Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Taking a 180 Degree Turn- It's Time to Shape Up

Tonight I went and weighed in with my team for the annual "Get In Shape" contest at my gym. I am sitting here feeling oddly relieved and looking forward to losing some weight and getting lean. I sat around eating everything in sight the last few months and now I am paying for it.

My goal is to lose 20 pounds so I am planning to spend a great deal of time exercising. Hopefully it will get my body in shape both inside and outside. I can use the endorphin rush and the weight loss.

I am pretty excited that I am on a team again. Last year my team took second, which was a bit disapointing. We really wanted to win. The team has four people on it, so we kept three of us and picked a new fourth. Hopefully that will make the difference and we can win this year. We are very competitive so we kind of scare the competition. We have a rule that we go longer and harder then the rest. Heh heh.

Tonight I am stepping off my soap box to get all my food and supplements ready and to focus on that part of my life. God knows I can use the stress reduction exercise brings as well as the positive body image.

Have a wonderful evening! I plan to bore you all by keeping you posted with my results. If I do well again, I will even post pictures. Yippee.

6 comments:

Mark Engblom said...

Good for you, Heidi! It's great to get "back on the wagon" again.

Over the past 7 or 8 months, I've lost a total of 40 lbs. by exercising and using this funky diet called The Shangri-La Diet. It's truly one of the oddest-sounding diets I've ever come across, but let me tell you: It worked fantastically. If you have some time, poke around the website for the low-down.

Here's the home site of the guy that put it together.

It's especially helpful for "willpower-challenged" people like me.

Loren said...

Oh, good! You can be my inspiration as I should probably be getting out and exercising a lot and eating well. I could stand to shed a good...well...let's just lots of weight. Good for you, Heidi, and I look forward to the updates!

Heidi Meeley said...

Mark, thank you for the link. I have Barnes & Noble gift cards left over from Christmas, so I am really thinking of picking up the book this weekend.

I am realy impressed with your results! I am going to cross my fingers that I can do even half as well. That is so wonderful to hear!

Heidi Meeley said...

Loren, too bad you don't live closer- I would nag and drag you to the gym with me and we could cry together! :-)

Working out isn't my favorite thing ever- that would be sleeping in and eating pizza with beer and maybe some cake or cookies for dessert before falling into a stupor!! But... I have to do it. Cross your fingers for me, my friend.

I will definitely keep you posted!

Lisa said...

Dang, I'm jealous! Being at the store so many hours really hampers the exercise while encouraging the easy run to the local fast-food dive. Every other month or so I make an effort to exercise in the morning and bring food to the store, but it is so much work and just hard to stick with, even though I know I really should.

Good for you! Good luck!

Heidi Meeley said...

Lisa, you are so busy, I don't know when you sleep!! It is hard to make exercise a priority because it tends to feel like more work. After 10 hour days at work it is really difficult for me to want to go. I also agree it is much quicker to just pick up fast food. I like to cook, but it is time consuming, so I don't like I should.

I have my new mantra for the next three months... "I just have to get there. The rest will take care of itself". I know once I am there it is like clockwork.. it is just getting there!