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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