Sunday, August 17, 2008

The List: Why I want to lose weight

In my last post I promised you a list of things about losing weight that would motivate me, similar to Shauna's "Things to Do When I'm Skinny" list. I took some time to really think about this, and yesterday I went clothes shopping, which really helped in the creation of this list. It's going to be very fashion-focused as a result:

  1. Easily find cute, reasonably-priced clothes in my size. I currently wear a size 12-14 (usually the latter) and by the time clothes hit the sale rack, most of the things that flatter a size 14 body have long ago been snapped up. Things look much less bleak in the size 10 section.
  2. Enjoy fashion more. I want to be able to buy clothes in lots of different shapes and styles. Sure, I know that a nipped-in waist and a full skirt look great on me (and probably most women), but I'd like to be able to just pick up anything off the rack and get outside my narrow little parameters of what hides this figure flaw or that one. I want to have fun shopping instead of frantically scanning the racks for something that will work.
  3. Be able to button shirts over my chest. I am so tired of being stuck with knits and sweaters because blouses just won't work right now. If I buy them big enough for the girls to fit comfortably, they are ridiculously big everywhere else.
  4. Get dressed in the morning without thinking too much about it. I'd like to be able to just put together an outfit without checking for stray lumps and bumps. I'd like to walk around all day without tugging at my shirts to cover my belly, or wear a knit dress without having to wear Spanx underneath.
  5. Wear sleeveless shirts and dresses with confidence. Ever notice how few dresses and cute tops have real sleeves? I'd like to lose enough of the arm flab that I'm not sweating in a cardigan just so I can cover my arms.
  6. Look great in shorts.
  7. Get rid of the creakiness that seems to be developing in my knees. I have heard that just losing 15 pounds makes a big difference for your knees... I have 20 to lose.
  8. Be a better runner and cyclist. Extra weight slows me down. I know from experience that losing a few extra pounds has a big effect in my speed and confidence when I run and bike.
  9. Avoid Type II diabetes, which runs in my family. It has some pretty terrible complications, too. One relative has had an amputation, another is going blind.
  10. Feel confident in my skin. This is the one that I'm not quite sure that just losing weight will accomplish, but of course it's really the number one thing I want.
I logged more than four hours of exercise last week and have been journaling my food intake. The next step is to start moving those calorie counts down further so I can start working toward these goals.

My next post will be a review of Eat, Shrink, and Be Merry. If you can get past the corny jokes, it's a pretty great cookbook. I tested a couple of the recipes last night and was impressed. More later.


  1. I loved how, when I was thin, I:

    A) could put on rat clothes & look acceptable. A heavier woman in rat clothes is ratty; a thinner woman in rat clothes is Bohemian.

    B) felt in the clothes of summer, when the air could really circulate under fabric I don't find clothes in now.

    Great list -- keep going!

  2. I identified with #3 because I am still there - chest did not go down in proportion to the rest of me. I buy for the chest and alter so they are not big in the waist. Maybe this works for me as I am broad shouldered - I can put two darts in the front (from bottom of blouse upward) and two in the back (also) and it works great. I fold to find the center of each side - turn blouse inside out and - pin several trial runs - This has made a lot of baggy blouses WONDERFUL to wear.

  3. Great list, I can relate to all of those. And great work on four hours!!

  4. Get out of my head woman!!! I will just have to print this out because you said it so much better than I could.

    Love your new blog title.

  5. Good realistic list developed with thought and clarity about what you want. I can see you achieve them, too.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07