really wanted to wear it, but there was absolutely no way I could ever get it zipped. When did I gain this weight? It crept up on me over the last few years and has made itself at home, now it won’t go away…at least not without some encouragement from me. So today begins that journey and the Red Dress Project.

Oh, I forgot to tell you, I have no idea how much I weigh. I refused to look at the scales at the doctor’s office because I was already having a pretty lousy day (sinus infection), and I knew just seeing that number would make things worse. (Thanks, Dr. H, for bringing it up) So how am I going to know how much weight I’ve lost? Easy, I have this pair of jeans that are very snug, and I have a pair of jeans I wore during the same time as the red dress (just couldn’t part with those, either, hoping the magic weight removal fairy would show up and I would somehow, miraculously be able to wake up one morning and zip them with no trouble). I will gauge my success by the fit of the clothing, and should I lose more than 25 lbs. by June 8 (the date I go back to see the doctor) then I shall celebrate….with cheesecake.

I can use all the encouragement I can get, so if you feel led to leave a comment, please do, I’m like a kid at Christmas when I find I have comments. If you have something negative to say, go eat a cookie and remember these words of wisdom from the movie “Bambi” …”If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all.”


April said...

Good for you for taking this step Sharmin! I need to join you, but lately I've had no willpower...none at all. I'm thinking that will change as the weather gets warmer and I can get outside more...hopefully! Good luck on your journey hon. :)
- April

Bekki said...

They always say it helps to write it down. I am working on loosing 15 to 20 pounds also. I gained a bit with all the stress over the last year. Reading this is such an encouragement and a motivation!

His Doorkeeper said...

First of all, I love that little red dress...sooo cute!
Sharmin, I admire you greatly and I will be praying and pulling for you all the way! Someone said to me, "I wish they had a show like BIGGEST LOSERS for people who needed to lose 15-20 lbs., not 150 lbs."

I agree! The struggle to lose 20 lbs is as hard as losing 200 lbs.

You are a beautiful young woman,with or without losing weight but you must do this now 'cause it gets harder the older you get! (Great encouraging words, huh??) You CAN do this!!

Tiffany said...

DO IT!!! :) You want this very dearly and I know you can make it. I have clothes like your red dress and when they start to get tight it's my signal to cut back on the junk and eat better and get a little exercise in my day. I refuse to buy new clothes so when they get tight, I fight back. :)