New Year’s Resolutions. We all make them. We all try to keep them . . . . and most of us fail miserably. I know I do.
I bet you know the answer to this question: What is the number one resolution most Americans make on January 1? All together now . . . . “This year I will lose weight.”
I wish I could be less vain and tell you on January 1, 2012 I resolved to be a better mother and wife and friend . . . but I can’t. Nope, this year – just like every other year since I had that second bouncing baby boy (Blake), who weighed a healthy 8 lbs. 8 oz. after I gained 50 lbs carrying him – number one on my New Year’s resolution list was once again “lose weight”.
After eating ham, black-eyed peas, potato salad, cornbread and a couple of glasses of sweet iced tea for our New Year’s Day dinner – and awakening on January 2 two lbs. heavier – I had an epiphany. Maybe if I stopped trying to “lose weight” and instead tried to “get healthier”, things would work out better. Hmmm.
Santa Claus brought me a series of Walk-at-Home CDs. They were on my “All I Want For Christmas” list, under “Things that Start with C” (a convertible, a cruise, and a couch were the other items under that letter, but I guess Santa would have a lot of trouble getting any of those in his sleigh – although a printed coupon confirming a cruise would have been fairly easy). Lana, my good friend in Atlanta, told me about the tapes a couple of months ago and said I could try out one of them online for free. I did that for a couple of weeks and really enjoyed it. Then Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s rolled around, and my 15 minutes-a-day walking got exchanged for three-hours-a-day eating. Something had to change.
On January 2, I slid the 2-mile walk CD (there are 4 CD’s in the set – Miniwalks, 2-Mile, 3-mile, and 4-mile) into the player under the TV and got started. Along with the tapes came a pair of elastic bands. One end has “stirrups” into which you slide your feet. The other end has handles. You can add resistance training to the walking by simply stepping into the stirrups, holding onto the handles and following the exercises as the lovely, 110-lb. perfectly-proportioned lady – who is making mega-bucks selling these tapes – instructs.
Now – sarcasm aside – something really nice is happening. I began the program on this past Monday with the 2-mile CD, which is a medium-paced walk with four basic steps at a 3-4 mile per hour pace. It’s over in 15 minutes. The second mile uses the resistance bands. At the end of 30 minutes you follow along as Ms. Perfect Lady teaches you how to cool down – then stretch. So in a mere 30 minutes I’ve walked two miles AND done a little muscle toning. Every other day I play the 3-mile CD – skipping the resistance bands on mile 2 and just following along with the exercises without the bands. Less than forty-five minutes later, I’ve clocked 3 miles – two at 3-4 miles per hour and one at 5 miles per hour – which is as fast as it gets. The great thing is I really don’t think about the pace – I’m concentrating on keeping time with the music, doing the exercises, and making sure I stay precisely under the ceiling fan!
After doing nothing more strenuous than opening the refrigerator door, I was finding myself exhausted at the end of the day. Now, I’m doing all this walking, and I’m suddenly filled with energy . . . . . all day long! My brain is thinking more clearly, my balance is improving, and . . . . . I’ve lost 4 lbs. Granted, I’ve increased my water intake, and I’m eating a lean breakfast and lunch and only one helping of whatever we have for dinner. But I am psyched!
So – instead of “losing weight” as a priority, I’m getting healthier. Maybe – in the process – I can also become a better mother and wife and friend. I can only hope.
If you’d like to get healthier along with me, you can try out the Walking tapes here: http://www.walkathome.com/. Just click on the “Try it before you buy it” link, and you can do a one-mile 15 minute walk online. I promise you will feel so much better! And watch out – you might get hooked!
See you back here on Friday with some book updates and whatever else comes up before then. We’ve got a busy week planned before leaving Saturday for Colorado. Bear and I are working two days, and I’ve got an appointment in Albany on Tuesday. That will be three trips to Albany this week. I think I’m going to have to skip Girls Night Out at Booger Bottom this week. I have to pack sometime! See you Friday!