The Girdle Chronicles: Summer Sob Story

Weight-Gain-Pills.jpegIt happened again. It’s nearly June and the 15 pounds I’ve been trying to lose since my son was born (he is now nine), is still attached to my thighs, hips and posterior and now I’m headed into the most self conscious time of the year…summer.
Summer, the season for short shorts, mini skirts and dare I say, bikinis. Summer when women with really nice legs get to flaunt them and women with really bad legs search high and low for a great sarong that will cover them from head to toe.
Summer is the time for barbecues, great fruit, and fruity drinks with incredibly high caloric content that do nothing to help you as you attempt to lose weight. So here I am, thisclose to June 1st vowing yet again that I will be happy with the way I look this season. Despite the fact that I’m not fitting into the size I’d like to be, I am determined to do some form of exercise every day. In fact, I recently invested in a hers and hers bike. What’s that, you ask? Simple. When you go to a bike store with your daughter to get yourself a bike and she likes it so much that she begs you to get her one too, you acquiesce and voila, you now both have the exact same bicycles.
Tonight, we actually took our very first family bike ride of the season, complete with visiting friends in the neighborhood – I even turned down a piece of pie with whipped cream – what’s the point of riding a book and burning some calories only to slap them back on your body by inhaling a slice of raspberry pie. Instead, we left our friends’ house and rode some more until the sun set. We then headed home and I inhaled a few scoops of Edy’s low fat Fudge Tracks while watching summer re-runs.
Here’s hoping that by Independence Day, my newfound desire to get in shape will not just be a passing phase. I remember one July 4th getting so depressed after seeing the size of my butt in a store window. Well I say, this year that’s not going to happen. I’m going to eat right, exercise, drink a lot of water, ride my bike and maybe even jog. Maybe I’ll even try yoga and pilates. So check back with me in a month – I’ll share my progress and hopefully by then I’ll be a few pounds lighter. Either that, or I’ll be the one avoiding store windows.

The Girdle Chronicles

holiday-weight-gain-obesity-1.jpgEarlier this fall, I wrote a post about the fact that I was forced to wear a girdle after spending the entire summer eating bad food and drinking way too much wine. I vowed after that fateful day in September when I couldn’t squeeze into a new Ann Taylor Loft dress without it fitting badly in all the wrong places that I was taking a stand and heading back to the place that taught me how to eat right and lose weight the old fashioned way, Weight Watchers.
And so, I joined again, went to a few meetings, lost 3 pounds, gained back two and never returned. Every week, I had another excuse about why I couldn’t make it and now, nearly three months later, I’m up nearly 10 pounds, my Wii Fit called me fat and I’m ready to take lose weight for good this time.
I plan to chronicle my weight loss journey on this brand new page, titled The Girdle Chronicles. On this special section dedicated to weight loss, fitness, healthy recipes and more, you will hear why I have been obsessed with my weight for most of my life. And hopefully, as I share my triumphs and my many falls off the weight loss wagon, you will find a place where you too can relate, laugh and commiserate.
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