Oh my. this is the first time I've made a real effort to get in shape since I turned 50. It is much harder now than it was at 45 ... or 40 ... or 35 ...
In addition to simply losing weight I need to get stronger for pulling lines, going up the mast, working on plumbing. (Oh joy.)
Here's what I've learned about weight loss and me.
1. The calories in that chocolate no one sees you eat, still count.
2. If you lose an M&M in your car, you will eventually sit on it.
3. If you sit on an M&M in your car - it does nothing bad to the leather seats but your friends will know you sat on chocolate. (Strangers will wonder what you did but won't say anything.)
4. The experience in numbers 2 & 3 above have done more to stop me from sneaking chocolate than the truth of number 1. Embarrassment is an excellent motivator!
5. Yoga is real exercise - with sweating and toning and physical exertion. Who knew?
6. Years ago I could exercise all week, watch my food and alcohol intake for 5 days, eat and drink what I desired on the weekends and still lose weight.
7. At 53, that is no longer possible. Get over it.
8. There is no room on this boat for "fat" clothes and "skinny" clothes.
9. I have a bag of great summer clothes marked "TSFN" which stands for Too Small For Now.
10. I don't care about gray hair, or laugh lines, or that my feet are getting wider. Can't do anything about those things, anyway.
11. I do care about my weight and lack of fitness and I can do something about it.
12. It won't be easy. Sometime things aren't supposed to be easy. (I truly hate that.)
13. As I lose weight all the "fat" clothes are going to Goodwill. If I gain weight again I will truly have nothing to wear. That would be more embarrassing than chocolate on my khaki pants.