Sunday, January 6, 2013

Hello 2013, Bye-Bye Jigglypuff

After the holidays and the vacation and the feasting and boozing and general debauchery, I, like the rest of the world, am on a diet. I know, what a yawn. I personally feel there's nothing more boring than people on diets, especially at the beginning, when they're all virtuous and in love with their new dietary restrictions and feel obligated to educate you on the dangerous nutritional contents of your favorite foods. I don't care about the horrors of trans fats, dude, just let me eat my nachos.

Well, usually I feel that way, but today I'm the embarking on a new healthy eating program and I'm going to talk about it. Because if I don't babble incessantly about how I'm not eating as much as I usually do, I will go to my pantry and inhale the Costco combo pack of Carr's water crackers nestled there. And I'd like you to know those four boxes of white carbs are pure evil.

You're so 2012, Jigglypuff.
Other people's diets are a snore, but I feel entitled to tell you about my new dietary resolve, because MY self improvement project is special. It's not just that I intend to lose weight. It's that I intend to lose weight before I turn 50. Wow, fifty. I had a hard time even typing that number. The dreaded birthday is right around the corner and I am not planning a party. I'm still trying to find the fabulous spin on an age that is undeniably getting up there.

(Hey, do you find people whining about their upcoming milestone birthdays to be even more tedious than hearing about their diets? Me too, girlfriend, but you're in too deep to turn back now.)

Look, the only way I can think to embrace the next decade is by showing up on my birthday (11 weeks from now) feeling my best. And so I'm gonna shape up and shed some pounds, especially in the area I've come to refer to as my Jigglypuff - that soft, squishy round creature who has made herself at home around my middle. Jigglypuff is a much kinder term than Belly Fat, don't you think? Jigglypuff sounds friendly and harmless and sort of adorable - just like the little Pokeman pictured above.

There have been a couple times in my life when I felt really happy about my physical self. The first time was when I turned 40.  I lost 16 pounds on Weight Watchers and felt fantastic. I had so much energy! And that energy helped launch what I think has been the most surprisingly fulfilling, fun decade of my life. Call me greedy, but I want more. It's not even about appearance; it's about feeling fired up and optimistic and being in charge of my life. If I feel that way when I hit fifty, I'll throw a damn block party! But I've got some work to do and in the meantime, my Jigglypuff and I are going to have to part ways.

Now, I officially resolve to be less boring in future posts, and wish you all the happiest, hottest, high-energy 2013!

P.S. - Another time I felt great about myself was when I did this this "Four F's to Lose Four Fast Pounds"video series a few years ago with the awesome personal trainer Sharon Davis. The four keys are Focus, Food, Fitness and Fun! Check it out if you need some inspiration - I did.


Angela Keefe said...

Ahhh… agreed! I'm starting Dailey Method in Kenilworth…. so far love it! Waaay hard!

Laura Tiebert said...

I love "jigglypuff"! I was just referring to "jelly belly" today ... so wait a second. Is it fair to talk about your incredible diet and then not reveal the details? Spill it, we're all looking for some inspiration!

Marjie Killeen said...

Angela - I've been meaning to try that! I get all the "methods" confused - Daily, Barre. What do you actually do?
Laura, my main technique is plain old calorie control via a food journal. I was going to use one of the many apps out there (Lose it, Fitness Pal), but my husband is on board too, so we're just writing it down by hand and holding each other accountable. I do intend to exercise more - and consume those exercise calories in wine. :-) Working out is good for you in so many ways, but for me to lose weight, I'm convinced it's all about calories. My goal is 1400 a day (which is a shockingly
meager amount compared to my December intake!!)

Laura Tiebert said...

I know, isn't it scary when you actually write it down? I use MyFitnessPal but agree -- any little notebook and pen will do. When you exercise regularly it does seem calorie counting is the only way to lose. I am sure it will go well!

Marjie Killeen said...

Laura - You have such good habits! It's calories and sleep! I had can't remember which doctor I talked to who said "If a patient isn't getting enough sleep, I can't help them do anything about the weight." Apparently it's a huge component of weight loss. So I better get to bed.