You may not be able to identify with me if you’ve always been naturally thin.
Or if your weight is right on par with all the medical charts based on your age and weight.
If the gym is part of your daily/weekly routine, then kudos to you. I used to be there. Now I’m not.
But if you’re the sort of person who gains five pounds in a week by eating what makes you happy. Or if you’ve lost the same 20, 30,40 pounds over and over – then gain it – let’s commiserate together.
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I am 40 Pounds Overweight
I haven’t worked out this year and I only did it a few times last year.
It’s been way too long since I got down and dirty or good and sweaty. I know I need to get moving and get motivated because my clothes don’t fit. Most of my bras don’t fit either because they’re just plain OLD or because my “back fat” is LARGE & in charge.
When you’re 40 pounds overweight you only wear pants with a forgiving waistband; all shirts must camouflage your “muffin top.”
When you’re 40 pounds overweight you look in the mirror and see yourself – along with an encasing of extra fat around your face, your fingers, your arms and your waistline.
When you’re 40 pounds overweight all the bad food tastes even better. The idea of cutting back reminds you of the hunger headache that you suffered when you’ve dieted in the past.
When you’re 40 pounds overweight you require lots of sleep. The same sleep you can’t fathom giving up to wake up early to spend time on a friggin treadmill or stationary bike. I had a wonderful time reviewing Roc House Fitness Spa in Buckhead. It’s a gorgeous, spacious, upscale gym. If only – it offered on-site child care!
When you’re 40 pounds overweight you know taking the stairs is what you NEED to do, and you know it you’ve reached the top when you’re slightly out of breath.
When you’re 40 pounds overweight you may have a favorite dessert that you eat when no one else is around. For me, it’s a banana split with rainbow sprinkles after I put AJ to bed, a peach cobbler from a southern restaurant or a batch of boxed brownies fresh out of your oven.
When you’re 40 pounds overweight you may take a group photo and feel like everyone looks great and you just look bloated.
When you’re 40 pounds overweight you learn just the right angle for a selfie that makes your double chin disappear.
When you’re 40 pounds overweight you probably already know which diets and eating plans work for you – but you don’t feel like making those changes.
When you’re 40 pounds overweight you just want to wake up skinny in the morning.
Don’t get me wrong. I know there are people who have serious health challenges that would require them to lose more than 40 pounds to be healthy. But this is my struggle and this is my reality. I have no desire to get on Weight Watchers even though Oprah sings its praises for her 26-pound weight loss where she’s eaten bread every day. I’ve been successful with South Beach Diet in the past. But right now I’m in a deep, deep love affair with sugar.
When I get sick and tired of being sick and tired, I will change.
You may recall in 2013, I started sharing Fitness Friday information in the Health Section of the show. Maybe it’s time to revisit those topics to inspire myself.
(It’s worth repeating: Please do not send my direct marketing offers for smoothies, shakes, essential oils, and pills for weight loss. They will be deleted & ignored.)
I am right there with you! I have found that my Fitbit motivates me to get moving, but I think past 40, walking just sent going to cut it.
I’m right there with you regarding the weight that needs to be lost but I enjoy working out. Theres nothing like the feeling of a great workout!!! And I tend to binge watch whatever guilty pleasures I have whilst on the treadmill/bike/elliptical as my treat.
I feel you on the double chin selfie! That’s why I took the opportunity to change my profile picture when I was wearing my lovely cowl neck sweater. It covered my double chin while looking chic…haha!
You’re cracking me up. But I love a good cowl neck sweater.
I’m with you, Joyce. I do love to work out but when life happens and I don’t go, the fat (not weight bc I lose inches but always weigh the same) that took me a year to lose comes back full force in a month.
I can’t sleep when I’m like this. I’m averaging 3-4 hours of sleep a night.I get more rest when I work out. (Haven’t gone to the gym more than twice on last two months.)
Ps. You looked great when I saw you at Sofab.
Um hello? Can we get together for Saturday or Sunday morning walks in the parks all around ATL? Puhlease? My BMI says I’m overweight (I’ve gained weight since you last saw me). Regardless, I just feel overweight. I weigh 15 lbs. more than I did when I gave birth to my son. That’s a 57 lb. increase over what I’m (kinda) used to. I realize some of that is age, but I feel all of the ways you expressed above. I’d be happy to lose 33 lbs-ish.
I actually did it less than 2 years ago with an MLM product, but due to the cost it was not sustainable. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an amazing product, but it seems like it’s tailored to Mercedes Benz, 4-side brick house, designer handbag women who have a housekeeper, landscaper and pay exorbitant amounts of money to get their hair and nails done. That is NOT me.
I’m ready to get back to the basics. Eating better and moving more! It really does help to have a buddy. Maybe we can create a group?
Thank you for sharing, I am right there with you. Just before I got pregnant with my first (same age as AJ), I lost about 100 pounds! It was the thinnest I had ever been in my adult life. I am proud to say that I am only 15 pounds up from those pre children days – and I still have a lot of weight to lose!
“When you’re 40 pounds overweight you look in the mirror and see yourself – along with an encasing of extra fat around your face, your fingers, your arms and your waist line.”
When you lose weight no matter how many time people tell you how skinny you look, you still look in the mirror and see the fat girl! I’ve learned that it’s all about perception!
Wow, Joyce… you don’t look 40 pounds overweight to me, not at all. But I understand your struggle. It’s hard to make a change. Wishing you the best on your health journey!!
Oh, friend, I know this struggle and then some. I’m slowly making my way down, but there have definitely been things tripping me up along the way.
So I hear you. I support you. And I’m here beside you on this journey.
Why YES I am right there with you. Last year, I just let myself eat and not exercise and well the end of the year I was like what happened. This year, I am taking it slow….month one, healthy eating to drop the bad cravings. So far so good….down 7.5lbs in just under 4 weeks. Next month exercise. I need to find a class, gym…something to supplement my cardio. This was a GREAt post…I am right there with you, yet, you know what I see you and think Joyce always looks fab. WE got this….. ok you got this, but hey I am in the same journey this year.
Thank you for being open. I can relate to so much of this.
Yeeessss! I feel you, Joyce. Sadly my Zumba class was one of your fitness Friday visits. Unfortunately I haven’t taught in a few years. Not only do I miss teaching. I miss the skinny girl that I became teaching. In honor of your realization…for now it is what it is. Thanks for the reality check.
I used to dance 2 days a week in Mississippi and had a trainer. Back when I had endless TIME!
Yeah I’m way over 200 pounds SADLY. I weigh as much now as I did when I was pregnant with A.J.